20 days in Northwest Italy Itinerary

20 days in Northwest Italy Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Northwest Italy Trip Planner

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Fly
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Venice
— 3 nights
Drive
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Verona
— 3 nights
Train
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Florence
— 2 nights
Drive to Piombino, Ferry to Portoferraio
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Portoferraio, Elba Island
— 3 nights
Ferry to Piombino, Drive to Assisi
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Assisi
— 3 nights
Drive
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Orvieto
Drive
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Rome
— 4 nights
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Venice

— 3 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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sun): stop by Cannaregio, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Giorgio Maggiore, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Scrovegni Chapel, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica of St. Anthony. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, admire the striking features of Scala Contarini del Bovolo, then take in the views from Ponte dei Sospiri, and finally take a stroll through Dorsoduro.

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Perth, Australia to Venice is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Western Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is minus 7 hours. In September, Venice is a bit warmer than Perth - with highs of 29°C and lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can drive to Verona.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 23 — 26:

Verona

— 3 nights

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.
Family-friendly places like Piazza dei Signori and Parco Natura Viva will thrill your kids. Get a sense of the local culture at Il Vittoriale degli Italiani and Grotte di Catullo. Get out of town with these interesting Verona side-trips: Borghetto sul Mincio (in Valeggio Sul Mincio) and Palazzo Te (in Mantua). And it doesn't end there: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di Santa Anastasia, don't miss a visit to Piazza Bra, explore the historical opulence of Museo di Castelvecchio, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Verona online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Venice to Verona takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Verona can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Verona

Historic Sites · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 26 — 29:

Florence

— 2 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Family-friendly places like Basilica San Miniato al Monte and Loggia dei Lanzi will thrill your kids. Do some cultural sightseeing at Centro Storico di Siena and Torre del Mangia. Dedicate the 1st (Sun) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Museum of Opera of Saint Maria of Fiore, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Baptistery of St. John, get a sense of history and politics at Museo Nazionale del Bargello, and examine the collection at Pitti Palace.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Florence trip planner.

Take a train from Verona to Florence in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In September in Florence, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to travel to Portoferraio.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites · Wineries · Tours · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 29 — Oct 1:

Portoferraio, Elba Island

— 3 nights
Portoferraio is a town and comune in the province of Livorno, on the edge of the eponymous harbour of the island of Elba. On the 2nd (Mon), tour the pleasant surroundings at Spiaggia Della Biodola, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Acquario dell'Elba, and then kick back and relax at Spiaggia di Cavoli. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Spiaggia Di Sansone, then enjoy the sand and surf at Spiaggia di Capo Bianco, and then look for gifts at Gelateria Zero Gradi.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Portoferraio trip maker site.

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Florence to Portoferraio in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry. October in Portoferraio sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Assisi.

Things to do in Portoferraio

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 1 — 4:

Assisi

— 3 nights

City of Peace

Rich in culture and religious tradition, Assisi is known as the birthplace of St.
Kids will enjoy San Damiano and Rocca Paolina. Do some cultural sightseeing at Paper and Watermark Museum Fabriano and Basilica di Santa Chiara. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Assisi: Grotte di Frasassi (in Genga) and Cattedrale di San Venanzio, Duomo (in Fabriano). There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of Rocca Maggiore, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eremo delle Carceri, and pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di Santa Maria degli Angeli - Porziuncola.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Assisi trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of ferry and car from Portoferraio to Assisi in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry, train, and bus. Traveling from Portoferraio in October, plan for little chillier nights in Assisi, with lows around 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Orvieto.

Things to do in Assisi

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 4 — 7:

Orvieto

Green Heart of Italy

The striking town of Orvieto, perched on a volcanic cliff overlooking the Umbrian countryside, is known as the Green Heart of Italy.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): make a trip to Pozzo di San Patrizio, then do a tasting at Custodi Winery, and then admire the landmark architecture of Duomo di Orvieto.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Orvieto vacation website.

You can drive from Assisi to Orvieto in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Rome.

Things to do in Orvieto

Wineries · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 7 — 8:

Rome

— 4 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Get a sense of the local culture at Forum of Augustus and Centro Storico Associazione Centro Storico. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Abbey of St. Paul Outside the Walls and Basilica Papale San Paolo fuori le Mura. Venture out of the city with trips to Villa d'Este (in Tivoli), Parco Archeologico di Ostia Antica (in Ostia Antica) and Zoomarine (in Torvaianica). And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Le Domus Romane di Palazzo Valentini, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Louis of the French, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa di Sant'Ignazio di Loyola.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Rome route planner.

Getting from Orvieto to Rome by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In October in Rome, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 7 — 11: