53 days in Northwest Italy Itinerary

53 days in Northwest Italy Itinerary

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53 days in Northwest Italy Itinerary

Start: Adelaide
Fly:  27​h
Venice
— 7 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
Verona
— 6 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
Cinque Terre
— 6 nights
Drive + ferry:  3​h 45​min
Portoferraio, Elba Island
— 7 nights
ferry + Drive:  2​h 30​min
Orbetello
— 7 nights
taxi + ferry:  1​h 15​min
Isola Del Giglio
— 5 nights
ferry + Drive:  4​h
Montefalco
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h
Rome
— 6 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Adelaide

7
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Scrovegni Chapel and Castello Estense. Head to Libreria Il Compralibro and BrAgorafor plenty of shopping. Change things up with these side-trips from Venice: Ferrara (Storie di Te e Caffe, Palazzo di Ludovico il Moro (Palazzo Costabili), & more), Basilica di Sant’Antonio (in Padua) and Antico Mulino Sandini (in Camisano Vicentino). Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Giorgio Maggiore, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, explore the activities along Laguna di Bibione, and contemplate the long history of Centro Storico di Venezia.

To find photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Venice road trip site .

Adelaide, Australia to Venice is an approximately 27-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. The time zone difference moving from Australian Central Standard Time (South Australia) (ACST) to Central European Time (CET) is minus 8 hours. In May in Venice, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Verona.

Things to do in Venice

#Historic Sites, #Parks, #Nature

Side Trips

Ferrara, Bibione, Padua, Antico Mulino Sandini, Isola di Burano
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Scrovegni Chapel ©
Scrovegni Chapel
Basilica di Sant’Antonio ©
Basilica di Sant’Antonio
Basilica Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari ©

6
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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Borghetto sul Mincio and Piacere Divino Enoteca E Vini Sfusi. Do some cultural sightseeing at Palazzo Te and Rocca Scaligera di Sirmione. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Verona: Mountbaldo (in Malcesine), Basilica di Sant'Andrea di Mantova (in Mantua) and Lago di Garda (in Garda). Spend the 27th (Sun) exploring nature at Alto Garda Bresciano. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Piazza Bra, tour the pleasant surroundings at Parco Natura Viva, look for gifts at Baol Atelier Creativo, and admire the masterpieces at Museo di Castelvecchio.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Verona vacation builder .

You can take a train from Venice to Verona in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Verona are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Cinque Terre.

Things to do in Verona

#Parks, #Historic Sites, #Nature

Side Trips

Sirmione, Mantua, Borghetto sul Mincio, Mountbaldo, Lago di Garda
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Borghetto sul Mincio ©
Borghetto sul Mincio
Palazzo Te ©
Palazzo Te
Museo di Castelvecchio ©
Museo di Castelvecchio

6
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Portovenere and Vernazza. Get some cultural insight at Duomo di Pisa and Cinque Terre Trails. Get out of town with these interesting Cinque Terre side-trips: Baia del Silenzio (in Sestri Levante), Genoa (Passeggiata Anita Garibaldi a Nervi, Boccadasse, & more) and Chiavari (L'Ancoretta & DiVino Emporio). There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza, stop by Cinque Terre Trekking Gear Shop, get to know the fascinating history of Borgo Storico di Corniglia, and trek along Sentiero 586 (ex n.6D) Volastra-Case Pianca.

To find reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Cinque Terre trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Verona to Cinque Terre takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in May, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Portoferraio.

Things to do in Cinque Terre

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Trails

Side Trips

Genoa, Pisa, Chiavari, Portovenere, Baia del Silenzio
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Baia del Silenzio ©
Baia del Silenzio
Portovenere ©
Portovenere
Duomo di Pisa ©
Duomo di Pisa

7
nights
Portoferraio, Elba Island

Portoferraio ©
Portoferraio is a town and comune in the province of Livorno, on the edge of the eponymous harbour of the island of Elba. Head to Gulliver - Terre d'Autore and Isoladerba Green Shop Capoliverifor some retail therapy. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Santuario della Madonna del Monte and Castello del Volterraio. Venture out of the city with trips to Spiaggia di Cavoli (in Seccheto) and Campo nell'Elba (Spiaggia delle Tombe, Spiaggia di Fetovaia, & more). There's lots more to do: stroll through Spiaggia Di Sansone, stop by Gelateria Zero Gradi, kick back and relax at Spiaggia della Biodola, and admire the majestic nature at Percorso dell'Enfola.

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You can do a combination of car and ferry from Cinque Terre to Portoferraio in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in June, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to travel to Orbetello.

Things to do in Portoferraio

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trips

Campo nell'Elba, La Lecciola, Spiaggia di Cavoli, Gulliver - Terre d'Autore, Isoladerba Green Shop Capoliveri
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Spiaggia di Cavoli ©
Spiaggia di Cavoli
Spiaggia di Fetovaia ©
Spiaggia di Fetovaia
Spiaggia della Biodola ©
Spiaggia della Biodola

7
nights
Orbetello

Orbetello ©
Orbetello is a town and comune in the province of Grosseto (Tuscany), Italy. Discover out-of-the-way places like Cascate del Mulino and Abbazia di Sant'Antimo. Head to La Taverna dei Barbi and Salebrum Enotecafor plenty of shopping. Change things up with these side-trips from Orbetello: Abbazia di San Galgano (in Chiusdino), Piazza del Castello di Montemerano (in Montemerano) and Azienda Agricola Celestina Fe' (in Montiano). There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Giardino dei Tarocchi, take advantage of the amenities at Stabilimento Balneare Capri, enjoy the sand and surf at Ai Delfini, and take a stroll through Borgo di Lucignano d’Arbia.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Orbetello holiday builder .

Traveling by combination of ferry and car from Portoferraio to Orbetello takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry, train, and bus. Traveling from Portoferraio in June, expect nights in Orbetello to be about the same, around 19°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 34°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can travel to Isola Del Giglio.

Things to do in Orbetello

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Piazza del Castello di Montemerano, Abbazia di San Galgano, Bagno Punta Hidalgo, Cascate del Mulino, Cala Violina
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Cascate del Mulino ©
Cascate del Mulino
Abbazia di San Galgano ©
Abbazia di San Galgano
Abbazia di Sant'Antimo ©
Abbazia di Sant'Antimo

5
nights
Isola Del Giglio

Isola Del Giglio ©
Get in touch with nature at Bagno Amaranto and Cala dello Smeraldo. Discover out-of-the-way places like Bagno Il Delfino and Spiaggia Campese.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Isola Del Giglio trip planner.

Getting from Orbetello to Isola Del Giglio by combination of taxi and ferry takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry. In June, daily temperatures in Isola Del Giglio can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Montefalco.

Things to do in Isola Del Giglio

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches
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Punta del Capel Rosso ©
Punta del Capel Rosso

6
nights
Montefalco

Montefalco ©
Fondly referred to as the balcony of Umbria, Montefalco is one of the region's most impressive medieval cities, perched atop a hill overlooking olive groves and vineyards.
Take a break from the city and head to Cascata delle Marmore and Albaneto. Popular historic sites such as Basilica di Santa Maria degli Angeli and Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta Spoleto are in your itinerary. Venture out of the city with trips to Assisi (Museo della Porziuncola, Eremo delle Carceri, & more), Loreto (Piazza della Madonna & Santuario Della Santa Casa) and Grotte di Frasassi (in Genga). There's much more to do: wander the streets of Il Borgo di Monteleone di Spoleto, don't miss a visit to Piazza della Repubblica, look for gifts at Ceramiche Terrecotte Deruta Bettini, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Borgo di Trevi.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Montefalco online tour planner .

Traveling by combination of ferry and car from Isola Del Giglio to Montefalco takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and train; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in June, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can go by car to Rome.

Things to do in Montefalco

#Historic Sites, #Parks, #Nature

Side Trips

Assisi, Loreto, Deruta, Cascata delle Marmore, La Bottega Di Teresa
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Museo della Porziuncola ©
Museo della Porziuncola
Basilica di Santa Maria degli Angeli ©
Basilica di Santa Chiara ©
Basilica di Santa Chiara

6
nights
Rome

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Get some cultural insight at Duomo di Orvieto and Centro Storico Associazione Centro Storico. Your inner history buff will appreciate Parco Archeologico di Ostia Antica and Church of St. Louis of the French. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rome: Tivoli (Villa Adriana & Villa d'Este), Pozzo di San Patrizio (in Orvieto) and Giardino di Ninfa (in Cisterna di Latina). The adventure continues: appreciate the extensive heritage of Vatican City, pause for some serene contemplation at Abbazia di San Paolo Fuori Le Mura, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa di Sant'Ignazio di Loyola, and admire the striking features of Cupola di San Pietro.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Rome trip planning tool .

You can drive from Montefalco to Rome in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Rome are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Rome

#Historic Sites, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trips

Tivoli, Orvieto, Vatican City, Parco Archeologico di Ostia Antica, Giardino di Ninfa
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Duomo di Orvieto ©
Duomo di Orvieto
Vatican City
Vatican City
Parco Archeologico di Ostia Antica ©

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