12 days in Milan, Bologna & Venice Itinerary

12 days in Milan, Bologna & Venice Itinerary

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12 days in Milan, Bologna & Venice Itinerary

Start: Milan
1
Milan
— 4 nights
2
Bologna
— 4 nights
3
Venice
— 3 nights
End: Venice

4
nights
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.
Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore and Gropparello Castle - Fairy Tales Park will appeal to history buffs. Get some cultural insight at Borgo Castell'Arquato and Duomo Vecchio di Brescia. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Milan: Cathedral of Como (Duomo) (in Como) and Brescia Castle (in Brescia). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Santa Maria delle Grazie, take in the pleasant sights at I Navigli, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di Sant'Ambrogio, and steep yourself in history at Il Cenacolo.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Milan trip itinerary planning app .

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major airports are Malpensa International Airport, Milano Linate Airport and Il Caravaggio International Airport. September in Milan sees daily highs of 76°F and lows of 57°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Bologna.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Brescia, Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore, Borgo Castell'Arquato, Castello di Gropparello, Cathedral of Como (Duomo)
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Castello di Gropparello ©
Castello di Gropparello
Borgo Castell'Arquato ©
Borgo Castell'Arquato
Brescia Castle ©
Brescia Castle

4
nights
Bologna

Bologna ©
A city famous for its cuisine, Bologna is the seat of the oldest university in the world, founded in 1088.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Basilica San Vitale and Basilica di San Petronio. Get some cultural insight at Basilica - Santuario di Santo Stefano and Santuario di Madonna di San Luca. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bologna: Ferrara (Castello Estense, Ferrara Cathedral, & more), Ravenna (Basilica di Sant'Apollinare Nuovo, Mausoleo di Galla Placidia, & more) and Argenta Golf Club (in Argenta). It doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Basilica di San Domenico and let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Bologna trip itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Milan to Bologna in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 78°F, and evening lows to 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Venice.

Things to do in Bologna

Historic Sites Tours Golf

Side Trips

Ravenna, Ferrara, Argenta Golf Club
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Le Mura ©
Le Mura
Ferrara Cathedral ©
Ferrara Cathedral

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Cannaregio and San Giorgio Maggiore. Step off the beaten path and head to Basilica Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari and Piazza dei Signori. Venture out of the city with trips to San Francesco (in Schio), Basilica Palladiana (in Vicenza) and Padua (Caffe Pedrocchi & Ragione Palace). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Scuola Grande di San Rocco, take a stroll through Dorsoduro, admire the striking features of Scala Contarini del Bovolo, and pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Venice day trip planning app .

You can drive from Bologna to Venice in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September in Venice, expect temperatures between 77°F during the day and 59°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Nightlife

Side Trips

Vicenza, Padua, San Francesco
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Piazza dei Signori ©
Piazza dei Signori
Ragione Palace ©
Ragione Palace
Scala Contarini del Bovolo ©
Scala Contarini del Bovolo

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