15 days in Italian Alps Itinerary

15 days in Italian Alps Itinerary

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15 days in Italian Alps Itinerary

Start: Groningen
Drive:  11​h 45​min
1
Aosta
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
2
Bormio
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Merano
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Molveno
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Selva di Val Gardena
— 5 nights
Drive:  11​h 45​min
End: Groningen

2
nights
Aosta

Aosta ©
In the Aosta Valley bordering Switzerland and France, the medieval city of Aosta is famous for its prime skiing conditions and rich cultural history.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): explore the ancient world of Criptoportico Forense, then get interesting insight from Tours, then see the interesting displays at Forte di Bard, and finally step into the grandiose world of Castello di Fenis. On the 15th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Porta Pretoria, then identify plant and animal life at Parco Nazionale Gran Paradiso, and then admire the sheer force of Lillaz Waterfalls.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Aosta trip planner .

Groningen, Holland to Aosta is an approximately 11.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of flight and car. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to drive to Bormio.

Things to do in Aosta

Parks Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Castello di Fenis, River Rafting & Tubing, Forte di Bard, Lillaz Waterfalls
Find places to stay Sep 13 — 15:
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Parco Nazionale Gran Paradiso ©
Parco Nazionale Gran Paradiso
Forte di Bard ©
Forte di Bard
River Rafting & Tubing

2
nights
Bormio

Bormio ©
Bormio is a town and comune with a population of about 4,100 located in the Province of Sondrio, Lombardy region of the Alps in northern Italy.The centre of the upper Valtellina valley, it is a popular winter sports resort. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): get outside with Stelvio Pass, explore the activities along Lago di Pian Palu, then get to know the fascinating history of Gavia Pass, and finally don't miss a visit to Sentiero Glaciologico Valfurva. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the waterfront views at Lago di Cancano, then make a trip to Parco delle Incisioni Rupestri di Grosio, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Santuario della Beata Vergine di Tirano, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Palazzo Salis e Museo Senza Frontiere.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Bormio sightseeing planner .

Traveling by car from Aosta to Bormio takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in September, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Merano.

Things to do in Bormio

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Tirano, Parco delle Incisioni Rupestri di Grosio, Sentiero Glaciologico Valfurva, Lago di Pian Palu
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Stelvio Pass ©
Stelvio Pass
Gavia Pass ©
Gavia Pass

2
nights
Merano

Merano ©
Merano or Meran is a town and comune in South Tyrol, northern Italy. Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): admire the masterpieces at Tesoro Del Duomo, then admire the striking features of Duomo Maria Assunta, then get engrossed in the history at South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology, and finally admire the natural beauty at I Giardini di Castel Trauttmansdorff. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the historical opulence of Castle Tyrol South Tyrolean Museum of Culture and Provincial History, then stroll through Tappeiner Promenade, and then get to know the fascinating history of Merano Centro Storico.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Merano online travel planner .

You can drive from Bormio to Merano in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Bormio in September, expect Merano to be somewhat warmer, temps between 29°C and 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to drive to Molveno.

Things to do in Merano

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Bolzano, Castle Tyrol South Tyrolean Museum of Culture and Provincial History
Find places to stay Sep 17 — 19:
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I Giardini di Castel Trauttmansdorff ©
Merano Centro Storico ©
Merano Centro Storico
South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology ©
South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology

3
nights
Molveno

Molveno ©
Molveno is a comune (municipality) in Trentino in the northern Italian region of Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol, located about 40km northwest of Trento.GeographyMolveno is located at the northern end of a 4km long lake, at the foot of the Brenta Group and the Paganella mountain.The Lake of Molveno, formed by a landslide about 4000 years ago, is the second largest in Trentino-Alto Adige, 3.3km2. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Molveno: Lago di Tovel (in Tuenno), Trento (MUSE - Museo delle Scienze, Piazza Duomo, & more) and Castel Beseno (in Besenello). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Lago di Molveno, take in the spiritual surroundings of Santuario di San Romedio, and step into the grandiose world of Castel Thun.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Molveno travel planner .

You can drive from Merano to Molveno in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can go by car to Selva di Val Gardena.

Things to do in Molveno

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Trento, Santuario di San Romedio, Castel Thun, Castel Beseno, Lago di Tovel
Find places to stay Sep 19 — 22:
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Lago di Molveno ©
Lago di Molveno
MUSE - Museo delle Scienze ©
MUSE - Museo delle Scienze
Lago di Tovel ©
Lago di Tovel

5
nights
Selva di Val Gardena

Selva di Val Gardena ©
Get out of town with these interesting Selva di Val Gardena side-trips: Duomo di San Candido ''La Collegiata'' (in San Candido), Lago di Anterselva (in Anterselva di Mezzo) and Lago di Braies (in Braies).

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Selva di Val Gardena trip itinerary planning site .

Drive from Molveno to Selva di Val Gardena in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Expect colder weather when traveling from Molveno in September: highs in Selva di Val Gardena hover around 12°C, while lows dip to 5°C. You'll have a few hours on the 27th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Selva di Val Gardena

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Canazei, Ortisei: Zona Pedonale, Drau Cycle Route, Puez-Geisler Nature Park, Lago di Anterselva
Find places to stay Sep 22 — 27:
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Val Gardena ©
Val Gardena
Lago di Braies ©
Lago di Braies
Sella Pass ©
Sella Pass

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