11 days in Bologna, Portofino & Venice Itinerary

11 days in Bologna, Portofino & Venice Itinerary

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11 days in Bologna, Portofino & Venice Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  14​h
1
Bologna
— 2 nights
2
Portofino
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Venice
— 4 nights
Fly:  12​h
End: Chicago

2
nights
Bologna

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 Adrenaline & Extreme Tours and Sentiero Via degli Dei. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Basilica - Santuario di Santo Stefano and Santuario di Madonna di San Luca. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bologna: Modena (Duomo di Modena & MEF-Museo Enzo Ferrari) and Museo Ferrari (in Maranello). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa di Santa Maria della Vita, steep yourself in history at Basilica di San Domenico, take an in-depth tour of La Macchina del Tempo, and pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di San Petronio.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Bologna trip planner .

Chicago, USA to Bologna is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Chicago to Bologna. Traveling from Chicago in July, expect nights in Bologna to be about the same, around 67°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 89°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Portofino.

Things to do in Bologna

Historic Sites Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Modena, Maranello
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Santuario di Madonna di San Luca ©
Duomo di Modena ©
Duomo di Modena

3
nights
Portofino

Portofino ©
Portofino is an Italian fishing village and holiday resort famous for its picturesque harbour and historical association with celebrity and artistic visitors. We've included these beaches for you: Baia del Silenzio and Sun Beach. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Santa Margherita Ligure and Santuario di Montallegro. Go for a jaunt from Portofino to Santa Margherita Ligure to see Parco Naturale Regionale di Portofino about 32 minutes away. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Baia di Paraggi, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bagni Marina Stabilimento Balneare, and view the masterpieces at Galleria d'Arte Portofino.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Portofino journey planner .

Drive from Bologna to Portofino in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Bologna in July, plan for slightly colder days in Portofino, with highs around 82°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Venice.

Things to do in Portofino

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Santa Margherita Ligure, Sestri Levante, Bagni Marina Stabilimento Balneare, Santuario di Montallegro
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Santa Margherita Ligure ©
Santa Margherita Ligure
Baia del Silenzio ©
Baia del Silenzio
Santuario di Montallegro ©
Santuario di Montallegro

4
nights
Venice

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Dorsoduro and Centro Storico di Venezia. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Doge's Palace and Canal Grande. There's much more to do: take a stroll through Cannaregio, make a trip to Basilica Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, contemplate the long history of Ponte dei Sospiri, and deepen your knowledge of military history at Venetian Arsenal.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Venice trip itinerary planning app .

Getting from Portofino to Venice by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect a daytime high around 87°F in July, and nighttime lows around 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Scuola Grande di San Rocco ©
Scuola Grande di San Rocco
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco

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