33 days in Italy & Switzerland Itinerary

33 days in Italy & Switzerland Itinerary

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33 days in Italy & Switzerland Itinerary

Start: Houston, United States
Fly:  15​h 45​min
1
Rome, Italy
— 4 nights
Train:  1​h 15​min
2
Naples, Italy
— 4 nights
Subway + Taxi:  1​h 30​min
3
Amalfi, Italy
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Assisi, Italy
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
Train:  1​h 45​min
6
Verona, Italy
— 3 nights
Bus:  1​h 30​min
7
Venice, Italy
— 5 nights
Fly + Train:  5​h 15​min
8
Bern, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Train:  1​h 30​min
9
Zurich, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Fly:  15​h 15​min
End: Houston, United States

4
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.
Rome is known for historic sites, nightlife, museums, classes, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Colosseum, make a trip to Spanish Steps, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Peter's Basilica, and admire the masterpieces at Vatican Museums.

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Rome trip itinerary builder site .

Houston, USA to Rome is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Houston to Rome. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Houston in April: high temperatures in Rome hover around 69°F and lows are around 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Naples.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trip

Vatican City
Highlights from your plan
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain

4
nights
Naples, Italy

Naples ©
Naples is the capital of the Italian region Campania and the third-largest municipality in Italy after Rome and Milan. Change things up with these side-trips from Naples: Sol’Art Ceramiche (in Vietri sul Mare) and Food Tours (in Sorrento). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Pompeii Archaeological Park, explore the world behind art at Museo Cappella Sansevero, see the interesting displays at Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli, and delve into the distant past at Parco Acheologico di Ercolano.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Naples travel route planner .

Getting from Rome to Naples by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In April in Naples, expect temperatures between 68°F during the day and 52°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can travel to Amalfi.

Things to do in Naples

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trips

Pompeii Archaeological Park, Food Tours, Sol’Art Ceramiche, Parco Acheologico di Ercolano
Highlights from your plan
Miglio Sacro ©
Miglio Sacro
Sol’Art Ceramiche ©
Sol’Art Ceramiche

3
nights
Amalfi, Italy

Amalfi ©
Known for its impressive hillside cascade of colorful stone buildings down to the Mediterranean shore, Amalfi is the cultural and commercial heart of southern Italy's Amalfi Coast.
Change things up with a short trip to Il Sentiero Degli Dei in Positano (about 48 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: savor the flavors at Food & Drink, look for all kinds of wild species at Valle delle Ferriere, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cloister del Paradiso, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimitero Monumentale.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Amalfi online vacation planner .

Getting from Naples to Amalfi by combination of subway and taxi takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Naples in April, Amalfi is a bit warmer at night with lows of 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can go by car to Assisi.

Things to do in Amalfi

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Ravello, Parrocchia San Giovanni, Il Sentiero Degli Dei
Highlights from your plan
Duomo di Sant'Andrea ©
Duomo di Sant'Andrea
Il Sentiero Degli Dei ©
Il Sentiero Degli Dei
Villa Rufolo ©
Villa Rufolo

3
nights
Assisi, Italy

Assisi ©
Rich in culture and religious tradition, Assisi is known as the birthplace of St.
Change things up with these side-trips from Assisi: Duomo di Orvieto (in Orvieto) and Cascata delle Marmore (in Marmore). And it doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica Papale e Sacro Convento di San Francesco d'Assisi, do a tasting at Azienda Agraria Saio, see the interesting displays at Museo della Porziuncola, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Centro Storico.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Assisi online trip builder .

Drive from Amalfi to Assisi in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Amalfi in April, plan for a bit cooler nights in Assisi, with lows around 45°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can go by car to Florence.

Things to do in Assisi

Historic Sites Wineries Parks

Side Trips

Cascata delle Marmore, Duomo di Orvieto
Highlights from your plan
Azienda Agraria Saio ©
Azienda Agraria Saio
Mount Subasio ©
Mount Subasio

3
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Change things up with a short trip to Leaning Tower of Pisa in Pisa (about 1h 10 min away). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Gallerie Degli Uffizi, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, take in the spiritual surroundings of The Baptistery of St. John, and examine the collection at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Florence itinerary planner.

You can drive from Assisi to Florence in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 67°F, and evening lows to 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Verona.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Leaning Tower of Pisa
Highlights from your plan
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery
Piazzale Michelangelo ©
Piazzale Michelangelo

3
nights
Verona, Italy

Verona ©
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.
Step out of Verona to go to Castelnuovo del Garda and see Gardaland Park, which is approximately 32 minutes away. The adventure continues: see the grandeur of opera at Arena di Verona, make a trip to Piazza Bra, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Verona tour itinerary planning site .

You can take a train from Florence to Verona in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 74°F in May, and nighttime lows around 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to take a bus to Venice.

Things to do in Verona

Theme Parks Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Gardaland Park
Highlights from your plan
Gardaland Park ©
Gardaland Park
Arena di Verona ©
Arena di Verona
Piazza delle Erbe ©
Piazza delle Erbe

5
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Venice: Padua (Basilica di Sant’Antonio, Scrovegni Chapel, & more). There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di San Marco, make a trip to Piazza San Marco, and capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Venice day trip tool .

You can take a bus from Verona to Venice in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 72°F in May, and nighttime lows around 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can travel to Bern.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trip

Padua
Highlights from your plan
Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco

3
nights
Bern, Switzerland

Bern ©
The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bern: Castle of Gruyeres (in Gruyeres), Chateau de Chillon (in Veytaux) and Freddie Mercury Statue (in Montreux). There's much more to do: explore the activities along Aare River, take some stellar pictures from The Cathedral of Bern, take a stroll through UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, and don't miss a visit to Clock Tower - Zytglogge.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Bern trip planner .

Do a combination of flight and train from Venice to Bern in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Venice in May; daily highs in Bern reach 66°F and lows reach 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Zurich.

Things to do in Bern

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Freddie Mercury Statue, Basel Minster, Chateau de Chillon, Gruyeres Castle
Highlights from your plan
Chateau de Chillon ©
Chateau de Chillon
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern ©
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern
The Cathedral of Bern ©
The Cathedral of Bern

3
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Zurich: Lucerne (The Nine Towers, Mt Pilatus, & more). The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, wander the streets of Bahnhofstrasse, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fraumünster Church, and explore the world behind art at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich).

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Traveling by train from Bern to Zurich takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 65°F, and evening lows to 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Zurich

Nature Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Lucerne
Highlights from your plan
Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Old Town ©
Old Town

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