55 days in Italy & Belgium Itinerary

55 days in Italy & Belgium Itinerary

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Train to Milan Malpensa, Fly to Liege
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Liege, Belgium
— 1 day
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Charleroi, Belgium
— 2 nights
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Mechelen, Belgium
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Antwerp, Belgium
— 3 nights
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Brussels, Belgium
— 5 nights
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Naples, Italy
— 6 nights
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Rome, Italy
— 5 nights
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Florence, Italy
— 5 nights
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Bologna, Italy
— 5 nights
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Ferrara, Italy
— 1 night
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Udine, Italy
— 1 night
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Bergamo, Italy
— 4 nights
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Novara, Italy
— 1 night
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Turin, Italy
— 5 nights
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Genoa, Italy
— 4 nights
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Liege, Belgium

— 1 day

The Fervent City

Although decidedly industrial on the outskirts, Liege also boasts impressive architecture.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Forestia, see the interesting displays at La Boverie, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral de Liege (Liege Cathedral), then get to know the fascinating history of Coteaux de la Citadelle, and finally take a stroll through La Place du Marche.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Liege trip planning website.

Lugano, Switzerland to Liege is an approximately 6-hour combination of train and flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Lugano in June, with highs in Liege at 26°C and lows at 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can drive to Charleroi.

Things to do in Liege

Museums · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Charleroi, Belgium

— 2 nights
Charleroi is a city and a municipality of Wallonia, located in the province of Hainaut, Belgium. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): see the interesting displays at Le Bois du Cazier, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbaye de Villers, then get engrossed in the history at Memorial Waterloo 1815, and finally steep yourself in history at Gare de Charleroi-Sud.

To find photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Charleroi trip planner.

Traveling by car from Liege to Charleroi takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In June, daytime highs in Charleroi are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Mechelen.

Things to do in Charleroi

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Mechelen, Belgium

Truly a hidden gem, the town of Mechelen features a number of museums, a famous cathedral, and charming squares, all while remaining relatively under the radar.
On the 4th (Sat), take an in-depth tour of Fort Breendonk.

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You can drive from Charleroi to Mechelen in an hour. Another option is to take a train. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in June, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Antwerp.

Things to do in Mechelen

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

Antwerp, Belgium

— 3 nights
Its reputation as a business-centric city distracts many visitors from the real draws of Antwerp: its historical sites, architectural beauty, and lively culture.
Let the collections at Rubens House (Rubenshuis) and STAM Ghent City Museum capture your imagination. Get some cultural insight at Graslei and Korenlei and Museum Plantin-Moretus. Explore Antwerp's surroundings by going to Ghent (Ghent City Center & Post Plaza) and Ieper (Ypres) (Menin Gate Memorial, In Flanders Fields Museum, &more). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at MAS - Museum aan de Stroom, get to know the fascinating history of Grote Markt, and admire the landmark architecture of Antwerpen-Centraal.

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Antwerp day trip planning site.

Drive from Mechelen to Antwerp in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June in Antwerp, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can go by car to Brussels.

Things to do in Antwerp

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Brussels, Belgium

— 5 nights

Capital of Europe

The allure of the multi-cultural capital, Brussels, stems from its mix of political intrigue, artistic influence, historical significance, and a thriving social scene.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Grand Place and St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule). Musical Instruments Museum (MIM) and Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Brussels side-trips: Bruges (Kantcentrum, Historic Centre of Brugge, &more) and Ghent (Gravensteen & Saint Bavo's Cathedral). The adventure continues: browse the exhibits of Atomium, admire the masterpieces at Magritte Museum, make a trip to Belgian Comic Strip Center, and appreciate the history behind Manneken Pis.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Brussels attractions planner.

Getting from Antwerp to Brussels by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Antwerp in June, plan for a bit cooler days in Brussels, with highs around 23°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Sun) to allow time for the flight to Naples.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

Naples, Italy

— 6 nights
Naples is the capital of the Italian region Campania and the third-largest municipality in Italy after Rome and Milan. Get a sense of the local culture at Pompeii Archaeological Park and Villa Rufolo. Your inner history buff will appreciate Duomo di Ravello and Museo Cappella Sansevero. Venture out of the city with trips to Duomo di Sant'Andrea (in Amalfi), Fishing Charters & Tours (in Sorrento) and Ravello (Villa Cimbrone Gardens & Ceramiche Cosmolena di Margherita di Palma). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli, learn about all things military at Galleria Borbonica, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Duomo di Napoli, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Underground Naples.

To see other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Naples online trip builder.

Getting from Brussels to Naples by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Brussels in June: high temperatures in Naples hover around 32°C and lows are around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Rome.

Things to do in Naples

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Rome, Italy

— 5 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Popular historic sites such as Colosseum and St. Peter's Basilica are in your itinerary. Vatican Museums and Vatican Grottoes will appeal to museum buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rome: Tivoli (Villa Adriana & Villa d'Este). Next up on the itinerary: explore the ancient world of Palatine Hill, steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Square, don't miss a visit to Roman Forum, and admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Rome tour app.

Getting from Naples to Rome by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. In June, daily temperatures in Rome can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Florence, Italy

— 5 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Appreciate the collections at Florence Academy of Fine Arts and Pitti Palace. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and The Baptistery of St. John. Change things up with these side-trips from Florence: Siena (San Francesco, Nature & Wildlife Tours, &more), Castello di Monterinaldi (in Radda in Chianti) and Le mura di Lucca (in Lucca). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Piazzale Michelangelo, get a sense of history and politics at Museo Nazionale del Bargello, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza della Signoria, and see the interesting displays at Museo Aviotruppe Esercito Italiano.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Florence tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Rome to Florence by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In June, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Bologna.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Bologna, Italy

— 5 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.
Museo per la Memoria di Ustica and Museo Civico Medievale will appeal to museum buffs. Basilica San Vitale and Piazza Maggiore will appeal to history buffs. Explore Bologna's surroundings by going to Ravenna (Pineta di Classe & Mausoleo di Galla Placidia), Il Villaggio delle Cicogne (in Fosso Ghiaia) and Pineta di Pinarella e Tagliata (in Pinarella). There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di San Petronio, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica di San Domenico, explore the world behind art at Pinacoteca Nazionale di Bologna, and examine the collection at San Colombano - Tagliavini Collection.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Bologna trip planner.

Getting from Florence to Bologna by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to drive to Ferrara.

Things to do in Bologna

Museums · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Ferrara, Italy

— 1 night

Heart of the Italian Renaissance

With surrounding medieval walls and network of 15th- and 16th-century architecture, the city of Ferrara is often deemed the Heart of the Italian Renaissance.
On the 4th (Mon), get to know the fascinating history of Le Mura di Ferrara, admire the masterpieces at Museo di Casa Romei, then contemplate the long history of Palazzo Schifanoia (Palazzo della Gioia), then appreciate the extensive heritage of Via delle Volte, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ferrara Cathedral.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Ferrara vacation maker tool.

Getting from Bologna to Ferrara by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in July, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Udine.

Things to do in Ferrara

Historic Sites · Museums

Udine, Italy

— 1 night
Udine is a city and comune in northeastern Italy, in the middle of the Friuli-Venezia Giulia region, between the Adriatic Sea and the Alps (Alpi Carniche). Start off your visit on the 5th (Tue): examine the collection at Museo Archeologico Nazionale - Cividale del Friuli, admire the landmark architecture of Il Tempietto Longobardo, contemplate the long history of Cividale del Friuli - UNESCO World Heritage Centre, then explore the historical opulence of Il Castello di Udine, and finally get engrossed in the history at Cathedral of Santa Maria Annunziata.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Udine trip planner.

You can drive from Ferrara to Udine in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. While traveling from Ferrara, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Udine, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Bergamo.

Things to do in Udine

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Bergamo, Italy

— 4 nights

City of a Thousand

In the foothills of the Alps, Bergamo is features a wealth of artistic treasures and a charming medieval atmosphere.
You'll explore and learn at Casa di Giulietta and Accademia Carrara. Do some cultural sightseeing at Museo di Castelvecchio and La Citta Alta. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bergamo: Verona (Arche Scaligere, Piazza delle Erbe, &more). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore, contemplate the long history of Rocca di Bergamo, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa della Madonna dello Spasimo, and get great views at Campanone o Torre Civica.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Bergamo online holiday planner.

You can fly from Udine to Bergamo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Bergamo are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Novara.

Things to do in Bergamo

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trip

Novara, Italy

— 1 night
Novara is the capital city of the province of Novara in the Piedmont region in northwest Italy, to the west of Milan. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sun): get a taste of the local shopping with Galleria d'Arte Moderna Giannoni, pause for some serene contemplation at Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta, pause for some serene contemplation at Battistero, then see the interesting displays at Museo diocesano della Canonica del Duomo di Novara, then explore the historical opulence of Castello Visconteo Sforzesco, and finally examine the collection at Museo di Storia Naturale Faraggiana Ferrandi.

To find ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Novara trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Bergamo to Novara in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Novara are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to drive to Turin.

Things to do in Novara

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Turin, Italy

— 5 nights

City of Magic

A city of technology and industry, Turin is in northwestern Italy, a one-hour drive from the French border and slightly more than that from the Mediterranean Sea.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Duomo di Torino e Cappella della Sacra Sindone and Palazzina di Caccia di Stupinigi. Museum-lovers will appreciate Museo Egizio and Museo Nazionale del Cinema. Get out of town with these interesting Turin side-trips: Castello di Fenis (in Fenis), Aosta (Criptoportico Forense, Teatro Romano, &more) and Forte di Bard (in Bard). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Museo Nazionale dell'Automobile, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tempio Israelitico, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di Maria Ausiliatrice, and contemplate the long history of Palazzo Reale.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Turin trip itinerary app.

Traveling by car from Novara to Turin takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Novara in July, plan for slightly colder days in Turin, with highs around 30°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to drive to Genoa.

Things to do in Turin

Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Genoa, Italy

— 4 nights
Once the most important harbor in the Mediterranean Sea, Genoa has a long history as a rich and powerful trade center in northern Italy.
Popular historic sites such as Galleria Nazionale di Palazzo Spinola and Via Giuseppe Garibaldi are in your itinerary. Let the collections at Basilica di Santa Maria di Castello and Dialogo nel Buio capture your imagination. Explore Genoa's surroundings by going to Portovenere (in Porto Venere), Cinque Terre Trails (in Cinque Terre) and Pieve dei Santi Cornelio e Cipriano (in Codiponte). There's much more to do: discover the deep blue sea with Enjoy Cinqueterre Boat Tours, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cattedrale di San Lorenzo - Duomo di Genova, get to know the fascinating history of Passeggiata Anita Garibaldi a Nervi, and admire the landmark architecture of House of Gio Carlo Brignole.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Genoa sightseeing tool.

Traveling by car from Turin to Genoa takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Turin in July, Genoa is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Milan.

Things to do in Genoa

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Outdoors

Side Trips

Milan, Italy

— 6 nights

Fashion Capital of World

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.
Get some cultural insight at Duomo di Milano and Pinacoteca di Brera. Pinacoteca Ambrosiana and Museo Poldi Pezzoli will appeal to museum buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Milan: Casa dei Presepi (in Mezzegra), Tremezzina (Villa Carlotta & Chiosco Villa Carlotta) and Universal Diving School (in Alzate Brianza). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Castello Sforzesco, get curious at Museo Della Scienza E Della Tecnologia Leonardo da Vinci, take in the spiritual surroundings of Il Cenacolo, and pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Milan holiday planner.

You can drive from Genoa to Milan in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Genoa in July, expect little chillier with lows of 21°C in Milan. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) to allow time to drive back home.

Things to do in Milan

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Wildlife

Side Trips

Belgium travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Historic Sites · Monuments
A small country packing a big punch in terms of tourist attractions, Belgium sits at the crossroads of Western Europe, its cities soaked in history and famed for their lively arts, fashion, and dining scenes. Although it advertises itself simply as "A Food Lover's Dream," this country of just 11 million people boasts a rich architectural heritage, world-famous breweries, pristine natural areas, and touching memorials marking major battlegrounds from both World War I and World War II. Put the country's elegant cities of Brussels and Bruges at the top of your itinerary, but don't forget that Belgium's less-explored countryside offers dense forests, rolling hills, and lush valleys.

Italy travel guide

4.6
Landmarks · Ruins · Sacred & Religious Sites
Italy is a land of high fashion, fine art, exquisite architecture, luxury sports cars, outstanding cuisine--and an insatiable taste for "la dolce vita." It's also home to the greatest number of World Heritage Sites in the world, making it an ideal place for your next holiday. The country boasts a varied landscape of mountain ranges, alpine lakes, and coastal towns, so it's no wonder travelers often refer to it as the bel paese (beautiful country). With so many places to visit, visitors often have a difficult time planning their itinerary. The smaller villages each feature a distinct character and a blend of architecture, art, and cuisine. In the country, you'll find countless archeological sites dating back to Roman times and beyond. The country's cities and seaside resorts are cosmopolitan powerhouses with museums, galleries, restaurants, shops, open-air markets, and pedestrian-friendly historic areas.