54 days in Northwest Italy & Bolzano Itinerary

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Milan
— 4 nights
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Genoa
— 3 nights
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Cinque Terre
— 4 nights
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Lucca
— 4 nights
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Suvereto
— 4 nights
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Siena
— 4 nights
Drive
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Florence
— 4 nights
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Bologna
— 4 nights
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Castelfranco Veneto
— 4 nights
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Verona
— 3 nights
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Bolzano
— 4 nights
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Bergamo
— 3 nights
Train to Varenna Esino, Ferry to Tremezzina
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Tremezzina
— 4 nights
Ferry to Varenna Esino, Train to Milan
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Milan
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Milan — 4 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.
Milan is known for historic sites, sightseeing, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the different monuments and memorials at Monumental Cemetery, pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di Santa Maria presso San Satiro, make a trip to Piazza Gae Aulenti, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Milan attractions planner.

Melbourne, Australia to Milan is an approximately 25-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a -9 hour difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in May: high temperatures in Milan hover around 26°C and lows are around 15°C. On the 7th (Sun), you're off to Genoa.
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Find places to stay May 3 — 7:

Genoa — 3 nights

Once the most important harbor in the Mediterranean Sea, Genoa has a long history as a rich and powerful trade center in northern Italy.
Genoa is known for zoos & aquariums, historic sites, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Aquarium of Genoa, appreciate the extensive heritage of Via Giuseppe Garibaldi, see the interesting displays at Dialogo nel Buio, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Cattedrale di San Lorenzo - Duomo di Genova.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Genoa day trip tool.

You can drive from Milan to Genoa in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 17°C. On the 10th (Wed), you're off to Cinque Terre.
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Find places to stay May 7 — 10:

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Cinque Terre side-trips: Porto Venere (San Pietro Church, Portovenere, &more), Pista Ciclopedonale Levanto - Framura (in Levanto) and Parco Naturale Regionale di Porto Venere (in La Spezia). Next up on the itinerary: hike along Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza, get to know the fascinating history of Cinque Terre Trails, pause for some serene contemplation at Santa Margherita di Antiochia Church, and take a stroll around Vernazza.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Cinque Terre tour planner.

Traveling by train from Genoa to Cinque Terre takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Cinque Terre when traveling from Genoa in May, with lows around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Lucca.
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Find places to stay May 10 — 14:

Lucca — 4 nights

City of a Hundred Churches

Lucca, famous for its intact Renaissance-era city walls, remained an independent city-state until the end of the 18th century.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lucca: Terrazza Mascagni (in Livorno), Podere Pellicciano - Agrisole (in San Miniato) and Pisa (Chiesa di Santa Caterina d'Alessandria, Piazza dei Miracoli, &more). There's lots more to do: learn about winemaking at Fattoria al Dotto, examine the collection at Chiesa e Battistero di San Giovanni e Santa Reparata, enjoy breathtaking views from Torre Guinigi, and take in the spiritual surroundings of San Michele in Foro.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Lucca trip itinerary builder site.

You can drive from Cinque Terre to Lucca in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in May, and nighttime lows around 13°C. On the 18th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Suvereto.
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Suvereto — 4 nights

Suvereto is a comune (municipality) in the Province of Livorno in the Italian region Tuscany, located about 90km southwest of Florence and about 60km southeast of Livorno.Main sightsRocca Aldobrandesca, ruins of a castle built in the mid-12th century near 9th century fortifications. Explore Suvereto's surroundings by going to Dog Beach San Vincenzo (in San Vincenzo) and Bolgheri (Bolgheri - Borgo Medievale & Terre del Marchesato). The adventure continues: learn about winemaking at Batzella, get a sense of history and politics at Palazzo Comunale, cruise along Viale dei Cipressi, and ride a horse along Toscana Ranch Asd.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Suvereto trip itinerary maker app.

You can drive from Lucca to Suvereto in 2 hours. May in Suvereto sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can go by car to Siena.
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Siena — 4 nights

Cultural Heart of Tuscany

Siena, a medieval Tuscan city, features numerous attractions, including a historic town center, alleyways, towers, and well-preserved buildings.
Explore Siena's surroundings by going to Museo della Porziuncola (in Santa Maria degli Angeli), Assisi (Cripta di San Francesco, Basilica Papale e Sacro Convento di San Francesco d'Assisi, &more) and San Gimignano (Guardastelle Vineyard, Duomo di San Gimignano, &more). And it doesn't end there: awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, contemplate the long history of Battistero di San Giovanni, get a sense of history and politics at Palazzo Pubblico and Museo Civico, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Francesco.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Siena route builder site.

You can drive from Suvereto to Siena in 2 hours. May in Siena sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 13°C at night. On the 26th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Florence.
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Find places to stay May 22 — 26:

Florence — 4 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Florence is known for sightseeing, museums, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at Florence Academy of Fine Arts, contemplate the long history of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, make a trip to Piazzale Michelangelo, and take in the views from Ponte Vecchio.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Florence holiday app.

Drive from Siena to Florence in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May, daytime highs in Florence are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. You'll set off for Bologna on the 30th (Tue).
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Find places to stay May 26 — 30:

Bologna — 4 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Bologna side-trips: Acetaia Villa San Donnino (in Modena), Adrenaline & Extreme Tours (in Maranello) and Ravenna (Archiepiscopal Museum, Basilica di Sant'Apollinare Nuovo, &more). The adventure continues: enjoy breathtaking views from Le Due Torri Torre degli Asinell, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica di San Domenico, make a trip to Piazza Maggiore, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di San Giacomo Maggiore.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Bologna road trip planning website.

You can take a train from Florence to Bologna in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Bologna are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Castelfranco Veneto.
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Find places to stay May 30 — Jun 3:

Castelfranco Veneto — 4 nights

Castelfranco Veneto is a town and comune of Veneto, northern Italy, in the province of Treviso, 30km by rail from the town of Treviso. Venture out of the city with trips to Villa Contarini (in Piazzola sul Brenta), Oasi Cervara (in Quinto di Treviso) and Valdobbiadene (Cantina San Gregorio & PDC Cartizze). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Villa Parco Bolasco, see the interesting displays at Villa Pisani National Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Duomo di Castelfranco Veneto, and delve into the distant past at Mura Medioevali di Castelfranco Veneto.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Castelfranco Veneto trip planner.

Traveling by car from Bologna to Castelfranco Veneto takes 2 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Castelfranco Veneto can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. On the 7th (Wed), you'll travel to Verona.
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Verona — 3 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Verona: Castello Scaligero (in Sirmione) and Parco Giardino Sigurta (in Valeggio Sul Mincio). And it doesn't end there: see a show at Arena di Verona, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore, contemplate the waterfront views at Lago di Garda, and don't miss a visit to Piazza Bra.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Verona trip maker tool.

Traveling by car from Castelfranco Veneto to Verona takes 1.5 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Verona can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can drive to Bolzano.
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Find places to stay Jun 7 — 10:

Bolzano — 4 nights

Gateway to Dolomites

South Tyrol's capital, Bolzano, has been named the Italian city with the highest quality of life.
Venture out of the city with trips to Lago di Braies (in Braies), Merano (Merano Centro Storico & I Giardini di Castel Trauttmansdorff) and Val Gardena (in Selva di Val Gardena). And it doesn't end there: admire the majestic nature at Parco Naturale Puez Odle, admire the landmark architecture of Duomo Maria Assunta, make a trip to Piazza Walther, and take an in-depth tour of BZ '18-'45: Un monumento, una citta, due dittature.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Bolzano trip itinerary app.

You can drive from Verona to Bolzano in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. June in Bolzano sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 18°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 14th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Bergamo.
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Find places to stay Jun 10 — 14:

Bergamo — 3 nights

City of a Thousand

In the foothills of the Alps, Bergamo is features a wealth of artistic treasures and a charming medieval atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Wed): get great views at Campanone o Torre Civica. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Cattedrale (Duomo) di Bergamo e Battistero, admire the landmark architecture of Palazzo Della Ragione, admire the striking features of La Citta Alta, admire the striking features of Porta San Giacomo, then don't miss a visit to Piazza Vecchia, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cappella Colleoni.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Bergamo online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Bolzano to Bergamo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In June in Bergamo, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can go by car to Tremezzina.
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Find places to stay Jun 14 — 17:

Tremezzina — 4 nights

The majestic Villa Carlotta is among the most popular places to visit in Tremezzina, its neoclassical architecture complimenting the lush, neatly maintained gardens and charming walkways.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tremezzina: Bellano (Orrido di Bellano & Chiesa dei Santi Nazaro e Celso), Greenway del Lago di Como (in Colonno) and Forte Montecchio Nord (in Colico). There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Villa del Balbianello, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di San Lorenzo a Tremezzo, explore the historical opulence of Castello di Vezio, and admire the natural beauty at Villa Carlotta.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Tremezzina holiday planner.

You can drive from Bergamo to Tremezzina in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in June, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can go by car to Milan.
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Find places to stay Jun 17 — 21:

Milan — 1 night

Fashion Capital of World

Start off your visit on the 21st (Wed): steep yourself in history at Castello Sforzesco, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Tecla, and then admire the striking features of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Milan trip site.

Traveling by car from Tremezzina to Milan takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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Find places to stay Jun 21 — 22:

Lake Como travel guide

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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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