22 days in Switzerland & Italy Itinerary

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Zurich, Switzerland
— 1 night
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Lucerne, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Milan, Italy
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Varenna, Italy
— 3 nights
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Trieste, Italy
— 2 nights
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Venice, Italy
— 1 night
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Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
Train to Salerno, Taxi to Amalfi
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Amalfi, Italy
— 4 nights
Taxi to Salerno, Train to Rome
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Rome, Italy
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Zurich, Switzerland — 1 night

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sat): make a trip to Europuddle, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, then wander the streets of Bahnhofstrasse, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Uetliberg Mountain. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by Old Town and then examine the collection at Musee Visionnaire Zurich.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Zurich online attractions planner.

Melbourne, Australia to Zurich is an approximately 24.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 9 hours traveling from Melbourne to Zurich. In May in Zurich, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Lucerne.
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Lucerne, Switzerland — 2 nights

In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sun): appreciate the history behind Lion Monument and then take in the views from Chapel Bridge.

For photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Lucerne trip builder tool.

You can drive from Zurich to Lucerne in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Lucerne can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Milan.
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Milan, Italy

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.
On the 23rd (Tue), browse the different shops at Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, take in the spiritual surroundings of Duomo di Milano, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica San Lorenzo Maggiore.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Milan trip planner.

You can drive from Lucerne to Milan in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Lucerne in May; daily highs in Milan reach 26°C and lows reach 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Varenna.
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Varenna, Italy — 3 nights

Varenna is a comune (municipality) on Lake Como in the Province of Lecco in the Italian region Lombardy, located about 60km north of Milan and about 20km northwest of Lecco.Varenna was founded by local fishermen in 769, and was later allied of the commune of Milan. On the next day, explore the activities along Lago di Como, admire the striking features of Villa Monastero, then pause for some serene contemplation at S. Giovanni Battista, and finally admire the natural beauty at Il Giardino Botanico - Hotel Villa Cipressi.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Varenna trip tool.

Drive from Milan to Varenna in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Varenna can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Trieste.
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Trieste, Italy — 2 nights

Pearl of the Adriatic

Trieste is a charming old town with a quiet atmosphere often compared to eastern European cities.
Go for a jaunt from Trieste to Fogliano Redipuglia to see Military Memorial Redipuglia about 42 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Piazza dell'Unita d'Italia, contemplate the waterfront views at Trieste Gulf, explore the world behind art at City Museum Revoltella, and examine the collection at San Sabba Rice Mill - National Monument.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Trieste trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Varenna to Trieste takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Trieste can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can drive to Venice.
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Venice, Italy — 1 night

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 29th (Mon): get to know the fascinating history of Piazza San Marco, examine the collection at Doge's Palace, then don't miss a visit to Basilica di San Marco, and finally explore the activities along Canal Grande.

To find other places to visit and tourist information, use the Venice trip planner.

Traveling by car from Trieste to Venice takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a train. In May in Venice, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Florence.
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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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Tue): admire the masterpieces at Florence Academy of Fine Arts, contemplate the long history of Basilica of Santa Croce, enjoy breathtaking views from Campanile di Giotto, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Baptistery of St. John, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza della Signoria. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Palazzo Vecchio, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio, then don't miss a visit to Piazzale Michelangelo, and finally examine the collection at Pitti Palace.

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Drive from Venice to Florence in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Amalfi.
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Amalfi, Italy — 4 nights

Painted Town

Known for its impressive hillside cascade of colorful stone buildings down to the Mediterranean shore, Amalfi is the cultural and commercial heart of southern Italy's Amalfi Coast.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Amalfi: Positano (Il Sentiero Degli Dei, Boat Tours & Water Sports, &more) and Chiesa di Santa Croce (in Nocelle). And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Villa Cimbrone Gardens, examine the collection at Museo della Carta, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cloister del Paradiso, and pause for some serene contemplation at Duomo di Sant'Andrea.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Amalfi planning website.

Traveling by combination of train and taxi from Florence to Amalfi takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Amalfi when traveling from Florence in June, with lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to drive to Rome.
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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, sightseeing, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Pantheon, explore the world behind art at Vatican Museums, don't miss a visit to St. Peter's Basilica, and take a stroll through Trastevere.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Rome day trip website.

Traveling by car from Amalfi to Rome takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. Traveling from Amalfi in June, expect slightly colder with lows of 21°C in Rome. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can fly back home.
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Switzerland travel guide

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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.
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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.
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Lake Como travel guide

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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."
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Amalfi Coast travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Gardens
Renowned for its beautiful landscape and medieval fishing villages that cling precariously to the Mediterranean cliffs, the Amalfi Coast is one of Italy's top vacation destinations. This World Heritage Site stretches for about 50 km (30 mi) on the southern side of the Sorrentine peninsula and offers numerous places to visit, from terraced lemon gardens and whitewashed villas to cliff-top views of the sea. Explore the coastline's towns, bays, and resorts. During the peak tourist season, the Amalfi Coast's single seaside road is often jammed with dozens of buses. For that reason, the ubiquitous scooter may be the best way to get around and sightsee. You can also access quite a bit by bicycle.
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