11 days in Northwest Italy Itinerary

11 days in Northwest Italy Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Italy trip planner
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Milan
— 3 nights
Drive
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Venice
— 2 nights
Drive
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Florence
— 2 nights
Drive
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Portofino
— 3 nights

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Milan — 3 nights

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Duomo di Milano and Basilica di San Giacomo. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Castello Sforzesco and Villa Carlotta. Step out of Milan with an excursion to Kayaking & Canoeing in Bellagio--about 1h 25 min away. And it doesn't end there: admire the striking features of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, stroll the grounds of Monumental Cemetery, take in the spiritual surroundings of Il Cenacolo, and explore the world behind art at Pinacoteca Ambrosiana.

To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Milan trip itinerary website.

Expect a daytime high around 28°C in September, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Venice.
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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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Piazza San Marco and Doge's Palace. Basilica di San Marco and Peggy Guggenheim Collection will appeal to history buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Venice: PDC Cartizze (in Valdobbiadene) and Toni Doro - Il Prosecco (in Vittorio Veneto). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, stop by Casin dei Nobili Showroom, take a stroll through Cannaregio, and admire the striking features of St Mark's Campanile.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Venice travel route tool.

Getting from Milan to Venice by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In September in Venice, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can go by car 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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sun): get to know the fascinating history of Piazza della Signoria, take in the views from Ponte Vecchio, make a trip to Piazzale Michelangelo, then take in the spiritual surroundings of The Baptistery of St. John, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica of Santa Croce, and finally explore the world behind art at Florence Academy of Fine Arts. Keep things going the next day: get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, then stop by M.G. Design, and finally learn about winemaking at Castello del Trebbio.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Florence road trip planning app.

Drive from Venice to Florence in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Florence are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to drive to Portofino.
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Portofino — 3 nights

Portofino is an Italian fishing village and holiday resort famous for its picturesque harbour and historical association with celebrity and artistic visitors. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Parrocchia Di San Martino, go for a stroll along the water at Marina di Portofino, then step into the grandiose world of Castello Brown, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of San Giorgio, and finally shop like a local with Galleria d'Arte Portofino. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Wed): visit a coastal fixture at Faro Di Portofino, look for all kinds of wild species at Area Marina Protetta Portofino, then admire the striking features of Oratorio di Nostra Signora Assunta, and finally glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Portofino day trip planning app.

You can drive from Florence to Portofino in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Florence in September, plan for a bit warmer nights in Portofino, with lows around 22°C.
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