55 days in Italy, Germany & Bruges Itinerary

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Bruges, Belgium
— 4 nights
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Bologna, Italy
— 6 nights
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Rome, Italy
— 6 nights
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Naples, Italy
— 6 nights
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Genoa, Italy
— 4 nights
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Alessandria, Italy
— 1 night
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Vercelli, Italy
— 5 nights
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Turin, Italy
— 2 nights
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Milan, Italy
— 5 nights
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Busto Arsizio, Italy
— 2 nights
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Drive to Malpensa International Airport, Fly to Hamburg Helmut Schmidt Airport, Drive to Kiel
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Kiel, Germany
— 1 night
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Berlin, Germany
— 4 nights
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Dresden, Germany
— 3 nights
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Nuremberg, Germany
— 5 nights
Fly to Frankfurt, Train to Liege

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Bruges, Belgium — 4 nights

Venice of the North

The medieval town of Bruges centers around a canal, and the architecture of its historical district has made it a World Heritage Site.
Groeningemuseum and Friet Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Your inner history buff will appreciate Historic Centre of Brugge and Gravensteen. Venture out of the city with trips to Ghent (Ghent City Center, Graslei and Korenlei, &more). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy breathtaking views from Belfry of Bruges, explore the activities along Minnewater Lake, admire the masterpieces at Gruuthusemuseum, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Our Lady Bruges.

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Liege to Bruges is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also take a train. Traveling from Liege in June, expect nights in Bruges to be about the same, around 13°C, while days are little chillier, around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Bologna.
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Bologna, Italy — 6 nights

Heart of Italian Cuisine

A city famous for its cuisine, Bologna is the seat of the oldest university in the world, founded in 1088.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Doge's Palace and Pitti Palace. Popular historic sites such as Piazza San Marco and The Baptistery of St. John are in your itinerary. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bologna: Venice (St Mark's Campanile, Ponte di Rialto, &more) and Florence (Florence Academy of Fine Arts, Piazzale Michelangelo, &more). There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica - Santuario di Santo Stefano.

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Fly from Bruges to Bologna in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In June, Bologna is a bit warmer than Bruges - with highs of 34°C and lows of 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Rome.
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Rome, Italy — 6 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Visit Colosseum and Piazza Navona for their historical value. Vatican Museums and Vatican Grottoes will appeal to museum buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rome: Tivoli (Villa Adriana & Villa d'Este). There's much more to do: delve into the distant past at Palatine Hill, wander the streets of Trastevere, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Louis of the French, and contemplate the long history of Roman Forum.

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You can fly from Bologna to Rome in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In June, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Naples.
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Naples, Italy — 6 nights

Naples is the capital of the Italian region Campania and the third-largest municipality in Italy after Rome and Milan. Pompeii Archaeological Park and Villa Rufolo are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get some historical perspective at Duomo di Ravello and Museo Cappella Sansevero. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Naples: Fishing Charters & Tours (in Sorrento), Amalfi (Amalfi Coast Drive, Valle delle Ferriere, &more) and Pompeii (Terme del Foro, Odeon - Teatro Piccolo, &more). The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Villa Cimbrone Gardens, examine the collection at Museo del Corallo Ascione, explore the world behind art at Museo e Real Bosco di Capodimonte, and get curious at MUSA - Museo Universitario delle Scienze e delle Arti.

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Getting from Rome to Naples by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. In June, daily temperatures in Naples can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Genoa.
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Genoa, Italy — 4 nights

Once the most important harbor in the Mediterranean Sea, Genoa has a long history as a rich and powerful trade center in northern Italy.
Let the collections at Galleria Nazionale di Palazzo Spinola and Musei di Strada Nuova - Palazzo Rosso capture your imagination. Get a sense of the local culture at Leaning Tower of Pisa and Basilica di Santa Maria di Castello. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Genoa: Manarola (Borgo Storico di Manarola & Enjoy Cinqueterre Boat Tours) and Convento dei Cappuccini e Chiesa di San Francesco (in Monterosso al Mare). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cattedrale di San Lorenzo - Duomo di Genova, appreciate the extensive heritage of Passeggiata Anita Garibaldi a Nervi, pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa del Gesu e dei Santi Ambrogio e Andrea, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Aquarium of Genoa.

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You can fly from Naples to Genoa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. When traveling from Naples in June, plan for little chillier days in Genoa, with highs around 29°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to drive to Alessandria.
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Alessandria, Italy — 1 night

Alessandria is a city and comune in Piedmont, Italy, and the capital of the Province of Alessandria. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa di San Lorenzo, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica Di San Dalmazio, and then stop by Pasticceria Gallina.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Alessandria trip builder app.

Traveling by car from Genoa to Alessandria takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Genoa in June since evenings lows in Alessandria dip to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can drive to Vercelli.
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Vercelli, Italy — 5 nights

Vercelli , is a city and comune of 46.552 inhabitants in the Province of Vercelli, Piedmont, northern Italy. Get some cultural insight at Chiesa di Santa Maria delle Grazie and Castello e Parco di Masino. Monastero Cluniacense S.S. Pietro e Paolo and Casa di Pietro Micca will appeal to history buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Vercelli side-trips: Chiesa San Martino (in Gattico), Chiesa dei Ss. Pietro e Giorgio (in Rosazza) and Museo etnografico di Coniolo (in Coniolo). There's much more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Lomellina, take in the spiritual surroundings of Battistero di San Giovanni ad Fontes, and contemplate the long history of Salone Dugentesco.

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You can drive from Alessandria to Vercelli in an hour. Another option is to drive. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Alessandria in June: highs in Vercelli hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Turin.
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Turin, Italy — 2 nights

City of Magic

A city of technology and industry, Turin is in northwestern Italy, a one-hour drive from the French border and slightly more than that from the Mediterranean Sea.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Tue): get engrossed in the history at Museum of the Risorgimento, explore the world behind art at Museo Egizio, view the masterpieces at Galleria Sabauda, then steep yourself in history at Duomo di Torino e Cappella della Sacra Sindone, and finally admire the striking features of Palazzo Reale Di Torino. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Civic Museum of Ancient Art (Palazzo Madama), then see the interesting displays at Museo Nazionale del Cinema, and then examine the collection at Museo Nazionale dell'Automobile.

For traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Turin holiday planning tool.

Traveling by car from Vercelli to Turin takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from Vercelli in July, expect nights in Turin to be about the same, around 21°C, while days are little chillier, around 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Milan.
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Milan, Italy — 5 nights

Fashion Capital of World

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Duomo di Milano and Museo di Castelvecchio. Let the collections at Pinacoteca Ambrosiana and Museo Della Scienza E Della Tecnologia Leonardo da Vinci capture your imagination. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Milan: Verona (Torre dei Lamberti, Piazza delle Erbe, &more) and Greenway del Lago di Como (in Colonno). Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Castello Sforzesco, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica San Lorenzo Maggiore, explore the world behind art at Pinacoteca di Brera, and see the interesting displays at The Bramante Sacristy.

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Traveling by train from Turin to Milan takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Turin in July, expect nights in Milan to be about the same, around 21°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 34°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Busto Arsizio.
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Busto Arsizio, Italy — 2 nights

Busto Arsizio is a city and comune, in the province of Varese, in the region of Lombardy, in northern Italy, 34km north of Milan. On the 11th (Tue), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di Madonna in Prato and then pause for some serene contemplation at Santuario Santa Maria di Piazza.

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Traveling by car from Milan to Busto Arsizio takes an hour. July in Busto Arsizio sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to drive to Kiel.
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Kiel, Germany — 1 night

Sailing City

One of Germany's most important ports for decades, Kiel combines its working industrial center with a rich heritage of music, fine dining, and pleasant scenery.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Wed): brush up on your military savvy at U-Boot U 995 and then identify plant and animal life at Arche Warder - Zentrum fur seltene Nutztierrassen.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Kiel visit planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Busto Arsizio to Kiel. In July, Kiel is slightly colder than Busto Arsizio - with highs of 26°C and lows of 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Berlin.
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Berlin, Germany — 4 nights

Athens of the Spree

The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Pergamonmuseum and Topography of Terror. Get some historical perspective at Charlottenburg Palace and Memorial of the Berlin Wall. Step out of Berlin to go to Potsdam and see Sanssouci Palace, which is approximately 52 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Reichstag Building, pause for some photo ops at The Holocaust Memorial - Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, visit Potsdamer Platz, and admire the striking features of Berliner Dom.

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Getting from Kiel to Berlin by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. On the 17th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Dresden.
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Dresden, Germany — 3 nights

Florence of the North

Dresden boasts a long history as a royal residence of many Saxon kings.
The Dresden Zwinger and Frauenkirche Dresden are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Katholische Hofkirche and Canaletto Blick will appeal to history buffs. The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Albertinum, get engrossed in the history at Gemaldegalerie Neue Meister, and examine the collection at Neues Grünes Gewölbe.

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Drive from Berlin to Dresden in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Nuremberg.
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Nuremberg, Germany — 5 nights

Gingerbread Capital of the World

Nuremberg's historic town center stands in the shadow of a towering imperial castle that dominates its northwestern corner.
Get some historical perspective at Nymphenburg Palace and Würzburg Residence. Appreciate the collections at Fortress Marienberg and Munich Residenz. Venture out of the city with trips to Wurzburg (St. Kilian Cathedral & Schloss Veitshöchheim), Town Walls (in Rothenburg) and Munich (Frauenkirche, Marienplatz, &more). Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Kaiserburg Nurnberg and don't miss a visit to St. Lorenz Church.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Nuremberg vacation builder website.

Traveling by flight from Dresden to Nuremberg takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Nuremberg can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.
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Italy travel guide

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Italy is a land of high fashion, fine art, exquisite architecture, luxury sports cars, outstanding cuisine--and an insatiable taste for "la dolce vita." It's also home to the greatest number of World Heritage Sites in the world, making it an ideal place for your next holiday. The country boasts a varied landscape of mountain ranges, alpine lakes, and coastal towns, so it's no wonder travelers often refer to it as the bel paese (beautiful country). With so many places to visit, visitors often have a difficult time planning their itinerary. The smaller villages each feature a distinct character and a blend of architecture, art, and cuisine. In the country, you'll find countless archeological sites dating back to Roman times and beyond. The country's cities and seaside resorts are cosmopolitan powerhouses with museums, galleries, restaurants, shops, open-air markets, and pedestrian-friendly historic areas.
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Germany travel guide

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Germany is the home of high culture, fine art, classical music, world-class sports, award-winning cuisine--and some of the world's best beers. It's also one of the major economic and political powers of the European continent. One of the founding members of the European Union, Germany is a federation of 16 states. Each boasts its own distinct culture, art, cuisine, regional traditions, and array of things to do. The country is known worldwide for its precision engineering and high-tech products. Equally, though, Germany is admired for its old-world charm and what is locally known as gemutlichkeit (coziness). This is one of the easiest countries in the world to explore, offering an abundance of sightseeing opportunities. German transportation runs with German efficiency. Therefore, getting around the various regions is almost always easy, quick, and pleasant. Visit the cities to explore museums, art galleries, modern restaurants, and trendy shops. Also be sure to venture deeper into the countryside. Here, you can discover ancient castles and bustling little villages. Often in these off-the-beaten-path areas, the main tourist attraction remains the simple hospitality of the friendly locals.
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