11 days in Northwest Italy Itinerary

11 days in Northwest Italy Itinerary

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Milan
— 1 night
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Genoa
— 1 night
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Pisa
— 1 night
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Siena
— 1 night
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Montepulciano
— 1 night
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Florence
— 2 nights
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Bologna
— 1 night
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Venice
— 2 nights
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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.
On the 13th (Fri), get a taste of the local shopping with Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Duomo di Milano, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica San Lorenzo Maggiore, and finally explore the world behind art at Pinacoteca Ambrosiana.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Milan road trip planning app.

Ostrava, Czech Republic to Milan is an approximately 12-hour car ride. You can also fly. Traveling from Ostrava in August, things will get somewhat warmer in Milan: highs are around 34°C and lows about 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to drive to Genoa.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay Aug 12 — 13:

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.
On the 14th (Sat), get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Aquarium of Genoa, and then head outdoors with Societa Ippica del Bardigiano.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Genoa holiday maker website.

Drive from Milan to Genoa in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In August, daytime highs in Genoa are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Pisa.

Things to do in Genoa

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Aug 13 — 14:

Pisa

— 1 night
Known worldwide for the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the city of Pisa historically served as a maritime power in the heart of Tuscany.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Le mura di Lucca, contemplate the long history of St Martin Cathedral, then don't miss a visit to Piazza dei Miracoli, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Leaning Tower of Pisa.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Pisa travel route website.

Drive from Genoa to Pisa in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Genoa in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Pisa, with lows of 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can go by car to Siena.

Things to do in Pisa

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 14 — 15:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): get a sense of history and politics at Palazzo Pubblico and Museo Civico, then make a trip to Piazza del Campo, then pause for some serene contemplation at Duomo di Siena, and finally contemplate the long history of Centro Storico di Siena.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Siena trip maker tool.

You can drive from Pisa to Siena in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in August, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Montepulciano.

Things to do in Siena

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Aug 15 — 16:

Montepulciano

— 1 night

Pearl of the 16th Century

Perched on a limestone ridge in the heart of Tuscany, Montepulciano is known worldwide for its production of red wine, the Vino Noble.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): learn about winemaking at Az. Agr. Poliziano, make a trip to Piazza Grande a Montepulciano, then appreciate the views at Val d'Orcia, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tempio di San Biagio.

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Traveling by car from Siena to Montepulciano takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August in Montepulciano, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to drive to Florence.

Things to do in Montepulciano

Historic Sites · Parks · Wineries · Nature

Side Trip

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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 18th (Wed): admire the masterpieces at Pitti Palace, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Baptistery of St. John. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the views from Ponte Vecchio, don't miss a visit to Piazzale Michelangelo, then admire the natural beauty at The Boboli Gardens, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of Santa Croce, and finally explore the world behind art at Florence Academy of Fine Arts.

For photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Florence trip itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Montepulciano to Florence in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Florence are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Bologna.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
Find places to stay Aug 17 — 19:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Basilica di San Petronio, take an in-depth tour of Museo Civico Archeologico, don't miss a visit to Le Due Torri Torre degli Asinell, then get outside with UP Urban Climbing, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica - Santuario di Santo Stefano, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica di San Domenico.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Bologna itinerary app.

Take a train from Florence to Bologna in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Bologna are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Venice.

Things to do in Bologna

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Aug 19 — 20:

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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): examine the collection at Doge's Palace, take in the views from Ponte dei Sospiri, then admire the landmark architecture of Basilica di San Marco, then take in the views from Ponte di Rialto, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande.

To see photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Venice online trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Bologna to Venice in 2 hours. Another option is to take a train. In August in Venice, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 22°C at night. On the 22nd (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Aug 20 — 22:

Liguria travel guide

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Aquariums · Landmarks · Beaches
Two millennia ago the whole of northwestern Italy was inhabited by the Liguris, the people from whom the region of Liguria gets its name. Today, this northwestern region of Italy is home to seaside resort towns often compared to Cannes and Monaco. Liguria's coastline is dotted with dozens of sandy, rocky, and pebbly beaches. Genoa, a thriving urban center and the country's largest commercial port, is also here. An easily accessible holiday destination, the region features an excellent network of roads and railroad lines that run the length of the coast, linking the popular Italian Riviera with France and the rest of Europe, which makes it especially convenient if you’re planning trips to other areas. Whether you choose to travel by train or car, the journey takes you through tunnel after tunnel and past villages, vineyards, and olive groves.

Tuscany travel guide

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Landmarks · Art Museums · Sacred & Religious Sites
Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance
Known for its landscapes, traditions, and history, Tuscany possesses an unparalleled artistic legacy that continues to influence world culture. Regarded as the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance, the region boasts a lengthy list of attractions, including world-class museums, art galleries, and archeological sites. With a distinct culture and a very strong linguistic identity, this region is sometimes referred to as a nation within a nation. A land of picture-postcard areas, Tuscany contains plenty of places to visit on your holiday, with seven World Heritage Sites, including the historic town centers of Florence and Siena. With more than 120 protected nature preserves, Tuscany is not only a land of culture and historic monuments, but also a great place to discover and enjoy the Italian outdoors. Take it slowly here (as the locals do), and give yourself plenty of time to get to know the local culture and cuisine of Tuscany's medieval towns and ancient villages.