16 days in Northwest Italy Itinerary

16 days in Northwest Italy Itinerary

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16 days in Northwest Italy Itinerary

Start: Vienna
Fly:  4 h
1
Venice
— 2 nights
Bus:  1 h 30 min
2
Verona
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
3
Colico
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
4
Milan
— 1 night
Train:  3 h
5
Cinque Terre
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
6
Florence
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
7
Rome
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h
End: Vienna

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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.
Get in touch with nature at Canal Grande and Riva del Carbon. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Basilica di San Marco, contemplate the long history of Doge's Palace, take in the views from Ponte dei Sospiri, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza San Marco.

For traveler tips and more tourist information, use the Venice online vacation planner .

Vienna, Austria to Venice is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of flight and train. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Vienna in July since evenings lows in Venice dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a bus to Verona.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Like a Venetian ©
Like a Venetian
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco

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Verona

Verona ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sat): admire the sheer force of Parco Naturalistico delle Cascate-Family, then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, then examine the collection at Casa di Giulietta, and finally experience the emotional art of opera at Arena di Verona. Keep things going the next day: explore the historical opulence of Museo di Castelvecchio, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cappella dei Notai, then take in panoramic vistas at Torre dei Lamberti, then take a stroll through Piazza delle Erbe, and finally make a trip to Piazza Bra.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Verona holiday planner.

You can take a bus from Venice to Verona in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. In July, daytime highs in Verona are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Colico.

Things to do in Verona

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife
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Arena di Verona ©
Arena di Verona
Parco Naturalistico delle Cascate-Family ©
River Rafting & Tubing

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Colico

Colico is a city in the province of Lecco, Lombardy, Italy. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa Sant’Andrea di Bonzeno, take in breathtaking views at Orrido di Bellano, then see Surfing, Windsurfing & Kitesurfing, and finally stroll through Spiaggia Tranquilla. On the 28th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hike along Sentiero dei Forti, explore the landscape on two wheels at Pista Ciclabile Sorico - Domaso, then step into the grandiose world of Castello di Vezio, and finally paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Colico day trip website .

Drive from Verona to Colico in 3 hours. When traveling from Verona in July, plan for a bit cooler days in Colico, with highs around 33°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to drive to Milan.

Things to do in Colico

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trips

Bellano, Kayaking & Canoeing, Castello di Vezio, Spiaggia Tranquilla, Pista Ciclabile Sorico - Domaso
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Pista Ciclabile Sorico - Domaso ©
Pista Ciclabile Sorico - Domaso
Sentiero dei Forti ©
Sentiero dei Forti

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Milan

Milan ©
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 29th (Wed): explore the world behind art at Pinacoteca Ambrosiana, pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Duomo di Milano, and finally browse the different shops at Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Milan trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can drive from Colico to Milan in 2 hours. July in Milan sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Cinque Terre.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Duomo di Milano ©
Duomo di Milano
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II ©
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
Pinacoteca Ambrosiana ©
Pinacoteca Ambrosiana

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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 30th (Thu), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parco Nazionale Cinque Terre and then trek along Cinque Terre footpaths. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: trek along Cinque Terre Trails, hike along Trail 531 Riomaggiore to Manarola, then hike along Il Sentiero da Levanto a Monterosso, and finally hike along Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Cinque Terre trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by train from Milan to Cinque Terre takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In July in Cinque Terre, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to drive to Florence.

Things to do in Cinque Terre

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Parco Nazionale Cinque Terre ©
Parco Nazionale Cinque Terre
Cinque Terre footpaths ©
Cinque Terre footpaths
Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza ©
Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza

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Florence

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Change things up with these side-trips from Florence: Leaning Tower of Pisa (in Pisa) and Canyon Park (in Bagni di Lucca). There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, see the interesting displays at Pitti Palace, snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio, and take in panoramic vistas at Campanile di Giotto.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Florence road trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Cinque Terre to Florence takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In July, daytime highs in Florence are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Canyon Park, Leaning Tower of Pisa
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Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
Canyon Park ©
Canyon Park
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery

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Rome

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Escape the urban bustle at Catacombs of Saint Callixtus and Colle del Gianicolo. And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Colosseum, admire the masterpieces at Galleria Borghese, explore the ancient world of Palatine Hill, and don't miss a visit to Spanish Steps.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Rome trip itinerary site .

Take a train from Florence to Rome in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In August, daytime highs in Rome are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

St. Peter's Basilica
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Colle del Gianicolo ©
Colle del Gianicolo
Catacombs of Saint Callixtus ©
Catacombs of Saint Callixtus

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