32 days in Northwest Italy Itinerary

32 days in Northwest Italy Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Italy holiday planner

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Milan
— 3 nights
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Santa Margherita Ligure
— 1 night
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Portofino
Drive
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Cinque Terre
— 2 nights
Drive
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Pisa
— 2 nights
Drive
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Lucca
— 1 night
Drive
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Collodi
— 1 night
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Pistoia
— 1 day
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Prato
— 2 nights
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San Gimignano
— 3 nights
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Volterra
— 1 night
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Siena
— 3 nights
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Montalcino
— 1 day
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San Quirico d'Orcia
— 1 night
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Pienza
— 1 night
Drive
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Montepulciano
— 1 night
Drive
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Greve in Chianti
— 1 night
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Florence
— 4 nights
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Fiesole
— 1 day
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Bologna
— 3 nights
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Parma
— 1 night
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Milan

— 3 nights

Fashion Capital of World

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.
Visit Duomo di Milano and Castello Sforzesco for their historical value. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Pinacoteca Ambrosiana and Basilica di Sant'Ambrogio. There's much more to do: test your problem-solving skills at La Casa Maledetta, take in the spiritual surroundings of Il Cenacolo, get a taste of the local shopping with Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, and get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo.

To find photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Milan route builder.

If you are flying in from Peru, the closest major aiports are Malpensa International Airport, Milano Linate Airport and Milan Bergamo Airport. In November, daily temperatures in Milan can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. On the 6th (Sat), you're off to Santa Margherita Ligure.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Nov 3 — 6:

Santa Margherita Ligure

— 1 night
Santa Margherita Ligure is a comune (municipality) in the Metropolitan City of Genoa in the Italian region Liguria, located about 35km southeast of Genoa, in the Tigullio traditional area.Santa Margherita Ligure borders the following municipalities: Camogli, Portofino, Rapallo.It has a port, used for both tourism and fishing activities. Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di Santa Margherita d'Antiochia - Santuario di Nostra Signora della Rosa, then wander the streets of Santa Margherita Ligure, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Baia di Paraggi.

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Santa Margherita Ligure trip itinerary site.

You can drive from Milan to Santa Margherita Ligure in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Milan in November: high temperatures in Santa Margherita Ligure hover around 19°C and lows are around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Portofino.

Things to do in Santa Margherita Ligure

Outdoors · Parks · Neighborhoods · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 6 — 7:

Portofino

Portofino is an Italian fishing village and holiday resort famous for its picturesque harbour and historical association with celebrity and artistic visitors. Start off your visit on the 7th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of San Giorgio.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Portofino itinerary builder tool.

Portofino is just a short distance from Santa Margherita Ligure. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in November, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Cinque Terre.

Things to do in Portofino

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Nov 7 — 8:
Highlights from your trip

Cinque Terre

— 2 nights

Italian Riviera

Made up of five picturesque towns on the Ligurian coast, Cinque Terre is Italy's answer to the French Riviera.
On the 8th (Mon), appreciate the extensive heritage of Borgo Storico di Manarola, then learn about winemaking at Cinque Terre Walk and Drink, then relax and rejuvenate at Cinque Terre Wellness, and finally get into the urban bustle at Vernazza.

To find maps and other tourist information, you can read our Cinque Terre road trip planning app.

Getting from Portofino to Cinque Terre by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. Traveling from Portofino in November, plan for a bit cooler nights in Cinque Terre, with lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can take a train to Pisa.

Things to do in Cinque Terre

Shopping · Wineries · Historic Sites · Spas
Find places to stay Nov 7 — 9:

Pisa

— 2 nights
Known worldwide for the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the city of Pisa historically served as a maritime power in the heart of Tuscany.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Museo Aviotruppe Esercito Italiano, then indulge in some personalized pampering at Bagni di Pisa Medical Spa, and then awaken your taste buds at Italy Shore Drivers. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Camposanto, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Duomo di Pisa, then get to know the fascinating history of Knights’ Square, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Leaning Tower of Pisa.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Pisa online tour itinerary maker.

Traveling by train from Cinque Terre to Pisa takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In November, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Lucca.

Things to do in Pisa

Historic Sites · Tours · Wineries · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 9 — 11:

Lucca

— 1 night

City of a Hundred Churches

Lucca, famous for its intact Renaissance-era city walls, remained an independent city-state until the end of the 18th century.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Puccini Museum - Casa Natale, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica of San Frediano, then learn about winemaking at Fattoria al Dotto, and finally steep yourself in history at Le mura di Lucca.

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Lucca trip itinerary builder site.

Lucca is very close to Pisa. In November, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 9°C. On the 12th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Collodi.

Things to do in Lucca

Historic Sites · Wineries · Museums
Find places to stay Nov 11 — 12:

Collodi

— 1 night
On the 12th (Fri), explore the engaging exhibits at Parco di Pinocchio and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Svizzera Pesciatina.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Collodi trip itinerary builder website.

Collodi is just a short distance from Lucca. In November in Collodi, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to drive to Pistoia.

Things to do in Collodi

Childrens Museums · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 12 — 13:
Highlights from your trip

Pistoia

— 1 day
Pistoia is a city and comune in the Italian region of Tuscany, the capital of a province of the same name, located about 30km west and north of Florence and is crossed by the Ombrone Pistoiese, a tributary of the River Arno. On the 13th (Sat), indulge in some personalized pampering at Grotta Giusti Spa, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Saint Zeno, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sant'Andrea.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Pistoia trip planner.

Traveling by car from Collodi to Pistoia takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In November, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can go by car to Prato.

Things to do in Pistoia

Historic Sites · Spas

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 13 — 14:

Prato

— 2 nights
Prato is a city and comune in Tuscany, Italy, the capital of the Province of Prato. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Duomo, see the interesting displays at Museo di Palazzo Pretorio, then soak in style at ASMANA Wellness World Florence, and finally step into the grandiose world of Il Castello di Calenzano.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Prato day trip planning tool.

Prato is very close to Pistoia. In November in Prato, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can drive to San Gimignano.

Things to do in Prato

Historic Sites · Museums · Baths · Spas

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 13 — 15:

San Gimignano

— 3 nights

Town of Fine Towers

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 15th (Mon): get a taste of the local shopping with Oibo Re-Design and then learn about winemaking at Tenuta Torciano. On the 16th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Piazza della Cisterna, do a tasting at Podere La Marronaia- Sosta Alle Colonne, then appreciate the extensive heritage of San Gimignano 1300, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Duomo di San Gimignano, and finally contemplate the long history of Historic Centre of San Gimignano.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the San Gimignano road trip app.

Drive from Prato to San Gimignano in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. November in San Gimignano sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can go by car to Volterra.

Things to do in San Gimignano

Historic Sites · Wineries · Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay Nov 15 — 18:

Volterra

— 1 night
Volterra is a walled mountaintop town in the Tuscany region of Italy of which its history dates to before the 7th century BC and has substantial structures from the Etruscan, Roman, and Medieval periods.HistoryVolterra, known to the ancient Etruscans as Velathri or Vlathri and to the Romans as Volaterrae, is a town and comune in the Tuscany region of Italy. Start off your visit on the 18th (Thu): explore the ancient world of Roman Theatre, then make a trip to Palazzo Viti, and then steep yourself in history at Piazza dei Priori. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Bolgheri - Borgo Medievale, then do a tasting at Terre del Marchesato, and then stop by Podere Paterno.

To see more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Volterra trip itinerary app.

Traveling by car from San Gimignano to Volterra takes an hour. In November in Volterra, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to drive to Siena.

Things to do in Volterra

Historic Sites · Wineries · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 18 — 19:

Siena

— 3 nights

Cultural Heart of Tuscany

Siena, a medieval Tuscan city, features numerous attractions, including a historic town center, alleyways, towers, and well-preserved buildings.
On your second day here, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Francesco, explore the historical opulence of Palazzo Pubblico and Museo Civico, admire the masterpieces at Museo dell'Opera Metropolitana, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Duomo di Siena, then admire the masterpieces at Pinacoteca Nazionale, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Battistero di San Giovanni.

To find reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Siena road trip planner.

You can drive from Volterra to Siena in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Siena are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can go by car to Montalcino.

Things to do in Siena

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Spas

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 19 — 22:

Montalcino

— 1 day

City of Honey

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 22nd (Mon): learn about winemaking at Winery Solaria Patrizia Cencioni, do a tasting at Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona, and then take in panoramic vistas at Fortezza di Montalcino.

For where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Montalcino road trip site.

Traveling by car from Siena to Montalcino takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in November, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can go by car to San Quirico d'Orcia.

Things to do in Montalcino

Wineries · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Nov 22 — 23:

San Quirico d'Orcia

— 1 night
To see maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our San Quirico d'Orcia trip itinerary maker app.

San Quirico d'Orcia is just a stone's throw from Montalcino. In November, daytime highs in San Quirico d'Orcia are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can drive to Pienza.

Things to do in San Quirico d'Orcia

Shopping · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 22 — 23:

Pienza

— 1 night
Pienza, a town and comune in the province of Siena, in the Val d'Orcia in Tuscany (central Italy), between the towns of Montepulciano and Montalcino, is the "touchstone of Renaissance urbanism."In 1996, UNESCO declared the town a World Heritage Site, and in 2004 the entire valley, the Val d'Orcia, was included on the list of UNESCO's World Cultural Landscapes.HistoryBefore the village was renamed to Pienza its name was Corsignano. On the 23rd (Tue), make a trip to Piazza Pio II.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Pienza road trip planning tool.

Pienza is just a short distance from San Quirico d'Orcia. In November in Pienza, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can drive to Montepulciano.

Things to do in Pienza

Historic Sites · Nature · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 23 — 24:

Montepulciano

— 1 night

Pearl of the 16th Century

Perched on a limestone ridge in the heart of Tuscany, Montepulciano is known worldwide for its production of red wine, the Vino Noble.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Wed): make a trip to Piazza Grande a Montepulciano.

Plan my day in Montepulciano using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Montepulciano is just a short distance from Pienza. In November, daily temperatures in Montepulciano can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Greve in Chianti.

Things to do in Montepulciano

Wineries · Shopping · Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Nov 24 — 25:

Greve in Chianti

— 1 night
For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Greve in Chianti journey planning site.

You can drive from Montepulciano to Greve in Chianti in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in November, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Florence.

Things to do in Greve in Chianti

Wineries · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Nov 25 — 26:

Florence

— 4 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Florence Academy of Fine Arts. Visit Basilica of Santa Croce and Palazzo Vecchio for their historical value. And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Pitti Palace, take in panoramic vistas at Campanile di Giotto, pause for some serene contemplation at Church and Museum of Orsanmichele, and take in the views from Ponte Vecchio.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Florence travel planner.

Getting from Greve in Chianti to Florence by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. In November in Florence, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to drive to Fiesole.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites · Tours · Wineries · Museums
Find places to stay Nov 26 — 30:

Fiesole

— 1 day
Fiesole is a town and comune of the Metropolitan City of Florence in the Italian region of Tuscany, on a scenic height above Florence, 8km northeast of that city. Start off your visit on the 30th (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Convento di San Francesco, then take an in-depth tour of Musei di Fiesole, then do a tasting at Castello del Trebbio, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Fiesole Cathedral Cattedrale di San Romolo - Fiesole.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Fiesole trip planner.

Fiesole is just a stone's throw from Florence. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in November, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Bologna.

Things to do in Fiesole

Museums · Wineries · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 30 — Dec 1:

Bologna

— 3 nights

Heart of Italian Cuisine

A city famous for its cuisine, Bologna is the seat of the oldest university in the world, founded in 1088.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): get engrossed in the history at Museo Civico Archeologico, don't miss a visit to Le Due Torri Torre degli Asinell, then explore the world behind art at Pinacoteca Nazionale di Bologna, then contemplate the long history of Torre Prendiparte, and finally make a trip to Piazza Maggiore. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di San Petronio, sample the fine beverages at Acetaia Giuseppe Giusti, catch all the local highlights with Sightseeing Tours, then examine the collection at Museo Ferrari, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica di San Domenico, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica - Santuario di Santo Stefano.

To see maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Bologna online travel planner.

Traveling by train from Fiesole to Bologna takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Fiesole in November, plan for little chillier days in Bologna, with highs around 15°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Parma.

Things to do in Bologna

Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 30 — Dec 3:

Parma

— 1 night

Capital of Italian Food Valley

Parma is famous for its prosciutto, cheese, and architecture.
On the 3rd (Fri), get engrossed in the history at National Gallery (Galleria Nazionale), examine the collection at Museo del Violino, then make a trip to Cathedral of Cremona, then pause for some serene contemplation at Chiostri di S.Giovanni Evangelista, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Cattedrale di Parma. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Battistero di Parma, contemplate the long history of Palazzo della Pilotta, then wander the streets of Borgo Castell'Arquato, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Camera di San Paolo.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Parma route builder.

Getting from Bologna to Parma by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 8°C in December, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can go by car back home.

Things to do in Parma

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 3 — 4: