12 days in Milan, Bologna & Venice Itinerary

12 days in Milan, Bologna & Venice Itinerary

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12 days in Milan, Bologna & Venice Itinerary

Start: Milan
1
Milan
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
2
Bologna
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Venice
— 3 nights
End: Venice

4
nights
Milan

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.
Get some historical perspective at Brescia Castle and Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore. Get some cultural insight at Borgo Castell'Arquato and Piazza di Santa Maria delle Grazie, 2. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Milan: Cathedral of Como (Duomo) (in Como), Duomo Vecchio di Brescia (in Brescia) and Castello di Gropparello (in Gropparello). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Il Cenacolo, take in the pleasant sights at I Navigli, stroll the grounds of Monumental Cemetery, and pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di Sant'Ambrogio.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Milan trip maker .

If you are flying in from United Kingdom, the closest major airports are Malpensa International Airport, Milano Linate Airport and Il Caravaggio International Airport. In November in Milan, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 6°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Bologna.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Brescia, Cathedral of Como (Duomo), Borgo Castell'Arquato, Castello di Gropparello, Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore
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Castello di Gropparello ©
Castello di Gropparello
Borgo Castell'Arquato ©
Borgo Castell'Arquato
Brescia Castle ©
Brescia Castle

4
nights
Bologna

Bologna ©
A city famous for its cuisine, Bologna is the seat of the oldest university in the world, founded in 1088.
Popular historic sites such as Le Mura di Ferrara and Basilica di San Domenico are in your itinerary. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Battistero Neoniano (Battistero degli Ortodossi) and Ferrara Cathedral. Change things up with these side-trips from Bologna: Castello Estense (in Ferrara), Ravenna (Basilica di Sant'Apollinare Nuovo, Mausoleo di Galla Placidia, & more) and Argenta Golf Club (in Argenta). And it doesn't end there: let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, steep yourself in history at Basilica di San Petronio, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica - Santuario di Santo Stefano, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santuario di Madonna di San Luca.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Bologna road trip planning website .

Traveling by train from Milan to Bologna takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Bologna can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Venice.

Things to do in Bologna

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Ravenna, Ferrara, Argenta Golf Club
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Le Mura di Ferrara ©
Le Mura di Ferrara
Basilica di San Domenico ©
Basilica di San Domenico

3
nights
Venice

Venice ©
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Ragione Palace and San Francesco. Get some cultural insight at Piazza dei Signori and Scuola Grande di San Rocco. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Venice: Basilica Palladiana (in Vicenza) and Caffe Pedrocchi (in Padua). There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Scala Contarini del Bovolo, wander the streets of Cannaregio, make a trip to Dorsoduro, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Venice tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Bologna to Venice takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Nightlife

Side Trips

Vicenza, Padua, San Francesco
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Piazza dei Signori ©
Piazza dei Signori
Ragione Palace ©
Ragione Palace
Scala Contarini del Bovolo ©
Scala Contarini del Bovolo

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