18 days in Northwest Italy Itinerary

18 days in Northwest Italy Itinerary

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Start: Reykjavik
Shuttle + Fly:  8 h 30 min
1
Rome
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
2
Montalcino
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
San Gimignano
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
4
Florence
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
5
Cinque Terre
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 30 min
6
Verona
— 3 nights
Bus:  1 h 30 min
7
Venice
— 4 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  9 h 30 min
End: Reykjavik

2
nights
Rome

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
For shopping fun, head to Via Condotti or Bartolucci. There's still lots to do: delve into the distant past at Pantheon, make a trip to Campo de' Fiori, explore the galleries of Vatican Museums, and contemplate the long history of Colosseum.

For where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Rome trip planner.

Reykjavik, Iceland to Rome is an approximately 10- hour combination of shuttle and flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Reykjavik to Rome is 1 hour. Expect much hotter weather when traveling from Reykjavik in June: highs in Rome hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can go by car to Montalcino.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Vatican City
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Trastevere ©
Trastevere
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain

1
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Montalcino

Montalcino ©
In the heart of wine country, the hill town of Montalcino offers a glimpse of untouched medieval-era Tuscany.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Wed): do a tasting at Podere Il Cocco, learn about winemaking at Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona, then do a tasting at Mate Winery, and finally do a tasting at Poggio Rubino.

For maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Montalcino holiday builder.

You can drive from Rome to Montalcino in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in June, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to go by car to San Gimignano.

Things to do in Montalcino

Wineries
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Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona ©
Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona
Podere Il Cocco ©
Podere Il Cocco
Mate Winery ©
Mate Winery

2
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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.
On the 20th (Thu), admire the masterpieces at Museo dell'Opera Metropolitana, then stop by Siena Tartufi (truffle hunting), and then do a tasting at Guardastelle Vineyard. On the 21st (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: learn about winemaking at Poggio al Bosco, then step into the grandiose world of Castello di Monterinaldi, and then do a tasting at Fattoria Il Piano.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our San Gimignano trip tool.

You can drive from Montalcino to San Gimignano in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in San Gimignano can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can go by car to Florence.

Things to do in San Gimignano

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Side Trips

Siena, Poggio al Bosco, Castello di Monterinaldi
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Castello di Monterinaldi ©
Castello di Monterinaldi
Guardastelle Vineyard ©
Guardastelle Vineyard
Poggio al Bosco ©
Poggio al Bosco

3
nights
Florence

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Shop till you drop at Mercato Centrale and La Bottega del Produttore. Go for a jaunt from Florence to Santa Brigida to see Castello del Trebbio about 36 minutes away. There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Gallerie Degli Uffizi, don't miss a visit to Piazzale Michelangelo, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, and see the interesting displays at Pitti Palace.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Florence trip builder site.

Getting from San Gimignano to Florence by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In June in Florence, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Cinque Terre.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trip

Castello del Trebbio
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Castello del Trebbio ©
Castello del Trebbio
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Florence Academy of Fine Arts ©
Florence Academy of Fine Arts

1
night
Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre
Made up of five picturesque towns on the Ligurian coast, Cinque Terre is Italy's answer to the French Riviera.
On the 25th (Tue), learn about winemaking at Buranco Agriturismo, tour the pleasant surroundings at Spiaggia di Fegina, then do a tasting at Terra di Bargon, and finally take a stroll around Vernazza.

To see reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Cinque Terre vacation maker.

You can drive from Florence to Cinque Terre in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. Traveling from Florence in June, expect slightly colder with lows of 18°C in Cinque Terre. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Verona.

Things to do in Cinque Terre

Beaches Outdoors Parks
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Spiaggia di Fegina
Spiaggia di Fegina
Vernazza ©
Vernazza
Terra di Bargon ©
Terra di Bargon

3
nights
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.
Do your shopping at Piazza delle Erbe and Salvagno Frantoio per Olive. Change things up with a short trip to Villa Calicantus in Calmasino (about 34 minutes away). The adventure continues: see the grandeur of opera at Arena di Verona, do a tasting at Villa Mosconi Bertani, stop by Quinzano, and steep yourself in history at Museo di Castelvecchio.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Verona online day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Cinque Terre to Verona takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In June, daily temperatures in Verona can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to take a bus to Venice.

Things to do in Verona

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Side Trip

Villa Calicantus
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Piazza delle Erbe ©
Piazza delle Erbe
Arena di Verona ©
Arena di Verona
Quinzano ©
Quinzano

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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.
Get outdoors at Canal Grande and Bagni Alberoni. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Basilica di San Marco, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza San Marco, snap pictures at Ponte dei Sospiri, and enjoy breathtaking views from St Mark's Campanile.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Venice itinerary planner.

You can take a bus from Verona to Venice in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In June, daily temperatures in Venice can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace

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