17 days in Italy, Zurich & Geneva Itinerary

17 days in Italy, Zurich & Geneva Itinerary

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Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Geneva, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Milan, Italy
— 3 nights
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Valmadrera, Italy
— 2 nights
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Venice, Italy
— 1 night
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Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
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Rome, Italy
— 4 nights
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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 1st (Wed): take in nature's colorful creations at Botanischer Garten. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu): take a stroll through Old Town, then get outside with Zurich Succulent Plant Collection, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Zurich day trip site.

London, UK to Zurich is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in September, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Geneva.

Things to do in Zurich

Neighborhoods · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

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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.
On the 4th (Sat), indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Geneva online travel planner.

You can fly from Zurich to Geneva in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In September in Geneva, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Milan.

Things to do in Geneva

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Milan, Italy

— 3 nights

Fashion Capital of World

In many ways the most modern of Italian cities, Milan is a busy, elegant metropolis with an impressive list of grand palaces, fine churches, and important museums.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Museo del Novecento and Parco di Monza. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Milan: Monza (Autodromo Nazionale Monza & Villa Reale). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duomo di Milano, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, admire the landmark architecture of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, and pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di Sant'Eustorgio.

To find more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Milan road trip website.

Getting from Geneva to Milan by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from Geneva in September, expect nights in Milan to be about the same, around 16°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can drive to Valmadrera.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Valmadrera, Italy

— 2 nights
Valmadrera is a comune (municipality) in the Province of Lecco in the Italian region Lombardy, located about 45km northeast of Milan and about 3km west of Lecco. Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): make a trip to Cassago Brianza, explore the historical opulence of Castello Feudale, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di Sant'Antonio Abate, then get great views at Monumento Naturale Regionale del Sasso di Preguda, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Orto Botanico. On your second day here, make a trip to Casa del Pellegrino, don't miss a visit to Chiesa di San Calocero, then head outdoors with Aero Club Monte Cornizzolo, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Abbazia di San Pietro al Monte.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Valmadrera trip planner.

Drive from Milan to Valmadrera in 1.5 hours. In September in Valmadrera, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel to Venice.

Things to do in Valmadrera

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

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.
On the 10th (Fri), take a stroll through Campo del Ghetto, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, then examine the collection at Doge's Palace, and finally make a trip to Piazza San Marco. On your second day here, take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Giorgio Maggiore, admire the landmark architecture of Basilica di San Marco, explore the activities along Canal Grande, then take a stroll through Cannaregio, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of San Pantalon.

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Venice online trip itinerary builder.

Drive from Valmadrera to Venice in 3.5 hours. September in Venice sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Florence.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites · Tours · Parks · Museums

Florence, Italy

— 2 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): get the lay of the land with Walking tours, then let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and then make a trip to Piazzale Michelangelo.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Florence day trip app.

Getting from Venice to Florence by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in September, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Tours

Rome, Italy

— 4 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Step off the beaten path and head to Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi and Villa Borghese. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Colosseum, explore the ancient world of Pantheon, appreciate the history behind La Pieta, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica Papale San Paolo fuori le Mura.

For maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Rome trip planning website.

Getting from Florence to Rome by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. September in Rome sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 18°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Tours · Wineries · Museums

Side Trip

Italy travel guide

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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.

Lake Como travel guide

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Gardens · Architectural Buildings · Churches
A favorite vacation spot for more than a century, Lake Como was once an exclusive retreat for local aristocrats and wealthy people. It is not only one of Europe's most beautiful lakes, but also one of the deepest at more than 400 m (1,300 ft). Surrounded by elegant villas, the lake has become a popular holiday destination for tourists because of its range of attractions, from landscapes, wildlife, and spas, to activities like sailing, windsurfing, and kite-surfing. The area has been an inspiration for artists since Roman times. English poet Percy Bysshe Shelley wrote, "This lake exceeds anything I ever beheld in beauty…It is long and narrow and has the appearance of a mighty river winding among the mountains and the forests."