10 days in Bologna, Portofino & Venice Itinerary

10 days in Bologna, Portofino & Venice Itinerary

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10 days in Bologna, Portofino & Venice Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  14 h
1
Bologna
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h
2
Portofino
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
3
Venice
— 3 nights
Fly:  12 h
End: Chicago

3
nights
Bologna

Bologna ©
A city famous for its cuisine, Bologna is the seat of the oldest university in the world, founded in 1088.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Castello del Trebbio and Uffizi Galleries. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bologna: Florence (Piazza del Duomo, Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, & more). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica - Santuario di Santo Stefano, take in the architecture and design of Madrelingua Scuola di Italiano, and admire the masterpieces at Pinacoteca Nazionale di Bologna.

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Chicago, USA to Bologna is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Chicago to Bologna, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Chicago in July, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Bologna: temperatures range from 89°F by day to 67°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can drive to Portofino.

Things to do in Bologna

Museums Classes Wineries

Side Trips

Florence, Castello del Trebbio
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Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery

2
nights
Portofino

Portofino ©
Portofino is an Italian fishing village and holiday resort famous for its picturesque harbour and historical association with celebrity and artistic visitors. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Baia del Silenzio, kick back and relax at Sun Beach, and then take in the exciting artwork at Galleria d'Arte Portofino. On the 7th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Bagni Marina Stabilimento Balneare, wander the streets of Santa Margherita Ligure, and then stroll through Baia di Paraggi.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Portofino trip itinerary maker website .

Traveling by car from Bologna to Portofino takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Bologna in July: highs in Portofino hover around 82°F, while lows dip to 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Venice.

Things to do in Portofino

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Sestri Levante, Santa Margherita Ligure, Bagni Marina Stabilimento Balneare
Highlights from your plan
Sun Beach ©
Sun Beach
Baia del Silenzio ©
Baia del Silenzio
Santa Margherita Ligure ©
Santa Margherita Ligure

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Bagni Alberoni and Ponte di Rialto. Basilica di San Marco and Campo del Ghetto are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Doge's Palace, make a trip to Dorsoduro, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo (San Zanipolo), and appreciate the extensive heritage of St. Mark's Square.

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Venice online driving holiday planner .

You can drive from Portofino to Venice in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect a daytime high around 87°F in July, and nighttime lows around 67°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
Highlights from your plan
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco

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