17 days in Northwest Italy Itinerary

17 days in Northwest Italy Itinerary

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17 days in Northwest Italy Itinerary

San Francisco
Fly:  20​h 30​min
Rome
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
Florence
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
Venice
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
Verona
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
Milan
— 1 night
train:  1​h
Turin
— 2 nights
Fly + subway:  21​h
San Francisco

4
days
Rome

Rome ©
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, sightseeing, religious sites, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Colosseum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Peter's Basilica, don't miss a visit to Pantheon, and steep yourself in history at Palatine Hill.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Rome vacation planner.

San Francisco, USA to Rome is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Central European Time, which is usually a 9 hour difference. While traveling from San Francisco, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Rome, ranging from highs of 75°F to lows of 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can take a train to Florence.

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Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

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Vatican City
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain
Palatine Hill ©
Palatine Hill

3
days
Florence

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Florence is known for sightseeing, museums, historic sites, religious sites, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio, admire the landmark architecture of Campanile di Giotto, and see the interesting displays at Uffizi Gallery.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Florence sightseeing planner.

You can take a train from Rome to Florence in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In May, daytime highs in Florence are 75°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can take a train to Venice.

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Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
Campanile di Giotto ©
Campanile di Giotto
The Boboli Gardens ©
The Boboli Gardens

3
days
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Venice side-trips: Padua (Scrovegni Chapel & Basilica di Sant’Antonio - Basilica del Santo). The adventure continues: explore the activities along Canal Grande, snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto, browse the exhibits of Peggy Guggenheim Collection, and admire the striking features of St Mark's Campanile.

For where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Venice trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Florence to Venice by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 71°F in May, and nighttime lows around 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Verona.

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Historic Sites Museums Parks

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Padua, Isola di Burano
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Porta della Carta ©
Porta della Carta
Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
St. Mark's Square
St. Mark's Square

1
day
Verona

Verona ©
The famous setting for Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet, Verona is one of northern Italy's main tourist destinations, largely owing to its incredibly rich artistic heritage.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sun): meet the residents at Parco Natura Viva, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore, step into the grandiose world of Castelvecchio Museum, then shop like a local with Piazza delle Erbe, and finally delve into the distant past at Arena di Verona.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Verona itinerary planner.

Getting from Venice to Verona by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. May in Verona sees daily highs of 75°F and lows of 56°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can take a train to Milan.

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Zoos & Aquariums Outdoors Parks

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Parco Natura Viva
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Parco Natura Viva ©
Parco Natura Viva
Arena di Verona ©
Arena di Verona
Castelvecchio Museum ©
Castelvecchio Museum

1
day
Milan

Milan ©
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 29th (Mon), admire the striking features of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Duomo di Milano, then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, and finally examine the collection at Tour delle Merlate - Castello Sforzesco.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Milan vacation planner.

Traveling by train from Verona to Milan takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. May in Milan sees daily highs of 74°F and lows of 55°F at night. On the 30th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Turin.

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Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Duomo di Milano ©
Duomo di Milano
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II ©
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

2
days
Turin

Turin ©
A city of technology and industry, Turin is in northwestern Italy, a one-hour drive from the French border and slightly more than that from the Mediterranean Sea.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Piazza San Carlo, then examine the collection at Museo Nazionale dell'Automobile, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duomo di Torino e Cappella della Sacra Sindone. On the 31st (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica di Superga, then take in nature's colorful creations at Parco del Valentino, then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and finally explore the world behind art at Egyptian Museum of Turin.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Turin holiday planner.

Traveling by train from Milan to Turin takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. May in Turin sees daily highs of 70°F and lows of 56°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Turin

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games
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National Cinema Museum ©
National Cinema Museum
Room Escape Games
Parco del Valentino ©
Parco del Valentino

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