11 days in Switzerland & Italy Itinerary

11 days in Switzerland & Italy Itinerary

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Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
Milan, Italy
— 1 night


Zurich, Switzerland — 2 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sat): visit Old Town, then wander the streets of Bahnhofstrasse, and then admire the masterpieces at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich). Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at Landesmuseum, explore the activities along Lake Zurich, and then stroll around Lindenhofplatz.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Zurich online day trip planner.

San Francisco, USA to Zurich is an approximately 14-hour flight. Traveling from San Francisco to Zurich, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. In September, Zurich is little chillier than San Francisco - with highs of 67°F and lows of 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to fly to Venice.
Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks · Nature
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Venice, Italy — 2 nights

City of Romance

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 3rd (Mon): pause for some photo ops at Punta della Dogana, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute, don't miss a visit to Peggy Guggenheim Collection, then take in the views from Ponte di Rialto, then explore the activities along Canal Grande, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari. Keep things going the next day: enjoy breathtaking views from St Mark's Campanile, contemplate the long history of Ponte dei Sospiri, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza San Marco, then examine the collection at Doge's Palace, and finally don't miss a visit to Basilica di San Marco.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Venice travel planner.

Traveling by flight from Zurich to Venice takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Zurich in October: high temperatures in Venice hover around 66°F and lows are around 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Rome.
Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks
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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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Colosseum and Pantheon. There's much more to do: ponder the design of Trevi Fountain, make a trip to Spanish Steps, explore the world behind art at Galleria Borghese, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Vatican Museums.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Rome journey maker.

Fly from Venice to Rome in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. While traveling from Venice, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Rome, ranging from highs of 73°F to lows of 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Florence.
Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods
Side Trip
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Florence, Italy — 2 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
On the 8th (Sat), admire the masterpieces at Florence Academy of Fine Arts, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of Santa Croce, take in the views from Ponte Vecchio, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, and finally admire the landmark architecture of The Baptistery of St. John. Keep things going the next day: admire the natural beauty at The Boboli Gardens, then make a trip to Piazzale Michelangelo, then see the interesting displays at Pitti Palace, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Campanile di Giotto.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Florence trip itinerary app.

Take a train from Rome to Florence in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. October in Florence sees daily highs of 71°F and lows of 54°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can take a train to Milan.
Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
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Milan, Italy — 1 night

Fashion Capital of World

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 10th (Mon): catch a live performance at La Casa Maledetta, take in the spiritual surroundings of Duomo di Milano, and then admire the landmark architecture of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Milan sightseeing planner.

You can take a train from Florence to Milan in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Florence in October: highs in Milan hover around 65°F, while lows dip to 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can catch the flight back home.
Historic Sites · Fun & Games · Nightlife · Shopping
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Switzerland travel guide

Bodies of Water · Mountains · Specialty Museums
Immerse yourself in a snow-capped mountain wonderland in Switzerland's serene Alpine setting. See the world-renowned Matterhorn, Switzerland's second-highest mountain at 4,478 m (14,962 ft) tall, or zoom down the mountains on toboggan, ski, or snowboard. In the warmer seasons hike around the rolling green hillsides covered with pine trees and picturesque aqua blue lakes. Luxurious cities dotted with cozy wooden chalets and colorful flowerbeds balance quaintness with first-class cultural offerings. Indulge in the country's opulence of milk chocolate, cheese fondue, and keg-carrying St. Bernard dogs.

Italy travel guide

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.