12 days in Bologna, Portofino & Venice Itinerary

12 days in Bologna, Portofino & Venice Itinerary

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12 days in Bologna, Portofino & Venice Itinerary

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

1
night
Bologna

Bologna ©
A city famous for its cuisine, Bologna is the seat of the oldest university in the world, founded in 1088.
On the 30th (Sun), see the interesting displays at Museo per la Memoria di Ustica, pause for some serene contemplation at Cattedrale di San Pietro, then explore the world behind art at Museo di Palazzo Poggi, then pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di Santa Maria della Vita, and finally make a trip to Torri degli Asinelli e Garisenda. On your second day here, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica di San Domenico, appreciate the extensive heritage of Complesso Monumentale San Michele In Bosco, then head outdoors with Giardini Margherita, and finally get outside with Torre Prendiparte.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Bologna trip itinerary maker .

Chicago, USA to Bologna is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Chicago to Bologna is 7 hours. In June, daytime highs in Bologna are 84°F, while nighttime lows are 62°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to go by car to Portofino.

Things to do in Bologna

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Chiesa di Santa Maria della Vita ©
Chiesa di Santa Maria della Vita
Cattedrale di San Pietro ©
Cattedrale di San Pietro
Basilica di San Domenico ©
Basilica di San Domenico

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. Bring the kids along to Baia di Paraggi and Bagni Marina Stabilimento Balneare. Get a sense of the local culture at Castello Brown and Faro di Portofino. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of San Giorgio, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Parrocchia Di San Martino, identify plant and animal life at Area Marina Protetta Portofino, and head outdoors with Blackwave.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Portofino trip itinerary builder website .

Drive from Bologna to Portofino in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Bologna in July, expect nights in Portofino to be about the same, around 71°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 82°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to drive to Venice.

Things to do in Portofino

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Side Trips

Camogli, Recco, Baia di Paraggi
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Marina di Portofino ©
Marina di Portofino
Bagni Marina Stabilimento Balneare ©
Area Marina Protetta Portofino ©
Area Marina Protetta Portofino

6
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.
Visiting Canal Grande and Laguna Veneta will get you outdoors. Discover out-of-the-way places like Scuola Grande di San Rocco and Centro Storico di Venezia. There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at San Giorgio Maggiore, wander the streets of Cannaregio, appreciate the extensive heritage of St. Mark's Square, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Venice attractions planning site .

Traveling by car from Portofino to Venice takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. July in Venice sees daily highs of 87°F and lows of 67°F at night. You'll set off for home on the 10th (Wed).

Things to do in Venice

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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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