21 days in Italy Itinerary

21 days in Italy Itinerary

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21 days in Italy Itinerary

New York City
Fly:  9​h 30​min
Modena
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
Bologna
— 3 nights
train:  1​h
Parma
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
Salsomaggiore Terme
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
Pisa
— 5 nights
train:  30​min
Livorno
— 4 nights
Fly:  20​h
New York City

3
days
Modena

Modena ©
Deemed the Capital of Engines, Modena is the birthplace of Enzo Ferrari and the headquarters of Italian sports cars.
Take a break from the city and head to Museo di Palazzo Ducale and Azienda Agricola Moscattini. Popular historic sites such as Palazzo Te and Piazza Grande are in your itinerary. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Modena: Rocca di Vignola (in Vignola) and Mantua (Rotonda di San Lorenzo & Basilica di Sant'Andrea di Mantova). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Museo Casa Enzo Ferrari, contemplate the long history of Villa San Donnino, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duomo di Modena, and enjoy breathtaking views from Ghirlandina.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Modena tour planner.

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major airports are Bologna Guglielmo Marconi Airport and Verona Villafranca Airport. October in Modena sees daily highs of 67°F and lows of 52°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to take a train to Bologna.

Things to do in Modena

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Mantua, Rocca di Vignola, Azienda Agricola Moscattini
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Palazzo Te ©
Palazzo Te
Duomo di Modena ©
Duomo di Modena
Museo di Palazzo Ducale. ©
Museo di Palazzo Ducale.

3
days
Bologna

Bologna ©
A city famous for its cuisine, Bologna is the seat of the oldest university in the world, founded in 1088.
Let the collections at Palazzo dei Diamanti and Museo Archeologico Nazionale capture your imagination. Get a sense of the local culture at Santuario di Madonna di San Luca and Santuario di Santa Maria della Vita. Venture out of the city with trips to Ferrara (Centro Storico Ferrara, Basilica Cattedrale di San Giorgio Martire, & more). The adventure continues: let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, pause for some serene contemplation at Centro San Domenico, admire the striking features of Fontana del Nettuno, and deepen your understanding at Archiginnasio di Bologna.

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Bologna is just a stone's throw from Modena. In October, plan for daily highs up to 67°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Parma.

Things to do in Bologna

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trip

Ferrara
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Santuario di Madonna di San Luca ©
Santuario di Madonna di San Luca
Basilica di San Petronio ©
Basilica di San Petronio
Le Mura ©
Le Mura

2
days
Parma

Parma ©
Parma is famous for its prosciutto, cheese, and architecture.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Cattedrale di Parma, take an in-depth tour of Galleria Nazionale, then steep yourself in history at Palazzo della Pilotta, then see the interesting displays at Museo del Violino, and finally don't miss a visit to Cattedrale di Cremona e Torrazzo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Thu): explore the historical opulence of Castello di Torrechiara, tour the pleasant surroundings at Parco Ducale, then explore the historical opulence of Rocca Sanvitale, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Baptistery of Parma.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Parma trip planner.

Traveling by train from Bologna to Parma takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 65°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can travel to Salsomaggiore Terme.

Things to do in Parma

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Cremona, Castello di Torrechiara, Rocca Sanvitale di Fontanellato
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Cathedral of Cremona ©
Cathedral of Cremona
Castello di Torrechiara ©
Castello di Torrechiara
Cattedrale di Parma ©
Cattedrale di Parma

2
days
Salsomaggiore Terme

Salsomaggiore Terme ©
Salsomaggiore Terme is a town and comune in northern Italy. Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Castello di Bardi, then examine the collection at Museo Ebraico Fausto Levi, and then step into the grandiose world of Rocca di Soragna. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: do a tasting at Cantina Il Poggio, then step into the grandiose world of Castello di Vigoleno, and then take a stroll through Borgo Castell'Arquato.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Salsomaggiore Terme travel itinerary creator.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Parma to Salsomaggiore Terme. Expect a daytime high around 64°F in October, and nighttime lows around 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Pisa.

Things to do in Salsomaggiore Terme

Historic Sites Museums Wineries

Side Trips

Soragna, Castello di Bardi, Castello di Vigoleno, Borgo Castell'Arquato
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Castello di Vigoleno ©
Castello di Vigoleno
Rocca di Soragna ©
Rocca di Soragna
Museo Ebraico Fausto Levi
Museo Ebraico Fausto Levi

5
days
Pisa

Pisa ©
Known worldwide for the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the city of Pisa historically served as a maritime power in the heart of Tuscany.
Your inner history buff will appreciate San Gimignano 1300 and Cinque Terre Trails. Get a sense of the local culture at Portovenere and Battistero. Change things up with these side-trips from Pisa: Bagno la Capannina (in Piombino), Siena (Tower of Mangia, Centro Storico di Siena, & more), San Gimignano (Collegiata di Santa Maria Assunta - Duomo di San Gimignano & Historic Centre of San Gimignano), Parco Gallorose (in Cecina) and San Pietro Church (in Porto Venere). It doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Camposanto.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Pisa itinerary planner.

Explore your travel options from Salsomaggiore Terme to Pisa with the Route module. Traveling from Salsomaggiore Terme in October, expect nights in Pisa to be about the same, around 54°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to take a train to Livorno.

Things to do in Pisa

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Siena, San Gimignano, Porto Venere, Bagno la Capannina, Parco Gallorose
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Cinque Terre Trails ©
Cinque Terre Trails
Pro Loco San Gimignano ©
Pro Loco San Gimignano
Portovenere ©
Portovenere

4
days
Livorno

Livorno
Considered one of Tuscany's newer cities, the busy port city of Livorno boasts modern charm uncharacteristic of the region.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Abbazia di San Galgano and Santuario di Montenero. Explore hidden gems such as Cala Violina and Museo degli Organi Santa Cecilia. Explore Livorno's surroundings by going to Parrocchia San Leopoldo (in Follonica), Prategiano - Horse Riding Holiday Tuscany (in Montieri), Massa Marittima (Duomo Cattedrale di San Cerbone & Palazzo Comunale) and Tegoni Farm (in Radicondoli). It doesn't end there: make a trip to Terrazza Mascagni.

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Livorno is just a stone's throw from Pisa. In November in Livorno, expect temperatures between 62°F during the day and 47°F at night.

Things to do in Livorno

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Massa Marittima, Tegoni Farm, Abbazia di San Galgano, Prategiano - Horse Riding Holiday Tuscany, Parrocchia San Leopoldo
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Cala Violina
Cala Violina
Abbazia di San Galgano ©
Abbazia di San Galgano
Fondazione Museo S. Cecilia
Fondazione Museo S. Cecilia

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