15 days in Northwest Italy Itinerary

15 days in Northwest Italy Itinerary

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15 days in Northwest Italy Itinerary

Start: Ottawa
+2
Train + Bus + Fly:  12 h 30 min
1
Venice
— 2 nights
Bus:  1 h 30 min
2
Verona
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 15 min
3
Milan
— 1 night
Train:  1 h 45 min
4
Florence
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
5
Assisi
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
6
Rome
— 3 nights
Fly:  12 h 15 min
End: Ottawa

2
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.
Venice is known for historic sites, museums, nature, nightlife, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, take in the views from Ponte dei Sospiri, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo (San Zanipolo), and appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza San Marco.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Venice tour itinerary planning app .

Ottawa, Canada to Venice is an approximately 12.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Ottawa to Venice. Traveling from Ottawa in May, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Venice, with lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can catcht the bus to Verona.

Things to do in Venice

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

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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.
On the 21st (Thu), take a stroll through Quinzano, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore, explore the historical opulence of Museo di Castelvecchio, take a stroll through Piazza delle Erbe, then examine the collection at Casa di Giulietta, and finally see the grandeur of opera at Arena di Verona. On the 22nd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: head outdoors with King Rock arrampicata, don't miss a visit to Piazza Bra, then enjoy breathtaking views from Torre dei Lamberti, then admire the striking features of Palazzo Domus Nova, and finally snap pictures at Ponte Scaligero (Ponte di Castelvecchio).

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Verona holiday site .

Traveling by bus from Venice to Verona takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In May in Verona, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Milan.

Things to do in Verona

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Outdoors
Find places to stay May 20 — 22:
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Arena di Verona ©
Arena di Verona
Piazza delle Erbe ©
Piazza delle Erbe
Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore ©
Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore

1
night
Milan

Milan ©
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.
On the 23rd (Sat), don't miss a visit to Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duomo di Milano, then explore the world behind art at Pinacoteca Ambrosiana, and finally stroll the grounds of Monumental Cemetery.

To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Milan day trip planner.

Getting from Verona to Milan by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. In May, daytime highs in Milan are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can catch the train to Florence.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Duomo di Milano ©
Duomo di Milano
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II ©
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
Pinacoteca Ambrosiana ©
Pinacoteca Ambrosiana

3
nights
Florence

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
When in Florence, make a side trip to see Leaning Tower of Pisa in Pisa, approximately 1h 10 min away. There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Gallerie Degli Uffizi, get engrossed in the history at Basilica di Santa Croce, take in panoramic vistas at Campanile di Giotto, and get great views at Piazzale Michelangelo.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Florence trip planner .

You can take a train from Milan to Florence in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In May in Florence, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Assisi.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Leaning Tower of Pisa
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Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery

2
nights
Assisi

Assisi ©
Rich in culture and religious tradition, Assisi is known as the birthplace of St.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Wed): learn about winemaking at Tili Vini Societa Agricola, do a tasting at Bibenda Assisi, then learn about winemaking at Azienda Agraria Saio, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica Papale e Sacro Convento di San Francesco d'Assisi, and finally make a trip to Eremo delle Carceri. On the 28th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll around Mount Subasio, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cripta di San Francesco, get to know the fascinating history of Centro Storico, then take in the spiritual surroundings of San Damiano, then examine the collection at Museo della Porziuncola, and finally step into the grandiose world of Rocca Maggiore.

For ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Assisi vacation builder tool .

Drive from Florence to Assisi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Assisi can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can go by car to Rome.

Things to do in Assisi

Historic Sites Wineries Museums
Find places to stay May 26 — 28:
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Tili Vini Societa Agricola ©
Tili Vini Societa Agricola
Azienda Agraria Saio ©
Azienda Agraria Saio

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nights
Rome

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Rome is known for historic sites, nightlife, museums, classes, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Colosseum, admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain, make a trip to St. Peter's Basilica, and explore the world behind art at Galleria Borghese.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Rome day trip planner .

Getting from Assisi to Rome by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Assisi in May since evenings lows in Rome dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Vatican City
Find places to stay May 28 — 31:
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain

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