22 days in Italy, Basel & Ottawa Itinerary

22 days in Italy, Basel & Ottawa Itinerary

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Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
Drive
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San Gimignano, Italy
— 3 nights
Drive
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Florence, Italy
— 4 nights
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Bologna, Italy
— 3 nights
Drive
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Venice, Italy
— 4 nights
Train
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Basel, Switzerland
— 1 night
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Rome, Italy

— 3 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Family-friendly places like Pantheon and Church of St. Louis of the French will thrill your kids. Museum-lovers will get to explore Le Domus Romane di Palazzo Valentini and Stanze di Raffaello. There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di San Pietro in Vincoli, appreciate the extensive heritage of Centro Storico Associazione Centro Storico, take in the spiritual surroundings of Santa Maria Sopra Minerva, and make a trip to Piazza Navona.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Rome sightseeing app.

Ottawa, Canada to Rome is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Ottawa to Rome due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Ottawa in June; daily highs in Rome reach 34°C and lows reach 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to drive to San Gimignano.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 29 — Jul 2:

San Gimignano, Italy

— 3 nights

Town of Fine Towers

A historical gem in the heart of Tuscany, San Gimignano is known as the Town of Fine Towers for its jutting skyline of high city walls.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Historic Centre of San Gimignano and San Gimignano 1300. Explore hidden gems such as Abbazia di San Galgano and Eremo di Montesiepi. Explore San Gimignano's surroundings by going to Castello di Monteriggioni (in Monteriggioni) and Castello di Miranduolo (in Chiusdino). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Historic Centre of the City of Pienza, don't miss a visit to San Gimignano Bell Tower, take a stroll around Comune Di Certaldo, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Duomo di San Gimignano.

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our San Gimignano holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Rome to San Gimignano takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Rome in July since evenings lows in San Gimignano dip to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Florence.

Things to do in San Gimignano

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 2 — 5:

Florence, Italy

— 4 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Baptistery of St. John. Step off the beaten path and head to Duomo di Pisa and Museo Galileo - Institute and Museum of the History of Science. Get out of town with these interesting Florence side-trips: Pisa (Leaning Tower of Pisa, Camposanto, &more) and Piazza Anfiteatro (in Lucca). The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Florence Academy of Fine Arts, appreciate the extensive heritage of Centro Storico, get engrossed in the history at Sinagoga di Firenze e Museo ebraico, and get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Florence itinerary planner.

Getting from San Gimignano to Florence by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can take a train to Bologna.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 5 — 9:

Bologna, Italy

— 3 nights

Heart of Italian Cuisine

A city famous for its cuisine, Bologna is the seat of the oldest university in the world, founded in 1088.
Escape the urban bustle at Lido delle Sirene and Adrenaline & Extreme Tours. Explore hidden gems such as Museo Ferrari and Castello di Gradara. Explore Bologna's surroundings by going to Acquario di Cattolica (in Cattolica), Ferrara (Via delle Volte & Palazzo dei Diamanti) and Pushstart (in Maranello). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa di Santa Maria della Vita, steep yourself in history at Basilica di San Petronio, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santuario di Madonna di San Luca.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Bologna online itinerary builder.

Traveling by train from Florence to Bologna takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July in Bologna, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Venice.

Things to do in Bologna

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 9 — 12:

Venice, Italy

— 4 nights

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.
Visit Piazza San Marco and Basilica di San Marco for their historical value. Attractions like Canal Grande and Doge's Palace make great kid-friendly stops. Explore Venice's surroundings by going to Bibione Spiaggia (in Bibione), Basilica di Aquileia (in Aquileia) and Military Memorial Redipuglia (in Fogliano Redipuglia). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Scuola Grande di San Rocco, admire the masterpieces at Museo Querini Stampalia, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, and don't miss a visit to Torre dell'Orologio.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Venice tour itinerary planning site.

Getting from Bologna to Venice by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. July in Venice sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can travel to Basel.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 12 — 16:

Basel, Switzerland

— 1 night
Situated where the Swiss, German, and French borders meet, Basel is considered the hub of Dreilandereck, this "three countries corner." Its location makes Basel a center of culture and history, brimming with important theaters and museums.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Murus Gallicus - Der Keltenwall, steep yourself in history at Basel Minster, admire the masterpieces at Jean Tinguely Museum, then admire the masterpieces at Fondation Beyeler, and finally stop by Basel's Old Town.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Basel vacation maker app.

You can fly from Venice to Basel in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Venice in July, expect Basel to be a bit cooler, temps between 32°C and 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can travel to Ottawa.

Things to do in Basel

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 16 — 18:

Ottawa, Canada

— 2 nights

Silicon Valley North

A major center of technology nicknamed "Silicon Valley North," Ottawa offers visitors a modern flavor with its range of trendy hotels, shops, and restaurants.
You'll explore and learn at National Gallery of Canada and Canadian Museum of Nature. Do some cultural sightseeing at Rideau Canal National Historic Site and Notre Dame Basilica. There's lots more to do: trek along Gatineau Park, appreciate the history behind National War Memorial, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and get a new perspective on things with Bayou-Outaouais.

For photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Ottawa day trip planning site.

Traveling by combination of flight, bus, and train from Basel to Ottawa takes 13.5 hours. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a -6 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in July, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ottawa

Museums · Parks · Tours · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 18 — 20:

Italy travel guide

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Landmarks · Ruins · Sacred & Religious Sites
Italy is a land of high fashion, fine art, exquisite architecture, luxury sports cars, outstanding cuisine--and an insatiable taste for "la dolce vita." It's also home to the greatest number of World Heritage Sites in the world, making it an ideal place for your next holiday. The country boasts a varied landscape of mountain ranges, alpine lakes, and coastal towns, so it's no wonder travelers often refer to it as the bel paese (beautiful country). With so many places to visit, visitors often have a difficult time planning their itinerary. The smaller villages each feature a distinct character and a blend of architecture, art, and cuisine. In the country, you'll find countless archeological sites dating back to Roman times and beyond. The country's cities and seaside resorts are cosmopolitan powerhouses with museums, galleries, restaurants, shops, open-air markets, and pedestrian-friendly historic areas.