10 days in Northwest Italy Itinerary

10 days in Northwest Italy Itinerary

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Bologna
— 1 night
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Florence
— 2 nights
Drive
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Pisa
— 2 nights
Train
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Milan
— 2 nights
Drive
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Mantua
— 1 night
Drive
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Venice
— 1 night
Drive

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Bologna

— 1 night

Heart of Italian Cuisine

A city famous for its cuisine, Bologna is the seat of the oldest university in the world, founded in 1088.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at Cattedrale di San Pietro.

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If you are flying in from The Netherlands, the closest major aiports are Bologna Guglielmo Marconi Airport, Peretola Airport and Verona Villafranca Airport. In September, daily temperatures in Bologna can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Bologna

Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries · Museums

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Florence

— 2 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): explore the world behind art at Florence Academy of Fine Arts, take some stellar pictures from Basilica San Miniato al Monte, don't miss a visit to Piazzale Michelangelo, then take in the views from Ponte Vecchio, and finally admire the masterpieces at Gallerie Degli Uffizi. Here are some ideas for day two: step into the grandiose world of Castello di Monteriggioni, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, then admire the landmark architecture of The Baptistery of St. John, and finally admire the striking features of Loggia dei Lanzi.

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Traveling by car from Bologna to Florence takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in September, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Pisa.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

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Pisa

— 2 nights
Known worldwide for the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the city of Pisa historically served as a maritime power in the heart of Tuscany.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): examine the collection at Puccini Museum - Casa Natale, examine the collection at Madonna del Ghisallo, don't miss a visit to Basilica romanica di San Piero a Grado, contemplate the long history of Baptistery of St. John, then pause for some serene contemplation at Duomo di Pisa, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di Santa Caterina d'Alessandria. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Duomo di Pietrasanta, admire the natural beauty at Villa Reale di Marlia, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimitero Ebraico, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Leaning Tower of Pisa.

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Drive from Florence to Pisa in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can take a train to Milan.

Things to do in Pisa

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

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Milan

— 2 nights

Fashion Capital of World

In many ways the most modern of Italian cities, Milan is a busy, elegant metropolis with an impressive list of grand palaces, fine churches, and important museums.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Certosa di Pavia, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Duomo di Milano, then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, then pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di Santa Maria presso San Satiro, and finally steep yourself in history at Chiesa di San Bernardino alle Ossa. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa di San Cristoforo sul Naviglio, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbazia di Chiaravalle, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cattedrale (Duomo) di Bergamo e Battistero, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cappella Colleoni, and finally steep yourself in history at Mura Venete.

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You can take a train from Pisa to Milan in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In September in Milan, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Mantua.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Mantua

— 1 night

Sleeping Beauty

Often overlooked in favor of nearby Lake Garda, Mantua is one of northern Italy's Renaissance gems.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica di Sant'Andrea di Mantova, see the interesting displays at Il Museo Storico dei Vigili del Fuoco, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Sordello, admire the landmark architecture of Castello San Giorgio, then step into the grandiose world of Palazzo Ducale Mantova, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Casa Del Rigoletto.

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You can drive from Milan to Mantua in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a shuttle. In September, daytime highs in Mantua are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can go by car to Venice.

Things to do in Mantua

Historic Sites · Museums
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Venice

— 1 night

City of Romance

Virtually unchanged for the last six centuries, Venice is actually a group of islands made famous by a series of canals, bridges, monuments, piazzas, and narrow pedestrian lanes.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): make a trip to Church of San Pantalon, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute, admire the striking features of Basilica di San Marco, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Santa Maria e San Donato, then stop by Cannaregio, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari.

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You can drive from Mantua to Venice in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Venice are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to go by car back home.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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