12 days in Northwest Italy Itinerary

12 days in Northwest Italy Itinerary

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12 days in Northwest Italy Itinerary

Start: Milan
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Milan
— Few hours
Train:  1 h 15 min
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Parma
— 1 night
Bus:  1 h
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Bologna
— 1 day
Train:  30 min
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Ferrara
— 1 night
Bus:  1 h
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Padua
— 1 night
Train:  1 h
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Verona
— 3 nights
Bus:  30 min
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Sirmione
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h
8
Bergamo
— 3 nights
Drive:  45 min
9
Milan
— Few hours
End: Milan

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Milan

Milan
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.
For maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Milan road trip website .

If you are flying in from Mexico, the closest major airports are Malpensa International Airport, Milano Linate Airport and Il Caravaggio International Airport. In September, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 16°C. On the 26th (Thu), you're off toParma.

Things to do in Milan

Nightlife Historic Sites Outdoors
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Parma

Parma ©
Parma is famous for its prosciutto, cheese, and architecture.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Storica Spezieria di San Giovanni, admire the striking features of Casa della Musica, then pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa della Santissima Annunziata, and finally stop by Cioccolato Banchini.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Parma trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by train from Milan to Parma takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can take a bus to Bologna.

Things to do in Parma

Historic Sites Shopping
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Storica Spezieria di San Giovanni ©
Storica Spezieria di San Giovanni
Casa della Musica ©
Casa della Musica
Cioccolato Banchini ©
Cioccolato Banchini

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Bologna

Bologna ©
A city famous for its cuisine, Bologna is the seat of the oldest university in the world, founded in 1088.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): head outdoors with Giardini Margherita, make a trip to Quadrilatero, then take in the architecture and design of Academya Lingue, then get engrossed in the history at La Macchina del Tempo, and finally see the interesting displays at Oratorio Di Santa Cecilia.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Bologna trip planning app .

You can take a bus from Parma to Bologna in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In September, daily temperatures in Bologna can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Ferrara.

Things to do in Bologna

Outdoors Classes Museums
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Academya Lingue ©
Academya Lingue
Quadrilatero ©
Quadrilatero
La Macchina del Tempo ©
La Macchina del Tempo

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Ferrara

Ferrara
With surrounding medieval walls and network of 15th- and 16th-century architecture, the city of Ferrara is often deemed the Heart of the Italian Renaissance.
To see more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Ferrara trip itinerary planning tool .

Ferrara is just a stone's throw from Bologna. In September in Ferrara, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 17°C at night. On the 28th (Sat), you're off toPadua.

Things to do in Ferrara

Historic Sites Nightlife Outdoors
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Padua

Padua ©
Padua is a picturesque city with a dense network of arcaded streets opening into large communal piazze (squares).
On the 28th (Sat), tour the pleasant surroundings at Parco Milcovich, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa di Santa Sofia, then see the interesting displays at Zuckermann Palace, and finally brush up on your military savvy at Museo del Risorgimento e dell'Eta Contemporanea.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Padua travel planning tool .

You can take a train from Ferrara to Padua in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Traveling from Ferrara in September, expect nights in Padua to be about the same, around 19°C, while days are little chillier, around 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Verona.

Things to do in Padua

Museums Parks Historic Sites
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Zuckermann Palace ©
Zuckermann Palace
Parco Milcovich ©
Parco Milcovich

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Verona

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Parco Palu and Santa Maria Antica. Change things up with a short trip to Climbing Tours in Arco (about 1h 20 min away). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Arco dei Gavi, steep yourself in history at Arca di Cangrande I, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and pause for some serene contemplation at chiesa di San Lorenzo - Verona.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Verona trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Padua to Verona by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Padua in September, plan for a bit warmer days in Verona, with highs around 30°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to drive to Sirmione.

Things to do in Verona

Tours Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Parco Palu, Climbing Tours
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Walking tours
Climbing Tours
chiesa di San Lorenzo - Verona ©
chiesa di San Lorenzo - Verona

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Sirmione

Sirmione ©
Sirmione is a comune in the province of Brescia, in Lombardy (northern Italy). On the 2nd (Wed), tour the pleasant surroundings at Parco Maria Callas, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di San Pietro in Mavino, make a trip to Parrocchia Santa Maria Della Neve, then kick back and relax at Spiaggia-Passeggiata delle Muse, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesetta di S. Anna, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Villa Romana. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hike along Parco delle Fucine and then enjoy the sand and surf at Spiaggia Comunale di Santa Maria di Lugana.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Sirmione travel itinerary planner .

Drive from Verona to Sirmione in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October in Sirmione, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Bergamo.

Things to do in Sirmione

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Parco delle Fucine
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Parco Maria Callas ©
Parco Maria Callas
Chiesa di San Pietro in Mavino ©
Chiesa di San Pietro in Mavino
Parco delle Fucine ©
Parco delle Fucine

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Bergamo

Bergamo ©
In the foothills of the Alps, Bergamo is features a wealth of artistic treasures and a charming medieval atmosphere.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Parco delle Incisioni Rupestri di Grosio and Miniera di Schilpario. Go for a jaunt from Bergamo to Tirano to see Palazzo Salis e Museo Senza Frontiere about 1h 35 min away. There's still lots to do: get outside with Le Cascate Del Serio, contemplate the long history of Meridiana Monumentale del Palazzo della Ragione, make a trip to Rocca di Bergamo, and explore the historical opulence of Castello di San Vigilio.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Bergamo attractions app .

You can drive from Sirmione to Bergamo in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Bergamo can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Milan.

Things to do in Bergamo

Outdoors Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Parco delle Incisioni Rupestri di Grosio, Miniera di Schilpario, Palazzo Salis e Museo Senza Frontiere
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Air Emotions ©
Air Emotions
Miniera di Schilpario ©
Miniera di Schilpario

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Milan

Milan ©
To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Milan trip builder website .

Take a train from Bergamo to Milan in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites
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Chiesa di San Cristoforo sul Naviglio ©

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