17 days in Northwest Italy Itinerary

17 days in Northwest Italy Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Northwest Italy visit planner

Make it your trip
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Venice
— 4 nights
Drive
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Florence
— 5 nights
Drive
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Cinque Terre
— 4 nights
Drive
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Milan
— 2 nights
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Venice

— 4 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Venice: Murano (Museo del Vetro & The Glass Cathedral - Santa Chiara). There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, admire the landmark architecture of Doge's Palace, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza San Marco, and steep yourself in history at Scala Contarini del Bovolo.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Venice trip planner.

Seattle, USA to Venice is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a 9 hour difference. Traveling from Seattle in January, expect a bit cooler with lows of 33°F in Venice. You'll set off for Florence on the 16th (Sun).

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

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Florence

— 5 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Florence is known for museums, historic sites, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at Florence Academy of Fine Arts, see the interesting displays at Pitti Palace, take in the views from Ponte Vecchio, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Florence itinerary planning site.

Drive from Venice to Florence in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Venice in January: highs in Florence hover around 53°F, while lows dip to 38°F. You'll set off for Cinque Terre on the 21st (Fri).

Things to do in Florence

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Cinque Terre

— 4 nights

Italian Riviera

Made up of five picturesque towns on the Ligurian coast, Cinque Terre is Italy's answer to the French Riviera.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cinque Terre: Portovenere (in Porto Venere) and Ponte Thaon di Revel (in La Spezia). And it doesn't end there: stop by Art in Banchi, get to know the fascinating history of Borgo Storico di Riomaggiore, hike along Cinque Terre Trails, and explore the historical opulence of Castello Doria.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Cinque Terre road trip planning tool.

You can drive from Florence to Cinque Terre in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In January, daily temperatures in Cinque Terre can reach 53°F, while at night they dip to 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Milan.

Things to do in Cinque Terre

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Trails · Parks

Side Trips

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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 25th (Tue): make a trip to Piazza del Duomo, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duomo di Milano, examine the collection at Civic Archaeological Museum, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore, and finally admire the masterpieces at Pinacoteca Ambrosiana. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Il Cenacolo, then steep yourself in history at Castello Sforzesco, and then admire the landmark architecture of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II.

For other places to visit and more tourist information, you can read our Milan trip builder.

Traveling by car from Cinque Terre to Milan takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Cinque Terre in January; daily highs in Milan reach 46°F and lows reach 32°F. On the 27th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Milan

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