57 days in Italy, Flemish Brabant Province & North Rhine-Westphalia Itinerary

57 days in Italy, Flemish Brabant Province & North Rhine-Westphalia Itinerary

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Start: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Drive:  2 h 30 min
1
Halle, Belgium
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  5 h 45 min
2
Bologna, Italy
— 11 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
3
Ravenna, Italy
— 7 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
4
Sirmione, Italy
— 7 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
5
Milan, Italy
— 16 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
6
Dusseldorf, Germany
— 7 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
7
Aachen, Germany
— 6 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
End: Amsterdam, The Netherlands

2
nights
Halle, Belgium

Halle ©
Halle is a city and municipality of Belgium, in the district (arrondissement) Halle-Vilvoorde of the province Flemish Brabant. You'll explore and learn at FeliXart Museum and Paper Mill Herisem. Get some historical perspective at St-Martin's Basilica and Brasserie Timmermans. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Halle: Tervuren (Centho Chocolates & Arboretum Tervuren). There's much more to do: explore the historical opulence of Gaasbeek Castle, appreciate the history behind Prins, trots van Brabant, get some fabulous bargains at Neuhaus Factory Shop, and look for all kinds of wild species at Hallerbos – ‘'The Blue Forest’'.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Halle trip planner.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Halle is an approximately 3-hour car ride. September in Halle sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Bologna.

Things to do in Halle

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Tervuren, Paper Mill Herisem, FeliXart Museum, Brasserie Timmermans, Neuhaus Factory Shop
Find places to stay Sep 1 — 3:
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FeliXart Museum ©
FeliXart Museum
Brasserie Timmermans ©
Brasserie Timmermans
Gaasbeek Castle ©
Gaasbeek Castle

11
nights
Bologna, Italy

Bologna ©
A city famous for its cuisine, Bologna is the seat of the oldest university in the world, founded in 1088.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Basilica - Santuario di Santo Stefano and Chiesa di San Girolamo della Certosa. Popular historic sites such as Basilica di San Petronio and Castello Estense are in your itinerary. Explore Bologna's surroundings by going to Santarcangelo di Romagna (Pieve di San Michele Arcangelo & Museo Permanente “Nel mondo di Tonino Guerra”), Rimini (Italy in Miniature & Borgo San Giuliano) and Ostiglia (Riserva Naturale Isola Boschina & Riserva Naturale Paludi). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Piazza Maggiore, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa di Santa Maria e San Valentino della Grada, get engrossed in the history at Museo Civico Medievale, and explore the world behind art at Pinacoteca Nazionale di Bologna.

For where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Bologna online trip builder.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Halle to Bologna. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Halle in September: high temperatures in Bologna hover around 30°C and lows are around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can drive to Ravenna.

Things to do in Bologna

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Modena, Ferrara, Parma, Rimini, Traversetolo
Find places to stay Sep 3 — 14:
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Basilica - Santuario di Santo Stefano ©
Basilica - Santuario di Santo Stefano
Castello Estense ©
Castello Estense
Basilica di San Petronio ©
Basilica di San Petronio

7
nights
Ravenna, Italy

Ravenna ©
Famous for its wealth of original mosaics, Ravenna is a hub of artistic and cultural heritage.
Basilica San Vitale and Basilica di Sant'Apollinare Nuovo will appeal to history buffs. Museum-lovers will appreciate Archiepiscopal Museum and Il Planetario. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Ravenna: Asilo e Oratorio Santa Rosa (in Predappio), Museo del Territorio (in Longiano) and Faenza (Palazzo Milzetti Museo Nazionale dell'eta Neoclassica in Romagna, International Museum of Ceramics, &more). There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Il Villaggio delle Cicogne, make a trip to Oasi Naturale di Torre Abate, take in the spiritual surroundings of Battistero degli Ariani, and get in on the family fun at Mirabilandia.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Ravenna trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Bologna to Ravenna takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in September, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can go by car to Sirmione.

Things to do in Ravenna

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Forli, Faenza, Cesenatico, Comacchio, Cervia
Find places to stay Sep 14 — 21:
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Basilica San Vitale ©
Basilica San Vitale
Basilica di Sant'Apollinare in Classe ©
Basilica di Sant'Apollinare in Classe
Basilica di Sant'Apollinare Nuovo ©
Basilica di Sant'Apollinare Nuovo

7
nights
Sirmione, Italy

Sirmione ©
Sirmione is a comune in the province of Brescia, in Lombardy (northern Italy). Museum-lovers will appreciate Palazzo Te and Museo di Santa Giulia. Your inner history buff will appreciate Castello Scaligero and Parco Archeologico Naturalistico della Rocca di Manerba del Garda. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sirmione: Parco Comunale delle Incisioni Rupestri di Luine (in Darfo Boario Terme), Brescia (Pinacoteca Tosio Martinengo, Galleria dell'Incisione, &more) and Valtenesi del Garda (in San Felice del Benaco). Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Riserva Naturale Incisioni Rupestri di Ceto Cimbergo e Paspardo, brush up on your military savvy at Museo Storico Del Risorgimento Agostino Bianchi, admire the striking features of Palazzo Ducale Mantova, and see the interesting displays at Museo del Violino.

To see maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Sirmione tour itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Ravenna to Sirmione takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Sirmione can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can drive to Milan.

Things to do in Sirmione

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Brescia, Cremona, Mantua, Riserva Naturale Incisioni Rupestri di Ceto Cimbergo e Paspardo, Parco Comunale delle Incisioni Rupestri di Luine
Find places to stay Sep 21 — 28:
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Palazzo Te ©
Palazzo Te
Palazzo Ducale Mantova
Palazzo Ducale Mantova
Museo Civico di Canneto sull'Oglio ©
Museo Civico di Canneto sull'Oglio

16
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.
Visit Duomo di Milano and Il Cenacolo for their historical value. Appreciate the collections at Pinacoteca Ambrosiana and Museo Poldi Pezzoli. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Milan: Museo del Falegname Tino Sana (in Almenno San Bartolomeo), Scooter & Lambretta (in Rodano) and Bergamo (Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore, Museo e Tesoro della Cattedrale, &more). Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at I Falconieri del Feudo, explore the historical opulence of Castello Sforzesco, explore the world behind art at Pinacoteca di Brera, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Centro Storico.

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Milan holiday site.

Traveling by car from Sirmione to Milan takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train. In September, daytime highs in Milan are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can travel to Dusseldorf.

Things to do in Milan

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Bellano, Como, Bergamo, Gravedona, Clusone
Find places to stay Sep 28 — Oct 14:
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I Falconieri del Feudo ©
I Falconieri del Feudo
Duomo di Milano ©
Duomo di Milano
Castello Sforzesco ©
Castello Sforzesco

7
nights
Dusseldorf, Germany

Dusseldorf ©
Renowned for its fashion and trade fairs, Dusseldorf offers visitors vibrant nightlife and a wide range of shopping options.
Get some cultural insight at Cologne Cathedral and Wallraf-Richartz Museum. You'll explore and learn at Museum Ludwig and Roman-German Museum (Romisch-Germanisches Museum). You'll find plenty of places to visit near Dusseldorf: Grafschafter Museum im Moerser Schloss (in Moers), Muelheim an der Ruhr (Aquarius Wassermuseum & Camera Obscura Museum zur Vorgeschichte des Films) and Cologne (Wildpark, Chocolate Museum, &more). There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Bergehalde Grosses Holz, see the interesting displays at Mahn- und Gedenkstatte, take an in-depth tour of Roman Museum Haus Burgel, and steep yourself in history at LWL-Industriemuseum Zeche Nachtigall.

Plan a Dusseldorf trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Milan to Dusseldorf takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In October, Dusseldorf is slightly colder than Milan - with highs of 17°C and lows of 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to go by car to Aachen.

Things to do in Dusseldorf

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Cologne, Xanten, Vreden, Muelheim an der Ruhr, Grafschafter Museum im Moerser Schloss
Find places to stay Oct 14 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Museum Ludwig ©
Museum Ludwig
Cologne Cathedral ©
Cologne Cathedral
Wallraf-Richartz Museum ©
Wallraf-Richartz Museum

6
nights
Aachen, Germany

Aachen ©
Aachen, a spa town, was once a prominent royal city where German kings were crowned and Charlemagne built his favorite residence.
Appreciate the collections at Centre Charlemagne and Romerthermen Zulpich. Get some historical perspective at Aachen Cathedral and Aachener Rathaus. Explore Aachen's surroundings by going to Begas-Haus (in Heinsberg), Deutsches Glasmalerei-Museum (in Linnich) and Museum der Mineralien (in Huckelhoven). Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Teverener Heide, see the interesting displays at Burgenmuseum, and learn more about the world around you at Grube Wolfahrt.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Aachen road trip tool.

Getting from Dusseldorf to Aachen by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Aachen can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Aachen

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Stolberg, Hellenthal, LVR-Industriemuseum Tuchfabrik Muller, Museum Huertgenwald 1944 und im Frieden, Die Romische Kalkbrennerei in Iversheim
Find places to stay Oct 21 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Deutsches Glasmalerei-Museum ©
Deutsches Glasmalerei-Museum
Aachen Cathedral ©
Aachen Cathedral
Romerthermen Zulpich ©
Romerthermen Zulpich

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