23 days in Italy, Zurich & Lucerne Itinerary

23 days in Italy, Zurich & Lucerne Itinerary

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Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Lucerne, Switzerland
— 3 nights
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Cinque Terre, Italy
— 2 nights
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Positano, Italy
— 3 nights
Ferry
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Capri, Italy
— 1 day
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Naples, Italy
— 2 nights
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Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
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Verona, Italy
— 3 nights
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Venice, Italy
— 1 night
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Zurich, Switzerland — 2 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, wander the streets of Bahnhofstrasse, and then take in the awesome beauty at Uetliberg Mountain. On the next day, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Munsterkirche, then get great views at Rhine Falls, then admire the masterpieces at Gewerbemuseum Winterthur, and finally wander the streets of Old Town.

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Recife, Brazil to Zurich is an approximately 15-hour flight. Traveling from Recife to Zurich, you'll lose 4 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Recife in April, with highs in Zurich at 17°C and lows at 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Lucerne.
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Lucerne, Switzerland — 3 nights

In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Popular historic sites such as Uferpromenade Weggis and Markuskirche are in your itinerary. Step out of the city life by going to Lake Lucerne and Mt Pilatus. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lucerne: Fondation Beyeler (in Riehen) and Basel (Basel's Old Town, Basel Minster, &more). And it doesn't end there: get a taste of the local shopping with Altstadt Luzern, admire the masterpieces at Museum Rosengart Collection, take in the views from Chapel Bridge, and see the interesting displays at Verkehrshaus der Schweiz.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Lucerne planner.

You can drive from Zurich to Lucerne in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April in Lucerne, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Cinque Terre.
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Cinque Terre, Italy — 2 nights

Italian Riviera

Made up of five picturesque towns on the Ligurian coast, Cinque Terre is Italy's answer to the French Riviera.
On the 17th (Mon), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parco Nazionale Cinque Terre, then admire the landmark architecture of Chiesa Di San Pietro, and then take a stroll around Vernazza. On the 18th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Porta del Borgo, do a tasting at De Gustibus, hike along Cinque Terre Trails, then step into the grandiose world of Castello Doria, and finally trek along Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Cinque Terre online trip planner.

Drive from Lucerne to Cinque Terre in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Lucerne in April, with highs in Cinque Terre at 22°C and lows at 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Positano.
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Positano, Italy — 3 nights

Often referred to as the gem of the Amalfi Coast, Positano remains one of southern Italy's most sought-after vacation locales, thanks to its hillside location and picturesque, pastel buildings.
We've included these beaches for you: Fornillo and Spiaggia Grande. Get some cultural insight at Villa Rufolo and Cloister del Paradiso. Venture out of the city with trips to Sentiero dei Limoni (in Maiori), Ravello (Villa Cimbrone Gardens & Duomo di Ravello) and Amalfi (Fontana sant'Andrea, Valle delle Ferriere, &more). There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Le Ali nel Vento - Birds of Prey Experience, cruise along Amalfi Coast, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Positano trip itinerary website.

Fly from Cinque Terre to Positano in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Positano when traveling from Cinque Terre in April, with lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can ride a ferry to Capri.
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Capri, Italy — 1 day

The island of Capri encompasses all the magical allure of the Mediterranean--dramatic blue waters, lush mountainous landscape, and picturesque island villages.
On the 22nd (Sat), explore the fascinating underground world of Blue Grotto, take an in-depth tour of Villa San Michele, take in the awesome beauty at Monte Solaro, explore the activities along Marina Piccola, then admire the natural beauty at Giardini di Augusto, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at I Faraglioni.

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Ride a ferry from Positano to Capri in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in April, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to ride a ferry to Naples.
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Naples, Italy — 2 nights

Naples is the capital of the Italian region Campania and the third-largest municipality in Italy after Rome and Milan. On the 23rd (Sun), admire the masterpieces at Museo Cappella Sansevero, pause for some serene contemplation at Cloister of Santa Chiara, then contemplate the long history of Galleria Borbonica, and finally explore the ancient world of Parco Acheologico di Ercolano.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Naples trip planner.

Getting from Capri to Naples by ferry takes about 1.5 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to take a train 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Piazzale Michelangelo and Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore. Popular historic sites such as Basilica of Santa Croce and Campanile di Giotto are in your itinerary. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Florence: Siena (Centro Storico di Siena, Duomo di Siena, &more) and Guardastelle Vineyard (in San Gimignano). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Florence Academy of Fine Arts, get a sense of history and politics at Palazzo Vecchio, examine the collection at Pitti Palace, and get to know the fascinating history of Piazza della Signoria.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Florence trip planning website.

Traveling by train from Naples to Florence takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in April, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Verona.
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Verona, Italy — 3 nights

City of Romeo and Juliet

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 28th (Fri), see a show at Arena di Verona, take a stroll through Piazza delle Erbe, admire the striking features of Casa di Giulietta, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore, then step into the grandiose world of Museo di Castelvecchio, and finally make a trip to Piazza Bra. On the 29th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica di Sant'Andrea di Mantova, then admire the masterpieces at Palazzo Te, then browse the exhibits of Palazzo Ducale di Mantova, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di Santa Anastasia.

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You can take a train from Florence to Verona in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In April, daily temperatures in Verona can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to 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 30th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Peggy Guggenheim Collection, then take in the views from Ponte dei Sospiri, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza San Marco, and finally see the interesting displays at Doge's Palace. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the activities along Canal Grande, take a stroll through Cannaregio, take a stroll through Campo del Ghetto, then snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Basilica di San Marco.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Venice itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from Verona to Venice takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a train. In April in Venice, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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Italy travel guide

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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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