Where to go in Spring in Italy: ideas for a weekend from North to South

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Martí Micolau

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The summer is coming, and with it the desire to switch off and travel, even if only for one weekend. It sounds very easy to say, but what to do? L'Italy in fact it is so full of beauties that it is difficult to choose just one for a trip to spring, but we have to start somewhere, right?
From north to south here are some destinations that could be for you for a weekend worthy of a full-blown holiday.


  1. Northern Italy
  2. Center of Italy
  3. Southern Italy and Islands
  4. User questions and comments

Northern Italy

For an original destination why not think about the Northern Italy? Its cities full of charm will be ideal for 48 hours of relaxation and culture. Ski in the Alps, stroll through the streets of the cities, have a coffee while looking at some of the most spectacular views in Italy.

1 - Trieste, Friuli-Venezia Giulia

Trieste it is one of the most popular cities in Northern Italy in recent times. Capital of Friuli Venezia Giulia, it is full of Slovenian and Austro-Hungarian influences, as you can see walking through its streets. Inside the city, in addition to the historic center of medieval origin, you will find spectacular places such as the Miramare Castle, Unity of Italy Square and the Victory Lighthouse.

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  • 1,5-hour guided walking tour Excursion to Ljubljana and Lake Bled from Trieste

2 - Venice, Veneto

There is a more romantic city than Venezia? Excellent for romantics, lovers of history but also of architecture, Venice offers you dream walks a stone's throw from the canals that have made it famous throughout the world.
Have a coffee at St. Mark's Square, discover the legends that revolve around the Bridge of Sighsvisit Murano and Burano to discover the ancient art of glass and lace making.

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  • Guided tour of the Doge's Palace and Basilica with priority entrance Boat excursion to Burano, Murano and Torcello Gondola ride through the canals

3 - Milan, Lombardy

Milan it is one of the fashion capitals, as well as being one of the most fascinating cities in Italy. You could think of a weekend of shopping sprees in the streets of the city, only to discover the Duomo and other magical places in the city, such as the Castello Sforzesco and of ships, which make everything look like Milan except a northern city.

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  • Tour of the Duomo and the terraces with audio guide Guided tour of the Duomo and the Last Supper with skip-the-line entry

4 - Turin, Piedmont

Torino it is a city full of magic. Its historic center, full of buildings dating back to the Savoy period, such as the Valentino Castle it has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and it would be a shame not to visit it.
Stroll through its boulevards visit the Duomo and admire what remains of the remains of the Roman era. You will not regret it.

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  • Entrance and guided tour of the Egyptian Museum Entrance and guided tour of the Royal Palace of Turin

5 - Bolzano, Trentino Alto Adige

Bolzano it is perhaps the most "Nordic" of the cities we have examined so far. Capital of the homonymous province in Trentino Alto Adige, is the ideal destination for mountain lovers.
In addition to visiting the city you can in fact take advantage of excursions to discover the Dolomites, as well as take a ride on the ski slopes.

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  • Dolomites Snowmobile and Toboggan Tour Private tour along the road to the Great Dolomites

Center of Italy

Is Northern Italy too cold? Then the Center of Italy might be the one for you. Medieval villages, cities of art famous all over the world and good food are the masters in this part of Italy.

1 - Perugia, Umbria

Perugia it is definitely a great destination for a different weekend. Reachable from all over Italy, the city can be easily visited in two days without leaving anything aside.
A good idea might be to visit the National Gallery of Umbria and then stroll towards Fontana Maggiore.

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  • Tour of the Umbrian villages: Norcia, Cascia and Cascata delle Marmore Private walking tour with local guide

2 - Rome, Lazio

Roma caput mundi, even if only for a weekend. Here you will find every day events, exhibitions, night openings of museums, without forgetting the good food present in every corner of the city. Excellent if you have already set foot in Rome at least once, it represents a mini-escape not to be forgotten. You will feel like you are in a movie walking a stone's throw from Coliseum or admiring the frescoes of Saint Peter.

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  • Skip-the-line entrance to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel Entrance with audio guide to the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill

3 - L'Aquila, Abruzzo

Definitely original destination for a weekend, but no less interesting than others. L'Abruzzo it is full of beautiful cities to be discovered during your weekends. Why not start from theEagle? Full of charm, history and mystery, it is the ideal destination if you love the mountains but don't want to give up the convenience of the city.

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  • Guided tour of the coaches of L'Aquila

4 - Bevagna, Umbria

In Umbria there is a small village that goes back in time at a certain time of the year. It is about Bevagna and its medieval festival, which in June will allow you to go back to 1200.
However, Bevagna is also interesting at all other times of the year, with its medieval churches and palaces that seem to have come out of ancient legends. Give us a little thought.

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5 - Garden of Ninfa, Lazio

South of Rome, to be more precise in the vicinity of Sermoneta, there is a garden that attracts thousands of visitors every year. It is about Nymph, ancient medieval village which today has become one of the most spectacular open-air gardens in Italy. Inside you will find trees, flowers and plants of all kinds which, thanks to the characteristics of the soil, can grow 3 times faster than normal. These gardens can always be visited, but in spring they have a particular charm, since many of the plants contained begin to bloom.

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  • Guided day tour to Sermoneta and Garden of Ninfa

Southern Italy and Islands

Do you want to be on the safe side? Then the Southern Italy is the one for you. The increasingly higher temperatures compared to the rest of Italy make it ideal for those who love being outdoors. Sicily, Apulia, Campania, but also Sardinia ed islands perfectly meet your needs.

1 - Palermo, Sicily

Visit all Palermo in a weekend it's not possible, but you can always get a first glimpse of this beautiful city during a spring weekend. In a couple of days you can certainly visit the main attractions, such as the Massimo Opera House, Norman Palace and the Duomo, and maybe take a walk by the sea in Mondell or Cefalù.

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  • Mondello coast boat tour with snorkeling and lunch Palermo, Monreale and Mondello day tour

2 - Naples and the Amalfi Coast, Campania

La Amalfi Coast it is one of those hidden pearls on the Italian coast. For a spring weekend (but it's fine at any time of year) think of a trip on the road that will allow you to discover Amalfi until you get to Naples, to crown your trip with a nice pizza. Here the church of San Gregorio Armeno, Piazza del Plebiscito, Castle of the Egg and much more.

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  • One day excursion on the Amalfi Coast Two night getaway on the Amalfi Coast

3 - Lecce and Salento, Puglia

Another fantastic destination for a spring weekend is Lecce. Here you will find musical, artistic and literary events, which make Salento one of the most interesting cultural centers in Italy. Also known as the "Florence of the South", Lecce is the seat of important artistic testimonies such as the Hypogeum of the Palmieri andAnfiteatro Romano, as well as several natural parks. Furthermore, its central position makes it an excellent destination for any trips to other parts of Puglia.

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  • 2-hour guided tour of Lecce One day tour of the beauties of Salento

4 - Cala di Volpe in Sardinia

Do you want to relax in a real earthly paradise? Then opt for Cala di Volpe, one of the most fascinating coasts of all Costa Smeralda. In this stretch of Sardinia you will find crystal clear and uncontaminated water, fine sand and lots of sun. Maybe between a bath and another we also miss a visit to one of the numerous nuraghi on the island, testimony of the ancient population that inhabited Sardinia.

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5 - Aeolian Islands, Sicily

If you fancy something different why not organize a day trip Aeolian Islands?
This archipelago, made up of 7 islands, welcomes around 600.000 tourists every year, who come to go hiking, enjoy the sea and do snorkeling.

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