22 days in Italy, Basel & Ottawa Itinerary

22 days in Italy, Basel & Ottawa Itinerary

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Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
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San Gimignano, Italy
— 3 nights
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Florence, Italy
— 4 nights
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Bologna, Italy
— 3 nights
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Venice, Italy
— 4 nights
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Basel, Switzerland
— 1 night
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Ottawa, Canada
— 2 nights

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Rome, Italy

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Family-friendly places like Pantheon and Piazza Navona will thrill your kids. Museum-lovers will get to explore Le Domus Romane di Palazzo Valentini and Stanze di Raffaello. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cupola di San Pietro, make a trip to Piazza del Campidoglio, appreciate the extensive heritage of Centro Storico Associazione Centro Storico, and contemplate the long history of Santa Maria Sopra Minerva.

For ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Rome online trip builder.

Ottawa, Canada to Rome is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Ottawa to Rome is 6 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Ottawa in June, with highs in Rome at 34°C and lows at 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) to allow time to drive to San Gimignano.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature

Side Trip

Vatican City
Highlights from your plan
Church of St. Louis of the French ©
Church of St. Louis of the French
St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica
Pantheon ©
Pantheon

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San Gimignano, Italy

San Gimignano ©
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Historic Centre of San Gimignano and San Gimignano 1300. Explore hidden gems such as Abbazia di San Galgano and Eremo di Montesiepi. Step out of San Gimignano to go to Chiusdino and see Castello di Miranduolo, which is approximately 1h 5 min away. The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Castello di Monteriggioni, contemplate the long history of Torre Grossa, make a trip to San Gimignano Bell Tower, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Duomo di San Gimignano.

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our San Gimignano holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Rome to San Gimignano takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Rome in July since evenings lows in San Gimignano dip to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Florence.

Things to do in San Gimignano

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Chiusdino, Historic Centre of the City of Pienza, Comune Di Certaldo, Castello di Monteriggioni
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San Gimignano Bell Tower ©
San Gimignano Bell Tower
Historic Centre of San Gimignano ©
Historic Centre of San Gimignano
Abbazia di San Galgano ©
Abbazia di San Galgano

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Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Centro Storico. Step off the beaten path and head to Duomo di Pisa and Sinagoga di Firenze e Museo ebraico. Get out of town with these interesting Florence side-trips: Piazza Anfiteatro (in Lucca) and Pisa (Leaning Tower of Pisa, Baptistery of St. John, &more). The adventure continues: stop by Tuscany in a Bottle, engage your brain at Museo Galileo - Institute and Museum of the History of Science, take a memorable tour with Tours, and explore the world behind art at Florence Academy of Fine Arts.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Florence itinerary planner.

Getting from San Gimignano to Florence by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can take a train to Bologna.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Pisa, Piazza Anfiteatro
Highlights from your plan
Tuscany in a Bottle ©
Tuscany in a Bottle
Centro Storico ©
Centro Storico
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore

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Bologna, Italy

Bologna ©
A city famous for its cuisine, Bologna is the seat of the oldest university in the world, founded in 1088.
Escape the urban bustle at Pushstart and Adrenaline & Extreme Tours. Explore hidden gems such as Museo Ferrari and Santuario di Madonna di San Luca. Explore Bologna's surroundings by going to Ferrara (Via delle Volte & Palazzo dei Diamanti), Cattolica (Lido delle Sirene & Acquario di Cattolica) and Castello di Gradara (in Gradara). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa di Santa Maria della Vita and contemplate the long history of Basilica di San Petronio.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Bologna online trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Florence to Bologna by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Bologna can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can drive to Venice.

Things to do in Bologna

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Maranello, Ferrara, Cattolica, Castello di Gradara
Highlights from your plan
Museo Ferrari ©
Museo Ferrari
Castello di Gradara ©
Castello di Gradara
Santuario di Madonna di San Luca ©
Santuario di Madonna di San Luca

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Venice, Italy

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.
Visit Piazza San Marco and Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari for their historical value. Attractions like Canal Grande and Doge's Palace make great kid-friendly stops. Explore Venice's surroundings by going to Basilica di Aquileia (in Aquileia), Military Memorial Redipuglia (in Fogliano Redipuglia) and Bibione Spiaggia (in Bibione). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Scuola Grande di San Rocco, admire the masterpieces at Museo Querini Stampalia, pause for some serene contemplation at San Giorgio Maggiore, and enjoy breathtaking views from Torre dell'Orologio.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Venice holiday planner.

Drive from Bologna to Venice in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to travel to Basel.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Basilica di Aquileia, Military Memorial Redipuglia, Bibione Spiaggia
Highlights from your plan
Scuola Grande di San Rocco ©
Scuola Grande di San Rocco
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari ©

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Basel, Switzerland

Basel ©
Situated where the Swiss, German, and French borders meet, Basel is considered the hub of Dreilandereck, this "three countries corner." Its location makes Basel a center of culture and history, brimming with important theaters and museums.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Murus Gallicus - Der Keltenwall, steep yourself in history at Basel Minster, admire the masterpieces at Jean Tinguely Museum, then admire the masterpieces at Fondation Beyeler, and finally stop by Basel's Old Town.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Basel vacation maker app.

You can fly from Venice to Basel in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Venice in July, expect Basel to be a bit cooler, temps between 32°C and 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can travel to Ottawa.

Things to do in Basel

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Fondation Beyeler
Highlights from your plan
Basel Minster ©
Basel Minster
Fondation Beyeler ©
Fondation Beyeler
Jean Tinguely Museum ©
Jean Tinguely Museum

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Ottawa, Canada

Ottawa ©
A major center of technology nicknamed "Silicon Valley North," Ottawa offers visitors a modern flavor with its range of trendy hotels, shops, and restaurants.
You'll explore and learn at National Gallery of Canada and Canadian Museum of Nature. Do some cultural sightseeing at Rideau Canal National Historic Site and Notre Dame Basilica. There's lots more to do: trek along Gatineau Park, appreciate the history behind National War Memorial, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and get a new perspective on things with Bayou-Outaouais.

For photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Ottawa day trip planning site.

Traveling by combination of flight, bus, and train from Basel to Ottawa takes 13.5 hours. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a -6 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in July, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ottawa

Museums · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

Gatineau
Highlights from your plan
Rideau Canal National Historic Site ©
Rideau Canal National Historic Site
Canadian Museum of Nature ©
Canadian Museum of Nature
National Gallery of Canada ©
National Gallery of Canada

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