22 days in Northwest Italy Itinerary

22 days in Northwest Italy Itinerary

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22 days in Northwest Italy Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly + Drive:  20​h
1
Lucca
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
2
Borgo a Mozzano
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h
3
Barga
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
4
Parma
— 3 nights
Drive:  30​min
5
Fontanellato
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
6
Fidenza
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h
7
Cremona
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Verona
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h
9
Mantua
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 15​min
10
Modena
— Few hours
train:  1​h
11
Bologna
— 8 nights
Fly:  14​h
End: Chicago

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Lucca

Lucca ©
Lucca, famous for its intact Renaissance-era city walls, remained an independent city-state until the end of the 18th century.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Basilica of San Frediano, Complesso Museale della Cattedrale, Santa Maria Foris portam, and other attractions. On the 7th (Mon), pause for some serene contemplation at Santa Maria Foris portam, see the interesting displays at Complesso Museale della Cattedrale, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica of San Frediano, then pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di San Salvatore, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa di San Pietro Somaldi, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di Santa Maria Corteorlandini.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Lucca trip planning app .

Chicago, USA to Lucca is an approximately 20-hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Chicago to Lucca. When traveling from Chicago in October, plan for a bit warmer days in Lucca, with highs around 71°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 54°F. You'll have a few hours on the 8th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Borgo a Mozzano.

Things to do in Lucca

Museums Historic Sites
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Borgo a Mozzano

Borgo a Mozzano
Borgo a Mozzano is a town and comune in the province of Lucca, in northern Tuscany (Italy), located on the Serchio River.HistoryThe town is mentioned for the first time in 879, when a document mentioned one place In loco Mozzano prope Decimo. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Pieve di Santa Maria a Diecimo.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Borgo a Mozzano trip planning tool .

Borgo a Mozzano is very close to Lucca. In October, daytime highs in Borgo a Mozzano are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. On the 8th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Barga.

Things to do in Borgo a Mozzano

Historic Sites
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Barga

Barga ©
Barga is a medieval town and comune of the province of Lucca in Tuscany, central Italy. Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Duomo di San Cristoforo, pause for some serene contemplation at Pieve di San Giovanni Battista, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di San Michele a Castiglione di Garfagnana.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Barga travel route planner.

Barga is just a short distance from Borgo a Mozzano. In October, daily temperatures in Barga can reach 69°F, while at night they dip to 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Parma.

Things to do in Barga

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Chiesa di San Michele a Castiglione di Garfagnana, Pieve di San Giovanni Battista
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Parma

Parma ©
Parma is famous for its prosciutto, cheese, and architecture.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Teatro Regio, Basilica di Santa Maria della Steccata(Madonna della Steccata), Storica Spezieria di San Giovanni, and other attractions. Do some cultural sightseeing at Saint Antonio Abate Church and Chiesa della Santissima Annunziata. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Museo Bodoniano and Chiostri di S.Giovanni Evangelista.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Parma sightseeing planner.

Getting from Barga to Parma by car takes about 3 hours. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Parma when traveling from Barga in October, with lows around 51°F. On the 12th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Fontanellato.

Things to do in Parma

Historic Sites Nightlife Museums
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Fontanellato

Fontanellato ©
Fontanellato is a small town in the province of Parma, in northern Italy. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Rocca Sanvitale di Fontanellato. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sat): step into the grandiose world of Rocca dei Rossi di San Secondo, step into the grandiose world of Rocca Sanvitale di Fontanellato, pause for some serene contemplation at Abbazia di San Bernardo di Fontevivo, then see the interesting displays at Museo Della Civilta' Contadina, then see the interesting displays at Museo del Parmigiano-Reggiano, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Santuario Basilica della Beata Vergine del Santo Rosario di Fontanellato.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Fontanellato trip planner .

Fontanellato is just a stone's throw from Parma. In October, plan for daily highs up to 65°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can travel to Fidenza.

Things to do in Fontanellato

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

San Secondo Parmense, Soragna, Abbazia di San Bernardo di Fontevivo
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Rocca Sanvitale di Fontanellato ©
Rocca Sanvitale di Fontanellato
Rocca dei Rossi di San Secondo ©
Rocca dei Rossi di San Secondo
Pieve di San Genesio ©
Pieve di San Genesio

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Fidenza

Fidenza
Fidenza is a town and comune in the province of Parma, Emilia-Romagna region, Italy. For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Fidenza tour itinerary planning tool .

Fidenza is very close to Fontanellato. Expect a daytime high around 65°F in October, and nighttime lows around 51°F. You'll set off for Cremona on the 13th (Sun).

Things to do in Fidenza

Nightlife Historic Sites Museums
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Cremona

Cremona ©
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). Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Museo Civico Ala Ponzone as well as Cremona Cathedral. Start off your visit on the 13th (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cremona Cathedral, examine the collection at Museo Civico Ala Ponzone, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa di San Gerolamo, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di Sant'Egidio e Sant'Omobono, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di Santa Maria Maddalena, and finally admire the striking features of Town Hall. On your second day here, enjoy breathtaking views from Chiesa di San Luca and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di Santa Rita.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Cremona route planner.

You can drive from Fidenza to Cremona in an hour. In October, daily temperatures in Cremona can reach 64°F, while at night they dip to 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Verona.

Things to do in Cremona

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Chiesa di Santa Maria in Bressanoro
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Cremona Cathedral ©
Cremona Cathedral
Chiesa di Santa Maria Maddalena ©
Chiesa di Santa Maria Maddalena

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Verona

Verona ©
The famous setting for Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet, Verona is one of northern Italy's main tourist destinations, largely owing to its incredibly rich artistic heritage.
On the 15th (Tue), take in the spiritual surroundings of Santuario Basilica Madonna della Corona, make a trip to La Loggia del Consiglio, admire the striking features of Palazzo di Cansignorio, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Maria Antica, then examine the collection at Museo Conte delle Arti Grafiche, and finally steep yourself in history at Romeo's House (Casa di Romeo). Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at San Fermo Maggiore, Verona, don't miss a visit to Santuario Madonna di Lourdes, then make a trip to Porta dei Borsari, then examine the collection at Museo dell'Olio d'Oliva, and finally step into the grandiose world of Il Castello Scaligero di Torri del Benaco.

To find ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Verona online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Cremona to Verona takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a train. October in Verona sees daily highs of 66°F and lows of 50°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a bus to Mantua.

Things to do in Verona

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Museo dell'Olio d'Oliva, Santuario Basilica Madonna della Corona, Il Castello Scaligero di Torri del Benaco
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Santuario Basilica Madonna della Corona ©
Museo dell'Olio d'Oliva ©
Museo dell'Olio d'Oliva
San Fermo Maggiore, Verona ©
San Fermo Maggiore, Verona

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Mantua

Mantua
Often overlooked in favor of nearby Lake Garda, Mantua is one of northern Italy's Renaissance gems.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Castello San Giorgio and then don't miss a visit to Piazza Sordello.

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Traveling by bus from Verona to Mantua takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. October in Mantua sees daily highs of 66°F and lows of 51°F at night. On the 17th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Modena.

Things to do in Mantua

Historic Sites
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Modena

Modena
Deemed the Capital of Engines, Modena is the birthplace of Enzo Ferrari and the headquarters of Italian sports cars.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa Parrocchiale di San Francesco.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Modena trip itinerary builder .

You can take a train from Mantua to Modena in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 67°F in October, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Bologna.

Things to do in Modena

Historic Sites
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Bologna

Bologna ©
A city famous for its cuisine, Bologna is the seat of the oldest university in the world, founded in 1088.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Rocca di Riolo and Museo Ferruccio Lamborghini. Explore hidden gems such as Complesso Monumentale San Michele In Bosco and Piazza Cattedrale. Explore Bologna's surroundings by going to Palazzo Romagnoli Forli (in Forli), Ferrara (Museo della Cattedrale, Chiesa di Santa Maria in Vado, & more) and Museo della Rocca di Dozza (in Dozza). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Palazzo Milzetti Museo Nazionale dell'eta Neoclassica in Romagna, explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimitero monumentale della Certosa, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di San Giovanni Evangelista, and contemplate the long history of Palazzo Re Enzo.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Bologna trip itinerary planning app .

You can take a train from Modena to Bologna in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 67°F in October, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Bologna

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Ferrara, Museo Ferruccio Lamborghini, Museo della Rocca di Dozza, Palazzo Romagnoli Forli, Basilica di San Giovanni Evangelista
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