36 days in Northwest Italy Itinerary

36 days in Northwest Italy Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Northwest Italy travel route planner

Make it your trip
Fly to Malpensa International Airport, Drive to Lake Maggiore
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Lake Maggiore
— 2 nights
Drive
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Como
— 4 nights
Drive
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Milan
— 2 nights
Drive
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Iseo
— 1 night
Drive
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Sirmione
— 3 nights
Drive
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Venice
— 5 nights
Drive
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Viareggio
— 3 nights
Drive
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Florence
— 5 nights
Drive
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Magione
— 3 nights
Drive
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Bolsena
— 1 night
Drive
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Rome
— 6 nights
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Lake Maggiore

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): tee off at Golf Premeno, then learn about winemaking at Cantina Fontechiara, and then take in the exciting artwork at Palazzo Borromeo. Keep things going the next day: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Alpe San Michele, then explore the landscape on two wheels at I Sentieri dei Lupi del Cornaggia - MTB, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa San Martino.

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Lake Maggiore online trip planner.

Tallahassee, USA to Lake Maggiore is an approximately 16.5-hour combination of flight and car. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Tallahassee to Lake Maggiore due to the time zone difference. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Tallahassee in September, with highs in Lake Maggiore at 76°F and lows at 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel to Como.

Things to do in Lake Maggiore

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Como

— 4 nights

City of Silk

Known for its idyllic location on the shores of Lake Como and at the foot of the Alps, Como is one of northern Italy's most popular tourist destinations.
Take a break from the city and head to Aero Club Monte Cornizzolo and Sentiero del Viandante. Do some cultural sightseeing at Villa Carlotta and Museo Fratelli Cozzi Alfa Romeo. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Como: Villa del Balbianello (in Tremezzina), Greenway del Lago di Como (in Colonno) and Orrido di Bellano (in Bellano). Next up on the itinerary: add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di Sant'Abbondio, brush up on your military savvy at Forte Montecchio Nord, and identify plant and animal life at Riserva Naturale Val di Mello.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Como road trip website.

You can drive from Lake Maggiore to Como in 1.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Como are 76°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can drive to Milan.

Things to do in Como

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Milan

— 2 nights

Fashion Capital of World

In many ways the most modern of Italian cities, Milan is a busy, elegant metropolis with an impressive list of grand palaces, fine churches, and important museums.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): step into the grandiose world of Castello Sforzesco, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duomo di Milano, and then explore the world behind art at Pinacoteca Ambrosiana. On the next day, see La Casa Maledetta, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Monumental Cemetery, then explore the world behind art at Pinacoteca di Brera, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Milan trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Como to Milan in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Milan are 76°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Iseo.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites · Museums · Nightlife · Fun & Games

Iseo

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): do a tasting at Ferghettina, then do a tasting at Contadi Castaldi, then do a tasting at Enrico Gatti, and finally learn about winemaking at Azienda Agricola Il Dosso.

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Iseo holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Milan to Iseo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In September in Iseo, expect temperatures between 75°F during the day and 58°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can go by car to Sirmione.

Things to do in Iseo

Wineries

Side Trips

Sirmione

— 3 nights
Sirmione is a comune in the province of Brescia, in Lombardy (northern Italy). Get a sense of the local culture at Villa Calicantus and Citari. Take a break from the city and head to Lago di Garda and Ranch Barlot. Explore Sirmione's surroundings by going to La Rocca (in Garda), Brunelli Winery (in San Pietro in Cariano) and Cascina Belmonte (in Muscoline). Next up on the itinerary: learn about winemaking at Malavasi and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di San Francesco d'Assisi.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Sirmione itinerary planning site.

Getting from Iseo to Sirmione by car takes about an hour. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. September in Sirmione sees daily highs of 77°F and lows of 58°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can go by car to Venice.

Things to do in Sirmione

Wineries · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Venice

— 5 nights

City of Romance

Virtually unchanged for the last six centuries, Venice is actually a group of islands made famous by a series of canals, bridges, monuments, piazzas, and narrow pedestrian lanes.
Piazza San Marco and Basilica di San Marco are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Venice side-trips: Valdobbiadene (Croset & PDC Cartizze), Toni Doro - Il Prosecco (in Vittorio Veneto) and Verona (Casa di Giulietta, Piazza delle Erbe, &more). The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, enjoy breathtaking views from St Mark's Campanile, take a stroll through Campo del Ghetto, and don't miss a visit to Peggy Guggenheim Collection.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Venice online itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Sirmione to Venice takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Venice can reach 77°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Viareggio.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites · Museums · Wineries · Parks

Side Trips

Viareggio

— 3 nights
Viareggio is a city and comune in northern Tuscany, Italy, on the coast of the Tyrrhenian Sea. Fattoria al Dotto and Wine Tours & Tastings are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Viareggio side-trips: Portovenere (in Porto Venere), Monesteroli (in La Spezia) and Lucca (Azienda Agricola Enzo Carmignani, San Michele in Foro, &more).

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Viareggio trip planner.

You can drive from Venice to Viareggio in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or fly. In September, daytime highs in Viareggio are 78°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to drive to Florence.

Things to do in Viareggio

Wineries · Tours · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Florence

— 5 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Get a sense of the local culture at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Florence Academy of Fine Arts. Change things up with these side-trips from Florence: Castello del Trebbio (in Santa Brigida), Guardastelle Vineyard (in San Gimignano) and Siena (San Francesco, Wine Tours & Tastings, &more). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Piazzale Michelangelo, admire the natural beauty at The Boboli Gardens, admire the masterpieces at Pitti Palace, and get to know the fascinating history of Piazza della Signoria.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Florence trip planner.

Drive from Viareggio to Florence in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Florence can reach 78°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Magione.

Things to do in Florence

Wineries · Historic Sites · Tours · Museums

Side Trips

Magione

— 3 nights
Magione is a comune (municipality) in the Province of Perugia in the Italian region Umbria, located about 15 km west of Perugia. Get a sense of the local culture at Winery Solaria Patrizia Cencioni and Mate Winery. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Magione: Borgo di Lucignano d’Arbia (in Lucignano d'Arbia), Podere Il Cocco (in Montalcino) and Decugnano dei Barbi (in Orvieto). There's still lots to do: stroll through Val d'Orcia, learn about winemaking at Buccelletti - Cantina, and get engrossed in the history at MAEC - Museo dell'Accademia Etrusca.

Plan trip to Magione with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can drive from Florence to Magione in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 78°F in September, and nighttime lows around 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to travel to Bolsena.

Things to do in Magione

Wineries · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Bolsena

— 1 night
Bolsena is a town and comune of Italy, in the province of Viterbo in northern Lazio on the eastern shore of Lake Bolsena. On the 30th (Thu), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di San Flaviano, do a tasting at Cantina Stefanoni, then mingle with the ghosts of the past at Centro Storico di Celleno Vecchia, and finally learn about winemaking at Villa Puri Winery.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Bolsena itinerary planning site.

Drive from Magione to Bolsena in 2 hours. September in Bolsena sees daily highs of 78°F and lows of 59°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Rome.

Things to do in Bolsena

Wineries · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Rome

— 6 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Colosseum and Vatican Museums. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rome: Culture Discovery Vacations - Cooking Classes & Vacations (in Soriano nel Cimino) and Tivoli (Villa d'Este & Villa Adriana). There's much more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pantheon, don't miss a visit to Spanish Steps, admire the masterpieces at Galleria Borghese, and explore the ancient world of Catacombs of Saint Callixtus.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Rome trip maker site.

Traveling by car from Bolsena to Rome takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Rome are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 60°F. On the 6th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Wineries

Side Trips

Lake Como travel guide

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Gardens · Architectural Buildings · Churches
A favorite vacation spot for more than a century, Lake Como was once an exclusive retreat for local aristocrats and wealthy people. It is not only one of Europe's most beautiful lakes, but also one of the deepest at more than 400 m (1,300 ft). Surrounded by elegant villas, the lake has become a popular holiday destination for tourists because of its range of attractions, from landscapes, wildlife, and spas, to activities like sailing, windsurfing, and kite-surfing. The area has been an inspiration for artists since Roman times. English poet Percy Bysshe Shelley wrote, "This lake exceeds anything I ever beheld in beauty…It is long and narrow and has the appearance of a mighty river winding among the mountains and the forests."