22 days in Italy, Brussels & Bruges Itinerary

22 days in Italy, Brussels & Bruges Itinerary

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Trieste, Italy
— 2 nights
Milan, Italy
— 4 nights
Brussels, Belgium
— 4 nights
Bruges, Belgium
— 5 nights
Rome, Italy
— 6 nights


Trieste, Italy — 2 nights

Trieste is a charming old town with a quiet atmosphere often compared to eastern European cities.
On the 6th (Sun), hike along Rilke Trail, then surround yourself with nature on Grotta Torri di Slivia - Tour, and then appreciate the views at Val Rosandra Nature Reserve. On the 7th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Museo Joyce, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Trieste and the Trieste Karst, and then admire the sheer force of Cascata del torrente Rosandra.

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Buenos Aires, Argentina to Trieste is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. You'll lose 4 hours traveling from Buenos Aires to Trieste due to the time zone difference. In March, Trieste is a bit cooler than Buenos Aires - with highs of 17°C and lows of 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can drive to Milan.
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails
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Milan, Italy — 4 nights

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 Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore for their historical value. Get a sense of the local culture at Piazza delle Erbe and Monumental Cemetery. Explore Milan's surroundings by going to Verona (Torre dei Lamberti, Arena di Verona, &more), Castello di Vezio (in Vezio) and Sentiero del Viandante (in Varenna). And it doesn't end there: admire the striking features of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica San Lorenzo Maggiore, enjoy some music at La Casa Maledetta, and explore the historical opulence of Castello Sforzesco.

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Drive from Trieste to Milan in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. Traveling from Trieste in March, plan for a bit cooler nights in Milan, with lows around 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Brussels.
Historic Sites · Nightlife · Outdoors · Fun & Games
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Brussels, Belgium — 4 nights

The allure of the multi-cultural capital, Brussels, stems from its mix of political intrigue, artistic influence, historical significance, and a thriving social scene.
Head to Museum De Reede and Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubertfor plenty of shopping. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Grand Place and St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule). Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Brussels: Antwerp (Grote Markt & Cogels Osylei). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Atomium, delve into the lush surroundings at Sonian Forest, pause for some photo ops at Manneken Pis, and admire the landmark architecture of Parc du Cinquantenaire.

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You can fly from Milan to Brussels in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In March, Brussels is a bit cooler than Milan - with highs of 10°C and lows of 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Bruges.
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Bruges, Belgium — 5 nights

The medieval town of Bruges centers around a canal, and the architecture of its historical district has made it a World Heritage Site.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Groeningemuseum and Saint Bavo's Cathedral. Popular historic sites such as Historic Centre of Brugge and Ghent City Center are in your itinerary. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bruges: Ghent (Post Plaza, Gravensteen, &more). There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Minnewater Lake, see the interesting displays at Friet Museum, sample the tasty concoctions at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan, and enjoy breathtaking views from Belfry of Bruges.

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Traveling by car from Brussels to Bruges takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. March in Bruges sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 2°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Rome.
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Rome, Italy — 6 nights

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Get in touch with nature at Colle del Gianicolo and Catacombs of Saint Callixtus. Colosseum and Vatican Museums will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Rome: Tivoli (Villa d'Este & Villa Adriana). Next up on the itinerary: explore the ancient world of Palatine Hill, stop by Trastevere, don't miss a visit to Trevi Fountain, and explore the world behind art at Galleria Borghese.

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Getting from Bruges to Rome by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from Bruges in March, expect Rome to be somewhat warmer, temps between 19°C and 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to fly back home.
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Italy travel guide

Landmarks · Ruins · Sacred & Religious Sites
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.