Relaxed 10-Day Italy Road Trip from Venice to Florence and Bologna

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Duration
10 days & 9 nights
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Jan. - Dec.
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9 nights included
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10 days included
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Description

Sit back and enjoy a relaxed 10-day road trip in Italy with this laid-back self-drive vacation.

This self-drive package allows you to immerse in the local culture as you travel through the picture-perfect landscapes in Italy at a relaxed pace. Get a dose of comfort, fun, and recreation in Venice, Florence, and Bologna. Make yourself at home at top-rated hotels and stay 3 nights in Venice, 3 nights in Florence, and 3 nights in Bologna. Finally, taste the local food and enjoy a refreshing drink at the most popular restaurants and bars along your road trip route in Italy.

Experience an easy 10-day self-drive tour across Italy with this carefully arranged travel plan. We’ll help you from the beginning to the end of your vacation in Italy so you can leave with the best road trip memories.

Freedom of choice is key to a relaxing road trip in Italy. For your self-drive vacation, we’ll offer you a selection of the best rental vehicles with CDW insurance. Upon arrival in Venice, you’ll collect your rental car of choice. From there, you’ll begin your 10-day journey across Italy and discover its unique culture, history, and diverse scenery.

You’ll choose among the best hotels and places to stay in Italy. Each stop offers top-notch comfort and unique charm, designed to help you unwind and enjoy your journey. Rest assured, we’ll always offer you accommodations that fit your budget and needs, ensuring a seamless and enjoyable travel experience throughout Italy.

We’ll introduce you to some of the best travel destinations in Italy. This relaxed road trip features the stunning Piazza San Marco in Venice. Another highlight of this self-drive tour is the captivating Rialto Bridge.

Traveling leisurely through Italy means you could spend as much time as you want at the magnificent Ponte Vecchio. With this travel plan, you could also soak in the atmosphere of the memorable piazzale Michelangelo. Get close to the spectacular Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and the wonderful piazza della Signoria. You’ll have plenty of time to take in each attraction's unique features, learn its unique history, and appreciate it to the fullest.

Between sightseeing, you can make the most of your downtime and join a popular tour in Italy. Tours offer a special way of discovering what else Italy has to offer.

This relaxed road trip also gives you plenty of time to stroll through Italy's shopping hotspots. Here you can visit shops, discover the locals’ way of life, or try various specialties. Check out all the souvenirs and gifts you can buy in the area and bring home a piece of the country that will remind you of your relaxing vacation in Italy.

By the end of your 10-day road trip through Italy, you’ll return home feeling refreshed and enriched by your experience. You’ll have many stories about your pleasant and relaxed road trip vacation in Italy and memories to cherish forever.

This self-drive vacation package includes everything you need for a stress-free, easy road trip through Italy. You’ll have a cozy place to stay for 9 nights, with a selection of top-rated breakfast and restaurant options nearby. We'll also provide you with the best car rental you can use throughout the 10 days of your self-drive road trip in Italy. On top of all that, you also have the option to add flights to your travel plan and personalize each day of your itinerary by adding tours and tickets.

This self-drive package includes 24/7 travel support and a step-by-step guide. You can access the guide at any point of your journey through our mobile app, where you can also keep and organize your travel documents.

Spend an amazing 10-day vacation in Italy and get to know more about this fantastic destination. Choose your travel dates and plan a laid-back and relaxed road trip in Italy today!

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Hotel, 9 nights
Rental car, 10 days
CDW Insurance
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Personal travel agent
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Destinations

Florence Aerial View of Ponte Vecchio Bridge during Beautiful Sunny Day, ItalyFlorence / 3 nights
Photo of Italy Piazza Maggiore in Bologna old town tower of town hall with big clock and blue sky on background, antique buildings terracotta galleries.Bologna / 3 nights
Photo of beautiful view of canal with statues on square Prato della Valle and Basilica Santa Giustina in Padova (Padua), Veneto, Italy.Padua
Famous buildings, gondolas and monuments by the Rialto Bridge of Venice on the Grand Canal, Italy.Venice / 3 nights

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photo of sunrise in san marco square with campanile and san marco's basilica. Panorama of the main square of the old town. Venice, Italy.Piazza San Marco
photo of beautiful view from the canal grande to the famous rialto bridge in Venice, Italy, without people and clear, emerald water.Rialto Bridge
photo of golden sunset over ponte vecchio bridge with traditional boat on the arno river, Florence, Italy.Ponte Vecchio
photo of View of statue of david on Piazzale Michelangelo at morning  in Florence, Italy.Piazzale Michelangelo
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, Quartiere 1, Florence, Metropolitan City of Florence, Tuscany, ItalyCathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
photo of square of signoria in florence at sunrise, Italy.Piazza della Signoria
photo of bologna, Italy. Piazza maggiore with torre dell'orologio and torre dell’arengo, landmark in emilia-romagna historical province.Piazza Maggiore
photo of uffizi gallery in piazzale degli uffizi at night in florence Italy.Uffizi Gallery
Prato della Valle square in historical city centre of Padua (Padova), elliptical square with green island at the center, small canal with statues, Abbey of Santa Giustina church, Veneto Region, Italy.Prato della Valle
Central Market
The Basilica of St. Anthony, Padua, Padova, Veneto, ItalyThe Basilica of St Anthony
photo of Galleria dell'Accademia in Venice, Italy.Galleria dell'Accademia
Basilica of Santa Croce in Florence, Quartiere 1, Florence, Metropolitan City of Florence, Tuscany, ItalyBasilica of Santa Croce in Florence
photo of Bologna, Italy - Two Towers (Due Torri), Asinelli and Garisenda, symbols of medieval Bologna towers.Two Towers
photo of Night view of piazza San Marco and Doge's Palace (Palazzo Ducale) in Venice, Italy. Architecture and landmark of Venice. Night cityscape of Venice .Doge's Palace
Church of Santa Maria Novella at morning in Florence, Tuscany, ItalyBasilica di Santa Maria Novella, Firenze (FI)
photo of The Boboli Gardens park, Fountain of Neptune and a distant view on The Palazzo Pitti, in English sometimes called the Pitti Palace, in Florence, Italy. Popular tourist attraction and destination.Pitti Palace
The Boboli GardensThe Boboli Gardens
photo of Florence, Italy. Palazzo Vecchio (or Palazzo della Signoria ) and Loggia dei Lanzi, twilight scene in Tuscany.Palazzo Vecchio
Photo of sunrise in San Marco square with Campanile and San Marco's Basilica, the main square of the old town, Venice, Veneto Italy.Saint Mark's Basilica
photo of The traditional bridge of the sighs of Barranco in Lima-PERU .Bridge of Sighs
Parco delle CascineParco delle Cascine
PHOTO OF View of Piazza dei Signori in Verona, Italy. Verona is a popular tourist destination of Europe.Piazza dei Signori
Cappella degli Scrovegni in Padova, Italy in autumn day.Scrovegni Chapel
Palazzo Contarini del BovoloPalazzo Contarini del Bovolo
photo of David of Michelangelo,Florence Italy.David of Michelangelo
Teatro La Fenice, Italy.Teatro La Fenice
Giardini della BiennaleGiardini della Biennale
photo of the Grand Canal and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection. Clear blue skies and wonderful water in the canal. Perfect water trip for a tourist venice italy.Peggy Guggenheim Collection
photo of Picturesque view of Gondolas on Canal Grande with Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute in the background, Venice, Italy. Selective focus on Gondolier .Santa Maria della Salute
photo of view Panorama picture of The Arsenale in Venice Italy.Venetian Arsenal
photo of Piazza Santo Stefano .Piazza Santo Stefano
photo of Palazzo della Ragione on Piazza della Frutta in Padue, Italy .Piazza della Frutta
photo of Bologna, Italy. Piazza del Nettuno and Piazza Maggiore in Bologna, Italy landmark in Emilia-Romagna historical province.Fountain of Neptune, Bologna
photo of view ofDucati Museum, casteldebole, Italy.Ducati Museum
photo of view Bologna aerial cityscape view with cathedral and old medieval city center with Altabella and Uguzzoni Towers, Bologna, Italy.Bologna Cathedral
photo of view of Arco del Meloncello, Bologna, Italy.Arco del Meloncello
Basilica of San Domenico
Villa Ghigi
Porta Maggiore

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Day 1

Day 1 – Venice - arrival day

  • Venice - Arrival day
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  • Rialto Bridge
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Your slow-paced and relaxed road trip through Italy begins when you reach Venice, where you’ll stay for a total of 3 nights.

Venice is an outstanding hub for culture, comfort, and exploration. The city offers travelers plenty of experiences to look forward to, including the magnificent Rialto Bridge. Around 141,666 visitors have rated this fascinating stone bridge and travel destination an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars.

When you're done sightseeing for the day, you'll check in at one of the best hotels or places to stay in the city. Take your pick and make it your home during your leisurely tour of the city.

Exploring the food culture in Venice offers you an exciting chance to connect with locals and experience diversity along your relaxed road trip. When you’re ready to eat, we recommend you visit one of the best dining spots in the city.

An excellent example is Ristorante La Piazza. This restaurant offers a menu of comforting meals and is rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 9,892 customers.

Farini serves great food and is a favorite among hungry travelers and locals. This popular restaurant in Venice has a rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars from 4,851 reviews.

Trattoria Bar Pontini is another one of the city’s best restaurants. With an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars from 4,176 customers, Trattoria Bar Pontini is sure to provide you with an unforgettable dining experience.

If you’re curious about what Venice looks like at night, a trip to some of the best bars near your accommodation is what you need next. Experience the local nightlife at Adagio, our top recommendation in the city. Customers have rated this bar an average of 4.9 out of 5 stars in 621 reviews.

Il Mercante offers a variety of refreshing drinks and is one of the best places to relax in Venice. This well-known city bar is rated an average of 4.8 out of 5 stars by 666 customers.

Locals like unwinding at Cantina Do Spade. This bar has an average rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 3,120 customers and is a perfect place for socializing.

Free your mind of worries and enjoy your first taste of relaxation in Italy! Expect more to come as you continue this laid-back and relaxed road trip in Italy!

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Day 2

Day 2 – Lido and Venice

  • Venice
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Drive 5 km, 1 hour 15 min

  • Piazza San Marco
  • Saint Mark's Basilica
  • Doge's Palace
  • Bridge of Sighs
  • Giardini della Biennale
  • More

On day 2 of your relaxed road trip across Italy, you'll explore the best attractions in Venice at your own pace and immerse in the city's unique local culture. Today's laid-back tour features some of the best restaurants and bars in Venice, where you can sample some delicious local food.

The accommodation you’ll be staying at for another 2 nights will be conveniently located close to several attractions, like the famous Piazza San Marco. This incredible square has an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars from 152,982 travelers.

Make the most of your slow-paced travel adventure in Italy by seeing another popular site in Venice, the wonderful St Mark's Basilica. This cathedral is rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 152,982 travelers.

You can then move on to the incredible Doge's Palace. This palace has received an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 24,775 visitors. Up to 318,104 people visit this popular attraction each year.

Another stop you might want to add to your self-drive itinerary is the remarkable Bridge of Sighs. This footbridge is sought after by many travelers from around the world. The popular attraction has received 4.6 out of 5 stars from 18,223 visitors.

If you want to discover more, consider stopping by the famous Giardini della Biennale. This amazing site is a wonderful park with more than 10,729 wanderlust-filled travelers rating it an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Get a dose of thrill, excitement, and inspiration on day 2 of your unhurried and relaxed road trip in Italy. Check out the tours and tickets you can add to your Venice itinerary and feel all the emotions in this wonderful city. Add a highly recommended tour to your vacation package now and make this refreshing new day of your self-drive through Italy extra special!

After a long day exploring the popular attractions in the city, it’s time to sample the different kinds of mouthwatering foods served at the best restaurants in Venice. One of our top recommendations includes a selection of delicious meals on its menu, Rio Novo. This place is a local favorite and has an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 3,401 customers.

You may also try the variety of dishes served at Trattoria Al Gazzettino, which is an excellent choice if you want a nice place to eat near your accommodation. Trattoria Al Gazzettino is rated 4.3 stars out of 5 by 3,378 customers.

You can also eat at the highly recommended Farini. This amazing restaurant has an average rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 2,615 food lovers.

After finishing your meal, it’s time to experience the amazing nightlife in Venice and unwind at the coolest bars in the city. Drink the night away and celebrate this day of your relaxed road trip at the popular Bistrot de Venise. This vibrant bar is rated 4.6 out of 5 stars by 1,931 customers.

If you want to try a different bar, check out the popular Impronta. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars by 1,541 customers, this bar is a great place to try some excellent liquor.

Another recommendation you shouldn’t miss is Osteria Bancogiro. Drink up and relax in this amazing bar that serves different kinds of alcoholic beverages and cocktail drinks. Osteria Bancogiro has an average rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars by 1,747 bar goers.

Enjoy the rest of day 2 of your relaxed road trip across Italy, and prepare for another day of unhurried adventure!

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Day 3

Day 3 – Florence

  • Venice
  • Florence
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Drive 275 km, 3 hours 37 min

  • Palazzo Contarini del Bovolo
  • Teatro La Fenice
  • Peggy Guggenheim Collection
  • Santa Maria della Salute
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Day 3 of your easy and relaxed road trip through Italy gives you the opportunity to travel leisurely and experience two places in one day. You will start your day by exploring some of the best sights in the city of Venice. By the end of the day, you’ll drive in the direction of the city of Florence, where you’ll stay at a top-rated hotel of your choice for 3 nights.

When you’re ready to head to your first attraction of the day, the wonderful Palazzo Contarini del Bovolo is waiting for you. This top-tier point of interest has been rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 11,745 visitors.

The next stop on your road trip vacation is Teatro La Fenice. This unique opera house is a highly recommended place to visit, rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 10,677 visitors.

Don’t forget to make a stop at the incredible Peggy Guggenheim Collection. With an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars from 10,128 visitors, this art museum is one of the top sights to visit in the area. In fact, the spectacular Peggy Guggenheim Collection welcomes around 92,922 visitors on a yearly basis.

Another unforgettable travel destination is the outstanding Santa Maria della Salute. This popular votive church and attraction has an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 8,681 people.

Make the most of your relaxed road trip vacation by joining activities and tours that let you discover what else Venice has in store for you. There are many top-rated experiences you can include in your travel plan to add flavor to your relaxed road trip in Italy. Browse all of your options and reserve your slot before our favorites get fully booked.

Turn on some soothing tunes in the car because it’s now time to drive to the city of Florence. In Florence, you can choose among the best hotels and places to rest and recharge to complement your relaxed road trip experience in Italy.

With a lovely menu and an average rating of 4.9 out of 5 stars from 6,031 customers, you can’t go wrong with choosing Ristorante Paoli.

Locals also recommend Osteria Vecchio Cancello as one of the top restaurants in the area. So if you’re feeling hungry, don’t forget to check out the menu at Osteria Vecchio Cancello as well. This local-favorite restaurant is rated an average of 4.8 out of 5 stars by 1,589 customers.

If you feel like having something else, you could also book a table at Ristorante Oliviero 1962. This restaurant has an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars from 1,046 customers.

If you would like to celebrate your vacation with a drink, we recommend going to a place like Manifattura. Manifattura is rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 509 customers and is one of the best bars you can visit tonight.

Another lively bar worth checking out tonight is Caffe Concerto Paszkowski. This is the perfect place to enjoy a couple of drinks if you want to continue your celebrations. The average rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars by 4,000 customers gives you an idea of what to expect from this bar.

Alternatively, head to Ristorante Buca Mario. This popular bar will bring up your mood and give you a good ending to your night. Ristorante Buca Mario is rated an average of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 1,879 customers.

Raise your glass in celebration and anticipation of your memorable and relaxing road trip adventure through Italy!

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Day 4

Day 4 – Florence

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Drive 3 km, 55 min

  • Piazzale Michelangelo
  • Ponte Vecchio
  • Uffizi Gallery
  • Palazzo Vecchio
  • Piazza della Signoria
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Day 4 of your unhurried and relaxed road trip through Italy serves as your introduction to Florence. This is your chance to experience the very best of the city and appreciate Italy and its distinct culture and people.

Upon arriving in Florence, you can check in at the accommodation of your choice for a quick break. This 4-star hotel has an average rating of 4 out of 5 stars from 3,506 former guests.

You’ll enjoy restful days and nights at the 5-star Ville sull'Arno. With an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars from 1,339 guests, Ville sull'Arno is the best luxury hotel option we recommend while in the city.

The 3-star Delle Nazioni offers comfort at an affordable price, perfect for practical travelers. Delle Nazioni is a top-rated budget hotel in Florence with an average rating of 4 out of 5 stars from 4,823 guests.

These recommendations are among the most popular places to stay in Florence. If any of these options are not available during your stay in the city, we’ll provide you with the best alternatives. Our flexible booking system will automatically offer you a selection of accommodations that fit your budget and needs.

You'll enjoy easy access to the most remarkable sights in Florence, allowing you to explore the city at a relaxed pace. For example, you can take in the unique atmosphere of the city from the outstanding piazzale Michelangelo. This square and attraction is one of the top travel destinations in Florence. The fascinating piazzale Michelangelo has an average rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars from 77,744 travelers.

Florence is also home to the captivating Ponte Vecchio, a local deck arch bridge and another popular attraction in the city. About 118,099 visitors have rated this incredible site with 4.7 out of 5 stars.

The extraordinary Uffizi Gallery is another unforgettable place you can visit on your easy and relaxed road trip across Italy. This extraordinary national museum and travel destination hosts more than 2,011,219 visitors annually. Rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 61,794 travelers, Uffizi Gallery proves to be one of the top sights in the area.

You’ll enjoy the time you’ll spend at the incredible Palazzo Vecchio. A trip to this wonderful site will inspire you. Visitors have rated their experience at this amazing palazzo and attraction an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars in 19,049 reviews.

When you’re in the mood to experience something amazing, we recommend you visit the fantastic piazza della Signoria. Every year, travelers gather around this fascinating square and sightseeing spot to appreciate its unique features. Around 66,956 visitors have rated the famous piazza della Signoria an average of 4.8 out of 5 stars.

Tours often allow you to see beyond what books and social media feature about Florence, its culture, and people. So for a more meaningful travel experience in the city, we recommend you join one of the most popular tours available on this day of your relaxed road trip across Italy.

Mealtimes are the perfect opportunities to immerse yourself in the local culture of Italy. After a day of appreciating the best places to visit in Florence, explore the city like a local by trying out the best restaurants in the area.

Ranking high on our list of the best restaurants in Florence is Il Vezzo. With an average rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars from 862 customers, you really have to try the savory dishes of this excellent restaurant.

Locals love Le Vespe Cafè for its delicious meals, and we recommend you visit the restaurant at least once during your stay in Florence. This restaurant is rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 773 customers.

Another alternative is Ristorante Le Volte Firenze. This restaurant serves a variety of comforting food and drinks and has an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars from 536 customers.

A visit to a top-rated local bar is one of the most refreshing ways to cap off a beautiful night in Florence. At Villa Cora, you can enjoy a mix of fun and relaxation. This bar is rated an average of 4.8 out of 5 stars by 699 customers.

Alternatively, unwind and relive your best memories of this day of your relaxed road trip at Osteria Tripperia Il Magazzino, another popular bar in the city. Customers have rated this fantastic bar an average of 4.4 out of 5 stars in 951 reviews.

Archea Brewery is also one of the best places in Florence where you can let loose and enjoy some celebratory drinks. This bar has an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars from 723 customers.

Sleep comfortably and prepare for another day of your laid-back adventure in Italy!

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Day 5

Day 5 – Florence

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Drive 3 km, 44 min

  • David of Michelangelo
  • Galleria dell'Accademia
  • Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
  • Basilica of Santa Croce in Florence
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On day 5 of your relaxed road trip across Italy, you'll explore the best attractions in Florence at your own pace and immerse in the city's unique local culture. Today's laid-back tour features some of the best restaurants and bars in Florence, where you can sample some delicious local food.

The accommodation you’ll be staying at for another 1 night will be conveniently located close to several attractions, like the famous David. This incredible statue has an average rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars from 10,476 travelers.

Make the most of your slow-paced travel adventure in Italy by seeing another popular site in Florence, the wonderful Galleria dell'Accademia. This national museum is rated an average of 4.8 out of 5 stars by 10,476 travelers.

You can then move on to the incredible Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore. This church has received an average rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars by 76,359 visitors.

Another stop you might want to add to your self-drive itinerary is the remarkable Basilica of Santa Croce in Florence. This church is sought after by many travelers from around the world. The popular attraction has received 4.7 out of 5 stars from 28,544 visitors.

Get a dose of thrill, excitement, and inspiration on day 5 of your unhurried and relaxed road trip in Italy. Check out the tours and tickets you can add to your Florence itinerary and feel all the emotions in this wonderful city. Add a highly recommended tour to your vacation package now and make this refreshing new day of your self-drive through Italy extra special!

After a long day exploring the popular attractions in the city, it’s time to sample the different kinds of mouthwatering foods served at the best restaurants in Florence. One of our top recommendations includes a selection of delicious meals on its menu, Ala Grande Caffè(caffè Rosanò). This place is a local favorite and has an average rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars by 2,180 customers.

You may also try the variety of dishes served at Ristorante Romantico il Paiolo, which is an excellent choice if you want a nice place to eat near your accommodation. Ristorante Romantico il Paiolo is rated 4.4 stars out of 5 by 2,523 customers.

You can also eat at the highly recommended Ristorante La Spada. This amazing restaurant has an average rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 2,228 food lovers.

After finishing your meal, it’s time to experience the amazing nightlife in Florence and unwind at the coolest bars in the city. Drink the night away and celebrate this day of your relaxed road trip at the popular Locale Firenze. This vibrant bar is rated 4.6 out of 5 stars by 771 customers.

If you want to try a different bar, check out the popular Cibrèo Caffè. Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars by 857 customers, this bar is a great place to try some excellent liquor.

Another recommendation you shouldn’t miss is Nab Firenze. Drink up and relax in this amazing bar that serves different kinds of alcoholic beverages and cocktail drinks. Nab Firenze has an average rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars by 790 bar goers.

Enjoy the rest of day 5 of your relaxed road trip across Italy, and prepare for another day of unhurried adventure!

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Day 6

Day 6 – Florence and Bologna

  • Florence
  • Bologna
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Drive 109 km, 2 hours 29 min

  • Central Market
  • Basilica di Santa Maria Novella, Firenze (FI)
  • Pitti Palace
  • The Boboli Gardens
  • Parco delle Cascine
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Day 6 of your easy and relaxed road trip through Italy gives you the opportunity to travel leisurely and experience two places in one day. You will start your day by exploring some of the best sights in the city of Florence. By the end of the day, you’ll drive in the direction of the city of Bologna, where you’ll stay at a top-rated hotel of your choice for 3 nights.

When you’re ready to head to your first attraction of the day, the wonderful Central Market is waiting for you. This must-see tourist destination has been rated an average of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 43,100 visitors.

The next stop on your road trip vacation is Basilica di Santa Maria Novella, Firenze (FI). This unique archives is a highly recommended place to visit, rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 23,075 visitors.

Don’t forget to make a stop at the incredible Pitti Palace. With an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars from 23,445 visitors, this art museum is one of the top sights to visit in the area. In fact, the spectacular Pitti Palace welcomes around 198,270 visitors on a yearly basis.

Another unforgettable travel destination is the outstanding The Boboli Gardens. This popular park and attraction has an average rating of 4.2 out of 5 stars by 25,341 people.

If you’re keen to continue your discovery, make your way to Parco delle Cascine. This attraction is a valued park in the area that has an average rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars from 14,875 visitors.

Make the most of your relaxed road trip vacation by joining activities and tours that let you discover what else Florence has in store for you. There are many top-rated experiences you can include in your travel plan to add flavor to your relaxed road trip in Italy. Browse all of your options and reserve your slot before our favorites get fully booked.

Turn on some soothing tunes in the car because it’s now time to drive to the city of Bologna. In Bologna, you can choose among the best hotels and places to rest and recharge to complement your relaxed road trip experience in Italy.

With a lovely menu and an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars from 6,531 customers, you can’t go wrong with choosing Sfoglia Rina.

Locals also recommend Celtic Druid Irish Pub as one of the top restaurants in the area. So if you’re feeling hungry, don’t forget to check out the menu at Celtic Druid Irish Pub as well. This local-favorite restaurant is rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 2,968 customers.

If you feel like having something else, you could also book a table at Trattoria da Me. This restaurant has an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars from 2,763 customers.

If you would like to celebrate your vacation with a drink, we recommend going to a place like Va Mo Là. Va Mo Là is rated an average of 4.3 out of 5 stars by 2,876 customers and is one of the best bars you can visit tonight.

Another lively bar worth checking out tonight is Ca' Pelletti - Altabella. This is the perfect place to enjoy a couple of drinks if you want to continue your celebrations. The average rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars by 2,464 customers gives you an idea of what to expect from this bar.

Alternatively, head to Cantina Bentivoglio. This popular bar will bring up your mood and give you a good ending to your night. Cantina Bentivoglio is rated an average of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 2,094 customers.

Raise your glass in celebration and anticipation of your memorable and relaxing road trip adventure through Italy!

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Day 7

Day 7 – Bologna

  • Bologna
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Drive 1 km, 21 min

  • Piazza Santo Stefano
  • Two Towers
  • Bologna Cathedral
  • Piazza Maggiore
  • Fountain of Neptune, Bologna
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Day 7 of your unhurried and relaxed road trip through Italy serves as your introduction to Bologna. This is your chance to experience the very best of the city and appreciate Italy and its distinct culture and people.

Upon arriving in Bologna, you can check in at the accommodation of your choice for a quick break. This 4-star hotel has an average rating of 4.2 out of 5 stars from 3,413 former guests.

You’ll enjoy restful days and nights at the 4-star The Sydney Hotel. With an average rating of 4.1 out of 5 stars from 7,927 guests, The Sydney Hotel is the best luxury hotel option we recommend while in the city.

The 3-star Hotel Liberty 1904 offers comfort at an affordable price, perfect for practical travelers. Hotel Liberty 1904 is a top-rated budget hotel in Bologna with an average rating of 4 out of 5 stars from 3,513 guests.

These recommendations are among the most popular places to stay in Bologna. If any of these options are not available during your stay in the city, we’ll provide you with the best alternatives. Our flexible booking system will automatically offer you a selection of accommodations that fit your budget and needs.

You'll enjoy easy access to the most remarkable sights in Bologna, allowing you to explore the city at a relaxed pace. For example, you can take in the unique atmosphere of the city from the outstanding Piazza Santo Stefano. This square and attraction is one of the top travel destinations in Bologna. The fascinating Piazza Santo Stefano has an average rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars from 7,617 travelers.

Bologna is also home to the captivating Two Towers, a local tower and another popular attraction in the city. About 25,975 visitors have rated this incredible site with 4.7 out of 5 stars.

The extraordinary Bologna Cathedral is another unforgettable place you can visit on your easy and relaxed road trip across Italy. Rated an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 3,852 travelers, Bologna Cathedral proves to be one of the top sights in the area.

You’ll enjoy the time you’ll spend at the incredible Piazza Maggiore. A trip to this wonderful site will inspire you. Visitors have rated their experience at this amazing square and attraction an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars in 64,523 reviews.

When you’re in the mood to experience something amazing, we recommend you visit the fantastic Fountain of Neptune, Bologna. Every year, travelers gather around this fascinating fountain and sightseeing spot to appreciate its unique features. Around 3,952 visitors have rated the famous Fountain of Neptune, Bologna an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars.

Tours often allow you to see beyond what books and social media feature about Bologna, its culture, and people. So for a more meaningful travel experience in the city, we recommend you join one of the most popular tours available on this day of your relaxed road trip across Italy.

Mealtimes are the perfect opportunities to immerse yourself in the local culture of Italy. After a day of appreciating the best places to visit in Bologna, explore the city like a local by trying out the best restaurants in the area.

Ranking high on our list of the best restaurants in Bologna is Donatello. With an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars from 2,700 customers, you really have to try the savory dishes of this excellent restaurant.

Locals love Trattoria dal Biassanot for its delicious meals, and we recommend you visit the restaurant at least once during your stay in Bologna. This restaurant is rated an average of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 2,616 customers.

Another alternative is Trattoria di Via Serra. This restaurant serves a variety of comforting food and drinks and has an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars from 1,547 customers.

A visit to a top-rated local bar is one of the most refreshing ways to cap off a beautiful night in Bologna. At BrewDog Bar Bologna, you can enjoy a mix of fun and relaxation. This bar is rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 1,504 customers.

Alternatively, unwind and relive your best memories of this day of your relaxed road trip at Corner Bar, another popular bar in the city. Customers have rated this fantastic bar an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars in 934 reviews.

Macondo - Cocktail Bar is also one of the best places in Bologna where you can let loose and enjoy some celebratory drinks. This bar has an average rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars from 808 customers.

Sleep comfortably and prepare for another day of your laid-back adventure in Italy!

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Day 8

Day 8 – Bologna

  • Bologna
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Drive 24 km, 1 hour 20 min

  • Villa Ghigi
  • Basilica of San Domenico
  • Porta Maggiore
  • Arco del Meloncello
  • Ducati Museum
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On day 8 of your relaxed road trip across Italy, you'll explore the best attractions in Bologna at your own pace and immerse in the city's unique local culture. Today's laid-back tour features some of the best restaurants and bars in Bologna, where you can sample some delicious local food.

The accommodation you’ll be staying at for another 1 night will be conveniently located close to several attractions, like the famous Villa Ghigi. This incredible park has an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars from 2,035 travelers.

Make the most of your slow-paced travel adventure in Italy by seeing another popular site in Bologna, the wonderful Basilica of San Domenico. This church is rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 2,035 travelers.

You can then move on to the incredible Porta Maggiore. This landmark has received an average rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 1,462 visitors.

Another stop you might want to add to your self-drive itinerary is the remarkable Arco del Meloncello. This arch is sought after by many travelers from around the world. The popular attraction has received 4.6 out of 5 stars from 3,755 visitors.

If you want to discover more, consider stopping by the famous Ducati Museum. This amazing site is a wonderful industry museum with more than 4,028 wanderlust-filled travelers rating it an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars. By visiting this attraction, you’ll be one of the 7,600 people who do so each year.

Get a dose of thrill, excitement, and inspiration on day 8 of your unhurried and relaxed road trip in Italy. Check out the tours and tickets you can add to your Bologna itinerary and feel all the emotions in this wonderful city. Add a highly recommended tour to your vacation package now and make this refreshing new day of your self-drive through Italy extra special!

After a long day exploring the popular attractions in the city, it’s time to sample the different kinds of mouthwatering foods served at the best restaurants in Bologna. One of our top recommendations includes a selection of delicious meals on its menu, Trattoria del Tempo Buono. This place is a local favorite and has an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 1,531 customers.

You may also try the variety of dishes served at Naama Cafè, which is an excellent choice if you want a nice place to eat near your accommodation. Naama Cafè is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by 1,538 customers.

You can also eat at the highly recommended Ristorante da Nello al Montegrappa. This amazing restaurant has an average rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 1,633 food lovers.

After finishing your meal, it’s time to experience the amazing nightlife in Bologna and unwind at the coolest bars in the city. Drink the night away and celebrate this day of your relaxed road trip at the popular Ristorante Enoteca da Lucia. This vibrant bar is rated 4.5 out of 5 stars by 582 customers.

If you want to try a different bar, check out the popular Osteria del Sole. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars by 1,643 customers, this bar is a great place to try some excellent liquor.

Another recommendation you shouldn’t miss is Bar Senza Nome. Drink up and relax in this amazing bar that serves different kinds of alcoholic beverages and cocktail drinks. Bar Senza Nome has an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 1,552 bar goers.

Enjoy the rest of day 8 of your relaxed road trip across Italy, and prepare for another day of unhurried adventure!

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Day 9

Day 9 – Padua and Venice

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  • Venice
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Drive 158 km, 2 hours 50 min

  • Prato della Valle
  • The Basilica of St Anthony
  • Piazza della Frutta
  • Piazza dei Signori
  • Scrovegni Chapel
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Day 9 of your easy and relaxed road trip through Italy gives you the opportunity to travel leisurely and experience two places in one day. You will start your day by exploring some of the best sights in the city of Padua. By the end of the day, you’ll drive in the direction of the city of Venice, where you’ll stay at a top-rated hotel of your choice for 1 night.

When you’re ready to head to your first attraction of the day, the wonderful prato della Valle is waiting for you. This square has been rated an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 47,576 visitors.

The next stop on your road trip vacation is The Basilica of St. Anthony. This unique church is a highly recommended place to visit, rated an average of 4.8 out of 5 stars by 38,852 visitors.

Don’t forget to make a stop at the incredible Piazza della Frutta. With an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars from 5,397 visitors, this square is one of the top sights to visit in the area.

Another unforgettable travel destination is the outstanding Piazza dei Signori, Padua. This popular square and attraction has an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 12,510 people.

If you’re keen to continue your discovery, make your way to Scrovegni Chapel. This attraction is a valued chapel in the area that has an average rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars from 11,849 visitors. Approximately 9,387 travelers come here every year to see it with their own eyes.

Make the most of your relaxed road trip vacation by joining activities and tours that let you discover what else Padua has in store for you. There are many top-rated experiences you can include in your travel plan to add flavor to your relaxed road trip in Italy. Browse all of your options and reserve your slot before our favorites get fully booked.

Turn on some soothing tunes in the car because it’s now time to drive to the city of Venice. In Venice, you can choose among the best hotels and places to rest and recharge to complement your relaxed road trip experience in Italy.

With a lovely menu and an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars from 2,127 customers, you can’t go wrong with choosing Nevodi.

Locals also recommend Pizzeria Birreria Barbanera as one of the top restaurants in the area. So if you’re feeling hungry, don’t forget to check out the menu at Pizzeria Birreria Barbanera as well. This local-favorite restaurant is rated an average of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 1,540 customers.

If you feel like having something else, you could also book a table at La Palanca. This restaurant has an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars from 1,258 customers.

If you would like to celebrate your vacation with a drink, we recommend going to a place like The Irish Pub Venezia. The Irish Pub Venezia is rated an average of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 1,420 customers and is one of the best bars you can visit tonight.

Another lively bar worth checking out tonight is Devils Forest Pub. This is the perfect place to enjoy a couple of drinks if you want to continue your celebrations. The average rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars by 1,537 customers gives you an idea of what to expect from this bar.

Alternatively, head to Irish Pub Santa Lucia. This popular bar will bring up your mood and give you a good ending to your night. Irish Pub Santa Lucia is rated an average of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 1,226 customers.

Raise your glass in celebration and anticipation of your memorable and relaxing road trip adventure through Italy!

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Day 10

Day 10 – Venice - departure day

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  • Venetian Arsenal
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Day 10 of your relaxed road trip in Italy is your departure day. If you have a flight to catch, you’ll drop off your rental car well in advance before your departure. Choose a late flight to enjoy a stress-free last day in Venice.

Depending on when you need to leave, you might be able to fit in some sightseeing or shopping. Embrace the beauty of Venice once more and find some souvenirs to help you remember your time in the city. To end your relaxing road trip in Italy on top, we recommend visiting some of the following attractions.

Venetian Arsenal is an extraordinary attraction that is perfect for your last day in Venice. This top sight is a popular naval arsenal, rated an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 8,749 visitors.

Unwind and look back at the past 10 days of your relaxed road trip over a bite to eat. This is your chance to enjoy one last traditional meal in Venice or just grab something light to keep you going.

Check out the menu at Trattoria Dona Onesta. Dining at Trattoria Dona Onesta is one of the best food experiences you can have in Venice. This popular restaurant is rated an average of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 1,220 customers.

Give yourself enough time to wave goodbye to Venice and begin your journey home. The unforgettable experiences you’ve collected along your 10-day relaxed road trip in Italy is a story you will tell for the rest of your life.

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