39 days in France & Italy Itinerary

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Cremona, Italy
— 2 nights
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Modena, Italy
— 2 nights
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Bologna, Italy
— 2 nights
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Ancona, Italy
— 2 nights
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Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
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Naples, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly
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Genoa, Italy
— 2 nights
Bus to Nice, Fly to Carcassonne
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Carcassonne, France
— 2 nights
Drive
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Avignon, France
— 2 nights
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Marseille, France
— 2 nights
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Toulon, France
— 3 nights
Fly
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Rouen, France
— 2 nights
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Caen, France
— 2 nights
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La Rochelle, France
— 3 nights
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Bordeaux, France
— 2 nights
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Colmar, France
— 3 nights
Train to Zurich, Fly to Turin
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Turin, Italy
— 3 nights
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Cremona, Italy — 2 nights

Cremona is a city and comune in northern Italy, situated in Lombardy, on the left bank of the Po River in the middle of the Pianura Padana (Po valley). On the 1st (Thu), step into the grandiose world of Ducal Palace, then make a trip to Cremonabooks, then examine the collection at Museo del Violino, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Cathedral of Cremona. Keep things going the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di Sant'Agostino, take in nature's colorful creations at Labirinto Della Masone, then wander the streets of Borgo Castell'Arquato, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa di San Gerolamo, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Comune.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Cremona trip itinerary planning website.

Milan to Cremona is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. You can also take a train. In June, daytime highs in Cremona are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Modena.
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Modena, Italy — 2 nights

Capital of Engines

Deemed the Capital of Engines, Modena is the birthplace of Enzo Ferrari and the headquarters of Italian sports cars.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): examine the collection at MEF-Museo Enzo Ferrari, examine the collection at Casa Museo Luciano Pavarotti, then see the interesting displays at Museo Ferrari, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Salse di Nirano. On the next day, take in the spiritual surroundings of Duomo di Modena, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Grande - World Heritage Site, sample the fine beverages at Acetaia Giuseppe Giusti, then cast your line with River Passion, and finally get engrossed in the history at Museo Brescello E Guareschi, Il Territorio E Cinema.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Modena planning site.

You can drive from Cremona to Modena in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June in Modena, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can go by car to Bologna.
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Bologna, Italy — 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 (Mon): browse the exhibits of Palazzo dei Diamanti, step into the grandiose world of Castello Estense, then see the interesting displays at Ducati Museum, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica - Santuario di Santo Stefano, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica di San Domenico. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the masterpieces at La Quadreria - Palazzo Rossi Poggi Marsili, steep yourself in history at Basilica di San Petronio, take an in-depth tour of Museo Civico Medievale, then steep yourself in history at Piazza Maggiore, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Le Due Torri Torre degli Asinell.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Bologna trip builder site.

Traveling by car from Modena to Bologna takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a train. In June, daily temperatures in Bologna can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Ancona.
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Ancona, Italy — 2 nights

Ancona is a city and a seaport in the Marche region in central Italy, with a population of around 101,997. Start off your visit on the 7th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Musei Civici di Palazzo Buonaccorsi, then explore the world behind art at Museo Cinema a Pennello, then examine the collection at Casa Leopardi, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Santuario Della Santa Casa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Thu): admire the masterpieces at Museo Internazionale della Fisarmonica, gain insight at Grotte di Camerano - Citta Sotterranea di Camerano, then pause for some photo ops at Monumento ai Caduti, then pause for some serene contemplation at Cattedrale San Ciriaco, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa Santa Maria della Piazza.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Ancona travel planning tool.

Traveling by car from Bologna to Ancona takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Bologna in June: highs in Ancona hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Rome.
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Rome, Italy — 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.
On the 9th (Fri), explore the world behind art at Vatican Museums, contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Basilica, then enjoy breathtaking views from Museo Nazionale di Castel Sant'Angelo, and finally explore the ancient world of Colosseum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Sat): explore the ancient world of Palatine Hill, contemplate the long history of Roman Forum, then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona, then explore the ancient world of Pantheon, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di Sant'Ignazio di Loyola.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Rome holiday builder.

You can drive from Ancona to Rome in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in June, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Naples.
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Naples, Italy — 2 nights

Naples is the capital of the Italian region Campania and the third-largest municipality in Italy after Rome and Milan. Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): get engrossed in the history at Galleria Borbonica, look for all kinds of wild species at Francesco (Frank) Carpegna - Walking with the Gods, then explore the ancient world of Pompeii Archaeological Park, and finally don't miss a visit to Lupanar. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Parco Acheologico di Ercolano, then admire the masterpieces at Museo Cappella Sansevero, then see the interesting displays at Chiesa Museo di Santa Luciella ai Librai, and finally examine the collection at Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Naples road trip tool.

Getting from Rome to Naples by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. In June, daily temperatures in Naples can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Genoa.
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Genoa, Italy — 2 nights

Once the most important harbor in the Mediterranean Sea, Genoa has a long history as a rich and powerful trade center in northern Italy.
On the 13th (Tue), appreciate the extensive heritage of Passeggiata Anita Garibaldi a Nervi, get to know the fascinating history of Via Giuseppe Garibaldi, examine the collection at Galata Museo del Mare, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cattedrale di San Lorenzo - Duomo di Genova, and finally admire the masterpieces at Palazzo Ducale. Keep things going the next day: surround yourself with nature on Set Sail Tours, take in the waterfront at Old Port, and then take an in-depth tour of Museo di Palazzo Reale.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Genoa visit site.

You can fly from Naples to Genoa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. When traveling from Naples in June, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Genoa: temperatures range from 29°C by day to 22°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to travel to Carcassonne.
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Carcassonne, France — 2 nights

Medieval Heart of France

Best known as a fortified town, Carcassonne is a walled city that provided the inspiration for the castle in Disney's "Sleeping Beauty" and the location for many scenes in Kevin Costner's movie "Robin Hood." For a daily dose of excitement, medieval jousting tournaments are held twice per day between the two walls--while this may sound like a typical touristy show, it's actually an entertaining display of combative competition and horsemanship.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Cathar Castles, then contemplate the waterfront views at Canal du Midi, then examine the collection at Le Moulin à Papier de Brousses, and finally do a tasting at O'Vineyards. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Fri): examine the collection at Musee de L'Inquisition, wander the streets of Cité de Carcassonne, then explore the historical opulence of Chateau Comtal, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, and finally get engrossed in the history at Maison de la Chevalerie- La Cite.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Carcassonne trip website.

Getting from Genoa to Carcassonne by combination of bus and flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Genoa in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Carcassonne, with lows of 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can go by car to Avignon.
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Avignon, France — 2 nights

City of Popes

An ancient town center surrounded by medieval ramparts, Avignon is a major city of Provence and a Mediterranean city in the Vaucluse department on the left bank of the Rhône River.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque, see exotic creatures in open habitats at Wine Safari, then take in the views from Pont d'Avignon, and finally step into the grandiose world of Palais des Papes. On the next day, admire the landmark architecture of Chateau des Baux de Provence, then explore the world behind art at Carrieres des Lumieres, then explore the ancient world of Amphitheatre (les Arenes), and finally contemplate the long history of Cryptoportiques.

For ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Avignon trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Carcassonne to Avignon in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in June, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Marseille.
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Marseille, France — 2 nights

Gateway to Provence

The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
On the 19th (Mon), get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye Saint Victor, and finally get engrossed in the history at Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Tue): examine the collection at Musee Granet, take in the spiritual surroundings of Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, then don't miss a visit to Paul Cezanne’s Studio, and finally wander the streets of Cours Mirabeau.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Marseille holiday planner.

Getting from Avignon to Marseille by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In June in Marseille, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to go by car to Toulon.
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Toulon, France — 3 nights

Toulon is a city in southern France and a large military harbour on the Mediterranean coast, with a major French naval base. Museum-lovers will get to explore Confiserie Azureenne and Memorial du Debarquement et de la Liberation en Provence. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Chartreuse de la Verne and Fondation Carmignac. Explore Toulon's surroundings by going to Hyeres (Eglise Saint Louis, Vieille Ville, &more) and Abbaye du Thoronet (in Le Thoronet). The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint Jean-Baptiste, learn about winemaking at Domaine de la Navicelle, see the interesting displays at Musee National de la Marine, and test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To see ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Toulon trip planner.

Drive from Marseille to Toulon in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In June, daily temperatures in Toulon can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to fly to Rouen.
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Rouen, France — 2 nights

City of a Hundred Spires

Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sun): admire the natural beauty at Parc de Cleres, then don't miss a visit to Parlement de Normandie, then explore the world behind art at Musee des impressionnismes, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Fondation Claude Monet. Keep things going the next day: admire the masterpieces at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen, admire the striking features of Palais de Justice, then take a stroll through Rue du Gros-Horloge, then admire the striking features of Eglise Sainte-Jeanne-d'Arc, and finally admire the striking features of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Rouen road trip planning site.

You can fly from Toulon to Rouen in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Toulon in June, with highs in Rouen at 24°C and lows at 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Caen.
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Caen, France — 2 nights

City of a Hundred Steeples

Caen is known for its historical buildings built during the reign of William the Conqueror, who was buried there, and for the Battle for Caen--heavy fighting that took place in and around Caen during the Battle of Normandy in 1944, destroying much of the city.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Tue): learn about all things military at Memorial de Caen, then take an in-depth tour of Pegasus Memorial, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye aux Dames, and finally delve into the distant past at Chateau de Caen. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get engrossed in the history at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, then take in the history at Omaha Beach, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Bayeux War Cemetery, and finally admire the striking features of Cathedrale Notre-Dame.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Caen day trip planning tool.

You can drive from Rouen to Caen in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in June, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) to allow time to drive to La Rochelle.
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La Rochelle, France — 3 nights

White City

Driving on the narrow streets can be difficult in La Rochelle so walking or biking will give you the best view of the pale stone buildings that give the Vieux Port, or old port, a distinctly Mediterranean quality.
Get some historical perspective at Phare des Baleines and Fort Vauban. Let the collections at Abbaye des Chateliers and Musees des Automates / Modeles Reduits capture your imagination. You'll find plenty of places to visit near La Rochelle: Rochefort (Corderie Royale & Musee National de la Marine). There's much more to do: meet the residents at Aquarium La Rochelle, learn about all things military at Musee Maritime de La Rochelle, contemplate the waterfront views at Vieux Port, and see the interesting displays at Musee Le Bunker de La Rochelle.

Make your La Rochelle itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Traveling by car from Caen to La Rochelle takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in June, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to go by car to Bordeaux.
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Bordeaux, France — 2 nights

The Port of the Moon

With a long history of producing regional wines since the Romans brought grapevines here during the first century, so many people consider Bordeaux to be the wine capital of the world.
Here are some ideas for day two: admire the striking features of La Cite du Vin, then take in the exciting artwork at La Petite Galerie de Bordeaux, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Place de la Bourse, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Andre Cathedral.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Bordeaux trip planner.

Getting from La Rochelle to Bordeaux by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In July, daytime highs in Bordeaux are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Colmar.
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Colmar, France — 3 nights

Little Venice

Situated along the Alsatian Wine Route, Colmar is renowned for its German and French culture, well-preserved old town, numerous architectural landmarks, and its museums.
Little Venice and Cité du Train - Musée français du chemin de fer are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Visit Eglise St-Martin and Eglise Protestante Saint-Matthieu for their historical value. Step out of Colmar to go to Mulhouse and see Musee National de l’Automobile – Collection Schlumpf, which is approximately 36 minutes away. The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Musée d'Unterlinden, take an in-depth tour of Musee Bartholdi, and make a trip to Old Town.

To find out how to plan a trip to Colmar, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Bordeaux to Colmar in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In July, daily temperatures in Colmar can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to travel to Turin.
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Turin, Italy — 3 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.
Museo Egizio and Duomo di Torino e Cappella della Sacra Sindone are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Museum-lovers will get to explore Museo Nazionale del Cinema and Reggia Di Reale. Explore Turin's surroundings by going to Castello di Fenis (in Fenis), Palazzina di Caccia di Stupinigi (in Stupinigi) and Castello di Issogne (in Issogne). There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di Superga, see the interesting displays at Forte di Bard, and admire the striking features of Palazzo Reale Di Torino.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Turin journey maker site.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Colmar to Turin in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Colmar in July, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 21°C in Turin. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to take a train back home.
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Italy travel guide

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Landmarks · Ruins · Beaches
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.
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France travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Art Museums · Landmarks
France has been the world's most popular tourist destination for decades, and geographically, it is one of the most diverse countries in Europe. Its cities are holiday hot spots and contain some of the greatest treasures in Europe, its countryside is prosperous and well tended, and it boasts dozens of major tourist attractions, like Paris, the French Riviera, the Atlantic beaches, the winter sport resorts of the French Alps, as well as the castles of the Loire Valley, Brittany, and Normandy. The country is renowned for its gastronomy, particularly wines and cheeses, as well as its history, culture, and fashion industry.

You'll find that the French people are very polite and may react coldly to you if you forget this. You might be surprised as you're greeted by other customers and the proprieter when you walk into a restaurant or a shop. Be sure to take your sightseeing off the beaten path in France. Besides the famous Eiffel Tower and the chic resorts of the Côte d'Azur (French Riviera) you'll find many places to visit in the form of museums filled with fine art, crafts, and archaeological relics, wonderful medieval villages and castles, diverse national parks, and local shopping direct from artisans themselves.

Whether you're touring the Christmas Markets or going skiing during winter, viewing the springtime influx of color in Provence, sunbathing on the Mediterranean coast in the summer, or watching the fall foliage against the backdrop of the châteaux in the Loire Valley, you're sure to find just the right place to be. Spring is a time when the tourist attractions are just starting to expand their hours, but it may still be cold in the mountainous regions and the north. Summer is the busiest time in France with the longest hours for many museums and attractions, but it's often when you will experience the most crowds. Winter in France is filled with winter carnivals, Christmas Markets, and of course, skiing. Fall is a time to celebrate the release of Beaujolais nouveau wine in November, as well as experience Nuit Blanche, a day in October when major attractions, museums, galleries, parks, and swimming pools remain open all night.
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