56 days in Belgium, Luxembourg & Italy Itinerary

56 days in Belgium, Luxembourg & Italy Itinerary

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Drive to Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport, Fly to Brussels Airport, Drive to Antwerp
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Antwerp, Belgium
— 5 nights
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Ghent, Belgium
— 4 nights
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Bruges, Belgium
— 5 nights
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Brussels, Belgium
— 6 nights
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Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
— 4 nights
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Venice, Italy
— 5 nights
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Ferrara, Italy
— 1 night
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Ravenna, Italy
— 2 nights
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Tivoli, Italy
— 4 nights
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Rome, Italy
— 6 nights
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Florence, Italy
— 5 nights
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Bologna, Italy
— 3 nights
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Milan, Italy
— 5 nights
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Antwerp, Belgium

— 5 nights
Its reputation as a business-centric city distracts many visitors from the real draws of Antwerp: its historical sites, architectural beauty, and lively culture.
Let the collections at MAS - Museum aan de Stroom and Chocolate Nation capture your imagination. Get a sense of the local culture at Fort Van Duffel and Cathedral of Our Lady. Explore Antwerp's surroundings by going to TODI - The Ultimate Diving Experience (in Beringen), Geel War Cemetery (in Geel) and Grote Netewoud - Meerhout (in Meerhout). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Beguinage, see the interesting displays at Horlogeriemuseum, take an in-depth tour of Museum Plantin-Moretus, and don't miss a visit to Grote Markt.

To find ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Antwerp trip builder.

Frascati, Italy to Antwerp is an approximately 7-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Frascati in March, with highs in Antwerp at 13°C and lows at 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to drive to Ghent.

Things to do in Antwerp

Museums · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 1 — 6:

Ghent, Belgium

— 4 nights
Ghent melds the fairy tale-like beauty of Bruges with its stunning Flemish architecture, while at the same time supporting a vibrant cafe and bar scene.
Appreciate the collections at Gravensteen and Begijnhof. Get a sense of the local culture at Saint Bavo's Cathedral and STAM Ghent City Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Ghent: Molsbroek (in Lokeren) and Heidebos (in Wachtebeke). Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Bourgoyen-Ossemeersen Nature Reserve, explore the world behind art at Design Museum Gent, see the interesting displays at The House of Alijn, and take in the views from St Michael's Bridge.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Ghent travel route website.

Traveling by car from Antwerp to Ghent takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Ghent are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to drive to Bruges.

Things to do in Ghent

Museums · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 6 — 10:

Bruges, Belgium

— 5 nights

Venice of the North

The medieval town of Bruges centers around a canal, and the architecture of its historical district has made it a World Heritage Site.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Groeningemuseum and Onze-Lieve-Vrouw ter Potterie. Let the collections at Choco-Story - The Chocolate Museum and Cathedrale Saint Sauveur de Bruges capture your imagination. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bruges: Tyne Cot Cemetery (in Zonnebeke) and Transfo duiktank (in Zwevegem). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Historic Centre of Brugge, look for all kinds of wild species at Provincial Domain Bulskampveld, take in panoramic vistas at Belfry of Bruges, and admire the masterpieces at Gruuthusemuseum.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Bruges day trip planning website.

Traveling by train from Ghent to Bruges takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. March in Bruges sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 2°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Brussels.

Things to do in Bruges

Museums · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 10 — 15:

Brussels, Belgium

— 6 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.
You'll explore and learn at Atomium and Belgian Comic Strip Center. Get some cultural insight at Grand Place and Horta Museum (Musee Horta). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique, steep yourself in history at Parc du Cinquantenaire, shop like a local with Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert, and admire the masterpieces at Magritte Museum.

To see other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Brussels trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Bruges to Brussels in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Brussels can reach 10°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to go by car to Luxembourg City.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Adventure

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 15 — 21:

Luxembourg City, Luxembourg

— 4 nights

Gibraltar of the North

While Luxembourg City boasts the shiny headquarters of several European institutions and EU offices, it is also home to a beautiful old town that's designated as a World Heritage Site.
Museum-lovers will appreciate MNHM National Museum of Military History and National Museum of Natural History. Do some cultural sightseeing at Vianden Castle and Le Chemin de la Corniche. Explore Luxembourg City's surroundings by going to Chateau de Clervaux (in Clervaux), Bourscheid Castle (in Bourscheid) and Beaufort Castles (in Beaufort). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Palace of the Grand Dukes (Palais Grand-Ducal), stroll the grounds of Luxembourg American Cemetery Memorial, admire the masterpieces at Letzebuerg City Museum, and see the interesting displays at National Museum of Art and History (Musee National d'Histoire et d'Art).

To see photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Luxembourg City trip site.

You can drive from Brussels to Luxembourg City in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. March in Luxembourg City sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 2°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Venice.

Things to do in Luxembourg City

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 21 — 25:

Venice, Italy

— 5 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 inner history buff will appreciate Doge's Palace and Basilica di San Marco. You'll explore and learn at Peggy Guggenheim Collection and Casa di Giulietta. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Venice: Isola dei morti (in Moriago della Battaglia), Y-40 The Deep Joy (in Montegrotto Terme) and Padua (Quartiere dell'Antico Ghetto Ebraico di Padova, Scrovegni Chapel, &more). Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza San Marco, contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, enjoy breathtaking views from St Mark's Campanile, and don't miss a visit to Torre dei Lamberti.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Venice road trip planning website.

Fly from Luxembourg City to Venice in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. When traveling from Luxembourg City in March, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Venice: temperatures range from 17°C by day to 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Ferrara.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 25 — 30:

Ferrara, Italy

— 1 night

Heart of the Italian Renaissance

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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Wed): explore the historical opulence of Castello Estense, contemplate the long history of Palazzo Schifanoia (Palazzo della Gioia), then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ferrara Cathedral, and finally contemplate the long history of Palazzo di Ludovico il Moro (Palazzo Costabili).

For where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Ferrara planning website.

Traveling by car from Venice to Ferrara takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In March, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to go by car to Ravenna.

Things to do in Ferrara

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Mar 30 — 31:

Ravenna, Italy

— 2 nights

City of Mosaics

Famous for its wealth of original mosaics, Ravenna is a hub of artistic and cultural heritage.
On the 1st (Thu), gear up at Museo NatuRa, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica di Sant'Apollinare Nuovo, then don't miss a visit to Mausoleo di Galla Placidia, and finally steep yourself in history at Basilica San Vitale. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri): take a memorable tour with Valle Campo, see the interesting displays at Archiepiscopal Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica di Sant'Apollinare in Classe, and finally identify plant and animal life at Il Villaggio delle Cicogne.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Ravenna road trip planning tool.

Drive from Ferrara to Ravenna in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a train. In March in Ravenna, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Tivoli.

Things to do in Ravenna

Outdoors · Wildlife · Museums · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 31 — Apr 2:

Tivoli, Italy

— 4 nights
Tivoli is a town and comune in Lazio, central Italy, about 30km east-north-east of Rome, at the falls of the Aniene river where it issues from the Sabine hills. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Villa Adriana and Monastero Di S.Benedetto. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Villa d'Este and Rocca Pia. Get out of town with these interesting Tivoli side-trips: Parco Naturale dei Monti Aurinci (in Campodimele), Borgo di Orvinio (in Orvinio) and Riserva Naturale Macchia di Gattaceca e Macchia del Barco (in Monterotondo). And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Campo Imperatore, get a new perspective on things with Acquatica Scuba ASD, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Convento di San Cosimato.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Tivoli trip maker tool.

Traveling by car from Ravenna to Tivoli takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or fly. While traveling from Ravenna, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Tivoli, ranging from highs of 25°C to lows of 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Rome.

Things to do in Tivoli

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 2 — 6:

Rome, Italy

— 6 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Popular historic sites such as Colosseum and Vatican Museums are in your itinerary. Galleria Borghese and Stanze di Raffaello will appeal to museum buffs. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Palatine Hill, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona, make a trip to Trevi Fountain, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cupola di San Pietro.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Rome trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Tivoli to Rome in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. April in Rome sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 6 — 12:

Florence, Italy

— 5 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 Florence Academy of Fine Arts and Piazzale Michelangelo. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Basilica of Santa Croce. Venture out of the city with trips to Siena (Museo dell'Opera Metropolitana, Duomo di Siena, &more). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Pitti Palace, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Opera of Saint Maria of Fiore, make a trip to The Baptistery of St. John, and snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Florence tour planner.

You can take a train from Rome to Florence in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. In April, daytime highs in Florence are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Bologna.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 12 — 17:

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.
Get some historical perspective at Basilica di San Petronio and Palazzo Ducale Mantova. Get a sense of the local culture at Acetaia Giuseppe Giusti and Basilica - Santuario di Santo Stefano. Venture out of the city with trips to Parma (Battistero di Parma & Cattedrale di Parma) and Salse di Nirano (in Fiorano Modenese). The adventure continues: surround yourself with nature on Associazione Vitruvio, take in panoramic vistas at Le Due Torri Torre degli Asinell, don't miss a visit to Piazza Maggiore, and admire the masterpieces at Pinacoteca Nazionale di Bologna.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Bologna trip maker.

Take a train from Florence to Bologna in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Bologna can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Milan.

Things to do in Bologna

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 17 — 20:

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.
Duomo di Milano and Tempio Civico della Beata Vergine Incoronata are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Parco Comunale delle Incisioni Rupestri di Luine and Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore. Change things up with these side-trips from Milan: Museo Fratelli Cozzi Alfa Romeo (in Legnano), Basilica di San Fedele (in Como) and Museo Egizio (in Turin). There's lots more to do: explore the historical opulence of Castello Sforzesco, explore the world behind art at Pinacoteca di Brera, explore the different monuments and memorials at Monumental Cemetery, and get lost in a book at Pinacoteca Ambrosiana.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Milan journey maker website.

Traveling by train from Bologna to Milan takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April in Milan, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to catch the train back home.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 20 — 25:

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.

West Flanders Province travel guide

4.1
Historic Sites · Landmarks · Specialty Museums
West Flanders province contains Belgium's entire North Sea coastline, a major tourist destination in this part of Europe. In addition to a string of commercialized beaches, the province boasts several medieval cities soaked in history and rich in architectural heritage. Bruges, the provincial capital, serves as one of the country's major hubs of commerce, education, culture, and entertainment. Away from its heavily urbanized areas, West Flanders features a largely flat countryside crisscrossed by well-maintained roads and cycling paths. The province draws a growing number of foreign visitors with its lesser-known towns like Veurne and Ostend, which boast photogenic public squares, traditional breweries, and spired cathedrals.

Luxembourg travel guide

4.4
Landmarks · Historic Sites · Geologic Formations
Green Heart of Europe
One of the three richest countries in the world, Luxembourg celebrates its wealth of natural and historical sites as well. Landlocked by Belgium, France, and Germany, this nation represents a blend of cultures, which are evident as you explore the nation's villages, outdoor attractions, and capital. If you prefer city living, discover Luxembourg City's old town, with World Heritage status. This small nation's rolling countryside is equally charming, offering castles and plenty of opportunity for recreation and leisure. Go for a bike ride, hike the country's mountainous region, or spend time at renowned vineyards.

Italy travel guide

4.6
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.

Emilia-Romagna travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Landmarks · Sacred & Religious Sites
Emilia-Romagna is one of Europe's wealthiest and most developed areas, stretching between the Po Valley in the north and the Apennine Mountains in the south. This is a land of diverse people and diverse landscapes. The striking contrast between the mountainous areas and the long Adriatic coastline offers some of Italy's most spectacular views. The region has a rich cultural and artistic heritage, with a vibrant music scene that is quickly gaining international prestige. Emilia-Romagna produces a range of fine wines as well as a variety of culinary delights, including gold-colored egg pastas like tortellini and tagliatelle. Farther from the tourism-driven coastal areas, the region features a tranquil countryside dotted with parks and nature preserves, ideal for those looking to spend some time hiking, horseback riding, or cycling on their holiday.

Lazio travel guide

4.5
Ruins · Fountains · Art Museums
Often overshadowed by the country's magnificent capital city, Lazio is a densely populated region in the middle of the boot-shaped Italian peninsula. Though this prosperous area is home to Rome, Lazio offers many other cities, lakes, and white-sand coastal areas as beautiful additions to your itinerary. The region's landscapes are as varied as the people who live here. In the north, Lazio is lush and hilly. The southern section features rugged areas tailor-made for adventurous hikers and cyclists. Venture deeper into Lazio's countryside to find more places to visit, like restaurants and museums, as well as remnants of the ancient civilizations that once flourished in this area.