12 days in Northwest Italy Itinerary

12 days in Northwest Italy Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Italy trip planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Florence
— 2 nights
Drive
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Pisa
Drive
3
Forte Dei Marmi
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Portofino
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Venice
— 3 nights
Drive
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Bologna
Drive
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Florence
— 1 night
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Florence

— 2 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Florence itinerary planning site.

Toronto, Canada to Florence is an approximately 13-hour flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Toronto to Florence due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Toronto, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Florence, ranging from highs of 35°C to lows of 20°C. On the 29th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Pisa.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites · Tours · Shopping · Museums
Find places to stay Aug 27 — 29:

Pisa

Known worldwide for the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the city of Pisa historically served as a maritime power in the heart of Tuscany.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): take in panoramic vistas at Leaning Tower of Pisa.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Pisa online journey planner.

Getting from Florence to Pisa by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. August in Pisa sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Forte Dei Marmi.
Find places to stay Aug 29 — 30:

Forte Dei Marmi

— 2 nights
Forte dei Marmi is a sea town and comune in the province of Lucca, in northern Tuscany (Italy). To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Forte Dei Marmi vacation builder tool.

You can drive from Pisa to Forte Dei Marmi in an hour. Another option is to take a train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 20°C. You will have some time to spend on the 31st (Tue) before leaving for Portofino.

Things to do in Forte Dei Marmi

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Nightlife
Find places to stay Aug 29 — 31:

Portofino

— 2 nights
Portofino is an Italian fishing village and holiday resort famous for its picturesque harbour and historical association with celebrity and artistic visitors. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sea views from Faro di Portofino.

To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Portofino vacation planning site.

Traveling by car from Forte Dei Marmi to Portofino takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Forte Dei Marmi in August, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 25°C in Portofino. On the 2nd (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Venice.

Things to do in Portofino

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Aug 31 — Sep 2:
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Venice

— 3 nights

City of Romance

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.
On the 2nd (Thu), take a stroll through Cannaregio. On your second day here, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, then contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, and then get to know the fascinating history of Centro Storico di Venezia.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Venice travel planning tool.

You can drive from Portofino to Venice in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Portofino in September since evenings lows in Venice dip to 17°C. On the 5th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Bologna.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Tours · Museums
Find places to stay Sep 2 — 5:

Bologna

Heart of Italian Cuisine

A city famous for its cuisine, Bologna is the seat of the oldest university in the world, founded in 1088.
To see maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Bologna online holiday maker.

You can drive from Venice to Bologna in 2 hours. Another option is to take a train. In September, daytime highs in Bologna are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. On the 5th (Sun), you're off to Florence.

Things to do in Bologna

Historic Sites · Nightlife · Museums · Outdoors
Find places to stay Sep 5 — 6:

Florence

— 1 night

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

On the 5th (Sun), appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza della Signoria.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Florence trip planner.

Traveling by train from Bologna to Florence takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 5 — 6:
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Italian Riviera travel guide

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Aquariums · Landmarks · Beaches
Sandwiched between the Ligurian Sea and the Alps and Apennines, the Italian Riviera is a narrow coastal strip with a string of places to visit, from upscale seaside resorts to fishing villages. It's enormously popular with both Italian and foreign tourists. You can easily escape the crowds by venturing farther away from the sea and sightseeing in the hillside villages of the inland area. The western section of the Riviera is touted for its roses, almonds, and citrus groves, while the eastern part features a much more rugged terrain and several nature and marine preserves. The Riviera's mild climate and its charming fishing ports have made it not only a popular holiday destination for tourists, but also an inspiration for artists like Byron and Shelley, both of whom traveled extensively here.