16 days in Northwest Italy Itinerary

16 days in Northwest Italy Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Italy Trip Planner

Make it your trip
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Rome
— 4 nights
Fly
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Turin
— 1 night
Drive
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Menaggio
— 2 nights
Drive
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Cinque Terre
— 4 nights
Drive
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Venice
— 2 nights
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Rome

— 4 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Visit Colosseum and St. Peter's Basilica for their historical value. Vatican Museums and Galleria Borghese will appeal to museum buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rome: Parco Archeologico di Ostia Antica (in Ostia Antica) and Villa d'Este (in Tivoli). Next up on the itinerary: explore the ancient world of Pantheon, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Clement Basilica, don't miss a visit to Trevi Fountain, and steep yourself in history at Palatine Hill.

To see maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Rome trip itinerary builder site.

New York City, USA to Rome is an approximately 13-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from New York City to Rome. In July, daytime highs in Rome are 89°F, while nighttime lows are 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Turin.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Wineries

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 7 — 11:

Turin

— 1 night

City of Magic

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 11th (Tue): step into the grandiose world of Castello e Parco di Masino, then take in the awesome beauty at Colline di Torino, and then see the interesting displays at Museo Nazionale dell'Automobile. On the 12th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di Maria Ausiliatrice, then see the interesting displays at Museo Nazionale del Cinema, and then admire the masterpieces at Museo Egizio.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Turin trip planner.

Getting from Rome to Turin by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Rome in July, with highs in Turin at 78°F and lows at 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Menaggio.

Things to do in Turin

Museums · Scenic Drive · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 11 — 12:

Menaggio

— 2 nights
Menaggio is a town and comune in the province of Como, Lombardy, northern Italy, located on the western shore of Lake Como at the mouth of the river Senagra.Menaggio has three frazioni (parishes): Croce, Loveno and Nobiallo.HistoryThe area of current Menaggio was conquered by the Romans in 196 BC. The Roman conquest culminated with the construction of a road called the Via Regina.Menaggio was a walled city. On the 13th (Thu), step into the grandiose world of Castello di Vezio, then take in panoramic vistas at Campanile di San Nicolo, then take in nature's colorful creations at I Giardini di Villa Melzi, and finally admire the striking features of Villa del Balbianello. Keep things going the next day: paddle through the water with AC Boat and then choose your vessel at Turati Centro Nautico Lario.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Menaggio trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Turin to Menaggio takes 3 hours. When traveling from Turin in July, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Menaggio: temperatures range from 85°F by day to 65°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can go by car to Cinque Terre.

Things to do in Menaggio

Outdoors · Tours · Transportation · Adventure

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 12 — 14:

Cinque Terre

— 4 nights

Italian Riviera

Made up of five picturesque towns on the Ligurian coast, Cinque Terre is Italy's answer to the French Riviera.
Take a break from the city and head to Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza and Isola Palmaria. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Pista Ciclopedonale Levanto - Framura and Centro Storico del Paese di Tellaro. Step out of Cinque Terre to go to Bardi and see Castello di Bardi, which is approximately 2h 30 min away. The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Margherita di Antiochia Church.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Cinque Terre online trip maker.

You can drive from Menaggio to Cinque Terre in 4 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In July in Cinque Terre, expect temperatures between 86°F during the day and 65°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Venice.

Things to do in Cinque Terre

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 14 — 18:

Venice

— 2 nights

City of Romance

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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Tue): get to know the fascinating history of Piazza San Marco, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute, then contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, and finally snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto. On the 19th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the masterpieces at Peggy Guggenheim Collection, take in the views from Ponte dei Sospiri, and then see the interesting displays at Doge's Palace.

To find traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Venice visit website.

You can drive from Cinque Terre to Venice in 4.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a train. July in Venice sees daily highs of 87°F and lows of 67°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Jul 18 — 20:

Lake Como travel guide

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Gardens · Architectural Buildings · Churches
A favorite vacation spot for more than a century, Lake Como was once an exclusive retreat for local aristocrats and wealthy people. It is not only one of Europe's most beautiful lakes, but also one of the deepest at more than 400 m (1,300 ft). Surrounded by elegant villas, the lake has become a popular holiday destination for tourists because of its range of attractions, from landscapes, wildlife, and spas, to activities like sailing, windsurfing, and kite-surfing. The area has been an inspiration for artists since Roman times. English poet Percy Bysshe Shelley wrote, "This lake exceeds anything I ever beheld in beauty…It is long and narrow and has the appearance of a mighty river winding among the mountains and the forests."