11 days in Northwest Italy & City of San Marino Itinerary

11 days in Northwest Italy & City of San Marino Itinerary

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Bologna, Italy
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Maranello, Italy
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Modena, Italy
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Parma, Italy
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Genoa, Italy
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Pisa, Italy
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Florence, Italy
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Siena, Italy
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City of San Marino, San Marino
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Bologna, Italy

Heart of Italian Cuisine

A city famous for its cuisine, Bologna is the seat of the oldest university in the world, founded in 1088.
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Lisbon, Portugal to Bologna is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone changes from Western European Standard Time (WET) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In June in Bologna, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 19°C at night. On the 3rd (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Maranello.

Things to do in Bologna

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Nightlife · Parks

Maranello, Italy

— 1 day
Maranello is a town and comune in the region of Emilia-Romagna in Northern Italy, 18 km from Modena, with a population of 17,165 as of 2013. You've now added Museo Ferrari to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): see the interesting displays at Museo Ferrari, pause for some photo ops at Monumento al Cavallino rampante, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di San Giorgio, then steep yourself in history at Palazzo Ducale Piano Primo, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa di San Francesco in Rocca.

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Maranello planner.

Getting from Bologna to Maranello by car takes about an hour. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Modena.

Things to do in Maranello

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Modena, Italy

— 1 night

Capital of Engines

Deemed the Capital of Engines, Modena is the birthplace of Enzo Ferrari and the headquarters of Italian sports cars.
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Modena is just a short distance from Maranello. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in June, and nighttime lows around 19°C. You'll set off for Parma on the 4th (Fri).

Things to do in Modena

Historic Sites · Nightlife · Museums · Parks

Parma, Italy

— 1 night

Capital of Italian Food Valley

Parma is famous for its prosciutto, cheese, and architecture.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di Santa Lucia, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Battistero di Parma, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monastero di San Giovanni Evangelista, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cattedrale di Parma, and finally look for gifts at Cioccolato Banchini.

To see ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Parma trip planner.

You can drive from Modena to Parma in an hour. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a train. In June, daytime highs in Parma are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Genoa.

Things to do in Parma

Historic Sites · Shopping

Genoa, Italy

— 1 night
Once the most important harbor in the Mediterranean Sea, Genoa has a long history as a rich and powerful trade center in northern Italy.
On the 5th (Sat), admire the masterpieces at Musei di Strada Nuova - Palazzo Bianco, then don't miss a visit to Chiesa Di San Donato, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa del Gesu e dei Santi Ambrogio e Andrea, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Porta Soprana.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Genoa day trip website.

You can drive from Parma to Genoa in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Parma in June, you will find days in Genoa are a bit cooler (29°C), and nights are about the same (22°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can go by car to Pisa.

Things to do in Genoa

Historic Sites · Museums

Pisa, Italy

— 1 night
Known worldwide for the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the city of Pisa historically served as a maritime power in the heart of Tuscany.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa di Santa Caterina d'Alessandria, take in panoramic vistas at Leaning Tower of Pisa, take in the spiritual surroundings of Duomo di Pisa, take in the spiritual surroundings of Battistero di San Giovanni, then stroll the grounds of Camposanto, and finally don't miss a visit to Piazza dei Miracoli.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Pisa vacation planning app.

Traveling by car from Genoa to Pisa takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Genoa in June since evenings lows in Pisa dip to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Florence.

Things to do in Pisa

Historic Sites

Florence, Italy

— 1 night

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Ponte Vecchio, Palazzo Vecchio, Campanile di Giotto, and other attractions. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, take in panoramic vistas at Campanile di Giotto, then take in the views from Ponte Vecchio, then get a sense of history and politics at Palazzo Vecchio, and finally don't miss a visit to Piazza della Signoria.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Florence online road trip planner.

Drive from Pisa to Florence in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. June in Florence sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 21°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Siena.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites

Siena, Italy

— 1 night

Cultural Heart of Tuscany

Siena, a medieval Tuscan city, features numerous attractions, including a historic town center, alleyways, towers, and well-preserved buildings.
Palio di Siena has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbazia di San Galgano, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di San Clemente in Santa Maria dei Servi, then pause for some serene contemplation at Duomo di Siena, and finally mix with locals at Palio di Siena.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Siena itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Florence to Siena takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In June in Siena, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can go by car to City of San Marino.

Things to do in Siena

Historic Sites · Events

Side Trip

City of San Marino, San Marino

— 1 night
The capital of one of the world's smallest and oldest republics, the hillside city of San Marino boasts a World Heritage-listed old town that's known for its winding cobblestone streets and sweeping views of the surrounding countryside.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Wed): appreciate the history behind Girolamo Gozi Monument, pause for some photo ops at Children of Beslan Statue, contemplate the long history of Piazza della Liberta, then get a sense of history and politics at Palazzo Pubblico, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica del Santo Marino, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Orti Borghesi San Marino.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the City of San Marino trip builder app.

You can drive from Siena to City of San Marino in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. When traveling from Siena in June, plan for slightly colder days in City of San Marino, with highs around 30°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Bologna.

Things to do in City of San Marino

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Bologna, Italy

— 3 nights

Heart of Italian Cuisine

You'll discover tucked-away gems like Chiesa di Santa Maria della Vita and La Spiaggia Malu 90 93. Do some cultural sightseeing at Basilica - Santuario di Santo Stefano and Basilica di San Domenico. Venture out of the city with trips to Bagno Pietro 37 (in Viserba) and Bagno 57 (in Bellaria-Igea Marina). See some other sides of Bologna: pause for some serene contemplation at Cattedrale di San Pietro, stop by Salumeria Simoni, wander the streets of Quadrilatero, and steep yourself in history at Via Rizzoli.

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You can drive from City of San Marino to Bologna in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. You will have some time to spend on the 13th (Sun) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Bologna

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Beaches · Parks

Side Trips

Province of Bologna travel guide

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Historic Sites · Churches · Observation Decks
Bologna is the capital and largest city of the Emilia-Romagna Region in Northern Italy. It is the seventh most populous city in Italy, located in the heart of a metropolitan area (officially recognised by the Italian government as a città metropolitana) of about one million.The first settlements date back to at least 1000 BC. The city has been an urban centre, first under the Etruscans (Velzna/Felsina) and the Celts (Bona), then under the Romans (Bononia), then again in the Middle Ages, as a free municipality (for one century it was the fifth largest European city based on population). Home to the oldest university in the world, University of Bologna, founded in 1088, Bologna hosts thousands of students who enrich the social and cultural life of the city. Famous for its towers and lengthy porticoes, Bologna has a well-preserved historical centre (one of the largest in Italy) thanks to a careful restoration and conservation policy which began at the end of the 1970s, on the heels of serious damage done by the urban demolition at the end of the 19th century as well as that caused by wars.An important cultural and artistic centre, its importance in terms of landmarks can be attributed to a varied mixture of monuments and architectural examples (medieval towers, antique buildings, churches, the layout of its historical centre) as well as works of art which are the result of a first class architectural and artistic history. Bologna is also an important transportation crossroad for the roads and trains of Northern Italy, where many important mechanical, electronic and nutritional industries have their headquarters. According to the most recent data gathered by the European Regional Economic Growth Index (E-REGI) of 2009, Bologna is the first Italian city and the 47th European city in terms of its economic growth rate.

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Province of Pisa travel guide

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Observation Decks · Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks
Pisa is a city in the Tuscany region of Central Italy straddling the Arno just before it empties into the Ligurian Sea. It is the capital city of the Province of Pisa. Although Pisa is known worldwide for its leaning tower (the bell tower of the city's cathedral), the city of over 91,104 residents (around 200,000 with the metropolitan area) contains more than 20 other historic churches, several medieval palaces and various bridges across the Arno. Much of the city's architecture was financed from its history as one of the Italian maritime republics.The city is also home of the University of Pisa, which has a history going back to the 12th century and also has the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa, founded by Napoleon in 1810, and its offshoot, the Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies as the best sanctioned Superior Graduate Schools in Italy.<ref name="gradscuola/">Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna di Pisa Information statisticsHistoryAncient timesThe origin of the name, Pisa, is a mystery. While the origin of the city had remained unknown for centuries, the Pelasgi, the Greeks, the Etruscans, and the Ligurians had variously been proposed as founders of the city (for example, a colony of the ancient city of Pisa, Greece). Archaeological remains from the 5th century BC confirmed the existence of a city at the sea, trading with Greeks and Gauls. The presence of an Etruscan necropolis, discovered during excavations in the '' in 1991, confirmed its Etruscan origins.

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Province of Florence travel guide

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Art Museums · Historic Walking Areas · Landmarks
Florence is the capital city of the Italian region of Tuscany and of the Metropolitan City of Florence. It is the most populous city in Tuscany, with 383,083 inhabitants (as at 2013), expanding to over 1,520,000 in the metropolitan area.Florence was a centre of medieval European trade and finance and one of the wealthiest cities of that era. It is considered the birthplace of the Renaissance, and has been called "the Athens of the Middle Ages". A turbulent political history includes periods of rule by the powerful Medici family and numerous religious and republican revolutions. From 1865 to 1871 the city was the capital of the recently established Kingdom of Italy. The Florentine dialect forms the base of Standard Italian and it became the language of culture throughout Italy due to the prestige of the masterpieces by Dante Alighieri, Petrarch, Giovanni Boccaccio, Niccolò Machiavelli and Francesco Guicciardini.The city attracts millions of tourists each year, and the Historic Centre of Florence was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1982. The city is noted for its culture, Renaissance art and architecture and monuments. The city also contains numerous museums and art galleries, such as the Uffizi Gallery and the Palazzo Pitti, and still exerts an influence in the fields of art, culture and politics. Due to Florence's artistic and architectural heritage, it has been ranked by Forbes as one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

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Province of Siena travel guide

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Landmarks · Wineries & Vineyards · Churches
Siena is a city in Tuscany, Italy. It is the capital of the province of Siena.The historic centre of Siena has been declared by UNESCO a World Heritage Site. It is one of the nation's most visited tourist attractions, with over 163,000 international arrivals in 2008. Siena is famous for its cuisine, art, museums, medieval cityscape and the Palio, a horse race held twice a year.HistorySiena, like other Tuscan hill towns, was first settled in the time of the Etruscans (c. 900–400 BC) when it was inhabited by a tribe called the Saina. The Etruscans were a tribe of advanced people who changed the face of central Italy through their use of irrigation to reclaim previously unfarmable land, and their custom of building their settlements in well-defended hill forts. A Roman town called Saena Julia was founded at the site in the time of the Emperor Augustus. Some archaeologists assert that Siena was controlled for a period by a Gaulish tribe called the Senones.According to local legend, Siena was founded by Senius and Aschius, two sons of Remus and thus nephews of Romulus, after whom Rome was named. Supposedly after their father's murder by Romulus, they fled Rome, taking with them the statue of the she-wolf suckling the infants (Capitoline Wolf), thus appropriating that symbol for the town. Additionally they rode white and black horses, giving rise to the Balzana, or coat of arms of Siena with a white band atop a dark band. Some claim the name Siena derives from Senius. Other etymologies derive the name from the Etruscan family name Saina, the Roman family name Saenii, or the Latin word senex "old" or its derived form seneo "to be old".

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San Marino travel guide

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Historic Sites · Specialty Museums · Castles
San Marino is a country characterized by its architecture--namely, the three towers that adorn the country's flag and coat of arms. As a result, most of the tourist attractions here center around the structures protruding from the hill of the country. The third-smallest nation in Europe, it is surprising that San Marino managed to gain independence from robust Italy. This status has created great pride among the Sanmarinese, although Italian culture is still quite influential as the country is completely surrounded by Italy. And while its size has obvious disadvantages, the advantages for tourism strongly outweigh them. Visitors don't need to travel to get a sense of the country (there isn't far to go!), and this generates an intimacy and friendliness among locals that is lost in most larger countries.