12 days in Italy Itinerary

12 days in Italy Itinerary

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Fly
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Milan
— 2 nights
Drive
2
Bergamo
— 1 night
Drive
3
Cinque Terre
— 2 nights
Train
4
Venice
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Verona
Drive
6
Sirmione
— 1 night
Drive
7
Salo
Drive
8
Novi Ligure
— 1 night
Drive
9
Cernobbio
— 1 night
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Milan — 2 nights

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 7th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duomo di Milano and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an in-depth tour of Basilica di Sant'Ambrogio, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Il Cenacolo, then step into the grandiose world of Castello Sforzesco, and finally make a trip to Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Milan attractions planner.

Indianapolis, USA to Milan is an approximately 14-hour flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Indianapolis to Milan due to the time zone difference. In August, daytime highs in Milan are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can drive to Bergamo.
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Bergamo — 1 night

City of a Thousand

In the foothills of the Alps, Bergamo is features a wealth of artistic treasures and a charming medieval atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Giulia, find something for the whole family at Leolandia, then admire the landmark architecture of La Citta Alta, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Bergamo trip planner.

Traveling by car from Milan to Bergamo takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in August, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Cinque Terre.
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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.
On the 10th (Wed), get into the urban bustle at Vernazza. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the historical opulence of Castello Doria, get outside with Cinque Terre Trails, and then see majestic marine mammals with 5 Terre Pelagos Boat Tours.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Cinque Terre road trip planner.

Drive from Bergamo to Cinque Terre in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In August, daily temperatures in Cinque Terre can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Venice.
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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 12th (Fri): stop by Cannaregio and then contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Venice online journey planner.

Drive from Cinque Terre to Venice in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in August, and nighttime lows around 22°C. On the 14th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Verona.
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Verona

City of Romeo and Juliet

The famous setting for Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet, Verona is one of northern Italy's main tourist destinations, largely owing to its incredibly rich artistic heritage.
On the 14th (Sun), enjoy breathtaking views from Torre dei Lamberti and then wander the streets of Piazza delle Erbe.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Verona travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Venice to Verona by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in August, and nighttime lows around 20°C. On the 14th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Sirmione.
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Sirmione — 1 night

Sirmione is a comune in the province of Brescia, in Lombardy (northern Italy). On the 14th (Sun), kick back and relax at Jamaica Beach and then explore the historical opulence of Castello Scaligero.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Sirmione trip maker.

Traveling by car from Verona to Sirmione takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in August, and nighttime lows around 21°C. On the 15th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Salo.
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Salo

Salò is a town and comune in the Province of Brescia in the region of Lombardy (northern Italy) on the banks of Lake Garda, on which it has the longest promenade. Start off your visit on the 15th (Mon): head off the coast to Isola del Garda.

To find out how to plan a trip to Salo, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Sirmione to Salo in an hour. Other options are to drive; or ride a ferry. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in August, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can go by car to Novi Ligure.
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Novi Ligure — 1 night

Novi Ligure is a city and comune north of Genoa, in the Piedmont region of the province of Alessandria of northwest Italy.The town produces food, iron, steel, and textiles. For reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Novi Ligure online trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Salo to Novi Ligure in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Salo in August; daily highs in Novi Ligure reach 28°C and lows reach 18°C. On the 16th (Tue), you'll travel to Cernobbio.
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Cernobbio — 1 night

Cernobbio is a comune (municipality) in the province of Como, Lombardy, northern Italy. Start off your visit on the 16th (Tue): take in nature's colorful creations at Il Giardino della Valle, then see the interesting displays at Villa Bernasconi, and then try your luck at Casino di Campione.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Cernobbio trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Novi Ligure to Cernobbio in 2 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Novi Ligure in August, expect nights in Cernobbio to be about the same, around 20°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 33°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.
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Italy travel guide

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Italy is a land of high fashion, fine art, exquisite architecture, luxury sports cars, outstanding cuisine--and an insatiable taste for "la dolce vita." It's also home to the greatest number of World Heritage Sites in the world, making it an ideal place for your next holiday. The country boasts a varied landscape of mountain ranges, alpine lakes, and coastal towns, so it's no wonder travelers often refer to it as the bel paese (beautiful country). With so many places to visit, visitors often have a difficult time planning their itinerary. The smaller villages each feature a distinct character and a blend of architecture, art, and cuisine. In the country, you'll find countless archeological sites dating back to Roman times and beyond. The country's cities and seaside resorts are cosmopolitan powerhouses with museums, galleries, restaurants, shops, open-air markets, and pedestrian-friendly historic areas.
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