31 days in Italy & Switzerland Itinerary

31 days in Italy & Switzerland Itinerary

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Start: Auckland, New Zealand
Fly:  29 h
1
Naples, Italy
— 5 nights
Ferry:  8 h 15 min
2
Palermo, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h
3
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
4
Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
5
Venice, Italy
— 3 nights
Train:  3 h 45 min
6
Como, Italy
— 3 nights
Drive:  45 min
7
Milan, Italy
— 1 night
Train:  4 h 15 min
8
Grindelwald, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Train:  3 h 45 min
9
Zurich, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Fly:  28 h
End: Auckland, New Zealand

5
nights
Naples, Italy

Naples ©
Naples is the capital of the Italian region Campania and the third-largest municipality in Italy after Rome and Milan. Step off the beaten path and head to Underground Naples and Forum. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Lungomare Caracciolo and Duomo di Napoli. Step out of Naples to go to Pompeii and see Lupanar, which is approximately 42 minutes away. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli, admire the masterpieces at Museo Cappella Sansevero, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di San Giovanni a Carbonara, and explore the galleries of Chiesa dei Santi Filippo e Giacomo - Complesso Museale dell'Arte della Seta.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Naples route maker site.

Auckland, New Zealand to Naples is an approximately 29-hour flight. You'll gain 11 hours traveling from Auckland to Naples due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Auckland in December: highs in Naples hover around 17°C, while lows dip to 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to travel to Palermo.

Things to do in Naples

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Pompeii
Highlights from your plan
Underground Naples ©
Underground Naples
Pompeii Archaeological Park ©
Pompeii Archaeological Park
Lungomare Caracciolo ©
Lungomare Caracciolo

3
nights
Palermo, Italy

Palermo ©
The capital of Sicily, Palermo was founded by the Phoenicians under the name of Ziz.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Palazzo Conte Federico and Cattedrale di Palermo. Popular historic sites such as Church of San Cataldo and Chiesa Inferiore della Cappella Palatina are in your itinerary. Go for a jaunt from Palermo to Aspra to see Museo dell'Acciuga about 32 minutes away. The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at Santissimo Salvatore, Palermo, admire the striking features of Palazzo Mirto, take in the spiritual surroundings of Santa Maria dei Miracoli, and don't miss a visit to Nobile e Monumentale Chiesa dell'Immacolata Concezione al Capo.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Palermo trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by flight from Naples to Palermo takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Palermo

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Museo dell'Acciuga
Highlights from your plan
Palazzo Conte Federico ©
Palazzo Conte Federico
Museo dell'Acciuga ©
Museo dell'Acciuga
Cattedrale di Palermo ©
Cattedrale di Palermo

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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Le Domus Romane di Palazzo Valentini and Welcome to Rome. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Centro Storico Associazione Centro Storico and Cupola di San Pietro. There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Louis of the French, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa di Sant'Ignazio di Loyola, contemplate the long history of Santa Maria Sopra Minerva, and get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Venezia.

For reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Rome online sightseeing planner.

Traveling by flight from Palermo to Rome takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or take a train. December in Rome sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Vatican City
Highlights from your plan
Cupola di San Pietro ©
Cupola di San Pietro
St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica
Centro Storico Associazione Centro Storico ©

3
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Campanile di Giotto. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Basilica San Miniato al Monte and Museo Galileo - Institute and Museum of the History of Science. There's much more to do: pause for some photo ops at Loggia dei Lanzi, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza della Signoria, take an in-depth tour of Corridoio Vasariano, and take in the spiritual surroundings of The Baptistery of St. John.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Florence travel site.

Traveling by train from Rome to Florence takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In December in Florence, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
Basilica San Miniato al Monte
Basilica San Miniato al Monte
The Baptistery of St. John ©
The Baptistery of St. John

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Cannaregio and Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore. Your inner history buff will appreciate Piazza San Marco and Verona's Cathedral (Duomo). Get out of town with these interesting Venice side-trips: Verona (Museo di Castelvecchio & Arena di Verona). There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Basilica di San Marco, make a trip to Scala Contarini del Bovolo, take in panoramic vistas at Torre dell'Orologio, and take in the views from Ponte dei Sospiri.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Venice travel route planner.

Getting from Florence to Venice by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or fly. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Florence in January, with highs in Venice at 9°C and lows at 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Como.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Nightlife

Side Trip

Verona
Highlights from your plan
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco
San Giorgio Maggiore ©
San Giorgio Maggiore

3
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.
Visit Cathedral of Como (Duomo) and Broletto for their historical value. Do some cultural sightseeing at Centro Storico and Basilica di San Fedele. Venture out of the city with trips to Chiesa Santa Maria del Tiglio (in Gravedona) and Villa Fogazzaro Roi (in Valsolda). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica di Sant'Abbondio, take an in-depth tour of Civico Museo Archeologico Paolo Giovio, admire the landmark architecture of Tempio Voltiano, and wander the streets of Menaggio.

To find other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Como trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Venice to Como takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 8°C in January, and nighttime lows around -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Milan.

Things to do in Como

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Chiesa Santa Maria del Tiglio, Menaggio, Villa Fogazzaro Roi
Highlights from your plan
Basilica di San Fedele ©
Basilica di San Fedele
Cathedral of Como (Duomo) ©
Cathedral of Como (Duomo)
Villa Fogazzaro Roi ©
Villa Fogazzaro Roi

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Duomo di Milano, pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di Santa Maria presso San Satiro, explore the world behind art at Bagatti Valsecchi Museum, thenexamine the collection at Gallerie d’Italia, and finally get engrossed in the history at Villa Necchi Campiglio.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Milan day trip app.

You can drive from Como to Milan in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in January, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Grindelwald.

Things to do in Milan

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Duomo di Milano ©
Duomo di Milano
Villa Necchi Campiglio ©
Villa Necchi Campiglio
Chiesa di Santa Maria presso San Satiro ©
Chiesa di Santa Maria presso San Satiro

3
nights
Grindelwald, Switzerland

Grindelwald ©
As one of the country's oldest ski resorts, Grindewald serves as a prime example of a cozy Swiss ski town.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Grindelwald-First and The Wetterhorn. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Grindelwald Museum and Lauterbrunnen Church. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Bussalp, fly down the slopes at Maennlichen, hike along Grosse Scheidegg, and look for gifts at Vogts Corner.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Grindelwald trip simple and quick.

Traveling by car from Milan to Grindelwald takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can drive to Zurich.

Things to do in Grindelwald

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Lauterbrunnen Church, North face Trail
Highlights from your plan
Bussalp ©
Bussalp
Grindelwald-First ©
Grindelwald-First
Maennlichen ©
Maennlichen

3
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Kathedrale St.Gallen and Haus zum Rech. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich) and Musee Paleontologique de Zurich. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Zurich: Schaffhausen (Munot & Kirche St. Johann) and Stiftsbibliothek (in St. Gallen). Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Bahnhofstrasse, examine the collection at Uhrenmuseum Beyer Zürich, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and don't miss a visit to Niederdorf.

To see where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Zurich travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Grindelwald to Zurich in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In January in Zurich, expect temperatures between 5°C during the day and -1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Zurich

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Schaffhausen, St. Gallen
Highlights from your plan
Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich) ©
Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich)
Munot ©
Munot
Kirche St. Johann ©
Kirche St. Johann

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