48 days in Northwest Italy Itinerary

48 days in Northwest Italy Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Northwest Italy vacation planner

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Venice
— 6 nights
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Ravenna
— 2 nights
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Verona
— 5 nights
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Milan
— 5 nights
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Genoa
— 3 nights
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Cinque Terre
— 5 nights
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Pisa
— 1 night
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Florence
— 6 nights
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Siena
— 4 nights
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Assisi
— 3 nights
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Rome
— 7 nights
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Venice

— 6 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.
Family-friendly places like Canal Grande and Doge's Palace will thrill your kids. Explore Venice's surroundings by going to Padua (Piazza delle Erbe, Basilica of St. Anthony, &more). The adventure continues: admire the striking features of Basilica di San Marco, pause for some serene contemplation at San Giorgio Maggiore, take in the views from Ponte di Rialto, and steep yourself in history at Ponte dei Sospiri.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Venice road trip planning app.

Chicago, USA to Venice is an approximately 12-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Chicago to Venice. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Chicago in April: high temperatures in Venice hover around 65°F and lows are around 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Ravenna.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Ravenna

— 2 nights

City of Mosaics

Famous for its wealth of original mosaics, Ravenna is a hub of artistic and cultural heritage.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Bagno Pineta 120, then don't miss a visit to Trepponti, then make a trip to Mausoleo di Galla Placidia, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica San Vitale. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Dante's tomb and Quadrarco of Braccioforte, don't miss a visit to Basilica di Sant'Apollinare Nuovo, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Battistero Neoniano (Battistero degli Ortodossi), then see the interesting displays at Archiepiscopal Museum, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di Sant'Apollinare in Classe, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Il Villaggio delle Cicogne.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Ravenna planning tool.

Getting from Venice to Ravenna by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In April in Ravenna, expect temperatures between 65°F during the day and 47°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Verona.

Things to do in Ravenna

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Verona

— 5 nights

City of Romeo and Juliet

The famous setting for Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet, Verona is one of northern Italy's main tourist destinations, largely owing to its incredibly rich artistic heritage.
Bring the kids along to Gardaland Park and Lago di Garda. There's lots more to do: catch a live event at Arena di Verona, make a trip to Piazza Bra, wander the streets of Piazza delle Erbe, and snap pictures at Ponte Scaligero (Ponte di Castelvecchio).

To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Verona vacation planner.

You can drive from Ravenna to Verona in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. In April, daily temperatures in Verona can reach 68°F, while at night they dip to 47°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Milan.

Things to do in Verona

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Milan

— 5 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.
Family-friendly places like Duomo di Milano and Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II will thrill your kids. Change things up with these side-trips from Milan: Museo Egizio (in Turin), Kayaking & Canoeing (in Bellagio) and Il Rifugio degli Asinelli (in Sala Biellese). And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Pinacoteca Ambrosiana, explore the stunning scenery at Orrido di Bellano, explore the historical opulence of Castello Sforzesco, and see La Casa Maledetta.

For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Milan attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Verona to Milan takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In April, daily temperatures in Milan can reach 66°F, while at night they dip to 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Genoa.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Genoa

— 3 nights
Once the most important harbor in the Mediterranean Sea, Genoa has a long history as a rich and powerful trade center in northern Italy.
Bring the kids along to Aquarium of Genoa and Hike the Punta Manara. Change things up with a short trip to Parco Naturale Regionale dell'Antola in Torriglia (about 46 minutes away). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cattedrale di San Lorenzo - Duomo di Genova, examine the collection at Dialogo nel Buio, take in nature's colorful creations at Scalinata delle Tre Caravelle, and pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di Santa Maria di Castello.

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Getting from Milan to Genoa by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Genoa can reach 69°F, while at night they dip to 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Cinque Terre.

Things to do in Genoa

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Cinque Terre

— 5 nights

Italian Riviera

Made up of five picturesque towns on the Ligurian coast, Cinque Terre is Italy's answer to the French Riviera.
Bring the kids along to Angelo's Boat Tours and Borgo Antico. Next up on the itinerary: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parco Nazionale Cinque Terre, pause for some serene contemplation at Oratorio Di Nostra Signora Dell'Olivo, relax and rejuvenate at Cinque Terre Wellness, and trek along Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Cinque Terre trip planning app.

Take a train from Genoa to Cinque Terre in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Genoa in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Cinque Terre, with lows of 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can take a train to Pisa.

Things to do in Cinque Terre

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Trails

Side Trip

Pisa

— 1 night
Known worldwide for the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the city of Pisa historically served as a maritime power in the heart of Tuscany.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Tue): enjoy breathtaking views from Leaning Tower of Pisa, don't miss a visit to Piazza dei Miracoli, then steep yourself in history at St Martin Cathedral, and finally contemplate the long history of Le mura di Lucca.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Pisa day trip planning app.

Traveling by train from Cinque Terre to Pisa takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 71°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Florence.

Things to do in Pisa

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Florence

— 6 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Piazzale Michelangelo. Venture out of the city with trips to Bologna (Basilica - Santuario di Santo Stefano, Piazza Santo Stefano, &more). Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Florence Academy of Fine Arts, contemplate the long history of Basilica of Santa Croce, enjoy breathtaking views from Campanile di Giotto, and admire the natural beauty at The Boboli Gardens.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Florence day trip tool.

Getting from Pisa to Florence by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 71°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can drive to Siena.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Shopping

Side Trip

Siena

— 4 nights

Cultural Heart of Tuscany

Siena, a medieval Tuscan city, features numerous attractions, including a historic town center, alleyways, towers, and well-preserved buildings.
Family-friendly places like Piazza del Campo and Duomo di Siena will thrill your kids. Go for a jaunt from Siena to Asciano to see Crete Senesi about 50 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Val d'Orcia, take in the spiritual surroundings of Battistero di San Giovanni, make a trip to Centro Storico di Siena, and pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica Cateriniana San Domenico.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Siena trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Florence to Siena takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May in Siena, expect temperatures between 74°F during the day and 53°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to drive to Assisi.

Things to do in Siena

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Museums · Tours

Side Trips

Assisi

— 3 nights

City of Peace

Rich in culture and religious tradition, Assisi is known as the birthplace of St.
Bring the kids along to Basilica Papale e Sacro Convento di San Francesco d'Assisi and Galleria Nazionale dell'Umbria. Get out of town with these interesting Assisi side-trips: Perugia (Collegio del Cambio & Museo-Laboratorio di Tessitura a Mano Giuditta Brozzetti) and Wild Foods Italy (in Montefalco). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Eremo delle Carceri, examine the collection at Museo della Porziuncola, pause for some serene contemplation at Cattedrale di San Rufino, and step into the grandiose world of Rocca Maggiore.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Assisi online itinerary planner.

You can drive from Siena to Assisi in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May, daytime highs in Assisi are 72°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Rome.

Things to do in Assisi

Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Rome

— 7 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Colosseum and Palatine Hill. When in Rome, make a side trip to see Villa d'Este in Tivoli, approximately Tivoli away. And it doesn't end there: delve into the distant past at Pantheon, steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica, stop by Trastevere, and don't miss a visit to Spanish Steps.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Rome itinerary planning website.

Drive from Assisi to Rome in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Rome when traveling from Assisi in May, with lows around 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Tours

Side Trips