16 days in Northwest Italy Itinerary

16 days in Northwest Italy Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Italy attractions planner
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Fly
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Florence
Train
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Varenna
— 4 nights
Drive
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Cinque Terre
— 3 nights
Drive
4
San Gimignano
— 4 nights
Drive
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Florence
— 2 nights
Fly

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Florence

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Florence trip builder tool.

Charlotte, USA to Florence is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Charlotte to Florence due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Charlotte in June, you will find days in Florence are little chillier (83°F), and nights are about the same (65°F). You'll set off for Varenna on the 12th (Sun).
Historic Sites · Tours · Shopping · Museums
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Varenna — 4 nights

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. You've now added Menaggio to your itinerary.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Varenna trip planner.

Getting from Florence to Varenna by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In June, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Cinque Terre.
Neighborhoods · Historic Sites
Side Trip
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Highlights from your trip

Cinque Terre — 3 nights

Made up of five picturesque towns on the Ligurian coast, Cinque Terre is Italy's answer to the French Riviera.
To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Cinque Terre trip builder site.

Getting from Varenna to Cinque Terre by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train. June in Cinque Terre sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 60°F at night. You will leave for San Gimignano on the 19th (Sun).
Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites · Beaches
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San Gimignano — 4 nights

A historical gem in the heart of Tuscany, San Gimignano is known as the Town of Fine Towers for its jutting skyline of high city walls.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Guardastelle Vineyard as well as Fattoria Il Piano. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Gimignano: Podere Il Cocco (in Montalcino) and Siena (Torre del Mangia & San Francesco). There's more to do: indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink and get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo.

For photos and tourist information, you can read our San Gimignano day trip website.

Drive from Cinque Terre to San Gimignano in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. June in San Gimignano sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 60°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Florence.
Wineries · Historic Sites · Tours
Side Trips
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Florence — 2 nights

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Florence trip maker site.

Traveling by car from San Gimignano to Florence takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. You will leave for home on the 25th (Sat).
Historic Sites · Tours · Shopping · Museums
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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."

Province of Siena travel guide

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Landmarks · Wineries & Vineyards · Churches
Siena is a city in Tuscany, Italy. It is the capital of the province of Siena.The historic centre of Siena has been declared by UNESCO a World Heritage Site. It is one of the nation's most visited tourist attractions, with over 163,000 international arrivals in 2008. Siena is famous for its cuisine, art, museums, medieval cityscape and the Palio, a horse race held twice a year.HistorySiena, like other Tuscan hill towns, was first settled in the time of the Etruscans (c. 900–400 BC) when it was inhabited by a tribe called the Saina. The Etruscans were a tribe of advanced people who changed the face of central Italy through their use of irrigation to reclaim previously unfarmable land, and their custom of building their settlements in well-defended hill forts. A Roman town called Saena Julia was founded at the site in the time of the Emperor Augustus. Some archaeologists assert that Siena was controlled for a period by a Gaulish tribe called the Senones.According to local legend, Siena was founded by Senius and Aschius, two sons of Remus and thus nephews of Romulus, after whom Rome was named. Supposedly after their father's murder by Romulus, they fled Rome, taking with them the statue of the she-wolf suckling the infants (Capitoline Wolf), thus appropriating that symbol for the town. Additionally they rode white and black horses, giving rise to the Balzana, or coat of arms of Siena with a white band atop a dark band. Some claim the name Siena derives from Senius. Other etymologies derive the name from the Etruscan family name Saina, the Roman family name Saenii, or the Latin word senex "old" or its derived form seneo "to be old".

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