18 days in Italy Itinerary

18 days in Italy Itinerary

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18 days in Italy Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly:  17​h 15​min
1
Colico
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Cernobbio
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
Forte Dei Marmi
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
4
Portofino
— 1 night
train:  2​h 15​min
5
Milan
— 6 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
6
Florence
— 3 nights
Fly:  14​h 15​min
End: New York City

2
nights
Colico

Colico ©
Colico is a city in the province of Lecco, Lombardy, Italy. Get out of town with these interesting Colico side-trips: Pista Ciclabile Sorico - Domaso (in Sorico), Villa Carlotta (in Tremezzina) and Riva Bianca Beach (in Lierna). There's still lots to do: glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, step into the grandiose world of Castello di Vezio, tour the pleasant surroundings at Spiaggia Tranquilla, and steep yourself in history at Forte Montecchio Nord.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Colico trip itinerary builder tool .

New York City, USA to Colico is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from New York City to Colico due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Colico when traveling from New York City in July, with lows around 65°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can travel to Cernobbio.

Things to do in Colico

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Varenna, Riva Bianca Beach, Pista Ciclabile Sorico - Domaso, Villa Carlotta, Spiaggia Tranquilla
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Villa Carlotta ©
Villa Carlotta
Villa Monastero ©
Villa Monastero
Forte Montecchio Nord ©
Forte Montecchio Nord

3
nights
Cernobbio

Cernobbio ©
Cernobbio is a comune (municipality) in the province of Como, Lombardy, northern Italy. Explore Cernobbio's surroundings by going to Villa del Balbianello (in Tremezzina), Anything But Work (in Mandello del Lario) and i Giardini di Villa Melzi (in Bellagio). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Il lungolago, tour the pleasant surroundings at Il Parco di Villa Erba, trek along Sentee di Sort, and look for gifts at Rush Cycle by Rush Srls.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Cernobbio trip planner .

Traveling by car from Colico to Cernobbio takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in July, and nighttime lows around 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can travel to Forte Dei Marmi.

Things to do in Cernobbio

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Malgrate, Villa del Balbianello, Anything But Work, i Giardini di Villa Melzi, Faro voltiano
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i Giardini di Villa Melzi ©
i Giardini di Villa Melzi
Villa del Balbianello ©
Villa del Balbianello
Anything But Work ©
Anything But Work

1
night
Forte Dei Marmi

Forte Dei Marmi ©
Forte dei Marmi is a sea town and comune in the province of Lucca, in northern Tuscany (Italy). Start off your visit on the 7th (Sun): make a trip to Piazza Duomo, make a trip to Pontile Bellavista Vittoria, then stroll through Bagno Maurizio, and finally don't miss a visit to La Passeggiata.

To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Forte Dei Marmi online journey planner .

Getting from Cernobbio to Forte Dei Marmi by car takes about 3.5 hours. In July in Forte Dei Marmi, expect temperatures between 86°F during the day and 65°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can travel to Portofino.

Things to do in Forte Dei Marmi

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Viareggio, Pontile Bellavista Vittoria, Piazza Duomo
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Bagno Maurizio ©
Bagno Maurizio
Pontile Bellavista Vittoria ©
Pontile Bellavista Vittoria
La Passeggiata ©
La Passeggiata

1
night
Portofino

Portofino ©
Portofino is an Italian fishing village and holiday resort famous for its picturesque harbour and historical association with celebrity and artistic visitors. On the 8th (Mon), make a trip to Piazza Martiri Dell'Olivetta, get a taste of the local shopping with Galleria d'Arte Portofino, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of San Giorgio, visit a coastal fixture at Faro di Portofino, then explore the historical opulence of Castello Brown, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Area Marina Protetta Portofino.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Portofino online tour planner .

Getting from Forte Dei Marmi to Portofino by car takes about 2 hours. Traveling from Forte Dei Marmi in July, Portofino is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Milan.

Things to do in Portofino

Tours Outdoors Parks
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Area Marina Protetta Portofino ©
Area Marina Protetta Portofino
Castello Brown ©
Castello Brown
Faro di Portofino ©
Faro di Portofino

6
nights
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Milan side-trips: Leolandia (in Capriate San Gervasio) and La Citta Alta (in Bergamo). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Duomo di Milano, admire the landmark architecture of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, explore the world behind art at Pinacoteca Ambrosiana, and admire all the interesting features of Stadio Giuseppe Meazza (San Siro).

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Milan trip planner .

Take a train from Portofino to Milan in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Portofino in July, plan for little chillier nights in Milan, with lows around 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites Museums Theme Parks

Side Trips

Leolandia, La Citta Alta
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Duomo di Milano ©
Duomo di Milano
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II ©
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
Pinacoteca Ambrosiana ©
Pinacoteca Ambrosiana

3
nights
Florence

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sun): admire the landmark architecture of Loggia dei Lanzi. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Ratto della Sabina, enjoy breathtaking views from Campanile di Giotto, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, then get engrossed in the history at Basilica di Santa Croce, then explore the world behind art at Pitti Palace, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Baptistery of St. John.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Florence route builder website .

You can take a train from Milan to Florence in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. July in Florence sees daily highs of 86°F and lows of 65°F at night. On the 17th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Uffizi Galleries ©
Uffizi Galleries
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery
Piazzale Michelangelo ©
Piazzale Michelangelo

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