26 days in Northwest Italy Itinerary

26 days in Northwest Italy Itinerary

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26 days in Northwest Italy Itinerary

Start: Bristol
Fly + train:  6​h 45​min
1
Turin
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Orta San Giulio
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
3
Stresa
— 2 nights
4
Genoa
— 1 night
train:  1​h 15​min
5
Cinque Terre
— 1 night
ferry:  1​h 15​min
6
Porto Venere
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
San Gimignano
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
8
Siena
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
9
Verona
— 2 nights
bus:  45​min
10
Sirmione
— 2 nights
ferry:  30​min
11
Garda
— 2 nights
bus:  30​min
12
Malcesine
— 2 nights
13
Cortina d'Ampezzo
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
14
Auronzo di Cadore
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  8​h 30​min
End: Bristol

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cappella dei Banchieri e dei Mercanti, contemplate the long history of Piazza Carignano, make a trip to Santa Maria del Monte - Monte dei Cappuccini, then take a stroll through Via Roma, then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza C.L.N, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di Maria Ausiliatrice.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Turin trip itinerary planning tool .

Bristol, UK to Turin is an approximately 7-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Bristol to Turin, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In September, daytime highs in Turin are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Orta San Giulio.

Things to do in Turin

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
Find places to stay Sep 22 — 23:
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Cappella dei Banchieri e dei Mercanti ©
Basilica di Maria Ausiliatrice ©
Basilica di Maria Ausiliatrice

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Orta San Giulio

Orta San Giulio ©
Orta San Giulio is a town and comune (municipality) in the Province of Novara in the Italian region of Piedmont, located about 100km northeast of Turin and about 40km northwest of Novara.The town itself is built on a promontory which juts out from the eastern bank of Lake Orta close to Isola San Giulio, an island which also falls within the municipal boundaries. On the 23rd (Mon), contemplate the long history of Il ponte romano di Pont-Saint-Martin, pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di Santa Maria delle Grazie, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica di San Giulio, then contemplate the long history of Piazza Motta, and finally contemplate the long history of Villa Bossi. On the 24th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbazia Benedettina dei Santi Nazario e Celso, pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di San Cristoforo, pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di San Bernardo, then steep yourself in history at Varallo, then admire the landmark architecture of Palazzotto della Comunita, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa parrocchiale di Santa Maria Assunta.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Orta San Giulio travel app .

Drive from Turin to Orta San Giulio in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. While traveling from Turin, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Orta San Giulio, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Stresa.

Things to do in Orta San Giulio

Historic Sites Wineries

Side Trips

Vercelli, Varallo, Abbazia Benedettina dei Santi Nazario e Celso, Il ponte romano di Pont-Saint-Martin, Azienda Vitivinicola Fontechiara
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Sacro Monte di Orta ©
Sacro Monte di Orta
Chiesa di Santa Maria delle Grazie ©
Varallo ©
Varallo

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Stresa

Stresa ©
Stresa is a town and comune of about 5,000 residents on the shores of Lake Maggiore in the province of Verbano-Cusio-Ossola in the Piedmont region of northern Italy, about 90km northwest of Milan. Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Complesso Battesimale Paleocristiano e Altomedievale di San Giovanni al Montorfano and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Santuario Della Madonna Del Sangue. On the 26th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Sacro Monte Calvario, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di San Vittore, look for gifts at La Cambusa, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa del SS. Crocifisso, then go for a walk through Vetta di Mottarone, and finally pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Epoque Antichita e Restauro.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Stresa holiday planning app .

Drive from Orta San Giulio to Stresa in an hour. In September, daily temperatures in Stresa can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. On the 27th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Genoa.

Things to do in Stresa

Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Santuario Della Madonna Del Sangue, Complesso Battesimale Paleocristiano e Altomedievale di San Giovanni al Montorfano, Sacro Monte Calvario, Santuario della Madonna del Boden
Find places to stay Sep 25 — 27:
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Chiesa di San Vittore ©
Chiesa di San Vittore
Santuario della Madonna del Boden ©
Santuario della Madonna del Boden
La Cambusa ©
La Cambusa

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Genoa

Genoa ©
Once the most important harbor in the Mediterranean Sea, Genoa has a long history as a rich and powerful trade center in northern Italy.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at Museo Diocesano Chiostro dei Canonici di San Lorenzo, pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa del Gesu e dei Santi Ambrogio e Andrea, and then get to know the fascinating history of Porta Soprana.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Genoa trip planner .

You can drive from Stresa to Genoa in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Stresa in September since evenings lows in Genoa dip to 22°C. You will have some time to spend on the 28th (Sat) before leaving for Cinque Terre.

Things to do in Genoa

Historic Sites Museums
Find places to stay Sep 27 — 28:
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D'Albertis Castle ©
D'Albertis Castle
Porta Soprana ©
Porta Soprana

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Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre ©
Made up of five picturesque towns on the Ligurian coast, Cinque Terre is Italy's answer to the French Riviera.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): get to know the fascinating history of Borgo Storico di Riomaggiore, take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of San Giovanni Battista, then step into the grandiose world of Castello Doria, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Margherita di Antiochia Church.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Cinque Terre trip maker site .

Getting from Genoa to Cinque Terre by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Genoa in September, expect little chillier with lows of 17°C in Cinque Terre. On the 29th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can ride a ferry to Porto Venere.

Things to do in Cinque Terre

Historic Sites Shopping
Find places to stay Sep 28 — 29:
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Vernazza ©
Vernazza
Santa Margherita di Antiochia Church ©
Castello Doria ©
Castello Doria

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Porto Venere

Porto Venere ©
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): step into the grandiose world of Castello Doria, steep yourself in history at Porta del Borgo, and then stop by La Bottega Di Rena. On the next day, make a trip to Santuario della Madonna Bianca (Chiesa di San Lorenzo), explore the fascinating underground world of Grotta di Byron, pause for some serene contemplation at San Pietro Church, then do a tasting at De Gustibus, then take in the waterfront at Portido Marina, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di Santa Maria Stella Maris.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Porto Venere sightseeing website .

You can ride a ferry from Cinque Terre to Porto Venere in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 17°C. On the 1st (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to San Gimignano.

Things to do in Porto Venere

Historic Sites Wineries Parks

Side Trip

Tellaro
Find places to stay Sep 29 — Oct 1:
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Porta del Borgo ©
Porta del Borgo
Chiesa di San Giorgio ©
Chiesa di San Giorgio
De Gustibus ©
De Gustibus

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San Gimignano

San Gimignano ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Tue): appreciate the extensive heritage of San Gimignano 1300, enjoy breathtaking views from Rocca of Montestaffoli, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa di San Pietro in Forliano, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Sant'Agostino. On your second day here, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa di San Lorenzo in Ponte, contemplate the long history of Piazza del Duomo, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Duomo di San Gimignano, then contemplate the long history of Torre Grossa, then shop like a local with La Bottega del Sale di Duccio Nacci photographer, and finally make a trip to Piazza della Cisterna.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the San Gimignano online trip maker .

Drive from Porto Venere to San Gimignano in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Siena.

Things to do in San Gimignano

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Find places to stay Oct 1 — 3:
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San Gimignano 1300 ©
San Gimignano 1300
Duomo di San Gimignano ©
Duomo di San Gimignano
Torre Grossa ©
Torre Grossa

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Siena

Siena ©
Siena, a medieval Tuscan city, features numerous attractions, including a historic town center, alleyways, towers, and well-preserved buildings.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Historic Centre of the City of Pienza and Cathedral. Casa di Santa Caterina and Palazzo Piccolomini are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Go for a jaunt from Siena to Montepulciano to see Tempio di San Biagio about 1h 10 min away. The adventure continues: browse the collection at Biblioteca Piccolomini, admire the masterpieces at Museo dell'Opera Metropolitana, steep yourself in history at Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Cappella di Piazza.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Siena trip website .

You can drive from San Gimignano to Siena in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In October, daytime highs in Siena are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can drive to Verona.

Things to do in Siena

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Pienza, Tempio di San Biagio, Historic Centre of the City of Pienza
Find places to stay Oct 3 — 5:
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Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena ©
Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena
Casa di Santa Caterina ©
Casa di Santa Caterina
Cathedral ©
Cathedral

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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.
On the 6th (Sun), don't miss a visit to Piazza Bra, admire the striking features of Arche Scaligere, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di Sant'Anastasia, pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di San Giorgetto o San Pietro Martire, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Casa di Giulietta. Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at The Church of Sant'Eufemia, enjoy breathtaking views from Torre dei Lamberti, hunt for treasures at Piazza delle Erbe, pause for some photo ops at Arca di Cansignorio, then contemplate the long history of Arca di Cangrande I, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at chiesa di San Lorenzo - Verona.

For photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Verona trip maker website .

You can drive from Siena to Verona in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. Traveling from Siena in October, expect Verona to be slightly colder, temps between 22°C and 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Sirmione.

Things to do in Verona

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
Find places to stay Oct 5 — 7:
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Basilica di Santa Anastasia ©
Basilica di Santa Anastasia
Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore ©
Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore
Arena di Verona ©
Arena di Verona

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Sirmione

Sirmione ©
Sirmione is a comune in the province of Brescia, in Lombardy (northern Italy). Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): get to know the fascinating history of Centro Storico Sirmione, pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesetta di S. Anna, learn about all things military at Scaliger Castle, make a trip to Parrocchia Santa Maria Della Neve, then stroll through Spiaggia-Passeggiata delle Muse, and finally step into the grandiose world of Rocca Scaligera di Sirmione. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of Via dei Musei, then stroll through Parco Maria Callas, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di San Pietro in Mavino.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Sirmione trip planner.

You can drive from Verona to Sirmione in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in October, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to ride a ferry to Garda.

Things to do in Sirmione

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Via dei Musei
Find places to stay Oct 7 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Scaligero Castle ©
Scaligero Castle
Chiesa di San Pietro in Mavino ©
Chiesa di San Pietro in Mavino
Parco Maria Callas ©
Parco Maria Callas

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Garda

Garda ©
On the 9th (Wed), take a stroll through Punta di San Vigilio. On the 10th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: step into the grandiose world of Il Castello Scaligero di Torri del Benaco, step off the mainland to explore Isola del Garda, then take in the pleasant sights at Lungolago di Garda, and finally see the interesting displays at Museo dell'Olio d'Oliva.

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Garda is just a short distance from Sirmione. In October, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a bus to Malcesine.

Things to do in Garda

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Museo dell'Olio d'Oliva, Gardaparagliding, Il Castello Scaligero di Torri del Benaco, Isola del Garda
Find places to stay Oct 9 — 11:
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Isola del Garda ©
Isola del Garda
Museo dell'Olio d'Oliva ©
Museo dell'Olio d'Oliva

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Malcesine

Malcesine ©
Malcesine is a comune (municipality) on the eastern shore of Lake Garda in the Province of Verona in the Italian region Veneto, located about 120km northwest of Venice and about 40km northwest of Verona.Geography and divisionsThe comune of Malcesine consists of Navene, Campagnola, Malcesine proper, Val di Sogno and Cassone. Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Museum of Tourism.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Malcesine trip maker app .

Malcesine is just a stone's throw from Garda. October in Malcesine sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 12°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 13th (Sun) before leaving for Cortina d'Ampezzo.

Things to do in Malcesine

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Limone sul Garda
Find places to stay Oct 11 — 13:
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Scaliger Castle in Malcesine ©
Scaliger Castle in Malcesine
Palazzo dei Capitani di Malcesine ©
Palazzo dei Capitani di Malcesine

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Cortina d'Ampezzo

Cortina d'Ampezzo ©
Cortina d'Ampezzo, commonly referred to as Cortina, is a town and comune in the heart of the southern (Dolomitic) Alps in the Veneto region of Northern Italy. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): make a trip to Centro Storico, then explore the ancient world of Museo all'Aperto delle 5 Torri, and then don't miss a visit to Ciasa de ra Regoles. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll the grounds of Cimitero Austro-Ungarico di Brunico, then get outside with Passo Falzarego, then take in the awesome beauty at Lagazuoi, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Sacrario Militare di Pocol.

To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Cortina d'Ampezzo online day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Malcesine to Cortina d'Ampezzo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in October, and nighttime lows around 9°C. You will leave for Auronzo di Cadore on the 15th (Tue).

Things to do in Cortina d'Ampezzo

Outdoors Historic Sites Winter Sports

Side Trip

Cimitero Austro-Ungarico di Brunico
Find places to stay Oct 13 — 15:
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Passo Falzarego ©
Passo Falzarego
Lagazuoi ©
Lagazuoi
Museo all'Aperto delle 5 Torri ©
Museo all'Aperto delle 5 Torri

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Auronzo di Cadore

Auronzo di Cadore ©
Auronzo di Cadore is a comune (municipality) in the province of Belluno (Cadore) in the Italian region of Veneto, located about 120km north of Venice and about 50km northeast of Belluno.The municipality of Auronzo di Cadore has the famous mountain group of the Tre Cime di Lavaredo and Lake Misurina. On the 15th (Tue), contemplate the waterfront views at Lago di Auronzo, appreciate the extensive heritage of Borgata Cima Sappada, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Pesariis. On the 16th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Parco Natura Olperl, then explore the activities along Lago d'Antorno, then take an in-depth tour of Museo della 1a Guerra Mondiale, and finally get outside with FunBob Auronzo.

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Auronzo di Cadore online attractions planner .

Traveling by car from Cortina d'Ampezzo to Auronzo di Cadore takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Auronzo di Cadore

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Borgata Cima Sappada, Pesariis, Parco Natura Olperl
Find places to stay Oct 15 — 17:
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Lago di Auronzo ©
Lago di Auronzo
Pesariis ©
Pesariis
Parco Natura Olperl ©
Parco Natura Olperl

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