8 days in Northwest Italy & Bolzano Itinerary

8 days in Northwest Italy & Bolzano Itinerary

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8 days in Northwest Italy & Bolzano Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  17 h 45 min
1
Rome
— 1 night
Train:  1 h 45 min
2
Florence
— 1 night
Train:  2 h 15 min
3
Venice
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 45 min
4
Bolzano
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 15 min
5
Varenna
— 1 night
Train:  1 h 15 min
6
Milan
— 1 night
Fly:  16 h
End: San Francisco

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Rome

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): explore the ancient world of Palatine Hill. Keep things going the next day: delve into the distant past at Colosseum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona, then contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Basilica, then explore the ancient world of Pantheon, and finally ponder the design of Trevi Fountain.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Rome online itinerary builder.

San Francisco, USA to Rome is an approximately 18- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from San Francisco to Rome due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in September, and nighttime lows around 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites

Side Trip

St. Peter's Basilica
Highlights from your plan
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica

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Florence

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): take in panoramic vistas at Campanile di Giotto, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio, then don't miss a visit to Piazzale Michelangelo, and finally admire the masterpieces at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery.

For more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Florence tour planning site.

Getting from Rome to Florence by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. In September, daily temperatures in Florence can reach 78°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can catch the train to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery
Piazzale Michelangelo ©
Piazzale Michelangelo

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Venice

Venice ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): get to know the fascinating history of Piazza San Marco, then admire the landmark architecture of Basilica di San Marco, then take in the views from Ponte di Rialto, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande.

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

Take a train from Florence to Venice in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Venice are 77°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can drive to Bolzano.

Things to do in Venice

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco

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Bolzano

Bolzano ©
South Tyrol's capital, Bolzano, has been named the Italian city with the highest quality of life.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at BAS - Opfer fur die Freiheit, then walk around Puez-Geisler Nature Park, and then head outdoors with Monte Casale.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Bolzano journey maker tool.

Traveling by car from Venice to Bolzano takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Bolzano can reach 77°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Varenna.

Things to do in Bolzano

Parks Museums Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Puez-Geisler Nature Park ©
Puez-Geisler Nature Park
BAS - Opfer fur die Freiheit ©
BAS - Opfer fur die Freiheit

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Varenna

Varenna ©
Varenna is a comune (municipality) on Lake Como in the Province of Lecco in the Italian region Lombardy, located about 60km north of Milan and about 20km northwest of Lecco.Varenna was founded by local fishermen in 769, and was later allied of the commune of Milan. Start off your visit on the 6th (Sun): admire the striking features of Villa Monastero, enjoy the sand and surf at Riva Bianca Beach, step into the grandiose world of Castello di Vezio, then shop like a local with Paul DEMARIA - The Open Lake & Landscape Studio d’Arte, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at S. Giovanni Battista, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Il Giardino Botanico - Hotel Villa Cipressi.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Varenna trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by car from Bolzano to Varenna takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In September in Varenna, expect temperatures between 76°F during the day and 57°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Milan.

Things to do in Varenna

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Riva Bianca Beach, Castello di Vezio
Highlights from your plan
Riva Bianca Beach ©
Riva Bianca Beach
Villa Monastero ©
Villa Monastero

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Milan

Milan ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica San Lorenzo Maggiore, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, pause for some serene contemplation at Duomo di Milano, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Tecla, and finally admire the striking features of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Milan holiday planner.

Take a train from Varenna to Milan in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In September, daytime highs in Milan are 76°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Duomo di Milano ©
Duomo di Milano
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II ©
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
Piazza del Duomo ©
Piazza del Duomo

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