10-Day Northern Italy Itinerary

Written by Annette White

Topics: BY DESTINATION., Europe, Italy

Northern Italy Itinerary MapI have been planning a trip to Northern Italy in my head for over 10 years; the romantic towns I would stroll through, the home-made limoncello I would drink and decadent gelato that would chill my belly. Finally, all the stars have aligned, meaning that I actually have some time and a little "extra" money. Holy crap…does that ever happen? I made a sweet deal with my mother so she will watch our restaurant while we are living la dolce vita and all I have to do is take care of her dog while she's vacationing in Mexico.

I clean up some dog poop and then get to live out my Northern Italy itinerary dream? What a deal!

Though we will only have 10 days for this Northern Italy itinerary, I assume they will be amongst the most memorable of my life. I am a planner, and have already spent countless hours on research, my husband has joked that I will spend more time planning this trip than we will actually be in Italy. But, for me, that is a huge part of the excitement and I love to find a great deal!  I booked our flight from Northern California to Florence at www.expedia.com and got what I considered to be a screaming deal, $800 each RT. It was so reasonable because we will be vacationing during the non-peak time, March 15th – March 25th. I checked the ticket prices for the next week and they jumped up to $1000. I have no problem leaving a week earlier to save 400 bucks…more shopping money for me!

The average weather in Florence, Italy  in March is 59/39. Ouch, a little chilly for this warm weather lover, but I will be sure to bring scarves, hats and gloves.

Here's the abridged version of the Itinerary (extended to folllow):

Day 1:
Day 2: Florence (1/2 day)
Day 3: Florence
Day 4: Florence/Venice
Day 5: Venice
Day 6: Venice/Cinque Terre (Monterosso)
Day 7: Cinque Terre (Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza)
Day 8: Cinque Terre/Pisa/Siena
Day 9: Siena & San Gimignano
Day 10: Siena/Florence
Day 11: Arrevederci Italia!!!

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5 Comments For This Post I'd Love to Hear Yours!

  1. Hello Annette Renee, thank you for stopping by my blog recently.  I glanced over at your fun bucket list and it inspired me to update mine.
    Your Italia itinerary is fabuous!  I got married there and have had a chance to go back a few years ago but if I could be there each year, I would.  I absolutely love it there and think the Italians are the loveliest people.
    I have never been to Sugo.  It sounds yummmmy!  I am putting it on my list and hope to make it up there this spring.

  2. Let me know if you make it up to Sonoma County and have a chance to come to my restaurant. That would be great! I hope to post all the info of my Italy adventures as soon as I return. I can’t wait!!!!

  3. Warren says:

    Looks like a wonderful trip…it makes me even that much more anxious to go back. But that's a few years away. I'm looking forward to seeing your blog when you return!

  4. Yvonne Whitt says:

    Hi Annette,
    Thanks for sharing your itinerary.  It looks like you are planning to hike from north to south.  If so, you will have the sun in your face during your hiking.  To avoid this, you may want to hike from southern to northern villages in the cinque terre.
    Have fun any way you do it-Yvonne

  5. Thanks for the advice, we are going to hike from the South to North. Only the first 3 towns though, I’m a wimp! I just hope that there is sun & not rain.

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