55 days in Italy & Belgium Itinerary

55 days in Italy & Belgium Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Europe trip planner

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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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Milan, Italy
— 6 nights
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Liege, Belgium

— 1 day

The Fervent City

Although decidedly industrial on the outskirts, Liege also boasts impressive architecture.
On the 18th (Sun), identify plant and animal life at Forestia, explore the world behind art at La Boverie, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at 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 where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Liege online travel route planner.

Lugano, Switzerland to Liege is an approximately 6-hour combination of train and flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Expect slightly colder evenings in Liege when traveling from Lugano in April, with lows around 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to go by car 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. Start off your visit on the 19th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Le Bois du Cazier, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbaye de Villers, then steep yourself in history at Memorial Waterloo 1815, and finally steep yourself in history at Gare de Charleroi-Sud.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Charleroi online day trip planner.

You can drive from Liege to Charleroi in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) 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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Tue): take an in-depth tour of Fort Breendonk.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Mechelen online trip itinerary builder.

Drive from Charleroi to Mechelen in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In April in Mechelen, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride 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.
You'll explore and learn at STAM Ghent City Museum and Red Star Line Museum. Graslei and Korenlei and Saint George's Memorial Church will appeal to history buffs. Explore Antwerp's surroundings by going to Ghent (Ghent City Center & Post Plaza) and Ieper (Ypres) (Menin Gate Memorial & In Flanders Fields Museum). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Rubens House (Rubenshuis), appreciate the extensive heritage of Grote Markt, take an in-depth tour of Museum Plantin-Moretus, and admire the landmark architecture of Antwerpen-Centraal.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Antwerp trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Mechelen to Antwerp takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in April, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive 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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Atomium and Belgian Comic Strip Center. Visit Grand Place and Gravensteen for their historical value. Venture out of the city with trips to Saint Bavo's Cathedral (in Ghent) and Bruges (Kantcentrum, Historic Centre of Brugge, &more). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), step into the grandiose world of Royal Palace of Brussels, see the interesting displays at Horta Museum (Musee Horta), and explore the world behind art at Magritte Museum.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Brussels road trip planning app.

Drive from Antwerp to Brussels in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Brussels can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly 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. Museum-lovers will get to explore Galleria Borbonica and Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli. Pompeii Archaeological Park and Villa Rufolo are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Naples: Ravello (Duomo di Ravello, Villa Cimbrone Gardens, &more), Duomo di Sant'Andrea (in Amalfi) and Fishing Charters & Tours (in Sorrento). Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Museo Cappella Sansevero, take an in-depth tour of Museo e Real Bosco di Capodimonte, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Duomo di Napoli, and don't miss a visit to Acquaquiglia del Pozzaro.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Naples tour itinerary builder app.

Fly from Brussels to Naples in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Brussels in April; daily highs in Naples reach 23°C and lows reach 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Rome.

Things to do in Naples

Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · 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.
Vatican Museums and Vatican Grottoes will appeal to museum buffs. Visit Colosseum and St. Peter's Basilica for their historical value. Venture out of the city with trips to Tivoli (Villa Adriana & Villa d'Este). There's lots more to do: explore the ancient world of Pantheon, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona, contemplate the long history of Roman Forum, and stroll the grounds of Catacombs of Saint Callixtus.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Rome visit planning tool.

You can take a train from Naples to Rome in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. May in Rome sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · 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.
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Florence Academy of Fine Arts are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Let the collections at Pitti Palace and Museo Nazionale del Bargello capture your imagination. Venture out of the city with trips to Castello di Monterinaldi (in Radda in Chianti), Le mura di Lucca (in Lucca) and Siena (San Francesco, Nature & Wildlife Tours, &more). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Baptistery of St. John, take in the views from Ponte Vecchio, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica of Santa Croce, and make a trip to Piazzale Michelangelo.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Florence driving holiday planning site.

Getting from Rome to Florence by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Traveling from Rome in May, plan for slightly colder nights in Florence, with lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Bologna.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · 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.
Popular historic sites such as Basilica San Vitale and Basilica di San Domenico are in your itinerary. Pinacoteca Nazionale di Bologna and Casa Museo Luciano Pavarotti will appeal to museum buffs. Explore Bologna's surroundings by going to Il Villaggio delle Cicogne (in Fosso Ghiaia), Pineta di Pinarella e Tagliata (in Pinarella) and Ravenna (Pineta di Classe & Mausoleo di Galla Placidia). The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica - Santuario di Santo Stefano, examine the collection at Museo Ferrari, take an in-depth tour of Museo Civico Medievale, and take in panoramic vistas at Le Due Torri Torre degli Asinell.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Bologna online trip maker.

Getting from Florence to Bologna by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. May in Bologna sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) 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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Thu): get to know the fascinating history of Le Mura di Ferrara, admire the masterpieces at Museo di Casa Romei, contemplate the long history of Palazzo Schifanoia (Palazzo della Gioia), then get to know the fascinating history of Via delle Volte, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ferrara Cathedral.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Ferrara online trip planner.

You can drive from Bologna to Ferrara in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in May, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can 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 21st (Fri): see the interesting displays at Museo Archeologico Nazionale - Cividale del Friuli, pause for some serene contemplation at Il Tempietto Longobardo, then steep yourself in history at Cividale del Friuli - UNESCO World Heritage Centre, then step into the grandiose world of Il Castello di Udine, and finally get engrossed in the history at Cathedral of Santa Maria Annunziata.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Udine day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Ferrara to Udine takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May in Udine, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) 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.
Visit Museo di Castelvecchio and Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore for their historical value. You'll explore and learn at Casa di Giulietta and La Vetrina di Porta Dipinta. Venture out of the city with trips to Verona (Arche Scaligere, Piazza delle Erbe, &more). The adventure continues: admire the landmark architecture of La Citta Alta, pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di San Michele al Pozzo Bianco, shop like a local with Accademia Carrara, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Cattedrale (Duomo) di Bergamo e Battistero.

Before you visit Bergamo, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can fly from Udine to Bergamo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can 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. Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): shop like a local with Galleria d'Arte Moderna Giannoni, pause for some serene contemplation at Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Battistero, see the interesting displays at Museo diocesano della Canonica del Duomo di Novara, then step into the grandiose world of Castello Visconteo Sforzesco, and finally see the interesting displays at Museo di Storia Naturale Faraggiana Ferrandi.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Novara trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Drive from Bergamo to Novara in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Novara are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time 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.
Appreciate the collections at Museo Egizio and Museo Nazionale dell'Automobile. Get some cultural insight at Museo Nazionale del Cinema and Santuario della Consolata. Explore Turin's surroundings by going to Aosta (Criptoportico Forense, Teatro Romano, &more), Forte di Bard (in Bard) and Castello di Fenis (in Fenis). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Duomo di Torino e Cappella della Sacra Sindone, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tempio Israelitico, examine the collection at Palazzina di Caccia di Stupinigi, and pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di Santa Maria del Monte dei Cappuccini.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Turin trip builder website.

Traveling by car from Novara to Turin takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Novara in May, expect nights in Turin to be about the same, around 12°C, while days are little chillier, around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) to allow time to drive to Genoa.

Things to do in Turin

Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Shopping

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Basilica di Santa Maria di Castello and Galleria Nazionale di Palazzo Spinola. Galata Museo del Mare and Palazzo Ducale will appeal to museum buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Genoa: Cinque Terre Trails (in Cinque Terre), Pieve dei Santi Cornelio e Cipriano (in Codiponte) and Portovenere (in Porto Venere). There's still lots to do: discover the deep blue sea with Enjoy Cinqueterre Boat Tours, make a trip to Via Giuseppe Garibaldi, see the interesting displays at Dialogo nel Buio, and steep yourself in history at Abbazia di San Fruttuoso.

To see where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Genoa online trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Turin to Genoa by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Turin in May, Genoa is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can go by car to Milan.

Things to do in Genoa

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · 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 a sense of the local culture at Duomo di Milano and Pinacoteca di Brera. Pinacoteca Ambrosiana and Basilica di Sant'Ambrogio will appeal to museum buffs. Explore Milan's surroundings by going to Universal Diving School (in Alzate Brianza), Casa dei Presepi (in Mezzegra) and Tremezzina (Villa Carlotta & Chiosco Villa Carlotta). And it doesn't end there: explore the historical opulence of Castello Sforzesco, take in the exciting artwork at Mostra Keith Haring, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, and admire the landmark architecture of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Milan online trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Genoa to Milan in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Genoa in June, expect nights in Milan to be about the same, around 20°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 33°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough 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.