Trails of Northern Italy
A collection of unique cities on your own
- 8-day tour around North Italy's most important towns.
- Flight to Milan and then make you own way around in a hire car.
- You'll spend a total of 3 nights in Florence and 2 in Venice so you can really get a feel for these unique cities.
- At the same time, enjoy discovering hidden gems as you travel around the region in a hire car.
- Soak up art history and enjoy the region's unique and excellent gastronomy.
- 7 nights in the chosen accommodation
- Return flights (tax included)
- 7 days car rental
- Day 1: Flight to Milan.
- Day 2: Milan-Verona-Venice.
- Day 3: Venice.
- Day 4: Venice-Bologna-Florence.
- Day 5: Florence.
- Day 6: Siena and San Gimignano.
- Day 7: Florence-Pisa-Portofino-Genoa.
- Day 8: Return from Milan.
Day 1: Flight to Milan.
Arrive at the airport 90 minutes before the scheduled departure of your flight to Milan. Upon arrival, pick-up of the hire car for you to drive to the centre of town and then to move around Northern Italy for the rest of the week. Check-in at your hotel in Milan. You'll then have the rest of the evening to discover the capital of Lombardy with its splendid cathedral, the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, the La Scala opera house and all the little streets bustling with Italian high fashion. Night in Milan.
Day 2: Milan-Verona-Venice.
Verona, one of Italy's most enchanting towns, is located on the 2-hour drive from Milan to Venice. Its streets and squares are ideal for strolling around and discovering spectacular monuments such as the Arena (ancient Roman amphitheatre) or magical places such as the balcony which inspired the famous story of “Romeo and Juliet”. Spend the day in the city and then complete your journey to Venice (which should take you just over an hour) where you'll spend the night.
Day 3: Venice.
Find a good place to leave the car as you won't be needing it in this city which can really only be seen on foot or from the water in a gondola or boat. This magnificent city consists of several islands constructed in the middle of a lagoon and many of its “streets” are actually canals. The Piazza San Marco, the Doge's Palace and the Cathedral are just some of the outstanding monuments this unique city has to offer. Take a leisurely walk around the streets and discover something different around each corner. There's no-where quite like Venice for just wandering the streets with no particular destination in mind. Night in Venice.
Day 4: Venice-Bologna-Florence.
Why not stop off at Bologna, just an hour and a half from Venice, on your way towards Tuscany... Despite the fact it still remains one of the country’s leading cities, Bologna still has a perfectly preserved and enchanting mediaeval city centre. It is famous for its elegant and extensive porticoes and for its iconic towers. On top of that, many people swear it is the best place to eat in the whole country, so it's the perfect place to stop off for lunch! Cross the Apennines in the evening and in just over an hour you'll arrive in Florence where you'll be spending the night.
Day 5: Florence.
You've got the whole day to enjoy Florence, the capital of Tuscany. If anywhere in the world is the centre of the history of art, it is Florence, the birthplace of the Renaissance. The whole city is like an enormous open-air museum full of famous works of art, palaces, churches, cathedrals and paintings and sculptures in its museums - including the most famous of them all: Michelangelo's David. It's also the perfect place to take a relaxing stroll, for example along the “Ponte Vecchio” over the river Arno. Night in Florence.
Day 6: Siena and San Gimignano.
Our recommended route for day 6 is to head out into Chianti wine country and visit some of Tuscany's most famous vineyards and rolling hills. A visit to the regions wouldn't be complete without stopping off at the walled town of San Gimingnano, one of the most picturesque in the region, and the town of Siena with its mediaeval “Piazza del Campo” and the “Duomo” - one of Europe's most famous cathedrals. Night in Florence.
Day 7: Florence-Pisa-Portofino-Genoa.
Making our way north, we recommend two stop-offs. First: just an hour north of Florence you'll find the town of Pisa, most famous for its leaning tower, but with lots of other monuments to offer such as the “Piazza dei Miracoli”. Secondly, an hour and a half further north you'll find the beautiful fishing village of Portofino in one of the most stunning sections of the Liguria coast where we find the “Cinque Terre”. Night in Genoa.
Day 8: Return from Milan.
If you have a late flight, you can spend the last morning discovering Genoa, a city full of history famous for being one of the “Maritime Republics”. Our recommendations are to visit the Cathedral and aristocratic Via Garibaldi. Alternatively you can visit the town of Pavia where you'll find the “Ponte Coperto” or the Certosa di Pavia Carthusian Monastery. At the stated time, return your hire car at the airport in Milan and then check in and take your flight back to your airport of departure. Arrival and end of the trip.
Our prices include return flight tickets and all the supplement taxes such as airpot taxes, fuel surcharge and credit card processing fees.
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