43 days in Northwest Italy Itinerary

43 days in Northwest Italy Itinerary

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Start: Manchester
Fly:  5 h 15 min
1
Venice
— 3 nights
Bus:  1 h 30 min
2
Verona
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
3
Florence
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
4
Rimini
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
5
San Benedetto Del Tronto
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
6
Assisi
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
7
Rome
— 5 nights
Train:  1 h
8
Orvieto
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
9
Siena
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
10
Portoferraio, Elba Island
— 2 nights
Ferry + Drive:  2 h 30 min
11
Lucca
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
12
Genoa
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
13
Turin
— 5 nights
Fly:  5 h
End: Manchester

3
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 find plenty of places to visit near Venice: Basilica - Santuario di Santo Stefano (in Bologna), Castello Estense (in Ferrara) and Castello di Miramare - Museo Storico (in Trieste). And it doesn't end there: indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, pause for some serene contemplation at Scrovegni Chapel, visit Cannaregio, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Venice trip tool.

Manchester, UK to Venice is an approximately 5.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Manchester to Venice due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Manchester in July; daily highs in Venice reach 36°C and lows reach 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to take a bus to Verona.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Tours Museums

Side Trips

Padua, Basilica - Santuario di Santo Stefano, Castello Estense, Castello di Miramare - Museo Storico
Find places to stay Jul 19 — 22:
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Castello di Miramare - Museo Storico ©
Castello di Miramare - Museo Storico
Food Tours
Scuola Grande di San Rocco ©
Scuola Grande di San Rocco

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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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Verona: Malcesine (Mountbaldo & Scaliger Castle in Malcesine), Lago di Garda (in Garda) and Castello Scaligero (in Sirmione). And it doesn't end there: snap pictures at Ponte Scaligero (Ponte di Castelvecchio), walk around Parco Giardino Sigurta, get in on the family fun at Leolandia, and make a trip to Piazza Bra.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Verona travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by bus from Venice to Verona takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. July in Verona sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Verona

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Malcesine, Valeggio Sul Mincio, Leolandia, Lago di Garda, La Citta Alta
Find places to stay Jul 22 — 25:
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Mountbaldo ©
Mountbaldo
Ponte Scaligero (Ponte di Castelvecchio) ©
Ponte Scaligero (Ponte di Castelvecchio)
Piazza Bra ©
Piazza Bra

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nights
Florence

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Explore hidden gems such as Arezzo Cathedral and Basilica di San Domenico. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Florence: Arezzo (Piazza Grande, San Francesco, Arezzo, &more) and Bologna (Fontana del Nettuno & Basilica di San Petronio). There's lots more to do: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, admire the landmark architecture of Basilica of Santa Maria Novella, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Opera of Saint Maria of Fiore, and steep yourself in history at Loggia dei Lanzi.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Florence travel itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Verona to Florence in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Florence are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Rimini.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trips

Arezzo, Bologna
Find places to stay Jul 25 — 28:
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Centro Storico ©
Centro Storico
Arezzo Cathedral ©
Arezzo Cathedral
San Francesco, Arezzo ©
San Francesco, Arezzo

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nights
Rimini

Rimini ©
A popular resort town on Italy's east coast, Rimini has been an inhabited settlement since prehistoric times.
Step off the beaten path and head to Playa del Sol and Cattedrale San Ciriaco. Change things up with these side-trips from Rimini: Forte di San Leo (in San Leo), Basilica di Sant'Apollinare in Classe (in Classe) and Ravenna (Battistero Neoniano (Battistero degli Ortodossi), Basilica San Vitale, &more). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Altamarea Beach Village, step into the grandiose world of Rocca Roveresca di Senigallia, delve into the distant past at Arco d'Augusto, and admire the masterpieces at Palazzo Ducale di Urbino.

For maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Rimini vacation builder site.

You can take a train from Florence to Rimini in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. In July, daily temperatures in Rimini can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to San Benedetto Del Tronto.

Things to do in Rimini

Historic Sites Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Ravenna, Cattedrale San Ciriaco, Playa del Sol, Castello di Gradara, Forte di San Leo
Find places to stay Jul 28 — 31:
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Playa del Sol ©
Playa del Sol
Altamarea Beach Village ©
Altamarea Beach Village
Basilica Cattedrale (Tempio Malatestiano) ©
Basilica Cattedrale (Tempio Malatestiano)

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nights
San Benedetto Del Tronto

San Benedetto Del Tronto ©
San Benedetto del Tronto is a city and comune in the province of Ascoli Piceno, Marche, Italy. Discover out-of-the-way places like Piana di Castelluccio di Norcia and Riviera del Conero e Colli dell'Infinito. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Benedetto Del Tronto: Casa Leopardi (in Recanati), Santuario Della Santa Casa (in Loreto) and Piazza del Popolo (in Ascoli Piceno). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Riviera del Conero, look for all kinds of wild species at Campo Imperatore, get to know the fascinating history of Grottammare Borgo Antico, and cool off at Acquapark Onda Blu.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the San Benedetto Del Tronto online tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Rimini to San Benedetto Del Tronto in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Assisi.

Things to do in San Benedetto Del Tronto

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Riviera del Conero e Colli dell'Infinito, Ponte del Mare, Grottammare Borgo Antico, Campo Imperatore, Casa Leopardi
Find places to stay Jul 31 — Aug 3:
Highlights from your plan
Piana di Castelluccio di Norcia ©
Piana di Castelluccio di Norcia
Riviera del Conero e Colli dell'Infinito ©
Riviera del Conero e Colli dell'Infinito
Riviera del Conero ©
Riviera del Conero

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nights
Assisi

Assisi ©
Rich in culture and religious tradition, Assisi is known as the birthplace of St.
Explore hidden gems such as San Damiano and Basilica di Santa Rita. Change things up with these side-trips from Assisi: Gubbio (Palazzo dei Consoli and Museo Civico, Piazza Grande, &more), Perugia (Rocca Paolina & Lake Trasimeno) and Spoleto (Ponte delle Torri, Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta Spoleto, &more). The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cattedrale di San Rufino, see the interesting displays at Museo della Porziuncola, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica di Santa Maria degli Angeli - Porziuncola, and steep yourself in history at Stazione Foligno.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Assisi travel route builder.

Traveling by car from San Benedetto Del Tronto to Assisi takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August, daytime highs in Assisi are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to drive to Rome.

Things to do in Assisi

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Gubbio, Spoleto, Perugia, Grotte di Frasassi, Basilica di Santa Rita
Find places to stay Aug 3 — 6:
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San Damiano ©
San Damiano
Cattedrale di San Rufino ©
Cattedrale di San Rufino

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nights
Rome

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Monastero Di S.Benedetto and Il Lago di Scanno. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rome: Monte Cassino (in Cassino), Villa d'Este (in Tivoli) and Parco Archeologico di Ostia Antica (in Ostia Antica). Next up on the itinerary: explore the fascinating underground world of Grotte di Stiffe, get engrossed in the history at Le Domus Romane di Palazzo Valentini, indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbey of St. Paul Outside the Walls.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Rome day trip app.

You can drive from Assisi to Rome in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Rome when traveling from Assisi in August, with lows around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Orvieto.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Vatican City, Caves of Pastena, Monte Cassino, Villa d'Este, Parco Archeologico di Ostia Antica
Find places to stay Aug 6 — 11:
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St. Peter's Square ©
St. Peter's Square
Il Lago di Scanno ©
Il Lago di Scanno
Grotte di Stiffe ©
Grotte di Stiffe

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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Pitigliano Centro Storico and Museo di Palazzo Orsini. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Orvieto: Cascata delle Marmore (in Marmore), Parco dei Mostri (in Bomarzo) and Civita di Bagnoregio (in Bagnoregio). There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lago di Bolsena, steep yourself in history at Pozzo di San Patrizio, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di San Domenico, and take in nature's colorful creations at Villa Lante.

Plan a trip to Orvieto easily and quickly by telling Inspirock to suggest an itinerary.

You can take a train from Rome to Orvieto in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. In August in Orvieto, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 21°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can go by car to Siena.

Things to do in Orvieto

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Viterbo, Pitigliano, Lago di Bolsena, Parco dei Mostri, Cascata delle Marmore
Find places to stay Aug 11 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Duomo di Orvieto ©
Duomo di Orvieto
Pitigliano Centro Storico ©
Pitigliano Centro Storico
Lago di Bolsena ©
Lago di Bolsena

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nights
Siena

Siena ©
Siena, a medieval Tuscan city, features numerous attractions, including a historic town center, alleyways, towers, and well-preserved buildings.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Dog Beach San Vincenzo and Cavallino Matto. Explore Siena's surroundings by going to San Gimignano (San Gimignano Bell Tower, Historic Centre of San Gimignano, &more), Piazza Grande a Montepulciano (in Montepulciano) and Eremo Le Celle (in Cortona). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at La Verna - Franciscan Sanctuary, browse the collection at Biblioteca Piccolomini, pause for some serene contemplation at Abbazia di San Galgano, and step into the grandiose world of Castello di Monteriggioni.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Siena tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Orvieto to Siena in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In August, daytime highs in Siena are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Portoferraio.

Things to do in Siena

Historic Sites Beaches Parks

Side Trips

San Gimignano, Monteriggioni, Collegiata di San Michele Arcangelo, Piazza Grande a Montepulciano, Abbazia di San Galgano
Find places to stay Aug 14 — 18:
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Historic Centre of San Gimignano ©
Historic Centre of San Gimignano
Dog Beach San Vincenzo ©
Dog Beach San Vincenzo
Eremo Le Celle ©
Eremo Le Celle

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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. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Wed): kick back and relax at Spiaggia di Capo Bianco, tour the pleasant surroundings at Spiaggia Di Sansone, then stroll through Spiaggia Della Biodola, then enjoy the sand and surf at Spiaggia di Cavoli, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Spiaggia di Fetovaia. On the 20th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Spiaggia di Lacona, then take in the awesome beauty at Monte Capanne, and then kick back and relax at Spiaggia di Marina di Campo.

To find out how to plan a trip to Portoferraio, use our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Siena to Portoferraio by car takes about 3.5 hours. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Siena in August: highs in Portoferraio hover around 33°C, while lows dip to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Lucca.

Things to do in Portoferraio

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Spiaggia di Fetovaia, Spiaggia di Marina di Campo, Spiaggia di Cavoli, Spiaggia di Lacona, Monte Capanne
Find places to stay Aug 18 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Spiaggia Di Sansone ©
Spiaggia Di Sansone
Monte Capanne ©
Monte Capanne
Spiaggia di Lacona ©
Spiaggia di Lacona

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Lucca

Lucca ©
Lucca, famous for its intact Renaissance-era city walls, remained an independent city-state until the end of the 18th century.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): kick your exploration up a notch at Canyon Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Baptistery of St. John, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Duomo di Pisa, then stroll the grounds of Camposanto, and finally make a trip to Terrazza Mascagni. On your second day here, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Michele in Foro, take in panoramic vistas at Torre Guinigi, don't miss a visit to Piazza Anfiteatro, then admire the landmark architecture of St Martin Cathedral, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Knights’ Square, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Montecatini Alto.

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Lucca holiday maker site.

You can do a combination of ferry and car from Portoferraio to Lucca in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Genoa.

Things to do in Lucca

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Pisa, Montecatini Alto, Ponte della Maddalena - Ponte del Diavolo, Canyon Park, Terrazza Mascagni
Find places to stay Aug 20 — 22:
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Duomo di Pisa ©
Duomo di Pisa
Canyon Park ©
Canyon Park
San Michele in Foro ©
San Michele in Foro

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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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Palazzi dei Rolli and Palazzo Ducale. Explore Genoa's surroundings by going to Baia del Silenzio (in Sestri Levante), Pista Ciclopedonale Levanto - Framura (in Levanto) and Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza (in Monterosso al Mare). There's lots more to do: Head underground at Grotte di Toirano, take a stroll through Santa Margherita Ligure, get to know the fascinating history of Budello di Alassio, and don't miss a visit to Finalborgo.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Genoa route planning site.

Traveling by car from Lucca to Genoa takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Lucca in August, Genoa is a bit warmer at night with lows of 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Turin.

Things to do in Genoa

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Budello di Alassio, Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza, Baia del Silenzio, Grotte di Toirano, Santa Margherita Ligure
Find places to stay Aug 22 — 25:
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Passeggiata Anita Garibaldi a Nervi ©
Passeggiata Anita Garibaldi a Nervi
Palazzo Ducale ©
Palazzo Ducale
Grotte di Toirano ©
Grotte di Toirano

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Turin

Turin ©
A city of technology and industry, Turin is in northwestern Italy, a one-hour drive from the French border and slightly more than that from the Mediterranean Sea.
Step off the beaten path and head to River Rafting & Tubing and Lago Maggiore. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Turin: Orta San Giulio (San Giulio Island & Lake Orta), Botanical Gardens Of Villa Taranto (in Verbania) and Sacra di San Michele (in Sant'Ambrogio di Torino). The adventure continues: take in the dramatic scenery at Lillaz Waterfalls, explore the historical opulence of Castel Savoia, get into the urban bustle at Morgex, and admire the striking features of Palazzo Roncas.

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Turin online tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Genoa to Turin in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, Turin is slightly colder than Genoa - with highs of 28°C and lows of 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Turin

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Aosta, Orta San Giulio, Morgex, Verbania, Val Ferret
Find places to stay Aug 25 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Val Ferret ©
Val Ferret
River Rafting & Tubing
Lago Maggiore ©
Lago Maggiore

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