15 days in Northwest Italy Itinerary

15 days in Northwest Italy Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  17 h 15 min
1
Venice
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
2
Cinque Terre
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
3
Florence
— 3 nights
Bus:  1 h 15 min
4
Siena
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
5
Rome
— 4 nights
Fly:  17 h 45 min
End: San Francisco

2
nights
Venice

Venice ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sun): admire the striking features of Doge's Palace, take in the views from Ponte dei Sospiri, then admire the landmark architecture of Basilica di San Marco, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Mon): pause for some photo ops at Punta della Dogana, steep yourself in history at Peggy Guggenheim Collection, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo, then take in the views from Ponte di Rialto, then make a trip to Piazza San Marco, and finally steep yourself in history at St Mark's Campanile.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Venice trip planner.

San Francisco, USA to Venice is an approximately 17.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is 9 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Venice can reach 77°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Cinque Terre.

Things to do in Venice

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Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace

2
nights
Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre ©
Made up of five picturesque towns on the Ligurian coast, Cinque Terre is Italy's answer to the French Riviera.
On the 8th (Tue), get into the urban bustle at Vernazza, hike along Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza, and then explore the historical opulence of Castello Doria. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Convento dei Cappuccini e Chiesa di San Francesco, then hike along Il Sentiero da Levanto a Monterosso, then stroll through Cinque Terre Trails, and finally take some stellar pictures from Piazza Vignaiolo.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Cinque Terre day trip tool.

Drive from Venice to Cinque Terre in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, daily temperatures in Cinque Terre can reach 78°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. You'll have a few hours on the 10th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Florence.

Things to do in Cinque Terre

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Cinque Terre Trails ©
Cinque Terre Trails
Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza ©
Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza
Castello Doria ©
Castello Doria

3
nights
Florence

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Florence is known for museums, historic sites, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at Florence Academy of Fine Arts, don't miss a visit to Piazzale Michelangelo, examine the collection at Pitti Palace, and take in the views from Ponte Vecchio.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Florence online trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Cinque Terre to Florence in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Florence can reach 78°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. On the 13th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Siena.

Things to do in Florence

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Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
Florence Academy of Fine Arts ©
Florence Academy of Fine Arts
Piazzale Michelangelo ©
Piazzale Michelangelo

2
nights
Siena

Siena ©
Siena, a medieval Tuscan city, features numerous attractions, including a historic town center, alleyways, towers, and well-preserved buildings.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Duomo di Siena, then browse the collection at Biblioteca Piccolomini, and then enjoy breathtaking views from Torre del Mangia. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Centro Storico di Siena, make a trip to Piazza del Campo, and then contemplate the long history of Battistero di San Giovanni.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Siena road trip planner.

Take a bus from Florence to Siena in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In September, daytime highs in Siena are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 61°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can go by car to Rome.

Things to do in Siena

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Duomo di Siena ©
Duomo di Siena
Piazza del Campo ©
Piazza del Campo
Biblioteca Piccolomini ©
Biblioteca Piccolomini

4
nights
Rome

Rome ©
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, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Colosseum, make a trip to Spanish Steps, admire the landmark architecture of Pantheon, and get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Rome planning app.

Getting from Siena to Rome by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In September, daytime highs in Rome are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 60°F. On the 19th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trip

Vatican City
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica

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