34 days in Emilia-Romagna & City of San Marino Itinerary

34 days in Emilia-Romagna & City of San Marino Itinerary

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34 days in Emilia-Romagna & City of San Marino Itinerary

Start: Cardiff, United Kingdom
Drive:  16​h 15​min
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Parma, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
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Castell'Arquato, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
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Torrechiara, Italy
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
4
Corniglio, Italy
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Reggio Emilia, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
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Maranello, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
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Modena, Italy
— 2 nights
8
Rimini, Italy
— 2 nights
9
City of San Marino, San Marino
— 2 nights
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Brisighella, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
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Faenza, Italy
— 2 nights
12
Ravenna, Italy
— 2 nights
13
Comacchio, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
14
Ferrara, Italy
— 3 nights
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Bologna, Italy
— 3 nights
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Fly + shuttle + train:  16​h 45​min
End: Cardiff, United Kingdom

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Parma, Italy

Parma ©
Parma is famous for its prosciutto, cheese, and architecture.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Palazzo Ducale, Parco Giardino Sigurtà, National Gallery, Parma, and other attractions you added. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Maria della Steccata(Madonna della Steccata), take in the spiritual surroundings of Camera di San Paolo, see the interesting displays at Museo Lombardi - Marie Louise and Napoleon, then take an in-depth tour of Palazzo della Pilotta, then steep yourself in history at Palazzo della Pilotta, and finally admire the masterpieces at National Gallery, Parma.

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Parma sightseeing planner.

Cardiff, UK to Parma is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Cardiff to Parma. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Cardiff in May, with highs in Parma at 26°C and lows at 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Castell'Arquato.

Things to do in Parma

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Parco Giardino Sigurta
Find places to stay May 1 — 3:
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Castell'Arquato, Italy

Castell'Arquato ©
Castell'Arquato is an Italian town located on the first hills of Val D’Arda in the province of Piacenza, in Emilia-Romagna, approximately 30km from Piacenza and 35km from Parma. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Mon): take a stroll through Borgo Castell'Arquato, make a trip to Monastero di San Giuseppe in San Sigismondo, then pause for some serene contemplation at Santa Maria Assunta Cathedral, then explore the historical opulence of Gropparello Castle - Fairy Tales Park, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Palazzo del Podesta. On the 5th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Museo Geologico G. Cortesi, then explore the historical opulence of Castello di Varano de' Melegari, then examine the collection at Casa Barezzi, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Castello di Grazzano Visconti.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Castell'Arquato trip generator.

Traveling by car from Parma to Castell'Arquato takes an hour. In May, daily temperatures in Castell'Arquato can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can travel to Torrechiara.

Things to do in Castell'Arquato

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Cremona, Gropparello Castle - Fairy Tales Park, Castello di Grazzano Visconti, Museo Casa Barezzi, Castello di Varano de' Melegari
Find places to stay May 3 — 5:
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Castello di Varano de' Melegari ©
Castello di Varano de' Melegari
Museo Casa Barezzi ©
Museo Casa Barezzi

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Torrechiara, Italy

Torrechiara ©
Torrechiara is a frazione of the comune of Langhirano, in the province of Parma, northern Italy. On the 6th (Wed), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Abbazia di San Basilide a Badia Cavana, admire the masterpieces at Magnani-Rocca Foundation, and then sample the tasty concoctions at Birrificio Torrechiara. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di S.Maria Assunta, see the interesting displays at Fondazione Museo Ettore Guatelli, then step into the grandiose world of Castello di Torrechiara, and finally don't miss a visit to Abbazia benedettina di S. Maria della Neve di Torrechiara.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Torrechiara sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Castell'Arquato to Torrechiara in 1.5 hours. In May in Torrechiara, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can travel to Corniglio.

Things to do in Torrechiara

Historic Sites Museums Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Abbazia benedettina di S. Maria della Neve di Torrechiara, Museo Guatelli, Abbazia di San Basilide a Badia Cavana, Chiesa di S.Maria Assunta, Magnani-Rocca Foundation
Find places to stay May 5 — 8:
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Castello di Torrechiara ©
Castello di Torrechiara
Museo Guatelli ©
Museo Guatelli
Chiesa di S.Maria Assunta ©
Chiesa di S.Maria Assunta

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Corniglio, Italy

Corniglio ©
Corniglio is a comune (municipality) in the Province of Parma in the Italian region Emilia-Romagna, located about 100km west of Bologna and about 40km southwest of Parma. On the 8th (Fri), examine the collection at Madoi Museo All'aperto, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lago Santo Parmense, and then delve into the lush surroundings at Parco Avventura Forestavventura. On the next day, don't miss a visit to Grotte di Equi and then don't miss a visit to Centro storico di Pontremoli.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Corniglio itinerary maker.

Drive from Torrechiara to Corniglio in an hour. Traveling from Torrechiara in May, things will get a bit cooler in Corniglio: highs are around 16°C and lows about 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Reggio Emilia.

Things to do in Corniglio

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

Centro storico di Pontremoli, Parco Avventura Forestavventura, Grotte di Equi
Find places to stay May 8 — 9:
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Lago Santo Parmense ©
Lago Santo Parmense
Madoi Museo All'aperto ©
Madoi Museo All'aperto
Centro storico di Pontremoli ©
Centro storico di Pontremoli

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Reggio Emilia, Italy

Reggio Emilia ©
Known as the Tricolor Town, Reggio Emilia is the birthplace of the modern Italian flag and serves as the region's hub for cultural activity.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes La Galleria Parmeggiani as well as Tempio della Beata Vergine della Ghiara (detto Basilica della Madonna della Ghiara). Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Tempio della Beata Vergine della Ghiara (detto Basilica della Madonna della Ghiara), see the interesting displays at Collezione Maramotti, steep yourself in history at Castello di Canossa, then make a trip to La Galleria Parmeggiani, and finally examine the collection at Palazzo dei Principi. On your second day here, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Pietra di Bismantova, don't miss a visit to Centro Internazionale Loris Malaguzzi, and then get lost in a book at Libreria All'Arco.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Reggio Emilia trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Corniglio to Reggio Emilia in 1.5 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Corniglio in May, with highs in Reggio Emilia at 27°C and lows at 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Maranello.

Things to do in Reggio Emilia

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Castello di Canossa, Pietra di Bismantova, Palazzo dei Principi
Find places to stay May 9 — 11:
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Pietra di Bismantova ©
Pietra di Bismantova
Basilica della Ghiara ©
Basilica della Ghiara
Castello di Canossa ©
Castello di Canossa

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Maranello, Italy

Maranello ©
Maranello is a town and comune in the region of Emilia-Romagna in Northern Italy, 18 km from Modena, with a population of 17,165 as of 2013. Start off your visit on the 12th (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santuario Della Madonna Del Castello Di Fiorano, then make a trip to Rocca Santa Maria, then contemplate the long history of Palazzo Ducale Piano Primo, and finally explore the historical opulence of Rocca di Vignola. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Salse di Nirano, then don't miss a visit to I Love Maranello, and then examine the collection at Museo Ferrari.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Maranello trip planner.

Getting from Reggio Emilia to Maranello by car takes about an hour. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. May in Maranello sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can drive to Modena.

Things to do in Maranello

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Fiorano Modenese, Palazzo Ducale Piano Primo, Rocca Santa Maria, Rocca di Vignola
Find places to stay May 11 — 13:
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Rocca di Vignola ©
Rocca di Vignola
Museo Ferrari ©
Museo Ferrari
I Love Maranello ©
I Love Maranello

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Modena, Italy

Modena ©
Deemed the Capital of Engines, Modena is the birthplace of Enzo Ferrari and the headquarters of Italian sports cars.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Ducal Palace of Modena. Start off your visit on the 14th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Corso Duomo, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duomo di Modena, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Grande, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Ghirlandina. On the 15th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the landmark architecture of Ducal Palace of Modena, examine the collection at Panini Motor Museum, then steep yourself in history at Villa San Donnino, and finally examine the collection at MEF-Museo Enzo Ferrari.

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Modena itinerary planner.

Modena is just a stone's throw from Maranello. In May, daytime highs in Modena are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Rimini.

Things to do in Modena

Historic Sites Museums Wineries
Find places to stay May 13 — 15:
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Acetaia Villa San Donnino ©
Acetaia Villa San Donnino
Duomo di Modena ©
Duomo di Modena
MEF-Museo Enzo Ferrari ©
MEF-Museo Enzo Ferrari

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Rimini, Italy

Rimini ©
A popular resort town on Italy's east coast, Rimini has been an inhabited settlement since prehistoric times.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Malatestiano Temple, Federico Fellini Museum, Borgo San Giuliano, and other attractions you added. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Porto Turistico Cesenatico, examine the collection at Italy in Miniature, take an in-depth tour of City Museum, then catch a movie at Federico Fellini Museum, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Malatestiano Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Domus del Chirurgo, then explore the historical opulence of Castello di Gradara, then get to know the fascinating history of Borgo San Giuliano, and finally snap pictures at The Tiberius Bridge.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Rimini travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Modena to Rimini takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Traveling from Modena in May, expect nights in Rimini to be about the same, around 14°C, while days are slightly colder, around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can go by car to City of San Marino.

Things to do in Rimini

Historic Sites Museums Nightlife

Side Trips

Porto Turistico Cesenatico, Castello di Gradara
Find places to stay May 15 — 17:
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Borgo San Giuliano ©
Borgo San Giuliano
Castello di Gradara ©
Castello di Gradara
The Tiberius Bridge ©
The Tiberius Bridge

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City of San Marino, San Marino

City of San Marino ©
The capital of one of the world's smallest and oldest republics, the hillside city of San Marino boasts a World Heritage-listed old town that's known for its winding cobblestone streets and sweeping views of the surrounding countryside.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Cesta Tower, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Titan, then tour the pleasant surroundings at San Marino Nature Park, and finally pause for some photo ops at Monumento a Bartolomeo Borghesi. On the next day, explore the historical opulence of Guaita, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica del Santo Marino, examine the collection at Museo delle Curiosità - San Marino, then contemplate the long history of Piazza della Liberta, then take an in-depth tour of Torture Museum, and finally get a sense of history and politics at Palazzo Pubblico.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the City of San Marino trip planner.

City of San Marino is just a short distance from Rimini. May in City of San Marino sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Brisighella.

Things to do in City of San Marino

Parks Historic Sites Nature
Find places to stay May 17 — 19:
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San Marino Nature Park ©
San Marino Nature Park
Guaita ©
Guaita
Piazza della Liberta ©
Piazza della Liberta

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Brisighella, Italy

Brisighella ©
Brisighella is a comune (municipality) in the province of Ravenna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy.Brisighella borders the following municipalities: Casola Valsenio, Castrocaro Terme e Terra del Sole, Faenza, Forlì, Marradi, Modigliana, Palazzuolo sul Senio, Riolo Terme. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Wed): explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimitero Monumentale di San Cassiano in Pennino, then pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di San Cassiano in Pennino, then steep yourself in history at Rocca di Brisighella, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Via del Borgo o degli Asini. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Marradi, tour the pleasant surroundings at Parco Tozzoni, and then make a trip to Santuario Madonna Del Ghiandolino.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Brisighella trip builder.

Drive from City of San Marino to Brisighella in 1.5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Brisighella can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can travel to Faenza.

Things to do in Brisighella

Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Predappio, Imola, Marradi
Find places to stay May 19 — 21:
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Chiesa di San Cassiano in Pennino ©
Chiesa di San Cassiano in Pennino

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Faenza, Italy

Faenza ©
Faenza is an Italian city and comune, in the province of Ravenna, Emilia-Romagna, situated 50km southeast of Bologna.Faenza is noted for its manufacture of majolica-ware glazed earthenware pottery, known from the name of the town as faience.GeographyFaenza, at the foot of the first Subapennine hills, is surrounded by an agricultural region including vineyards in the hills, and cultivated land with traces of the ancient Roman land-division system, and fertile market gardens in the plains. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes International Ceramic Museum. On the 22nd (Fri), get lost in a book at Bim Biblioteca comunale di Imola, then see the interesting displays at Museo Storico del Castello e della Citta, and then examine the collection at International Ceramic Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get lost in a book at Malatestiana Library, make a trip to Colonna delle Anella, then don't miss a visit to Rocca Albornoziana, then examine the collection at Musei San Domenico, and finally make a trip to Torre di Oriolo.

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Faenza itinerary maker.

Faenza is very close to Brisighella. In May in Faenza, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can travel to Ravenna.

Things to do in Faenza

Museums

Side Trips

Colonna delle Anella, Museo Storico del Castello e della Citta, Bim Biblioteca comunale di Imola, Rocca Albornoziana, Biblioteca Malatestiana
Find places to stay May 21 — 23:
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Musei San Domenico ©
Musei San Domenico
Biblioteca Malatestiana ©
Biblioteca Malatestiana
Bim Biblioteca comunale di Imola ©
Bim Biblioteca comunale di Imola

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Ravenna, Italy

Ravenna ©
Famous for its wealth of original mosaics, Ravenna is a hub of artistic and cultural heritage.
You've added Mausoleo di Teodorico, Mar - Museo D'Arte della Città di Ravenna, Museo Nazionale, and other attractions to your itinerary. On the 24th (Sun), explore the world behind art at Mar - Museo D'Arte della Città di Ravenna, then examine the collection at Domus dei Tappeti di Pietra, then get engrossed in the history at Museo Nazionale, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Mausoleo di Teodorico. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica San Vitale, don't miss a visit to Mausoleo di Galla Placidia, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di Sant'Apollinare in Classe, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di San Francesco, Ravenna, then steep yourself in history at Basilica di Sant'Apollinare Nuovo, and finally examine the collection at Archiepiscopal Museum.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Ravenna trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Faenza to Ravenna by car takes about an hour. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Ravenna when traveling from Faenza in May, with lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Comacchio.

Things to do in Ravenna

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Basilica di Sant'Apollinare in Classe
Find places to stay May 23 — 25:
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Basilica San Vitale ©
Basilica San Vitale
Mausoleo di Galla Placidia ©
Mausoleo di Galla Placidia
Basilica di Sant'Apollinare Nuovo ©
Basilica di Sant'Apollinare Nuovo

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Comacchio, Italy

Comacchio ©
Comacchio is a town and comune of Emilia Romagna, Italy, in the province of Ferrara, 48km from the provincial capital Ferrara.Geographythumb Comacchio is situated in a lagoon just north of the present mouth of the Reno. Start off your visit on the 26th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Parco del Delta del Po Emilia-Romagna, take in the views from Ponte Degli Sbirri, then examine the collection at Museo Della Nave Romana, and finally get outside with Bagno Oro. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Dune Fossili di Massenzatica, pause for some serene contemplation at Pomposa Abbey, then admire the landmark architecture of Ospedale Civile S. Camillo, and finally examine the collection at La Manifattura dei Marinati.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Comacchio trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Ravenna to Comacchio in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May in Comacchio, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can go by car to Ferrara.

Things to do in Comacchio

Museums Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Dune Fossili di Massenzatica, Pomposa Abbey
Find places to stay May 25 — 27:
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Museo della Nave Romana ©
Museo della Nave Romana
Pomposa Abbey ©
Pomposa Abbey
La Manifattura dei Marinati ©
La Manifattura dei Marinati

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Ferrara, Italy

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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Palazzina Marfisa D'Este, Cimitero Ebraico di Ferrara, Palazzo dei Diamanti, and other attractions. On the 28th (Thu), explore the historical opulence of Castello Estense, pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di Santa Maria in Vado, see the interesting displays at Museo Archeologico Nazionale, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica Cattedrale di San Giorgio Martire, then contemplate the long history of Museo Schifanoia, and finally admire the striking features of Casa Romei. Keep things going the next day: admire the landmark architecture of Palazzo dei Diamanti, stroll the grounds of Cimitero Ebraico di Ferrara, and then contemplate the long history of Palazzina Marfisa D'Este.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Ferrara online itinerary creator.

You can drive from Comacchio to Ferrara in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in May, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Bologna.

Things to do in Ferrara

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Find places to stay May 27 — 30:
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Monastero di Sant'Antonio in Polesine ©
Castello Estense ©
Castello Estense
Palazzo dei Diamanti ©
Palazzo dei Diamanti

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Bologna, Italy

Bologna ©
A city famous for its cuisine, Bologna is the seat of the oldest university in the world, founded in 1088.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Pinacoteca Nazionale, Museo Delle Cere Anatomiche, Teatro Anatomico, and other attractions. It doesn't end there: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

For photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Bologna trip itinerary maker.

Bologna is very close to Ferrara. In May, daily temperatures in Bologna can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Bologna

Museums Historic Sites Spas
Find places to stay May 30 — Jun 2:
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Museo Delle Cere Anatomiche ©
Museo Delle Cere Anatomiche
Santuario di Madonna di San Luca ©
Santuario di Madonna di San Luca