12 days in Italy Itinerary

12 days in Italy Itinerary

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12 days in Italy Itinerary

Start: Venice
1
Venice
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h 15 min
2
Florence
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
3
Cinque Terre
— 2 nights
Train:  45 min
4
Portofino
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h 15 min
End: Milan

3
nights
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.
Get some historical perspective at Piazza San Marco and Doge's Palace. Basilica di San Marco and Peggy Guggenheim Collection are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Venice side-trips: Scrovegni Chapel (in Padua) and Verona (Piazza delle Erbe, Arena di Verona, & more). Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Canal Grande, admire the landmark architecture of St Mark's Campanile, take a stroll through Cannaregio, and pause for some serene contemplation at San Giorgio Maggiore.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Venice day trip planner .

If you are flying in from Egypt, the closest major airports are Venice Marco Polo Airport, Treviso-Sant'Angelo Airport and Trieste–Friuli Venezia Giulia Airport. March in Venice sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Verona, Scrovegni Chapel
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Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco

3
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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 11th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, explore the world behind art at Gallerie Degli Uffizi, make a trip to The Baptistery of St. John, steep yourself in history at Piazza San Giovanni, then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Thu): snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio, then get great views at Piazzale Michelangelo, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church and Museum of Orsanmichele, and finally do a tasting at Castello del Trebbio.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Florence day trip planning app .

Getting from Venice to Florence by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Florence can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Cinque Terre.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites Wineries

Side Trip

Castello del Trebbio
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Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi

2
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.
On the 13th (Fri), get into the urban bustle at Vernazza. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Spiaggia di Fegina, stroll through Cinque Terre Trails, and then step into the grandiose world of Castello Doria.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Cinque Terre trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Florence to Cinque Terre takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In March, daily temperatures in Cinque Terre can reach 18°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Portofino.

Things to do in Cinque Terre

Outdoors Parks Trails
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Cinque Terre Trails ©
Cinque Terre Trails
Santa Margherita di Antiochia Church ©
Santa Margherita di Antiochia Church
Castello Doria ©
Castello Doria

3
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Portofino

Portofino ©
Portofino is an Italian fishing village and holiday resort famous for its picturesque harbour and historical association with celebrity and artistic visitors. Santa Margherita Ligure and Oratorio di San Prospero e Santa Caterina are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get some historical perspective at Basilica dei Fieschi and Santuario di Montallegro. Go for a jaunt from Portofino to Sestri Levante to see Baia del Silenzio about 46 minutes away. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica DI Santa Maria Assunta, visit a coastal fixture at Faro di Portofino, step into the grandiose world of Castello Brown, and make a trip to Piazza Martiri Dell'Olivetta.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Portofino road trip site .

Traveling by train from Cinque Terre to Portofino takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Cinque Terre in March, Portofino is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to catch the train back home.

Things to do in Portofino

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Camogli, Rapallo, Baia del Silenzio, Chiesa Di San Giacomo Di Rupinaro, Basilica dei Fieschi
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Faro di Portofino ©
Faro di Portofino
Baia del Silenzio ©
Baia del Silenzio
Basilica dei Fieschi ©
Basilica dei Fieschi

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