11 days in Cinque Terre, Alba & Florence Itinerary

11 days in Cinque Terre, Alba & Florence Itinerary

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11 days in Cinque Terre, Alba & Florence Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
+3
train + bus + Fly + train:  16​h 45​min
1
Cinque Terre
— 3 nights
2
Alba
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
Florence
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + bus + subway:  15​h
End: Washington DC

3
nights
Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre ©
Made up of five picturesque towns on the Ligurian coast, Cinque Terre is Italy's answer to the French Riviera.
Explore Cinque Terre's surroundings by going to Leaning Tower of Pisa (in Pisa) and Aquarium of Genoa (in Genoa). And it doesn't end there: trek along Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza, explore the historical opulence of Castello Doria, appreciate the extensive heritage of Cinque Terre Trails, and take some stellar pictures from View Point Corniglia.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Cinque Terre itinerary builder app .

Washington DC, USA to Cinque Terre is an approximately 17-hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of subway, bus, flight, and train; or do a combination of flight and train. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Washington DC to Cinque Terre due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Washington DC in September since evenings lows in Cinque Terre dip to 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Alba.

Things to do in Cinque Terre

Parks Historic Sites Trails

Side Trips

Aquarium of Genoa, Leaning Tower of Pisa
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Aquarium of Genoa ©
Aquarium of Genoa
Leaning Tower of Pisa ©
Leaning Tower of Pisa
Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza ©
Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza

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Alba

Alba ©
Alba is a town and comune of Piedmont, Italy, in the province of Cuneo. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Alba: Parco Naturale del Monte San Giorgio (in Piossasco), Borgo di Bossolasco (in Bossolasco) and Abbazia di Santa Maria di Vezzolano (in Albugnano). There's lots more to do: admire the verdant scenery at Langhe landscapes UNESCO, steep yourself in history at Casa Fenoglio, don't miss a visit to Centro Storico, and savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Alba travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Cinque Terre to Alba takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Alba when traveling from Cinque Terre in September, with lows around 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Florence.

Things to do in Alba

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

Parco Naturale del Monte San Giorgio, Abbazia di Santa Maria di Vezzolano, Borgo di Bossolasco
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Parco Naturale del Monte San Giorgio ©
Abbazia di Santa Maria di Vezzolano ©
Borgo di Bossolasco ©
Borgo di Bossolasco

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nights
Florence

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Florence is known for museums, historic sites, shopping, nightlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at Uffizi Galleries, take in the spiritual surroundings of The Baptistery of St. John, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, and enjoy breathtaking views from Campanile di Giotto.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Florence holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Alba to Florence takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a train. In September, daytime highs in Florence are 78°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery
Piazzale Michelangelo ©
Piazzale Michelangelo

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