8 days in Italy & San Marino Itinerary

8 days in Italy & San Marino Itinerary

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Bologna, Italy
— 2 nights
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Modena, Italy
— 1 night
Drive
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Ravenna, Italy
— 1 night
Drive
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Rimini, Italy
— 1 night
Drive
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City of San Marino, San Marino
— 2 nights
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Bologna, Italy

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Basilica di San Petronio, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica - Santuario di Santo Stefano, make a trip to Compianto sul Cristo Morto, then explore the historical opulence of Castello Estense, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ferrara Cathedral. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Piazza Maggiore, then take in panoramic vistas at Le Due Torri Torre degli Asinell, then enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Madrelingua Scuola di Italiano, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica di San Domenico.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Bologna trip builder app.

London, UK to Bologna is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or do a combination of car and train. Traveling from London to Bologna, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from London in September; daily highs in Bologna reach 30°C and lows reach 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Modena.

Things to do in Bologna

Historic Sites · Classes

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Modena, Italy

— 1 night

Capital of Engines

Deemed the Capital of Engines, Modena is the birthplace of Enzo Ferrari and the headquarters of Italian sports cars.
On the 21st (Tue), see the interesting displays at Museo Ferrari, push the limits with an extreme tour, then look for gifts at La Consorteria 1966, and finally examine the collection at MEF-Museo Enzo Ferrari.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Modena itinerary planner.

Getting from Bologna to Modena by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a train. In September in Modena, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to drive to Ravenna.

Things to do in Modena

Museums · Shopping · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

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Ravenna, Italy

— 1 night

City of Mosaics

Famous for its wealth of original mosaics, Ravenna is a hub of artistic and cultural heritage.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): meet the residents at Safari Ravenna, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica di Sant'Apollinare in Classe, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica di Sant'Apollinare Nuovo, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Battistero Neoniano (Battistero degli Ortodossi), then don't miss a visit to Mausoleo di Galla Placidia, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica San Vitale.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Ravenna day trip planning website.

You can drive from Modena to Ravenna in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can go by car to Rimini.

Things to do in Ravenna

Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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Rimini, Italy

— 1 night

Seaside Capital

A popular resort town on Italy's east coast, Rimini has been an inhabited settlement since prehistoric times.
On the 23rd (Thu), snap pictures at The Tiberius Bridge and then delve into the distant past at Arco d'Augusto.

For maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Rimini trip maker.

Traveling by car from Ravenna to Rimini takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September in Rimini, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 19°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to go by car to City of San Marino.

Things to do in Rimini

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City of San Marino, San Marino

— 2 nights
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.
On the 24th (Fri), browse the exhibits of Museo delle Curiosità - San Marino, don't miss a visit to Cesta Tower, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Titan, then contemplate the long history of Piazza della Liberta, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica del Santo Marino, and finally ponder the world of politics at Palazzo Pubblico. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Sat): appreciate the history behind Girolamo Gozi Monument, then explore the galleries of Museo Della Totura, then contemplate the long history of Montale Tower, and finally explore the galleries of Museo di Stato.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our City of San Marino travel route planning website.

City of San Marino is just a short distance from Rimini. In September, daytime highs in City of San Marino are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in City of San Marino

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks
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Italy travel guide

4.6
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.

San Marino travel guide

3.3
Historic Sites · Museums · Castles
San Marino is a country characterized by its architecture--namely, the three towers that adorn the country's flag and coat of arms. As a result, most of the tourist attractions here center around the structures protruding from the hill of the country. The third-smallest nation in Europe, it is surprising that San Marino managed to gain independence from robust Italy. This status has created great pride among the Sanmarinese, although Italian culture is still quite influential as the country is completely surrounded by Italy. And while its size has obvious disadvantages, the advantages for tourism strongly outweigh them. Visitors don't need to travel to get a sense of the country (there isn't far to go!), and this generates an intimacy and friendliness among locals that is lost in most larger countries.