16 days in Northwest Italy Itinerary

16 days in Northwest Italy Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Italy trip planner

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Fly
1
Florence
— 1 day
Drive
2
Greve in Chianti
— 1 night
Drive
3
Asciano
— 1 night
Drive
4
Bagni di San Filippo
— 1 night
Drive
5
Cinque Terre
— 1 night
Train
6
Portofino
— 1 night
Train to Recco, Foot to Genoa
7
Genoa
— 1 night
Drive
8
Turin
— 1 night
Train
9
Milan
— 1 night
Drive
10
Verona
— 2 nights
Drive
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Venice
— 3 nights
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Florence

— 1 day

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): look for gifts at Jean Saade, get great views at Basilica San Miniato al Monte, then get to know the fascinating history of Centro Storico, and finally stop by MIO Store - Firenze.

For ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Florence trip itinerary website.

Cape Town, South Africa to Florence is an approximately 18-hour flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Cape Town to Florence due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Cape Town, expect much warmer days and somewhat warmer nights in Florence, ranging from highs of 35°C to lows of 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can go by car to Greve in Chianti.

Things to do in Florence

Shopping · Historic Sites
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Greve in Chianti

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

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Greve in Chianti tour planner.

Traveling by car from Florence to Greve in Chianti takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 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 · Wineries · Shopping

Side Trip

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Asciano

— 1 night
Asciano is a comune and hill town in the province of Siena in the Italian region Tuscany. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): look for gifts at Macelleria Ricci and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Crete Senesi.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Asciano online trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Greve in Chianti to Asciano in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in August, and nighttime lows around 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

Find places to stay Aug 17 — 18:

Bagni di San Filippo

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): take a stroll around San Quirico d'Orcia, stroll through Fosso Bianco - Bagni San Filippo, and then look for gifts at Horto Sapiens.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Bagni di San Filippo driving holiday tool.

Traveling by car from Asciano to Bagni di San Filippo takes an hour. In August, daytime highs in Bagni di San Filippo are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel to Cinque Terre.

Things to do in Bagni di San Filippo

Wildlife · Parks · Shopping · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 18 — 19:

Cinque Terre

— 1 night

Italian Riviera

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): look for gifts at Cantina du Sciacchetra, hike along Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza, and then get into the urban bustle at Vernazza.

For ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Cinque Terre road trip planning tool.

Getting from Bagni di San Filippo to Cinque Terre by car takes about 4.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Cinque Terre can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Portofino.

Things to do in Cinque Terre

Trails · Outdoors · Parks · Shopping
Find places to stay Aug 19 — 20:

Portofino

— 1 night
Portofino is an Italian fishing village and holiday resort famous for its picturesque harbour and historical association with celebrity and artistic visitors. On the 21st (Tue), kick back and relax at Baia di Paraggi and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Area Marina Protetta Portofino.

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You can take a train from Cinque Terre to Portofino in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Cinque Terre in August, Portofino is a bit warmer at night with lows of 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can travel to Genoa.

Things to do in Portofino

Parks · Wildlife · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 20 — 21:

Genoa

— 1 night
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 (Wed), tour the pleasant surroundings at Scoglio dei Mille and then wander the streets of Boccadasse.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Genoa vacation website.

Traveling by train from Portofino to Genoa takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Turin.

Things to do in Genoa

Wildlife · Parks · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Aug 21 — 22:

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 23rd (Thu): examine the collection at Museo Nazionale dell'Automobile, don't miss a visit to Piazza San Carlo, then make a trip to Piazza Castello, and finally get great views at Basilica of Superga.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Turin trip planner.

Traveling by car from Genoa to Turin takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Genoa in August, expect Turin to be little chillier, temps between 28°C and 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Milan.

Things to do in Turin

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 22 — 23:

Milan

— 1 night

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.
For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Milan trip planner.

You can take a train from Turin to Milan in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Turin in August, plan for a bit warmer days in Milan, with highs around 34°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 22°C. On the 24th (Fri), you're off to Verona.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites · Nightlife · Shopping · Museums
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Verona

— 2 nights

City of Romeo and Juliet

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, admire the sheer force of Parco Naturalistico delle Cascate-Family, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Borghetto sul Mincio.

To see traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Verona sightseeing planner.

Drive from Milan to Verona in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in August, and nighttime lows around 20°C. You'll set off for Venice on the 26th (Sun).

Things to do in Verona

Nature · Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 24 — 26:

Venice

— 3 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Cannaregio and Basilica of St. Anthony. For shopping fun, head to Bragora or New Arte Fuga - Glass Factory. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Venice: Oasi Ca' di Mezzo (in Codevigo), Bahia del Sole Spiaggia (in Sottomarina) and Laguna di Bibione (in Bibione). The adventure continues: look for gifts at Artigianato d'Arte di Vianello Mauro.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Venice trip itinerary planning tool.

Getting from Verona to Venice by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in August, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Venice

Outdoors · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 26 — 29:

Province of Siena travel guide

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Landmarks · Wineries & Vineyards · Churches
Siena is a city in Tuscany, Italy. It is the capital of the province of Siena.The historic centre of Siena has been declared by UNESCO a World Heritage Site. It is one of the nation's most visited tourist attractions, with over 163,000 international arrivals in 2008. Siena is famous for its cuisine, art, museums, medieval cityscape and the Palio, a horse race held twice a year.HistorySiena, like other Tuscan hill towns, was first settled in the time of the Etruscans (c. 900–400 BC) when it was inhabited by a tribe called the Saina. The Etruscans were a tribe of advanced people who changed the face of central Italy through their use of irrigation to reclaim previously unfarmable land, and their custom of building their settlements in well-defended hill forts. A Roman town called Saena Julia was founded at the site in the time of the Emperor Augustus. Some archaeologists assert that Siena was controlled for a period by a Gaulish tribe called the Senones.According to local legend, Siena was founded by Senius and Aschius, two sons of Remus and thus nephews of Romulus, after whom Rome was named. Supposedly after their father's murder by Romulus, they fled Rome, taking with them the statue of the she-wolf suckling the infants (Capitoline Wolf), thus appropriating that symbol for the town. Additionally they rode white and black horses, giving rise to the Balzana, or coat of arms of Siena with a white band atop a dark band. Some claim the name Siena derives from Senius. Other etymologies derive the name from the Etruscan family name Saina, the Roman family name Saenii, or the Latin word senex "old" or its derived form seneo "to be old".

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