29 days in Northwest Italy Itinerary

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Fly to Abruzzo Airport, Drive to Chieti
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Chieti
— 5 nights
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Orvieto
— 2 nights
Drive
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Empoli
— 5 nights
Drive
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Cinque Terre
— 3 nights
Drive
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Bellagio
— 3 nights
Drive
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Venice
— 5 nights
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Milan
— 2 nights
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Chieti — 5 nights

Chieti is a city and comune in Southern Italy, 200km east by northeast of Rome. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Chieti: Ascoli Piceno (Palazzo dei Capitani del Popolo & Piazza del Popolo), Basilica di Santa Maria di Collemaggio e Porta Santa (in L'Aquila) and Lungomare San Benedetto del Tronto (in San Benedetto Del Tronto). And it doesn't end there: explore the ancient world of Chieti Sotterranea, snap pictures at Ponte del Mare, take in the architecture and design of Convitto Nazionale Giovan Battista Vico, and make a trip to Rocca Calascio.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Chieti trip itinerary builder tool.

Melbourne, Australia to Chieti is an approximately 32-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a -9 hour difference. In September, Chieti is somewhat warmer than Melbourne - with highs of 30°C and lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to drive to Orvieto.
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Orvieto — 2 nights

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 7th (Thu), pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di San Domenico, then stroll around Parco dei Mostri, and then indulge your taste buds at Culture Discovery Vacations - Cooking Classes & Vacations. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Pozzo di San Patrizio, go for a walk through Civita di Bagnoregio, look for gifts at Enoteca Barberani, examine the collection at Etruscan Museum "Claudio Faina", then Head underground at Orvieto Underground, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Duomo di Orvieto.

To see reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Orvieto vacation planner.

Drive from Chieti to Orvieto in 3 hours. In September in Orvieto, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can go by car to Empoli.
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Empoli — 5 nights

Empoli is a town and comune in Tuscany, Italy, about 20km southwest of Florence, to the south of the Arno in a plain formed by the river. Venture out of the city with trips to Certaldo (Piave di San Lazzaro a Lucardo, A Solatio Organic Farm, &more), Fattoria Casa Sola (in Barberino Val d'Elsa) and Castellina In Chianti (Rocca di Castellina & Sant'Agnese Farm). There's much more to do: indulge your taste buds at Podere Pellicciano - Agrisole, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Farinata degli Uberti, admire the landmark architecture of Villa Medicea di Poggio a Caiano, and step into the grandiose world of Castello Sonnino.

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

Drive from Orvieto to Empoli in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Cinque Terre.
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Cinque Terre — 3 nights

Italian Riviera

Made up of five picturesque towns on the Ligurian coast, Cinque Terre is Italy's answer to the French Riviera.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cinque Terre: Portovenere (in Porto Venere), Passeggiata Anita Garibaldi a Nervi (in Genoa) and Baia del Silenzio (in Sestri Levante). There's lots more to do: get up close to creatures of the deep with 5 Terre Pelagos Boat Tours, trek along Cinque Terre Trails, get into the urban bustle at Vernazza, and explore the landscape on two wheels at Pista Ciclopedonale Levanto - Framura.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Cinque Terre trip app.

You can drive from Empoli to Cinque Terre in 2.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to drive to Bellagio.
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Bellagio — 3 nights

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Castello di Vezio (in Vezio), Como (Life Electric & Cathedral of Como (Duomo)) and Tremezzina (Villa del Balbianello & Villa Carlotta). Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at I Giardini di Villa Melzi, make a trip to Borgo di Pescallo, walk around Parco di Villa Serbelloni, and stop by Bellagioseta.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Bellagio trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Cinque Terre to Bellagio by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. September in Bellagio sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Venice.
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Venice — 5 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Venice side-trips: Verona (Piazza Bra, Arena di Verona, &more) and Padua (Basilica of St. Anthony, Chiesa degli Eremitani - World Heritage Site, &more). There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Canal Grande, enjoy breathtaking views from St Mark's Campanile, admire the landmark architecture of Basilica di San Marco, and get to know the fascinating history of Piazza San Marco.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Venice vacation tool.

Drive from Bellagio to Venice in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can drive to Milan.
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Milan — 2 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.
On the 25th (Mon), admire the striking features of Casa Bottelli, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Duomo di Milano, then make a trip to Piazza del Duomo, then get advice or help at Pinacoteca Ambrosiana, and finally browse the exhibits of Basilica di Sant'Ambrogio. On the next day, admire the striking features of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, explore the historical opulence of Castello Sforzesco, then stroll the grounds of Monumental Cemetery, and finally steep yourself in history at Il Cenacolo.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Milan sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Venice to Milan takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. September in Milan sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can fly back home.
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Abruzzo travel guide

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Landmarks · Churches · Beaches
The western border of Abruzzo lies only 80 km (50 mi) from Rome, making this central region an accessible and easily explored holiday destination. One of the most sparsely populated regions on the Italian peninsula, Abruzzo has historically been a wild and rather empty part of the country. But it's a growing favorite with vacationers eager to experience an authentic taste of unspoiled Italy. The region, where the north of Italy meets the south, is bordered by the Apennines to the west and fringed by the Adriatic Sea on the east. Among numerous places to visit, you could journey across Abruzzo's valleys and tour its abandoned hill towns for days, encountering only a few other tourists along the way. The region's coastline is much more touristy, featuring many beach resorts and pristine natural areas.
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Lake Como travel guide

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Gardens · Architectural Buildings · Churches
A favorite vacation spot for more than a century, Lake Como was once an exclusive retreat for local aristocrats and wealthy people. It is not only one of Europe's most beautiful lakes, but also one of the deepest at more than 400 m (1,300 ft). Surrounded by elegant villas, the lake has become a popular holiday destination for tourists because of its range of attractions, from landscapes, wildlife, and spas, to activities like sailing, windsurfing, and kite-surfing. The area has been an inspiration for artists since Roman times. English poet Percy Bysshe Shelley wrote, "This lake exceeds anything I ever beheld in beauty…It is long and narrow and has the appearance of a mighty river winding among the mountains and the forests."
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