42 days in Northwest Italy Itinerary

42 days in Northwest Italy Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Northwest Italy trip planner
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Turin
— 4 nights
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Pisa
— 1 night
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Rome
— 6 nights
Drive
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Assisi
— 4 nights
Drive
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Siena
— 3 nights
Drive
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Florence
— 5 nights
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Bologna
— 2 nights
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Ravenna
— 1 night
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Venice
— 6 nights
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Verona
— 4 nights
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Milan
— 5 nights
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Turin — 4 nights

City of Magic

A city of technology and industry, Turin is in northwestern Italy, a one-hour drive from the French border and slightly more than that from the Mediterranean Sea.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Turin: Ecomuseo dell'argilla (in Cambiano), Casa Zuccala (in Marentino) and Palazzina di Caccia di Stupinigi (in Stupinigi). There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Museo Egizio, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di Superga, tour the pleasant surroundings at Sentieri della Valnontey, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cappella dei Banchieri e dei Mercanti.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Turin road trip planner.

Panama City, Panama to Turin is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is 6 hours. Traveling from Panama City in December, things will get colder in Turin: highs are around 8°C and lows about 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Pisa.
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Pisa — 1 night

Known worldwide for the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the city of Pisa historically served as a maritime power in the heart of Tuscany.
On the 28th (Tue), take in panoramic vistas at Leaning Tower of Pisa, don't miss a visit to Piazza dei Miracoli, then examine the collection at Museo Aviotruppe Esercito Italiano, and finally steep yourself in history at St Martin Cathedral.

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Drive from Turin to Pisa in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Turin in December, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Pisa: temperatures range from 15°C by day to 4°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Rome.
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Rome — 6 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Rome is known for historic sites, sightseeing, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to St. Peter's Basilica, delve into the distant past at Colosseum, admire the striking features of Pantheon, and steep yourself in history at Palatine Hill.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Rome online tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Pisa to Rome by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Assisi.
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Find places to stay Dec 28 — Jan 3:

Assisi — 4 nights

City of Peace

Rich in culture and religious tradition, Assisi is known as the birthplace of St.
Change things up with these side-trips from Assisi: Perugia (Studio Moretti Caselli & Rocca Paolina), Vineria del Carmine (in La Bruna) and Chiesa Collegiata di San Giovanni Battista (in Gubbio). The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica Papale e Sacro Convento di San Francesco d'Assisi, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Maria degli Angeli - Porziuncola, make a trip to Piazza del Comune, and do a tasting at Azienda Agraria Guerrieri.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Assisi online trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Rome to Assisi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Rome in January: highs in Assisi hover around 11°C, while lows dip to 2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Siena.
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Siena — 3 nights

Cultural Heart of Tuscany

Siena, a medieval Tuscan city, features numerous attractions, including a historic town center, alleyways, towers, and well-preserved buildings.
Change things up with these side-trips from Siena: Poggio al Bosco (in Tavarnelle Val di Pesa) and Arezzo (Villa La Ripa, Santa Maria della Pieve, &more). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Piazza del Campo, take in panoramic vistas at Torre del Mangia, admire the masterpieces at Museo dell'Opera Metropolitana, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Battistero di San Giovanni.

To find more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Siena trip planning website.

You can drive from Assisi to Siena in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Assisi in January, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Siena: temperatures range from 15°C by day to 3°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can go by car to Florence.
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Florence — 5 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Change things up with a short trip to Castello del Trebbio in Santa Brigida (about 36 minutes away). There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Florence Academy of Fine Arts, make a trip to Piazzale Michelangelo, step into the grandiose world of Palazzo Vecchio, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza della Signoria.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Florence trip site.

Traveling by car from Siena to Florence takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In January, daily temperatures in Florence can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can take a train to Bologna.
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Bologna — 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Piazza Maggiore, don't miss a visit to Compianto sul Cristo Morto, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica - Santuario di Santo Stefano, then get engrossed in the history at Museo Civico Archeologico, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Le Due Torri Torre degli Asinell. On your second day here, pause for some serene contemplation at Ferrara Cathedral, then contemplate the long history of Palazzo Schifanoia (Palazzo della Gioia) - World Heritage Site, then explore the historical opulence of Castello Estense, and finally brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Acetaia Giuseppe Giusti.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Bologna trip planner.

Getting from Florence to Bologna by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Florence in January, things will get little chillier in Bologna: highs are around 9°C and lows about 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Ravenna.
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Ravenna — 1 night

City of Mosaics

Famous for its wealth of original mosaics, Ravenna is a hub of artistic and cultural heritage.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Tue): get engrossed in the history at CLASSIS RAVENNA - Museo della Citta e del Territorio, take in the spiritual surroundings of Battistero Neoniano (Battistero degli Ortodossi), take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica di Sant'Apollinare Nuovo, then admire the landmark architecture of Loggetta Lombardesca, then don't miss a visit to Mausoleo di Galla Placidia, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica di San Vitale.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Ravenna trip planner.

Getting from Bologna to Ravenna by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In January, daytime highs in Ravenna are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can go by car to Venice.
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Venice — 6 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.
Explore Venice's surroundings by going to Padua (Padua Botanical Garden - World Heritage Site, Basilica di Santa Giustina, &more). Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Canal Grande, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza San Marco, steep yourself in history at Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo (San Zanipolo), and enjoy breathtaking views from St Mark's Campanile.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Venice online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Ravenna to Venice takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In January in Venice, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 0°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to drive to Verona.
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Verona — 4 nights

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.
Explore Verona's surroundings by going to Mantua (Palazzo Ducale di Mantova & Basilica di Sant'Andrea di Mantova). And it doesn't end there: explore the ancient world of Arena di Verona, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore, don't miss a visit to Piazza delle Erbe, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Fermo Maggiore, Verona.

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Traveling by car from Venice to Verona takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to drive to Milan.
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Milan — 5 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.
Explore Milan's surroundings by going to Tempio Civico della Beata Vergine Incoronata (in Lodi), Caseificio San Pier Damiani (in Parma) and Como (Basilica di Sant'Abbondio, Basilica di San Fedele, &more). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duomo di Milano, explore the different monuments and memorials at Monumental Cemetery, pause for some serene contemplation at Santuary of Our Lady of Miracles, and get your bearings at Pinacoteca Ambrosiana.

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Getting from Verona to Milan by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in January, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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