17 days in Northwest Italy Itinerary

17 days in Northwest Italy Itinerary

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17 days in Northwest Italy Itinerary

Start: Vancouver
Fly:  14​h 45​min
1
Venice
— 1 night
Bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Verona
— 2 nights
Train:  2​h 15​min
3
Turin
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Cinque Terre
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
5
Orvieto
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Montalcino
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
San Gimignano
— 4 nights
+2
Train + Tram + Fly:  17​h 15​min
End: Vancouver

1
night
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.
On the 5th (Sat), take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Giorgio Maggiore, snap pictures at Ponte dell'Accademia, snap pictures at Ponte dei Sospiri, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, and finally take a stroll through Cannaregio. On the 6th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Scuola Grande di San Rocco, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Scrovegni Chapel, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di Sant’Antonio, and finally take a stroll through Dorsoduro.

For maps and other tourist information, refer to the Venice day trip planning app .

Vancouver, Canada to Venice is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from Vancouver to Venice. When traveling from Vancouver in October, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Venice: temperatures range from 22°C by day to 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Verona.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Padua
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Ponte dei Sospiri ©
Ponte dei Sospiri
Dorsoduro ©
Dorsoduro
Cannaregio ©
Cannaregio

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): delve into the distant past at Grotte di Catullo, admire the striking features of Palazzo Te, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore. Keep things going the next day: enjoy breathtaking views from Torre dei Lamberti, take in the views from Ponte Pietra, snap pictures at Ponte Scaligero (Ponte di Castelvecchio), then step into the grandiose world of Museo di Castelvecchio, and finally don't miss a visit to Piazza Bra.

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You can take a train from Venice to Verona in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. October in Verona sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can take a train to Turin.

Things to do in Verona

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Grotte di Catullo, Palazzo Te
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Palazzo Te ©
Palazzo Te
Grotte di Catullo ©
Grotte di Catullo
Ponte Pietra ©
Ponte Pietra

2
nights
Turin

Turin ©
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.
On the 9th (Wed), admire all the interesting features of Juventus Stadium, explore the galleries of Reggia di Venaria Reale, then take in the exciting artwork at Mostra Steve Mc Curry, then don't miss a visit to Piazza San Carlo, and finally don't miss a visit to Piazza Castello. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Basilica of Superga, examine the collection at Ecomuseo dell'argilla, then examine the collection at Museo Nazionale dell'Automobile, and finally test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Turin trip builder tool .

Getting from Verona to Turin by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Verona in October, expect nights in Turin to be about the same, around 12°C, while days are slightly colder, around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can go by car to Cinque Terre.

Things to do in Turin

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Venaria Reale, Basilica of Superga, Ecomuseo dell'argilla
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Museo Nazionale dell'Automobile ©
Museo Nazionale dell'Automobile
Reggia di Venaria Reale ©
Reggia di Venaria Reale
Room Escape Games

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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of San Giovanni Battista, stroll through Cinque Terre Trails, then get to know the fascinating history of Borgo Storico di Corniglia, and finally trek along Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Miniera di Gambatesa, take an in-depth tour of Archaeological and mining museum of Castiglione Chiavarese, then do a tasting at Terra di Bargon, and finally take a stroll around Vernazza.

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Cinque Terre day trip planning website .

Getting from Turin to Cinque Terre by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Turin in October, plan for a bit warmer days in Cinque Terre, with highs around 25°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can drive to Orvieto.

Things to do in Cinque Terre

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Miniera di Gambatesa, Archaeological and mining museum of Castiglione Chiavarese
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Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza ©
Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza
Miniera di Gambatesa ©
Miniera di Gambatesa
Borgo Storico di Corniglia ©
Borgo Storico di Corniglia

2
nights
Orvieto

Orvieto ©
The striking town of Orvieto, perched on a volcanic cliff overlooking the Umbrian countryside, is known as the Green Heart of Italy.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Duomo di Orvieto, examine the collection at Bartolomei Al Vecchio Frantoio dei F.Lli Bartolomei, see the interesting displays at Musei del Castello di Alviano, then learn about winemaking at Custodi Winery, and finally steep yourself in history at Pozzo di San Patrizio. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a stroll through Civita di Bagnoregio, then wander the streets of Borgo Roccalvecce, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Orvieto Sotterranea.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Orvieto online trip builder .

Getting from Cinque Terre to Orvieto by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. In October, daily temperatures in Orvieto can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can go by car to Montalcino.

Things to do in Orvieto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trips

Borgo Roccalvecce, Musei del Castello di Alviano, Civita di Bagnoregio, Bartolomei Al Vecchio Frantoio dei F.Lli Bartolomei
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Civita di Bagnoregio ©
Civita di Bagnoregio
Borgo Roccalvecce ©
Borgo Roccalvecce

2
nights
Montalcino

Montalcino ©
In the heart of wine country, the hill town of Montalcino offers a glimpse of untouched medieval-era Tuscany.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Tue): do a tasting at Poggio Rubino, learn about winemaking at Mate Winery, learn about winemaking at Castiglion del Bosco, then do a tasting at Cantina Fattoria della Talosa, then don't miss a visit to Piazza Grande a Montepulciano, and finally take a stroll around San Quirico d'Orcia. Keep things going the next day: do a tasting at Podere Il Cocco, learn about winemaking at Azienda Agricola Patrizia Cencioni Solaria, then learn about winemaking at Cava D'Onice, then learn about winemaking at Podere Le Ripi, and finally steep yourself in history at Abbazia di Sant'Antimo.

To see reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Montalcino holiday planner.

You can drive from Orvieto to Montalcino in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Montalcino can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to San Gimignano.

Things to do in Montalcino

Wineries Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Montepulciano, San Quirico d'Orcia
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Poggio Rubino ©
Poggio Rubino
Podere Il Cocco ©
Podere Il Cocco
Castiglion del Bosco ©
Castiglion del Bosco

4
nights
San Gimignano

San Gimignano ©
A historical gem in the heart of Tuscany, San Gimignano is known as the Town of Fine Towers for its jutting skyline of high city walls.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Piazza della Cisterna and Torre Grossa. Appreciate the collections at Torre e Casa Campatelli and La Bottega del Sale di Duccio Nacci photographer. Venture out of the city with trips to Villa Baciocchi (in Capannoli) and Siena (Wine Tours & Tastings, Biblioteca Piccolomini, & more). The adventure continues: make a trip to San Gimignano Bell Tower, learn about winemaking at Azienda Agricola San Quirico, steep yourself in history at Historic Centre of San Gimignano, and get engrossed in the history at San Gimignano 1300.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for San Gimignano using our trip planner.

You can drive from Montalcino to San Gimignano in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Gimignano

Historic Sites Tours Museums

Side Trips

Siena, Villa Baciocchi
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Torre e Casa Campatelli ©
Torre e Casa Campatelli
San Gimignano 1300 ©
San Gimignano 1300
Azienda Agricola San Quirico ©
Azienda Agricola San Quirico

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