16 days in Northwest Italy Itinerary

16 days in Northwest Italy Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Italy tour planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Milan
— 3 nights
Train
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Bologna
— 3 nights
Drive
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Genoa
— 2 nights
Drive
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Alba
— 3 nights
Drive
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Orta San Giulio
— 3 nights
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Milan

— 3 nights

Fashion Capital of World

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Milan: Verona (Torre dei Lamberti, Piazza delle Erbe, &more). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Duomo di Milano, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, step into the grandiose world of Castello Sforzesco, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Monumental Cemetery.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Milan tour itinerary planning app.

Los Angeles, USA to Milan is an approximately 16-hour flight. Traveling from Los Angeles to Milan, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. May in Milan sees daily highs of 73°F and lows of 55°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Bologna.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 14 — 18:

Bologna

— 3 nights

Heart of Italian Cuisine

A city famous for its cuisine, Bologna is the seat of the oldest university in the world, founded in 1088.
Change things up with these side-trips from Bologna: Basilica di Sant'Apollinare in Classe (in Classe), Castello Estense (in Ferrara) and Ravenna (Battistero Neoniano (Battistero degli Ortodossi), Basilica San Vitale, &more). The adventure continues: take in panoramic vistas at Le Due Torri Torre degli Asinell, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica - Santuario di Santo Stefano, sample the fine beverages at Acetaia Giuseppe Giusti, and admire the landmark architecture of Palazzo Comunale.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Bologna online route maker.

You can take a train from Milan to Bologna in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Bologna can reach 74°F, while at night they dip to 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to drive to Genoa.

Things to do in Bologna

Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 18 — 21:

Genoa

— 2 nights
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 22nd (Sun), take a stroll through Boccadasse, see the interesting displays at Galata Museo del Mare, and then enjoy breathtaking views from Spianata Castelletto. On your second day here, get to know the fascinating history of Via Giuseppe Garibaldi, then take a leisurely stroll along Old Port, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Aquarium of Genoa, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cattedrale di San Lorenzo - Duomo di Genova.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Genoa day trip planning tool.

You can drive from Bologna to Genoa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Bologna in May, plan for slightly colder days in Genoa, with highs around 69°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can go by car to Alba.

Things to do in Genoa

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks
Find places to stay May 21 — 23:

Alba

— 3 nights
Alba is a town and comune of Piedmont, Italy, in the province of Cuneo. Step out of Alba with an excursion to La Bollente in Acqui Terme--about 1 hour away. There's still lots to do: appreciate the views at Langhe landscapes UNESCO, learn about winemaking at Cantina Mauro Sebaste, explore the historical opulence of Castello di Grinzane Cavour, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di San Domenico.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Alba vacation builder website.

Getting from Genoa to Alba by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. Traveling from Genoa in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Alba, with lows of 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Orta San Giulio.

Things to do in Alba

Historic Sites · Wineries · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 23 — 26:

Orta San Giulio

— 3 nights
Orta San Giulio is a town and comune (municipality) in the Province of Novara in the Italian region of Piedmont, located about 100km northeast of Turin and about 40km northwest of Novara.The town itself is built on a promontory which juts out from the eastern bank of Lake Orta close to Isola San Giulio, an island which also falls within the municipal boundaries. Venture out of the city with trips to Sacro Monte Unesco di Varese (in Varese), Safari Park (in Pombia) and Parco della Rocca Borromea (in Arona). There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Orta, contemplate the long history of Piazza Motta, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sacro Monte di Orta, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa parrocchiale di Santa Maria Assunta.

Before you visit Orta San Giulio, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can drive from Alba to Orta San Giulio in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In May in Orta San Giulio, expect temperatures between 71°F during the day and 49°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Orta San Giulio

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 26 — 29:

Province of Cuneo travel guide

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Wineries & Vineyards · Landmarks · Castles
Cuneo is a city and comune in Piedmont, Northern Italy, the capital of the province of Cuneo, the third largest of Italy’s provinces by area.It is located at 550 metres (1,804 ft) in the south-west of Piedmont, at the confluence of the rivers Stura and Gesso.Including all bordering municipalities Beinette, Borgo San Dalmazzo, Boves, Busca, Caraglio, Castelletto Stura, Centallo, Cervasca, Morozzo, Peveragno, Tarantasca and Vignolo the population is 123,301 inhabitants.It is near six important mountain passes: Colle della Maddalena at 1996mColle di Tenda at 1871m - Tunnel of Tenda at 1300m, 3km longColle del Melogno at 1027m Colle San Bernardo at 957m Colle di Nava at 934mColle di Cadibona at 459m.

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