16 days in Italy Itinerary

16 days in Italy Itinerary

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16 days in Italy Itinerary

Start: Cape Town
Fly:  17​h 15​min
Florence
— Few hours
Drive:  45​min
Greve in Chianti
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Asciano
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Bagni di San Filippo
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
Cinque Terre
— 1 night
train:  45​min
Portofino
— 1 night
train:  30​min
Genoa
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
Turin
— 1 night
train:  1​h
Milan
— 1 night
train:  1​h 15​min
Verona
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
Venice
— 3 nights
Fly:  17​h 15​min
End: Cape Town

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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 16th (Thu): look for gifts at Jean Saade, get great views at Basilica San Miniato al Monte, then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, then make a trip to Centro Storico, and finally look for gifts at MIO Store - Firenze.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Florence vacation tool .

Cape Town, South Africa to Florence is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Cape Town to Florence. While traveling from Cape Town, expect warmer days and somewhat warmer nights in Florence, ranging from highs of 35°C to lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can drive to Greve in Chianti.

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Jean Saade ©
Jean Saade
MIO Store - Firenze ©
MIO Store - Firenze
Centro Storico ©
Centro Storico

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Greve in Chianti

Greve in Chianti ©
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): look for gifts at Villa Calcinaia Wine Shop, then look for gifts at Ghiottineria, and then experience rural life at Castello di Verrazzano.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Greve in Chianti road trip planning website .

You can drive from Florence to Greve in Chianti in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in August, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to drive to Asciano.

Things to do in Greve in Chianti

#Historic Sites, #Outdoors, #Wineries

Side Trip

Ghiottineria
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Castello di Verrazzano ©
Castello di Verrazzano
Villa Calcinaia Wine Shop ©
Villa Calcinaia Wine Shop
Ghiottineria ©
Ghiottineria

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Asciano

Asciano ©
Asciano is a comune and hill town in the province of Siena in the Italian region Tuscany. Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): look for gifts at Macelleria Ricci and then identify plant and animal life at Crete Senesi.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Asciano trip planner.

You can drive from Greve in Chianti to Asciano in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train. In August, daily temperatures in Asciano can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Bagni di San Filippo.

Things to do in Asciano

#Wildlife, #Parks, #Shopping

Side Trip

Macelleria Ricci
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Crete Senesi ©
Crete Senesi
Macelleria Ricci ©
Macelleria Ricci

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night
Bagni di San Filippo

Bagni di San Filippo ©
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): take a stroll around San Quirico d'Orcia, then identify plant and animal life at Fosso Bianco - Bagni San Filippo, and then look for gifts at Horto Sapiens.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Bagni di San Filippo trip planner .

Traveling by car from Asciano to Bagni di San Filippo takes an hour. In August, daily temperatures in Bagni di San Filippo can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Cinque Terre.

Things to do in Bagni di San Filippo

#Wildlife, #Parks, #Shopping

Side Trips

Horto Sapiens, San Quirico d'Orcia
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San Quirico d'Orcia ©
San Quirico d'Orcia
Horto Sapiens ©
Horto Sapiens

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night
Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre ©
Made up of five picturesque towns on the Ligurian coast, Cinque Terre is Italy's answer to the French Riviera.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): stop by Cantina du Sciacchetra, hike along Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza, and then take a stroll around Vernazza.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Cinque Terre trip planner .

Traveling by car from Bagni di San Filippo to Cinque Terre takes 4 hours. In August in Cinque Terre, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Portofino.

Things to do in Cinque Terre

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Trails
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Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza ©
Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza
Vernazza ©
Vernazza

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night
Portofino

Portofino
Portofino is an Italian fishing village and holiday resort famous for its picturesque harbour and historical association with celebrity and artistic visitors. Start off your visit on the 21st (Tue): kick back and relax at Baia di Paraggi and then identify plant and animal life at Area Marina Protetta Portofino.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Portofino day trip website .

Getting from Cinque Terre to Portofino by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Cinque Terre in August since evenings lows in Portofino dip to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can take a train to Genoa.

Things to do in Portofino

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Wildlife

Side Trip

Baia di Paraggi
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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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Scoglio dei Mille and then wander the streets of Boccadasse.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Genoa driving holiday planning site .

Genoa is just a stone's throw from Portofino. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in August, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can drive to Turin.

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Scoglio dei Mille ©
Scoglio dei Mille
Boccadasse ©
Boccadasse

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Turin

Turin ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): see the interesting displays at Museo Nazionale dell'Automobile, then make a trip to Piazza San Carlo, then make a trip to Piazza Castello, and finally contemplate the long history of Basilica di Superga.

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You can drive from Genoa to Turin in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Genoa in August; daily highs in Turin reach 28°C and lows reach 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Milan.

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Basilica di Superga ©
Basilica di Superga
Piazza San Carlo ©
Piazza San Carlo
Museo Nazionale dell'Automobile ©
Museo Nazionale dell'Automobile

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night
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.
For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Milan trip planner.

You can take a train from Turin to Milan in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Turin in August, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Milan: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 22°C at night. On the 24th (Fri), you'll travel to Verona.

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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 25th (Sat): look for gifts at Vivavino Wine Shop, then identify plant and animal life at Parco Naturalistico delle Cascate-Family, and then get into the urban bustle at Borghetto sul Mincio. On the 26th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Parco Naturale del Monte Baldo.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Verona trip planner .

Getting from Milan to Verona by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. August in Verona sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Venice.

Things to do in Verona

#Wildlife, #Parks, #Nature

Side Trips

Borghetto sul Mincio, Parco Naturale del Monte Baldo
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Parco Naturale del Monte Baldo ©
Parco Naturale del Monte Baldo
Borghetto sul Mincio ©
Borghetto sul Mincio

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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 get in some beach time at Bahia del Sole and Laguna di Bibione. Step out of the city life by going to Le Tegnue dell'Alto Adriatico and Isola di Burano. Venture out of the city with trips to Basilica di Sant’Antonio (in Padua) and Oasi Ca' di Mezzo (in Codevigo). There's more to do: stop by Artigianato d'Arte di Vianello Mauro and wander the streets of Cannaregio.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Venice trip planning website .

You can take a train from Verona to Venice in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Venice are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Venice

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Burano, Oasi Ca' di Mezzo, Basilica di Sant’Antonio, Laguna di Bibione, Bahia del Sole
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Isola di Burano ©
Isola di Burano
Bahia del Sole ©
Bahia del Sole
Artigianato d'Arte di Vianello Mauro ©

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