14 days in Northwest Italy Itinerary

14 days in Northwest Italy Itinerary

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14 days in Northwest Italy Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
Fly:  26​h
1
Milan
— 2 nights
Train:  3​h
2
Cinque Terre
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Florence
— 4 nights
Train:  45​min
4
Bologna
— 2 nights
Train:  1​h 15​min
5
Milan
— 1 night
Fly:  26​h
End: Brisbane

2
nights
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 14th (Sun), take a stroll through Brera District, admire the landmark architecture of Castello Sforzesco, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di Santa Maria presso San Satiro, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Duomo di Milano, and finally get engrossed in the history at Villa Necchi Campiglio.

To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Milan tour itinerary maker website .

Brisbane, Australia to Milan is an approximately 26-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST) to Central European Time (CET) is minus 9 hours. Traveling from Brisbane in July, things will get somewhat warmer in Milan: highs are around 34°C and lows about 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Cinque Terre.

Things to do in Milan

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Duomo di Milano ©
Duomo di Milano
Villa Necchi Campiglio ©
Villa Necchi Campiglio

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza and Borgo Storico di Corniglia. Castello Doria and Chiesa di San Lorenzo are good opportunities to explore the local culture. And it doesn't end there: appreciate the extensive heritage of Borgo Storico di Manarola, hike along Sentiero Monterosso - Vernazza, don't miss a visit to Borgo Antico, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of San Giovanni Battista.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Cinque Terre trip planner .

Take a train from Milan to Cinque Terre in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In July, daily temperatures in Cinque Terre can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can go by car to Florence.

Things to do in Cinque Terre

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Chiesa di San Lorenzo ©
Chiesa di San Lorenzo
Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza ©
Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza
Borgo Storico di Corniglia ©
Borgo Storico di Corniglia

4
nights
Florence

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Museo Nazionale del Bargello and Centro Storico. You'll explore and learn at Pitti Palace and Gallerie Degli Uffizi. There's lots more to do: get great views at Basilica San Miniato al Monte, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, take in the spiritual surroundings of The Baptistery of St. John, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Florence road trip planner.

You can drive from Cinque Terre to Florence in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Florence can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. On the 22nd (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Bologna.

Things to do in Florence

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

2
nights
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 22nd (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa di Santa Maria della Vita and then take an in-depth tour of La Macchina del Tempo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: head outdoors with Torre Prendiparte, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cattedrale di San Pietro, take a stroll through La Piccola Venezia, explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimitero monumentale della Certosa, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Complesso Monumentale San Michele In Bosco, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica di San Domenico.

To find out how to plan a trip to Bologna, use our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Florence to Bologna by train takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or drive. July in Bologna sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Milan.

Things to do in Bologna

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Chiesa di Santa Maria della Vita ©
Chiesa di Santa Maria della Vita
Cattedrale di San Pietro ©
Cattedrale di San Pietro
Basilica di San Domenico ©
Basilica di San Domenico

1
night
Milan

Milan ©
Start off your visit on the 24th (Wed): appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Milan trip itinerary website .

Take a train from Bologna to Milan in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll have a few hours on the 25th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Milan

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Chiesa di San Bernardino alle Ossa ©
Chiesa di San Bernardino alle Ossa
Piazza del Duomo ©
Piazza del Duomo

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