18 days in Switzerland & Italy Itinerary

18 days in Switzerland & Italy Itinerary

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18 days in Switzerland & Italy Itinerary

Start: Richmond, United States
Fly:  13 h 45 min
1
Zurich, Switzerland
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 45 min
2
Locarno, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Train:  4 h 30 min
3
Zermatt, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
4
Dorio, Italy
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
5
Como, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
6
Venice, Italy
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h 15 min
7
Florence, Italy
— 1 night
Train:  1 h 45 min
8
Rome, Italy
— 4 nights
Fly:  14 h 15 min
End: Richmond, United States

1
night
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Wasserkirche, get engrossed in the history at Zunfthaus zur Meisen, then examine the collection at Uhrenmuseum Beyer Zürich, then examine the collection at Zoological Museum, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kirche St. Jakob. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Strandbad Mythenquai, explore the activities along Seebad Katzensee, and then step into the grandiose world of Schloss Laufen.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Zurich trip itinerary tool .

Richmond, USA to Zurich is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Time, which is usually a 6 hour difference. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Richmond in June, with highs in Zurich at 74°F and lows at 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Locarno.

Things to do in Zurich

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Schloss Laufen
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Wasserkirche ©
Wasserkirche
Zoological Museum ©
Zoological Museum
Schloss Laufen ©
Schloss Laufen

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 18th (Thu), head outdoors with Scuola Nautica Sonia, admire the sheer force of The Froda Waterfall, pause for some serene contemplation at Mario Botta's Mountain Church, then see the interesting displays at Ghisla Art Collection, and finally walk around Parco delle Camelie. On your second day here, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa di Santa Maria delle Grazie, then explore the historical opulence of Castle of Sasso Corbaro, then take a peaceful walk through Naturreservat Bolle die Magadino, and finally make a trip to Chiesa di San Francesco.

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Getting from Zurich to Locarno by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. In June, daytime highs in Locarno are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Zermatt.

Things to do in Locarno

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bellinzona, The Froda Waterfall, Mario Botta's Mountain Church
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Parco delle Camelie ©
Parco delle Camelie
Castle of Sasso Corbaro ©
Castle of Sasso Corbaro
Chiesa di Santa Maria delle Grazie ©
Chiesa di Santa Maria delle Grazie

2
nights
Zermatt, Switzerland

Zermatt ©
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sat): contemplate the waterfront views at Stellisee, trek along 5-Seenweg, don't miss a visit to Riffelsee, then contemplate the long history of Bergfuhrerdenkmal, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Parish Church of St. Mauritius. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the awesome beauty at Hohbalmen, then enjoy some diversion at Clay Shoot Zermatt, then take in the pleasant sights at Hinterdorfstrasse, and finally glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Zermatt route planner.

Take a train from Locarno to Zermatt in 4.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Dorio.

Things to do in Zermatt

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Stellisee ©
Stellisee
Riffelsee ©
Riffelsee
Parish Church of St. Mauritius ©
Parish Church of St. Mauritius

1
night
Dorio, Italy

Dorio ©
Dorio is a comune (municipality) in the Province of Lecco in the Italian region Lombardy, located on the upper eastern shore of Lake of Como, about 70km north of Milan and about 30km north of Lecco.Dorio borders the following municipalities: Colico, Dervio, Introzzo, Pianello del Lario, Sueglio, Tremenico, Vestreno. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Spiaggia Tranquilla, pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di S. Maria in Martinico, then take in the awesome beauty at Monte Legnoncino, then pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa Sant'Antonio Abate, and finally step into the grandiose world of Castello Di Rezzonico.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Dorio road trip tool .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Zermatt to Dorio. In June, plan for daily highs up to 78°F, and evening lows to 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Como.

Things to do in Dorio

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Monte Legnoncino, Chiesa Sant'Antonio Abate, Chiesa di S. Maria in Martinico, Castello Di Rezzonico
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Monte Legnoncino ©
Monte Legnoncino
Castello Di Rezzonico ©
Castello Di Rezzonico
Chiesa di S. Maria in Martinico ©
Chiesa di S. Maria in Martinico

2
nights
Como, Italy

Como ©
Known for its idyllic location on the shores of Lake Como and at the foot of the Alps, Como is one of northern Italy's most popular tourist destinations.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): head outdoors with Aero Club Monte Cornizzolo, head outdoors with Sentiero Spirito del Bosco, then explore the fascinating underground world of Grotte di Rescia, then contemplate the long history of Palazzo Lambertenghi, and finally stop by Tea World. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Wed): take in panoramic vistas at Porta torre di Como, take an in-depth tour of Civico Museo Archeologico Paolo Giovio, get engrossed in the history at Civic Museum of the Risorgimento, stroll around Parco Spina verde, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Novocomum, and finally get outside with Aero Club Como.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Como road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Dorio to Como takes 1.5 hours. June in Como sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 61°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Venice.

Things to do in Como

Outdoors Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Sentiero Spirito del Bosco, Aero Club Monte Cornizzolo, Grotte di Rescia
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Sentiero Spirito del Bosco ©
Sentiero Spirito del Bosco
Novocomum ©
Novocomum
Palazzo Lambertenghi ©
Palazzo Lambertenghi

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.
Get some cultural insight at Santuario della Madonna di Monte Berico and Lio Piccolo. Explore hidden gems such as Grotte del Caglieron and Natural History Museum. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Santa Maria dei Miracoli, pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di Santa Maria di Nazareth - Chiesa degli Scalzi, get to know the fascinating history of Campo San Salvador, and make a trip to Chiesa di Santa Maria del Giglio (Zobenigo).

To see more things to do and more tourist information, read Venice day trip planning site .

Getting from Como to Venice by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. June in Venice sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 63°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Florence.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Santuario della Madonna di Monte Berico, Grotte del Caglieron, Lio Piccolo
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Santuario della Madonna di Monte Berico ©
Lio Piccolo ©
Lio Piccolo
Church of San Pantalon ©
Church of San Pantalon

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Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sun): kick back and relax at Easy Living - Spiaggia sull'Arno, appreciate the extensive heritage of Cimitero delle Porte Sante, see the interesting displays at Cappella Brancacci, explore the world behind art at Palazzo Strozzi, then examine the collection at Museo di Palazzo Davanzati, and finally take an in-depth tour of Corridoio Vasariano.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Florence vacation planner.

Getting from Venice to Florence by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. June in Florence sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 65°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Parks Beaches
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Cappella Brancacci ©
Cappella Brancacci
Palazzo Strozzi ©
Palazzo Strozzi
Corridoio Vasariano ©
Corridoio Vasariano

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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.
Piazza del Campidoglio and Chiesa di Santa Maria del Popolo are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Baldacchino di San Pietro, di Bernini and Vatican Necropolis. Get out of town with these interesting Rome side-trips: Bunker Soratte (in Sant'Oreste), Orvieto (Chiesa San Giovenale, Centro Storico Orvieto, &more) and Abbazia di Farfa (in Fara in Sabina). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Colle Aventino, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di Santa Prassede, delve into the distant past at Mercati di Traiano - Museo dei Fori Imperiali, and explore the engaging exhibits at Welcome to Rome.

For more things to do, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Rome road trip site .

Take a train from Florence to Rome in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In June, plan for daily highs up to 84°F, and evening lows to 65°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Orvieto, Vatican City, Abbazia di Farfa, Bunker Soratte
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Basilica di Santa Prassede ©
Basilica di Santa Prassede
Vatican Necropolis ©
Vatican Necropolis
Bunker Soratte ©
Bunker Soratte

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