11 days in Italy Itinerary

11 days in Italy Itinerary

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Cinque Terre
— 4 nights
— 1 night
— 2 nights
— 3 nights
Drive to Olbia Costa Smeralda Airport, Fly to Houston


Cinque Terre — 4 nights

Italian Riviera

Made up of five picturesque towns on the Ligurian coast, Cinque Terre is Italy's answer to the French Riviera.
Take a break from the city and head to Enjoy Cinqueterre Boat Tours and Hike the Punta Manara. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Vernazza and Rattopennugo. Venture out of the city with trips to Levanto to Monterosso Trail (in Levanto) and Sestri Levante (Chiesa di San Niccolo & Baia del Silenzio). There's much more to do: hike along Sentiero Vernazza a Corniglia, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Margherita di Antiochia Church, make a trip to Santuario di Soviore, and get to know the fascinating history of Borgo Antico.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Cinque Terre online driving holiday planner.

Houston, USA to Cinque Terre is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is 7 hours. Traveling from Houston in October, things will get slightly colder in Cinque Terre: highs are around 71°F and lows about 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Portofino.
Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Historic Sites
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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 8th (Sat), visit a coastal fixture at Faro Di Portofino, identify plant and animal life at Area Marina Protetta Portofino, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and finally step into the grandiose world of Castello Brown.

To see where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Portofino sightseeing planner.

Take a train from Cinque Terre to Portofino in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In October in Portofino, expect temperatures between 69°F during the day and 59°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Barolo.
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Barolo — 2 nights

Barolo is a comune (municipality) in the Province of Cuneo in the Italian region Piedmont, located about 50km southeast of Turin and about 40km northeast of Cuneo. Start off your visit on the 9th (Sun): learn about winemaking at Agricola Gian Piero Marrone, soar above the sights with a balloon tour, then learn about winemaking at Azienda Agricola Ca Neuva, and finally do a tasting at Cascina Sot. On the next day, do a tasting at Cantina Francesco Borgogno, learn about winemaking at Marchesi di Barolo - Sede legale, magazzini e spedizioni, then do a tasting at Cantina Giacomo Borgogno e Figli, and finally savor the flavors at Agrilab - Wine Tasting Tour.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Barolo online vacation maker.

You can drive from Portofino to Barolo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In October, Barolo is a bit cooler than Portofino - with highs of 63°F and lows of 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Arzachena.
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Arzachena — 3 nights

Arzachena is a town and comune in the province of Sassari, northern Sardinia, Italy. Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Spiaggia del Grande Pevero, then get outside with Areamare Diving Center, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Spiaggia Barca Bruciata. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Wed): look for gifts at La Bottega del Pastore Edoardo, then stroll through Spiaggia Isuledda, then enjoy the sand and surf at Porto Taverna Beach, and finally stroll through Spiaggia Bianca.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Arzachena travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Barolo to Arzachena by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, train, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. On the 13th (Thu), you're off to home.
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Italy travel guide

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.