16 days in Northwest Italy Itinerary

16 days in Northwest Italy Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  17 h 45 min
1
Venice
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h 15 min
2
Florence
— 2 nights
Bus:  1 h 15 min
3
Siena
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
4
Assisi
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
5
Rome
— 3 nights
Fly:  15 h 45 min
End: San Francisco

3
nights
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like San Giorgio Maggiore and Scuola Grande di San Rocco. Get some historical perspective at Piazza San Marco and Doge's Palace. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Venice: Padua (Battistero del Duomo & Piazza dei Signori) and Castello del Catajo (in Battaglia Terme). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, explore the activities along Canal Grande, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute, and admire the striking features of Scala Contarini del Bovolo.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Venice trip planning site.

San Francisco, USA to Venice is an approximately 17.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a 9 hour difference. In April in Venice, expect temperatures between 65°F during the day and 49°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can catch the train to Florence.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Padua, Castello del Catajo
Find places to stay Apr 30 — May 3:
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Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco
Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari ©
Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari

2
nights
Florence

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Mon): admire the masterpieces at Pitti Palace, appreciate the extensive heritage of Centro Storico, and then admire the masterpieces at Florence Academy of Fine Arts. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Baptistery of St. John, then explore the world behind art at Gallerie Degli Uffizi, then take some stellar pictures from Basilica San Miniato al Monte, and finally make a trip to Piazzale Michelangelo.

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You can take a train from Venice to Florence in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. May in Florence sees daily highs of 71°F and lows of 52°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) to allow time to take a bus to Siena.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums
Find places to stay May 3 — 6:
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Centro Storico ©
Centro Storico
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi

3
nights
Siena

Siena ©
Siena, a medieval Tuscan city, features numerous attractions, including a historic town center, alleyways, towers, and well-preserved buildings.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Palazzo Pubblico and Museo Civico and Loggia della Mercanzia. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Torre del Mangia and Abazzia di Torri. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Siena: Volterra (Porta all'Arco & Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta). There's still lots to do: explore the historical opulence of La Rocca di Staggia, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sinagoga di Siena, contemplate the long history of Palazzo Chigi Saracini, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Centro storico di Monteriggioni.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Siena trip planner.

Traveling by bus from Florence to Siena takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 74°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can drive to Assisi.

Things to do in Siena

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Monteriggioni, Volterra, La Rocca di Staggia, Abazzia di Torri
Find places to stay May 6 — 9:
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La Rocca di Staggia ©
La Rocca di Staggia
Palazzo Pubblico and Museo Civico ©
Palazzo Pubblico and Museo Civico
Torre del Mangia ©
Torre del Mangia

2
nights
Assisi

Assisi ©
Rich in culture and religious tradition, Assisi is known as the birthplace of St.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eremo delle Carceri, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Superiore di San Francesco, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica Papale e Sacro Convento di San Francesco d'Assisi, then explore the ancient world of Roman Forum and Archaeological Museum, and finally explore the historical opulence of Palazzo della Corgna - Palazzo Ducale. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cripta di San Francesco, take in the spiritual surroundings of Santa Maria delle Rose, get to know the fascinating history of Centro Storico di Assisi, then pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa Nuova, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Chiara.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Assisi online journey planner.

Drive from Siena to Assisi in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Assisi can reach 72°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Rome.

Things to do in Assisi

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Palazzo della Corgna - Palazzo Ducale
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Eremo delle Carceri ©
Eremo delle Carceri
Basilica di Santa Chiara ©
Basilica di Santa Chiara

3
nights
Rome

Rome
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Villa d'Este and Centro Storico Associazione Centro Storico. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Colosseum and Pantheon. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cupola di San Pietro, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Louis of the French, and get engrossed in the history at Le Domus Romane di Palazzo Valentini.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Rome day trip tool.

Drive from Assisi to Rome in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Assisi in May, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 58°F in Rome. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Vatican City, Villa d'Este
Find places to stay May 11 — 14:
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Vatican Museums
Vatican Museums
St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica
Pantheon ©
Pantheon

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