19 days in Northwest Italy & Bolzano Itinerary

19 days in Northwest Italy & Bolzano Itinerary

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19 days in Northwest Italy & Bolzano Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly + Drive:  18​h
1
Varenna
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Bolzano
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Venice
— 2 nights
Train:  5​h 30​min
4
Cinque Terre
— 4 nights
Train:  3​h
5
Milan
— 4 nights
Fly:  11​h 15​min
End: Toronto

4
nights
Varenna

Varenna ©
Varenna is a comune (municipality) on Lake Como in the Province of Lecco in the Italian region Lombardy, located about 60km north of Milan and about 20km northwest of Lecco.Varenna was founded by local fishermen in 769, and was later allied of the commune of Milan. Visiting Tenuta La Gatta and Fattoria Didattica Sempreverde will get you outdoors. Step off the beaten path and head to Lago di Morasco and Rifugio Ventina - Day Excursions. Get out of town with these interesting Varenna side-trips: Vigezzo Valley - The Painters' Valley (in Santa Maria Maggiore), Alpe Palu (in Chiesa In Valmalenco) and Villa Fogazzaro Roi (in Valsolda). There's more to do: stop by Azalea - Silk of Como and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di San Giorgio.

To see traveler tips and more tourist information, go to the Varenna itinerary maker app .

Toronto, Canada to Varenna is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Time is 6 hours. September in Varenna sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 16°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can go by car to Bolzano.

Things to do in Varenna

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Chiesa In Valmalenco, Villa Fogazzaro Roi, Lago di Morasco, Azalea - Silk of Como, Vigezzo Valley - The Painters' Valley
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Fattoria Didattica Sempreverde ©
Fattoria Didattica Sempreverde
Alpe Palu ©
Alpe Palu
Lago di Morasco ©
Lago di Morasco

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Bolzano

Bolzano
South Tyrol's capital, Bolzano, has been named the Italian city with the highest quality of life.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Gufyland, tour the pleasant surroundings at Passeggiata Gilf, and then trek along Sentiero delle Rogge - Waalweg Lagundo. On the 15th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape at Earth Pyramids of Ritten and then trek along Rifugio Re Alberto.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Bolzano trip planning app .

You can drive from Varenna to Bolzano in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In September in Bolzano, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to drive to Venice.

Things to do in Bolzano

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Rifugio Re Alberto, Passeggiata Gilf, Sentiero delle Rogge - Waalweg Lagundo, Gufyland
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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.
On the 16th (Mon), view the masterpieces at Martina Vidal Venezia, don't miss a visit to Tre Ponti, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica di Santa Maria Assunta e Chiesa di Santa Fosca, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Santa Maria e San Donato, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at T Fondaco Dei Tedeschi.

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You can drive from Bolzano to Venice in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Venice can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Cinque Terre.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Burano, Basilica di Santa Maria Assunta e Chiesa di Santa Fosca, Church of Santa Maria e San Donato
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Church of Santa Maria e San Donato ©
T Fondaco Dei Tedeschi ©
T Fondaco Dei Tedeschi

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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.
You've now added Vernazza to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): get to know the fascinating history of Borgo Storico di Corniglia and then take a stroll around Vernazza. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Sentiero 586 (ex n.6D) Volastra-Case Pianca, then choose your vessel at Emasail, and then do a tasting at Terra di Bargon.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Cinque Terre sightseeing site .

Traveling by train from Milan to Cinque Terre takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. September in Cinque Terre sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cinque Terre

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Lago Santo Parmense, Emasail, Stretti di Giaredo, Sentiero 586 (ex n.6D) Volastra-Case Pianca
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Lago Santo Parmense ©
Lago Santo Parmense
Emasail ©
Emasail

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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.
Visiting Il Rifugio degli Asinelli and Pista Ciclopedonale del lago di Comabbio will get you outdoors. Step off the beaten path and head to Cattedrale di Sant'Evasio (Duomo di Casale Monferrato) and Eremo di Sant'Alberto di Butrio. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Milan: Cremona (Santa Maria Assunta Cathedral, Baptistery, & more), Santuario della Madonna del Sasso (in Madonna del Sasso) and Basilica di Sant'Antonino (in Piacenza). There's still lots to do: go for a walk through Borgo Medioevale di Bobbio and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Tempio della Fraternita.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Milan trip planning tool .

You can take a train from Cinque Terre to Milan in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In September in Milan, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Cremona, Borgo Medioevale di Bobbio, Santuario della Madonna del Sasso, Cattedrale di Sant'Evasio (Duomo di Casale Monferrato), Il Rifugio degli Asinelli
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