17 days in Italy Itinerary

17 days in Italy Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Italy journey planner

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Milan
— 4 nights
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Varenna
— 3 nights
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Bolzano
— 2 nights
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Cinque Terre
— 2 nights
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Florence
— 5 nights
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Milan

— 4 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Milan side-trips: Langhe landscapes UNESCO (in Alba) and Verona (Museo di Castelvecchio, Arena di Verona, &more). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duomo di Milano, steep yourself in history at Castello Sforzesco, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica San Lorenzo Maggiore, and take an in-depth tour of Pinacoteca Ambrosiana.

To find maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Milan trip itinerary planning app.

Indianapolis, USA to Milan is an approximately 14-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a 6 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in May, and nighttime lows around 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can drive to Varenna.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 3 — 7:

Varenna

— 3 nights
Varenna is a comune (municipality) on Lake Como in the Province of Lecco in the Italian region Lombardy, located about 60km north of Milan and about 20km northwest of Lecco.Varenna was founded by local fishermen in 769, and was later allied of the commune of Milan. Get out of town with these interesting Varenna side-trips: Tremezzina (Villa del Balbianello & Villa Carlotta) and Bellagio (Basilica di San Giacomo, La Punta Spartivento, &more). Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di San Giorgio and go for a walk through Green Way dei Patriarchi.

To find more things to do and tourist information, refer to the Varenna day trip website.

Traveling by car from Milan to Varenna takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. May in Varenna sees daily highs of 71°F and lows of 52°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Bolzano.

Things to do in Varenna

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 7 — 10:

Bolzano

— 2 nights

Gateway to Dolomites

South Tyrol's capital, Bolzano, has been named the Italian city with the highest quality of life.
On the 11th (Wed), take some stellar pictures from Mountain Cinema Knottnkino and then take in nature's colorful creations at I Giardini di Castel Trauttmansdorff. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Val Gardena and then immerse yourself in nature at Parco Naturale Puez Odle.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Bolzano trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Varenna to Bolzano in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In May in Bolzano, expect temperatures between 75°F during the day and 52°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Cinque Terre.

Things to do in Bolzano

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 10 — 12:

Cinque Terre

— 2 nights

Italian Riviera

Made up of five picturesque towns on the Ligurian coast, Cinque Terre is Italy's answer to the French Riviera.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Cinque Terre footpaths and then get outside with Enjoy Cinqueterre Boat Tours. On the next day, hike along Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza and then walk around Parco Naturale Regionale di Porto Venere.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Cinque Terre trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by car from Bolzano to Cinque Terre takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 71°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can drive to Florence.

Things to do in Cinque Terre

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 12 — 14:

Florence

— 5 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Change things up with these side-trips from Florence: San Michele in Foro (in Lucca), Pisa (Leaning Tower of Pisa & Food Tours) and Siena (Piazza del Campo & Wine Tours & Tastings). There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Florence Academy of Fine Arts, take in panoramic vistas at Campanile di Giotto, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, and make a trip to Piazzale Michelangelo.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Florence online driving holiday planner.

Getting from Cinque Terre to Florence by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train. Expect a daytime high around 71°F in May, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Thu) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites · Tours · Wineries · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 14 — 19:

Italy travel guide

4.6
Landmarks · Ruins · Beaches
Italy is a land of high fashion, fine art, exquisite architecture, luxury sports cars, outstanding cuisine--and an insatiable taste for "la dolce vita." It's also home to the greatest number of World Heritage Sites in the world, making it an ideal place for your next holiday. The country boasts a varied landscape of mountain ranges, alpine lakes, and coastal towns, so it's no wonder travelers often refer to it as the bel paese (beautiful country). With so many places to visit, visitors often have a difficult time planning their itinerary. The smaller villages each feature a distinct character and a blend of architecture, art, and cuisine. In the country, you'll find countless archeological sites dating back to Roman times and beyond. The country's cities and seaside resorts are cosmopolitan powerhouses with museums, galleries, restaurants, shops, open-air markets, and pedestrian-friendly historic areas.

Lake Como travel guide

4.2
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."