17 days in Italy & Lake Maggiore (Italy & Switzerland) Itinerary

17 days in Italy & Lake Maggiore (Italy & Switzerland) Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: New York City, United States
Fly:  11 h 30 min
1
Venice, Italy
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
2
Stresa, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h
3
Locarno, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive:  7 h 30 min
4
Florence, Italy
— 4 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
5
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  13 h 15 min
End: New York City, United States

3
nights
Venice, Italy

Venice ©
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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Doge's Palace and Atelier d'Arte La Colonna. Get some cultural insight at Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari and Cannaregio. And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Dorsoduro, look for gifts at Casin dei Nobili Showroom, explore the world behind art at Peggy Guggenheim Collection, and take in the exciting artwork at Giudecca 795 Art Gallery.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Venice travel route builder website.

New York City, USA to Venice is an approximately 12-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 6 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 72°F in May, and nighttime lows around 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Stresa.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari ©
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Dorsoduro ©
Dorsoduro

2
nights
Stresa, Italy

Stresa ©
Stresa is a town and comune of about 5,000 residents on the shores of Lake Maggiore in the province of Verbano-Cusio-Ossola in the Piedmont region of northern Italy, about 90km northwest of Milan. Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): step off the mainland to explore Isola Bella, admire the striking features of Borromeo Palace, thenview the masterpieces at Palazzo Borromeo, thenstop by Ferri Cristina, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa del SS. Crocifisso.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Stresa trip planner.

Getting from Venice to Stresa by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or fly. Expect little chillier evenings in Stresa when traveling from Venice in May, with lows around 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to drive to Locarno.

Things to do in Stresa

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Side Trips

Isola Bella, Borromeo Palace
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Palazzo Borromeo ©
Palazzo Borromeo
Isola Bella ©
Isola Bella
Borromeo Palace ©
Borromeo Palace

2
nights
Locarno, Switzerland

Locarno ©
Locarno's Mediterranean climate, palm trees, and 2,300 hours of sunlight per year make this city the warmest in Switzerland.
On the 21st (Tue), buy something for everyone on your list at Fox Town Factory Stores, stop by Laderach Chocolaterie Suisse, thenview the masterpieces at OnArte, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Sacromonte e Santuario Madonna del Sasso. Keep things going the next day: stop by Santa Petronilla and then examine the collection at Sasso San Gottardo.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Locarno trip planner.

Traveling by car from Stresa to Locarno takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May in Locarno, expect temperatures between 70°F during the day and 52°F at night. On the 23rd (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Florence.

Things to do in Locarno

Shopping Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Fox Town Factory Stores, OnArte, Sasso San Gottardo, Sacromonte e Santuario Madonna del Sasso, Santa Petronilla
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Fox Town Factory Stores ©
Fox Town Factory Stores
Sasso San Gottardo ©
Sasso San Gottardo
Santa Petronilla ©
Santa Petronilla

4
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Centro Storico and Basilica San Miniato al Monte. Florence Academy of Fine Arts and Balducci Ceramica will appeal to museum buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Florence: Comune Di Certaldo (in Certaldo) and La Bottega del Sale di Duccio Nacci photographer (in San Gimignano). The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Gallerie Degli Uffizi, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, steep yourself in history at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, and pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica of Santa Croce.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Florence day trip planner.

You can drive from Locarno to Florence in 5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. May in Florence sees daily highs of 71°F and lows of 52°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

San Gimignano, Comune Di Certaldo
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Basilica San Miniato al Monte
Basilica San Miniato al Monte
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Florence Academy of Fine Arts ©
Florence Academy of Fine Arts

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nights
Rome, Italy

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Let the collections at Vatican Museums and Onde di Carta capture your imagination. For shopping fun, head to Via Condotti or Trevimage. Venture out of the city with trips to Civita di Bagnoregio (in Bagnoregio) and Maioliche Pia (in Deruta). And it doesn't end there: pause for some serene contemplation at St. Peter's Basilica, explore the ancient world of Pantheon, steep yourself in history at Palatine Hill, and get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Rome trip app.

Traveling by train from Florence to Rome takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Rome when traveling from Florence in May, with lows around 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Vatican City, Onde di Carta, Civita di Bagnoregio, Maioliche Pia
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Vatican Museums
Vatican Museums
St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica

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