16 days in Northwest Italy Itinerary

16 days in Northwest Italy Itinerary

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Padua
— 2 nights
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Ferrara
Drive
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Polesine Parmense
— 2 nights
Drive
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Piacenza
— 1 night
Drive
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Castell'Arquato
Drive
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Parma
— 2 nights
Drive
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Colorno
Drive
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Mantua
Drive
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Parma
— 1 night
Drive
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Torrechiara
Drive
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Parma
— 1 night
Drive
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Reggio Emilia
Drive
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Modena
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Bologna
— 2 nights
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Florence
— 4 nights

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Padua — 2 nights

Holy City

Padua is a picturesque city with a dense network of arcaded streets opening into large communal piazze (squares).
Your day by day itinerary now includes Centro Storico di Padova. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Fri): make a trip to Centro Storico di Padova, then contemplate the long history of Padua Botanical Garden - World Heritage Site, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica of St. Anthony. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Prato della Valle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa degli Eremitani - World Heritage Site, then pause for some serene contemplation at Scrovegni Chapel, and finally steep yourself in history at Piazza dei Signori.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Padua trip itinerary planner.

If you are flying in from Finland, the closest major aiports are Treviso-Sant'Angelo Airport, Venice Marco Polo Airport and Verona Villafranca Airport. In June, daily temperatures in Padua can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can drive to Ferrara.
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Find places to stay Jun 30 — Jul 2:

Ferrara

Heart of the Italian Renaissance

With surrounding medieval walls and network of 15th- and 16th-century architecture, the city of Ferrara is often deemed the Heart of the Italian Renaissance.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): steep yourself in history at Palazzo Schifanoia (Palazzo della Gioia) - World Heritage Site, pause for some serene contemplation at Ferrara Cathedral, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Via delle Volte, and finally step into the grandiose world of Castello Estense.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Ferrara road trip planning tool.

Drive from Padua to Ferrara in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Padua in July, plan for somewhat warmer days and little chillier nights in Ferrara: temperatures range from 38°C by day to 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Polesine Parmense.
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Polesine Parmense — 2 nights

Polesine Parmense is a town in the Italian region Emilia-Romagna, located about 120km northwest of Bologna and about 30km northwest of Parma. To find photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Polesine Parmense online trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Ferrara to Polesine Parmense in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In July, daytime highs in Polesine Parmense are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to drive to Piacenza.
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Piacenza — 1 night

Piacenza is a city and comune in the Emilia-Romagna region of northern Italy. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Tue): admire the masterpieces at Museo Civico, examine the collection at Musei Di Palazzo Farnese, make a trip to Piazza Cavalli, pause for some serene contemplation at Duomo Di Piacenza - Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta e Santa Giustina, then steep yourself in history at Palazzo Vescovile, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di Sant'Antonino.

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Traveling by car from Polesine Parmense to Piacenza takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In July, daytime highs in Piacenza are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Castell'Arquato.
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Castell'Arquato

Castell'Arquato is an Italian town located on the first hills of Val D’Arda in the province of Piacenza, in Emilia-Romagna, approximately 30km from Piacenza and 35km from Parma. Start off your visit on the 5th (Wed): admire the landmark architecture of Palazzo del Podesta, wander the streets of Borgo Castell'Arquato, and then stop by Dispensa del Monastero.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Castell'Arquato trip itinerary builder website.

Drive from Piacenza to Castell'Arquato in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Castell'Arquato are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Parma.
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Parma — 2 nights

Capital of Italian Food Valley

Parma is famous for its prosciutto, cheese, and architecture.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Battistero di Parma, then explore the world behind art at National Gallery (Galleria Nazionale), then let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Cattedrale di Parma.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Parma travel route planning website.

You can drive from Castell'Arquato to Parma in an hour. Another option is to do a combination of bus and train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can go by car to Colorno.
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Colorno

Colorno is a comune (municipality) in the Province of Parma in the Italian region Emilia-Romagna, located about 90km northwest of Bologna and about 15km north of Parma. Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): explore the historical opulence of Ducal Palace.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Colorno tour itinerary website.

Colorno is just a short distance from Parma. In July, daily temperatures in Colorno can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Mantua.
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Find places to stay Jul 7 — 8:
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Mantua

Sleeping Beauty

Often overlooked in favor of nearby Lake Garda, Mantua is one of northern Italy's Renaissance gems.
On the 7th (Fri), contemplate the long history of Casa del Mercato, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica di Sant'Andrea di Mantova, then explore the world behind art at Camera degli Sposi, and finally explore the ancient world of Rotonda di San Lorenzo.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Mantua online road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Colorno to Mantua takes an hour. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in July, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Parma.
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Parma — 1 night

Capital of Italian Food Valley

To find photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Parma day trip planning site.

Getting from Mantua to Parma by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. On the 8th (Sat), you're off to Torrechiara.
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Torrechiara

Torrechiara is a frazione of the comune of Langhirano, in the province of Parma, northern Italy. On the 8th (Sat), explore the historical opulence of Castello di Torrechiara.

To see photos and more tourist information, use the Torrechiara trip planner.

Torrechiara is just a stone's throw from Parma. In July, daily temperatures in Torrechiara can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Parma.
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Parma — 1 night

Capital of Italian Food Valley

Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): stroll around Parco Ducale, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica di Santa Maria della Steccata (Madonna della Steccata), and then appreciate the history behind Monumento a Giuseppe Garibaldi.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Parma journey builder app.

Parma is just a stone's throw from Torrechiara. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to drive to Reggio Emilia.
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Find places to stay Jul 8 — 9:

Reggio Emilia

Tricolor Town

Known as the Tricolor Town, Reggio Emilia is the birthplace of the modern Italian flag and serves as the region's hub for cultural activity.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sun): appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Fontanesi.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Reggio Emilia trip planner.

You can drive from Parma to Reggio Emilia in an hour. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a train. July in Reggio Emilia sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 22°C at night. On the 9th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Modena.
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Modena

Capital of Engines

Deemed the Capital of Engines, Modena is the birthplace of Enzo Ferrari and the headquarters of Italian sports cars.
On the 9th (Sun), savor the flavors at Acetaia Giuseppe Giusti and then see the interesting displays at MEF-Museo Enzo Ferrari.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Modena trip itinerary builder app.

You can drive from Reggio Emilia to Modena in an hour. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a train. In July in Modena, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can drive to Bologna.
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Find places to stay Jul 9 — 10:
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Basilica di San Petronio, take an in-depth tour of Museo Civico Archeologico, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica - Santuario di Santo Stefano, admire the striking features of Palazzo Isolani, then take in panoramic vistas at Le Due Torri Torre degli Asinell, and finally contemplate the long history of Piazza Maggiore. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica di San Domenico, then get engrossed in the history at Museo Civico Medievale, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santuario di Madonna di San Luca, and finally take an in-depth tour of La Macchina del Tempo.

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Getting from Modena to Bologna by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Bologna can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Florence.
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Find places to stay Jul 9 — 11:

Florence — 4 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Venture out of the city with trips to Leaning Tower of Pisa (in Pisa) and Castello del Trebbio (in Santa Brigida). There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Florence Academy of Fine Arts, snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio, make a trip to Piazzale Michelangelo, and steep yourself in history at Basilica of Santa Croce.

To find maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Florence trip itinerary maker app.

Getting from Bologna to Florence by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in July, and nighttime lows around 21°C.
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