48 days in Italy & Switzerland Itinerary

48 days in Italy & Switzerland Itinerary

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St. Gallen, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Geneva, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Bern, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Treviso, Italy
— 2 nights
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Trieste, Italy
— 2 nights
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Bolzano, Italy
— 2 nights
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Verona, Italy
— 2 nights
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Bologna, Italy
— 2 nights
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Perugia, Italy
— 2 nights
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Ancona, Italy
— 2 nights
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Pescara, Italy
— 2 nights
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Foggia, Italy
— 2 nights
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Lecce, Italy
— 2 nights
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Bari, Italy
— 2 nights
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Catania, Italy
— 2 nights
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Palermo, Italy
— 2 nights
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Cagliari, Italy
— 2 nights
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Naples, Italy
— 2 nights
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Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
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Pisa, Italy
— 2 nights
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Genoa, Italy
— 2 nights
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Turin, Italy
— 2 nights
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Lugano, Switzerland
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St. Gallen, Switzerland — 2 nights

The heart of eastern Switzerland, St.
On the 1st (Sat), wander the streets of Stein am Rhein, then don't miss a visit to Stiftsbibliothek, and then admire the striking features of Kathedrale St.Gallen. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: step into the grandiose world of Munot, engage your brain at Swiss Science Center Technorama, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Laurenzen.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the St. Gallen journey planner.

Lugano to St. Gallen is an approximately 3-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of train and tram; or take a bus. Traveling from Lugano in July, expect St. Gallen to be slightly colder, temps between 28°C and 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can fly to Geneva.
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Geneva, Switzerland — 2 nights

Capital of Peace

Geneva brings the world to one small city with a huge expat population and the highest number of international organizations in any one city.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): engage your brain at CERN, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale de Lausanne, then take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Anglais, and finally get great views at Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum, admire the local landmark of The Geneva Water Fountain, then get a new perspective on nature at Museum of Natural History (Museum d'Histoire naturelle), and finally see the interesting displays at Patek Philippe Museum.

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Traveling by flight from St. Gallen to Geneva takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. July in Geneva sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can go by car to Bern.
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Bern, Switzerland — 2 nights

City of Bears

The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Wed): make a trip to Clock Tower - Zytglogge, contemplate the waterfront views at Aare River, identify plant and animal life at Barenpark, ponder the design of Zahringerbrunnen, then get curious at Einstein House (Einsteinhaus), and finally wander the streets of UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get great views at The Cathedral of Bern, then admire the natural beauty at Rose Garden (Rosengarten), then explore the historical opulence of Gruyeres Castle, and finally examine the collection at HR Giger Museum.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Bern road trip tool.

Drive from Geneva to Bern in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. July in Bern sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to fly to Treviso.
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Treviso, Italy — 2 nights

Little Venice

The northern Italy medieval city of Treviso is known worldwide as the home of the Italian dessert tiramisu.
On the 7th (Fri), see the interesting displays at Museo degli Alpini di Bassano, then examine the collection at Poli Museo della Grappa, then step into the grandiose world of La Cinta Muraria - Camminamento di Ronda, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Scrovegni Chapel. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of Centro Storico di Treviso, contemplate the long history of Loggia dei Cavalieri, then look for all kinds of wild species at Oasi Cervara, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Passeggiata lungo la restera, and finally steep yourself in history at Mura di Treviso.

To see ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Treviso trip maker site.

Traveling by flight from Bern to Treviso takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Bern in July, expect Treviso to be somewhat warmer, temps between 36°C and 22°C. On the 9th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off 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.
On the 9th (Sun), examine the collection at San Sabba Rice Mill - National Monument, then identify plant and animal life at Sentiero Josef Ressel, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Casa Terni Smolars, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Giusto Cathedral. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Riserva Naturale Marina di Miramare, step into the grandiose world of Miramare Castle-Historical Museum, and then get outside with Grotta Torri di Slivia - Tour.

To find where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Trieste tour itinerary site.

You can drive from Treviso to Trieste in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Trieste can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Bolzano.
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Bolzano, Italy — 2 nights

Gateway to Dolomites

South Tyrol's capital, Bolzano, has been named the Italian city with the highest quality of life.
On the 11th (Tue), pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa del Sacro Cuore, then get engrossed in the history at South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology, then take an in-depth tour of BZ '18-'45: Un monumento, una citta, due dittature, and finally step into the grandiose world of Runkelstein Castle. Keep things going the next day: get engrossed in the history at BAS - Opfer fur die Freiheit, admire the striking features of Antico Municipio, then hit the slopes at Val Gardena, then immerse yourself in nature at Parco Naturale Puez Odle, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa Parrocchiale Santa Maria Assunta con Cimitero.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Bolzano trip planner.

Traveling by car from Trieste to Bolzano takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Trieste in July, expect a bit cooler with lows of 20°C in Bolzano. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can go by car to Verona.
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Verona, Italy — 2 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 13th (Thu), catch a live performance at Arena di Verona, step into the grandiose world of Museo di Castelvecchio, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Anastasia, then step into the grandiose world of Castello Scaligero, and finally delve into the distant past at Grotte di Catullo. Keep things going the next day: admire the sheer force of Parco Naturalistico delle Cascate-Family, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore, examine the collection at Casa di Giulietta, then take in panoramic vistas at Torre dei Lamberti, and finally wander the streets of Piazza delle Erbe.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Verona trip itinerary builder site.

Getting from Bolzano to Verona by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in July, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Bologna.
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Bologna, Italy — 2 nights

Heart of Italian Cuisine

A city famous for its cuisine, Bologna is the seat of the oldest university in the world, founded in 1088.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sat): examine the collection at MEF-Museo Enzo Ferrari, examine the collection at Museo Ferrari, get engrossed in the history at Museo Civico Medievale, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica - Santuario di Santo Stefano, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di San Petronio. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Santuario di Madonna di San Luca, get engrossed in the history at La Macchina del Tempo, don't miss a visit to Le Due Torri Torre degli Asinell, then take an in-depth tour of Museo Civico Archeologico, and finally don't miss a visit to Piazza Maggiore.

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Bologna trip itinerary maker.

You can take a train from Verona to Bologna in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Bologna can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Perugia.
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Perugia, Italy — 2 nights

Green Heart of Italy

Though it features Etruscan defensive walls and a medieval town center, Perugia is perhaps best known for its fine chocolate and annual chocolate festival.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Mon): examine the collection at Museo-Laboratorio di Tessitura a Mano Giuditta Brozzetti, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica di Santa Maria degli Angeli - Porziuncola, examine the collection at Museo della Porziuncola, steep yourself in history at Eremo delle Carceri, then steep yourself in history at Basilica di Santa Chiara, and finally admire the striking features of San Pietro. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the historical opulence of Rocca Paolina, explore the world behind art at Studio Moretti Caselli, then get a dose of the wild on Wild Foods Italy, then wander the streets of City Centre, and finally admire the masterpieces at Galleria Nazionale dell'Umbria.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Perugia travel site.

Traveling by car from Bologna to Perugia takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Perugia can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Ancona.
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Ancona, Italy — 2 nights

Ancona is a city and a seaport in the Marche region in central Italy, with a population of around 101,997. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Wed): see what you can catch with La Giovane Giusy, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santuario Della Santa Casa, then examine the collection at Casa Leopardi, then don't miss a visit to Piazza del sabato del villaggio, and finally don't miss a visit to La Fisarmonica da Guinness. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Thu): explore the ancient world of Grotte di Camerano - Citta Sotterranea di Camerano, enjoy the sand and surf at Spiaggia Mezzavalle, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cattedrale San Ciriaco, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa Santa Maria della Piazza, and finally make a trip to Porto di Ancona.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Ancona day trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Perugia to Ancona takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Perugia in July: highs in Ancona hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Pescara.
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Pescara, Italy — 2 nights

Pescara is the capital city of the Province of Pescara, in the Abruzzo region of Italy. Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): visit Pescara Vecchia, take an in-depth tour of Museo delle Genti d'Abruzzo, explore the historical opulence of Castello Aragonese, then explore the engaging exhibits at Museo della Battaglia di Ortona, and finally take in the views from Ponte del Mare. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Museo Casa Natale di Gabriele d'Annunzio, then explore the world behind art at Aurum - La Fabbrica delle Idee, then see the interesting displays at Abbey of Saint Clemente, and finally get engrossed in the history at Museo Archeologico Nazionale.

For ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Pescara trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Ancona to Pescara takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Pescara are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can drive to Foggia.
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Foggia, Italy — 2 nights

Foggia is a city and comune of Apulia, in southern Italy, capital of the province of Foggia. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santuario Padre Pio, then pause for some serene contemplation at Convento Santa Maria delle Grazie, and then steep yourself in history at Santuario di San Michele Arcangelo. Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica Cattedrale di Foggia, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Saint Pio of Pietrelcina, then walk around Parco Nazionale del Gargano, and finally don't miss a visit to Palazzo Dogana.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Foggia trip builder site.

Traveling by car from Pescara to Foggia takes 2.5 hours. Traveling from Pescara in July, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Foggia, with lows around 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can go by car to Lecce.
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Lecce, Italy — 2 nights

Florence of the South

Known as the Florence of the South, Lecce is distinguished for its elaborate Baroque monuments.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di Santa Caterina d'Alessandria, get to know the fascinating history of Centro Storico Otranto, then explore the galleries of Castello Aragonese, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cattedrale Di Otranto, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Palazzo del Principe. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Piazza del Duomo, pause for some serene contemplation at Duomo di Lecce, then admire the masterpieces at Museo Mostra La Tana della Taranta, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Croce, and finally take an in-depth tour of Museo Faggiano.

For maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Lecce trip itinerary builder site.

Getting from Foggia to Lecce by car takes about 3 hours. Traveling from Foggia in July, Lecce is slightly colder at night with lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Bari.
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Bari, Italy — 2 nights

Gateway to Apulia

Puglia's capital city, Bari, is a growing metropolis of industry and one of the country's most important commercial ports.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Citta Vecchia - Bari, then contemplate the long history of Cattedrale di Bari, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica San Nicola. On your second day here, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cattedrale di Trani, examine the collection at Museo del Confetto Mucci Giovanni, get engrossed in the history at Museo Etnografico dell'Alta Murgia di Altamura, then indulge your senses at La Cantina Frrud - Museo del Vino, and finally see the interesting displays at MUDIMA - Museo Diocesano Matronei Altamura.

For other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Bari online trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Lecce to Bari in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in July, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to fly to Catania.
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Catania, Italy — 2 nights

Black Pearl of Ionian Sea

The landscape surrounding Catania, a medieval city on Sicily's eastern coast, is dominated by Mount Etna, the tallest active volcano in Europe.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): explore the world behind art at MUSEO CROCIFERI - Art and Chocolate and then get impressive views of Mt Etna. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get outside with Outdoor Activities, then explore the ancient world of Ancient Theatre of Taormina, then make a trip to Piazza del Duomo, and finally take an in-depth tour of Monastero dei Benedettini.

To see reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Catania tour itinerary maker website.

Traveling by flight from Bari to Catania takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) to allow time to drive to Palermo.
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Palermo, Italy — 2 nights

The capital of Sicily, Palermo was founded by the Phoenicians under the name of Ziz.
On the 31st (Mon), examine the collection at Museo del Motorismo Siciliano e della Targa Florio di Termini Imerese, admire the landmark architecture of Palazzo Conte Federico, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Duomo di Monreale, then contemplate the long history of Catacombe dei Cappuccini, and finally make a trip to Cattedrale di Palermo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Maria dell'Ammiraglio, admire the striking features of Norman Palace, then pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa Inferiore, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and finally see the interesting displays at Museum of tiles Stanze al Genio.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Palermo trip itinerary site.

You can drive from Catania to Palermo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to fly to Cagliari.
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Cagliari, Italy — 2 nights

City of Sun

The capital of Sardinia, Cagliari is spread out over seven hills and still bears the marks of its past conquerors, including the Phoenicians, Carthaginians, and Romans.
On the 2nd (Wed), contemplate the long history of Santuario e Basilica di Bonaria, admire the majestic nature at Parco Naturale Molentargius-Saline, then don't miss a visit to Bastione di Saint Remy, and finally take an in-depth tour of Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Cagliari. Keep things going the next day: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, then pause for some serene contemplation at Catedrale di Santa Cecilia, and then stop by La Bottega delle Meraviglie.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Cagliari online trip planner.

Fly from Palermo to Cagliari in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In August, daily temperatures in Cagliari can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can fly 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. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Fri): stroll the grounds of Catacombe di San Gennaro, see the interesting displays at Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli, then take an in-depth tour of Galleria Borbonica, and finally browse the exhibits of Museo Cappella Sansevero. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the ancient world of Parco Acheologico di Ercolano, look for all kinds of wild species at Francesco (Frank) Carpegna - Walking with the Gods, and then get to know the fascinating history of Underground Naples.

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Traveling by flight from Cagliari to Naples takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In August in Naples, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 25°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can take a train to Rome.
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Rome, Italy — 2 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Maria in Trastevere, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cupola di San Pietro, steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica, then make a trip to Piazza Navona, then admire the landmark architecture of Pantheon, and finally ponder the design of Trevi Fountain. On the next day, take in the spiritual surroundings of Vatican Museums, delve into the distant past at Colosseum, and then contemplate the long history of Palatine Hill.

To find more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Rome day trip planner.

Getting from Naples to Rome by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in August, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can fly to Pisa.
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Pisa, Italy — 2 nights

Known worldwide for the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the city of Pisa historically served as a maritime power in the heart of Tuscany.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Museo Nazionale della Certosa Monumentale di Calci, look for all kinds of wild species at Lago della Gherardesca, then admire the landmark architecture of St Martin Cathedral, then steep yourself in history at Le mura di Lucca, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of San Michele in Foro. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy breathtaking views from Leaning Tower of Pisa, steep yourself in history at Battistero di San Giovanni, take in the spiritual surroundings of Duomo di Pisa, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Camposanto, then identify plant and animal life at Costiera di Calafuria, and finally make a trip to Piazza dei Miracoli.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Pisa online road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Rome to Pisa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Pisa when traveling from Rome in August, with lows around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can go by car to Genoa.
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Genoa, Italy — 2 nights

Once the most important harbor in the Mediterranean Sea, Genoa has a long history as a rich and powerful trade center in northern Italy.
On the 10th (Thu), get to know the fascinating history of Passeggiata Anita Garibaldi a Nervi, see the interesting displays at Musei di Strada Nuova - Palazzo Doria Tursi, don't miss a visit to Via Giuseppe Garibaldi, then examine the collection at Galata Museo del Mare, and finally examine the collection at Dialogo nel Buio. On the next day, contemplate the long history of Abbazia di San Fruttuoso, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, take an in-depth tour of Museo di Palazzo Reale, then get engrossed in the history at Museo del Tesoro, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cattedrale di San Lorenzo - Duomo di Genova, and finally admire the masterpieces at Palazzo Ducale.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Genoa itinerary planner.

Drive from Pisa to Genoa in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Pisa in August since evenings lows in Genoa dip to 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Turin.
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Turin, Italy — 2 nights

City of Magic

A city of technology and industry, Turin is in northwestern Italy, a one-hour drive from the French border and slightly more than that from the Mediterranean Sea.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sat): examine the collection at Palazzina di Caccia di Stupinigi, take in the exciting artwork at Reggia Di Reale, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di Superga, and finally get engrossed in the history at Museum of the Risorgimento. Keep things going the next day: admire the landmark architecture of Palazzo Reale Di Torino, see the interesting displays at Museo Nazionale del Cinema, then examine the collection at Museo Nazionale dell'Automobile, and finally get engrossed in the history at Museo Egizio.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Turin tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Genoa to Turin in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In August, Turin is slightly colder than Genoa - with highs of 28°C and lows of 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can go by car to Lugano.
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Lugano, Switzerland — 3 nights

Monte Carlo of Switzerland

Located in the popular holiday region of Ticino, Lugano is the largest Italian-speaking town in Switzerland.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Monte San Giorgio and Museo Vincenzo Vela. Centro storico Gandria and Castello di Montebello will appeal to history buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lugano: La Chiesa Di San Giovanni Battista (in Mogno), Valle Verzasca (in Lavertezzo) and Sasso San Gottardo (in Airolo). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa di San Nicolao, take some stellar pictures from Monte San Salvatore, explore the historical opulence of Castelgrande, and don't miss a visit to Piazza della Riforma.

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You can drive from Turin to Lugano in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of shuttle and train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.
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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

4.6
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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