28 days in Italy & Paris Itinerary

28 days in Italy & Paris Itinerary

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28 days in Italy & Paris Itinerary

Start: Paris, France
1
Paris, France
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
2
Florence, Italy
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Bologna, Italy
— 6 nights
Bus:  1​h
4
Parma, Italy
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Milan, Italy
— 5 nights
End: Milan, Italy

5
nights
Paris, France

Paris ©
A beautiful and romantic city fit for any itinerary, Paris brims with historic associations and remains vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Musée d'Orsay and Metiers Art Museum. Attractions like Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou and The Catacombs make great kid-friendly stops. Explore Paris' surroundings by going to Chartres Cathedral (in Chartres) and Versailles (Palace of Versailles & The Trianons & The Hamlet). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, explore the historical opulence of Luxembourg Palace, and take in panoramic vistas at Eiffel Tower.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Paris trip planner.

If you are flying in from Brazil, the closest major airports are Paris-Orly Airport, Charles de Gaulle International Airport and Paris Beauvais Tillé Airport. Expect a daytime high around 7°C in January, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel to Florence.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Versailles, Chartres Cathedral
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Arc de Triomphe ©
Arc de Triomphe
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower

6
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Galleria dell'Accademia and Basilica of Santa Croce in Florence. Attractions like Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Piazza della Signoria make great kid-friendly stops. Explore Florence's surroundings by going to Abbazia di San Galgano (in Chiusdino) and Siena (Centro Storico di Siena & Tower of Mangia). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Uffizi Gallery, don't miss a visit to Centro Storico, explore the world behind art at Museum of Opera of Saint Maria of Fiore, and admire the striking features of Campanile di Giotto.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Florence itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Paris to Florence takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Paris in February: highs in Florence hover around 13°C, while lows dip to 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Bologna.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trips

Siena, Abbazia di San Galgano
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Centro Storico ©
Centro Storico
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Abbazia di San Galgano ©
Abbazia di San Galgano

6
nights
Bologna, Italy

Bologna ©
A city famous for its cuisine, Bologna is the seat of the oldest university in the world, founded in 1088.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Museo per la Memoria di Ustica and Domus dei Tappeti di Pietra. Bring the kids along to Torri degli Asinelli e Garisenda and Mirabilandia. Venture out of the city with trips to Basilica di Sant'Apollinare in Classe (in Classe), Ferrara (Le Mura, Museo Archeologico Nazionale, & more), Ravenna (Battistero Neoniano (Battistero degli Ortodossi), Basilica San Vitale, & more) and Musei San Domenico (in Forli). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Basilica di San Petronio, take an in-depth tour of Museum of the History of Bologna, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cattedrale di San Pietro, and make a trip to Piazza Maggiore.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Bologna travel planner.

You can take a train from Florence to Bologna in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. When traveling from Florence in February, plan for a bit cooler days in Bologna, with highs around 10°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Parma.

Things to do in Bologna

Historic Sites Museums Theme Parks

Side Trips

Ferrara, Ravenna, Basilica di Sant'Apollinare in Classe, Musei San Domenico
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Basilica San Vitale ©
Basilica San Vitale
Castello Estense ©
Castello Estense
Musei San Domenico ©
Musei San Domenico

5
nights
Parma, Italy

Parma ©
Parma is famous for its prosciutto, cheese, and architecture.
Palazzo Te and Castello di Torrechiara will appeal to history buffs. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Museo di Palazzo Ducale and Baptistery of Parma. Get out of town with these interesting Parma side-trips: Mantua (Camera degli Sposi, Il Museo Storico dei Vigili del Fuoco, & more), Borgo Storico Di Grazzano Visconti (in Grazzano Visconti), Abbazia Cistercense di Chiaravalle della Colomba (in Alseno), Castello di Vigoleno (in Vigoleno), Nicolis Museum (in Villafranca di Verona), Gardaland Park (in Castelnuovo del Garda) and Rocca di Soragna (in Soragna). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Museo di Don Camillo e Peppone, explore the world behind art at Magnani-Rocca Foundation, and get engrossed in the history at Galleria Nazionale.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Parma itinerary builder.

You can take a train from Bologna to Parma in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in February, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Milan.

Things to do in Parma

Historic Sites Museums Theme Parks

Side Trips

Mantua, Abbazia Cistercense di Chiaravalle della Colomba, Gardaland Park, Castello di Vigoleno, Borgo Storico Di Grazzano Visconti
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Palazzo Te ©
Palazzo Te
Castello di Torrechiara ©
Castello di Torrechiara
Camera degli Sposi ©
Camera degli Sposi

5
nights
Milan, Italy

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.
Attractions like Duomo di Milano and Volandia Parco e Museo del Volo Malpensa make great kid-friendly stops. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at La Citta Alta and Ricetto di Candelo. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Milan: Piazza Ducale (in Vigevano), Basilica San Michele Maggiore (in Pavia), Brescia (Museo di Santa Giulia, Tempio Capitolino e Piazza del Foro, & more) and Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore (in Bergamo). And it doesn't end there: admire the landmark architecture of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, contemplate the long history of Il Cenacolo, get engrossed in the history at FAI Villa Necchi Campiglio, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di Sant'Ambrogio.

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Milan sightseeing planner.

You can take a train from Parma to Milan in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 10°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Brescia, Bergamo, Ricetto di Candelo, Piazza Ducale, Volandia Parco e Museo del Volo Malpensa
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La Citta Alta ©
La Citta Alta
Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore ©
Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore
Duomo di Milano ©
Duomo di Milano

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