12 days in Northwest Italy & Lucerne Itinerary

12 days in Northwest Italy & Lucerne Itinerary

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12 days in Northwest Italy & Lucerne Itinerary

Start: Bangkok, Thailand
Fly:  15 h 15 min
1
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
2
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 15 min
3
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
4
Milan, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
5
Lucerne, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Train + Fly:  15 h 15 min
End: Bangkok, Thailand

2
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.
On the 11th (Sat), make a trip to Trevi Fountain, delve into the distant past at Pantheon, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Peter's Basilica, then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona, and finally explore the ancient world of Colosseum. On your second day here, explore the ancient world of Catacombe di San Callisto, steep yourself in history at Palatine Hill, don't miss a visit to Roman Forum, then wander the streets of Via Condotti, and finally stop by Vertecchi.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Rome trip itinerary app .

Bangkok, Thailand to Rome is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Indochina Time (ICT) to Central European Time (CET) is minus 6 hours. Traveling from Bangkok in April, things will get much colder in Rome: highs are around 24°C and lows about 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trip

St. Peter's Basilica
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Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Colosseum ©
Colosseum

2
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, explore the world behind art at Pitti Palace, make a trip to Piazzale Michelangelo, then shop like a local with Art Gallery Studio Iguarnieri, and finally admire the masterpieces at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by M.G. Design, get engrossed in the history at Basilica di Santa Croce, and then do a tasting at Castello del Trebbio.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Florence trip planner .

Take a train from Rome to Florence in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in April, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Wineries Shopping

Side Trip

Castello del Trebbio
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Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery
Pitti Palace ©
Pitti Palace

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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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Doge's Palace, make a trip to Piazza San Marco, then snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Thu): explore the world behind art at Peggy Guggenheim Collection, then steep yourself in history at Ponte dei Sospiri, then admire the striking features of Basilica di San Marco, and finally admire the masterpieces at Gallerie dell'Accademia.

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Venice online journey planner .

Traveling by train from Florence to Venice takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in April, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Milan.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco
Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande

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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.
On the 17th (Fri), step into the grandiose world of Castello Sforzesco, take an in-depth tour of Basilica di Sant'Ambrogio, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Duomo di Milano, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Milan day trip planning tool .

Take a train from Venice to Milan in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can drive to Lucerne.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
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Duomo di Milano ©
Duomo di Milano
Castello Sforzesco ©
Castello Sforzesco
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II ©
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

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Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
For shopping fun, head to Bahnhofstrasse or Altstadt Luzern. Get outdoors at Mt Pilatus and Lake Zurich. Step out of Lucerne with an excursion to Old Town in Zurich--about 46 minutes away. The adventure continues: explore the activities along Lake Lucerne, appreciate the history behind Lion Monument, and look and learn at Verkehrshaus der Schweiz.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Lucerne road trip planning app .

Getting from Milan to Lucerne by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. In April, Lucerne is slightly colder than Milan - with highs of 17°C and lows of 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Lucerne

Parks Nature Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Zurich
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Lake Lucerne ©
Lake Lucerne
Old Town ©
Old Town
Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus

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