8 days in Italy Itinerary

8 days in Italy Itinerary

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8 days in Italy Itinerary

Start: Milan
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Milan
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Sirmione
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
3
Mantua
— 1 night
bus:  45​min
4
Verona
— 1 night
train:  1​h 15​min
5
Padua
— 1 night
train:  30​min
6
Venice
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
End: Milan

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night
Milan

Milan ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Thu): see the interesting displays at Museo del Novecento, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di Santa Maria presso San Satiro, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Duomo di Milano, and finally take an in-depth tour of Villa Necchi Campiglio. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Mura Venete, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cappella Colleoni, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cattedrale (Duomo) di Bergamo e Battistero, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbazia di Chiaravalle, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa di San Cristoforo sul Naviglio, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di Sant'Eustorgio.

To find more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Milan travel route planner.

If you are flying in from Belgium, the closest major airports are Malpensa International Airport, Milano Linate Airport and Il Caravaggio International Airport. October in Milan sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can drive to Sirmione.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Bergamo
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Duomo di Milano ©
Duomo di Milano
Villa Necchi Campiglio ©
Villa Necchi Campiglio

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Sirmione

Sirmione ©
Sirmione is a comune in the province of Brescia, in Lombardy (northern Italy). Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): examine the collection at Museo Dell'olio D'oliva, pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di San Pietro in Mavino, enjoy the sand and surf at Jamaica Beach, then delve into the distant past at Grotte di Catullo, then explore the historical opulence of Castello Scaligero, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Centro Storico Sirmione.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Sirmione travel planner.

You can drive from Milan to Sirmione in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. November in Sirmione sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can drive to Mantua.

Things to do in Sirmione

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Museo Dell'olio D'oliva
Find places to stay Nov 1 — 2:
Highlights from your plan
Grotte di Catullo ©
Grotte di Catullo
Castello Scaligero ©
Castello Scaligero
Jamaica Beach ©
Jamaica Beach

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night
Mantua

Mantua ©
Often overlooked in favor of nearby Lake Garda, Mantua is one of northern Italy's Renaissance gems.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): explore the world behind art at Palazzo Valenti Gonzaga, explore the world behind art at Palazzo Te, explore the historical opulence of Palazzo Ducale Mantova, then make a trip to Piazza Sordello, then explore the ancient world of Rotonda di San Lorenzo, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica di Sant'Andrea di Mantova.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Mantua road trip site .

You can drive from Sirmione to Mantua in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. November in Mantua sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) to allow time to take a bus to Verona.

Things to do in Mantua

Historic Sites Museums
Find places to stay Nov 2 — 3:
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Palazzo Te ©
Palazzo Te
Rotonda di San Lorenzo ©
Rotonda di San Lorenzo
Camera degli Sposi ©
Camera degli Sposi

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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.
On the 4th (Mon), explore the historical opulence of Piazzale Castel San Pietro, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Centro Storico, then steep yourself in history at Verona's Cathedral (Duomo), and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di Santa Anastasia.

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Verona itinerary planner.

Getting from Mantua to Verona by bus takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or drive. In November, plan for daily highs up to 14°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can take a train to Padua.

Things to do in Verona

Historic Sites
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Piazzale Castel San Pietro ©
Piazzale Castel San Pietro
Basilica di Santa Anastasia ©
Basilica di Santa Anastasia
Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore ©
Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore

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Padua

Padua ©
Padua is a picturesque city with a dense network of arcaded streets opening into large communal piazze (squares).
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Piazza dei Signori, get a sense of history and politics at Ragione Palace, get curious at MUSME - Museum of the History of Medicine of Padova, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Scrovegni Chapel, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Battistero del Duomo, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di Sant’Antonio.

Plan trip to Padua with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can take a train from Verona to Padua in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Padua are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Venice.

Things to do in Padua

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums
Find places to stay Nov 4 — 5:
Highlights from your plan
Scrovegni Chapel ©
Scrovegni Chapel
Basilica di Sant’Antonio ©
Basilica di Sant’Antonio
Ragione Palace ©
Ragione Palace

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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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Wed): wander the streets of Cannaregio, see the interesting displays at Doge's Palace, take in the views from Ponte dei Sospiri, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza San Marco, then admire the landmark architecture of Basilica di San Marco, and finally make a trip to St Mark's Campanile. On the next day, contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, explore the world behind art at Peggy Guggenheim Collection, then admire the striking features of Scala Contarini del Bovolo, then snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at San Giorgio Maggiore.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Venice trip builder website .

Venice is just a stone's throw from Padua. In November, daily temperatures in Venice can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Nature
Find places to stay Nov 5 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
Cannaregio ©
Cannaregio
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco

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