18 days in Northwest Italy Itinerary

18 days in Northwest Italy Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Italy tour planner

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Milan
Drive
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Turin
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Genoa
— 1 night
Train
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Cinque Terre
— 2 nights
Train
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Parma
Drive
6
Bologna
— 1 night
Train
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Florence
— 2 nights
Drive
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Siena
— 1 night
Drive
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Arezzo
— 1 night
Drive
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Rome
— 6 nights
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Milan

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.
For where to stay and more tourist information, refer to the Milan trip maker.

Paris, France to Milan is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. Traveling from Paris in May, things will get a bit warmer in Milan: highs are around 26°C and lows about 15°C. You'll set off for Turin on the 13th (Thu).

Things to do in Milan

Nightlife · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks

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 13th (Thu), take in the spiritual surroundings of Duomo di Torino e Cappella della Sacra Sindone, then contemplate the long history of Palazzo Reale, then enjoy breathtaking views from Torre Campanaria Duomo di Torino, and finally get great views at Basilica of Superga. On your second day here, get engrossed in the history at Museo Egizio, then make a trip to Piazza San Carlo, then examine the collection at Museo Nazionale dell'Automobile, and finally make a trip to Piazza Castello.

To find other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Turin online trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Milan to Turin by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Milan, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Turin, ranging from highs of 20°C to lows of 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to drive to Genoa.

Things to do in Turin

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Genoa

— 1 night
Once the most important harbor in the Mediterranean Sea, Genoa has a long history as a rich and powerful trade center in northern Italy.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sat): get to know the fascinating history of Passeggiata Anita Garibaldi a Nervi, admire the masterpieces at Palazzo Ducale, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cattedrale di San Lorenzo - Duomo di Genova, then make a trip to Via Giuseppe Garibaldi, and finally see the interesting displays at Galata Museo del Mare. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Sun): stop by Boccadasse, take a leisurely stroll along Old Port, then make a trip to Piazza Raffaele De Ferrari, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Spianata Castelletto.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Genoa trip app.

You can drive from Turin to Genoa in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Turin in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Genoa, with lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Cinque Terre.

Things to do in Genoa

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums

Cinque Terre

— 2 nights

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 17th (Mon): take a stroll around Vernazza, tour the pleasant surroundings at Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza, step into the grandiose world of Castello Doria, then get great views at Bar Terza Terra, and finally stroll through Cinque Terre footpaths. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Tue): take a memorable tour with Enjoy Cinqueterre Boat Tours, hike along Cinque Terre Trails, then stroll around Parco Naturale Regionale di Porto Venere, and finally do a tasting at De Gustibus.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Cinque Terre online trip itinerary maker.

Take a train from Genoa to Cinque Terre in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Genoa in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Cinque Terre, with lows of 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Parma.

Things to do in Cinque Terre

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Parma

Capital of Italian Food Valley

Parma is famous for its prosciutto, cheese, and architecture.
To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Parma trip planner.

You can drive from Cinque Terre to Parma in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 14°C. You will leave for Bologna on the 18th (Tue).

Things to do in Parma

Historic Sites · Nightlife · Museums · Parks

Bologna

— 1 night

Heart of Italian Cuisine

A city famous for its cuisine, Bologna is the seat of the oldest university in the world, founded in 1088.
On the 19th (Wed), admire the striking features of Palazzo Comunale, don't miss a visit to Piazza Maggiore, enjoy breathtaking views from Le Due Torri Torre degli Asinell, then steep yourself in history at Piazza Santo Stefano, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica - Santuario di Santo Stefano, and finally steep yourself in history at Basilica di San Petronio.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Bologna online road trip planner.

Getting from Parma to Bologna by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Florence.

Things to do in Bologna

Historic Sites

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 20th (Thu): explore the world behind art at Florence Academy of Fine Arts, steep yourself in history at Basilica of Santa Croce, see the interesting displays at Pitti Palace, then make a trip to Piazzale Michelangelo, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at The Boboli Gardens. On the 21st (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get to know the fascinating history of Piazza della Signoria, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, take in panoramic vistas at Campanile di Giotto, then snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of The Baptistery of St. John.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Florence online driving holiday planner.

You can take a train from Bologna to Florence in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in May, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to drive to Siena.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Siena

— 1 night

Cultural Heart of Tuscany

Siena, a medieval Tuscan city, features numerous attractions, including a historic town center, alleyways, towers, and well-preserved buildings.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Duomo di Siena, and then take in panoramic vistas at Torre del Mangia.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Siena trip simple and quick.

Traveling by car from Florence to Siena takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Siena can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can drive to Arezzo.

Things to do in Siena

Tours · Wineries · Historic Sites

Arezzo

— 1 night

Ancient City

Arezzo is a city of art with colorful frescoes and abundance of goldsmiths and antique jewelers.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Arezzo Cathedral, steep yourself in history at Museo Casa di Giorgio Vasari, pause for some serene contemplation at San Domenico Church, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Santa Maria della Pieve, then don't miss a visit to Piazza Grande, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Francesco, Arezzo.

To see other places to visit, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Arezzo driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Siena to Arezzo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can drive to Rome.

Things to do in Arezzo

Historic Sites

Rome

— 6 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Change things up with these side-trips from Rome: Tivoli (Villa Adriana & Villa d'Este). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica, don't miss a visit to Piazza Navona, admire the masterpieces at Vatican Museums, and explore the ancient world of Colosseum.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Rome day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Arezzo to Rome takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Rome can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Neighborhoods

Side Trips