15 days in Northwest Italy Itinerary

15 days in Northwest Italy Itinerary

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— 3 nights
Cinque Terre
— 3 nights
San Gimignano
— 4 nights
— 2 nights



Fashion Capital of World

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.
For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Milan online trip builder.

Charlotte, USA to Milan is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Charlotte to Milan due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Charlotte in June, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Milan: temperatures range from 83°F by day to 64°F at night. You'll set off for Varenna on the 13th (Mon).

Things to do in Milan

Nightlife · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks
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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. Your day by day itinerary now includes Walking Tour Bellagio - Lake of Como as well as Menaggio. On the next day, take a stroll through Menaggio.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Varenna trip itinerary site.

Traveling by car from Milan to Varenna takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In June, daytime highs in Varenna are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 61°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can go by car to Cinque Terre.

Things to do in Varenna

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Cinque Terre

— 3 nights

Italian Riviera

Made up of five picturesque towns on the Ligurian coast, Cinque Terre is Italy's answer to the French Riviera.
Cinque Terre is known for trails, shopping, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get into the urban bustle at Vernazza.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Cinque Terre road trip website.

Drive from Varenna to Cinque Terre in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In June, daily temperatures in Cinque Terre can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. On the 19th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to San Gimignano.

Things to do in Cinque Terre

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San Gimignano

— 4 nights

Town of Fine Towers

A historical gem in the heart of Tuscany, San Gimignano is known as the Town of Fine Towers for its jutting skyline of high city walls.
San Gimignano is known for historic sites, wineries, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Historic Centre of San Gimignano.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our San Gimignano online journey planner.

Traveling by car from Cinque Terre to San Gimignano takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In June, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 60°F. You will leave for Florence on the 23rd (Thu).

Things to do in San Gimignano

Historic Sites
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Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Florence journey planner.

Getting from San Gimignano to Florence by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In June, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 65°F. You will leave for home on the 25th (Sat).

Things to do in Florence

Tours · Historic Sites · Shopping · Outdoors
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Lake Como travel guide

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."

Province of Siena travel guide

Landmarks · Wineries & Vineyards · Churches
Siena is a city in Tuscany, Italy. It is the capital of the province of Siena.The historic centre of Siena has been declared by UNESCO a World Heritage Site. It is one of the nation's most visited tourist attractions, with over 163,000 international arrivals in 2008. Siena is famous for its cuisine, art, museums, medieval cityscape and the Palio, a horse race held twice a year.HistorySiena, like other Tuscan hill towns, was first settled in the time of the Etruscans (c. 900–400 BC) when it was inhabited by a tribe called the Saina. The Etruscans were a tribe of advanced people who changed the face of central Italy through their use of irrigation to reclaim previously unfarmable land, and their custom of building their settlements in well-defended hill forts. A Roman town called Saena Julia was founded at the site in the time of the Emperor Augustus. Some archaeologists assert that Siena was controlled for a period by a Gaulish tribe called the Senones.According to local legend, Siena was founded by Senius and Aschius, two sons of Remus and thus nephews of Romulus, after whom Rome was named. Supposedly after their father's murder by Romulus, they fled Rome, taking with them the statue of the she-wolf suckling the infants (Capitoline Wolf), thus appropriating that symbol for the town. Additionally they rode white and black horses, giving rise to the Balzana, or coat of arms of Siena with a white band atop a dark band. Some claim the name Siena derives from Senius. Other etymologies derive the name from the Etruscan family name Saina, the Roman family name Saenii, or the Latin word senex "old" or its derived form seneo "to be old".