36 days in South Denmark & Northwest Italy Itinerary

36 days in South Denmark & Northwest Italy Itinerary

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36 days in South Denmark & Northwest Italy Itinerary

Start: Dublin, Ireland
+2
Fly + foot + train:  7​h
1
Odense, Denmark
— 1 night
train:  30​min
2
Fredericia, Denmark
— 1 night
train:  1​h 15​min
3
Esbjerg, Denmark
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Soenderborg, Denmark
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Aeroskobing, Denmark
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  8​h 30​min
6
Venice, Italy
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
7
Rome, Italy
— 6 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
8
Florence, Italy
— 6 nights
train:  45​min
9
Bologna, Italy
— 1 night
train:  1​h
10
Verona, Italy
— 5 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
11
Milan, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: Dublin, Ireland

1
night
Odense, Denmark

Odense ©
The capital of the island of Funen, Odense represents the birthplace of Hans Christian Andersen, who penned such classics as "The Little Mermaid" and "The Ugly Duckling." Denmark's third-largest city proudly displays its link to the famous writer with museums, sculptures, and public art installations dedicated to Andersen and his stories.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): explore the historical opulence of Egeskov Castle, then walk around Fruens Boge, and then catch some excitement at Odense Skydivingcenter.

To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Odense travel itinerary planner.

Dublin, Ireland to Odense is an approximately 7-hour combination of flight and train. You can also take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Central European Time is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in April, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Fredericia.

Things to do in Odense

Parks Fun & Games Historic Sites
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Fruens Boge ©
Fruens Boge
Egeskov Castle ©
Egeskov Castle

1
night
Fredericia, Denmark

Fredericia ©
Fredericia is a town located in Fredericia municipality in the eastern part of the Jutland peninsula in Denmark, in a sub-region known locally as Trekanten, or The Triangle. Start off your visit on the 27th (Mon): kick back and relax at Hindsgavl Dyrehave, admire the landmark architecture of Fredericia Vold, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Trinitatis Church, then pause for some serene contemplation at Lyng Church, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Taulov Church.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Fredericia trip planner.

Fredericia is just a stone's throw from Odense. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in April, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Esbjerg.

Things to do in Fredericia

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Hindsgavl Dyrehave
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Trinitatis Church ©
Trinitatis Church
Lyng Church ©
Lyng Church
Taulov Church ©
Taulov Church

1
night
Esbjerg, Denmark

Esbjerg ©
Esbjerg is a seaport town and seat of Esbjerg Municipality on the west coast of the Jutland peninsula in southwest Denmark. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): perfect your strike at FunWorld, then head outdoors with Hjerting Strand - Esbjerg, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Marbaek-Omraadet.

Plan trip to Esbjerg with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can take a train from Fredericia to Esbjerg in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to drive to Soenderborg.

Things to do in Esbjerg

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
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Hjerting Strand - Esbjerg ©
Hjerting Strand - Esbjerg
Marbaek-Omraadet ©
Marbaek-Omraadet

1
night
Soenderborg, Denmark

Soenderborg ©
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Wed): take a peaceful walk through Graastenskovene, admire the striking features of Nybol Molle, get to know the fascinating history of Gendarmstien, then cruise along The promenade, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Sonderborg Raadhus.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Soenderborg trip builder tool .

You can drive from Esbjerg to Soenderborg in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Esbjerg in April since evenings lows in Soenderborg dip to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to drive to Aeroskobing.

Things to do in Soenderborg

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Gendarmstien ©
Gendarmstien

4
nights
Aeroskobing, Denmark

Aeroskobing
Aeroskobing is known for historic sites, breweries & distilleries, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at Hammerichs Hus, pause for some serene contemplation at Bregninge Kirke, take in the pleasant sights at Voderup Klint, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Marstal Kirke.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Aeroskobing day trip planning app .

You can drive from Soenderborg to Aeroskobing in 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can travel to Venice.

Things to do in Aeroskobing

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Marstal, Soeby, Aero
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Bregninge Kirke
Bregninge Kirke
Marstal Sofartsmuseum ©
Marstal Sofartsmuseum
Marstal Havn og Marina ©
Marstal Havn og Marina

5
nights
Venice, Italy

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Padua (Scrovegni Chapel & Basilica di Sant’Antonio). There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, explore the galleries of Peggy Guggenheim Collection, explore the world behind art at Gallerie dell'Accademia, and see the interesting displays at Museo Ebraico di Venezia.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Venice trip itinerary builder app .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Aeroskobing to Venice. May in Venice sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can travel to Rome.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Padua
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Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco

6
nights
Rome, Italy

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Change things up with a short trip to Villa Adriana in Tivoli (about 36 minutes away). The adventure continues: explore the ancient world of Colosseum, admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain, contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Basilica, and don't miss a visit to Roman Forum.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Rome visit planner.

Traveling by flight from Venice to Rome takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in May, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trips

Vatican City, Villa Adriana
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain

6
nights
Florence, Italy

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Florence: Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona (in Castelnuovo dell'Abate), Castello del Trebbio (in Santa Brigida) and Palazzo Pubblico and Museo Civico (in Siena). The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Gallerie Degli Uffizi, snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio, see the interesting displays at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, and get great views at Piazzale Michelangelo.

To see ratings, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Florence trip planning tool .

Traveling by train from Rome to Florence takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Traveling from Rome in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Florence, with lows of 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can catch the train to Bologna.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Tours Historic Sites

Side Trips

Palazzo Pubblico and Museo Civico, Castello del Trebbio, Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona
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Food Tours
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery

1
night
Bologna, Italy

Bologna ©
A city famous for its cuisine, Bologna is the seat of the oldest university in the world, founded in 1088.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): enjoy breathtaking views from Torri degli Asinelli e Garisenda, take in the architecture and design of Academya Lingue, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica - Santuario di Santo Stefano, then partake in some friendly competition at Secret Zone, and finally steep yourself in history at Basilica di San Petronio.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Bologna trip itinerary maker website .

Getting from Florence to Bologna by train takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or drive. In May in Bologna, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can take a train to Verona.

Things to do in Bologna

Fun & Games Historic Sites Tours
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Academya Lingue ©
Academya Lingue
Torri degli Asinelli e Garisenda ©
Torri degli Asinelli e Garisenda
Basilica - Santuario di Santo Stefano ©

5
nights
Verona, Italy

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.
Verona is known for nightlife, historic sites, museums, nature, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see the grandeur of opera at Arena di Verona, wander the streets of Piazza delle Erbe, explore the historical opulence of Museo di Castelvecchio, and snap pictures at Ponte Scaligero (Ponte di Castelvecchio).

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Verona online day trip planner .

Getting from Bologna to Verona by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Verona are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Milan.

Things to do in Verona

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours
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Museo di Castelvecchio ©
Museo di Castelvecchio
Arena di Verona ©
Arena di Verona
Piazza delle Erbe ©
Piazza delle Erbe

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nights
Milan, Italy

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.
Explore Milan's surroundings by going to Villa del Balbianello (in Tremezzina), Santuario Della Madonna delle Grazie di San Martino (in Griante) and Mandello del Lario (Chiesa di San Giorgio & Anything But Work). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Duomo di Milano, admire the masterpieces at Pinacoteca Ambrosiana, browse the different shops at Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, and admire the verdant scenery at Valchiavenna.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Milan trip planner .

Traveling by train from Verona to Milan takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In May, daily temperatures in Milan can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Milan

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Mandello del Lario, Villa del Balbianello, Valchiavenna, Santuario Della Madonna delle Grazie di San Martino
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Duomo di Milano ©
Duomo di Milano
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II ©
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
Pinacoteca Ambrosiana ©
Pinacoteca Ambrosiana

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