21 days in Northwest Italy Itinerary

21 days in Northwest Italy Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Italy trip planner

Make it your trip
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Venice
— 2 nights
Shuttle
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Padua
Drive
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Verona
Drive
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Bellagio
— 1 night
Drive
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Milan
Drive
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Cinque Terre
— 1 night
Drive
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Lucca
Drive
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Florence
— 2 nights
Drive
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San Gimignano
— 1 night
Drive
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Monteriggioni
— 1 night
Drive
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Siena
— 2 nights
Drive
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Montalcino
— 3 nights
Drive
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Pitigliano
— 2 nights
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Civita di Bagnoregio
— 1 night
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Orvieto
— 1 night
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Rome
— 3 nights
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Venice

— 2 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.
On the 1st (Sun), snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto, examine the collection at Doge's Palace, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza San Marco, admire the landmark architecture of Basilica di San Marco, then take in panoramic vistas at St Mark's Campanile, and finally explore the world behind art at Peggy Guggenheim Collection.

For ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Venice online tour planner.

Dallas, USA to Venice is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 7 hour difference. In July, Venice is slightly colder than Dallas - with highs of 36°C and lows of 22°C. You'll set off for Padua on the 2nd (Mon).

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Padua

Holy City

Padua is a picturesque city with a dense network of arcaded streets opening into large communal piazze (squares).
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): make a trip to Prato della Valle and then ponder the world of politics at Ragione Palace.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Padua holiday planner.

Traveling by shuttle from Venice to Padua takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Padua can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. On the 2nd (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Verona.

Things to do in Padua

Historic Sites

Verona

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 2nd (Mon): take a stroll through Via Mazzini and then experience the emotional art of opera at Arena di Verona.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Verona trip itinerary builder website.

Drive from Padua to Verona in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a shuttle. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Padua in August since evenings lows in Verona dip to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can go by car to Bellagio.

Things to do in Verona

Shopping · Neighborhoods · Nightlife · Historic Sites

Bellagio

— 1 night

Pearl of Lake Como

Known as the pearl of Lake Como for its luxury accommodations, high-end shops, and fine dining options, Bellagio serves as the lake's premiere resort town.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): admire the striking features of Villa Monastero and then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di San Giacomo.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Bellagio travel route builder site.

Drive from Verona to Bellagio in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Bellagio are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Milan.

Things to do in Bellagio

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Milan

Fashion Capital of World

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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): admire the striking features of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, then pause for some serene contemplation at Duomo di Milano, and finally see the interesting displays at Museo del Novecento.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Milan online trip planner.

Traveling by car from Bellagio to Milan takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In August, daytime highs in Milan are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Cinque Terre.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums

Cinque Terre

— 1 night

Italian Riviera

Made up of five picturesque towns on the Ligurian coast, Cinque Terre is Italy's answer to the French Riviera.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): get to know the fascinating history of Borgo Storico di Manarola, then enjoy the sand and surf at Spiaggia di Fegina, and then take in the waterfront at Passeggiata Lungomare.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Cinque Terre visit planner.

Getting from Milan to Cinque Terre by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train. In August in Cinque Terre, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 20°C at night. You'll set off for Lucca on the 4th (Wed).

Things to do in Cinque Terre

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Beaches

Lucca

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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Wed): make a trip to Piazza Anfiteatro.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Lucca travel planner.

Traveling by car from Cinque Terre to Lucca takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In August, daytime highs in Lucca are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Florence.
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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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza della Signoria, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, steep yourself in history at Palazzo Vecchio, then don't miss a visit to The Baptistery of St. John, then steep yourself in history at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Campanile di Giotto.

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Florence visit planner.

Traveling by car from Lucca to Florence takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can drive to San Gimignano.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites

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.
On the 6th (Fri), appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, take an in-depth tour of Torre e Casa Campatelli, get to know the fascinating history of San Gimignano 1300, then contemplate the long history of Historic Centre of San Gimignano, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Duomo di San Gimignano, and finally make a trip to San Gimignano Bell Tower.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our San Gimignano attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Florence to San Gimignano takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in San Gimignano are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to drive to Monteriggioni.

Things to do in San Gimignano

Historic Sites · Museums

Monteriggioni

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di Santa Maria Assunta, step into the grandiose world of Castello di Monteriggioni, then contemplate the long history of Walls of Monteriggioni, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Centro storico di Monteriggioni.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Monteriggioni online route planner.

You can drive from San Gimignano to Monteriggioni in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Monteriggioni are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can go by car to Siena.

Things to do in Monteriggioni

Historic Sites

Siena

— 2 nights

Cultural Heart of Tuscany

Siena, a medieval Tuscan city, features numerous attractions, including a historic town center, alleyways, towers, and well-preserved buildings.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Battistero di San Giovanni, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Duomo di Siena, contemplate the long history of Centro Storico di Siena, examine the collection at Fondazione Accademia Musicale Chigiana, then explore the world behind art at Museo dell'Opera Metropolitana, and finally explore the galleries of Complesso Museale Santa Maria della Scala. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Piazza del Campo, steep yourself in history at Cappella di Piazza, ponder the world of politics at Palazzo Pubblico and Museo Civico, then take an in-depth tour of Museo Contrada Priora della Civetta, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica Cateriniana San Domenico, and finally take an in-depth tour of MOnd - Museo della Contrada Capitana dell'Onda.

To see photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Siena tour itinerary planning website.

Siena is very close to Monteriggioni. In August, daytime highs in Siena are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can drive to Montalcino.

Things to do in Siena

Museums · Historic Sites

Montalcino

— 3 nights

City of Honey

In the heart of wine country, the hill town of Montalcino offers a glimpse of untouched medieval-era Tuscany.
To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Montalcino day trip site.

You can drive from Siena to Montalcino in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. August in Montalcino sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 22°C at night. On the 13th (Fri), you'll travel to Pitigliano.

Things to do in Montalcino

Tours · Wineries · Historic Sites · Classes

Pitigliano

— 2 nights
Pitigliano is a town in the province of Grosseto, located about 80km south-east of the city of Grosseto, in Italy. On the 13th (Fri), admire the landmark architecture of Acquedotto Mediceo di Pitigliano, see the interesting displays at Museo Civico Archeologico della Civilta Etrusca, take in the spiritual surroundings of Antico Ghetto e Sinagoga Pitigliano, then explore the historical opulence of Museo di Palazzo Orsini, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cattedrale dei Santi Pietro e Paolo (Duomo di Pitigliano), and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Santuario della Madonna delle Grazie. Keep things going the next day: walk around Parco Torre di Lavello, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore, examine the collection at Museo Archeologico di Tuscania, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ex Convento di San Francesco, then step into the grandiose world of Castello dell'Abbadia, and finally explore the ancient world of Vulci.

Before you visit Pitigliano, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Getting from Montalcino to Pitigliano by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. August in Pitigliano sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Civita di Bagnoregio.

Things to do in Pitigliano

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Civita di Bagnoregio

— 1 night
Civita di Bagnoregio is a town in the Province of Viterbo in central Italy, a suburb of the comune of Bagnoregio, 1km east from it. On the 15th (Sun), enjoy breathtaking views from Castello e Torre Monaldeschi, explore the historical opulence of Castello Baglioni, mingle with the ghosts of the past at Centro Storico di Celleno Vecchia, explore the historical opulence of Castello Orsini, then engage your brain at Museo Geologico e delle Frane, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at San Donato Church.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Civita di Bagnoregio online road trip planner.

Getting from Pitigliano to Civita di Bagnoregio by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Civita di Bagnoregio are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Orvieto.

Things to do in Civita di Bagnoregio

Historic Sites · Museums · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Orvieto

— 1 night

Green Heart of Italy

The striking town of Orvieto, perched on a volcanic cliff overlooking the Umbrian countryside, is known as the Green Heart of Italy.
On the 16th (Mon), take in the spiritual surroundings of Cappella del Corporale, explore the fascinating underground world of Orvieto Underground, get to know the fascinating history of Centro Storico Orvieto, take in panoramic vistas at Torre del Moro, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sant'Andrea, Orvieto, and finally examine the collection at Museo dell'Opera del Duomo.

To find maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Orvieto route website.

Drive from Civita di Bagnoregio to Orvieto in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. August in Orvieto sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Rome.

Things to do in Orvieto

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

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.
Popular historic sites such as Colosseum and St. Peter's Basilica are in your itinerary. Museum-lovers will get to explore Vatican Museums and Stanze di Raffaello. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rome: Tivoli (Villa Adriana, Villa d'Este, &more). There's lots more to do: explore the ancient world of Pantheon, don't miss a visit to St. Peter's Square, wander the streets of Trastevere, and contemplate the long history of Roman Forum.

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Rome day trip planner.

You can drive from Orvieto to Rome in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. August in Rome sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 24°C at night. You will leave for home on the 20th (Fri).

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

Province of Viterbo travel guide

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Gardens · Scenic Walking Areas · Architectural Buildings
See also Viterbo, Texas and Viterbo University. For ancient Ferento, see Ferentium. For the municipality in Colombia, see Viterbo, CaldasViterbo is an ancient city and comune in the Lazio region of central Italy, the capital of the province of Viterbo.It conquered and absorbed the neighboring town of Ferento in its early history. It is approximately 80km north of GRA (Rome) on the Via Cassia, and it is surrounded by the Monti Cimini and Monti Volsini. The historic center of the city is surrounded by medieval walls, still intact, built during the 11th and 12th centuries. Entrance to the walled center of the city is through ancient gates.Apart from agriculture, the main resources of Viterbo's area are pottery, marble, and wood. The town is home to the Italian gold reserves, an important Academy of Fine Arts, the University of Tuscia, and the Italian Army's Aviation Command headquarters and training centre. It is located in a wide thermal area, attracting many tourists from the whole of central Italy.HistoryThe first report of the new city dates to the eighth century CE, when it is identified as Castrum Viterbii. It was fortified in 773 by the Lombard King Desiderius in his vain attempt to conquer Rome. When the popes switched to the Frankish support, Viterbo became part of the Papal States, but this status was to be highly contested by the emperors in the following centuries, until in 1095 it is known it was a free comune.

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