12 days in Northwest Italy & Amalfi Itinerary

12 days in Northwest Italy & Amalfi Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Italy travel planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Venice
— 1 night
Drive
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Cinque Terre
— 1 night
Drive
3
Florence
— 2 nights
Train
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Rome
— 3 nights
Drive
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Amalfi
— 2 nights
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Venice

— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute, make a trip to Basilica di San Marco, admire the landmark architecture of St Mark's Campanile, then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza San Marco, then examine the collection at Doge's Palace, and finally snap pictures at Ponte dei Sospiri. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, explore the activities along Canal Grande, steep yourself in history at Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo (San Zanipolo), snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto, then contemplate the waterfront views at Riva del Carbon, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Giorgio Maggiore.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Venice tour itinerary builder website.

London, UK to Venice is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from London in August: high temperatures in Venice hover around 34°C and lows are around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Cinque Terre.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · 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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): head outdoors with Cinque Terre Trails, see some colorful creatures with Enjoy Cinqueterre Boat Tours, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza, and finally get into the urban bustle at Vernazza. Keep things going the next day: stroll around Parco Naturale Regionale di Porto Venere, look for all kinds of wild species at Isola Palmaria, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Pista Ciclopedonale Levanto - Framura, and finally Head underground at Ex Gallerie.

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Cinque Terre trip app.

You can drive from Venice to Cinque Terre in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In August, daytime highs in Cinque Terre are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Florence.

Things to do in Cinque Terre

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Wildlife

Side Trips

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 21st (Sat): admire the masterpieces at Florence Academy of Fine Arts, steep yourself in history at Basilica of Santa Croce, see the interesting displays at Pitti Palace, then don't miss a visit to Piazzale Michelangelo, and finally admire the natural beauty at The Boboli Gardens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun): take in the views from Ponte Vecchio, explore the world behind art at Church and Museum of Orsanmichele, enjoy breathtaking views from Campanile di Giotto, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, and finally ponder the world of politics at Palazzo Vecchio.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Florence road trip planner.

You can drive from Cinque Terre to Florence in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. August in Florence sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

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.
Rome is known for historic sites, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Basilica, don't miss a visit to Roman Forum, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona, and explore the ancient world of Palatine Hill.

To see photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Rome planning app.

Traveling by train from Florence to Rome takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In August in Rome, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can drive to Amalfi.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Amalfi

— 2 nights

Painted Town

Known for its impressive hillside cascade of colorful stone buildings down to the Mediterranean shore, Amalfi is the cultural and commercial heart of southern Italy's Amalfi Coast.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Duomo di Ravello, don't miss a visit to Villa Rufolo, admire the natural beauty at Villa Cimbrone Gardens, then look for gifts at Milleunaceramica, then make a trip to Fontana Cap e Ciuccio, and finally examine the collection at Museo della Carta.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Amalfi visit app.

Traveling by car from Rome to Amalfi takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. When traveling from Rome in August, plan for a bit cooler days in Amalfi, with highs around 34°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 28°C. On the 28th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Amalfi

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Amalfi Coast travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Gardens
Renowned for its beautiful landscape and medieval fishing villages that cling precariously to the Mediterranean cliffs, the Amalfi Coast is one of Italy's top vacation destinations. This World Heritage Site stretches for about 50 km (30 mi) on the southern side of the Sorrentine peninsula and offers numerous places to visit, from terraced lemon gardens and whitewashed villas to cliff-top views of the sea. Explore the coastline's towns, bays, and resorts. During the peak tourist season, the Amalfi Coast's single seaside road is often jammed with dozens of buses. For that reason, the ubiquitous scooter may be the best way to get around and sightsee. You can also access quite a bit by bicycle.