13 days in Northwest Italy Itinerary

13 days in Northwest Italy Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Northwest Italy Trip Planner

Make it your trip
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Bologna
— 7 nights
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Rimini
— 2 nights
Train
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Florence
— 3 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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Salumeria Simoni, Quadrilatero, Mercato di Mezzo, and other attractions. Basilica - Santuario di Santo Stefano and Basilica di San Domenico are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Go for a jaunt from Bologna to Ferrara to see Palazzo Schifanoia (Palazzo della Gioia) about 54 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Le Due Torri Torre degli Asinell, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di San Giacomo Maggiore, admire the local landmark of Fontana del Nettuno, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa di Santa Maria della Vita.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Bologna journey planner.

Lisbon, Portugal to Bologna is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone changes from Western European Standard Time (WET) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In August, daytime highs in Bologna are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Rimini.

Things to do in Bologna

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Shopping · Tours

Side Trips

Rimini

— 2 nights

Seaside Capital

A popular resort town on Italy's east coast, Rimini has been an inhabited settlement since prehistoric times.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): head outdoors with Bagno 10 Vatikaki and then delve into the distant past at Arco d'Augusto. On the 3rd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Italy in Miniature and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Bagno 39 Cigno.

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Rimini trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Bologna to Rimini takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Rimini are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. You will have some time to spend on the 4th (Mon) before leaving for Florence.

Things to do in Rimini

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Florence

— 3 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Florence Academy of Fine Arts. Change things up with a short trip to Leaning Tower of Pisa in Pisa (about 1h 20 min away). There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Gallerie Degli Uffizi, don't miss a visit to Piazzale Michelangelo, kick back and relax at Easy Living, and get to know the fascinating history of Piazza della Signoria.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Florence itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Rimini to Florence in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In September in Florence, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 17°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 7th (Thu) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Florence

Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trip