12 days in Northwest Italy Itinerary

12 days in Northwest Italy Itinerary

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12 days in Northwest Italy Itinerary

Start: Tel Aviv
Fly:  7 h 15 min
1
Milan
— 1 day
Train:  1 h 30 min
2
Verona
— 3 nights
Bus:  1 h 30 min
3
Venice
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
4
Sirmione
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
5
Milan
— Few hours
Fly:  7 h 15 min
End: Tel Aviv

1
day
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.
On the 26th (Sun), admire the landmark architecture of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di Sant'Eustorgio, steep yourself in history at Vicolo Privato Lavandai, then pause for some photo ops at Arco della Pace, and finally admire the natural beauty at Casa Degli Atellani - La Vigna Di Leonardo.

For where to stay and tourist information, you can read our Milan day trip site.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Milan is an approximately 7.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Israel Standard Time to Central European Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Tel Aviv in April: high temperatures in Milan hover around 22°C and lows are around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Verona.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
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Basilica di Sant'Eustorgio ©
Basilica di Sant'Eustorgio
Arco della Pace ©
Arco della Pace

3
nights
Verona

Verona ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore, admire the striking features of Casa di Giulietta, contemplate the long history of Piazza delle Erbe, experience the emotional art of opera at Arena di Verona, then pause for some serene contemplation at chiesa di San Lorenzo - Verona, and finally contemplate the long history of I Portoni della Bra. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Tue): get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Broletto, explore the ancient world of Rotonda di San Lorenzo, take an in-depth tour of Camera degli Sposi, then admire the landmark architecture of Piazza Sordello, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Castello San Giorgio.

For ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Verona vacation builder tool.

Traveling by train from Milan to Verona takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In April, daily temperatures in Verona can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to take a bus to Venice.

Things to do in Verona

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Mantua
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Rotonda di San Lorenzo ©
Rotonda di San Lorenzo
Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore ©
Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore
Arena di Verona ©
Arena di Verona

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Castello Estense and Cannaregio. Get some cultural insight at Piazza San Marco and Basilica di San Marco. Explore Venice's surroundings by going to Ferrara (Via Savonarola & Via delle Volte) and Castello del Catajo (in Battaglia Terme). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, make a trip to Dorsoduro, see the interesting displays at Doge's Palace, and admire the masterpieces at Peggy Guggenheim Collection.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Venice trip planner.

You can take a bus from Verona to Venice in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. April in Venice sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Sirmione.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Ferrara, Castello del Catajo
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Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco

5
nights
Sirmione

Sirmione ©
Sirmione is a comune in the province of Brescia, in Lombardy (northern Italy). Your inner history buff will appreciate Castello Scaligero and Pieve di San Giorgio. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Borgo Castell'Arquato and Via dei Musei. Change things up with these side-trips from Sirmione: Castello di Vigoleno (in Vigoleno), Castello di Tabiano (in Tabiano Castello) and Brescia (Chiesa di Santa Maria della Carita & Piazza Paolo VI). There's lots more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Centro Storico Sirmione, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di San Francesco d'Assisi, make a trip to Mura di Lazise, and learn about winemaking at Cascina Maddalena.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Sirmione trip itinerary builder app .

Getting from Venice to Sirmione by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Sirmione are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can go by car to Milan.

Things to do in Sirmione

Historic Sites Wineries Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Brescia, Vigoleno, Villa Romana e Antiquarium, Mura di Lazise, Villa Calicantus
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Borgo Castell'Arquato ©
Borgo Castell'Arquato
Castello Scaligero ©
Castello Scaligero
Villa Calicantus ©
Villa Calicantus

few
hours
Milan

Milan ©
On the 7th (Thu), pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di San Bernardino alle Ossa, pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di Santa Maria presso San Satiro, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Duomo di Milano.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Milan online holiday planner .

You can drive from Sirmione to Milan in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites
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Duomo di Milano ©
Duomo di Milano
Chiesa di Santa Maria presso San Satiro ©
Chiesa di San Bernardino alle Ossa ©
Chiesa di San Bernardino alle Ossa

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