14 days in Northwest Italy & Switzerland Itinerary

14 days in Northwest Italy & Switzerland Itinerary

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14 days in Northwest Italy & Switzerland Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly:  24​h
1
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Train:  1​h 45​min
2
Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
Train:  2​h 15​min
3
Venice, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Zurich, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Fly:  23​h 45​min
End: Sydney, Australia

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.
Galleria Borghese and Vatican Museums will appeal to museum buffs. Palatine Hill and Roman Forum will appeal to history buffs. Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona, delve into the distant past at Colosseum, stroll the grounds of Catacombe di San Callisto, and make a trip to St. Peter's Basilica.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Rome trip itinerary maker .

Sydney, Australia to Rome is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. You'll gain 9 hours traveling from Sydney to Rome due to the time zone difference. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Sydney in July; daily highs in Rome reach 37°C and lows reach 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Vatican City
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Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain
Vatican Museums
Vatican Museums
Pantheon ©
Pantheon

3
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Pitti Palace and Academy Of Florence Art Gallery will appeal to museum buffs. Popular historic sites such as Basilica San Miniato al Monte and Piazza del Duomo are in your itinerary. Take a break from Florence with a short trip to Historic Centre of San Gimignano in San Gimignano, about 1h 05 min away. The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Uffizi Galleries, admire the striking features of Loggia dei Lanzi, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Centro Storico.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Florence trip planner .

Traveling by train from Rome to Florence takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Traveling from Rome in July, plan for little chillier nights in Florence, with lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Historic Centre of San Gimignano
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Basilica San Miniato al Monte
Basilica San Miniato al Monte
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Historic Centre of San Gimignano ©
Historic Centre of San Gimignano

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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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Scuola Grande di San Rocco and Basilica Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Cannaregio and Scrovegni Chapel. When in Venice, make a side trip to see Basilica di Sant’Antonio in Padua, approximately 54 minutes away. There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Giorgio Maggiore, explore the world behind art at Peggy Guggenheim Collection, appreciate the extensive heritage of St. Mark's Square, and don't miss a visit to Basilica di San Marco.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Venice trip planner .

Traveling by train from Florence to Venice takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can travel to Zurich.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Padua
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Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco

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nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Old Town and Fraumünster Church. Do some cultural sightseeing at Grossmunster and Friedhof Fluntern (Fluntern Cemetery). Explore Zurich's surroundings by going to Lucerne (Mt Pilatus, Chapel Bridge, & more). There's more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Zurich trip planner.

You can fly from Venice to Zurich in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Venice in July: high temperatures in Zurich hover around 30°C and lows are around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Zurich

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Lucerne
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Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Old Town ©
Old Town
Fraumünster Church ©
Fraumünster Church

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