16 days in Northwest Italy Itinerary

16 days in Northwest Italy Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Northwest Italy route planner

Make it your trip
Fly
1
Rome
— 3 nights
Train
2
Florence
— 3 nights
Drive
3
San Gimignano
— 2 nights
Drive to Piombino, Ferry to Portoferraio
4
Portoferraio, Elba Island
— 1 night
Ferry to Piombino, Drive to Genoa
5
Genoa
— 2 nights
Drive
6
Verona
— 1 night
Drive
7
Venice
— 3 nights
Fly

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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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Colosseum and Pantheon. Explore hidden gems such as Arcibasilica di San Giovanni in Laterano and Church of St. Louis of the French. There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Vatican Museums, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona, contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Basilica, and don't miss a visit to Roman Forum.

To see more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Rome online route planner.

Toronto, Canada to Rome is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Toronto to Rome is 6 hours. When traveling from Toronto in September, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Rome: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Florence

— 3 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Duomo di Pisa and Basilica San Miniato al Monte. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Piazzale Michelangelo and Scenic wine tours in Tuscany. Get out of town with these interesting Florence side-trips: Pisa (Baptistery of St. John & Camposanto). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica of Santa Croce, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, and take in nature's colorful creations at The Boboli Gardens.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Florence road trip planner.

You can take a train from Rome to Florence in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. In September, daytime highs in Florence are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can drive to San Gimignano.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites · Wineries · Tours · Museums

Side Trips

San Gimignano

— 2 nights

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 29th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Historic Centre of San Gimignano, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Duomo di San Gimignano, and then do a tasting at Guardastelle Vineyard. On your second day here, pause for some serene contemplation at Duomo di Siena, enjoy breathtaking views from Torre del Mangia, and then steep yourself in history at Centro Storico di Siena.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the San Gimignano trip planner.

Getting from Florence to San Gimignano by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In September, daily temperatures in San Gimignano can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can travel to Portoferraio.

Things to do in San Gimignano

Historic Sites · Wineries

Side Trip

Portoferraio, Elba Island

— 1 night
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 1st (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Spiaggia di Cavoli, enjoy the sand and surf at Spiaggia Della Biodola, then enjoy the sand and surf at Spiaggia Di Sansone, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Spiaggia di Capo Bianco.

For other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Portoferraio day trip planner.

Do a combination of car and ferry from San Gimignano to Portoferraio in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. In September, daytime highs in Portoferraio are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can travel to Genoa.

Things to do in Portoferraio

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks

Side Trip

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.
On the 2nd (Sun), see the interesting displays at Galata Museo del Mare, wander the streets of Boccadasse, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Passeggiata Anita Garibaldi a Nervi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon): contemplate the long history of Abbazia di San Fruttuoso, stop by Santa Margherita Ligure, kick back and relax at Baia del Silenzio, then explore the world behind art at Palazzo Ducale, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Cattedrale di San Lorenzo - Duomo di Genova.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Genoa tour builder app.

Do a combination of ferry and car from Portoferraio to Genoa in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in October, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to drive to Verona.

Things to do in Genoa

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore, explore the historical opulence of Museo di Castelvecchio, make a trip to Piazza Bra, wander the streets of Piazza delle Erbe, then don't miss a visit to Torre dei Lamberti, and finally see the grandeur of opera at Arena di Verona.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Verona holiday planning app.

You can drive from Genoa to Verona in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Genoa in October, Verona is slightly colder at night with lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to drive to Venice.

Things to do in Verona

Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Nightlife

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 discover tucked-away gems like San Giorgio Maggiore and Cannaregio. Get some cultural insight at Piazza San Marco and Scrovegni Chapel. Step out of Venice to go to Padua and see Basilica of St. Anthony, which is approximately 50 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, take in the views from Ponte di Rialto, steep yourself in history at Ponte dei Sospiri, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Venice sightseeing planning tool.

Getting from Verona to Venice by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in October, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Nature

Side Trip