29 days in Northwest Italy Itinerary

Make it your trip
Fly
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Turin
— 2 nights
Drive
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Genoa
— 3 nights
Train
3
Cinque Terre
— 3 nights
Drive to Piombino, Ferry to Portoferraio
4
Portoferraio, Elba Island
— 1 night
Ferry to Piombino, Drive to San Gimignano
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San Gimignano
— 2 nights
Drive
6
Florence
— 4 nights
Train
7
Rome
— 5 nights
Fly
8
Ravenna
— 1 night
Drive
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Venice
— 4 nights
Drive
10
Verona
— 2 nights
Drive
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Stresa
— 1 night
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Turin — 2 nights

City of Magic

A city of technology and industry, Turin is in northwestern Italy, a one-hour drive from the French border and slightly more than that from the Mediterranean Sea.
On the 19th (Tue), examine the collection at Forte di Bard, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di Superga, and then admire the landmark architecture of Palazzo Reale Di Torino. On the next day, don't miss a visit to Campanile del Duomo di Torino, see the interesting displays at Museo Nazionale dell'Automobile, admire the natural beauty at Parco del Valentino, then don't miss a visit to Piazza San Carlo, and finally make a trip to Piazza Castello.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Turin tour itinerary planning site.

Toronto, Canada to Turin is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is 6 hours. In September in Turin, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can drive to Genoa.
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Genoa — 3 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Finalborgo and Boccadasse. Change things up with these side-trips from Genoa: Santa Margherita Ligure (in Santa Margherita Ligure), Abbazia di San Fruttuoso (in Camogli) and Baia del Silenzio (in Sestri Levante). There's much more to do: enjoy breathtaking views from Spianata Castelletto, don't miss a visit to Via Giuseppe Garibaldi, examine the collection at Galata Museo del Mare, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Cattedrale di San Lorenzo - Duomo di Genova.

To see other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Genoa vacation builder.

Traveling by car from Turin to Genoa takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Turin in September; daily highs in Genoa reach 29°C and lows reach 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can take a train 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Parco Naturale Regionale di Porto Venere and Portovenere. Explore Cinque Terre's surroundings by going to San Pietro Church (in Porto Venere) and Pista Ciclopedonale Levanto - Framura (in Levanto). There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape of Parco Nazionale Cinque Terre, get up close to creatures of the deep with 5 Terre Pelagos Boat Tours, stroll through Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza, and take a stroll around Vernazza.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Cinque Terre trip maker website.

Traveling by train from Genoa to Cinque Terre takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Genoa in September, Cinque Terre is slightly colder at night with lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Portoferraio.
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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 27th (Wed): stroll through La Crocetta, enjoy the sand and surf at Spiaggia di Cavoli, then kick back and relax at Spiaggia Di Sansone, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Spiaggia di Capo Bianco.

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Portoferraio driving holiday planning app.

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Cinque Terre to Portoferraio takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry. In September, daytime highs in Portoferraio are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to San Gimignano.
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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 28th (Thu): do a tasting at A Solatio Organic Farm, learn about winemaking at Tenuta Torciano, don't miss a visit to Piazza della Cisterna, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Duomo di San Gimignano, and finally steep yourself in history at Historic Centre of San Gimignano. On the 29th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Piazza del Campo, then contemplate the long history of Centro Storico di Siena, then take in panoramic vistas at Torre del Mangia, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Duomo di Siena.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the San Gimignano planner.

Getting from Portoferraio to San Gimignano by combination of ferry and car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry, train, and bus. September in San Gimignano sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Florence.
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Florence — 4 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 discover tucked-away gems like Centro Storico and Duomo di Pisa. Change things up with these side-trips from Florence: Lucca (Torre Guinigi, Piazza Anfiteatro, &more), Santuario di Montenero (in Livorno) and Pisa (Leaning Tower of Pisa & Battistero di San Giovanni). And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Florence Academy of Fine Arts, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, contemplate the long history of Loggia dei Lanzi, and get engrossed in the history at Museum of Opera of Saint Maria of Fiore.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Florence trip maker.

Traveling by car from San Gimignano to Florence takes 1.5 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Rome.
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Rome — 5 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Giardino dei Tarocchi and Duomo di Orvieto. Venture out of the city with trips to Borgo Medioevale e Rocca (in Arrone), Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta Spoleto (in Spoleto) and Cascata delle Marmore (in Marmore). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Colosseum, appreciate the history behind La Pieta, don't miss a visit to St. Peter's Square, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Peter's Basilica.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Rome itinerary maker app.

Traveling by train from Florence to Rome takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In October, daytime highs in Rome are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to fly to Ravenna.
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Ravenna — 1 night

City of Mosaics

Famous for its wealth of original mosaics, Ravenna is a hub of artistic and cultural heritage.
On the 9th (Mon), see the interesting displays at Archiepiscopal Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica Di Sant'Apollinare In Classe, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica di Sant'Apollinare Nuovo, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Battistero Neoniano (Battistero degli Ortodossi), then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica di San Vitale, and finally make a trip to Mausoleo di Galla Placidia.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Ravenna tour planner.

Traveling by flight from Rome to Ravenna takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. When traveling from Rome in October, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Ravenna: temperatures range from 22°C by day to 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can drive to Venice.
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Venice — 4 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Food Tours and San Giorgio Maggiore. Venture out of the city with trips to Lido (in Lido di Venezia) and Padua (Basilica of St. Anthony & Padua Botanical Garden - World Heritage Site). Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Canal Grande, examine the collection at Doge's Palace, admire the landmark architecture of Basilica di San Marco, and visit Cannaregio.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Venice online trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Ravenna to Venice in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Verona.
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Verona — 2 nights

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.
On the 14th (Sat), make a trip to Piazza Bra, catch a live performance at Arena di Verona, then step into the grandiose world of Castello Scaligero, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Lago di Garda. On the 15th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the natural beauty at Parco Giardino Sigurta, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Borghetto sul Mincio, then delve into the distant past at Grotte di Catullo, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at Spa Termale Aquaria.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Verona day trip planning tool.

You can drive from Venice to Verona in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a train. In October in Verona, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can drive to Stresa.
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Stresa — 1 night

Stresa is a town and comune of about 5,000 residents on the shores of Lake Maggiore in the province of Verbano-Cusio-Ossola in the Piedmont region of northern Italy, about 90km northwest of Milan. Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Isola Madre, head off the coast to Isola Bella, and then view the masterpieces at Palazzo Borromeo.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Stresa visit planning app.

Traveling by car from Verona to Stresa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to fly back home.
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