12 days in Italy Itinerary

12 days in Italy Itinerary

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Fly
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Milan
— 2 nights
Drive
2
Bergamo
— 1 night
Drive
3
Cinque Terre
— 2 nights
Train
4
Venice
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Verona
Drive
6
Sirmione
— 1 night
Drive
7
Salo
Drive
8
Novi Ligure
— 1 night
Drive
9
Cernobbio
— 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 9th (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at Duomo di Milano and then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo. On the 10th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at Basilica di Sant'Ambrogio, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Il Cenacolo, then steep yourself in history at Castello Sforzesco, and finally admire the striking features of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Milan trip planning site.

Indianapolis, USA to Milan is an approximately 14-hour flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Indianapolis to Milan due to the time zone difference. September in Milan sees daily highs of 76°F and lows of 57°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Bergamo.
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Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums
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Bergamo — 1 night

City of a Thousand

In the foothills of the Alps, Bergamo is features a wealth of artistic treasures and a charming medieval atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Giulia, then find something for the whole family at Leolandia, then admire the striking features of La Citta Alta, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Bergamo trip builder.

You can drive from Milan to Bergamo in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Bergamo are 75°F, while nighttime lows are 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can go by car to Cinque Terre.
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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.
On the 12th (Mon), get into the urban bustle at Vernazza. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: step into the grandiose world of Castello Doria, head outdoors with Cinque Terre Trails, and then see majestic marine mammals with 5 Terre Pelagos Boat Tours.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Cinque Terre tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Bergamo to Cinque Terre by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. September in Cinque Terre sees daily highs of 78°F and lows of 59°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Venice.
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Venice — 2 nights

City of Romance

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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): wander the streets of Cannaregio and then contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Venice journey builder site.

Getting from Cinque Terre to Venice by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Venice can reach 77°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. On the 16th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Verona.
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Verona

City of Romeo and Juliet

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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): enjoy breathtaking views from Torre dei Lamberti and then take a stroll through Piazza delle Erbe.

To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Verona online trip maker.

Traveling by car from Venice to Verona takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 78°F in September, and nighttime lows around 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Sirmione.
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Sirmione — 1 night

Sirmione is a comune in the province of Brescia, in Lombardy (northern Italy). Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): stroll through Jamaica Beach and then step into the grandiose world of Castello Scaligero.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Sirmione trip planning website.

You can drive from Verona to Sirmione in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In September, daytime highs in Sirmione are 77°F, while nighttime lows are 58°F. You'll have a few hours on the 17th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Salo.
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Salo

Salò is a town and comune in the Province of Brescia in the region of Lombardy (northern Italy) on the banks of Lake Garda, on which it has the longest promenade. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): head off the coast to Isola del Garda.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Salo road trip planning tool.

You can drive from Sirmione to Salo in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or ride a ferry. In September, daytime highs in Salo are 76°F, while nighttime lows are 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to drive to Novi Ligure.
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Novi Ligure — 1 night

Novi Ligure is a city and comune north of Genoa, in the Piedmont region of the province of Alessandria of northwest Italy.The town produces food, iron, steel, and textiles. For maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Novi Ligure trip maker app.

You can drive from Salo to Novi Ligure in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In September, Novi Ligure is slightly colder than Salo - with highs of 69°F and lows of 54°F. You'll set off for Cernobbio on the 18th (Sun).
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Cernobbio — 1 night

Cernobbio is a comune (municipality) in the province of Como, Lombardy, northern Italy. On the 18th (Sun), admire the natural beauty at Il Giardino della Valle, examine the collection at Villa Bernasconi, and then try your luck at Casino di Campione.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Cernobbio holiday app.

Getting from Novi Ligure to Cernobbio by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive. Traveling from Novi Ligure in September, you will find days in Cernobbio are somewhat warmer (76°F), and nights are about the same (57°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.
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Italy travel guide

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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.
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Lake Como travel guide

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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."
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