17 days in Italy & Switzerland Itinerary

17 days in Italy & Switzerland Itinerary

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17 days in Italy & Switzerland Itinerary

Start: Lisbon, Portugal
Fly:  5​h
1
Geneva, Switzerland
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Lucerne, Switzerland
— 1 night
train:  1​h
3
Zurich, Switzerland
— 1 night
train:  4​h
4
St. Moritz, Switzerland
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Tirano, Italy
— 1 night
train:  2​h 45​min
6
Bellagio, Italy
— 1 night
ferry:  30​min
7
Como, Italy
— 1 night
train:  4​h
8
Orta San Giulio, Italy
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
9
Stresa, Italy
— 1 night
train:  1​h
10
Milan, Italy
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
11
Brescia, Italy
— 1 night
train:  45​min
12
Sirmione, Italy
— 1 night
bus:  30​min
13
Verona, Italy
— 1 night
train:  30​min
14
Vicenza, Italy
— 1 night
train:  30​min
15
Padua, Italy
— 1 night
train:  30​min
16
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Lisbon, Portugal


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Geneva, Switzerland

Geneva ©
Geneva brings the world to one small city with a huge expat population and the highest number of international organizations in any one city.
To find other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Geneva trip app .

Lisbon, Portugal to Geneva is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, tram, and train; or drive. Traveling from Lisbon to Geneva, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Lisbon in May: high temperatures in Geneva hover around 22°C and lows are around 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Lucerne.

Things to do in Geneva

Historic Sites
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Cathedrale de St-Pierre ©
Cathedrale de St-Pierre
The Geneva Water Fountain ©
The Geneva Water Fountain

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Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): snap pictures at Chapel Bridge, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Lucerne, then appreciate the history behind Lion Monument, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Mt Pilatus.

To find out how to plan a trip to Lucerne, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Geneva to Lucerne in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. In May, daytime highs in Lucerne are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to drive to Zurich.

Things to do in Lucerne

Parks Nature
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Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Lake Lucerne ©
Lake Lucerne
Chapel Bridge ©
Chapel Bridge

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Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
On the 27th (Mon), contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, admire the landmark architecture of Fraumünster Church, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town (Altstadt).

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Zurich trip planner .

Getting from Lucerne to Zurich by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In May in Zurich, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can go by car to St. Moritz.

Things to do in Zurich

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods
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Old Town ©
Old Town
Fraumünster Church ©
Fraumünster Church
Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich

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St. Moritz, Switzerland

St. Moritz ©
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Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): relax in the rural setting at Alp-Schaukaserei Morteratsch, then pause for some serene contemplation at The Burial Church of Santa Maria, and then appreciate the views at Val Fex.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our St. Moritz trip tool .

Drive from Zurich to St. Moritz in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Zurich in May, expect St. Moritz to be a bit cooler, temps between 15°C and 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to travel to Tirano.

Things to do in St. Moritz

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Pontresina, Val Fex
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Val Fex ©
Val Fex
Alp-Schaukaserei Morteratsch ©
Alp-Schaukaserei Morteratsch

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Tirano, Italy

Tirano ©
Tirano is a town in Valtellina, located in the province of Sondrio in northern Italy. On the 29th (Wed), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa di San Martino, admire the striking features of Palazzo Salis e Museo Senza Frontiere, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Santuario della Beata Vergine di Tirano, then relax in the rural setting at Tenuta La Gatta, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Alpine Eco - Faunistic Observatory.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Tirano online day trip planner .

Traveling by car from St. Moritz to Tirano takes 1.5 hours. In May, daytime highs in Tirano are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Bellagio.

Things to do in Tirano

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Alpine Eco - Faunistic Observatory, Tenuta La Gatta
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Santuario della Beata Vergine di Tirano ©
Tenuta La Gatta ©
Tenuta La Gatta

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Bellagio, Italy

Bellagio ©
Known as the pearl of Lake Como for its luxury accommodations, high-end shops, and fine dining options, Bellagio serves as the lake's premiere resort town.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Thu): wander the streets of Menaggio, learn about winemaking at Enoteca Principessa, then get a new perspective on things with Lake by Boat - Bellagio Boat Rental, and finally admire the natural beauty at i Giardini di Villa Melzi.

Start your trip to Bellagio by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Getting from Tirano to Bellagio by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Tirano in May; daily highs in Bellagio reach 25°C and lows reach 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can ride a ferry to Como.

Things to do in Bellagio

Outdoors Transportation Tours

Side Trip

Menaggio
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i Giardini di Villa Melzi ©
i Giardini di Villa Melzi
Enoteca Principessa ©
Enoteca Principessa
Menaggio ©
Menaggio

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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 31st (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica di San Fedele, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Como (Duomo), then take in the pleasant sights at Centro Storico, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Sentiero 6 - Valbasca.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Como online trip builder .

Como is just a short distance from Bellagio. In May, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Orta San Giulio.

Things to do in Como

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors
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Cathedral of Como (Duomo) ©
Cathedral of Como (Duomo)
Basilica di San Fedele ©
Basilica di San Fedele

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Orta San Giulio, Italy

Orta San Giulio ©
Orta San Giulio is a town and comune (municipality) in the Province of Novara in the Italian region of Piedmont, located about 100km northeast of Turin and about 40km northwest of Novara.The town itself is built on a promontory which juts out from the eastern bank of Lake Orta close to Isola San Giulio, an island which also falls within the municipal boundaries. On the 1st (Sat), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di Santa Maria delle Grazie, steep yourself in history at Piazza Motta, then contemplate the waterfront views at San Giulio Island, and finally explore the activities along Lake Orta.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Orta San Giulio vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Como to Orta San Giulio takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Orta San Giulio are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to go by car to Stresa.

Things to do in Orta San Giulio

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Chiesa di Santa Maria delle Grazie
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Lake Orta ©
Lake Orta
San Giulio Island ©
San Giulio Island
Chiesa di Santa Maria delle Grazie ©

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Stresa, Italy

Stresa ©
Stresa is a town and comune of about 5,000 residents on the shores of Lake Maggiore in the province of Verbano-Cusio-Ossola in the Piedmont region of northern Italy, about 90km northwest of Milan. On the 2nd (Sun), step off the mainland to explore Isola Bella, then take in the exciting artwork at Palazzo Borromeo, then admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens Of Villa Taranto, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa del SS. Crocifisso.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Stresa journey planner.

Stresa is very close to Orta San Giulio. In June, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Milan.

Things to do in Stresa

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Botanical Gardens Of Villa Taranto, Isola Bella
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Isola Bella ©
Isola Bella
Palazzo Borromeo ©
Palazzo Borromeo
Botanical Gardens Of Villa Taranto ©

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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 3rd (Mon), appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Duomo di Milano, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Brera District.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Milan trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Stresa to Milan by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive. In June in Milan, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can catch the train to Brescia.

Things to do in Milan

Shopping Neighborhoods Historic Sites
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Duomo di Milano ©
Duomo di Milano
Piazza del Duomo ©
Piazza del Duomo

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Brescia, Italy

Brescia ©
As the second largest city in Lombardy after Milan, Brescia has served as an important hub of commerce and culture since pre-Roman times.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): learn about winemaking at Le Cantorie, stroll the grounds of Cimitero Vantiniano, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Duomo Vecchio di Brescia, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Via dei Musei, and finally step into the grandiose world of Brescia Castle.

For maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Brescia trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by train from Milan to Brescia takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in June, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Sirmione.

Things to do in Brescia

Historic Sites Wineries

Side Trip

Le Cantorie
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Brescia Castle ©
Brescia Castle
Cimitero Vantiniano ©
Cimitero Vantiniano
Le Cantorie ©
Le Cantorie

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Sirmione, Italy

Sirmione ©
Sirmione is a comune in the province of Brescia, in Lombardy (northern Italy). Start off your visit on the 5th (Wed): step into the grandiose world of Scaliger Castle, then explore the historical opulence of Rocca Scaligera di Sirmione, then delve into the distant past at Grotte di Catullo, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Spiaggia-Passeggiata delle Muse.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Sirmione trip itinerary builder site .

Drive from Brescia to Sirmione in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Sirmione are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Verona.

Things to do in Sirmione

Historic Sites Parks Beaches
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Scaligero Castle ©
Scaligero Castle
Grotte di Catullo ©
Grotte di Catullo

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Verona, Italy

Verona ©
The famous setting for Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet, Verona is one of northern Italy's main tourist destinations, largely owing to its incredibly rich artistic heritage.
On the 6th (Thu), step into the grandiose world of Museo di Castelvecchio, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore, then take a stroll through Piazza delle Erbe, then don't miss a visit to Piazza Bra, and finally experience the emotional art of opera at Arena di Verona.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Verona travel route planner.

Verona is just a short distance from Sirmione. In June, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Vicenza.

Things to do in Verona

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods
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Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore ©
Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore
Museo di Castelvecchio ©
Museo di Castelvecchio
Arena di Verona ©
Arena di Verona

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Vicenza, Italy

Vicenza ©
Famous for its abundance of 16th-century architecture designed by Andrea Palladio, Vicenza was coined the City of Palladio.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): admire the striking features of Basilica Palladiana, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santuario della Madonna di Monte Berico, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, then learn about winemaking at Beato Bartolomeo Breganze, and finally make a trip to Piazza dei Signori.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Vicenza trip itinerary builder website .

Vicenza is just a stone's throw from Verona. When traveling from Verona in June, plan for little chillier days in Vicenza, with highs around 30°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Padua.

Things to do in Vicenza

Historic Sites Wineries

Side Trip

Beato Bartolomeo Breganze
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Piazza dei Signori ©
Piazza dei Signori
Basilica Palladiana ©
Basilica Palladiana

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Padua, Italy

Padua ©
Padua is a picturesque city with a dense network of arcaded streets opening into large communal piazze (squares).
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di Sant’Antonio, admire the natural beauty at Orto Botanico di Padova, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Scoletta del Santo, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa degli Eremitani, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Scrovegni Chapel, and finally don't miss a visit to Prato della Valle.

For reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Padua online trip itinerary builder .

Padua is just a short distance from Vicenza. June in Padua sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to take a bus to Venice.

Things to do in Padua

Historic Sites Parks
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Scrovegni Chapel ©
Scrovegni Chapel
Basilica di Sant’Antonio ©
Basilica di Sant’Antonio
Ragione Palace ©
Ragione 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 9th (Sun): snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto, explore the world behind art at Peggy Guggenheim Collection, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, then contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, and finally take a stroll through Cannaregio. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the landmark architecture of Basilica di San Marco, admire the landmark architecture of St Mark's Campanile, contemplate the long history of Ponte dei Sospiri, then admire the landmark architecture of Doge's Palace, and finally make a trip to St. Mark's Square.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Venice trip itinerary planning app .

Venice is just a short distance from Padua. Traveling from Padua in June, expect slightly colder with lows of 20°C in Venice. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Venice

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

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