27 days in Northwest Italy Itinerary

27 days in Northwest Italy Itinerary

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27 days in Northwest Italy Itinerary

Start: Calgary
Fly:  14​h 45​min
1
Venice
— 4 nights
Train:  2​h 15​min
2
Florence
— 5 nights
Train:  1​h 45​min
3
Rome
— 5 nights
Train:  1​h
4
Orvieto
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Assisi
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
6
Genoa
— 4 nights
Fly:  15​h 45​min
End: Calgary

4
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 Scrovegni Chapel and Basilica di Sant’Antonio. Basilica di San Marco and Peggy Guggenheim Collection are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's still lots to do: make a trip to St. Mark's Square, admire the landmark architecture of Scuola Grande di San Rocco, explore the galleries of Doge's Palace, and steep yourself in history at Ponte dei Sospiri.

To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Venice online trip itinerary builder .

Calgary, Canada to Venice is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, shuttle, and train. Traveling from Calgary to Venice, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Calgary in March, you will find days in Venice are a bit warmer (17°C), and nights are much warmer (5°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Padua
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Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace

5
nights
Florence

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Appreciate the collections at Galleria dell'Accademia and Pitti Palace. Explore hidden gems such as Historic Centre of San Gimignano and Basilica San Miniato al Monte. Change things up with these side-trips from Florence: Chiesa dei Santi Fabiano e Sebastiano (in Stigliano), Borgo di Lucignano d’Arbia (in Lucignano d'Arbia) and Abbazia di San Galgano (in Chiusdino). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, admire the striking features of The Baptistery of St. John, admire the masterpieces at Uffizi Galleries, and don't miss a visit to Piazza della Signoria.

To find where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Florence holiday maker .

Traveling by train from Venice to Florence takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in March, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Historic Centre of San Gimignano, Chiesa dei Santi Fabiano e Sebastiano, Borgo di Lucignano d’Arbia, Abbazia di San Galgano
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Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Historic Centre of San Gimignano ©
Historic Centre of San Gimignano

5
nights
Rome

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Vatican Museums and Galleria Borghese. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Vatican City and San Pietro in Vincoli. Take a break from Rome with a short trip to Villa d'Este in Tivoli, about 48 minutes away. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Basilica, don't miss a visit to Trevi Fountain, wander the streets of Trastevere, and get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Rome online trip maker .

Take a train from Florence to Rome in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. March in Rome sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 8°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Orvieto.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Vatican City, Villa d'Este
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St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica
Vatican Museums
Vatican Museums
Pantheon ©
Pantheon

3
nights
Orvieto

Orvieto ©
The striking town of Orvieto, perched on a volcanic cliff overlooking the Umbrian countryside, is known as the Green Heart of Italy.
Explore hidden gems such as Civita di Bagnoregio and Pozzo di San Patrizio. Popular historic sites such as Duomo di Orvieto and Centro Storico Orvieto are in your itinerary. Get out of town with these interesting Orvieto side-trips: Abbazia di Sant'Antimo (in Castelnuovo dell'Abate), Chiesa della Santissima Annunziata (in Lucignano) and Montalcino (Azienda Agricola Patrizia Cencioni Solaria & Tenuta di Castelgiocondo). There's more to do: wander the streets of Borgo Roccalvecce and explore the ancient world of Romitori di Ischia di Castro.

For reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Orvieto driving holiday planner .

You can take a train from Rome to Orvieto in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Orvieto can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can go by car to Assisi.

Things to do in Orvieto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Wineries

Side Trips

Montalcino, Borgo Roccalvecce, Civita di Bagnoregio, Romitori di Ischia di Castro, Chiesa della Santissima Annunziata
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Duomo di Orvieto ©
Duomo di Orvieto
Civita di Bagnoregio ©
Civita di Bagnoregio
Abbazia di Sant'Antimo ©
Abbazia di Sant'Antimo

3
nights
Assisi

Assisi ©
Rich in culture and religious tradition, Assisi is known as the birthplace of St.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Museo della Porziuncola and Museo Diocesano e Cripta di San Rufino. Step off the beaten path and head to Basilica di Santa Maria degli Angeli - Porziuncola and Basilica di Santa Chiara. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Assisi: Il Borgo di Monteleone di Spoleto (in Monteleone di Spoleto), Montefalco (Romanelli Agricola, Santuario di Santa Chiara della Croce, & more) and Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta Spoleto (in Spoleto). There's much more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica inferiore di San Francesco d'Assisi, contemplate the long history of San Damiano, step into the grandiose world of Rocca Paolina, and make a trip to Eremo delle Carceri.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Assisi attractions planner .

You can drive from Orvieto to Assisi in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. March in Assisi sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 5°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Genoa.

Things to do in Assisi

Historic Sites Wineries Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Montefalco, Rocca Paolina, Il Borgo di Monteleone di Spoleto, Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta Spoleto
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Basilica di Santa Chiara ©
Basilica di Santa Chiara
Museo della Porziuncola ©
Museo della Porziuncola
San Damiano ©
San Damiano

4
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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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Passeggiata Anita Garibaldi a Nervi and Centro Storico Zuccarello. Get some cultural insight at Portovenere and Galata Museo del Mare. Explore Genoa's surroundings by going to Cooperativa Olivicola Arnasco (in Arnasco), Centro Storico (in Castelvecchio di Rocca Barbena) and Baia del Silenzio (in Sestri Levante). There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Boccadasse, appreciate the extensive heritage of Via Garibaldi, explore the world behind art at Museo del Tesoro, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Cattedrale di San Lorenzo - Duomo di Genova.

To see maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Genoa online driving holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Assisi to Genoa takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Assisi in March since evenings lows in Genoa dip to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Genoa

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Centro Storico, Portovenere, Baia del Silenzio, Cooperativa Olivicola Arnasco, Centro Storico Zuccarello
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Portovenere ©
Portovenere
Via Giuseppe Garibaldi ©
Via Giuseppe Garibaldi
Galata Museo del Mare ©
Galata Museo del Mare

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