17 days in Northwest Italy Itinerary

17 days in Northwest Italy Itinerary

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Start: Chicago
Fly + Drive:  20 h
1
Lucca
— 2 nights
Drive:  30 min
2
Borgo a Mozzano
— Few hours
Drive:  1 h
3
Barga
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
4
Traversetolo
— Few hours
Drive:  30 min
5
Parma
— 2 nights
Drive:  30 min
6
Fontanellato
— Few hours
Drive:  30 min
7
Fidenza
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h
8
Cremona
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
9
Verona
— 2 nights
Bus:  1 h
10
Mantua
— Few hours
Drive:  1 h 15 min
11
Modena
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h
12
Bologna
— 2 nights
Fly:  14 h
End: Chicago

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nights
Lucca

Lucca ©
Lucca, famous for its intact Renaissance-era city walls, remained an independent city-state until the end of the 18th century.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Museo Nazionale di Palazzo Mansi, Chiesa di San Cristoforo, Chiesa di San Salvatore, and other attractions you added. Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Maria Foris portam, see the interesting displays at Complesso Museale della Cattedrale, pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di San Cristoforo, pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di San Salvatore, then pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di Santa Maria Corteorlandini, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica of San Frediano.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Lucca trip itinerary site.

Chicago, USA to Lucca is an approximately 22.5- hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Chicago to Lucca is 7 hours. When traveling from Chicago in October, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Lucca: temperatures range from 71°F by day to 54°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Borgo a Mozzano.

Things to do in Lucca

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Basilica of San Frediano ©
Basilica of San Frediano
Museo Nazionale di Palazzo Mansi ©
Museo Nazionale di Palazzo Mansi
Museo Nazionale di Villa Guinigi ©
Museo Nazionale di Villa Guinigi

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Borgo a Mozzano

Borgo a Mozzano
Borgo a Mozzano is a town and comune in the province of Lucca, in northern Tuscany (Italy), located on the Serchio River.HistoryThe town is mentioned for the first time in 879, when a document mentioned one place In loco Mozzano prope Decimo. To see more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Borgo a Mozzano day trip planning site.

Borgo a Mozzano is just a short distance from Lucca. In October, plan for daily highs up to 71°F, and evening lows to 54°F. On the 8th (Tue), you'll travel to Barga.

Things to do in Borgo a Mozzano

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

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Barga

Barga ©
Barga is a medieval town and comune of the province of Lucca in Tuscany, central Italy. On the 8th (Tue), pause for some serene contemplation at Duomo di San Cristoforo, then pause for some serene contemplation at Pieve di San Giovanni Battista, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di San Michele a Castiglione di Garfagnana.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Barga trip planner.

Barga is just a stone's throw from Borgo a Mozzano. Expect a daytime high around 69°F in October, and nighttime lows around 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can travel to Traversetolo.

Things to do in Barga

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Chiesa di San Michele a Castiglione di Garfagnana, Pieve di San Giovanni Battista
Highlights from your plan
Pieve di San Giovanni Battista ©
Pieve di San Giovanni Battista
Duomo di San Cristoforo ©
Duomo di San Cristoforo

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Traversetolo

Traversetolo ©
You've now added Magnani-Rocca Foundation to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 9th (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pieve di Sasso and then admire the masterpieces at Magnani-Rocca Foundation.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Traversetolo road trip planning website.

You can drive from Barga to Traversetolo in 3 hours. Traveling from Barga in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Traversetolo, with lows of 51°F. On the 9th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Parma.

Things to do in Traversetolo

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Pieve di Sasso
Highlights from your plan
Magnani-Rocca Foundation ©
Magnani-Rocca Foundation
Pieve di Sasso ©
Pieve di Sasso

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nights
Parma

Parma ©
Parma is famous for its prosciutto, cheese, and architecture.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Auditorium di Renzo Piano, Palazzo della Pilotta, Teatro Farnese, and other attractions. On the 9th (Wed), pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di Santa Maria del Quartiere, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa di Santa Croce, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa della Santissima Annunziata, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Auditorium di Renzo Piano. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Storica Spezieria di San Giovanni, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiostri di S.Giovanni Evangelista, take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastero di San Giovanni Evangelista, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di San Francesco del Prato, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Camera di San Paolo, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Maria della Steccata(Madonna della Steccata).

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Parma trip planner.

Parma is just a stone's throw from Traversetolo. In October, daytime highs in Parma are 65°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. You will have some time to spend on the 11th (Fri) before leaving for Fontanellato.

Things to do in Parma

Historic Sites Nightlife
Highlights from your plan
Saint Antonio Abate Church ©
Saint Antonio Abate Church
Palazzo della Pilotta ©
Palazzo della Pilotta

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Fontanellato

Fontanellato ©
Fontanellato is a small town in the province of Parma, in northern Italy. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Rocca Sanvitale di Fontanellato. Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sanctuary of the Blessed Virgin of the Rosary and then step into the grandiose world of Rocca Sanvitale di Fontanellato.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Fontanellato itinerary maker website.

Fontanellato is very close to Parma. Expect a daytime high around 65°F in October, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can travel to Fidenza.

Things to do in Fontanellato

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Rocca Sanvitale di Fontanellato ©
Rocca Sanvitale di Fontanellato
Sanctuary of the Blessed Virgin of the Rosary ©

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Fidenza

Fidenza ©
Fidenza is a town and comune in the province of Parma, Emilia-Romagna region, Italy. Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): step into the grandiose world of Rocca dei Rossi di San Secondo, admire the masterpieces at Museo del Duomo di Fidenza, and then make a trip to Duomo di Fidenza.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Fidenza online trip itinerary planner.

Fidenza is very close to Fontanellato. In October in Fidenza, expect temperatures between 65°F during the day and 51°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can travel to Cremona.

Things to do in Fidenza

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Rocca dei Rossi di San Secondo, Abbazia Cistercense di Chiaravalle della Colomba, Chiesa di S.Maria Assunta, Parrocchia di Santa Croce e San Benedetto, Basilica di Sant'Antonino
Highlights from your plan
Abbazia Cistercense di Chiaravalle della Colomba ©
Basilica di Sant'Antonino ©
Basilica di Sant'Antonino
Rocca dei Rossi di San Secondo ©
Rocca dei Rossi di San Secondo

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Cremona

Cremona ©
Cremona is a city and comune in northern Italy, situated in Lombardy, on the left bank of the Po River in the middle of the Pianura Padana (Po valley). Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Museo Civico Ala Ponzone. On the 13th (Sun), examine the collection at Museo Civico Ala Ponzone, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa di San Gerolamo, pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di Sant'Egidio e Sant'Omobono, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di Santa Maria Maddalena, then admire the striking features of Town Hall, and finally contemplate the long history of Loggia dei Militi. On the next day, enjoy breathtaking views from Chiesa di San Luca and then pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di Santa Rita.

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Drive from Fidenza to Cremona in an hour. October in Cremona sees daily highs of 64°F and lows of 50°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can go by car to Verona.

Things to do in Cremona

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Chiesa di Santa Maria in Bressanoro
Highlights from your plan
Chiesa di San Gerolamo ©
Chiesa di San Gerolamo
Chiesa di Sant'Egidio e Sant'Omobono ©
Chiesa di Sant'Egidio e Sant'Omobono
Chiesa di Santa Maria Maddalena ©
Chiesa di Santa Maria Maddalena

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Verona

Verona ©
The famous setting for Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet, Verona is one of northern Italy's main tourist destinations, largely owing to its incredibly rich artistic heritage.
On the 15th (Tue), take in panoramic vistas at Torre Pentagona, explore the ancient world of Porta dei Borsari, then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then explore the historical opulence of Il Castello Scaligero di Torri del Benaco, and finally see the interesting displays at Museo Dell'olio D'oliva. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some photo ops at La Loggia del Consiglio, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Maria Antica, make a trip to Romeo's House (Casa di Romeo), take an in-depth tour of Museo Archeologico al Teatro Romano, then take some stellar pictures from Funicolare di Castel San Pietro, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa di San Giorgio in Braida-Verona.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Verona trip itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Cremona to Verona in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a train. In October, daytime highs in Verona are 66°F, while nighttime lows are 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a bus to Mantua.

Things to do in Verona

Historic Sites Museums Fun & Games

Side Trips

Il Castello Scaligero di Torri del Benaco, Museo Dell'olio D'oliva
Highlights from your plan
Porta dei Borsari ©
Porta dei Borsari
Museo Dell'olio D'oliva ©
Museo Dell'olio D'oliva
Il Castello Scaligero di Torri del Benaco ©
Il Castello Scaligero di Torri del Benaco

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Mantua

Mantua
Often overlooked in favor of nearby Lake Garda, Mantua is one of northern Italy's Renaissance gems.
On the 17th (Thu), admire the landmark architecture of Castello San Giorgio and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Sordello.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Mantua travel route builder website.

Take a bus from Verona to Mantua in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In October in Mantua, expect temperatures between 66°F during the day and 51°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Thu) to allow time for the train ride to Modena.

Things to do in Mantua

Historic Sites

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Modena

Modena ©
Deemed the Capital of Engines, Modena is the birthplace of Enzo Ferrari and the headquarters of Italian sports cars.
On the 17th (Thu), admire the landmark architecture of Palazzina Vigarani. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa Parrocchiale di Sant'Agostino, get to know the fascinating history of Corso Canalchiaro, pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa Parrocchiale di San Francesco, take in the architecture and design of Collegio San Carlo Modena, then learn about all things military at Sala Museale dell'Accademia Militare, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Centro Storico.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Modena trip itinerary maker app.

Getting from Mantua to Modena by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or drive. In October, daytime highs in Modena are 67°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Bologna.

Things to do in Modena

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Correggio, Museum of Traditional Balsamic Vinegar of Modena - Spilamberto, Collezione Righini, Piazza della Dama
Highlights from your plan
Chiesa Parrocchiale di San Francesco ©
Chiesa Parrocchiale di San Francesco
Collezione Righini ©
Collezione Righini

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Bologna

Bologna ©
A city famous for its cuisine, Bologna is the seat of the oldest university in the world, founded in 1088.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sun): admire the landmark architecture of Palazzo delle Assicurazioni Generali, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di Santa Maria in Vado, contemplate the long history of Palazzo di Ludovico il Moro (Palazzo Costabili), then admire the masterpieces at Belriguardo Civic Museum, and finally make a trip to Libreria Ulisse.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Bologna trip planner.

You can take a train from Modena to Bologna in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. October in Bologna sees daily highs of 67°F and lows of 52°F at night. On the 21st (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Bologna

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Ferrara, Belriguardo Civic Museum
Highlights from your plan
Chiesa di Santa Maria in Vado ©
Chiesa di Santa Maria in Vado
Belriguardo Civic Museum ©
Belriguardo Civic Museum
Palazzo di Ludovico il Moro (Palazzo Costabili) ©

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