A couple exploring Venice | Italy
Save 20%
FROM: £3,188 pp
Northern Italy Discovery - 13 days map

SMALL GROUP TOUR: Start and end your Italian adventure in the northern city of Milan on this 13-day escorted group tour, taking in the best of the country's north. Discover the colourful coastal villages of Cinque Terre, see the Leaning Tower of Pisa and enjoy free time to explore Florence and Rome. Take a day trip to the legendary Floating City of Venice, see Juliet's Balcony in Verona and soak up the stunning scenery of Lake Garda before returning to Milan.

Prices & Dates

Trip Highlights

Cinque Terre - Spend an afternoon exploring these famous, picturesque seaside towns
Lucca - Stroll along the remarkably preserved city walls and pretty squares of this town
Rome - Wander the ancient streets of the Italian capital independently, with free time to visit the Colosseum, Forum, Trevi Fountain and more
Bologna - Stay for two nights in this picturesque city, with free time to explore independently and tuck into delicious Ragu alla Bolognese
Venice - Enjoy a guided walking tour of this famous and historic canal city, plus free time to sightsee independently
Pisa - Explore this historic city and marvel at the globally renowned Leaning Tower of Pisa
Florence - Take in the highlights of the "Birthplace of the Renaissance" during a free day in the city
Solaria Winery - Indulge in some wine tasting at a winery renowned for producing Brunello, a coveted red wine with protected status
Padua - Discover what is believed to be the oldest city in Italy and scientific heart of the Renaissance
Lake Garda - Make a stop at one of the most well-known Italian Lakes, admiring the views of the shimmering waters and surrounding mountains


12 breakfasts
Escorted by an English-speaking guide
Train to Cinque Terre as part of the Cinque Terre Card
Two-hour guided walking tour of Venice
20kg luggage - see Trip Notes for details
Note: This tour is operated in conjunction with our trusted partner and you will join travellers from different operators, not solely On The Go.
12 nights in 3-4 star hotels
Transportation in an air-conditioned luxury mini-coach with a local driver
Wine tasting and tour of the Solaria Winery
Entrance to Villa Pisani
Tourist taxes

Not Included

International flights & visas
Meals not specified in itinerary
Entry fees unless specified
Airport transfers
Tipping - an entirely personal gesture!


Day 1

Exploring Cinque Terre

Milan - La Spezia - Cinque Terre - La Spezia. Our journey begins as we depart for La Spezia, hailed as the gateway to Cinque Terre. We take the train to this Italian highlight, a group of five colourful coastal villages, each boasting its own unique charm: Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza, and Monterosso. Nestled along the rugged cliffs of the Italian Riviera, these villages offer a feast for the senses—vibrant houses, winding streets, breathtaking vistas, hiking trails, local delicacies, vineyards, and picturesque harbours await.

After exploring, we'll hop back on the train and return to La Spezia for the evening.

Please note: Check-in closes at 08:15 (tour departs at 08:30)- Milan Pick Up, Business Palace Milan, Milan.
Overnight: La Spezia

Day 2

Pisa & Lucca to Florence

La Spezia - Pietrasanta - Pisa - Lucca - Florence. As we bid farewell to La Spezia this morning, we embark on a journey back in time to the era of narrow medieval streets, charming piazzas, and majestic cathedrals. Along the northern Tuscan coast lies the picturesque town of Pietrasanta, affectionately known as the "City of Artists." Renowned for its rich tradition as a hub for sculptors and artists, we have time to explore this captivating destination.

Our next stop is Pisa, famed for its iconic Leaning Tower. There's free time for you to take in this famous building, stroll through the enchanting Piazza dei Miracoli (Square of Miracles), wander along the banks of the Arno River or explore the Camposanto Monumentale at leisure.

Next is the enchanting walled city of Lucca. Take a leisurely stroll along the ancient city walls, explore the picturesque Piazza dell'Anfiteatro, or immerse yourself in the beauty of Lucca's splendid churches, like the Cathedral of St. Martin. Then, we make our way to the vibrant city of Florence, where we stay for the next two nights.
Overnight: Florence  |  Breakfast

Day 3

Florence free time

Today is completely free for you to explore Italy's Renaissance capital. Discover the mighty Duomo and visit some of the city's famed galleries, such as the Uffizi or the Galleria dell’Accademia, home to Michelangelo's David. Perhaps end the day at the Boboli Gardens, home to a myriad of statues, fountains, ponds and hidden mazes. We strongly recommend booking in advance any attractions you wish to visit in Florence on this day, to avoid disappointment.
Overnight: Florence  |  Breakfast

Day 4

Florence to Siena & Montepulciano

Florence - San Gimignano - Siena - Montepulciano. Bid farewell to Florence as we embark on a journey to explore Tuscany's enchanting medieval hill-towns. Travelling through the lush hills of the renowned Chianti wine region, we will be captivated by the 14 soaring towers of San Gimignano. Learn about the noble families which raced to build the tallest tower houses and savour local delicacies during a leisurely lunch.

Continuing south, we arrive at the day's highlight: Siena, a breathtaking red-brick city renowned for its Gothic architecture. The heart of Siena lies within the unique shell-shaped Piazza del Campo, this iconic square featured in James Bond's 'Quantum of Solace' chase scene. Our journey then winds along scenic country roads, until we reach Montepulciano in the early evening. This charming hilltop town in rural Tuscany will be our home for the next two nights.
Overnight: Montepulciano  |  Breakfast

Day 5

Discovering Val d'Orcia

Montepulciano - Pienza - Montepulciano. Today, immerse yourself in the serene beauty of UNESCO-listed Val d'Orcia, where time seems to stand still. We begin our day with a self-guided exploration of Montepulciano, then journey to Pienza, a jewel of urban design and UNESCO World Heritage Site, often referred to as the 'Ideal City.' Next, we indulge in an included wine tasting at Montalcino's Solaria Winery, renowned for producing Brunello, a coveted red wine with protected status.

Concluding our Val d'Orcia exploration, we visit Bagno Vignoni, renowned for its therapeutic hot springs. Today, you can admire this ancient spa and trace the flow of spring waters through the archaeological park. After savouring the best of rural Tuscany, we return to Montepulciano in the early evening for your second night.
Overnight: Montepulciano  |  Breakfast

Day 6

To the Eternal City

Montepulciano - Sovana - Capodimonte - Rome. We say goodbye to the rolling Tuscan hills and begin our journey to the Italian capital, Rome. Along the way there's an optional visit to the Sovana Necropolis and the Vie Cave, an ancient road network carved way back in the Bronze Age. We stop in the small town of Sovana so you can grab some lunch, before continuing to Capodimonte. Soak up the views of this small town, located on the shore of Bolsena Lake. Then it's on to Rome, where the evening is at leisure.
Overnight: Rome  |  Breakfast

Day 7

Free time in Rome

Today is free for you to explore the country's capital. Obvious highlights include the Roman Colosseum, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. There's also the historic Roman Forum, the Pantheon, the Trevi Fountain and the Spanish Steps to discover.

We suggest you book tickets to the city's main attractions in advance, to save time and avoid disappointment.

Please note: In Rome, some members of your group may be ending their tour, and others may join. You may also meet a new guide for the next part of your trip, and change vehicle.
Overnight: Rome  |  Breakfast

Day 8

Rome to Bologna

Rome - Orvieto - Bologna. We leave Rome's hustle and bustle for the serene charm of Orvieto, an idyllic Italian village known for its traffic-free streets and exquisite wines. Visit the vibrant cathedral and explore at your own pace. Next, venture through Parco Naturale Le Balze, a landscape that inspired Leonardo da Vinci, with striking balze rock formations, sulphur streams, and stunning vistas.

We make a lunch stop in the quaint hamlet of Piantravigne, offering authentic Italian cuisine. Satisfied and reinvigorated, we continue our journey to the enchanting city of Bologna, where we spend the night.
Overnight: Bologna  |  Breakfast

Day 9

Exploring Ravenna & Bologna

Bologna - Ravenna - Bologna. In the morning, we embark on a half-day trip to Ravenna, renowned for its mosaic masterpieces and unique blend of early Christian and Byzantine architecture. With eight UNESCO-listed sites, it's an unforgettable destination and the final resting place of Dante Alighieri.

After lunch, we return to Bologna, and the afternoon is at leisure. This Renaissance city, a hub of art and intellectual innovation, boasts the western world's oldest university. Stroll along the extensive UNESCO-listed porticos, uncover the university's secrets, or savour the flavours of Ragu alla Bolognese.
Overnight: Bologna  |  Breakfast

Day 10

The Po Delta, Este & Padua

Bologna - Po Delta - Padua. It's time for a sun-soaked adventure as we begin in Porto Tolle. There is an optional boat trip along the Po Delta. The Po is Italy's longest river, which offers a chance to spot rare migratory birds - lunch is provided on this optional trip. Returning to solid ground, we journey to Este, a picturesque town with a 3,000-year history. Here we enjoy free time to stroll along city walls or visit the moated Medieval castle.

Next, we head to Padua, believed to be Italy's oldest city, where we stay for three nights. This city at the intersection of science and religion is home to the revered St. Anthony's tomb and was a hub of Renaissance-era scientific breakthroughs.
Overnight: Padua  |  Breakfast

Day 11

The Floating City

Padua - Venice - Padua. Today, we explore Venice, known as 'the Floating City,' with its 177 canals, 350 gondoliers, and unparalleled cityscape.

Venice's history is rich with wealth, trade, and power. Built on 118 islands, it hosts world-famous festivals and boasts a unique painting style and architecture, making it a Renaissance masterpiece on par with Rome and Florence. Upon arrival, we enjoy a two-hour guided walking tour, taking in highlights such as St Mark's Square. There is then free time for you to further explore at your own pace. From an excursion on one of the city's famous gondolas, to exploring renowned galleries, use this time as you wish. In the early evening, we return to Padua.
Overnight: Padua  |  Breakfast

Day 12

Wines, Spirits & Castles

Padua - Valdobbiadene - Padua. Our first stop of the day is Villa Pisani, where we explore fantastic art exhibitions within this prime example of late baroque architecture. This grand estate was once owned by Napoleon, who gifted it to his stepson. Entrance to Villa Pisani is included. Next, we head to Valdobbiadene, where we can savour the region's finest prosecco. An exclusive optional tasting awaits, promising the freshest prosecco you've ever experienced.

Our indulgent journey continues in Bassano del Grappa, offering a chance to sample sweet and potent Grappa. If you've had your fill of spirits, admire the castle and the town's famous old bridge instead. Our day concludes as we return to Padua for your final evening in this historic town.
Overnight: Padua  |  Breakfast

Day 13

Verona, Lake Garda & Milan

Padua - Verona - Garda - Milan. We begin our final day with a visit to Verona, the backdrop of famous William Shakespeare play, Romeo and Juliet. Spend time reminiscing at the famous balcony, marvel at a grand Roman Colosseum, and stroll through ancient piazzas at your leisure. Next, we head to Lake Garda, cherished by artists, poets, and travellers for its crystal-clear waters and Dolomite vistas since Roman times. Take in the incredible views of this Italian lake before we continue to Milan, where our tour ends.

Please note: This tour finishes at 19:00 - Milan Drop Off, Business Palace Milan, Milan.

Prices & Dates

Departure dates are guaranteed with a minimum of 2 persons. 'Twin Share' prices are per person when there are 2 people sharing a room. 'Single Room' prices are applicable to those who don’t have anyone to share a room with or anyone wanting the privacy of a single room.

Twin Share
Single Room
23 Sep - 05 Oct 20% off
21 Oct - 02 Nov 20% off


The hotels listed below are ones which we frequently use on this tour. We reserve the right to substitute these hotels to ones of a similar standard.

CDH Hotel La Spezia, La Spezia

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Located in the enchanting town of La Spezia, Italy, CDH Hotel La Spezia offers a perfect blend of comfort and accessibility. Situated near the stunning Cinque Terre, guests can easily explore these iconic coastal villages. The hotel's rooms are tastefully designed, providing a cosy and modern retreat, while some offer captivating views of the Ligurian Sea. Amenities include a restaurant serving delectable Italian cuisine and a bar for unwinding with a drink. CDH Hotel La Spezia is an excellent choice for travellers seeking to immerse themselves in the beauty of Cinque Terre while enjoying a comfortable and convenient stay.

B&B Hotel Firenze Laurus Al Duomo, Florence

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

B&B Hotel Firenze Laurus Al Duomo is a charming gem nestled in the heart of Florence, Italy. Its unbeatable location places guests just steps away from the iconic Florence Cathedral, offering a front-row seat to the city's artistic and historic wonders. The hotel's rooms are tastefully decorated, providing a comfortable and welcoming atmosphere for a restful stay. Amenities include free Wi-Fi, air conditioning, and a buffet breakfast, ensuring a convenient and enjoyable visit. B&B Hotel Firenze Laurus Al Duomo is the perfect choice for travellers eager to explore Florence's rich heritage while enjoying a cosy and central accommodation.

Albergo San Biagio, Montepulciano

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

Albergo San Biagio is a charming retreat nestled in the heart of Italy's picturesque countryside. Located in a serene and scenic area, this hotel offers a tranquil escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. The rooms are cosy and comfortable, providing a peaceful atmosphere for a relaxing stay. Guests can savour delicious Italian cuisine at the on-site restaurant, featuring locally sourced ingredients, and swim in the indoor pool. With beautiful natural surroundings, Albergo San Biagio is an ideal destination for those seeking a peaceful getaway and a taste of authentic Italian hospitality in a serene countryside setting.

UNAHOTELS Bologna Centro, Bologna

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

UNAHOTELS Bologna Centro is a stylish haven in the heart of Bologna, Italy. Its prime location offers guests easy access to the city's rich history, vibrant culture, and culinary delights. The hotel's rooms are elegantly decorated, providing a comfortable and contemporary retreat, perfect for both business and leisure travellers. This hotel features a restaurant that serves exquisite Italian cuisine. With its central position, UNAHOTELS Bologna Centro is an excellent choice for exploring Bologna's iconic landmarks and enjoying a comfortable stay in this charming Italian city.

Hotel Al Prato, Padua

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

Nestled in the heart of Padua, Italy, Hotel Al Prato offers a perfect blend of convenience and tranquillity. Its central location places guests within walking distance of the city's historic landmarks, including the iconic Scrovegni Chapel and the vibrant Prato della Valle square. The hotel's rooms are tastefully decorated, providing a comfortable and inviting atmosphere for a restful stay. Amenities include free Wi-Fi, air conditioning, and a delightful breakfast to start the day right. Hotel Al Prato is an excellent choice for travellers eager to explore Padua's cultural treasures while enjoying a peaceful and comfortable accommodation in this charming Italian city.

At a Glance

Trip Type
Group Size
Min 2 / Max 16
Hotel Rating
3-4 star hotels
Tour Guide
Yes - escorted by a tour guide
Breakfast: 12
Minimum Age
16 yrs, accompanied by an adult
Arr. Transfer
Dep. Transfer
Europe Tours and Sailing Holidays - Florence - On The Go Tours
Europe Tours and Sailing Holidays - Florence - On The Go Tours
Trevi Fountain - Rome
Venice canals - Italy top travel tips and useful info - On The Go Tours
OTG002976Northern Italy Discovery - 13 daysEuropeHandpickedEuropefalse20Italyhttps://www.onthegotours.com/uk/Italy/Northern-Italy-Discovery-13-dayshttps://www.onthegotours.com/repository/Couple-in-Venice--Italy-832291707747037_crop_flip_300_300_f2f2f2_center-center.jpgGroup_Tours