50 days in Northwest Italy Itinerary

50 days in Northwest Italy Itinerary

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Milan
— 4 nights
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Venice
— 10 nights
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Florence
— 3 nights
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Cinque Terre
— 4 nights
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Siena
— 27 nights
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Milan

— 4 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Il Cenacolo as well as Duomo di Milano.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Milan online trip maker.

Nelspruit, South Africa to Milan is an approximately 24-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from South Africa Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Nelspruit in August: high temperatures in Milan hover around 85°F and lows are around 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Venice.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites
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Venice

— 10 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Canal Grande and Riviera del Brenta Bike. You'll explore and learn at Doge's Palace and Gallerie dell'Accademia. Get out of town with these interesting Venice side-trips: Padua (Chiesa degli Eremitani - World Heritage Site, Scrovegni Chapel, &more), Verona (Torre dei Lamberti, Piazza delle Erbe, &more) and Parco Regionale delle Dolomiti Friulane (in Cimolais). There's much more to do: make a trip to Basilica di San Marco, get a taste of the local shopping with Itaca Art Studio di Monica Martin, explore the world behind art at Peggy Guggenheim Collection, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Giorgio Maggiore.

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Traveling by car from Milan to Venice takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. August in Venice sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 66°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Florence.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

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Florence

— 3 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Get some historical perspective at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Piazza della Signoria. Step out of Florence with an excursion to Parco Nazionale delle Foreste Casentinesi, Monte Falterona e Campigna in Pratovecchio--about 1h 5 min away. There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Florence Academy of Fine Arts, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica of Santa Croce, take in the views from Ponte Vecchio, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Florence trip planner.

You can drive from Venice to Florence in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Florence are 86°F, while nighttime lows are 64°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can go by car to Cinque Terre.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

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Cinque Terre

— 4 nights

Italian Riviera

Made up of five picturesque towns on the Ligurian coast, Cinque Terre is Italy's answer to the French Riviera.
Museo di Palazzo Reale and Galata Museo del Mare will appeal to museum buffs. Step out of the city life by going to Enjoy Cinqueterre Boat Tours and Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cinque Terre: Genoa (Palazzo Ducale, Cattedrale di San Lorenzo - Duomo di Genova, &more) and Ponte Thaon di Revel (in La Spezia). The adventure continues: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parco Nazionale Cinque Terre.

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Traveling by car from Florence to Cinque Terre takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In August in Cinque Terre, expect temperatures between 86°F during the day and 64°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Siena.

Things to do in Cinque Terre

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Siena

— 27 nights

Cultural Heart of Tuscany

Siena, a medieval Tuscan city, features numerous attractions, including a historic town center, alleyways, towers, and well-preserved buildings.
You'll explore and learn at Museo della Porziuncola and Studio Moretti Caselli. Step out of the city life by going to Val d'Orcia and Siena Bike Shop. Venture out of the city with trips to Assisi (Eremo delle Carceri, Basilica Papale e Sacro Convento di San Francesco d'Assisi, &more), Macchina di Santa Rosa (in Viterbo) and Arezzo (Santa Maria della Pieve, San Francesco, Arezzo, &more). There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Duomo di Siena, admire the masterpieces at Museo dell'Opera Metropolitana, don't miss a visit to Piazza del Campo, and do a tasting at Guardastelle Vineyard.

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Traveling by car from Cinque Terre to Siena takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in September, and nighttime lows around 61°F. On the 30th (Fri), you're off to home.

Things to do in Siena

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Wineries

Side Trips

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