15 days in Lugano & Italy Itinerary

15 days in Lugano & Italy Itinerary

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Fly to Milan Malpensa, Train to Lugano
Lugano, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Train to Milan Malpensa, Fly to Rome
Rome, Italy
— 11 nights


Lugano, Switzerland

— 2 nights

Monte Carlo of Switzerland

Located in the popular holiday region of Ticino, Lugano is the largest Italian-speaking town in Switzerland.
Step off the beaten path and head to Monte San Salvatore and Lido di Lugano. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Parco Ciani and Ghisla Art Collection. Explore Lugano's surroundings by going to La Chiesa Di San Giovanni Battista (in Mogno), Quinto (Lago Ritom & Chiesa dei Santi Pietro e Paolo (Church of Saints Peter and Paul)) and Fossil Museum of Monte San Giorgio (in Meride). And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Lido San Domenico, admire the sheer force of Cascata della Piumogna, pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di Santa Maria di Loreto, and work some fitness into your day at Tibetan bridge "Carasc".

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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates to Lugano is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of car, flight, and train. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Abu Dhabi to Lugano due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Abu Dhabi in August: high temperatures in Lugano hover around 32°C and lows are around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can travel to Rome.

Things to do in Lugano

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Beaches

Side Trips

Rome, Italy

— 11 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Family-friendly places like Colosseum and Welcome to Rome will thrill your kids. Discover out-of-the-way places like Villa Borghese and Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rome: Lago di Piediluco (in Piediluco), Abbazia di San Nicolo (in San Gemini) and Cascata delle Marmore (in Marmore). And it doesn't end there: get great views at Santo Stefano di Sessanio, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica Papale San Paolo fuori le Mura, take an in-depth tour of Museo Nazionale Romano - Palazzo Massimo alle Terme, and don't miss a visit to Monastero Di S.Benedetto.

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Traveling by combination of train and flight from Lugano to Rome takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Lugano in August, things will get somewhat warmer in Rome: highs are around 38°C and lows about 24°C. On the 19th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Italy travel guide

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.