The best #Roadtrips and excursions from Bologna

Looking for information for your #road trip around Italy? In this post we suggest some chilled out, beautiful routes for you to follow. You just need to get a vehicle in Bologna to get going. Take note of our suggested destinations to make the very best of your Italian getaway.

Driving tours from Bologna

Depending on how much time you have and how long you want to spend in each place, you can visit several places in one day or spend the night in one of them.

Modena: Ferrari, Pavarotti, and balsamic vinegar

As keen drivers, our first stop simply has to be the Enzo Ferrari museum in the heart of the town. Make sure to also take in the cathedral, the Palazzo Comunale, the Ghirlandina, and, if you are a fan of opera, the Luciano Pavarotti theatre. You can also do a balsamic vinegar tour by visiting the Villa San Donnino, the Acetaia Di Giorgio, the Vecchia Dispensa, and the Acetaia Malpighi, to mention just a few stops.

Parma main square in Italy

Parma: the home of prosciutto and Parmigiano cheese

Feeling hungry? You will find fine cheese and cold meats in the markets of Bologna, but if you want a more authentic experience, visit Parma. The beauty of the city, which is still untouched by mass tourism, will take your breath away. We recommend you visit the Cathedral and the Baptistery on the Piazza del Duomo, the Palazzo Ducale, the Piazza Garibaldi, and the Farnese Gardens and Theatre.

Verona: the city of Romeo and Juliet

If you feel like going a bit further, continue on to Verona. This deeply romantic city was the setting for Shakespeare’s famous Romeo and Juliet. In addition to Juliet’s home, make sure to visit the Arena, one of the best preserved amphitheaters of the Roman Empire. You should also pay a visit to the Piazza della Erbe, the Castelvecchio, and the Scaliger Tombs.

Spend the night in Verona, if you want, and continue your road trip on to Bergamo, a charming small town with pretty medieval streets, such as the Via Gombito.

Panoramic view of the River Adige in Verona at sunset

Venice: art and architecture.

The best way to explore Venice is on foot, but a car is a great way to get there. We recommend you visit Saint Mark’s Basilica, the Doge’s Palace, the Rialto Bridge, and the Bridge of Sighs. Consider spending the night in the city or the surrounding area, as you will find a lot of interesting places on the way, such as Padua. If you are a fan of medieval tradition, you simply can’t miss out on the Piazza delle Erbe, the Piazza delle Frutta, and the Piazza dei Signori, and the Prato della Valle, the biggest square in all of Italy. In the Scrovegni Chapel you can admire the frescoes by Giotto on the ceiling.

Ferrara: the medieval city

If you want to see more medieval buildings, stop off in Ferrara (either on the way to or the way back from Venice). The old town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and it is well worth visiting the very well preserved 8km long old medieval city walls, the Via delle Volte, the Palazzo dei Diamanti, the Duomo Cathedral, and the Parco Massari park.

Florence: beauty all around

Moving a little further away from the Emilia-Romagna region where Bologna is located and heading into Tuscany, this is one of the other places we recommend you set aside two days for as, besides the Cathedral and the museums in the centre, you will find beautiful towns, such as Fiesole, on the way. Stretching your legs in the Boboli Gardens and heading to the San Miniato del Monte abbey to take in the sunset is also a great idea.

Panoramic view of Florence

Find these places on the map and, if it works better for you, you can also hire a car at our offices at Bologna, Pisa, Milan Malpensa, and Bergamo airports Enjoy your Italian road trip!

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