13 days in Italy & Lugano Itinerary

13 days in Italy & Lugano Itinerary

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13 days in Italy & Lugano Itinerary

Start: Dammam, Saudi Arabia
Fly:  17​h 15​min
1
Venice, Italy
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Lugano, Switzerland
— 1 night
bus:  30​min
3
Como, Italy
— 1 night
train:  45​min
4
Milan, Italy
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
5
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
6
Rome, Italy
— 5 nights
Fly:  12​h 15​min
End: Dammam, Saudi Arabia

1
night
Venice, Italy

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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Ca' Rezzonico, then steep yourself in history at Squero di San Trovaso, then admire the masterpieces at Ca' d'Oro, and finally capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to TIM Future Centre, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Icons, then admire the natural beauty at Orto Botanico di Padova, then don't miss a visit to Prato della Valle, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Palazzo Jappelli.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Venice online trip builder .

Dammam, Saudi Arabia to Venice is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone changes from Arabia Standard Time to Central European Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Dammam in August, things will get cooler in Venice: highs are around 34°C and lows about 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can drive to Lugano.

Things to do in Venice

Museums Tours Historic Sites

Side Trips

Padua, Palazzo Jappelli
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Photography Tours
Ca' Rezzonico ©
Ca' Rezzonico
Ca' d'Oro ©
Ca' d'Oro

1
night
Lugano, Switzerland

Lugano ©
Located in the popular holiday region of Ticino, Lugano is the largest Italian-speaking town in Switzerland.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): take in nature's colorful creations at Parco Villa Florida, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Lugano, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Maria degli Angioli, then stop by Baba J, and finally walk around Parco Sul Fiume Cassarate Al Piano Stampa.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Lugano road trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Venice to Lugano takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August in Lugano, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can catcht the bus to Como.

Things to do in Lugano

Parks Nature Shopping
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Parco Villa Florida ©
Parco Villa Florida
Lake Lugano ©
Lake Lugano
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Santa Maria degli Angioli

1
night
Como, Italy

Como ©
Known for its idyllic location on the shores of Lake Como and at the foot of the Alps, Como is one of northern Italy's most popular tourist destinations.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di Sant'Abbondio, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica di San Fedele, then grab your bike and head to Sentiero 6 - Valbasca, and finally see the sights as you ascend with Lake Como Adventures.

To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Como day trip planning website .

Como is just a stone's throw from Lugano. In August in Como, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Milan.

Things to do in Como

Outdoors Tours Historic Sites
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Lake Como Adventures
Basilica di Sant'Abbondio ©
Basilica di Sant'Abbondio
Basilica di San Fedele ©
Basilica di San Fedele

1
night
Milan, Italy

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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Archivio Storico Diocesano, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica San Lorenzo Maggiore, then savor the flavors at Food & Drink, and finally take a memorable tour with Tours.

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Traveling by train from Como to Milan takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In August in Milan, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Milan

Tours Outdoors Historic Sites
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Food Tours
Basilica San Lorenzo Maggiore ©
Basilica San Lorenzo Maggiore
Archivio Storico Diocesano ©
Archivio Storico Diocesano

2
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): admire the landmark architecture of Basilica of Santa Maria Novella, look for gifts at La Botteghina del Ceramista, see the interesting displays at Museo di Palazzo Davanzati, then wander the streets of Oltrarno, then shop like a local with Galleria FirenzeArt, and finally look and learn at INAF Arcetri Astrophysical Observatory. Here are some ideas for day two: take in panoramic vistas at Torre dei Ricci, take an in-depth tour of Museo della Misericordia di Firenze, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, then have fun at Stadio Artemio Franchi, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Convent of San Domenico.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Florence trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Milan to Florence takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. August in Florence sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Tours Fun & Games

Side Trip

Convent of San Domenico
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Walking tours
Basilica of Santa Maria Novella ©
Basilica of Santa Maria Novella

5
nights
Rome, Italy

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Explore Rome's surroundings by going to Santuario di San Francesco (in Piediluco) and Greccio (in Rieti). There's still lots to do: let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, look for gifts at Anelli.It, don't miss a visit to Via Condotti, and appreciate the history behind Statua Marforio.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Rome holiday planning app .

You can take a train from Florence to Rome in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. August in Rome sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 24°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 20th (Tue) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Vatican City, Santuario di San Francesco, Greccio
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Via Condotti ©
Via Condotti
Chiesa dei Santi Nereo e Achilleo ©
Chiesa dei Santi Nereo e Achilleo

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