15 days in Northwest Italy Itinerary

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Rome
— 2 nights
Fly
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Venice
— 2 nights
Drive
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Verona
Drive
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Parma
Drive
5
Modena
— 1 night
Drive
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Bologna
— 2 nights
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Florence
— 2 nights
Drive
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Lucca
— 1 night
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Pisa
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Rome
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Rome — 2 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Fri): admire the striking features of Chiesa del Santissimo Nome di Gesu all’Argentina, visit Ghetto Ebraico, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di Sant'Agnese in Agone. Keep things going the next day: admire the natural beauty at Monte Pincio, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica dei SS. Ambrogio e Carlo al Corso, then pause for some photo ops at Trajan's Column, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di Sant'Andrea al Quirinale.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Rome sightseeing planner.

San Francisco, USA to Rome is an approximately 18-hour flight. Traveling from San Francisco to Rome, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. In September in Rome, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 60°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can fly to Venice.
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Venice — 2 nights

City of Romance

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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): admire the masterpieces at Ca' d'Oro, explore the world behind art at Palazzo Mocenigo, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa della Madonna dell'Orto, take an in-depth tour of Museo di Palazzo Grimani, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa di San Zaccaria, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa di San Moise. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di San Vidal, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Mary of The Rosary, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Santa Maria dei Miracoli, and finally stop by San Polo.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Venice itinerary app.

You can fly from Rome to Venice in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. While traveling from Rome, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Venice, ranging from highs of 66°F to lows of 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Verona.
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Verona

City of Romeo and Juliet

The famous setting for Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet, Verona is one of northern Italy's main tourist destinations, largely owing to its incredibly rich artistic heritage.
On the 4th (Tue), examine the collection at Museo Lapidario Maffeiano.

To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Verona online trip itinerary builder.

Drive from Venice to Verona in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a train. In October, daytime highs in Verona are 66°F, while nighttime lows are 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Parma.
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Parma

Capital of Italian Food Valley

Parma is famous for its prosciutto, cheese, and architecture.
On the 4th (Tue), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiostri di S.Giovanni Evangelista and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa di Santa Cristina.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Parma online holiday builder.

You can drive from Verona to Parma in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 65°F in October, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to drive to Modena.
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Modena — 1 night

Capital of Engines

Deemed the Capital of Engines, Modena is the birthplace of Enzo Ferrari and the headquarters of Italian sports cars.
For photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Modena trip planner.

Getting from Parma to Modena by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 67°F, and evening lows to 52°F. On the 5th (Wed), you're off to Bologna.
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Bologna — 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Wed): admire the masterpieces at Collezioni Comunali d'Arte, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di San Paolo Maggiore, and then get lost in a book at International museum and library of music. Here are some ideas for day two: get to know the fascinating history of Erculean Addition, then steep yourself in history at Corso Ercole I d"Este, and then examine the collection at Casa di Ludovico Ariosto.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Bologna online visit planner.

You can drive from Modena to Bologna in an hour. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a train. In October, daily temperatures in Bologna can reach 67°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. You will leave for Florence on the 7th (Fri).
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Florence — 2 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
On the 7th (Fri), pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di San Lorenzo, then get a taste of the local shopping with Art Gallery Studio Iguarnieri, then examine the collection at Cappella Brancacci, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa di San Salvatore in Ognissanti. On the next day, learn about all things military at Stibbert Museum, then browse the exhibits of Palazzo Strozzi, then examine the collection at Museo di Palazzo Davanzati, and finally get engrossed in the history at Corridoio Vasariano.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Florence travel itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Bologna to Florence in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Florence can reach 71°F, while at night they dip to 54°F. You'll set off for Lucca on the 9th (Sun).
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Lucca — 1 night

City of a Hundred Churches

Lucca, famous for its intact Renaissance-era city walls, remained an independent city-state until the end of the 18th century.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa di San Romano and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa dei SS. Paolino e Donato.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Lucca trip planner.

Traveling by car from Florence to Lucca takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. October in Lucca sees daily highs of 71°F and lows of 54°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can go by car to Pisa.
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Pisa

Known worldwide for the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the city of Pisa historically served as a maritime power in the heart of Tuscany.
On the 10th (Mon), delve into the distant past at Terme di Nerone and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di San Frediano.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Pisa trip planner.

Pisa is just a stone's throw from Lucca. In October, plan for daily highs up to 71°F, and evening lows to 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Rome.
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Rome — 2 nights

Eternal City

On your second day here, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica dei Santi Cosma e Damiano, delve into the distant past at Forum of Augustus, pause for some photo ops at Arch of Constantine, then contemplate the long history of Domus Aurea, and finally explore the ancient world of National Roman Museum - Baths of Diocletian.

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Rome travel planner.

Fly from Pisa to Rome in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to fly back home.
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Emilia-Romagna travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Beaches · Sacred & Religious Sites
Emilia-Romagna is one of Europe's wealthiest and most developed areas, stretching between the Po Valley in the north and the Apennine Mountains in the south. This is a land of diverse people and diverse landscapes. The striking contrast between the mountainous areas and the long Adriatic coastline offers some of Italy's most spectacular views. The region has a rich cultural and artistic heritage, with a vibrant music scene that is quickly gaining international prestige. Emilia-Romagna produces a range of fine wines as well as a variety of culinary delights, including gold-colored egg pastas like tortellini and tagliatelle. Farther from the tourism-driven coastal areas, the region features a tranquil countryside dotted with parks and nature preserves, ideal for those looking to spend some time hiking, horseback riding, or cycling on their holiday.
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