13 days in Northwest Italy Itinerary

13 days in Northwest Italy Itinerary

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Arezzo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Siena
— 4 nights
Drive
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La Spezia
— 2 nights
Drive
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Ameglia
— 1 night
Drive
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Arcola
— 1 night
Drive
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Lucca
— 2 nights
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Arezzo

— 2 nights

Ancient City

Arezzo is a city of art with colorful frescoes and abundance of goldsmiths and antique jewelers.
On the 9th (Tue), appreciate the history behind Monumento a Vittorio Fossombroni, take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Francesco, Arezzo, make a trip to Piazza Grande, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Santa Maria della Pieve, then do a tasting at Villa La Ripa, and finally see the interesting displays at Munacs. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Museo Casa di Giorgio Vasari, take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Domenico Church, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Arezzo Cathedral, then admire the landmark architecture of Palazzo Comunale, and finally contemplate the long history of Eremo Le Celle.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Arezzo road trip planning website.

Manchester, UK to Arezzo is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Manchester to Arezzo. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can go by car to Siena.

Things to do in Arezzo

Historic Sites · Wineries · Museums

Side Trip

Siena

— 4 nights

Cultural Heart of Tuscany

Siena, a medieval Tuscan city, features numerous attractions, including a historic town center, alleyways, towers, and well-preserved buildings.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Siena: Abbazia di San Galgano (in Chiusdino) and Guardastelle Vineyard (in San Gimignano). And it doesn't end there: pause for some serene contemplation at Duomo di Siena, steep yourself in history at Centro Storico di Siena, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Battistero di San Giovanni.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Siena trip builder site.

You can drive from Arezzo to Siena in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In June, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to La Spezia.

Things to do in Siena

Historic Sites · Wineries · Tours · Museums

Side Trips

La Spezia

— 2 nights
La Spezia, at the head of the Gulf of La Spezia in the Liguria region of Northern Italy, is the capital city of the province of La Spezia.In terms of population, La Spezia is the second city in the Liguria region, preceded just by Genoa. Start off your visit on the 15th (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di Santo Stefano, hike along Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza, then take a stroll around Vernazza, then trek along Cinque Terre Trails, and finally take a memorable drive along Ponte Thaon di Revel. On the 16th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: wander the streets of Portovenere, walk around Parco Naturale Regionale di Porto Venere, and then hike along Monesteroli.

To see reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the La Spezia journey planner.

Traveling by car from Siena to La Spezia takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June in La Spezia, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to travel to Ameglia.

Things to do in La Spezia

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Ameglia

— 1 night
Ameglia is a comune (municipality) in the Province of La Spezia in the Italian region Liguria, located about 90km southeast of Genoa and about 11km southeast of La Spezia.Ameglia borders the following municipalities: Lerici, Sarzana.Main sightsCastle of Ameglia, a stronghold of the bishops of Luni, rebuilt in 1174. On the 17th (Wed), step into the grandiose world of Castello di Lerici, get a new perspective on nature at Punta Corvo, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Grotta Turistica Antro del Corchia.

To find traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Ameglia road trip site.

Ameglia is just a short distance from La Spezia. In June in Ameglia, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 18°C at night. On the 18th (Thu), you're off to Arcola.

Things to do in Ameglia

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Arcola

— 1 night
Arcola is a comune (municipality) in the Province of La Spezia in the Italian region Liguria, located about 80km southeast of Genoa and about 7km northeast of La Spezia. Start off your visit on the 18th (Thu): stop by Azienda Agraria La Valle, pause for some serene contemplation at San Pietro Church, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Santuario di Nostra Signora degli Angeli. On your second day here, don't miss a visit to Filetto and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lago Santo Parmense.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Arcola trip maker website.

Arcola is just a stone's throw from Ameglia. In June, daily temperatures in Arcola can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can travel to Lucca.

Things to do in Arcola

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Nature

Side Trips

Lucca

— 2 nights

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.
On the 19th (Fri), admire the striking features of St Martin Cathedral.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Lucca trip itinerary builder site.

Getting from Arcola to Lucca by car takes about an hour. In June in Lucca, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 18°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 21st (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Lucca

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Tuscany travel guide

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Landmarks · Art Museums · Sacred & Religious Sites
Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance
Known for its landscapes, traditions, and history, Tuscany possesses an unparalleled artistic legacy that continues to influence world culture. Regarded as the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance, the region boasts a lengthy list of attractions, including world-class museums, art galleries, and archeological sites. With a distinct culture and a very strong linguistic identity, this region is sometimes referred to as a nation within a nation. A land of picture-postcard areas, Tuscany contains plenty of places to visit on your holiday, with seven World Heritage Sites, including the historic town centers of Florence and Siena. With more than 120 protected nature preserves, Tuscany is not only a land of culture and historic monuments, but also a great place to discover and enjoy the Italian outdoors. Take it slowly here (as the locals do), and give yourself plenty of time to get to know the local culture and cuisine of Tuscany's medieval towns and ancient villages.

Province of La Spezia travel guide

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Parks · Historic Walking Areas · Landmarks
La Spezia, at the head of the Gulf of La Spezia in the Liguria region of Northern Italy, is the capital city of the province of La Spezia.In terms of population, La Spezia is the second city in the Liguria region, preceded just by Genoa. Located midway between Genoa and Pisa on the Ligurian Sea, it is one of the main Italian military and commercial harbours and hosts the arsenal of the Italian Navy. It is important for its museums, for the Palio del Golfo, and for the railway and boat links with Cinque Terre.HistoryThe area of La Spezia has been settled since pre-historic times. In Roman times the most important centre was Luni, now located in the vicinity of Sarzana (city near La Spezia). Being the capital of the short-lived Niccolò Fieschi Signoria in the period between 1256 and 1273, inevitably linked with the Genoese vicissitudes until the fall of the Republic of Genoa, it grew and changed to develop following the lines of the Ligurian capital. In fact, this Ligurian influence still is visible in the urban layout as well as in the types of buildings and decorations. It can be seen by going along the carrugio, the narrow street dividing the Old Town into two, called Via del Prione taking its name from a pietrone or large stone, in local dialect in fact prione, from where public announcements were read.

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