9 days in Northwest Italy Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Italy trip planner
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Milan
— 1 night
Fly
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Rome
— 2 nights
Train
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Florence
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Venice
— 3 nights
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Milan — 1 night

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.
On the 10th (Tue), admire the masterpieces at Pinacoteca Ambrosiana and then admire the landmark architecture of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II.

To see more things to do and tourist information, use the Milan planning website.

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates to Milan is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. Traveling from Abu Dhabi to Milan, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Abu Dhabi in January, things will get cooler in Milan: highs are around 9°C and lows about 0°C. On the 11th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Rome.
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Rome — 2 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): explore the ancient world of Colosseum. On your second day here, admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain, explore the ancient world of Pantheon, then steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona, and finally delve into the distant past at Palatine Hill.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Rome tour website.

Fly from Milan to Rome in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Milan in January, expect Rome to be a bit warmer, temps between 15°C and 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can take a train to Florence.
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Florence — 2 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy breathtaking views from Campanile di Giotto, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, take in the views from Ponte Vecchio, then make a trip to Piazzale Michelangelo, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of The Baptistery of St. John.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Florence trip builder.

Getting from Rome to Florence by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In January in Florence, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can drive to Venice.
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Venice — 3 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.
On the 16th (Mon), explore the activities along Canal Grande, then make a trip to Basilica di San Marco, then see the interesting displays at Doge's Palace, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from St Mark's Campanile. On your second day here, make a trip to Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo (San Zanipolo), snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza San Marco, then snap pictures at Ponte dei Sospiri, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Scrovegni Chapel, and finally steep yourself in history at Chiesa degli Eremitani - World Heritage Site.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Venice vacation builder site.

Traveling by car from Florence to Venice takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Florence in January: high temperatures in Venice hover around 9°C and lows are around 0°C. You will leave for home on the 18th (Wed).
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