57 days in Northwest Italy Itinerary

57 days in Northwest Italy Itinerary

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57 days in Northwest Italy Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly:  16​h 30​min
1
Venice
— 6 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
2
Verona
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Varenna
— 5 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
4
Milan
— 3 nights
train:  3​h
5
Cinque Terre
— 5 nights
Drive + ferry:  3​h 45​min
6
Portoferraio, Elba Island
— 5 nights
ferry + Drive:  3​h
7
Florence
— 6 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
8
Siena
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
9
Assisi
— 5 nights
10
Rome
— 9 nights
Fly:  14​h
End: Johannesburg

6
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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Doge's Palace and La Biennale di Venezia - Arsenale. Do your shopping at Giudecca 795 Art Gallery and La Bauta. Get out of town with these interesting Venice side-trips: Parco Paneveggio - Pale di San Martino (in Predazzo), Le Tegnue dell'Alto Adriatico (in Caorle) and Oasi Cervara - Nature Sanctuary (in Quinto di Treviso). There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Canal Grande, make a trip to St. Mark's Square, take in the views from Ponte di Rialto, and admire the landmark architecture of Casa dei Tre Oci.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Venice trip planner .

Johannesburg, South Africa to Venice is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Johannesburg to Venice due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Johannesburg in August: highs in Venice hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can take a bus to Verona.

Things to do in Venice

Museums Shopping Parks

Side Trips

Angelo Vitturi, Parco Paneveggio - Pale di San Martino, Oasi Cervara - Nature Sanctuary, Le Tegnue dell'Alto Adriatico
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Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco

5
nights
Verona

Verona ©
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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Galleria Dello Scudo and Museo Canonicale. For shopping fun, head to Piazza delle Erbe or Salvagno Frantoio per Olive. Venture out of the city with trips to Lago di Garda (in Garda), Spiaggia Castelletto di Brenzone (in Castelletto) and Gardaland Park (in Castelnuovo del Garda). Next up on the itinerary: admire the sheer force of Parco Naturalistico delle Cascate-Family, pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Libreria Antiquaria Perini, catch a live event at Arena di Verona, and get engrossed in the history at Il Vittoriale degli Italiani.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Verona trip planner.

You can take a bus from Venice to Verona in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In August, daytime highs in Verona are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can drive to Varenna.

Things to do in Verona

Parks Museums Theme Parks

Side Trips

Spiaggia Castelletto di Brenzone, Il Vittoriale degli Italiani, Lago di Garda, Gardaland Park
Find places to stay Aug 24 — 29:
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Gardaland Park ©
Gardaland Park
Arena di Verona ©
Arena di Verona

5
nights
Varenna

Varenna ©
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. You'll get in some beach time at Spiaggia Tranquilla and Riva Bianca Beach. Museum-lovers will get to explore Abele Experientia Artis and Villa Carlotta. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Varenna: Stand-Up Paddleboarding (in Dervio), Fattoria Didattica Sempreverde (in Morbegno) and Riserva Naturale Val di Mello (in Val Masino). And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Spiaggia Parco Ulisse Guzzi, shop like a local with Paul DEMARIA - The Open Lake & Landscape Studio d’Arte, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa di S. Giorgio, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Una Finestra Sul Passato.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Varenna itinerary app .

Getting from Verona to Varenna by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of shuttle and train. In August, daily temperatures in Varenna can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Milan.

Things to do in Varenna

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Tremezzina, Spiaggia Tranquilla, Riserva Naturale Val di Mello, Fattoria Didattica Sempreverde, Una Finestra Sul Passato
Find places to stay Aug 29 — Sep 3:
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Fattoria Didattica Sempreverde ©
Fattoria Didattica Sempreverde
Riva Bianca Beach ©
Riva Bianca Beach
Spiaggia Parco Ulisse Guzzi ©
Spiaggia Parco Ulisse Guzzi

3
nights
Milan

Milan ©
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.
Visiting Melissa Beach and Oasi WWF del Bassone will get you outdoors. Attractions like Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II and Duomo di Milano make great kid-friendly stops. Go for a jaunt from Milan to Sant'Alessio con Vialone to see Oasi di Sant'Alessio about 52 minutes away. The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Pinacoteca Ambrosiana, contemplate the long history of Il Cenacolo, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, and step into the grandiose world of Castello Sforzesco.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Milan journey maker site .

Getting from Varenna to Milan by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Cinque Terre.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Oasi WWF del Bassone, Melissa Beach, Oasi di Sant'Alessio
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Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II ©
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
Duomo di Milano ©
Duomo di Milano
Pinacoteca Ambrosiana ©
Pinacoteca Ambrosiana

5
nights
Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre ©
Made up of five picturesque towns on the Ligurian coast, Cinque Terre is Italy's answer to the French Riviera.
Relax by the water at Spiaggia di Fegina and Baia del Silenzio. Visiting Parco Nazionale Cinque Terre and Sentiero Monterosso - Vernazza will get you outdoors. When in Cinque Terre, make a side trip to see Galata Museo del Mare in Genoa, approximately 1h 25 min away. There's still lots to do: get into the urban bustle at Vernazza, don't miss a visit to Scalinata Lardarina, trek along Cinque Terre Trails, and stop by Fabbrica d'Arte Monterosso.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Cinque Terre itinerary planning site .

Traveling by train from Milan to Cinque Terre takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to travel to Portoferraio.

Things to do in Cinque Terre

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Baia del Silenzio, Galata Museo del Mare
Find places to stay Sep 6 — 11:
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Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza ©
Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza
Parco Nazionale Cinque Terre ©
Parco Nazionale Cinque Terre
Vernazza ©
Vernazza

5
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. Family-friendly places like Spiaggia Di Sansone and Spiaggia di Cavoli will thrill your kids. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Spiaggia del Relitto and Spiaggia Di Sottobomba. Venture out of the city with trips to Spiaggia di Fetovaia (in Campo nell'Elba) and Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Marina di Campo). There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Spiaggia di Capo Bianco, take an in-depth tour of Napoleonic Mills House, steep yourself in history at Villa of San Martino, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Padulella Beach.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Portoferraio visit planner .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Cinque Terre to Portoferraio in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. September in Portoferraio sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel to Florence.

Things to do in Portoferraio

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Marina di Campo, Spiaggia del Relitto, Spiaggia di Fetovaia, Spiaggia di Cavoli
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Padulella Beach ©
Padulella Beach
Spiaggia Di Sansone ©
Spiaggia Di Sansone
Spiaggia di Cavoli ©
Spiaggia di Cavoli

6
nights
Florence

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Lido Di Camaiore and Easy Living - Spiaggia sull'Arno. Kids will enjoy Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and The Boboli Gardens. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Florence: Canyon Park (in Bagni di Lucca) and Leaning Tower of Pisa (in Pisa). The adventure continues: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, admire the masterpieces at Uffizi Galleries, view the masterpieces at M.G. Design, and examine the collection at Pitti Palace.

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Florence trip itinerary builder website .

Getting from Portoferraio to Florence by combination of ferry and car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry, train, and bus. In September in Florence, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to take a bus to Siena.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Canyon Park, Leaning Tower of Pisa
Find places to stay Sep 16 — 22:
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Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery
Pitti Palace ©
Pitti Palace

5
nights
Siena

Siena, a medieval Tuscan city, features numerous attractions, including a historic town center, alleyways, towers, and well-preserved buildings.
Silvia Tanganelli and Museo dell'Opera Metropolitana will appeal to museum buffs. Escape the urban bustle at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Crete Senesi. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Siena: Cascate del Mulino (in Saturnia) and Giardino dei Tarocchi (in Pescia Fiorentina). Dedicate the 25th (Wed) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. And it doesn't end there: look for gifts at Siena Tartufi (truffle hunting), make a trip to Piazza del Campo, explore the galleries of Complesso Museale Santa Maria della Scala, and explore the historical opulence of Palazzo Pubblico and Museo Civico.

To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Siena attractions planning website .

Traveling by bus from Florence to Siena takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In September in Siena, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can drive to Assisi.

Things to do in Siena

Tours Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Crete Senesi, Cascate del Mulino, Giardino dei Tarocchi
Find places to stay Sep 22 — 27:
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Museo dell'Opera Metropolitana ©
Museo dell'Opera Metropolitana
Crete Senesi ©
Crete Senesi

5
nights
Assisi

Assisi ©
Rich in culture and religious tradition, Assisi is known as the birthplace of St.
Take a break from the city and head to Wild Foods Italy and Piana di Castelluccio di Norcia. Shop till you drop at B.A.T. Assisi and Assisi Galleria 6C. Venture out of the city with trips to Riviera del Conero e Colli dell'Infinito (in Sirolo), Cascata delle Marmore (in Marmore) and Perugina Chocolate Factory (in San Sisto). The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Bosco di San Francesco, engage your brain at Museo Missionario Indios, explore the historical opulence of Rocca Maggiore, and learn about winemaking at Tili Vini Societa Agricola.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Assisi day trip planning app .

You can drive from Siena to Assisi in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. September in Assisi sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to drive to Rome.

Things to do in Assisi

Parks Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Wild Foods Italy, Riviera del Conero e Colli dell'Infinito, Cascata delle Marmore, Piana di Castelluccio di Norcia, Casa del Cioccolato Perugina
Find places to stay Sep 27 — Oct 2:
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Museo della Porziuncola ©
Museo della Porziuncola
Piana di Castelluccio di Norcia ©
Piana di Castelluccio di Norcia
Bosco di San Francesco ©
Bosco di San Francesco

9
nights
Rome

Rome
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Stabilimento Balneare le Palme and Mediterranea. Bring the kids along to Colosseum and Parco Natura e Fattoria Didattica Voloalto. Take a break from Rome with a short trip to Grotte di Falvaterra in Falvaterra, about 1h 55 min away. Next up on the itinerary: browse the exhibits of Vatican Museums, admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and admire the masterpieces at Galleria Borghese.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Rome day trip tool .

Traveling by car from Assisi to Rome takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in October, and nighttime lows around 15°C. You'll have a few hours on the 11th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Rome

Shopping Parks Museums

Side Trips

Vatican City, Grotte di Falvaterra
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Vatican Museums
Vatican Museums
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain

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