11 days in Northwest Italy Itinerary

11 days in Northwest Italy Itinerary

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Venice
— 2 nights
Drive
2
Verona
— 1 night
Train
3
Bologna
— 2 nights
Train
4
Florence
— 3 nights
Train
5
Milan
— 2 nights
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Venice — 2 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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute, Centro Storico di Venezia, Ca' Rezzonico, and other attractions. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): stop by Cannaregio, then visit Campo del Ghetto, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Centro Storico di Venezia. Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute, make a trip to Basilica di San Marco, admire the landmark architecture of St Mark's Campanile, then admire the landmark architecture of Doge's Palace, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza San Marco, and finally snap pictures at Ponte dei Sospiri.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Venice vacation planner.

Istanbul, Turkey to Venice is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Istanbul to Venice, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Istanbul in October, you will find days in Venice are slightly colder (22°C), and nights are colder (12°C). You'll have a few hours on the 7th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Verona.
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Verona — 1 night

City of Romeo and Juliet

The famous setting for Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet, Verona is one of northern Italy's main tourist destinations, largely owing to its incredibly rich artistic heritage.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Piazza dei Signori, Piazza Bra and Basilica di Santa Anastasia. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Casa di Giulietta, make a trip to Piazza Bra, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Anastasia, don't miss a visit to Arche Scaligere, then catch a live performance at Arena di Verona, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Torre dei Lamberti.

To find more things to do and more tourist information, read our Verona trip planner.

Traveling by car from Venice to Verona takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in October, and nighttime lows around 11°C. You will have some time to spend on the 8th (Sat) before leaving for Bologna.
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Bologna — 2 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Piazza Maggiore, Basilica di San Petronio and Basilica - Santuario di Santo Stefano. Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): admire the striking features of Archiginnasio di Bologna, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica - Santuario di Santo Stefano, admire the local landmark of Fontana del Nettuno, steep yourself in history at Basilica di San Petronio, then get engrossed in the history at Museo Civico Medievale, and finally explore the world behind art at Pinacoteca Nazionale di Bologna. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of Museo Civico Archeologico, then steep yourself in history at Piazza Maggiore, then examine the collection at Museo Ferrari, and finally catch all the local highlights with Sightseeing Tours.

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Take a train from Verona to Bologna in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Bologna can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. You will have some time to spend on the 10th (Mon) before leaving for Florence.
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Florence — 3 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
You've added Gallerie Degli Uffizi, Torre del Mangia, Fonte Gaia, and other attractions to your itinerary. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Florence: Piazza dei Miracoli (in Pisa), Battistero di San Giovanni (in Siena) and Lucca (Piazza Anfiteatro & Torre Guinigi). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, admire the striking features of The Baptistery of St. John, steep yourself in history at Basilica of Santa Croce, and get to know the fascinating history of Piazza della Signoria.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Florence trip planner.

You can take a train from Bologna to Florence in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Florence are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. On the 13th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Milan.
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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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Green Way dei Patriarchi, I Giardini di Villa Melzi, Villa Carlotta, and other attractions. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Duomo di Milano, explore the different monuments and memorials at Monumental Cemetery, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Tecla, and steep yourself in history at Il Cenacolo.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Milan travel route planner.

Traveling by train from Florence to Milan takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Florence, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Milan, ranging from highs of 21°C to lows of 13°C. On the 15th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.
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Province of Bologna travel guide

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Historic Sites · Churches · Observation Decks
Bologna is the capital and largest city of the Emilia-Romagna Region in Northern Italy. It is the seventh most populous city in Italy, located in the heart of a metropolitan area (officially recognised by the Italian government as a città metropolitana) of about one million.The first settlements date back to at least 1000 BC. The city has been an urban centre, first under the Etruscans (Velzna/Felsina) and the Celts (Bona), then under the Romans (Bononia), then again in the Middle Ages, as a free municipality (for one century it was the fifth largest European city based on population). Home to the oldest university in the world, University of Bologna, founded in 1088, Bologna hosts thousands of students who enrich the social and cultural life of the city. Famous for its towers and lengthy porticoes, Bologna has a well-preserved historical centre (one of the largest in Italy) thanks to a careful restoration and conservation policy which began at the end of the 1970s, on the heels of serious damage done by the urban demolition at the end of the 19th century as well as that caused by wars.An important cultural and artistic centre, its importance in terms of landmarks can be attributed to a varied mixture of monuments and architectural examples (medieval towers, antique buildings, churches, the layout of its historical centre) as well as works of art which are the result of a first class architectural and artistic history. Bologna is also an important transportation crossroad for the roads and trains of Northern Italy, where many important mechanical, electronic and nutritional industries have their headquarters. According to the most recent data gathered by the European Regional Economic Growth Index (E-REGI) of 2009, Bologna is the first Italian city and the 47th European city in terms of its economic growth rate.

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