20 days in Northwest Italy Itinerary

20 days in Northwest Italy Itinerary

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20 days in Northwest Italy Itinerary

Start: Moscow
Fly:  7 h 30 min
1
Genoa
— 3 nights
Drive + Ferry:  4 h
2
Portoferraio, Elba Island
— 2 nights
Ferry + Drive:  4 h
3
Orvieto
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
4
Assisi
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
5
San Gimignano
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
6
Venice
— 3 nights
Fly:  6 h 45 min
End: Moscow

3
nights
Genoa

Genoa ©
Once the most important harbor in the Mediterranean Sea, Genoa has a long history as a rich and powerful trade center in northern Italy.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Boccadasse and Cinque Terre Trails. Escape the urban bustle at Baia del Silenzio and Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza. Venture out of the city with trips to Porto Venere (Castello Doria & Portovenere). It doesn't end there: make a trip to Piazza Raffaele De Ferrari.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Genoa road trip planning tool .

Moscow, Russia to Genoa is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone changes from Moscow Standard Time to Central European Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Moscow in June, things will get somewhat warmer in Genoa: highs are around 29°C and lows about 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can travel to Portoferraio.

Things to do in Genoa

Parks Outdoors Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Cinque Terre, Porto Venere, Baia del Silenzio
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Portovenere ©
Portovenere
Baia del Silenzio ©
Baia del Silenzio
Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza ©
Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza

2
nights
Portoferraio, Elba Island

Portoferraio ©
Portoferraio is a town and comune in the province of Livorno, on the edge of the eponymous harbour of the island of Elba. Start off your visit on the 25th (Tue): stroll through Spiaggia di Cavoli and then take in the awesome beauty at Monte Capanne. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Spiaggia di Capo Bianco and then stroll through Spiaggia Di Sansone.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Portoferraio trip builder .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Genoa to Portoferraio in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in June, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel to Orvieto.

Things to do in Portoferraio

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Spiaggia di Cavoli, Monte Capanne
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Spiaggia di Cavoli ©
Spiaggia di Cavoli
Spiaggia Di Sansone ©
Spiaggia Di Sansone
Monte Capanne ©
Monte Capanne

3
nights
Orvieto

Orvieto ©
The striking town of Orvieto, perched on a volcanic cliff overlooking the Umbrian countryside, is known as the Green Heart of Italy.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Giardino dei Tarocchi and Pitigliano Centro Storico. Civita di Bagnoregio and Pozzo di San Patrizio are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Orvieto: Castello Di Capalbio (in Capalbio), Cascata delle Marmore (in Marmore) and Castelnuovo dell'Abate (Abbazia di Sant'Antimo & Mastrojanni). Next up on the itinerary: admire the sheer force of Cascate del Mulino, steep yourself in history at Duomo di Orvieto, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Santuario della Madonna delle Grazie, and get to know the fascinating history of Piazza della Repubblica.

To see maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Orvieto trip tool .

Traveling by combination of ferry and car from Portoferraio to Orvieto takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in June, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can drive to Assisi.

Things to do in Orvieto

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Pitigliano, Montalcino, Capalbio, Civita di Bagnoregio, Cascata delle Marmore
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Civita di Bagnoregio ©
Civita di Bagnoregio
Abbazia di Sant'Antimo ©
Abbazia di Sant'Antimo
Giardino dei Tarocchi ©
Giardino dei Tarocchi

4
nights
Assisi

Assisi ©
Rich in culture and religious tradition, Assisi is known as the birthplace of St.
Get some cultural insight at Museo della Porziuncola and Basilica di Santa Maria degli Angeli - Porziuncola. Take a break from the city and head to Riviera del Conero e Colli dell'Infinito and Piana di Castelluccio di Norcia. Get out of town with these interesting Assisi side-trips: Grotte di Frasassi (in Genga), Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta Spoleto (in Spoleto) and Edicola (in Norcia). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Chiara, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di San Francesco, explore the world behind art at Palazzo Ducale di Urbino, and steep yourself in history at Eremo delle Carceri.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Assisi online tour planner .

Getting from Orvieto to Assisi by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Assisi can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can go by car to San Gimignano.

Things to do in Assisi

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta Spoleto, Rocca Paolina, Riviera del Conero e Colli dell'Infinito, Piana di Castelluccio di Norcia, Santuario Della Santa Casa
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Piana di Castelluccio di Norcia ©
Piana di Castelluccio di Norcia
Grotte di Frasassi ©
Grotte di Frasassi

4
nights
San Gimignano

San Gimignano ©
A historical gem in the heart of Tuscany, San Gimignano is known as the Town of Fine Towers for its jutting skyline of high city walls.
Get outdoors at Canyon Park and Dog Beach. Discover out-of-the-way places like San Gimignano Bell Tower and Centro Storico di Siena. Change things up with these side-trips from San Gimignano: Pisa (Battistero, Duomo di Pisa, & more), Abbazia di San Galgano (in Chiusdino) and Torre del Mangia (in Siena). There's much more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of San Gimignano 1300, contemplate the long history of Historic Centre of San Gimignano, and step into the grandiose world of Castello di Monteriggioni.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our San Gimignano road trip planner .

You can drive from Assisi to San Gimignano in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. July in San Gimignano sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can drive to Venice.

Things to do in San Gimignano

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Pisa, Siena, Dog Beach, Abbazia di San Galgano, Canyon Park
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Abbazia di San Galgano ©
Abbazia di San Galgano
Canyon Park ©
Canyon Park
San Gimignano 1300 ©
San Gimignano 1300

3
nights
Venice

Venice ©
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Dorsoduro and Basilica Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari. Get some cultural insight at Scuola Grande di San Rocco and Cannaregio. Explore Venice's surroundings by going to Padua (Scrovegni Chapel & Basilica di Sant’Antonio). There's lots more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Centro Storico di Venezia, admire the landmark architecture of Scala Contarini del Bovolo, snap pictures at Ponte dei Sospiri, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Campo del Ghetto.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Venice online day trip planner .

Getting from San Gimignano to Venice by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Padua
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Cannaregio ©
Cannaregio
Dorsoduro ©
Dorsoduro
Scuola Grande di San Rocco ©
Scuola Grande di San Rocco

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