9 days in Northwest Italy Itinerary

9 days in Northwest Italy Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Italy trip planner

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Milan
— 6 nights
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Turin
— 1 day
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Bologna
— 1 day
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Genoa
— 1 day

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Milan

— 6 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.
Appreciate the collections at Pinacoteca di Brera and Pinacoteca Ambrosiana. Duomo di Milano and Museo di Castelvecchio will appeal to history buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Milan: Museo Fratelli Cozzi Alfa Romeo (in Legnano), Tempio Civico della Beata Vergine Incoronata (in Lodi) and Verona (Torre dei Lamberti, Piazza delle Erbe, &more). There's still lots to do: explore the historical opulence of Castello Sforzesco, take an in-depth tour of Basilica di Sant'Ambrogio, examine the collection at Civic Archaeological Museum, and engage your brain at Museo Della Scienza E Della Tecnologia Leonardo da Vinci.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Milan trip builder site.

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major aiports are Malpensa International Airport, Milano Linate Airport and Milan Bergamo Airport. Expect a daytime high around 46°F in December, and nighttime lows around 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Turin.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites · Museums · Childrens Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Turin

— 1 day

City of Magic

A city of technology and industry, Turin is in northwestern Italy, a one-hour drive from the French border and slightly more than that from the Mediterranean Sea.
On the 15th (Wed), take some stellar pictures from Basilica of Superga, admire the landmark architecture of Palazzo Reale, then see the interesting displays at Museo Nazionale dell'Automobile, and finally admire the masterpieces at Museo Egizio.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Turin day trip website.

Traveling by train from Milan to Turin takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Turin can reach 45°F, while at night they dip to 37°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Bologna.

Things to do in Turin

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Bologna

— 1 day

Heart of Italian Cuisine

A city famous for its cuisine, Bologna is the seat of the oldest university in the world, founded in 1088.
On the 16th (Thu), steep yourself in history at Basilica di San Petronio, take an in-depth tour of Museo Civico Archeologico, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica - Santuario di Santo Stefano, then take an in-depth tour of Museo Civico Medievale, then admire the masterpieces at La Quadreria - Palazzo Rossi Poggi Marsili, and finally steep yourself in history at Piazza Maggiore.

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Bologna travel route planner.

Traveling by train from Turin to Bologna takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December in Bologna, expect temperatures between 47°F during the day and 34°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Genoa.

Things to do in Bologna

Historic Sites · Museums

Genoa

— 1 day
Once the most important harbor in the Mediterranean Sea, Genoa has a long history as a rich and powerful trade center in northern Italy.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Museo di Palazzo Reale, examine the collection at Galata Museo del Mare, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica di Santa Maria di Castello, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cattedrale di San Lorenzo - Duomo di Genova, then admire the masterpieces at Palazzo Ducale, and finally don't miss a visit to Piazza Raffaele De Ferrari.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Genoa trip itinerary planning site.

You can take a train from Bologna to Genoa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Bologna in December, things will get a bit warmer in Genoa: highs are around 57°F and lows about 48°F.

Things to do in Genoa

Museums · Historic Sites