29 days in Northwest Italy Itinerary

29 days in Northwest Italy Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Italy trip planner

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Bologna
— 7 nights
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Modena
— 5 nights
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Portofino
— 3 nights
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Livorno
— 7 nights
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Lucca
— 6 nights
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Bologna

— 7 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bologna: Florence (Mercato Centrale, Florence Academy of Fine Arts, &more), Fiesole Cathedral Cattedrale di San Romolo - Fiesole (in Fiesole) and Verona (Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore, Casa di Giulietta, &more). The adventure continues: take in panoramic vistas at Le Due Torri Torre degli Asinell, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di San Domenico, steep yourself in history at Piazza Maggiore, and get a sense of history and politics at Palazzo Comunale.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Bologna trip maker.

Copenhagen, Denmark to Bologna is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Copenhagen in July; daily highs in Bologna reach 37°C and lows reach 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can drive to Modena.

Things to do in Bologna

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Modena

— 5 nights

Capital of Engines

Deemed the Capital of Engines, Modena is the birthplace of Enzo Ferrari and the headquarters of Italian sports cars.
Venture out of the city with trips to Cattedrale di Parma (in Parma) and Milan (Pinacoteca Ambrosiana & Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II). And it doesn't end there: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Acetaia Villa San Donnino, examine the collection at Panini Motor Museum, look for gifts at Acetaia di Giorgio, and learn about winemaking at Acetaia San Matteo.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Modena vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Bologna to Modena takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in August, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can go by car to Portofino.

Things to do in Modena

Museums · Breweries & Distilleries · Shopping · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Portofino

— 3 nights
Portofino is an Italian fishing village and holiday resort famous for its picturesque harbour and historical association with celebrity and artistic visitors. Portofino is known for historic sites, parks, and adventure. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, stroll through Area Marina Protetta Portofino, take in the waterfront activity at Marina di Portofino, and visit a coastal fixture at Faro di Portofino.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Portofino route planner.

Traveling by car from Modena to Portofino takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Modena in August, you will find days in Portofino are slightly colder (33°C), and nights are about the same (25°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Livorno.

Things to do in Portofino

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors
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Livorno

— 7 nights

Naples of the North

Considered one of Tuscany's newer cities, the busy port city of Livorno boasts modern charm uncharacteristic of the region.
Explore Livorno's surroundings by going to San Gimignano (Borgo degli Etruschi, Torre Grossa, &more), Cala San Quirico (in Populonia) and Bagni Etruria (in Castiglioncello). The adventure continues: learn about winemaking at Batzella, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santuario di Montenero, kick back and relax at Breeze Beach, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Costiera di Calafuria.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Livorno travel route planner.

Getting from Portofino to Livorno by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train. Traveling from Portofino in August, expect slightly colder with lows of 20°C in Livorno. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Lucca.

Things to do in Livorno

Wineries · Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

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Lucca

— 6 nights

City of a Hundred Churches

Lucca, famous for its intact Renaissance-era city walls, remained an independent city-state until the end of the 18th century.
Get out of town with these interesting Lucca side-trips: Enjoy Cinqueterre Boat Tours (in Manarola), Pisa (Leaning Tower of Pisa & Piazza dei Miracoli) and Bagno Maurizio (in Viareggio). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Le mura di Lucca, take in the exciting artwork at Fondazione Centro Studi sull Arte Licia e Carlo Ludovico Ragghianti, make a trip to Piazza Anfiteatro, and learn about winemaking at Azienda Agricola Enzo Carmignani.

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Traveling by car from Livorno to Lucca takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Lucca

Outdoors · Wineries · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

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