19 days in Northwest Italy Itinerary

19 days in Northwest Italy Itinerary

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Start: Cluj-Napoca
Fly:  3 h
1
Rome
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
2
Florence
— 3 nights
Bus:  1 h 15 min
3
Siena
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
4
Assisi
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
5
Riccione
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
6
Verona
— 2 nights
Bus:  1 h 30 min
7
Venice
— 4 nights
Fly:  3 h
End: Cluj-Napoca

3
nights
Rome

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Vatican Museums and Galleria Borghese will appeal to museum buffs. Your inner history buff will appreciate Colosseum and Piazza Navona. Venture out of the city with trips to Campo Imperatore (in Assergi), Duomo di Orvieto (in Orvieto) and Cascata delle Marmore (in Marmore). There's much more to do: explore the ancient world of Palatine Hill, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di San Pietro in Vincoli, admire the striking features of Pantheon, and identify plant and animal life at Riserva Naturale della Marcigliana.

To see ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Rome online itinerary planner.

Cluj-Napoca, Romania to Rome is an approximately 5.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Cluj-Napoca to Rome is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Cluj-Napoca in August, things will get a bit warmer in Rome: highs are around 38°C and lows about 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Vatican City, Campo Imperatore, Cascata delle Marmore, Duomo di Orvieto
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica
Vatican Museums
Vatican Museums

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Florence

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Bring the kids along to Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Piazza della Signoria. Let the collections at Florence Academy of Fine Arts and Pitti Palace capture your imagination. Venture out of the city with trips to Pisa (Duomo di Pisa & Baptistery of St. John). There's lots more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Centro Storico, see the interesting displays at Museo di San Marco, take in the spiritual surroundings of The Baptistery of St. John, and don't miss a visit to Piazzale Michelangelo.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Florence trip itinerary builder.

You can take a train from Rome to Florence in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. Traveling from Rome in August, Florence is slightly colder at night with lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can take a bus to Siena.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Pisa
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Florence Academy of Fine Arts ©
Florence Academy of Fine Arts
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
Centro Storico ©
Centro Storico

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Siena

Siena ©
Siena, a medieval Tuscan city, features numerous attractions, including a historic town center, alleyways, towers, and well-preserved buildings.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Mon): steep yourself in history at Historic Centre of San Gimignano and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Abbazia di San Galgano. On the 1st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: step into the grandiose world of Castello di Monteriggioni, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Duomo di Siena, then enjoy breathtaking views from Torre del Mangia, and finally don't miss a visit to Centro Storico di Siena.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Siena tour site.

Getting from Florence to Siena by bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to drive to Assisi.

Things to do in Siena

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Castello di Monteriggioni, Historic Centre of San Gimignano, Abbazia di San Galgano
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Historic Centre of San Gimignano ©
Historic Centre of San Gimignano
Abbazia di San Galgano ©
Abbazia di San Galgano
Castello di Monteriggioni ©
Castello di Monteriggioni

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Assisi

Assisi ©
Rich in culture and religious tradition, Assisi is known as the birthplace of St.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Maria degli Angeli - Porziuncola, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica Papale e Sacro Convento di San Francesco d'Assisi, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Eremo delle Carceri, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cripta di San Francesco, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta Spoleto. Keep things going the next day: explore the world behind art at Collegio del Cambio, step into the grandiose world of Rocca Paolina, examine the collection at Museo della Porziuncola, then identify plant and animal life at Bosco di San Francesco, then contemplate the long history of San Damiano, and finally explore the historical opulence of Rocca Maggiore.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Assisi driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Siena to Assisi takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Riccione.

Things to do in Assisi

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Perugia, Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta Spoleto
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Museo della Porziuncola ©
Museo della Porziuncola
San Damiano ©
San Damiano

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Riccione

Riccione ©
One of northern Italy's most popular seaside resorts, Riccione is known as the Green Pearl of the Adriatic for its tree-lined streets and numerous gardens.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Fri): explore the world behind art at Palazzo Ducale di Urbino, look for all kinds of wild species at Il Teatro dell'Aria, then explore the historical opulence of Castello di Gradara, and finally kick back and relax at Altamarea Beach Village. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Sat): explore the striking landscape of Parco del Sasso Simone e Simoncello and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa del Sol.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Riccione travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Assisi to Riccione by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In September in Riccione, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can drive to Verona.

Things to do in Riccione

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Gradara, Altamarea Beach Village, Parco del Sasso Simone e Simoncello, Palazzo Ducale di Urbino
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Palazzo Ducale di Urbino ©
Palazzo Ducale di Urbino
Castello di Gradara ©
Castello di Gradara
Playa del Sol ©
Playa del Sol

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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.
On the 6th (Sun), admire the sheer force of Parco Naturalistico delle Cascate-Family, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Borghetto sul Mincio, and then listen to music at Arena di Verona. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Mon): step into the grandiose world of Castello Scaligero, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica di Sant'Andrea di Mantova, then explore the galleries of Palazzo Te, and finally step into the grandiose world of Museo di Castelvecchio.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Verona trip planner.

You can drive from Riccione to Verona in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to catch the bus to Venice.

Things to do in Verona

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Mantua, Borghetto sul Mincio, Castello Scaligero
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Parco Naturalistico delle Cascate-Family ©
Parco Naturalistico delle Cascate-Family
Palazzo Te ©
Palazzo Te
Borghetto sul Mincio ©
Borghetto sul Mincio

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nights
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Castello di Miramare - Museo Storico and Castello Estense. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Piazza San Marco and Doge's Palace. Explore Venice's surroundings by going to Padua (Musei Civici Agli Eremitani & Scrovegni Chapel) and Basilica - Santuario di Santo Stefano (in Bologna). There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at San Giorgio Maggiore, make a trip to Scala Contarini del Bovolo, wander the streets of Cannaregio, and admire the striking features of Basilica di San Marco.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Venice tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Verona to Venice by bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle. In September, daytime highs in Venice are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Padua, Castello di Miramare - Museo Storico, Basilica - Santuario di Santo Stefano, Castello Estense
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Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Castello di Miramare - Museo Storico ©
Castello di Miramare - Museo Storico

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