17 days in Switzerland & Italy Itinerary

17 days in Switzerland & Italy Itinerary

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17 days in Switzerland & Italy Itinerary

Start: London, United Kingdom
Fly:  4​h 30​min
1
Zurich, Switzerland
— 1 night
train:  1​h 30​min
2
Bern, Switzerland
— 1 night
train:  3​h
3
Milan, Italy
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
4
Florence, Italy
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
5
Rome, Italy
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
6
Venice, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: London, United Kingdom

1
night
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
On the 14th (Sat), don't miss a visit to The Nine Towers and then take in the views from Chapel Bridge.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Zurich online road trip planner .

London, UK to Zurich is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from London to Zurich, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In September, daily temperatures in Zurich can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Bern.

Things to do in Zurich

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Lucerne
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Old Town ©
Old Town
Fraumünster Church ©
Fraumünster Church
Grossmunster ©
Grossmunster

1
night
Bern, Switzerland

Bern ©
The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of The Cathedral of Bern, take a stroll through UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, then engage your brain at Einstein House (Einsteinhaus), then take in nature's colorful creations at Rose Garden (Rosengarten), and finally make a trip to Federal Building (Bundeshaus).

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Bern trip builder app .

You can take a train from Zurich to Bern in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in September, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Milan.

Things to do in Bern

Shopping Parks Neighborhoods
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UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern ©
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern
The Cathedral of Bern ©
The Cathedral of Bern
Einstein House (Einsteinhaus) ©
Einstein House (Einsteinhaus)

3
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at La Citta Alta and Villa Carlotta. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Duomo di Milano and Museo Poldi Pezzoli. Step out of Milan with an excursion to i Giardini di Villa Melzi in Bellagio--about 1h 25 min away. There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Santa Maria delle Grazie, step into the grandiose world of Castello Sforzesco, steep yourself in history at Il Cenacolo, and make a trip to Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Milan trip itinerary builder .

Take a train from Bern to Milan in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Bern in September, expect Milan to be somewhat warmer, temps between 28°C and 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

i Giardini di Villa Melzi, Villa Carlotta, La Citta Alta
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Duomo di Milano ©
Duomo di Milano
La Citta Alta ©
La Citta Alta
Santa Maria delle Grazie ©
Santa Maria delle Grazie

4
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Step off the beaten path and head to San Gimignano 1300 and Centro Storico. Head to Abbazia di San Galgano and Basilica San Miniato al Montefor plenty of shopping. Change things up with these side-trips from Florence: Pisa (Duomo di Pisa & Leaning Tower of Pisa) and Castello di Monteriggioni (in Monteriggioni). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, admire the landmark architecture of The Baptistery of St. John, and take an in-depth tour of Basilica di Santa Croce.

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Traveling by train from Milan to Florence takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In September in Florence, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Pisa, San Gimignano 1300, Castello di Monteriggioni, Abbazia di San Galgano
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Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
Abbazia di San Galgano ©
Abbazia di San Galgano
Centro Storico ©
Centro Storico

4
nights
Rome, Italy

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Do your shopping at Piazza del Duomo and Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta Spoleto. Explore hidden gems such as Duomo di Orvieto and Arcibasilica di San Giovanni in Laterano. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Colosseum, ponder the design of Trevi Fountain, admire the striking features of Pantheon, and make a trip to Roman Forum.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Rome trip planner .

You can take a train from Florence to Rome in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. In September, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Venice.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Vatican City, Spoleto, Duomo di Orvieto
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Palatine Hill ©
Palatine Hill
St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica
Colosseum ©
Colosseum

3
nights
Venice, Italy

Venice ©
Virtually unchanged for the last six centuries, Venice is actually a group of islands made famous by a series of canals, bridges, monuments, piazzas, and narrow pedestrian lanes.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Piazza dei Signori and Basilica Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari. Explore hidden gems such as Scuola Grande di San Rocco and Basilica di Sant’Antonio. Go for a jaunt from Venice to Padua to see Scrovegni Chapel about 54 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to St. Mark's Square, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo (San Zanipolo), take in panoramic vistas at St Mark's Campanile, and admire the landmark architecture of Doge's Palace.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Venice driving holiday planner .

You can fly from Rome to Venice in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In September, daytime highs in Venice are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Padua
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St. Mark's Square ©
St. Mark's Square
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace

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