21 days in Northwest Italy Itinerary

21 days in Northwest Italy Itinerary

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21 days in Northwest Italy Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  11 h 15 min
1
Milan
— 1 day
Train:  1 h
2
Turin
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
3
Genoa
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 45 min
4
Rome
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
5
Florence
— 2 nights
Train:  45 min
6
Bologna
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h
7
Verona
— 3 nights
Bus:  1 h 15 min
8
Venice
— 3 nights
Fly:  11 h 15 min
End: Toronto

1
day
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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Fri): test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duomo di Milano, and then admire the landmark architecture of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Milan route builder tool .

Toronto, Canada to Milan is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Toronto to Milan, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. In March, Milan is somewhat warmer than Toronto - with highs of 16°C and lows of 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Turin.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites Fun & Games Shopping
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Duomo di Milano ©
Duomo di Milano
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II ©
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
Room Escape Games

3
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.
For shopping fun, head to Azienda Agricola Villa Ronco or Extro' Outlet Intimo. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Juventus Stadium and Piazza San Carlo. Step out of Turin with an excursion to Borgo Moncalvo in Loazzolo--about 1h 10 min away. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Museo Nazionale dell'Automobile, admire the natural beauty at Parco del Valentino, steep yourself in history at Palazzo Reale, and test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Turin road trip planning website .

Traveling by train from Milan to Turin takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Milan, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Turin, ranging from highs of 11°C to lows of 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can drive to Genoa.

Things to do in Turin

Wineries Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Borgo Moncalvo, Basilica of Superga, Azienda Agricola Villa Ronco
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Borgo Moncalvo ©
Borgo Moncalvo
Extro' Outlet Intimo ©
Extro' Outlet Intimo
Piazza San Carlo ©
Piazza San Carlo

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nights
Genoa

Genoa ©
Once the most important harbor in the Mediterranean Sea, Genoa has a long history as a rich and powerful trade center in northern Italy.
Do your shopping at Vernazza and Fannys Bazar. Step off the beaten path and head to Baia del Silenzio and Passeggiata Anita Garibaldi a Nervi. Get out of town with these interesting Genoa side-trips: Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza (in Monterosso al Mare) and Galleria Rizzi (in Sestri Levante). Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Boccadasse, see the interesting displays at Galata Museo del Mare, don't miss a visit to Piazza Raffaele De Ferrari, and take in panoramic vistas at Spianata Castelletto.

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You can drive from Turin to Genoa in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Turin in March; daily highs in Genoa reach 17°C and lows reach 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can travel to Rome.

Things to do in Genoa

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Cinque Terre, Sestri Levante
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Vernazza ©
Vernazza
Baia del Silenzio ©
Baia del Silenzio
Boccadasse ©
Boccadasse

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nights
Rome

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Step off the beaten path and head to Arcibasilica di San Giovanni in Laterano and Villa Borghese. There's still lots to do: delve into the distant past at Colosseum, steep yourself in history at Palatine Hill, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Peter's Basilica, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Vatican Museums.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Rome route planner .

You can fly from Genoa to Rome in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In March, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Vatican City
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Trastevere ©
Trastevere
Pantheon ©
Pantheon

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Florence

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Mon): take in the views from Ponte Vecchio, admire the masterpieces at Pitti Palace, take some stellar pictures from Piazzale Michelangelo, get great views at Basilica San Miniato al Monte, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica of Santa Maria Novella, get to know the fascinating history of Centro Storico, and then admire the masterpieces at Uffizi Galleries.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Florence sightseeing planner .

You can take a train from Rome to Florence in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. March in Florence sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Bologna.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums
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Centro Storico ©
Centro Storico
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Piazzale Michelangelo ©
Piazzale Michelangelo

2
nights
Bologna

Bologna ©
A city famous for its cuisine, Bologna is the seat of the oldest university in the world, founded in 1088.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Basilica di San Petronio, pause for some serene contemplation at Santuario di Madonna di San Luca, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica - Santuario di Santo Stefano, then explore the historical opulence of Castello Estense, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Palazzo dei Diamanti. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Duomo di Modena, then see the interesting displays at Museo Ferrari, and then learn about winemaking at Azienda Agricola La Piana.

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You can take a train from Florence to Bologna in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March in Bologna, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Verona.

Things to do in Bologna

Historic Sites Museums Wineries

Side Trips

Ferrara, Duomo di Modena, Museo Ferrari, Azienda Agricola La Piana
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Castello Estense ©
Castello Estense
Palazzo dei Diamanti ©
Palazzo dei Diamanti
Azienda Agricola La Piana ©
Azienda Agricola La Piana

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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.
For shopping fun, head to Piazza delle Erbe or Ciokolart. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Piazza Bra and Parco Giardino Sigurta. Venture out of the city with trips to Palazzo Te (in Mantua), Borghetto sul Mincio (in Valeggio Sul Mincio) and Azienda Agricola Corte Ciliegia (in Mason Vicentino). Next up on the itinerary: see the grandeur of opera at Arena di Verona, learn about winemaking at Massimago Winery, take in panoramic vistas at Torre dei Lamberti, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Verona online day trip planner .

Take a train from Bologna to Verona in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Bologna in March: high temperatures in Verona hover around 34°C and lows are around 34°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Venice.

Things to do in Verona

Historic Sites Parks Wineries

Side Trips

Valeggio Sul Mincio, Ciokolart, Palazzo Te, Tenuta Sant' Antonio, Azienda Agricola Corte Ciliegia
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Piazza delle Erbe ©
Piazza delle Erbe
Arena di Verona ©
Arena di Verona
Parco Giardino Sigurta ©
Parco Giardino Sigurta

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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 Cannaregio and Basilica di Sant’Antonio. Go for a jaunt from Venice to Padua to see Scrovegni Chapel about 54 minutes away. There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Canal Grande, wander the streets of Dorsoduro, admire the striking features of Basilica di San Marco, and take in the views from Ponte di Rialto.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Venice online travel route planner .

Traveling by car from Verona to Venice takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Verona in March; daily highs in Venice reach 17°C and lows reach 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Nature

Side Trip

Padua
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Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Dorsoduro ©
Dorsoduro
Cannaregio ©
Cannaregio

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