The main square, Piazza Ferrari in Genoa, connects the historic center and the more modern part of the city, Northern Italy.

Northern Italy Three-Week Itinerary: Venice to Genoa

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Countries Visited


Places Visited

Venice, Padua, Verona, Lake Garda...

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Suggested Duration

21 Days

Delight in the charming villages, the artistic masterpieces, and the authentic flavors discovered during your custom-tailored tour of Northern Italy. From the reflective waters of Lake Como to the serene footpaths of Cinque Terre, the aristocratic marble palaces of Venice to the maze-like lanes of Genoa’s ancient port, you will experience the luster of Northern Italy’s rich past and dynamic present. Traverse elaborate Renaissance and Baroque palaces, and then experience extraordinary churches...

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Trip Highlights

  • Discover the true drama of Venice with a private tour of the former Republic’s secret histories as you dive into the power of the Doge’s Palace
  • Embrace the remarkable flavor and captivating aromas of Piedmont’s world-famous Barolo wine with a tasting in the serene village
  • Explore the coastal charms of the five towns of Cinque Terre with a tranquil and scenic hike along the renowned trails
  • Sail the sensational Brenta Canal for insight into the lavish and unique architectural aesthetic of the Venetian aristocracy
  • Wander the sensational Borromean villa on Isola Bella in Lake Maggiore and stroll among the gorgeous garden terraces
  • Visit the home of fabled Juliet Capulet in the city of Verona and see her memorial statue and the letters the heroine receives daily
  • Sample the delicate and dynamic flavors of proper Prosecco on a tour of the vineyards around the fascinating Veneto region
  • Uncover the grandeur of Turin’s European design and the splendor of the captivating collection of Egyptian artifacts displayed in the Museo Egizio
  • Traverse the exceptional display of Renaissance wealth on the Strada Nuova in Genoa, which hosts an array of lavish noble palaces
  • Enjoy the medieval ambiance of Sirmione town on the southern banks of Lake Garda, which retains the original defensive gate, walls, and moat

Detailed Description

Relish every moment of your immersive three-week tour of Northern Italy as you capture the essence of the treasured landscape and of the enchanting culture that constantly changes between regions, municipalities, and hamlets. Enjoy an in-depth discovery of Veneto, Lombardy, Piedmont, and Liguria that will take you from crystal blue lakes to vineyards that produce the “king of wines,” colorful seaside villages to majestic detailed cathedrals. Experiencing Northern Italy will shine a light on a distinctive heritage that contrasts with the familiar images for which Italy is known. Over the days spent exploring, you will find intricate ingredients, sensational wines, sophisticated villas that have evolved from a history of lavish kingdoms and wealthy republics.

Three-weeks in Northern Italy will provide you with enough time to experience what makes the different regions of Italy unique. You will begin with your arrival in Venice and the Veneto region, and exploring the Venetian Lagoon will take you around the splendors of the famous city that rise out of the water with sites like St. Mark’s Square and the Doge’s Palace, while also introducing you to the heritage of the six distinctive neighborhoods of the city. A private tour of Murano, Burano, and Torcello explores the histories of specific artisan crafters while wandering the foothills of Veneto allows you to sample the celebrated diversity of the sparkling wine, Prosecco. Traveling into Lombardy takes you first on the Brenta Canal leading to Padua, a city with fascinating artistry and a history of academia with one of the oldest universities in the country. Visiting Verona combines a wealthy past of Roman foundations with stunning medieval and Renaissance legends captured in the preserved architecture.

Lombardy embodies the unspoiled waters of the Lake Regions, as well as the surrounding tranquil villages around Lake Garda, Lake Maggiore, and Lake Como. Exploring the preserved medieval villages, lavish vineyards, and stunning villas will reveal the wealth of the former aristocracy and the remaining treasures of the opulent region crowned by the capital, Milan. Traverse the streets of home to Italy’s fashion world and enjoy the tranquil views around Bergamo before continuing to the former capital of a Unified Italy at Turin, in the Piedmont region. The luxurious city embodies the former prestige of the House of Savoy emanating from the dynamic collection of artifacts in the Museo Egizio. The countryside boasts beautiful villages committed to flavorful productions of food and wine including Barolo, the “King of Wines.”

Traveling through Liguria lets you bask in the grandeur of the Italian Riviera between the five towns of Cinque Terra and the ancient harbor of Genoa. Discover the historical walking paths that connect old villages, enjoy the delightful fresh seafood, relish the charms of colorful homes overlooking the glistening blue waters, and discover the fantastic, extravagant history lining the Strada Nuova. The grace and grandeur of Liguria will bring both the natural beauty of the northwest coastline and the cultural majesty shaped by the Republic of Genoa.  Read some of our Italy traveler reviews to discover new experiences to add to your own tour.

Starting Price

$7,513 per person (excluding international flights)

Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.

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