11 days in Italy Itinerary

11 days in Italy Itinerary

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11 days in Italy Itinerary

Start: York
train + Fly:  7​h
1
Milan
— 2 nights
2
Genoa
— 1 night
train + bus:  1​h
3
Porto Venere
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Greve in Chianti
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
5
Florence
— 1 night
6
Modena
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Cinque Terre
— 2 nights
+3
train + Fly + bus + train:  7​h 45​min
End: York

2
nights
Milan

Milan ©
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 28th (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di Sant'Ambrogio.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Milan custom trip planner.

York, UK to Milan is an approximately 7-hour combination of train and flight. You can also take a train; or do a combination of car and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from York to Milan. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from York in April; daily highs in Milan reach 22°C and lows reach 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can go by car to Genoa.

Things to do in Milan

Neighborhoods Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trip

Certosa di Pavia
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Brera District ©
Brera District
Certosa di Pavia ©
Certosa di Pavia

1
night
Genoa

Genoa ©
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 30th (Mon), explore the galleries of Basilica di Santa Maria di Castello, pause for some serene contemplation at Santissima Annunziata del Vastato, then wander the streets of Caruggi District, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa del Gesu e dei Santi Ambrogio e Andrea, and finally steep yourself in history at Torri di Porta Soprana.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Genoa trip planner.

Getting from Milan to Genoa by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Genoa can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) to allow time to travel to Porto Venere.

Things to do in Genoa

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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1
night
Porto Venere

Porto Venere ©
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): do a tasting at De Gustibus and then take a stroll through Portovenere.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Porto Venere travel planner.

You can do a combination of train and bus from Genoa to Porto Venere in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. May in Porto Venere sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 16°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can go by car to Greve in Chianti.

Things to do in Porto Venere

Neighborhoods Wineries
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Portovenere ©
Portovenere
De Gustibus ©
De Gustibus

2
nights
Greve in Chianti

Greve in Chianti ©
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): learn about winemaking at Sant'Agnese Farm, then learn about winemaking at Tenuta Casanova, and then steep yourself in history at Vignamaggio. On the next day, take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of Sant'Agostino, then contemplate the long history of FAI - Torre e Casa Campatelli, then explore the historical opulence of Rocca of Montestaffoli, and finally explore the historical opulence of La Rocca di Staggia.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Greve in Chianti sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Porto Venere to Greve in Chianti takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In May in Greve in Chianti, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Florence.

Things to do in Greve in Chianti

Historic Sites Wineries Museums

Side Trips

San Gimignano, Castellina In Chianti, La Rocca di Staggia
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La Rocca di Staggia ©
La Rocca di Staggia
Church of Sant'Agostino ©
Church of Sant'Agostino
Vignamaggio ©
Vignamaggio

1
night
Florence

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): examine the collection at Pitti Palace, do a tasting at Azienda Agricola Malenchini, then take an in-depth tour of Museum of Opera of Saint Maria of Fiore, and finally admire the landmark architecture of The Baptistery of St. John.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Florence vacation trip planner.

Getting from Greve in Chianti to Florence by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. While traveling from Greve in Chianti, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Florence, ranging from highs of 25°C to lows of 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Modena.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Wineries Historic Sites

Side Trip

Medici Villa of Lilliano
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Pitti Palace ©
Pitti Palace
Medici Villa of Lilliano ©
Medici Villa of Lilliano
The Baptistery of St. John ©
The Baptistery of St. John

1
night
Modena

Modena ©
Deemed the Capital of Engines, Modena is the birthplace of Enzo Ferrari and the headquarters of Italian sports cars.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Palazzo Comunale di Modena, get engrossed in the history at Museo Benedettino e Diocesano, then relax in the rural setting at Folicello, and finally examine the collection at Panini Motor Museum.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Modena custom trip planner.

Traveling by train from Florence to Modena takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May in Modena, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to drive to Cinque Terre.

Things to do in Modena

Museums Wineries Outdoors

Side Trips

Folicello, Abbazia di Nonantola - Museo Benedettino e Diocesano di Arte Sacra
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Panini Motor Museum ©
Panini Motor Museum
Palazzo Comunale di Modena ©
Palazzo Comunale di Modena

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): learn about winemaking at Buranco Agriturismo, learn about winemaking at Terra di Bargòn, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Sentiero 586 (ex n.6D) Volastra-Case Pianca. Keep things going the next day: explore the historical opulence of Castello Doria, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa di Santa Croce, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di Santa Maria di Nazareth, then appreciate the history behind Cimitero Monumentale di Lavagna, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di S. Stefano.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Cinque Terre itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Modena to Cinque Terre takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In May in Cinque Terre, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cinque Terre

Historic Sites Nature Wineries

Side Trips

Lavagna, Basilica di Santa Maria di Nazareth, Pieve di Sorano, Chiesa di Santa Croce e Oratorio dei Disciplinanti, Sentiero 586 (ex n.6D) Volastra-Case Pianca
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Castello del Piagnaro ©
Castello del Piagnaro
Pieve di Sorano ©
Pieve di Sorano
Basilica di Santo Stefano ©
Basilica di Santo Stefano

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