20 days in Northwest Italy Itinerary

20 days in Northwest Italy Itinerary

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20 days in Northwest Italy Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  5​h
1
Venice
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
2
Verona
— 2 nights
3
Milan
— 2 nights
4
Modena
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
5
Bologna
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
6
Ravenna
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
7
Florence
— 2 nights
8
Santa Margherita Ligure
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
9
Genoa
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
End: London

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Campo del Ghetto, examine the collection at Museo di Storia Naturale, pause for some serene contemplation at Santa Maria dei Miracoli, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo (San Zanipolo), then admire the landmark architecture of Scala Contarini del Bovolo, and finally explore the world behind art at Museo Correr. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the landmark architecture of Ca' d'Oro and then see the interesting displays at Museo Ebraico di Venezia.

For ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Venice online travel planner .

London, UK to Venice is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. Traveling from London to Venice, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from London in July, things will get a bit warmer in Venice: highs are around 36°C and lows about 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can catch the train to Verona.

Things to do in Venice

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Museo Correr ©
Museo Correr
Scala Contarini del Bovolo ©
Scala Contarini del Bovolo
Campo del Ghetto ©
Campo del Ghetto

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Verona

Verona ©
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 21st (Sat), explore the world behind art at AMO ARENA PALACE MUSEUM OPERA-SELLING, examine the collection at Museo delle Palafitte del Lago di Ledro, and then take in the awesome beauty at Valle di Ledro. Keep things going the next day: explore the historical opulence of Castel Beseno and then learn about all things military at Base Tuono.

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Verona trip itinerary builder site .

Take a train from Venice to Verona in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time for the train ride to Milan.

Things to do in Verona

Museums Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Base Tuono, Valle di Ledro, Museo delle Palafitte del Lago di Ledro, Castel Beseno, Museo dell'Olio d'Oliva
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Base Tuono ©
Base Tuono
Museo dell'Olio d'Oliva ©
Museo dell'Olio d'Oliva
Castel Beseno ©
Castel Beseno

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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.
On the 23rd (Mon), examine the collection at Church of Incoronata. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Oasi di Sant'Alessio, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Pietro in Ciel d'Oro, and then examine the collection at The University of Pavia.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Milan trip maker .

You can take a train from Verona to Milan in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Wed) to allow time for the train ride to Modena.

Things to do in Milan

Wildlife Parks Museums

Side Trips

Pavia, Parco Arcadia, Oasi di Sant'Alessio, Tempio dell'Incoronata
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Parco Arcadia ©
Parco Arcadia
Oasi di Sant'Alessio ©
Oasi di Sant'Alessio

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nights
Modena

Modena ©
Deemed the Capital of Engines, Modena is the birthplace of Enzo Ferrari and the headquarters of Italian sports cars.
On the 25th (Wed), see the interesting displays at Panini Motor Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Acetaia Giuseppe Giusti, take a memorable tour with Tours, then look for all kinds of wild species at Salse di Nirano, and finally admire the sheer force of Bucamante Waterfalls.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Modena online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by train from Milan to Modena takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July in Modena, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Bologna.

Things to do in Modena

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Adrenaline & Extreme Tours, Salse di Nirano, Bucamante Waterfalls
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Casa Museo Luciano Pavarotti ©
Casa Museo Luciano Pavarotti
Panini Motor Museum ©
Panini Motor Museum
Galleria Estense ©
Galleria Estense

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Bologna

Bologna ©
A city famous for its cuisine, Bologna is the seat of the oldest university in the world, founded in 1088.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Torre Prendiparte. On your second day here, get to know the fascinating history of Le Mura, examine the collection at Museo Archeologico Nazionale, then see the interesting displays at museo della memoria di ustica, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanctuary of Santa Maria della Vita.

To find reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Bologna trip itinerary maker tool .

Bologna is just a stone's throw from Modena. July in Bologna sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can go by car to Ravenna.

Things to do in Bologna

Historic Sites Outdoors Museums

Side Trip

Ferrara
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Torre Prendiparte ©
Torre Prendiparte
Museo Archeologico Nazionale ©
Museo Archeologico Nazionale
Chiesa di Santa Maria della Vita ©
Chiesa di Santa Maria della Vita

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nights
Ravenna

Ravenna ©
Famous for its wealth of original mosaics, Ravenna is a hub of artistic and cultural heritage.
On the 29th (Sun), see the interesting displays at Archiepiscopal Museum. On your second day here, delve into the lush surroundings at Pineta di Milano Marittima, identify plant and animal life at Pineta di Pinarella e Tagliata, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Casa delle Farfalle.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Ravenna trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Bologna to Ravenna by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train. In July, daytime highs in Ravenna are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. You will have some time to spend on the 1st (Wed) before leaving for Florence.

Things to do in Ravenna

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Cervia, Beach Egisto 38, Solaria Beach
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Casa delle Farfalle ©
Casa delle Farfalle
Archiepiscopal Museum ©
Archiepiscopal Museum
Basilica di San Francesco, Ravenna ©

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Florence

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
On the 1st (Wed), take in the spiritual surroundings of The Baptistery of St. John and then explore the world behind art at Pitti Palace. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbazia di San Miniato al Monte, then make a trip to Historic Centre of San Gimignano, then get to know the fascinating history of San Gimignano 1300, and finally steep yourself in history at Loggia dei Lanzi.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Florence tour itinerary builder app .

Getting from Ravenna to Florence by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train. Traveling from Ravenna in August, Florence is slightly colder at night with lows of 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Santa Margherita Ligure.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

San Gimignano
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Historic Centre of San Gimignano ©
Historic Centre of San Gimignano
San Gimignano 1300 ©
San Gimignano 1300
Basilica San Miniato al Monte
Basilica San Miniato al Monte

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nights
Santa Margherita Ligure

Santa Margherita Ligure is a comune (municipality) in the Metropolitan City of Genoa in the Italian region Liguria, located about 35km southeast of Genoa, in the Tigullio traditional area.Santa Margherita Ligure borders the following municipalities: Camogli, Portofino, Rapallo.It has a port, used for both tourism and fishing activities. On the 3rd (Fri), get outside with La Passeggiata, enjoy the sand and surf at Baia di Paraggi, and then hike along Camogli - San Rocco - Punta Chiappa Trail. On the 4th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Gambatesa Mine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica di Santo Stefano, and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Santa Margherita Ligure trip builder .

Getting from Florence to Santa Margherita Ligure by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. While traveling from Florence, expect a bit cooler days and a bit warmer nights in Santa Margherita Ligure, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can drive to Genoa.

Things to do in Santa Margherita Ligure

Outdoors Parks Adventure

Side Trips

Lavagna, La Passeggiata, Camogli - San Rocco - Punta Chiappa Trail, Miniera di Gambatesa
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Miniera di Gambatesa ©
Miniera di Gambatesa
Basilica di Santo Stefano ©
Basilica di Santo Stefano

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nights
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 5th (Sun), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Maria di Castello, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santissima Annunziata del Vastato, examine the collection at Palazzo Rosso, then admire the masterpieces at Musei di Strada Nuova - Palazzo Bianco, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Torri di Porta Soprana. On your second day here, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa del Gesu e dei Santi Ambrogio e Andrea, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sistine Chapel Savona, and then head outdoors with Bagni Ondina.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Genoa trip maker website .

Genoa is just a stone's throw from Santa Margherita Ligure. In August, daily temperatures in Genoa can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Genoa

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Bagni Ondina, Sistine Chapel Savona
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