20 days in Italy, Switzerland & Paris Itinerary

20 days in Italy, Switzerland & Paris Itinerary

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Start: Melbourne, Australia
Fly:  25 h
1
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h 15 min
2
Naples, Italy
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 45 min
3
Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h 15 min
4
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
5
Milan, Italy
— 2 nights
Train:  3 h 15 min
6
Bern, Switzerland
— 1 night
Train:  1 h 30 min
7
Zurich, Switzerland
— 1 day
Fly:  4 h 30 min
8
Paris, France
— 4 nights
Fly:  25 h
End: Melbourne, Australia

3
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Colosseum and St. Peter's Basilica. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Centro Storico Associazione Centro Storico and Basilica Papale San Paolo fuori le Mura. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cupola di San Pietro, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona, steep yourself in history at Roman Forum, and take an in-depth tour of Museo Nazionale Romano - Palazzo Massimo alle Terme.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Rome trip itinerary builder site.

Melbourne, Australia to Rome is an approximately 25- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a -9 hour difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Melbourne in September, with highs in Rome at 32°C and lows at 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Naples.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Vatican City
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Centro Storico Associazione Centro Storico ©
Centro Storico Associazione Centro Storico
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon

2
nights
Naples, Italy

Naples ©
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 5th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Pio Monte della Misericordia, admire the masterpieces at Monumental Complex Donnaregina - Diocesan Museum of Naples, don't miss a visit to Acquaquiglia del Pozzaro, then get engrossed in the history at Museo delle Torture, then admire the masterpieces at Chiesa dei Santi Filippo e Giacomo - Complesso Museale dell'Arte della Seta, and finally delve into the distant past at The Neapolis Buried. On the next day, delve into the distant past at House of Menander (Casa del Menandro), explore the ancient world of Terme del Foro, explore the ancient world of Casa del Fauno, then delve into the distant past at Odeon - Teatro Piccolo, then explore the ancient world of Forum, and finally admire the striking features of Villa dei Misteri.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Naples visit planner.

You can take a train from Rome to Naples in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September in Naples, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Naples

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Pompeii
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Acquaquiglia del Pozzaro ©
Acquaquiglia del Pozzaro
Villa dei Misteri ©
Villa dei Misteri

3
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Museo Nazionale del Bargello and Church and Museum of Orsanmichele. Visit Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Knights’ Square for their historical value. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Florence: Pisa (Leaning Tower of Pisa, Duomo di Pisa, &more). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Campanile di Giotto, appreciate the history behind Loggia dei Lanzi, contemplate the long history of L’importuno di Michelangelo, and take an in-depth tour of Sinagoga di Firenze e Museo ebraico.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Florence route planning tool.

You can take a train from Naples to Florence in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Naples in September, expect slightly colder with lows of 17°C in Florence. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Pisa
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Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
Duomo di Pisa ©
Duomo di Pisa
The Baptistery of St. John ©
The Baptistery of St. John

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Thu): browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercati di Rialto, contemplate the long history of Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Maria dei Miracoli, take in the views from Ponte di Rialto, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza San Marco, and finally take in the views from Ponte dei Sospiri. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di San Marco, expand your understanding of the military at Venetian Arsenal, learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum, then stop by Cannaregio, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Scuola Grande di San Rocco.

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Venice trip planning app.

Traveling by train from Florence to Venice takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. September in Venice sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Milan.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco
Scuola Grande di San Rocco ©
Scuola Grande di San Rocco
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco

2
nights
Milan, Italy

Milan ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at Villa Necchi Campiglio, examine the collection at Museo del Novecento, then pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di Santa Maria presso San Satiro, then contemplate the long history of Chiesa di San Bernardino alle Ossa, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Milan online tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Venice to Milan takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In September, daytime highs in Milan are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Bern.

Things to do in Milan

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Villa Necchi Campiglio ©
Villa Necchi Campiglio
Chiesa di San Bernardino alle Ossa ©
Chiesa di San Bernardino alle Ossa
Museo del Novecento ©
Museo del Novecento

1
night
Bern, Switzerland

Bern ©
The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sun): take a stroll through Matte, admire the local landmark of Simsonbrunnen, engage your brain at Einstein House (Einsteinhaus), then admire the local landmark of Zahringerbrunnen, then stop by UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Holy Ghost.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Bern route planner.

You can take a train from Milan to Bern in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and train. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Milan in September; daily highs in Bern reach 23°C and lows reach 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Zurich.

Things to do in Bern

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Church of the Holy Ghost ©
Church of the Holy Ghost
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern ©
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern
Matte ©
Matte

1
day
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
On the 14th (Mon), shop like a local with Bahnhofstrasse, stop by Niederdorf, then admire the landmark architecture of Fraumünster Church, then pause for some serene contemplation at Grossmunster, and finally wander the streets of Schanzengraben Canal.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Zurich online trip itinerary builder.

You can take a train from Bern to Zurich in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. September in Zurich sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Zurich

Neighborhoods Shopping Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Bahnhofstrasse ©
Bahnhofstrasse
Fraumünster Church ©
Fraumünster Church
Grossmunster ©
Grossmunster

4
nights
Paris, France

Paris ©
A beautiful and romantic city fit for any itinerary, Paris brims with historic associations and remains vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.
Get some cultural insight at Eiffel Tower and Sainte-Chapelle. Museum-lovers will get to explore Musee Rodin and Musee du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac. Explore Paris' surroundings by going to Rouen (Eglise Sainte-Jeanne-d'Arc, Rue du Gros-Horloge, &more). There's lots more to do: admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, explore the world behind art at Petit Palais, see the interesting displays at Musee du Parfum - Fragonard, and make a trip to Pere-Lachaise Cemetery.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Paris day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Zurich to Paris takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in September, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Rouen
Highlights from your plan
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen ©
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Arc de Triomphe ©
Arc de Triomphe

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