15 days in Northwest Italy Itinerary

15 days in Northwest Italy Itinerary

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Bologna
— 3 nights
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Parma
— 5 nights
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Florence
— 1 night
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Siena
— 2 nights
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San Gimignano
— 3 nights
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Bologna

— 3 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.
Piazza Cattedrale and San Colombano - Tagliavini Collection are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Chiesa di Santa Maria in Vado and Basilica di San Martino Maggiore. Change things up with these side-trips from Bologna: Ferrara (Museo della Cattedrale & Palazzo di Ludovico il Moro (Palazzo Costabili)). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Museo Delle Cere Anatomiche, admire the landmark architecture of Palazzo Re Enzo, get lost in a book at International museum and library of music, and stop by Salumeria Simoni.

For reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Bologna trip itinerary builder.

If you are flying in from Malta, the closest major aiports are Bologna Guglielmo Marconi Airport, Peretola Airport and Verona Villafranca Airport. In June, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 19°C. You will leave for Parma on the 1st (Thu).

Things to do in Bologna

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Parma

— 5 nights

Capital of Italian Food Valley

Parma is famous for its prosciutto, cheese, and architecture.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Abbazia Cistercense di Chiaravalle della Colomba and Bergogno Borgo Medioevale. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Castello di Canossa and Centro Storico di Mulazzo. Get out of town with these interesting Parma side-trips: Pontremoli (Museo Delle Statue Stele Lunigianesi & Castello del Piagnaro), Castello di Tabiano (in Tabiano Castello) and Museo Casa Barezzi (in Busseto). There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Pieve di Sorano, admire the masterpieces at Palazzo Del Governatore, relax in the rural setting at Caseificio San Pier Damiani, and examine the collection at Museo d'Arte Cinese ed Etnografico.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Parma online tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by shuttle from Bologna to Parma takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in July, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Florence.

Things to do in Parma

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Florence

— 1 night

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Tue): take an in-depth tour of Corridoio Vasariano, get engrossed in the history at Sinagoga di Firenze e Museo ebraico, take in the exciting artwork at Art Gallery Studio Iguarnieri, then take in the exciting artwork at M.G. Design, and finally admire the masterpieces at Church and Museum of Orsanmichele.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Florence online holiday planner.

Traveling by train from Parma to Florence takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Florence are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Siena.

Things to do in Florence

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites

Siena

— 2 nights

Cultural Heart of Tuscany

Siena, a medieval Tuscan city, features numerous attractions, including a historic town center, alleyways, towers, and well-preserved buildings.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Museo di Storia Naturale dell'Accademia dei Fisiocritici and Museo Contrada Priora della Civetta. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Art Studio di Adelina Quadri and Artemisia Gallery. Change things up with these side-trips from Siena: Enoteca Di Ghino (in Pienza) and Montepulciano (Sant'Agostino, Via di Gracciano nel Corso, &more). There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Archivio di Stato, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sinagoga di Siena, steep yourself in history at Cappella di Piazza, and admire the landmark architecture of Santa Maria del Carmine (San Niccolo al Carmine).

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Siena online trip planner.

Traveling by train from Florence to Siena takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a train. July in Siena sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to drive to San Gimignano.

Things to do in Siena

Historic Sites · Museums · Wineries · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

San Gimignano

— 3 nights

Town of Fine Towers

A historical gem in the heart of Tuscany, San Gimignano is known as the Town of Fine Towers for its jutting skyline of high city walls.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): do a tasting at Le Fonti Azienda Agricola, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Pieve di Sant'Appiano, learn about winemaking at Cappella Sant'Andrea, then take in the exciting artwork at Balducci Ceramica, and finally view the masterpieces at La Bottega del Sale di Duccio Nacci photographer. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Porta San Giovanni, view the masterpieces at Oibo Re-Design, then view the masterpieces at Vitalita Cultural Association, then learn about winemaking at Teruzzi & Puthod - Azienda Vitivinicola ed Enoteca, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa dei Santissimi Jacopo e Filippo.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read San Gimignano road trip planning website.

Traveling by train from Siena to San Gimignano takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 21°C. On the 12th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in San Gimignano

Shopping · Historic Sites · Wineries · Museums

Side Trips

Province of Siena travel guide

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Landmarks · Wineries & Vineyards · Churches
Siena is a city in Tuscany, Italy. It is the capital of the province of Siena.The historic centre of Siena has been declared by UNESCO a World Heritage Site. It is one of the nation's most visited tourist attractions, with over 163,000 international arrivals in 2008. Siena is famous for its cuisine, art, museums, medieval cityscape and the Palio, a horse race held twice a year.HistorySiena, like other Tuscan hill towns, was first settled in the time of the Etruscans (c. 900–400 BC) when it was inhabited by a tribe called the Saina. The Etruscans were a tribe of advanced people who changed the face of central Italy through their use of irrigation to reclaim previously unfarmable land, and their custom of building their settlements in well-defended hill forts. A Roman town called Saena Julia was founded at the site in the time of the Emperor Augustus. Some archaeologists assert that Siena was controlled for a period by a Gaulish tribe called the Senones.According to local legend, Siena was founded by Senius and Aschius, two sons of Remus and thus nephews of Romulus, after whom Rome was named. Supposedly after their father's murder by Romulus, they fled Rome, taking with them the statue of the she-wolf suckling the infants (Capitoline Wolf), thus appropriating that symbol for the town. Additionally they rode white and black horses, giving rise to the Balzana, or coat of arms of Siena with a white band atop a dark band. Some claim the name Siena derives from Senius. Other etymologies derive the name from the Etruscan family name Saina, the Roman family name Saenii, or the Latin word senex "old" or its derived form seneo "to be old".

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