11 days in Northwest Italy Itinerary

11 days in Northwest Italy Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Italy travel planner

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Drive
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Genoa
— 2 nights
Drive
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Porto Venere
— 2 nights
Drive to Piombino, Ferry to Portoferraio
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Portoferraio
— 3 nights
Ferry to Piombino, Drive to Pisa
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Pisa
Drive
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Florence
— 2 nights
Drive
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Parma
— 1 night
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Genoa

— 2 nights
Once the most important harbor in the Mediterranean Sea, Genoa has a long history as a rich and powerful trade center in northern Italy.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Cattedrale di San Lorenzo - Duomo di Genova, meet the residents at Aquarium of Genoa, then take in the waterfront at Old Port, and finally see the interesting displays at Galata Museo del Mare. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica di Santo Stefano, then enjoy the sand and surf at Baia del Silenzio, then take a memorable tour with Silentbay Charter, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Passeggiata Anita Garibaldi a Nervi.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Genoa road trip site.

Geneva, Switzerland to Genoa is an approximately 4.5-hour car ride. You can also fly; or take a train. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Geneva in August since evenings lows in Genoa dip to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can drive to Porto Venere.

Things to do in Genoa

Parks · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Porto Venere

— 2 nights
Porto Venere is a town and comune (municipality) located on the Ligurian coast of Italy in the province of La Spezia. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at La Baia Blu - Stabilimento Balneare, then get a new perspective on nature at Punta Corvo, and then take in nature's colorful creations at La Marrana Arte Ambientale. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Pieve dei Santi Cornelio e Cipriano, Head underground at Grotte di Equi, explore the fascinating underground world of Grotta di Byron, then pause for some serene contemplation at San Pietro Church, and finally step off the mainland to explore Isola Palmaria.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Porto Venere journey tool.

You can drive from Genoa to Porto Venere in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Genoa in August since evenings lows in Porto Venere dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Portoferraio.

Things to do in Porto Venere

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Portoferraio

— 3 nights
Portoferraio is a town and comune in the province of Livorno, on the edge of the eponymous harbour of the island of Elba. Venture out of the city with trips to Spiaggia di Cavoli (in Seccheto) and Il Viottolo (in Marina di Campo). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Spiaggia Di Sansone, stroll through Spiaggia Di Sottobomba, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Acquario dell'Elba.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Portoferraio tour itinerary maker app.

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Porto Venere to Portoferraio takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. In August, daily temperatures in Portoferraio can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to travel to Pisa.

Things to do in Portoferraio

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Adventure

Side Trips

Pisa

Known worldwide for the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the city of Pisa historically served as a maritime power in the heart of Tuscany.
To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Pisa trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of ferry and car from Portoferraio to Pisa in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and train. In August, daily temperatures in Pisa can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. You'll set off for Florence on the 20th (Thu).

Things to do in Pisa

Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites · Parks

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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): steep yourself in history at L’importuno di Michelangelo, explore the world behind art at Florence Academy of Fine Arts, steep yourself in history at Basilica of Santa Croce, snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, and finally contemplate the long history of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Florence route site.

Traveling by car from Pisa to Florence takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a train. In August, daytime highs in Florence are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. On the 22nd (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Parma.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites · Museums

Parma

— 1 night

Capital of Italian Food Valley

Parma is famous for its prosciutto, cheese, and architecture.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): stroll around Parco Ducale, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiostri di S.Giovanni Evangelista, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Battistero di Parma.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Parma travel route app.

You can drive from Florence to Parma in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 21°C. On the 23rd (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Parma

Parks · Historic Sites

Elba Island travel guide

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Beaches · Landmarks · Outdoor Activities
The famed location of Napoleon Bonaparte's exile in 1814, Elba Island is tranquil and romantic. Just 10 km (6 mi) off the mainland coast, the small island is made up of lush green terrain, colorful villages, and white sand beaches, making it a popular destination for weekend getaways. Explore the historical town centers to experience the island's rich cultural heritage and enjoy the many options for dining and shopping. Venture into the unspoiled landscape of the Monte Capanne mountains to view the many natural wonders of the island.