4 days in Venice & Bologna Itinerary

4 days in Venice & Bologna Itinerary

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Venice
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Bologna
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Venice — 2 nights

City of Romance

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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Thu): wander the streets of Cannaregio, explore the activities along Canal Grande, snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto, then admire the striking features of Basilica di San Marco, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza San Marco. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in panoramic vistas at St Mark's Campanile, admire the landmark architecture of Doge's Palace, take in the views from Ponte dei Sospiri, explore the world behind art at Peggy Guggenheim Collection, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute, and finally pause for some photo ops at Punta della Dogana.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Venice trip itinerary tool.

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Venice. In October, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Bologna.
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Bologna — 1 night

Heart of Italian Cuisine

A city famous for its cuisine, Bologna is the seat of the oldest university in the world, founded in 1088.
Bologna Cooking Class has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 16th (Sat): learn and have fun at Bologna Cooking Class, pause for some serene contemplation at Santuario di Madonna di San Luca, then steep yourself in history at Piazza Maggiore, and finally make a trip to Le Due Torri Torre degli Asinell. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di San Petronio, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica - Santuario di Santo Stefano, get engrossed in the history at Museo Civico Medievale, then steep yourself in history at Castello Estense, then contemplate the long history of Palazzo Schifanoia (Palazzo della Gioia) - World Heritage Site, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ferrara Cathedral.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Bologna trip planner.

You can drive from Venice to Bologna in 2 hours. Another option is to take a train. October in Bologna sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 13°C at night.
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