17 days in Italy, Switzerland & Spain Itinerary

17 days in Italy, Switzerland & Spain Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Europe Trip Planner

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Fly
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Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Train
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Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
Drive
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Ravenna, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive
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Venice, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly
5
Zurich, Switzerland
— 1 night
Fly
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Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
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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.
Attractions like Colosseum and Galleria Borghese make great kid-friendly stops. Visit Pantheon and St. Peter's Basilica for their historical value. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Palatine Hill, explore the galleries of Museo Nazionale di Castel Sant'Angelo, take an in-depth tour of Crypta Balbi, and explore the world behind art at Villa Farnesina.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Rome trip planner.

Queenstown, New Zealand to Rome is an approximately 31-hour flight. Traveling from Queenstown to Rome, you'll gain 11 hours due to the time zone difference. In June, daily temperatures in Rome can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

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.
Leaning Tower of Pisa has been added to your itinerary. Bring the kids along to Gallerie Degli Uffizi and M.G. Design. Do some cultural sightseeing at Florence Academy of Fine Arts and Pitti Palace. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Florence: Villa Medicea di Cerreto Guidi (in Cerreto Guidi), Siena (Basilica Cateriniana San Domenico & Palazzo Pubblico and Museo Civico) and San Gimignano (San Gimignano 1300 & iSculpture Gallery San Gimignano & Casole d'Elsa). The adventure continues: browse the exhibits of Church and Museum of Orsanmichele and get a sense of history and politics at Museo Nazionale del Bargello.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Florence trip planner.

Getting from Rome to Florence by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in June, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can drive to Ravenna.

Things to do in Florence

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

Ravenna, Italy

— 2 nights

City of Mosaics

Famous for its wealth of original mosaics, Ravenna is a hub of artistic and cultural heritage.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): browse the exhibits of Rocca Sforzesca, then delve into the distant past at Parco della Villa Romana di Russi (RA), then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica di Sant'Apollinare in Classe, and finally stroll the grounds of Teodorico Mausoleum. Keep things going the next day: head outdoors with Dolcevita Beach Club, view the masterpieces at Lilith Studio Gallery, steep yourself in history at Battistero Neoniano (Battistero degli Ortodossi), then examine the collection at Archiepiscopal Museum, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica San Vitale.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Ravenna driving holiday planning tool.

Drive from Florence to Ravenna in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In June in Ravenna, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 19°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Venice.

Things to do in Ravenna

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trips

Venice, Italy

— 3 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Doge's Palace and Basilica di San Marco. Popular historic sites such as Piazza San Marco and Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute are in your itinerary. Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Canal Grande, explore the world behind art at Palazzo Mocenigo, take in the views from Ponte dei Sospiri, and step into the grandiose world of Ca' d'Oro.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Venice online attractions planner.

Getting from Ravenna to Venice by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In June, daily temperatures in Venice can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to travel to Zurich.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Zurich, Switzerland

— 1 night

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Haus zum Rech, then get engrossed in the history at Zunfthaus zur Meisen, and then see the interesting displays at Uhrenmuseum Beyer Zürich.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Zurich tour itinerary builder.

You can fly from Venice to Zurich in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Venice in June, things will get slightly colder in Zurich: highs are around 27°C and lows about 15°C. On the 1st (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Zurich

Museums · Historic Sites

Barcelona, Spain

— 3 nights

Jewel of the Mediterranean

Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Appreciate the collections at Casa Museu Gaudí and Mammoth Museum. Get some historical perspective at Basilica of the Sagrada Familia and Las Ramblas. There's still lots to do: walk around Parc Guell, admire the landmark architecture of Casa Batllo, take in the waterfront at Port Vell, and take a stroll through El Barri Gòtic.

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You can fly from Zurich to Barcelona in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Zurich in July: high temperatures in Barcelona hover around 34°C and lows are around 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Beaches

Italy travel guide

4.6
Landmarks · Ruins · Sacred & Religious Sites
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.

Switzerland travel guide

4.7
Bodies of Water · Mountains · Landmarks
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.

Spain travel guide

4.5
Beaches · Landmarks · Architectural Buildings
A colorful country known for its relaxed lifestyle, vibrant nightlife, excellent food, and world-famous folklore and festivals, Spain boasts a huge number of World Heritage Sites and other spectacular places to visit. It also deserves its reputation as a beach vacation destination; the Western edge of the Mediterranean Sea is home to some of the world’s top beaches. But Spain’s geography is so much more than just soft, sandy shores. Its landscapes are as diverse as its people, ranging from lush meadows and snowy mountains to huge marshes and sprawling deserts. The countryside bursts with unspoiled villages of timeless beauty and old-world charm, as well as vast and varied nature preserves.