57 days in Italy, The Netherlands & Belgium Itinerary

57 days in Italy, The Netherlands & Belgium Itinerary

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Turin, Italy
— 4 nights
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Milan, Italy
— 5 nights
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Bologna, Italy
— 6 nights
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Modena, Italy
— 1 night
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Naples, Italy
— 6 nights
Drive
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Bari, Italy
— 4 nights
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Vicenza, Italy
— 4 nights
Fly to Brussels, Train to Maastricht
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Maastricht, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
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Den Bosch, The Netherlands
— 3 nights
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Nijmegen, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
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Heerenveen, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 5 nights
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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
— 4 nights
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Mechelen, Belgium
— 1 night
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Brussels, Belgium
— 3 nights
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Charleroi, Belgium
— 4 nights
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Turin, Italy

— 4 nights

City of Magic

A city of technology and industry, Turin is in northwestern Italy, a one-hour drive from the French border and slightly more than that from the Mediterranean Sea.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Museo Egizio and Museo Nazionale del Cinema. Get some cultural insight at Museo Nazionale dell'Automobile and Palazzina di Caccia di Stupinigi. Venture out of the city with trips to Sacra di San Michele (in Sant'Ambrogio di Torino), Forte di Bard (in Bard) and Reggia di Venaria Reale (in Venaria Reale). There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Parco Nazionale Gran Paradiso, step into the grandiose world of Castello di Verres, take an in-depth tour of Museum of the Risorgimento, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Santuario della Consolata.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Turin trip itinerary app.

Reims, France to Turin is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Traveling from Reims in August, plan for a bit warmer nights in Turin, with lows around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Milan.

Things to do in Turin

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 1 — 5:

Milan, Italy

— 5 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.
Popular historic sites such as Duomo di Milano and Forte Montecchio Nord are in your itinerary. Do some cultural sightseeing at Castello Sforzesco and Pinacoteca Ambrosiana. Venture out of the city with trips to Universal Diving School (in Alzate Brianza), La Citta Alta (in Bergamo) and Leolandia (in Capriate San Gervasio). And it doesn't end there: explore the different monuments and memorials at Monumental Cemetery, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di Sant'Ambrogio, take in nature's colorful creations at Villa Carlotta, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Il Cenacolo.

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Traveling by train from Turin to Milan takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Turin, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Milan, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Bologna.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 5 — 10:

Bologna, Italy

— 6 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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Piazza del Duomo. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Florence Academy of Fine Arts and Piazzale Michelangelo. Explore Bologna's surroundings by going to Florence (The Baptistery of St. John, Campanile di Giotto, &more) and Fiesole Cathedral Cattedrale di San Romolo - Fiesole (in Fiesole). There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica - Santuario di Santo Stefano, get engrossed in the history at La Macchina del Tempo, steep yourself in history at Basilica di San Petronio, and see the interesting displays at Museo per la Memoria di Ustica.

To find maps and tourist information, refer to the Bologna trip planner.

Traveling by train from Milan to Bologna takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in August, and nighttime lows around 22°C. On the 16th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Modena.

Things to do in Bologna

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 10 — 16:

Modena, Italy

— 1 night

Capital of Engines

Deemed the Capital of Engines, Modena is the birthplace of Enzo Ferrari and the headquarters of Italian sports cars.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): indulge your taste buds at Acetaia Giuseppe Giusti, then see the interesting displays at Museo Ferrari, then sample the fine beverages at Acetaia Villa San Donnino, and finally see the interesting displays at Casa Museo Luciano Pavarotti. On the 17th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Grande, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Duomo di Modena, and then examine the collection at MEF-Museo Enzo Ferrari.

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Modena trip planner.

Traveling by car from Bologna to Modena takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in August, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Naples.

Things to do in Modena

Historic Sites · Museums · Breweries & Distilleries

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Find places to stay Aug 16 — 17:

Naples, Italy

— 6 nights
Naples is the capital of the Italian region Campania and the third-largest municipality in Italy after Rome and Milan. Museum-lovers will get to explore Museo Cappella Sansevero and Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli. Popular historic sites such as Pompeii Archaeological Park and Villa Cimbrone Gardens are in your itinerary. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Naples: Ravello (Duomo di Ravello & Villa Rufolo), Pompeii (Villa dei Misteri & Lupanar) and Amalfi (Duomo di Sant'Andrea & Cloister del Paradiso). And it doesn't end there: delve into the distant past at Parco Acheologico di Ercolano, contemplate the long history of Catacombe di San Gaudioso, pause for some serene contemplation at Duomo di Napoli, and step into the grandiose world of Castel Nuovo - Maschio Angioino.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Naples trip itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Modena to Naples in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In August, daytime highs in Naples are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can go by car to Bari.

Things to do in Naples

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 17 — 23:

Bari, Italy

— 4 nights

Gateway to Apulia

Puglia's capital city, Bari, is a growing metropolis of industry and one of the country's most important commercial ports.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Museo Laboratorio della Civilta Contadina and Piccolo Museo didattico del cinema. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Sassi di Matera and Basilica San Nicola. Venture out of the city with trips to Andria (Museo del Confetto Mucci Giovanni & Castel del Monte), Cattedrale di Trani (in Trani) and Altamura (La Cantina Frrud - Museo del Vino & Museo Etnografico dell'Alta Murgia di Altamura). There's lots more to do: explore the different monuments and memorials at Bari War Cemetery, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa di San Giacomo, don't miss a visit to Citta Vecchia - Bari, and pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di Sant'Anna.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Bari trip builder tool.

Getting from Naples to Bari by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In August, daily temperatures in Bari can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Vicenza.

Things to do in Bari

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 23 — 27:

Vicenza, Italy

— 4 nights

City of Palladio

Famous for its abundance of 16th-century architecture designed by Andrea Palladio, Vicenza was coined the City of Palladio.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Palazzo da Schio, Ca' d'Oro and Castello del Buonconsiglio Monumenti e Collezioni Provinciali. Scrovegni Chapel and Chiesa di Santa Maria Assunta are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Vicenza: Via Ferrata Rio Sallagoni (in Arco), Padua (Basilica of St. Anthony & Musei Civici Agli Eremitani) and Parco Paneveggio - Pale di San Martino (in Predazzo). The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Oasi degli Stagni di Casale, pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di Santa Corona, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa di San Gaetano Thiene, and pause for some photo ops at Statua di Antonio Fogazzaro.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Vicenza online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Bari to Vicenza takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. When traveling from Bari in August, plan for slightly colder days in Vicenza, with highs around 32°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to travel to Maastricht.

Things to do in Vicenza

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 27 — 31:

Maastricht, The Netherlands

— 2 nights

Culinary Capital of the Netherlands

With 1,677 national heritage sites, Maastricht is a town rich in history.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Op Ezel Avontuur, get engrossed in the history at War Museum Eyewitness, view the masterpieces at Galerie MOA, then examine the collection at Regionaal Historisch Centrum Limburg Maastricht, then look for gifts at Arteaux Art & Design, and finally take in the pleasant sights at Boekhandel Dominicanen. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu): contemplate the long history of Fort Sint Pieter, explore the fascinating underground world of Maastricht Underground, then explore the world behind art at Bonnefanten Museum, then stroll the grounds of Netherlands American Cemetery, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of Our Lady.

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You can do a combination of flight and train from Vicenza to Maastricht in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Vicenza in August, things will get a bit cooler in Maastricht: highs are around 27°C and lows about 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Den Bosch.

Things to do in Maastricht

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 31 — Sep 2:

Den Bosch, The Netherlands

— 3 nights
The fortified city of Den Bosch impresses with its well-preserved 16th- and 17th-century architecture.
Jheronimus Bosch Art Center and Noordbrabants Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Get a sense of the local culture at De Wonderlijke Klim and St. John's Cathedral. Venture out of the city with trips to National Military Museum (in Soest), Regte Heide & Riels Laag (in Riel) and Oisterwijkse Bossen en Vennen (in Oisterwijk). Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Het Bossche Broek and head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Den Bosch trip planner.

Getting from Maastricht to Den Bosch by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Den Bosch can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to drive to Nijmegen.

Things to do in Den Bosch

Parks · Wildlife · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 2 — 5:

Nijmegen, The Netherlands

— 2 nights
Nijmegen, historically anglicized as Nimeguen, is a municipality and a city in the Dutch province of Gelderland. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): get engrossed in the history at Nederlands Openluchtmuseum, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Stevenskerk, and then steep yourself in history at Rijksmonument Latijnse School Nijmegen uit 1544. On the 7th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: learn about all things military at Informatiecentrum De Polen van Driel, stroll the grounds of Airborne Cemetery, then see the interesting displays at Kroller-Muller Museum, and finally identify plant and animal life at Kootwijkerzand.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Nijmegen trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Den Bosch to Nijmegen takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Nijmegen are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel to Heerenveen.

Things to do in Nijmegen

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 5 — 7:

Heerenveen, The Netherlands

— 2 nights
Heerenveen is a town and municipality in the province of Friesland (Fryslan), in the north of the Netherlands.HistoryThe town was established in 1551 by three lords as a location for the purpose of digging peat which was used for fuel, hence the name (heer is "lord", veen is "peat"). Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Gevangenisemuseum (The Prison Museum), examine the collection at Museum Belvedere, then don't miss a visit to UNESCO World Heritafe Ir. D.F. Woudagemaal, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Rijksmonument Waterpoort Sneek uit 1613. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at National park Dwingelderveld.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Heerenveen day trip planner.

Getting from Nijmegen to Heerenveen by car takes about 2 hours. In September in Heerenveen, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to drive to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Heerenveen

Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 7 — 9:

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

— 5 nights

Venice of the North

Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Van Gogh Museum and Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House) are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Museum-lovers will get to explore Rijksmuseum and NEMO Science Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Amsterdam: Natuurmonumenten Nieuwkoopse Plassen (in Woerdense Verlaat) and Haarlem (Frans Hals Museum, Grote Markt, &more). Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Anne Frank House, take a stroll through The Jordaan, explore the world behind art at Willet-Holthuysen Museum, and examine the collection at Madame Tussauds Amsterdam.

Before you visit Amsterdam, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can drive from Heerenveen to Amsterdam in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in September, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can go by car to Rotterdam.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 9 — 14:

Rotterdam, The Netherlands

— 4 nights

Manhattan on the Maas

Located in the South Holland province, Rotterdam is one of the Netherlands' most lively cities, as well as one of the largest trading ports in the world.
Get some historical perspective at Madurodam and Old Church. You'll explore and learn at The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery and Panorama Mesdag. Take a break from Rotterdam with a short trip to World Heritage Kinderdijk in Kinderdijk, about 32 minutes away. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Royal Delft - Koninklijke Porceleyne Fles, browse the different shops at Markthal, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Rotterdam Zoo, and don't miss a visit to Rotterdam Centraal Station.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Rotterdam trip planner.

Traveling by car from Amsterdam to Rotterdam takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in September, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Mechelen.

Things to do in Rotterdam

Museums · Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 14 — 18:

Mechelen, Belgium

— 1 night
Truly a hidden gem, the town of Mechelen features a number of museums, a famous cathedral, and charming squares, all while remaining relatively under the radar.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Kazerne Dossin, appreciate the extensive heritage of Fort Van Duffel, then expand your understanding of the military at Fort Breendonk, and finally don't miss a visit to Dijlepad.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Mechelen trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Rotterdam to Mechelen in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in September, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can drive to Brussels.

Things to do in Mechelen

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 18 — 19:

Brussels, Belgium

— 3 nights

Capital of Europe

The allure of the multi-cultural capital, Brussels, stems from its mix of political intrigue, artistic influence, historical significance, and a thriving social scene.
Grand Place and Musical Instruments Museum (MIM) are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Your inner history buff will appreciate St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule) and Gravensteen. Venture out of the city with trips to Ghent (Ghent City Center & Saint Bavo's Cathedral). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Atomium, pause for some photo ops at Manneken Pis, browse the different shops at Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert, and explore the world behind art at Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique.

To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Brussels trip builder.

Getting from Mechelen to Brussels by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in September, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can drive to Charleroi.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 19 — 22:

Charleroi, Belgium

— 4 nights
Charleroi is a city and a municipality of Wallonia, located in the province of Hainaut, Belgium. Get a sense of the local culture at Memorial Waterloo 1815 and Musee des Beaux-Arts de Charleroi. Your inner history buff will appreciate Parc de Furfooz and Citadelle (Citadel). You'll find plenty of places to visit near Charleroi: Abbaye de Villers (in Villers-la-ville), Dinant (Citadelle de Dinant & Memorial Aux Victimes Du 23 Aout 1914) and Chateau de Bouillon (in Bouillon). There's still lots to do: engage your brain at Musee de l'Industrie, don't miss a visit to Comedie Centrale de Charleroi, trek along Le Fondry des Chiens, and examine the collection at Le Bois du Cazier.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Charleroi trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Brussels to Charleroi takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in September, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Charleroi

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 22 — 26:

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.

The Netherlands travel guide

4.3
Art Museums · History Museums · Specialty Museums
Low Country
The Netherlands literally means "Low Country", inspired by the country's low and flat geography, where only about 50 percent of the land exceeds one meter (three feet) above sea level. Since the late 16th century, large, flat land areas called "polders" have been reclaimed from the sea and lakes and protected by dikes, amounting to nearly 17 percent of the country's current land mass. The Netherlands is. This is small, densely populated country lies mainly in Western Europe but also includes three islands in the Caribbean; it's the main constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The European part of the Netherlands borders Germany to the east, Belgium to the south, and the North Sea to the northwest, sharing maritime borders with Belgium, the United Kingdom and Germany. Amsterdam, The Hague, and Rotterdam serve as the three largest and most important cities in the Netherlands. Amsterdam is the country's capital, while The Hague holds the Dutch seat of government. The port of Rotterdam claims the title as the largest port in Europe, in fact, it's as large as the next three ports combined.

Belgium travel guide

4.2
Specialty Museums · Historic Sites · Monuments
A small country packing a big punch in terms of tourist attractions, Belgium sits at the crossroads of Western Europe, its cities soaked in history and famed for their lively arts, fashion, and dining scenes. Although it advertises itself simply as "A Food Lover's Dream," this country of just 11 million people boasts a rich architectural heritage, world-famous breweries, pristine natural areas, and touching memorials marking major battlegrounds from both World War I and World War II. Put the country's elegant cities of Brussels and Bruges at the top of your itinerary, but don't forget that Belgium's less-explored countryside offers dense forests, rolling hills, and lush valleys.