8 days in Northwest Italy Itinerary

8 days in Northwest Italy Itinerary

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8 days in Northwest Italy Itinerary

Start: Vienna
Fly:  4​h 15​min
1
Bologna
— 1 night
train:  45​min
2
Florence
— 2 nights
train:  1​h
3
Pisa
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
4
Cinque Terre
— 3 nights
+2
train + tram + Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Vienna

1
night
Bologna

Bologna ©
A city famous for its cuisine, Bologna is the seat of the oldest university in the world, founded in 1088.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at Cattedrale di San Pietro, examine the collection at Museo per la Memoria di Ustica, then examine the collection at Museo Ducati, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa di Santa Maria della Vita, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Complesso Monumentale San Michele In Bosco.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Bologna trip maker .

Vienna, Austria to Bologna is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Vienna in October: high temperatures in Bologna hover around 22°C and lows are around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Bologna

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Museo Ducati
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Museo Ducati ©
Museo Ducati
Chiesa di Santa Maria della Vita ©
Chiesa di Santa Maria della Vita
Cattedrale di San Pietro ©
Cattedrale di San Pietro

2
nights
Florence

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
On the 19th (Sat), admire the masterpieces at Pitti Palace, then explore the world behind art at Gallerie Degli Uffizi, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, and finally steep yourself in history at The Baptistery of St. John. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Piazzale Michelangelo, then get great views at Basilica San Miniato al Monte, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sinagoga di Firenze e Museo ebraico, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Centro Storico.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Florence travel planner .

Traveling by train from Bologna to Florence takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in October, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Mon) to allow time for the bus ride to Siena.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites
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Pitti Palace ©
Pitti Palace
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©

1
night
Pisa

Pisa ©
Known worldwide for the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the city of Pisa historically served as a maritime power in the heart of Tuscany.
On the 21st (Mon), pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di Santa Caterina d'Alessandria, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Giuseppe Garibaldi, and then explore the historical opulence of Rocca di Vicopisano (del Brunelleschi).

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

Getting from Florence to Pisa by train takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or drive. In October, daytime highs in Pisa are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. On the 22nd (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Cinque Terre.

Things to do in Pisa

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Rocca di Vicopisano (del Brunelleschi)
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Chiesa di Santo Stefano dei Cavalieri ©
Museo Aviotruppe Esercito Italiano ©
Museo Aviotruppe Esercito Italiano

3
nights
Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre ©
Made up of five picturesque towns on the Ligurian coast, Cinque Terre is Italy's answer to the French Riviera.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): admire the striking features of Chiesa Di San Pietro and then step into the grandiose world of Castello Doria. On your second day here, hike along Levanto to Monterosso Trail, then contemplate the long history of Musei di Strada Nuova - Palazzo Bianco, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Maria di Castello.

For reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Cinque Terre visit planning tool .

Take a train from Pisa to Cinque Terre in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Cinque Terre can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cinque Terre

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Genoa, Levanto to Monterosso Trail, Basilica dei Fieschi
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Basilica di Santa Maria di Castello ©
Basilica dei Fieschi ©
Basilica dei Fieschi

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