15 days in Northwest Italy Itinerary

15 days in Northwest Italy Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Northwest Italy route maker

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Train to Waterloo station, Fly to Rome
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Rome
— 3 nights
Train
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Florence
— 3 nights
Drive
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Venice
— 2 nights
Drive
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Sirmione
— 2 nights
Drive
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Varenna
— 3 nights
Drive
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Milan
— 1 night
Fly to London City, Train to Bournemouth

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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: steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica, delve into the distant past at Colosseum, admire the masterpieces at Galleria Borghese, and make a trip to Roman Forum.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Rome road trip planner.

Bournemouth, UK to Rome is an approximately 8-hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Bournemouth to Rome due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Bournemouth in June, expect Rome to be somewhat warmer, temps between 34°C and 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Florence

— 3 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Venture out of the city with trips to Castello del Trebbio (in Santa Brigida) and Leaning Tower of Pisa (in Pisa). There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Florence Academy of Fine Arts, see the interesting displays at Pitti Palace, don't miss a visit to Piazzale Michelangelo, and contemplate the long history of Basilica of Santa Croce.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Florence trip itinerary maker site.

You can take a train from Rome to Florence in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. In June, daytime highs in Florence are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can drive to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites · Museums · Wineries · Parks

Side Trips

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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Fri): enjoy breathtaking views from St Mark's Campanile, snap pictures at Ponte dei Sospiri, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza San Marco, then contemplate the long history of Doge's Palace, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Squero di San Trovaso, explore the world behind art at Peggy Guggenheim Collection, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di San Marco, then snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Giorgio Maggiore.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Venice tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Florence to Venice in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June in Venice, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Sirmione.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Sirmione

— 2 nights
Sirmione is a comune in the province of Brescia, in Lombardy (northern Italy). Start off your visit on the 20th (Sun): get in on the family fun at Gardaland Park. On the 21st (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Bardoleat, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lago di Garda, and then skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Sirmione travel route builder.

Drive from Venice to Sirmione in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Sirmione can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to drive to Varenna.

Things to do in Sirmione

Theme Parks · Nature · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Varenna

— 3 nights
Varenna is a comune (municipality) on Lake Como in the Province of Lecco in the Italian region Lombardy, located about 60km north of Milan and about 20km northwest of Lecco.Varenna was founded by local fishermen in 769, and was later allied of the commune of Milan. Change things up with these side-trips from Varenna: Tremezzina (Villa Carlotta & Villa del Balbianello), Casa dei Presepi (in Mezzegra) and Bellagio (I Giardini di Villa Melzi, Basilica di San Giacomo, &more). There's still lots to do: get outside with Aero Club Monte Cornizzolo, go for a walk through Green Way dei Patriarchi, admire the striking features of Villa Monastero, and pause for some serene contemplation at S. Giovanni Battista.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Varenna itinerary maker app.

Traveling by car from Sirmione to Varenna takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train. In June, daytime highs in Varenna are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can go by car to Milan.

Things to do in Varenna

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Milan

— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Fri): admire the striking features of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, take in the spiritual surroundings of Duomo di Milano, and then step into the grandiose world of Castello Sforzesco.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Milan trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Varenna to Milan takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in June, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites · Shopping

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."