20 days in Northwest Italy Itinerary

20 days in Northwest Italy Itinerary

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20 days in Northwest Italy Itinerary

Start: Perth
Fly:  27​h
Venice
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
Verona
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
Florence
— 2 nights
Drive + ferry:  3​h
Portoferraio, Elba Island
— 3 nights
ferry + Drive:  4​h 15​min
Assisi
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Orvieto
— Few hours
train:  1​h 15​min
Rome
— 4 nights
Fly:  27​h
End: Perth

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.
On the 24th (Sun), wander the streets of Cannaregio, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Giorgio Maggiore, then pause for some serene contemplation at Scrovegni Chapel, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica di Sant’Antonio - Basilica del Santo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica dei Frari, head off the coast to Isola di Burano, then contemplate the long history of Scala Contarini del Bovolo, then take in the views from Ponte dei Sospiri, and finally take a stroll through Dorsoduro.

For other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Venice sightseeing planner.

Perth, Australia to Venice is an approximately 27-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Perth to Venice is minus 7 hours. Traveling from Perth in September, expect Venice to be somewhat warmer, temps between 28°C and 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Verona.

Things to do in Venice

#Historic Sites, #Neighborhoods, #Nature

Side Trips

Padua, Isola di Burano
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Basilica di Sant’Antonio ©
Basilica di Sant’Antonio
Scrovegni Chapel ©
Scrovegni Chapel
Cannaregio ©
Cannaregio

3
nights
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Piazza Bra and Parco Natura Viva. Get a sense of the local culture at Il Vittoriale degli Italiani and Palazzo Te. Venture out of the city with trips to Grotte di Catullo (in Sirmione) and Borghetto sul Mincio (in Valeggio Sul Mincio). There's much more to do: explore the historical opulence of Castelvecchio Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa di Sant'Anastasia, make a trip to Piazza dei Signori, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Verona sightseeing planner.

Traveling by train from Venice to Verona takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Florence.

Things to do in Verona

#Historic Sites, #Museums, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Borghetto sul Mincio, Palazzo Te, Il Vittoriale degli Italiani, Parco Natura Viva, Grotte di Catullo
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Museo di Castelvecchio ©
Museo di Castelvecchio
Il Vittoriale degli Italiani ©
Il Vittoriale degli Italiani
Piazza Bra ©
Piazza Bra

2
nights
Florence

Florence
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Abbazia di San Miniato al Monte and The Baptistery of St. John. Explore hidden gems such as Pitti Palace and Centro Storico di Siena. Go for a jaunt from Florence to Siena to see Tower of Mangia about 1h 25 min away. There's still lots to do: browse the exhibits of Museo Nazionale del Bargello, admire the landmark architecture of Basilica of Santa Maria Novella, explore the world behind art at Museum of Opera of Saint Maria of Fiore, and indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area.

For photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Florence tour planner.

You can take a train from Verona to Florence in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September in Florence, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can travel to Portoferraio.

Things to do in Florence

#Historic Sites, #Tours, #Museums

Side Trip

Siena
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Basilica San Miniato al Monte
Basilica San Miniato al Monte
Pitti Palace ©
Pitti Palace
The Baptistery of St. John ©
The Baptistery of St. John

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nights
Portoferraio, Elba Island

Portoferraio ©
Portoferraio is a town and comune in the province of Livorno, on the edge of the eponymous harbour of the island of Elba. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Spiaggia della Biodola, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Acquario dell'Elba, and then kick back and relax at Spiaggia di Cavoli. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Spiaggia Di Sansone, enjoy the sand and surf at Spiaggia di Capo Bianco, and then look for gifts at Gelateria Zero Gradi.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Portoferraio custom trip planner.

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Florence to Portoferraio in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of train and ferry. Traveling from Florence in October, expect nights in Portoferraio to be about the same, around 17°C, while days are slightly colder, around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can travel to Assisi.

Things to do in Portoferraio

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Spiaggia di Cavoli, Acquario dell'Elba
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Spiaggia di Cavoli ©
Spiaggia di Cavoli
Spiaggia della Biodola ©
Spiaggia della Biodola
Acquario dell'Elba ©
Acquario dell'Elba

3
nights
Assisi

Assisi ©
Rich in culture and religious tradition, Assisi is known as the birthplace of St.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Santa Maria degli Angeli and Basilica di Santa Chiara. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Eremo delle Carceri and Grotte di Frasassi. Explore Assisi's surroundings by going to Rocca Paolina (in Perugia) and Fabriano (Cattedrale di San Venanzio, Duomo & Museo della Carta e della Filigrana). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of San Damiano, don't miss a visit to Porziuncola, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica Papale San Francesco D'Assisi, and step into the grandiose world of Rocca Maggiore.

For reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Assisi trip itinerary planner.

Do a combination of ferry and car from Portoferraio to Assisi in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry, train, and bus. Traveling from Portoferraio in October, Assisi is slightly colder at night with lows of 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Orvieto.

Things to do in Assisi

#Historic Sites, #Nature, #Parks

Side Trips

Fabriano, Grotte di Frasassi, Rocca Paolina
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Basilica di Santa Maria degli Angeli ©
Basilica di Santa Chiara ©
Basilica di Santa Chiara
Eremo delle Carceri ©
Eremo delle Carceri

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hours
Orvieto

Orvieto ©
The striking town of Orvieto, perched on a volcanic cliff overlooking the Umbrian countryside, is known as the Green Heart of Italy.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Pozzo di San Patrizio, then learn about winemaking at Custodi Winery, and then contemplate the long history of Duomo di Orvieto.

To find where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Orvieto vacation planner.

You can drive from Assisi to Orvieto in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In October in Orvieto, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can take a train to Rome.

Things to do in Orvieto

#Wineries, #Historic Sites
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Duomo di Orvieto ©
Duomo di Orvieto
Pozzo di San Patrizio ©
Pozzo di San Patrizio

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nights
Rome

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Family-friendly places like Zoomarine and St. Clement Basilica will thrill your kids. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Villa d'Este and Church of St. Louis of the French. When in Rome, make a side trip to see Ostia Antica in Ostia Antica, approximately 44 minutes away. There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Pietro in Vincoli, don't miss a visit to Rome Historical Center, ponder the design of Santa Maria in Trastevere, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbazia di San Paolo fuori le Mura.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Rome itinerary builder.

Traveling by train from Orvieto to Rome takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rome

#Historic Sites, #Theme Parks, #Museums

Side Trips

Parco Archeologico di Ostia Antica, Zoomarine, Villa d'Este
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Zoomarine ©
Zoomarine
Villa d'Este ©
Villa d'Este

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