9 days in Northwest Italy Itinerary

9 days in Northwest Italy Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Italy trip planner

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Fly
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Rome
— 2 nights
Train
2
Florence
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Montepulciano
Drive
4
Montalcino
Drive
5
Siena
— 1 day
Drive
6
Lucca
— 1 night
Drive
7
Como
— 2 nights
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Rome

— 2 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
On the 4th (Tue), delve into the distant past at Palatine Hill, explore the ancient world of Colosseum, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona, then explore the ancient world of Pantheon, and finally don't miss a visit to Trevi Fountain. On the 5th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Maria in Trastevere, explore the world behind art at Vatican Museums, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Peter's Basilica, and finally explore the galleries of Museo Nazionale di Castel Sant'Angelo.

To find maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Rome trip itinerary planning tool.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Rome is an approximately 9-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Dubai to Rome is minus 3 hours. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Dubai in January, with highs in Rome at 15°C and lows at 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

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Florence

— 2 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
On the 6th (Thu), appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza della Signoria, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, enjoy breathtaking views from Campanile di Giotto, then steep yourself in history at Basilica of Santa Croce, then explore the world behind art at Florence Academy of Fine Arts, and finally make a trip to Mercato Centrale. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Fri): get a sense of history and politics at Palazzo Vecchio, then admire the landmark architecture of The Baptistery of St. John, then don't miss a visit to Piazzale Michelangelo, and finally take in the views from Ponte Vecchio.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Florence day trip planning app.

Take a train from Rome to Florence in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In January, daily temperatures in Florence can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Montepulciano.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay Jan 5 — 7:

Montepulciano

Pearl of the 16th Century

Perched on a limestone ridge in the heart of Tuscany, Montepulciano is known worldwide for its production of red wine, the Vino Noble.
To see more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Montepulciano road trip planning tool.

Getting from Florence to Montepulciano by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Montepulciano can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. On the 7th (Fri), you'll travel to Montalcino.

Things to do in Montepulciano

Historic Sites · Wineries · Outdoors · Tours
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Montalcino

City of Honey

In the heart of wine country, the hill town of Montalcino offers a glimpse of untouched medieval-era Tuscany.
For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Montalcino day trip planning site.

Drive from Montepulciano to Montalcino in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in January, and nighttime lows around 3°C. You will leave for Siena on the 7th (Fri).

Things to do in Montalcino

Historic Sites · Wineries · Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 8:

Siena

— 1 day

Cultural Heart of Tuscany

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 8th (Sat): make a trip to Piazza del Campo, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Battistero di San Giovanni, pause for some serene contemplation at Duomo di Siena, then make a trip to Centro Storico di Siena, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Torre del Mangia.

To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Siena trip planner.

Drive from Montalcino to Siena in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In January, daytime highs in Siena are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Lucca.

Things to do in Siena

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 8:

Lucca

— 1 night

City of a Hundred Churches

Lucca, famous for its intact Renaissance-era city walls, remained an independent city-state until the end of the 18th century.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Piazza dei Miracoli, contemplate the long history of Le mura di Lucca, then steep yourself in history at St Martin Cathedral, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Torre Guinigi.

For other places to visit and tourist information, read Lucca travel route planner.

Drive from Siena to Lucca in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. January in Lucca sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 3°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Como.

Things to do in Lucca

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 8 — 9:

Como

— 2 nights

City of Silk

Known for its idyllic location on the shores of Lake Como and at the foot of the Alps, Como is one of northern Italy's most popular tourist destinations.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di Sant'Abbondio, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Como (Duomo), and then look for gifts at Tea World. On the 11th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the waterfront views at Lago di Como.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Como trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Lucca to Como in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Lucca in January: high temperatures in Como hover around 8°C and lows are around -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Como

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 9 — 11:

Lake Como travel guide

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Gardens · Architectural Buildings · Churches
A favorite vacation spot for more than a century, Lake Como was once an exclusive retreat for local aristocrats and wealthy people. It is not only one of Europe's most beautiful lakes, but also one of the deepest at more than 400 m (1,300 ft). Surrounded by elegant villas, the lake has become a popular holiday destination for tourists because of its range of attractions, from landscapes, wildlife, and spas, to activities like sailing, windsurfing, and kite-surfing. The area has been an inspiration for artists since Roman times. English poet Percy Bysshe Shelley wrote, "This lake exceeds anything I ever beheld in beauty…It is long and narrow and has the appearance of a mighty river winding among the mountains and the forests."