27 days in Northwest Italy Itinerary

27 days in Northwest Italy Itinerary

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27 days in Northwest Italy Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  29​h
Rome
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Assisi
— 4 nights
Drive + ferry:  4​h 15​min
Portoferraio, Elba Island
— 5 nights
ferry + Drive:  3​h
Florence
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
Venice
— 4 nights
Fly:  32​h
End: Sydney

6
nights
Rome

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Explore hidden gems such as Zoomarine and Fontana dei Quattro fiumi. Attractions like Colosseum and St. Clement Basilica make great kid-friendly stops. Step out of Rome with an excursion to Villa d'Este in Tivoli--about 48 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Peter's Basilica, explore the world behind art at Vatican Museums, don't miss a visit to Piazza Navona, and ponder the design of Trevi Fountain.

For maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Rome itinerary builder.

Sydney, Australia to Rome is an approximately 29-hour flight. You'll gain 9 hours traveling from Sydney to Rome due to the time zone difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Sydney in September: high temperatures in Rome hover around 32°C and lows are around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to drive to Assisi.

Things to do in Rome

#Historic Sites, #Theme Parks, #Museums

Side Trips

Vatican City, Zoomarine, Villa d'Este
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain
Palatine Hill ©
Palatine Hill

4
nights
Assisi

Assisi ©
Rich in culture and religious tradition, Assisi is known as the birthplace of St.
Step off the beaten path and head to Cascata delle Marmore and Basilica di Santa Chiara. Kids will enjoy Gole dell’Infernaccio and Rocca Maggiore. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Assisi: Piazza Grande (in Gubbio), Spoleto (The Tower's Bridge & Cathedral) and Piana di Castelluccio di Norcia (in Castelluccio di Norcia). There's much more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Santa Maria degli Angeli, don't miss a visit to Porziuncola, take in the spiritual surroundings of Eremo delle Carceri, and stroll through Parco del Monte Subasio.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Assisi online itinerary creator.

Drive from Rome to Assisi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Assisi when traveling from Rome in September, with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Portoferraio.

Things to do in Assisi

#Historic Sites, #Parks, #Nature

Side Trips

Spoleto, Piazza Grande, Piana di Castelluccio di Norcia, Cascata delle Marmore, Gole dell’Infernaccio
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Basilica di Santa Maria degli Angeli ©
Gole dell’Infernaccio ©
Gole dell’Infernaccio
Rocca Maggiore ©
Rocca Maggiore

5
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. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Spiaggia di Cavoli and Spiaggia Di Sansone. Kids will appreciate attractions like Spiaggia di Capo Bianco and Scuba & Snorkeling. Take a break from Portoferraio with a short trip to Spiaggia del Relitto in Pomonte, about 50 minutes away. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Spiaggia della Biodola, tour the pleasant surroundings at Spiaggia La Sorgente, meet the residents at Acquario dell'Elba, and stop by Gelateria Zero Gradi.

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Portoferraio trip planner.

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Assisi to Portoferraio in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. Traveling from Assisi in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Portoferraio, with lows of 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to travel to Florence.

Things to do in Portoferraio

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trips

Marina di Campo, Spiaggia di Cavoli, Scuba & Snorkeling, Spiaggia del Relitto
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Spiaggia di Cavoli ©
Spiaggia di Cavoli
Spiaggia della Biodola ©
Spiaggia della Biodola
Scuba & Snorkeling

4
nights
Florence

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Abbazia di San Miniato al Monte and Food Tours. Kids will appreciate attractions like Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Piazza della Signoria. Get out of town with these interesting Florence side-trips: Poggio al Bosco (in Tavarnelle Val di Pesa) and Castello di Verrazzano (in Greve in Chianti). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Uffizi Gallery, steep yourself in history at Loggia dei Lanzi, explore the world behind art at Pitti Palace, and pause for some photo ops at Perseus Statue.

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Florence trip builder.

Getting from Portoferraio to Florence by combination of ferry and car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and train. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Portoferraio in October: highs in Florence hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

#Tours, #Historic Sites, #Museums

Side Trips

Poggio al Bosco, Castello di Verrazzano
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Uffizi Galleries ©
Uffizi Galleries
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
Piazza della Signoria ©
Piazza della Signoria

4
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.
Family-friendly places like Canal Grande and St. Mark's Square will thrill your kids. Discover out-of-the-way places like Basilica di Sant’Antonio - Basilica del Santo and Cannaregio. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Venice: Scrovegni Chapel (in Padua) and Aqualandia (in Jesolo). There's lots more to do: admire the striking features of Doges' Palace, don't miss a visit to Basilica di San Marco, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Giorgio Maggiore.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Venice tour planner.

You can take a train from Florence to Venice in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. While traveling from Florence, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Venice, ranging from highs of 21°C to lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Venice

#Historic Sites, #Museums, #Theme Parks

Side Trips

Padua, Isola di Burano, Aqualandia
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Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
St. Mark's Square
St. Mark's Square

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