17 days in Northwest Italy Itinerary

17 days in Northwest Italy Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Northwest Italy trip planner

Make it your trip
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Venice
— 1 night
Drive
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Verona
— 2 nights
Train
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Turin
— 2 nights
Drive
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Cinque Terre
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Orvieto
— 2 nights
Drive
6
Montalcino
— 2 nights
Drive
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San Gimignano
— 4 nights
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Venice

— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Giorgio Maggiore, snap pictures at Ponte dell'Accademia, steep yourself in history at Ponte dei Sospiri, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, and finally stop by Cannaregio. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Scuola Grande di San Rocco, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Scrovegni Chapel, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of St. Anthony, and finally stop by Dorsoduro.

To find photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Venice travel route builder app.

Vancouver, Canada to Venice is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is 9 hours. Traveling from Vancouver in October, expect nights in Venice to be about the same, around 12°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can go by car to Verona.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 5 — 6:

Verona

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): delve into the distant past at Grotte di Catullo, explore the world behind art at Palazzo Te, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore. On the next day, take in panoramic vistas at Torre dei Lamberti, take in the views from Ponte Pietra, take in the views from Ponte Scaligero (Ponte di Castelvecchio), then explore the historical opulence of Museo di Castelvecchio, and finally don't miss a visit to Piazza Bra.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Verona road trip site.

You can drive from Venice to Verona in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in October, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Turin.

Things to do in Verona

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 6 — 8:

Turin

— 2 nights

City of Magic

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), see where the action happens at Juventus Stadium, take in the exciting artwork at Reggia di Venaria Reale, view the masterpieces 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. Keep things going the next day: get great views at Basilica of Superga, then see the interesting displays at Ecomuseo dell'argilla, then see the interesting displays at Museo Nazionale dell'Automobile, and finally test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

For ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Turin trip builder site.

Take a train from Verona to Turin in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Verona in October, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Turin: temperatures range from 17°C by day to 12°C at night. 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 · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 8 — 10:

Cinque Terre

— 2 nights

Italian Riviera

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, trek along Cinque Terre Trails, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Borgo Storico di Corniglia, and finally hike along Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Miniera di Gambatesa, then get engrossed in the history at Archaeological and mining museum of Castiglione Chiavarese, then learn about winemaking at Terra di Bargon, and finally get into the urban bustle at Vernazza.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Cinque Terre trip planner.

Drive from Turin to Cinque Terre in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Turin in October, you will find days in Cinque Terre are a bit warmer (25°C), and nights are about the same (14°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can drive to Orvieto.

Things to do in Cinque Terre

Trails · Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 10 — 12:

Orvieto

— 2 nights

Green Heart of Italy

The striking town of Orvieto, perched on a volcanic cliff overlooking the Umbrian countryside, is known as the Green Heart of Italy.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): admire the striking features of Duomo di Orvieto, see the interesting displays at Bartolomei Al Vecchio Frantoio dei F.Lli Bartolomei, then see the interesting displays at Musei del Castello di Alviano, then do a tasting at Custodi Winery, and finally contemplate the long history of Pozzo di San Patrizio. Here are some ideas for day two: go for a walk through Civita di Bagnoregio, then take a stroll through Borgo Roccalvecce, and then Head underground at Orvieto Underground.

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You can drive from Cinque Terre to Orvieto in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In October, daytime highs in Orvieto are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 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 · Nature · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 12 — 14:

Montalcino

— 2 nights

City of Honey

In the heart of wine country, the hill town of Montalcino offers a glimpse of untouched medieval-era Tuscany.
On the 15th (Tue), do a tasting at Poggio Rubino, do a tasting at Mate Winery, do a tasting at Castiglion del Bosco Winery, do a tasting at Cantina Fattoria della Talosa, then don't miss a visit to Piazza Grande a Montepulciano, and finally get to know the fascinating history of San Quirico d'Orcia. On the 16th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: do a tasting at Podere Il Cocco, do a tasting at Winery Solaria Patrizia Cencioni, learn about winemaking at Cava D'Onice, then do a tasting at Podere Le Ripi, and finally steep yourself in history at Abbazia di Sant'Antimo.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Montalcino journey app.

You can drive from Orvieto to Montalcino in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can drive to San Gimignano.

Things to do in Montalcino

Wineries · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 14 — 16:

San Gimignano

— 4 nights

Town of Fine Towers

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.
San Gimignano 1300 and Balducci Ceramica will appeal to museum buffs. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Torre e Casa Campatelli and Torre Grossa. You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Gimignano: Siena (Wine Tours & Tastings, Biblioteca Piccolomini, &more) and Villa Baciocchi (in Capannoli). Next up on the itinerary: learn about winemaking at Azienda Agricola San Quirico, contemplate the long history of Historic Centre of San Gimignano, shop like a local with La Bottega del Sale di Duccio Nacci photographer, and don't miss a visit to San Gimignano Bell Tower.

To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the San Gimignano trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from Montalcino to San Gimignano takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In October in San Gimignano, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in San Gimignano

Historic Sites · Wineries · Tours · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 16 — 20: