17 days in Lucerne, Southern Italy & Northwest Italy Itinerary

17 days in Lucerne, Southern Italy & Northwest Italy Itinerary

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Lucerne, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Fly
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Naples, Italy
— 1 day
Ferry to Ischia, Taxi to Forio
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Forio, Italy
— 1 night
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Drive to Ischia, Ferry to Naples, Drive to Palinuro
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Palinuro, Italy
— 1 night
Drive
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Rome, Italy
— 1 night
Drive
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Saturnia, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive
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Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
Drive
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Cinque Terre, Italy
— 1 night
Train
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Genoa, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive
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Verbania, Italy
— 1 night
Drive
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Verona, Italy
— 1 night
Drive
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Venice, Italy
— 1 night
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Lucerne, Switzerland

— 2 nights
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sun): take an in-depth tour of Richard Wagner Museum, explore the historical opulence of Schloss Meggenhorn, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pfarrkirche St. Maria Weggis, then head outdoors with Seilpark Rigi, and finally contemplate the long history of Hohle Gasse. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Biosphaere Entlebuch, pause for some serene contemplation at Franziskanerkirche, take in the waterfront at Nadelwehr, examine the collection at Fortress Furigen, then steep yourself in history at Festung Vitznau, and finally steep yourself in history at Ruetli.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Lucerne attractions planner.

Stockholm, Sweden to Lucerne is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Lucerne can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can travel to Naples.

Things to do in Lucerne

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Naples, Italy

— 1 day
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 20th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Sacra Ruota degli Esposti, explore the ancient world of Casa Sannitica, explore the ancient world of House of the Skeleton, then steep yourself in history at Central Thermae, then delve into the distant past at Casa di Nettuno e Anfitrite, and finally explore the ancient world of Partem Domus lignea - Casa del Tramezzo di Legno.

To find maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Naples trip itinerary tool.

You can fly from Lucerne to Naples in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Lucerne in July; daily highs in Naples reach 36°C and lows reach 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to travel to Forio.

Things to do in Naples

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Forio, Italy

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Wed): examine the collection at Casa Museo, kick back and relax at Spiaggia di Cava dell'Isola, pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di San Vito, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa dell’Arciconfraternita di Santa Maria Visitapoveri a Forio, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa di San Gaetano, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Spiaggia della Chiaia.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Forio road trip tool.

Traveling by combination of ferry and taxi from Naples to Forio takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In July in Forio, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to travel to Palinuro.

Things to do in Forio

Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trip

Palinuro, Italy

— 1 night
Palinuro is an Italian small town, the most populated civil parish of Centola, Province of Salerno, in the Campania region. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): head outdoors with Spiaggia del Troncone, head outdoors with Lido Nettuno, head outdoors with Poseidon Beach, kick back and relax at Tonga Sun Club, then see some colorful creatures with Palinuro Sub Diving Center, and finally head outdoors with Da Poldo Gita Alle Grotte Di Palinuro.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Palinuro day trip site.

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Forio to Palinuro in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry, train, and bus; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can go by car to Rome.

Things to do in Palinuro

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Rome, Italy

— 1 night

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 23rd (Fri): take an exotic tour of Safari d'Arte, stroll the grounds of Vatican Necropolis, then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then head off the coast to Isola Tiberina, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Santo Stefano al Monte Celio.

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You can drive from Palinuro to Rome in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In July in Rome, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to drive to Saturnia.

Things to do in Rome

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Saturnia, Italy

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Bosco Rocconi, get to know the fascinating history of Il ghetto degli ebrei, admire the striking features of Masso Leopoldino, then pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di Santa Maria e San Rocco, then see the interesting displays at Museo Civico Archeologico della Civilta Etrusca, and finally examine the collection at Museo Archeologico all'Aperto Alberto Manzi. On your second day here, don't miss a visit to Necropoli del Puntone, see the interesting displays at Museo Archeologico di Saturnia, head outdoors with Cascata del Salabrone, get outside with Riserva Naturale Regionale Selva del Lamone, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Centro Storico di Farnese, and finally examine the collection at Museo di Preistoria e Protostoria della Valle del Fiora di Manciano.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Saturnia road trip planner.

Getting from Rome to Saturnia by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and taxi. In July, daily temperatures in Saturnia can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to drive to Florence.

Things to do in Saturnia

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to San Gimignano 1300 and Sinagoga di Firenze e Museo ebraico. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Palazzo dei Priori and Corridoio Vasariano. Get out of town with these interesting Florence side-trips: San Gimignano (Rocca of Montestaffoli, Duomo di San Gimignano, &more), Rocca di Castellina (in Castellina In Chianti) and Volterra (Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta & Porta all'Arco). Next up on the itinerary: explore the galleries of Church and Museum of Orsanmichele, take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of Santa Felicita, steep yourself in history at Florence American Cemetery and Memorial, and examine the collection at Museo Stefano Bardini.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Florence online travel planner.

Traveling by car from Saturnia to Florence takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in July, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to drive to Cinque Terre.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Cinque Terre, Italy

— 1 night

Italian Riviera

Made up of five picturesque towns on the Ligurian coast, Cinque Terre is Italy's answer to the French Riviera.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at Santa Margherita di Antiochia Church, explore the historical opulence of Castello Doria, hike along Sentiero Monterosso - Vernazza, then identify plant and animal life at Enjoy Cinqueterre Boat Tours, then kick back and relax at Beach Bar Alga, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Convento dei Cappuccini e Chiesa di San Francesco.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Cinque Terre road trip planner.

Getting from Florence to Cinque Terre by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train. July in Cinque Terre sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 21°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Genoa.

Things to do in Cinque Terre

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites · Trails

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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Fri): explore the historical opulence of Incendio del Castello con la Processione Religiosa dei Crocifissi, admire the majestic nature at Parco Comunale Luigi Casale, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica dei Santi Gervasio e Protasio, and finally head outdoors with Blackwave. On the 31st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get outside with Societa Ippica del Bardigiano, make a trip to Ascensore di Castelletto Levante, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santuario della Madonnetta, head outdoors with Tranvia a Cremagliera Principe - Granarolo, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Parrocchia San Giovanni Evangelista di Pre, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica delle Vigne.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Genoa trip builder app.

Traveling by train from Cinque Terre to Genoa takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Cinque Terre in July since evenings lows in Genoa dip to 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to go by car to Verbania.

Things to do in Genoa

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Verbania, Italy

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sun): appreciate the history behind Oratory of Saint Remigio, take in the spiritual surroundings of Complesso Battesimale Paleocristiano e Altomedievale di San Giovanni al Montorfano, steep yourself in history at Borromeo Palace, pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di San Vittore, then get outside with Suna Beach - Pool & Lounge Bar, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa di Madonna di Campagna.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Verbania online day trip planner.

You can drive from Genoa to Verbania in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Genoa in July since evenings lows in Verbania dip to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can drive to Verona.

Things to do in Verbania

Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Verona, Italy

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa dei Santi Apostoli, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa delle Sante Teuteria e Tosca, don't miss a visit to La Loggia del Consiglio, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di Sant'Elena, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Casa Del Clero, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa di San Giorgio in Braida-Verona.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Verona travel planner.

You can drive from Verbania to Verona in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Verbania in August: highs in Verona hover around 35°C, while lows dip to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can go by car to Venice.

Things to do in Verona

Historic Sites

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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa di San Salvador, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di Santa Maria della Pieta, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa di San Francesco della Vigna, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa di Santo Stefano, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di San Vidal, and finally admire the striking features of Ca' Zenobio degli Armeni.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Venice tour planning tool.

You can drive from Verona to Venice in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. In August in Venice, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites

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.

Italian Riviera travel guide

4.3
Aquariums · Landmarks · Beaches
Sandwiched between the Ligurian Sea and the Alps and Apennines, the Italian Riviera is a narrow coastal strip with a string of places to visit, from upscale seaside resorts to fishing villages. It's enormously popular with both Italian and foreign tourists. You can easily escape the crowds by venturing farther away from the sea and sightseeing in the hillside villages of the inland area. The western section of the Riviera is touted for its roses, almonds, and citrus groves, while the eastern part features a much more rugged terrain and several nature and marine preserves. The Riviera's mild climate and its charming fishing ports have made it not only a popular holiday destination for tourists, but also an inspiration for artists like Byron and Shelley, both of whom traveled extensively here.