18 days in Italy & Lucerne Itinerary

18 days in Italy & Lucerne Itinerary

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Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
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Montepulciano, Italy
— 2 nights
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Siena, Italy
— 1 night
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San Gimignano, Italy
— 1 night
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Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
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Lucca, Italy
— 2 nights
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Lucerne, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Como, Italy
— 2 nights
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Rome, Italy

— 3 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Rome is known for historic sites, nightlife, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Peter's Basilica, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona, steep yourself in history at Palatine Hill, and ponder the design of Trevi Fountain.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Rome trip planning website.

Christchurch, New Zealand to Rome is an approximately 30-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 11 hours traveling from Christchurch to Rome. November in Rome sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Montepulciano.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums

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Montepulciano, Italy

— 2 nights

Pearl of the 16th Century

Perched on a limestone ridge in the heart of Tuscany, Montepulciano is known worldwide for its production of red wine, the Vino Noble.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Fri): admire the verdant scenery at Val d'Orcia, examine the collection at Museo Diocesano, and then do a tasting at Az. Agr. Poliziano. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Sat): do a tasting at Winery Solaria Patrizia Cencioni and then learn about winemaking at Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Montepulciano online route planner.

You can drive from Rome to Montepulciano in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Montepulciano are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can drive to Siena.

Things to do in Montepulciano

Wineries · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

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Siena, Italy

— 1 night

Cultural Heart of Tuscany

Siena, a medieval Tuscan city, features numerous attractions, including a historic town center, alleyways, towers, and well-preserved buildings.
On the 7th (Sun), awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area and then deepen your understanding at Scuola di Cucina di Lella.

To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Siena driving holiday planner.

Getting from Montepulciano to Siena by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Siena are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to drive to San Gimignano.

Things to do in Siena

Tours · Wineries
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San Gimignano, Italy

— 1 night

Town of Fine Towers

A historical gem in the heart of Tuscany, San Gimignano is known as the Town of Fine Towers for its jutting skyline of high city walls.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Mon): do a tasting at Podere La Marronaia- Sosta Alle Colonne, then do a tasting at Guardastelle Vineyard, then don't miss a visit to Historic Centre of San Gimignano, and finally don't miss a visit to Duomo di San Gimignano.

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Drive from Siena to San Gimignano in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. November in San Gimignano sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Florence.

Things to do in San Gimignano

Wineries · Historic Sites
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Florence, Italy

— 3 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Go for a jaunt from Florence to Santa Brigida to see Castello del Trebbio about 36 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Florence Academy of Fine Arts, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of Santa Croce, take in panoramic vistas at Campanile di Giotto, and make a trip to Piazzale Michelangelo.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Florence trip tool.

You can drive from San Gimignano to Florence in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can go by car to Lucca.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites · Museums · Wineries · Parks

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Lucca, Italy

— 2 nights

City of a Hundred Churches

Lucca, famous for its intact Renaissance-era city walls, remained an independent city-state until the end of the 18th century.
On the 12th (Fri), don't miss a visit to Piazza dei Miracoli, take in panoramic vistas at Leaning Tower of Pisa, and then examine the collection at Museo Aviotruppe Esercito Italiano. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy breathtaking views from Torre Guinigi, admire the landmark architecture of St Martin Cathedral, then contemplate the long history of Le mura di Lucca, and finally learn about winemaking at Podere Pellicciano - Agrisole.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Lucca trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by car from Florence to Lucca takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In November, daily temperatures in Lucca can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to fly to Lucerne.

Things to do in Lucca

Museums · Wineries · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Lucerne, Switzerland

— 2 nights
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
On the 14th (Sun), appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, and then pause for some photo ops at Lion Monument. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Lucerne, take a stroll through Niederdorf, then take a stroll through Bahnhofstrasse, and finally snap pictures at Chapel Bridge.

To see reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Lucerne trip site.

Traveling by flight from Lucca to Lucerne takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Lucca in November, things will get a bit cooler in Lucerne: highs are around 10°C and lows about 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to drive to Como.

Things to do in Lucerne

Neighborhoods · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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Como, Italy

— 2 nights

City of Silk

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.
On the 16th (Tue), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di Sant'Abbondio and then pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Como (Duomo).

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Como trip website.

Traveling by car from Lucerne to Como takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. November in Como sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 5°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Como

Historic Sites
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Italy travel guide

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Landmarks · Ruins · Beaches
Italy is a land of high fashion, fine art, exquisite architecture, luxury sports cars, outstanding cuisine--and an insatiable taste for "la dolce vita." It's also home to the greatest number of World Heritage Sites in the world, making it an ideal place for your next holiday. The country boasts a varied landscape of mountain ranges, alpine lakes, and coastal towns, so it's no wonder travelers often refer to it as the bel paese (beautiful country). With so many places to visit, visitors often have a difficult time planning their itinerary. The smaller villages each feature a distinct character and a blend of architecture, art, and cuisine. In the country, you'll find countless archeological sites dating back to Roman times and beyond. The country's cities and seaside resorts are cosmopolitan powerhouses with museums, galleries, restaurants, shops, open-air markets, and pedestrian-friendly historic areas.

Lake Como travel guide

4.2
Gardens · Architectural Buildings · Churches
A favorite vacation spot for more than a century, Lake Como was once an exclusive retreat for local aristocrats and wealthy people. It is not only one of Europe's most beautiful lakes, but also one of the deepest at more than 400 m (1,300 ft). Surrounded by elegant villas, the lake has become a popular holiday destination for tourists because of its range of attractions, from landscapes, wildlife, and spas, to activities like sailing, windsurfing, and kite-surfing. The area has been an inspiration for artists since Roman times. English poet Percy Bysshe Shelley wrote, "This lake exceeds anything I ever beheld in beauty…It is long and narrow and has the appearance of a mighty river winding among the mountains and the forests."