12 days in Milan, Bologna & Venice Itinerary

12 days in Milan, Bologna & Venice Itinerary

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Milan
— 4 nights
2
Bologna
— 4 nights
3
Venice
— 3 nights

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.
Visit Duomo Vecchio di Brescia and Castello di Gropparello for their historical value. Get a sense of the local culture at Borgo Castell'Arquato and Brescia Castle. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Milan: Cathedral of Como (Duomo) (in Como) and Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore (in Bergamo). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Piazza di Santa Maria delle Grazie, 2, get engrossed in the history at Basilica di Sant'Ambrogio, go for a walk through I Navigli, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Monumental Cemetery.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Milan online journey planner.

If you are flying in from United Kingdom, the closest major aiports are Malpensa International Airport, Milano Linate Airport and Il Caravaggio International Airport. In November in Milan, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °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, Castello di Gropparello, Cathedral of Como (Duomo), Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore, Borgo Castell'Arquato
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Castello di Gropparello ©
Castello di Gropparello
Duomo Vecchio di Brescia ©
Duomo Vecchio di Brescia
Borgo Castell'Arquato ©
Borgo Castell'Arquato

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 Battistero Neoniano (Battistero degli Ortodossi) and Ferrara Cathedral are in your itinerary. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Basilica di San Domenico and Argenta Golf Club. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bologna: Ferrara (Castello Estense & Le Mura di Ferrara) and Ravenna (Basilica di Sant'Apollinare Nuovo, Mausoleo di Galla Placidia, &more). There's lots more to do: indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, steep yourself in history at Basilica di San Petronio, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santuario di Madonna di San Luca.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Bologna trip itinerary planner.

Take a train from Milan to Bologna in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Bologna can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can drive to Venice.

Things to do in Bologna

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Ravenna, Ferrara, Argenta Golf Club
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Castello Estense ©
Castello Estense
Le Mura di Ferrara ©
Le Mura di Ferrara

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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.
Ragione Palace and Caffe Pedrocchi are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Popular historic sites such as Piazza dei Signori and San Francesco are in your itinerary. Step out of Venice to go to Vicenza and see Basilica Palladiana, which is approximately 56 minutes away. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Scala Contarini del Bovolo, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, and wander the streets of Dorsoduro.

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Venice day trip site.

You can drive from Bologna to Venice in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Nightlife

Side Trips

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

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