14 days in Northwest Italy Itinerary

14 days in Northwest Italy Itinerary

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Venice
— 3 nights
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Verona
— 1 night
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Parma
— 1 night
Drive
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Ameglia
— 1 night
Drive
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Pisa
— 1 night
Drive
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Florence
— 1 night
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San Gimignano
— 1 night
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Montalcino
— 1 night
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Rome
— 3 nights
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Venice

— 3 nights

City of Romance

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 explore the less-touristy side of things at Centro Storico di Venezia and San Giorgio Maggiore. Get some historical perspective at Piazza San Marco and Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari. Step out of Venice to go to Murano and see Church of Santa Maria e San Donato, which is approximately 2h 30 min away. There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Basilica di San Marco, take in the spiritual surroundings of Scuola Grande di San Rocco, wander the streets of Cannaregio, and contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Venice trip website.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Venice is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from South Africa Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Johannesburg in June, plan for a bit warmer days and warmer nights in Venice: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Verona.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Verona

— 1 night

City of Romeo and Juliet

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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Palazzo Muselli, step into the grandiose world of Piazzale Castel San Pietro, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di Santa Anastasia, then steep yourself in history at Verona's Cathedral (Duomo), and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore.

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Traveling by car from Venice to Verona takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle; or take a bus. June in Verona sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can drive to Parma.

Things to do in Verona

Historic Sites

Parma

— 1 night

Capital of Italian Food Valley

Parma is famous for its prosciutto, cheese, and architecture.
On the 21st (Mon), take in the spiritual surroundings of Cattedrale di Parma, explore the historical opulence of Castello di Torrechiara, then let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Battistero di Parma.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Parma holiday planner.

Getting from Verona to Parma by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. June in Parma sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to go by car to Ameglia.

Things to do in Parma

Tours · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): explore the historical opulence of Castello di Lerici, stroll through Bagno Artiglio, then enjoy the sand and surf at Spiaggia Libera Attrezzata Oasi Chiosco, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Pietro Church.

To see where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Ameglia holiday planner.

Drive from Parma to Ameglia in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In June, daily temperatures in Ameglia can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Pisa.

Things to do in Ameglia

Parks · Historic Sites · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Pisa

— 1 night
Known worldwide for the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the city of Pisa historically served as a maritime power in the heart of Tuscany.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duomo di Pisa, contemplate the long history of Camposanto, take in the spiritual surroundings of Battistero di San Giovanni, then admire the striking features of Leaning Tower of Pisa, then get to know the fascinating history of Knights’ Square, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa di Santa Maria della Spina.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Pisa online vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Ameglia to Pisa takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. June in Pisa sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 18°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can go by car to Florence.

Things to do in Pisa

Historic Sites

Florence

— 1 night

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
On the 24th (Thu), pause for some serene contemplation at Church and Museum of Orsanmichele, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, admire the masterpieces at Florence Academy of Fine Arts, then make a trip to Piazzale Michelangelo, and finally get great views at Basilica San Miniato al Monte.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Florence day trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Pisa to Florence takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a train. In June in Florence, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 21°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can go by car to San Gimignano.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites · Museums

San Gimignano

— 1 night

Town of Fine Towers

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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Fri): step into the grandiose world of Castello di Monteriggioni, learn about winemaking at A Solatio Organic Farm, then pause for some serene contemplation at Duomo di San Gimignano, and finally steep yourself in history at Historic Centre of San Gimignano.

For reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read San Gimignano day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Florence to San Gimignano takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Florence in June, expect slightly colder with lows of 18°C in San Gimignano. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Montalcino.

Things to do in San Gimignano

Historic Sites · Wineries

Side Trips

Montalcino

— 1 night

City of Honey

In the heart of wine country, the hill town of Montalcino offers a glimpse of untouched medieval-era Tuscany.
On the 26th (Sat), do a tasting at Winery Solaria Patrizia Cencioni, do a tasting at Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona, then contemplate the long history of Abbazia di Sant'Antimo, and finally do a tasting at Podere Il Cocco.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Montalcino day trip planning site.

Drive from San Gimignano to Montalcino in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. June in Montalcino sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Rome.

Things to do in Montalcino

Wineries · Historic Sites

Rome

— 3 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sun): explore the ancient world of Pantheon, don't miss a visit to Cupola di San Pietro, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Peter's Basilica, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Arcibasilica di San Giovanni in Laterano. On the 28th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the landmark architecture of Villa Borghese, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Louis of the French, and finally delve into the distant past at Colosseum.

To find reviews and tourist information, refer to the Rome trip itinerary builder site.

Drive from Montalcino to Rome in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in June, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Province of La Spezia travel guide

3.4
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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Province of Siena travel guide

4.3
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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