17 days in Northwest Italy Itinerary

17 days in Northwest Italy Itinerary

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Milan
— 2 nights
Drive
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Orta San Giulio
— 2 nights
Drive
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Castelnuovo Don Bosco
— 3 nights
Drive
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Genoa
— 3 nights
Drive
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Bologna
— 3 nights
Train
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Milan
— 1 night
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Milan

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): explore the historical opulence of Castello Sforzesco, see the interesting displays at Museo Della Scienza E Della Tecnologia Leonardo da Vinci, and then appreciate the history behind Arco della Pace. On the 16th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the masterpieces at Museo Poldi Pezzoli, then make a trip to Dialogo nel Buio, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Giardini Pubblici Indro Montanelli.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Milan trip maker app.

Phoenix, USA to Milan is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Phoenix to Milan. Expect colder weather when traveling from Phoenix in May: highs in Milan hover around 73°F, while lows dip to 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can go by car to Orta San Giulio.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums
Find places to stay May 14 — 17:

Orta San Giulio

— 2 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. Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): admire the landmark architecture of Palazzotto della Comunita, explore the activities along Lake Orta, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa parrocchiale di Santa Maria Assunta. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Parco della Rocca Borromea, explore the activities along San Giulio Island, and then steep yourself in history at Villa Bossi.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Orta San Giulio travel route planning website.

Getting from Milan to Orta San Giulio by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Orta San Giulio when traveling from Milan in May, with lows around 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Castelnuovo Don Bosco.

Things to do in Orta San Giulio

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 17 — 19:

Castelnuovo Don Bosco

— 3 nights
Castelnuovo Don Bosco is a comune in the province of Asti in the Italian region Piedmont, located about 20km east of Turin and about 25km northwest of Asti, on a hill near the confluence of the Nevissano and Bardella.Castelnuovo Don Bosco borders the following municipalities: Albugnano, Buttigliera d'Asti, Capriglio, Moncucco Torinese, Moriondo Torinese, Passerano Marmorito, and Pino d'Asti.HistoryCastenlnuovo's origins, as attested by the name are connected to a castle built before 1000 AD, around which a burgh grew as time passed. Step off the beaten path and head to Castello di Cisterna D'Asti and Museo della Vita Contadina. Go for a jaunt from Castelnuovo Don Bosco to Villafranca d'Asti to see La Castella about 30 minutes away. The adventure continues: make a trip to Abbazia di Santa Maria di Vezzolano, see the interesting displays at Museo Missionario Don Bosco, and pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Secondo.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Castelnuovo Don Bosco journey maker.

You can drive from Orta San Giulio to Castelnuovo Don Bosco in 2 hours. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Orta San Giulio in May: highs in Castelnuovo Don Bosco hover around 64°F, while lows dip to 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to Genoa.

Things to do in Castelnuovo Don Bosco

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 19 — 22:

Genoa

— 3 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Dialogo nel Buio and Basilica di Santa Maria di Castello. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Genoa: Varigotti (Baia dei Saraceni & Varigotti Beach). There's lots more to do: stroll the grounds of Cimitero Monumentale di Staglieno, observe the fascinating underwater world at Aquarium of Genoa, step into the grandiose world of D'Albertis Castle, and don't miss a visit to Piazza San Matteo.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Genoa online vacation maker.

Getting from Castelnuovo Don Bosco to Genoa by car takes about 2 hours. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Genoa when traveling from Castelnuovo Don Bosco in May, with lows around 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Bologna.

Things to do in Genoa

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 22 — 25:

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Archiginnasio di Bologna and Chiesa di Santa Maria della Vita. And it doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cattedrale di San Pietro, steep yourself in history at Piazza Maggiore, get a sense of history and politics at Palazzo Comunale, and wander the streets of Quadrilatero.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Bologna trip planner.

You can drive from Genoa to Bologna in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Bologna are 74°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Milan.

Things to do in Bologna

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay May 25 — 28:

Milan

— 1 night

Fashion Capital of World

On the 29th (Sun), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duomo di Milano, examine the collection at Museo Della Scienza E Della Tecnologia Leonardo da Vinci, then don't miss a visit to Dialogo nel Buio, and finally admire the striking features of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Milan trip builder tool.

Take a train from Bologna to Milan in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay May 28 — 29:

Province of Asti travel guide

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Wineries & Vineyards · Landmarks · Churches