20 days in Italy Itinerary

20 days in Italy Itinerary

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20 days in Italy Itinerary

Start: Mexico City
Fly:  17​h 15​min
1
Milan
— 3 nights
train:  45​min
2
Piacenza
— 2 nights
train:  45​min
3
Parma
— 3 nights
train:  30​min
4
Reggio Emilia
— 3 nights
train:  30​min
5
Modena
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Rimini
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
7
Bologna
— 2 nights
Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: Mexico City

3
nights
Milan

Milan ©
In many ways the most modern of Italian cities, Milan is a busy, elegant metropolis with an impressive list of grand palaces, fine churches, and important museums.
Milan is known for historic sites, museums, nightlife, fun & games, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duomo di Milano, contemplate the long history of Chiesa di San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore, admire the striking features of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di Sant'Ambrogio.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Milan online itinerary builder .

Mexico City, Mexico to Milan is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Mexico City to Milan. In September, daily temperatures in Milan can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Piacenza.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites Museums Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
Duomo di Milano ©
Duomo di Milano
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II ©
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
Pinacoteca Ambrosiana ©
Pinacoteca Ambrosiana

2
nights
Piacenza

Piacenza ©
Piacenza is a city and comune in the Emilia-Romagna region of northern Italy. Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): admire the striking features of Palazzo dei Mercanti di Piacenza, see the interesting displays at Museo del Violino, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Cremona, admire the masterpieces at Duomo Di Piacenza, then don't miss a visit to Piazza Cavalli, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Governor's Palace. Here are some ideas for day two: snap pictures at Ponte Coperto, wander the streets of Borgo Castell'Arquato, examine the collection at Musei Civici Di Palazzo Farnese, then pause for some photo ops at Cavalli Farnesiani, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Palazzo Gotico.

For maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Piacenza travel itinerary planner .

Traveling by train from Milan to Piacenza takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in September, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Parma.

Things to do in Piacenza

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Cremona, Ponte Coperto, Borgo Castell'Arquato
Highlights from your plan
Museo del Violino ©
Museo del Violino
Musei Civici Di Palazzo Farnese ©
Musei Civici Di Palazzo Farnese
Palazzo Gotico ©
Palazzo Gotico

3
nights
Parma

Parma ©
Parma is famous for its prosciutto, cheese, and architecture.
On the 7th (Sat), take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica di Santa Maria della Steccata(Madonna della Steccata), step into the grandiose world of Castello di Torrechiara, take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastero di San Giovanni Evangelista, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Camera di San Paolo, then stroll around Parco Ducale, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Cattedrale di Parma. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, make a trip to Rocca Sanvitale di Fontanellato, then contemplate the long history of Palazzo della Pilotta, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Battistero di Parma.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Parma tour itinerary planner .

Take a train from Piacenza to Parma in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. September in Parma sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 17°C at night. On the 9th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Reggio Emilia.

Things to do in Parma

Historic Sites Tours Parks

Side Trips

Castello di Vigoleno, Rocca Sanvitale di Fontanellato, Castello di Torrechiara
Highlights from your plan
Cattedrale di Parma ©
Cattedrale di Parma
Battistero di Parma ©
Battistero di Parma
Food Tours

3
nights
Reggio Emilia

Reggio Emilia ©
Known as the Tricolor Town, Reggio Emilia is the birthplace of the modern Italian flag and serves as the region's hub for cultural activity.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Reggio Emilia: Parco dell'Orecchiella (in Corfino) and Pietra di Bismantova (in Castelnovo ne' Monti). There's much more to do: stop by Consorzio Vacche Rosse, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica della Ghiara, make a trip to I 3 Ponti di Calatrava, and get lost in a book at Libreria All'Arco.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Reggio Emilia online tour itinerary planner .

Reggio Emilia is just a stone's throw from Parma. In September, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Modena.

Things to do in Reggio Emilia

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Parco dell'Orecchiella, Pietra di Bismantova
Highlights from your plan
Pietra di Bismantova ©
Pietra di Bismantova
Consorzio Vacche Rosse ©
Consorzio Vacche Rosse
Basilica della Ghiara ©
Basilica della Ghiara

2
nights
Modena

Modena ©
Deemed the Capital of Engines, Modena is the birthplace of Enzo Ferrari and the headquarters of Italian sports cars.
Explore Modena's surroundings by going to Valeggio Sul Mincio (Parco Giardino Sigurta & Borghetto sul Mincio) and Palazzo Te (in Mantua). There's more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duomo di Modena and examine the collection at MEF-Museo Enzo Ferrari.

For other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Modena attractions planner .

Modena is very close to Reggio Emilia. September in Modena sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Rimini.

Things to do in Modena

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Valeggio Sul Mincio, Palazzo Te, Museo Ferrari
Highlights from your plan
Borghetto sul Mincio ©
Borghetto sul Mincio
Duomo di Modena ©
Duomo di Modena
MEF-Museo Enzo Ferrari ©
MEF-Museo Enzo Ferrari

3
nights
Rimini

Rimini ©
A popular resort town on Italy's east coast, Rimini has been an inhabited settlement since prehistoric times.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rimini: Ravenna (Mirabilandia, Mausoleo di Galla Placidia, & more), Castello di Gradara (in Gradara) and Acquario di Cattolica (in Cattolica). There's still lots to do: take in the views from The Tiberius Bridge, observe the fascinating underwater world at Oltremare, see the interesting displays at Italy in Miniature, and don't miss a visit to Porto Turistico Cesenatico.

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Rimini online visit planner .

Getting from Modena to Rimini by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In September, daytime highs in Rimini are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. You'll have a few hours on the 17th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Bologna.

Things to do in Rimini

Zoos & Aquariums Parks Theme Parks

Side Trips

Ravenna, Acquario di Cattolica, Oltremare, Porto Turistico Cesenatico, Castello di Gradara
Highlights from your plan
Basilica San Vitale ©
Basilica San Vitale
Mausoleo di Galla Placidia ©
Mausoleo di Galla Placidia
The Tiberius Bridge ©
The Tiberius Bridge

2
nights
Bologna

Bologna ©
A city famous for its cuisine, Bologna is the seat of the oldest university in the world, founded in 1088.
On the 17th (Tue), get engrossed in the history at La Macchina del Tempo, then take in the architecture and design of Academya Lingue, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica - Santuario di Santo Stefano, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica di San Domenico. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the masterpieces at Pinacoteca Nazionale di Bologna, pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di San Giacomo Maggiore, admire the striking features of Palazzo Comunale, then make a trip to Piazza Maggiore, and finally steep yourself in history at Basilica di San Petronio.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Bologna travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Rimini to Bologna takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. September in Bologna sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 17°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 19th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Bologna

Historic Sites Museums Classes
Highlights from your plan
Academya Lingue ©
Academya Lingue
Le Due Torri Torre degli Asinell ©
Le Due Torri Torre degli Asinell
Basilica - Santuario di Santo Stefano ©

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