54 days in Northwest Italy Itinerary

54 days in Northwest Italy Itinerary

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Rome
— 7 nights
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Assisi
— 5 nights
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Siena
— 6 nights
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Florence
— 6 nights
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Ravenna
— 2 nights
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Venice
— 6 nights
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Verona
— 5 nights
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Cinque Terre
— 6 nights
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Varenna
— 5 nights
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Milan
— 5 nights

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Rome

Rome ©

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Venture out of the city with trips to Tivoli (Villa Adriana & Villa d'Este). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Colosseum, admire the masterpieces at Galleria Borghese, delve into the distant past at Palatine Hill, and get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Rome trip itinerary planner.

Charleston, USA to Rome is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 6 hour difference. In May, Rome is little chillier than Charleston - with highs of 75°F and lows of 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to drive to Assisi.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Tours · Museums · Wineries

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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica

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Assisi

Assisi ©

City of Peace

Rich in culture and religious tradition, Assisi is known as the birthplace of St.
Change things up with these side-trips from Assisi: Tenuta Cocci Grifoni (in Ripatransone), Montioni Frantoio e Cantina (in Montefalco) and Perugia (Museo-Laboratorio di Tessitura a Mano Giuditta Brozzetti & Galleria Nazionale dell'Umbria). And it doesn't end there: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica Papale e Sacro Convento di San Francesco d'Assisi, admire the masterpieces at Museo Cinema a Pennello, explore the historical opulence of Rocca Maggiore, and see the interesting displays at Museo della Porziuncola.

To find traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Assisi trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Rome to Assisi in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Rome in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Assisi, with lows of 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to drive to Siena.

Things to do in Assisi

Historic Sites · Wineries · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Studio Moretti Caselli ©
Studio Moretti Caselli
Montioni Frantoio e Cantina ©
Montioni Frantoio e Cantina

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Siena

Siena ©

Cultural Heart of Tuscany

Siena, a medieval Tuscan city, features numerous attractions, including a historic town center, alleyways, towers, and well-preserved buildings.
Get out of town with these interesting Siena side-trips: Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona (in Castelnuovo dell'Abate), Famiglia Buccelletti Winery (in Castiglion Fiorentino) and Montalcino (Winery Solaria Patrizia Cencioni & Castiglion del Bosco Winery). Next up on the itinerary: do a tasting at Guardastelle Vineyard, ponder the world of politics at Palazzo Pubblico and Museo Civico, admire the verdant scenery at Val d'Orcia, and get the lay of the land with Girosole Italy Walking Tours.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Siena day trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Assisi to Siena takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 74°F in May, and nighttime lows around 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Florence.

Things to do in Siena

Wineries · Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona ©
Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona
Famiglia Buccelletti Winery ©
Famiglia Buccelletti Winery
Guardastelle Vineyard ©
Guardastelle Vineyard

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Florence

Florence ©

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Venture out of the city with trips to Podere Pellicciano - Agrisole (in San Miniato), Brain In A Cage (in Livorno) and Leaning Tower of Pisa (in Pisa). Dedicate the 27th (Thu) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Florence Academy of Fine Arts, see the interesting displays at Pitti Palace, contemplate the long history of Basilica of Santa Croce, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Baptistery of St. John.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Florence route planner.

Traveling by car from Siena to Florence takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. May in Florence sees daily highs of 71°F and lows of 52°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Ravenna.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites · Tours · Wineries · Museums

Side Trips

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Podere Pellicciano - Agrisole ©
Podere Pellicciano - Agrisole
Florence Academy of Fine Arts ©
Florence Academy of Fine Arts
Piazzale Michelangelo ©
Piazzale Michelangelo

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Ravenna

Ravenna ©

City of Mosaics

Famous for its wealth of original mosaics, Ravenna is a hub of artistic and cultural heritage.
On the 28th (Fri), explore the world behind art at Palazzo Romagnoli Forli, then relax in the rural setting at Apicoltura Lombardi, then don't miss a visit to Mausoleo di Galla Placidia, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica San Vitale. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Archiepiscopal Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Battistero Neoniano (Battistero degli Ortodossi), then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica di Sant'Apollinare Nuovo, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica di Sant'Apollinare in Classe, and finally test your team's savvy at Ravenna Escape - Room di Savio.

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Ravenna trip app.

Traveling by car from Florence to Ravenna takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Florence in May, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 58°F in Ravenna. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can go by car to Venice.

Things to do in Ravenna

Historic Sites · Museums · Fun & Games

Side Trips

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Basilica San Vitale ©
Basilica San Vitale
Mausoleo di Galla Placidia ©
Mausoleo di Galla Placidia
Basilica di Sant'Apollinare Nuovo ©
Basilica di Sant'Apollinare Nuovo

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Venice

Venice ©

City of Romance

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Venice side-trips: Padua (Scrovegni Chapel, Basilica of St. Anthony, &more). There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Canal Grande, take in the views from Ponte di Rialto, steep yourself in history at St Mark's Campanile, and admire the striking features of Doge's Palace.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Venice trip site.

Traveling by car from Ravenna to Venice takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. May in Venice sees daily highs of 72°F and lows of 55°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can go by car to Verona.

Things to do in Venice

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Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco

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Verona

Verona ©

City of Romeo and Juliet

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Verona: Modena (Acetaia Giuseppe Giusti, Acetaia Villa San Donnino, &more), Bee Boat Service (in Salo) and Lago di Garda (in Garda). Next up on the itinerary: experience the emotional art of opera at Arena di Verona, examine the collection at Casa di Giulietta, wander the streets of Piazza delle Erbe, and snap pictures at Ponte Scaligero (Ponte di Castelvecchio).

For where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Verona road trip planning website.

You can drive from Venice to Verona in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a shuttle. In June, plan for daily highs up to 84°F, and evening lows to 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to drive to Cinque Terre.

Things to do in Verona

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

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Acetaia Villa San Donnino ©
Acetaia Villa San Donnino
Lago di Garda ©
Lago di Garda
Arena di Verona ©
Arena di Verona

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Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre ©

Italian Riviera

Made up of five picturesque towns on the Ligurian coast, Cinque Terre is Italy's answer to the French Riviera.
Get out of town with these interesting Cinque Terre side-trips: Liguria Escursioni Quad (in Sestri Levante) and Genoa (Cattedrale di San Lorenzo - Duomo di Genova, Aquarium of Genoa, &more). There's still lots to do: take a memorable tour with Enjoy Cinqueterre Boat Tours, don't miss a visit to Borgo Antico, get into the urban bustle at Vernazza, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Margherita di Antiochia Church.

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Cinque Terre trip planner.

Traveling by car from Verona to Cinque Terre takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In June, daily temperatures in Cinque Terre can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to drive to Varenna.

Things to do in Cinque Terre

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks · Trails

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Enjoy Cinqueterre Boat Tours ©
Enjoy Cinqueterre Boat Tours
Aquarium of Genoa ©
Aquarium of Genoa
Liguria Escursioni Quad ©
Liguria Escursioni Quad

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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. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Varenna: Chiesa Sant’Andrea di Bonzeno (in Bellano), Tremezzina (Villa Carlotta & Villa del Balbianello) and Bellagio (Basilica di San Giacomo, I Giardini di Villa Melzi, &more). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Lago di Como, explore the historical opulence of Castello di Vezio, indulge your thirst for a good beer at La Mia Birra di Valsassina, and take a memorable tour with Como Lake Paragliding.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Varenna online travel planner.

Getting from Cinque Terre to Varenna by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train. June in Varenna sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 61°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can go by car to Milan.

Things to do in Varenna

Parks · Museums · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Villa Carlotta ©
Villa Carlotta
Villa del Balbianello ©
Villa del Balbianello
I Giardini di Villa Melzi ©
I Giardini di Villa Melzi

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Milan

Milan ©

Fashion Capital of World

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Langhe landscapes UNESCO (in Alba), Piedmont Food and Wine (in Vinchio) and In Time Escape Room (in Suisio). Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Duomo di Milano, browse the exhibits of Basilica di Sant'Ambrogio, explore the world behind art at Museo Egizio, and explore the historical opulence of Castello Sforzesco.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Milan trip planner.

Traveling by car from Varenna to Milan takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In June, daytime highs in Milan are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 64°F. On the 25th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

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Duomo di Milano ©
Duomo di Milano
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II ©
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
Langhe landscapes UNESCO
Langhe landscapes UNESCO

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