11 days in Italy Itinerary

11 days in Italy Itinerary

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11 days in Italy Itinerary

Start: Bologna
train:  30​min
1
Ferrara
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Venice
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
3
Verona
— 3 nights
Drive:  45​min
4
Mantua
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
End: Bologna

2
nights
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Pomposa Abbey and Villa San Donnino. Venture out of the city with trips to Museo Lamborghini (in Sant'Agata Bolognese) and Ravenna (Archiepiscopal Museum & Domus dei Tappeti di Pietra). The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica Cattedrale di San Giorgio Martire, ponder the world of politics at Castello Estense, contemplate the long history of Museo Schifanoia, and examine the collection at Museo Archeologico Nazionale.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Ferrara trip itinerary planner.

Bologna to Ferrara is an approximately half hour train ride. You can also drive; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Venice.

Things to do in Ferrara

Museums Historic Sites Wineries

Side Trips

Ravenna, Lamborghini Museum, Pomposa Abbey, Acetaia Villa San Donnino
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Acetaia Villa San Donnino ©
Acetaia Villa San Donnino
Castello Estense ©
Castello Estense
Pomposa Abbey ©
Pomposa Abbey

3
nights
Venice

Venice ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Scala Contarini del Bovolo, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di San Marco, admire the landmark architecture of Porta della Carta, then contemplate the long history of Ponte dei Sospiri, and finally hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour. Keep things going the next day: snap pictures at Ponte dell'Accademia, explore the activities along Canal Grande, then make a trip to Peggy Guggenheim Collection, and finally explore the world behind art at Museo Correr.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Venice itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Ferrara to Venice takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Venice can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Verona.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Tours
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Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco

3
nights
Verona

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore and Torre dei Lamberti. Explore Verona's surroundings by going to Base Tuono (in Folgaria), Torre di San Martino della Battaglia (in San Martino della Battaglia) and Castel Beseno (in Besenello). There's much more to do: experience the emotional art of opera at Arena di Verona, take a stroll through Piazza delle Erbe, tour the pleasant surroundings at Parco Natura Viva, and don't miss a visit to Piazza Bra.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Verona trip planner.

Take a train from Venice to Verona in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Verona can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can drive to Mantua.

Things to do in Verona

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Base Tuono, Torre di San Martino della Battaglia , Parco Natura Viva, Castel Beseno
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Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore ©
Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore
Museo di Castelvecchio ©
Museo di Castelvecchio
Parco Natura Viva ©
Parco Natura Viva

2
nights
Mantua

Mantua ©
Often overlooked in favor of nearby Lake Garda, Mantua is one of northern Italy's Renaissance gems.
Explore hidden gems such as Duomo di Modena and Battistero di Parma. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Mantua: Cattedrale di Parma (in Parma), Teatro all'antica (in Sabbioneta) and Panini Motor Museum (in Modena). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica di Sant'Andrea di Mantova, see the interesting displays at Il Museo Storico dei Vigili del Fuoco, pause for some serene contemplation at Duomo - Cattedrale di San Pietro, and explore the galleries of Palazzo Te.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Mantua trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Verona to Mantua by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in May, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Mantua

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Parma, Modena, Teatro all'antica, Parco Giardino Sigurta, Palazzo Ducale Piano Primo
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Cattedrale di Parma ©
Cattedrale di Parma
Palazzo Te ©
Palazzo Te
Duomo di Modena ©
Duomo di Modena

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