6 days in Northwest Italy Itinerary

6 days in Northwest Italy Itinerary

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Varenna
— 1 day
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Milan
— 1 night
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Genoa
— 1 night
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Portofino
— 1 day
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La Spezia
— 1 night
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Florence
— 2 nights

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Varenna — 1 day

Varenna is a comune (municipality) on Lake Como in the Province of Lecco in the Italian region Lombardy, located about 60km north of Milan and about 20km northwest of Lecco.Varenna was founded by local fishermen in 769, and was later allied of the commune of Milan. Start off your visit on the 14th (Sun): explore the historical opulence of Castello di Vezio, explore the stunning scenery at Orrido di Bellano, then admire the landmark architecture of Villa Monastero, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at S. Giovanni Battista.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Varenna day trip site.

Milan to Varenna is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. You can also take a train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can go by car to Milan.
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Milan — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Mon): admire the landmark architecture of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duomo di Milano.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Milan trip planner.

You can drive from Varenna to Milan in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in August, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Genoa.
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Genoa — 1 night

Once the most important harbor in the Mediterranean Sea, Genoa has a long history as a rich and powerful trade center in northern Italy.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cattedrale di San Lorenzo - Duomo di Genova and then explore the world behind art at Palazzo Ducale.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Genoa day trip app.

You can drive from Milan to Genoa in 2 hours. Another option is to take a train. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in August, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Portofino.
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Portofino — 1 day

Portofino is an Italian fishing village and holiday resort famous for its picturesque harbour and historical association with celebrity and artistic visitors. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Tue): make a trip to Piazza Martiri Dell'Olivetta, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of San Giorgio, then step into the grandiose world of Castello Brown, and finally see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Portofino route app.

You can take a train from Genoa to Portofino in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to go by car to La Spezia.
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La Spezia — 1 night

La Spezia, at the head of the Gulf of La Spezia in the Liguria region of Northern Italy, is the capital city of the province of La Spezia.In terms of population, La Spezia is the second city in the Liguria region, preceded just by Genoa. To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the La Spezia tour planner.

You can drive from Portofino to La Spezia in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. Expect a bit cooler evenings in La Spezia when traveling from Portofino in August, with lows around 20°C. On the 17th (Wed), you'll travel to Florence.
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Florence — 2 nights

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Explore Florence's surroundings by going to Siena (Piazza del Campo & Duomo di Siena). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, make a trip to Piazzale Michelangelo, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, and snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Florence vacation builder site.

Traveling by car from La Spezia to Florence takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In August, daytime highs in Florence are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.
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Lake Como travel guide

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Gardens · Architectural Buildings · Churches
A favorite vacation spot for more than a century, Lake Como was once an exclusive retreat for local aristocrats and wealthy people. It is not only one of Europe's most beautiful lakes, but also one of the deepest at more than 400 m (1,300 ft). Surrounded by elegant villas, the lake has become a popular holiday destination for tourists because of its range of attractions, from landscapes, wildlife, and spas, to activities like sailing, windsurfing, and kite-surfing. The area has been an inspiration for artists since Roman times. English poet Percy Bysshe Shelley wrote, "This lake exceeds anything I ever beheld in beauty…It is long and narrow and has the appearance of a mighty river winding among the mountains and the forests."
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Italian Riviera travel guide

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Aquariums · Landmarks · Beaches
Sandwiched between the Ligurian Sea and the Alps and Apennines, the Italian Riviera is a narrow coastal strip with a string of places to visit, from upscale seaside resorts to fishing villages. It's enormously popular with both Italian and foreign tourists. You can easily escape the crowds by venturing farther away from the sea and sightseeing in the hillside villages of the inland area. The western section of the Riviera is touted for its roses, almonds, and citrus groves, while the eastern part features a much more rugged terrain and several nature and marine preserves. The Riviera's mild climate and its charming fishing ports have made it not only a popular holiday destination for tourists, but also an inspiration for artists like Byron and Shelley, both of whom traveled extensively here.
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