14 days in Northwest Italy Itinerary

14 days in Northwest Italy Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Italy trip itinerary planner

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Rome
— 3 nights
Drive
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Montepulciano
— 1 night
Drive
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Siena
— 1 night
Drive
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Florence
— 2 nights
Drive
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Lucca
— 2 nights
Drive
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Varenna
— 1 night
Drive
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Milan
— 2 nights
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Rome

— 3 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Rome is known for historic sites, nightlife, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: pause for some serene contemplation at St. Peter's Basilica, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona, steep yourself in history at Roman Forum, and explore the ancient world of Colosseum.

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Rome trip itinerary maker website.

Christchurch, New Zealand to Rome is an approximately 30-hour flight. The time zone changes from New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a -11 hour difference. In November in Rome, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Montepulciano.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

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Montepulciano

— 1 night

Pearl of the 16th Century

Perched on a limestone ridge in the heart of Tuscany, Montepulciano is known worldwide for its production of red wine, the Vino Noble.
On the 5th (Fri), learn about winemaking at Az. Agr. Poliziano, then make a trip to Piazza Grande a Montepulciano, then contemplate the long history of Val d'Orcia, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Tempio di San Biagio.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Montepulciano trip planner.

Traveling by car from Rome to Montepulciano takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Montepulciano can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Siena.

Things to do in Montepulciano

Historic Sites · Wineries · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

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Siena

— 1 night

Cultural Heart of Tuscany

Siena, a medieval Tuscan city, features numerous attractions, including a historic town center, alleyways, towers, and well-preserved buildings.
On the 6th (Sat), awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area and then deepen your understanding at Scuola di Cucina di Lella.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Siena driving holiday website.

Traveling by car from Montepulciano to Siena takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. November in Siena sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 10°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can go by car to Florence.

Things to do in Siena

Wineries · Tours
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Piazza della Signoria, snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio, then don't miss a visit to Piazzale Michelangelo, then explore the world behind art at Pitti Palace, and finally admire the masterpieces at Florence Academy of Fine Arts. On the next day, contemplate the long history of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, and then do a tasting at Castello del Trebbio.

To find ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Florence online route builder.

Traveling by car from Siena to Florence takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In November, daytime highs in Florence are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can go by car to Lucca.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites · Museums · Wineries

Side Trip

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Lucca

— 2 nights

City of a Hundred Churches

Lucca, famous for its intact Renaissance-era city walls, remained an independent city-state until the end of the 18th century.
On the 9th (Tue), make a trip to Piazza dei Miracoli, enjoy breathtaking views from Leaning Tower of Pisa, and then see the interesting displays at Museo Aviotruppe Esercito Italiano. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Michele in Foro, admire the landmark architecture of St Martin Cathedral, then don't miss a visit to Le mura di Lucca, and finally experience rural life at Podere Pellicciano - Agrisole.

For ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Lucca road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Florence to Lucca takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in November, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to drive to Varenna.

Things to do in Lucca

Historic Sites · Wineries · Museums

Side Trips

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Varenna

— 1 night
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 11th (Thu): admire the landmark architecture of I Giardini di Villa Melzi, then pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di San Giorgio, and then take in the exciting artwork at Paul DEMARIA - The Open Lake & Landscape Studio d’Arte.

To see photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Varenna day trip planning website.

You can drive from Lucca to Varenna in 4 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus, subway, and train. In November, Varenna is little chillier than Lucca - with highs of 13°C and lows of 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Milan.

Things to do in Varenna

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Museums

Side Trip

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Highlights from your trip

Milan

— 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.
On the 12th (Fri), admire the striking features of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, take in the spiritual surroundings of Duomo di Milano, and then step into the grandiose world of Castello Sforzesco.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Milan trip website.

You can drive from Varenna to Milan in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in November, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites · Shopping
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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."