17 days in Northwest Italy Itinerary

17 days in Northwest Italy Itinerary

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17 days in Northwest Italy Itinerary

Start: Charlotte
Fly:  14​h
1
Venice
— 3 nights
2
Ravenna
— 2 nights
train:  2​h
3
Modena
— 2 nights
4
Cinque Terre
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
5
Florence
— 6 nights
Fly:  15​h
End: Charlotte

3
nights
Venice

Venice
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.
Doge's Palace and Peggy Guggenheim Collection will appeal to museum buffs. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Basilica di San Marco and St. Mark's Square. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute, wander the streets of Campo del Ghetto, and make a trip to Dorsoduro.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Venice trip itinerary builder tool .

Charlotte, USA to Venice is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Charlotte to Venice is 6 hours. While traveling from Charlotte, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Venice, ranging from highs of 72°F to lows of 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Ravenna.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco
St. Mark's Square ©
St. Mark's Square
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace

2
nights
Ravenna

Ravenna ©
Famous for its wealth of original mosaics, Ravenna is a hub of artistic and cultural heritage.
On the 24th (Fri), pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di S. Giovanni Evangelista, contemplate the long history of Battistero Neoniano (Battistero degli Ortodossi), explore the different monuments and memorials at Indian Army War Cemetery, then pause for some serene contemplation at San Mercuriale Abbey, then contemplate the long history of Basilica di Sant'Apollinare Nuovo, and finally admire the masterpieces at Mar - Museo d'Arte della citta di Ravenna. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Antico Porto di Classe, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica di Sant'Apollinare in Classe, examine the collection at Archiepiscopal Museum, then examine the collection at Palazzo Milzetti Museo Nazionale dell'eta Neoclassica in Romagna, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica San Vitale.

For photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Ravenna trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Venice to Ravenna takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May, daytime highs in Ravenna are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Modena.

Things to do in Ravenna

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Forli, Palazzo Milzetti Museo Nazionale dell'eta Neoclassica in Romagna, Basilica di Sant'Apollinare in Classe
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Basilica San Vitale ©
Basilica San Vitale
Basilica di Sant'Apollinare in Classe ©
Basilica di Sant'Apollinare Nuovo ©
Basilica di Sant'Apollinare Nuovo

2
nights
Modena

Modena ©
Deemed the Capital of Engines, Modena is the birthplace of Enzo Ferrari and the headquarters of Italian sports cars.
On the 26th (Sun), take in the spiritual surroundings of Duomo di Modena, examine the collection at Acetaia Giuseppe Giusti, make a trip to Piazza Fontanesi, then contemplate the long history of Palazzo Ducale Piano Primo, then learn about winemaking at Acetaia Villa San Donnino, and finally explore the world behind art at Galleria Estense. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at MEF-Museo Enzo Ferrari, see the interesting displays at Casa Museo Luciano Pavarotti, then examine the collection at Museo Ferrari, and finally examine the collection at Panini Motor Museum.

Before you visit Modena, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by car from Ravenna to Modena takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In May in Modena, expect temperatures between 74°F during the day and 54°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Cinque Terre.

Things to do in Modena

Museums Historic Sites Wineries

Side Trips

Palazzo Ducale Piano Primo, Museo Ferrari, Piazza Fontanesi
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Acetaia Villa San Donnino ©
Acetaia Villa San Donnino
Museo Ferrari ©
Museo Ferrari
Duomo di Modena ©
Duomo 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 28th (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Margherita di Antiochia Church, explore the historical opulence of Castello Doria, then get a new perspective on nature at Punta Corvo, and finally do a tasting at Cantine Lunae. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get to know the fascinating history of Borgo Storico di Manarola, appreciate the extensive heritage of Borgo Storico di Corniglia, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Convento dei Cappuccini e Chiesa di San Francesco, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa Di San Pietro.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Cinque Terre trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by car from Modena to Cinque Terre takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In May in Cinque Terre, expect temperatures between 71°F during the day and 52°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can drive to Florence.

Things to do in Cinque Terre

Historic Sites Museums Wineries

Side Trips

Cantine Lunae, Punta Corvo
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Castello Doria ©
Castello Doria
Cantine Lunae ©
Cantine Lunae
Punta Corvo ©
Punta Corvo

6
nights
Florence

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Get a sense of the local culture at Centro Storico and Duomo di Pisa. You'll explore and learn at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery and Uffizi Galleries. Get out of town with these interesting Florence side-trips: San Gimignano (Historic Centre of San Gimignano & Guardastelle Vineyard), Barberino Val d'Elsa (in Barberino Val d'Elsa) and Battistero (in Pisa). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, get engrossed in the history at Basilica di Santa Croce, admire the striking features of The Baptistery of St. John, and contemplate the long history of Basilica San Miniato al Monte.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Florence trip itinerary builder site .

You can drive from Cinque Terre to Florence in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In May, daytime highs in Florence are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. You'll have a few hours on the 5th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums Wineries

Side Trips

Pisa, San Gimignano, Castello di Verrazzano, Castello del Trebbio, Barberino Val d'Elsa
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Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
Uffizi Galleries ©
Uffizi Galleries
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery

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