16 days in Northwest Italy Itinerary

16 days in Northwest Italy Itinerary

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16 days in Northwest Italy Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly:  14​h
1
Rome
— 3 nights
2
Assisi
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Siena
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
4
Florence
— 3 nights
5
Verona
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 30​min
6
Venice
— 5 nights
Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: Johannesburg

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Catacombe di San Callisto and Tiber Village. Family-friendly places like Palatine Hill and Colosseum will thrill your kids. And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Vatican Museums, contemplate the long history of Roman Forum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Louis of the French.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Rome trip planner .

Johannesburg, South Africa to Rome is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from South Africa Standard Time to Central European Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. When traveling from Johannesburg in August, plan for a bit warmer days in Rome, with highs around 38°C, while nights are warmer with lows around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Assisi.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Beaches

Side Trip

Vatican City
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Piazza Navona ©
Piazza Navona
Vatican Museums
Vatican Museums
Pantheon ©
Pantheon

1
night
Assisi

Assisi ©
Rich in culture and religious tradition, Assisi is known as the birthplace of St.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Mon): learn about winemaking at Tili Vini Societa Agricola, see the interesting displays at Museo della Porziuncola, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica inferiore di San Francesco d'Assisi, then take in the spiritual surroundings of San Damiano, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eremo delle Carceri, and finally explore the historical opulence of Rocca Maggiore.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Assisi trip planner .

Traveling by car from Rome to Assisi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Rome in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Assisi, with lows of 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Siena.

Things to do in Assisi

Historic Sites Wineries Museums
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Museo della Porziuncola ©
Museo della Porziuncola
Eremo delle Carceri ©
Eremo delle Carceri

2
nights
Siena

Siena, a medieval Tuscan city, features numerous attractions, including a historic town center, alleyways, towers, and well-preserved buildings.
On the 6th (Tue), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Battistero di San Giovanni, pause for some serene contemplation at Siena Cathedral, and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. On the next day, do a tasting at Guardastelle Vineyard, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica di San Domenico, and then don't miss a visit to Piazza del Campo.

To find ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Siena online vacation planner .

You can drive from Assisi to Siena in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Siena can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can catcht the bus to Florence.

Things to do in Siena

Tours Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Guardastelle Vineyard
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Duomo di Siena ©
Duomo di Siena
Piazza del Campo ©
Piazza del Campo

3
nights
Florence

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and The Baptistery of St. John will appeal to history buffs. Kids will enjoy Campanile di Giotto and The Boboli Gardens. And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Uffizi Galleries, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, see the interesting displays at Pitti Palace, and take some stellar pictures from Piazzale Michelangelo.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Florence trip planner.

Take a bus from Siena to Florence in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in August, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Verona.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery

1
night
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 11th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Arena di Verona, examine the collection at Casa di Giulietta, wander the streets of Via Mazzini, then hunt for treasures at Piazza delle Erbe, then take in panoramic vistas at Torre dei Lamberti, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore.

To see maps and tourist information, you can read our Verona journey maker .

You can take a train from Florence to Verona in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Verona can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to catcht the bus to Venice.

Things to do in Verona

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods
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Piazza delle Erbe ©
Piazza delle Erbe
Arena di Verona ©
Arena di Verona
Museo di Castelvecchio ©
Museo di Castelvecchio

5
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.
For shopping fun, head to Palazzo Cavalli-Franchetti or VMA - Vetreria Murano Arte s.r.l.. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Peggy Guggenheim Collection and St. Mark's Square. Get out of town with these interesting Venice side-trips: Padua (Basilica di Sant’Antonio & Scrovegni Chapel). There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Basilica di San Marco, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo (San Zanipolo), see the interesting displays at Museo Ebraico di Venezia, and browse the exhibits of Doge's Palace.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Venice trip itinerary site .

You can take a bus from Verona to Venice in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In August, daily temperatures in Venice can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Padua
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Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace

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