12 days in Milan, Bologna & Venice Itinerary

12 days in Milan, Bologna & Venice Itinerary

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12 days in Milan, Bologna & Venice Itinerary

Start: Milan
1
Milan
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
2
Bologna
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Venice
— 3 nights
End: Venice

4
nights
Milan

Milan ©
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Il Cenacolo and Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore. Your inner history buff will appreciate Gropparello Castle - Fairy Tales Park and Como Cathedral. Explore Milan's surroundings by going to Borgo Castell'Arquato (in Castell'Arquato) and Brescia (Duomo Vecchio di Brescia & Brescia Castle). And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Navigli District, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di Sant'Ambrogio, admire the landmark architecture of Santa Maria delle Grazie, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Monumental Cemetery.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Milan travel itinerary creator.

If you are flying in from Ecuador, the closest major airports are Malpensa International Airport, Milano Linate Airport and Il Caravaggio International Airport. October in Milan sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Bologna.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Brescia, Borgo Castell'Arquato, Cathedral of Como (Duomo), Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore, Castello di Gropparello
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Castello di Gropparello ©
Castello di Gropparello
Borgo Castell'Arquato ©
Borgo Castell'Arquato
Brescia Castle ©
Brescia Castle

4
nights
Bologna

Bologna ©
A city famous for its cuisine, Bologna is the seat of the oldest university in the world, founded in 1088.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Castello Estense and Basilica di Sant'Apollinare Nuovo. Do some cultural sightseeing at Basilica San Vitale and Mausoleo di Galla Placidia. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bologna: Ferrara (Basilica Cattedrale di San Giorgio Martire & Le Mura), Argenta Golf Club (in Argenta) and Battistero Neoniano (Battistero degli Ortodossi) (in Ravenna). On the 7th (Sat), give your taste buds a day to remember with a local gastronomic tour. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica - Santuario di Santo Stefano, steep yourself in history at Santuario di Madonna di San Luca, and pause for some serene contemplation at Centro San Domenico.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Bologna itinerary builder.

Traveling by train from Milan to Bologna takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October in Bologna, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Venice.

Things to do in Bologna

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Ravenna, Ferrara, Argenta Golf Club
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Le Mura di Ferrara ©
Le Mura di Ferrara
Basilica di San Domenico ©
Basilica di San Domenico

3
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Cannaregio and St. Mary of the Friars. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Dorsoduro and Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute. Change things up with these side-trips from Venice: Vicenza (Basilica Palladiana & Piazza dei Signori), Padua (Caffe Pedrocchi & Palazzo della Ragione) and Chiesa di San Francesco (in Schio). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Giorgio Maggiore, steep yourself in history at Scuola Grande di San Rocco, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica dei Frari, and admire the striking features of Scala Contarini del Bovolo.

To find where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Venice trip itinerary builder.

You can take a train from Bologna to Venice in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October in Venice, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to drive back home.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Nightlife

Side Trips

Vicenza, Padua, San Francesco
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Piazza dei Signori ©
Piazza dei Signori
Ragione Palace ©
Ragione Palace
Scala Contarini del Bovolo ©
Scala Contarini del Bovolo

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