14 days in Northwest Italy Itinerary

14 days in Northwest Italy Itinerary

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Start: Paris
Fly:  5 h 15 min
1
Genoa
— 1 night
Drive + Ferry:  4 h
2
Portoferraio, Elba Island
— 1 night
Ferry + Drive:  4 h 15 min
3
Assisi
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
4
Rome
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
5
Florence
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
6
Verona
— 1 night
Bus:  1 h 30 min
7
Venice
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h
End: Paris

1
night
Genoa

Genoa ©
Once the most important harbor in the Mediterranean Sea, Genoa has a long history as a rich and powerful trade center in northern Italy.
On the 11th (Mon), appreciate the extensive heritage of Passeggiata Anita Garibaldi a Nervi.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Genoa trip maker tool.

Paris, France to Genoa is an approximately 5.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Paris in May, plan for a bit warmer nights in Genoa, with lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can travel to Portoferraio.

Things to do in Genoa

Parks Neighborhoods Wildlife

Side Trips

Ente Parco di Portofino, Baia del Silenzio
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Passeggiata Anita Garibaldi a Nervi ©
Passeggiata Anita Garibaldi a Nervi
Baia del Silenzio ©
Baia del Silenzio
Boccadasse ©
Boccadasse

1
night
Portoferraio, Elba Island

Portoferraio ©
Portoferraio is a town and comune in the province of Livorno, on the edge of the eponymous harbour of the island of Elba. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Wed): kick back and relax at Spiaggia di Cavoli, then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then stroll through Spiaggia di Capo Bianco, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Spiaggia Di Sansone.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Portoferraio driving holiday planner.

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Genoa to Portoferraio in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. May in Portoferraio sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can travel to Assisi.

Things to do in Portoferraio

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Scuba & Snorkeling, Spiaggia di Cavoli
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Spiaggia di Cavoli ©
Spiaggia di Cavoli
Spiaggia Di Sansone ©
Spiaggia Di Sansone
Scuba & Snorkeling

2
nights
Assisi

Assisi ©
Rich in culture and religious tradition, Assisi is known as the birthplace of St.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica di Santa Chiara, identify plant and animal life at Bosco di San Francesco, step into the grandiose world of Rocca Paolina, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Maria degli Angeli - Porziuncola, then see the interesting displays at Museo della Porziuncola, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Eremo delle Carceri. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of San Damiano, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Superiore di San Francesco, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica Papale e Sacro Convento di San Francesco d'Assisi, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cripta di San Francesco, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta Spoleto.

For more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Assisi trip maker site.

You can do a combination of ferry and car from Portoferraio to Assisi in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, train, and bus; or do a combination of ferry and train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Rome.

Things to do in Assisi

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Rocca Paolina, Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta Spoleto
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Basilica di Santa Chiara ©
Basilica di Santa Chiara
Museo della Porziuncola ©
Museo della Porziuncola

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nights
Rome

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Take a break from the city and head to Cascata delle Marmore and Scuba & Snorkeling. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Colosseum and Pantheon. Step out of Rome to go to Orvieto and see Duomo di Orvieto, which is approximately 1h 30 min away. And it doesn't end there: delve into the distant past at Palatine Hill, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona, pause for some serene contemplation at Arcibasilica di San Giovanni in Laterano, and admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Rome road trip planner.

Drive from Assisi to Rome in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Assisi in May, plan for a bit warmer nights in Rome, with lows around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Vatican City, Duomo di Orvieto, Cascata delle Marmore
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Pantheon ©
Pantheon
St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica
Vatican Museums
Vatican Museums

2
nights
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 19th (Tue): steep yourself in history at L’importuno di Michelangelo, make a trip to Piazzale Michelangelo, get great views at Basilica San Miniato al Monte, steep yourself in history at Basilica of Santa Croce, then admire the masterpieces at Florence Academy of Fine Arts, and finally explore the world behind art at Pitti Palace. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Loggia dei Lanzi, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, contemplate the long history of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Centro Storico, and finally admire the striking features of The Baptistery of St. John.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Florence travel planner.

You can take a train from Rome to Florence in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. Traveling from Rome in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Florence, with lows of 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Verona.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums
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Basilica San Miniato al Monte
Basilica San Miniato al Monte
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
Florence Academy of Fine Arts ©
Florence Academy of Fine Arts

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night
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.
On the 21st (Thu), make a trip to Piazza Bra, then experience the emotional art of opera at Arena di Verona, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Parco Naturalistico delle Cascate-Family.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Verona road trip app.

Take a train from Florence to Verona in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in May, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to catch the bus to Venice.

Things to do in Verona

Wildlife Nature Parks
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Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore ©
Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore
Arena di Verona ©
Arena di Verona
Piazza Bra ©
Piazza Bra

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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 explore the less-touristy side of things at Basilica of St. Anthony and Scrovegni Chapel. Popular historic sites such as Piazza San Marco and Basilica di San Marco are in your itinerary. Take a break from Venice with a short trip to Castello Estense in Ferrara, about 1h 15 min away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto, see the interesting displays at Doge's Palace, and contemplate the long history of Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Venice attractions planner.

Traveling by bus from Verona to Venice takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in May, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Padua, Castello Estense
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Basilica of St. Anthony ©
Basilica of St. Anthony
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco

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