57 days in Italy, The Netherlands & Belgium Itinerary

57 days in Italy, The Netherlands & Belgium Itinerary

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Turin, Italy
— 4 nights
Train
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Milan, Italy
— 5 nights
Train
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Bologna, Italy
— 6 nights
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Modena, Italy
— 1 night
Train
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Naples, Italy
— 6 nights
Drive
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Bari, Italy
— 4 nights
Fly
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Vicenza, Italy
— 4 nights
Fly to Brussels, Train to Maastricht
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Maastricht, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
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Den Bosch, The Netherlands
— 3 nights
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Nijmegen, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
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Heerenveen, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 5 nights
Drive
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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
— 4 nights
Drive
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Mechelen, Belgium
— 1 night
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Brussels, Belgium
— 3 nights
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Charleroi, Belgium
— 4 nights
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Turin, Italy

— 4 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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Museo Egizio and Museo Nazionale del Cinema. Get some cultural insight at Museo Nazionale dell'Automobile and Santuario della Consolata. Venture out of the city with trips to Sacra di San Michele (in Sant'Ambrogio di Torino), Palazzina di Caccia di Stupinigi (in Stupinigi) and Reggia di Venaria Reale (in Venaria Reale). There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Parco Nazionale Gran Paradiso, step into the grandiose world of Castello di Verres, take an in-depth tour of Museum of the Risorgimento, and see the interesting displays at Forte di Bard.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Turin trip itinerary app.

Reims, France to Turin is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Traveling from Reims in August, plan for a bit warmer nights in Turin, with lows around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Milan.

Things to do in Turin

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 1 — 5:

Milan, Italy

— 5 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.
Popular historic sites such as Duomo di Milano and Castello Sforzesco are in your itinerary. Do some cultural sightseeing at Monumental Cemetery and Museo Poldi Pezzoli. Venture out of the city with trips to Universal Diving School (in Alzate Brianza), Leolandia (in Capriate San Gervasio) and La Citta Alta (in Bergamo). There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Pinacoteca Ambrosiana, make a trip to Piazza del Duomo, steep yourself in history at Forte Montecchio Nord, and pause for some serene contemplation at S. Giovanni Battista.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Milan online trip planner.

Traveling by train from Turin to Milan takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Turin in August, you will find days in Milan are a bit warmer (34°C), and nights are about the same (22°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can take a train to Bologna.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 5 — 10:

Bologna, Italy

— 6 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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and The Baptistery of St. John. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Florence Academy of Fine Arts and Basilica of Santa Croce. Explore Bologna's surroundings by going to Florence (Campanile di Giotto, Piazza del Duomo, &more) and Fiesole Cathedral Cattedrale di San Romolo - Fiesole (in Fiesole). There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica - Santuario di Santo Stefano, get engrossed in the history at La Macchina del Tempo, steep yourself in history at Basilica di San Petronio, and see the interesting displays at Museo per la Memoria di Ustica.

To find maps and tourist information, refer to the Bologna trip planner.

Traveling by train from Milan to Bologna takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in August, and nighttime lows around 22°C. On the 16th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Modena.

Things to do in Bologna

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 10 — 16:

Modena, Italy

— 1 night

Capital of Engines

Deemed the Capital of Engines, Modena is the birthplace of Enzo Ferrari and the headquarters of Italian sports cars.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): indulge your taste buds at Acetaia Giuseppe Giusti, then see the interesting displays at Museo Ferrari, then sample the fine beverages at Acetaia Villa San Donnino, and finally see the interesting displays at Casa Museo Luciano Pavarotti. On the 17th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Grande, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Duomo di Modena, and then examine the collection at MEF-Museo Enzo Ferrari.

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Modena trip planner.

Traveling by car from Bologna to Modena takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in August, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Naples.

Things to do in Modena

Historic Sites · Museums · Breweries & Distilleries

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Find places to stay Aug 16 — 17:

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 Museo Cappella Sansevero and LAES - La Napoli Sotterranea. Popular historic sites such as Pompeii Archaeological Park and Villa Rufolo are in your itinerary. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Naples: Amalfi (Duomo di Sant'Andrea & Cloister del Paradiso), Ravello (Villa Cimbrone Gardens & Duomo di Ravello) and Pompeii (Villa dei Misteri & Lupanar). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli, steep yourself in history at Catacombe di San Gaudioso, pause for some serene contemplation at Duomo di Napoli, and explore the ancient world of Parco Acheologico di Ercolano.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Naples trip planner.

You can take a train from Modena to Naples in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in August, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can drive to Bari.

Things to do in Naples

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 17 — 23:

Bari, Italy

— 4 nights

Gateway to Apulia

Puglia's capital city, Bari, is a growing metropolis of industry and one of the country's most important commercial ports.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Museo Laboratorio della Civilta Contadina and La Cantina Frrud - Museo del Vino. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Sassi di Matera and Basilica San Nicola. Venture out of the city with trips to Cattedrale di Trani (in Trani), Museo Etnografico dell'Alta Murgia di Altamura (in Altamura) and Andria (Museo del Confetto Mucci Giovanni & Castel del Monte). There's lots more to do: explore the different monuments and memorials at Bari War Cemetery, don't miss a visit to Citta Vecchia - Bari, pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di Sant'Anna, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa di San Giacomo.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Bari journey planner.

You can drive from Naples to Bari in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In August in Bari, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 24°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel to Vicenza.

Things to do in Bari

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 23 — 27:

Vicenza, Italy

— 4 nights

City of Palladio

Famous for its abundance of 16th-century architecture designed by Andrea Palladio, Vicenza was coined the City of Palladio.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Palazzo da Schio, Ca' d'Oro and Castello del Buonconsiglio Monumenti e Collezioni Provinciali. Scrovegni Chapel and Musei Civici Agli Eremitani are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Vicenza: Basilica of St. Anthony (in Padua), Via Ferrata Rio Sallagoni (in Arco) and Chiesa di Santa Maria Assunta (in Fiera di Primiero). There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Oasi degli Stagni di Casale, admire the striking features of Basilica Palladiana, appreciate the history behind Statua di Antonio Fogazzaro, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa di San Gaetano Thiene.

For photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Vicenza itinerary planning site.

Getting from Bari to Vicenza by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from Bari in August, expect nights in Vicenza to be about the same, around 24°C, while days are little chillier, around 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Maastricht.

Things to do in Vicenza

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 27 — 31:

Maastricht, The Netherlands

— 2 nights

Culinary Capital of the Netherlands

With 1,677 national heritage sites, Maastricht is a town rich in history.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Op Ezel Avontuur, get engrossed in the history at War Museum Eyewitness, view the masterpieces at Galerie MOA, then examine the collection at Regionaal Historisch Centrum Limburg Maastricht, then look for gifts at Arteaux Art & Design, and finally take in the pleasant sights at Boekhandel Dominicanen. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu): contemplate the long history of Fort Sint Pieter, explore the fascinating underground world of Maastricht Underground, then explore the world behind art at Bonnefanten Museum, then stroll the grounds of Netherlands American Cemetery, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of Our Lady.

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You can do a combination of flight and train from Vicenza to Maastricht in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Vicenza in August, things will get a bit cooler in Maastricht: highs are around 27°C and lows about 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Den Bosch.

Things to do in Maastricht

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 31 — Sep 2:

Den Bosch, The Netherlands

— 3 nights
The fortified city of Den Bosch impresses with its well-preserved 16th- and 17th-century architecture.
Jheronimus Bosch Art Center and National Military Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Get a sense of the local culture at De Wonderlijke Klim and Noordbrabants Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Regte Heide & Riels Laag (in Riel) and Oisterwijkse Bossen en Vennen (in Oisterwijk). There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Het Bossche Broek, admire the landmark architecture of St. John's Cathedral, and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Den Bosch online travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Maastricht to Den Bosch takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a train. In September, daytime highs in Den Bosch are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Nijmegen.

Things to do in Den Bosch

Wildlife · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 2 — 5:

Nijmegen, The Netherlands

— 2 nights
Nijmegen, historically anglicized as Nimeguen, is a municipality and a city in the Dutch province of Gelderland. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): get engrossed in the history at Nederlands Openluchtmuseum, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Stevenskerk, and then steep yourself in history at Rijksmonument Latijnse School Nijmegen uit 1544. On the 7th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: learn about all things military at Informatiecentrum De Polen van Driel, stroll the grounds of Airborne Cemetery, then see the interesting displays at Kroller-Muller Museum, and finally identify plant and animal life at Kootwijkerzand.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Nijmegen trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Den Bosch to Nijmegen takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Nijmegen are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel to Heerenveen.

Things to do in Nijmegen

Museums · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 5 — 7:

Heerenveen, The Netherlands

— 2 nights
Heerenveen is a town and municipality in the province of Friesland (Fryslan), in the north of the Netherlands.HistoryThe town was established in 1551 by three lords as a location for the purpose of digging peat which was used for fuel, hence the name (heer is "lord", veen is "peat"). Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Gevangenisemuseum (The Prison Museum), examine the collection at Museum Belvedere, then don't miss a visit to UNESCO World Heritafe Ir. D.F. Woudagemaal, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Rijksmonument Waterpoort Sneek uit 1613. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at National park Dwingelderveld.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Heerenveen day trip planner.

Getting from Nijmegen to Heerenveen by car takes about 2 hours. In September in Heerenveen, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to drive to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Heerenveen

Wildlife · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 7 — 9:

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

— 5 nights

Venice of the North

Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Van Gogh Museum and Anne Frank House are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Museum-lovers will get to explore Rijksmuseum and Verzetsmuseum Amsterdam. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Amsterdam: Natuurmonumenten Nieuwkoopse Plassen (in Woerdense Verlaat) and Haarlem (Frans Hals Museum, Grote Markt, &more). There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House), engage your brain at NEMO Science Museum, contemplate the long history of Willet-Holthuysen Museum, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Heineken Experience.

To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Amsterdam trip app.

Getting from Heerenveen to Amsterdam by car takes about 1.5 hours. September in Amsterdam sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to drive to Rotterdam.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 9 — 14:

Rotterdam, The Netherlands

— 4 nights

Manhattan on the Maas

Located in the South Holland province, Rotterdam is one of the Netherlands' most lively cities, as well as one of the largest trading ports in the world.
Get some historical perspective at Madurodam and World Heritage Kinderdijk. You'll explore and learn at The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery and Escher in Het Paleis (Escher in the Palace). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Royal Delft - Koninklijke Porceleyne Fles, take in the views from Erasmus Bridge, admire the landmark architecture of Euromast, and pause for some serene contemplation at Nieuwe Kerk.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Rotterdam trip itinerary maker website.

Drive from Amsterdam to Rotterdam in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Rotterdam are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Mechelen.

Things to do in Rotterdam

Museums · Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 14 — 18:

Mechelen, Belgium

— 1 night
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 19th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Kazerne Dossin, appreciate the extensive heritage of Fort Van Duffel, then expand your understanding of the military at Fort Breendonk, and finally don't miss a visit to Dijlepad.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Mechelen trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Rotterdam to Mechelen in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in September, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can drive to Brussels.

Things to do in Mechelen

Museums · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 18 — 19:

Brussels, Belgium

— 3 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.
Grand Place and St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule) are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Your inner history buff will appreciate Gravensteen and Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert. Venture out of the city with trips to Ghent (Ghent City Center & Saint Bavo's Cathedral). There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique, pause for some photo ops at Manneken Pis, see the interesting displays at Horta Museum (Musee Horta), and ponder the world of politics at Justice Palace (Palais de Justice).

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You can drive from Mechelen to Brussels in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in September, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can drive to Charleroi.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 19 — 22:

Charleroi, Belgium

— 4 nights
Charleroi is a city and a municipality of Wallonia, located in the province of Hainaut, Belgium. Get a sense of the local culture at Memorial Waterloo 1815 and Parc de Furfooz. Your inner history buff will appreciate Abbaye de Villers and Chateau de Bouillon. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Charleroi: Citadelle (Citadel) (in Namur), Dinant (Citadelle de Dinant & Memorial Aux Victimes Du 23 Aout 1914) and Le Fondry des Chiens (in Nismes). Next up on the itinerary: engage your brain at Musee de l'Industrie, don't miss a visit to Comedie Centrale de Charleroi, examine the collection at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Charleroi, and admire the striking features of Passage de la Bourse - Charleroi.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Charleroi trip builder tool.

You can drive from Brussels to Charleroi in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Charleroi are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Charleroi

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 22 — 26:

Italy travel guide

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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.

The Netherlands travel guide

4.3
Art Museums · History Museums · Specialty Museums
Low Country
The Netherlands literally means "Low Country", inspired by the country's low and flat geography, where only about 50 percent of the land exceeds one meter (three feet) above sea level. Since the late 16th century, large, flat land areas called "polders" have been reclaimed from the sea and lakes and protected by dikes, amounting to nearly 17 percent of the country's current land mass. The Netherlands is. This is small, densely populated country lies mainly in Western Europe but also includes three islands in the Caribbean; it's the main constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The European part of the Netherlands borders Germany to the east, Belgium to the south, and the North Sea to the northwest, sharing maritime borders with Belgium, the United Kingdom and Germany. Amsterdam, The Hague, and Rotterdam serve as the three largest and most important cities in the Netherlands. Amsterdam is the country's capital, while The Hague holds the Dutch seat of government. The port of Rotterdam claims the title as the largest port in Europe, in fact, it's as large as the next three ports combined.

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.