47 days in France, Italy & Lauterbrunnen Itinerary

47 days in France, Italy & Lauterbrunnen Itinerary

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Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive
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Vatican City, Italy
— 2 nights
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Naples, Italy
— 1 night
Drive
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Positano, Italy
— 4 nights
Drive
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Amalfi, Italy
— 3 nights
Drive
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Siena, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive
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Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
Drive
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Venice, Italy
— 3 nights
Drive
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Verona, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive
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Molveno, Italy
— 3 nights
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Como, Italy
— 2 nights
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Cinque Terre, Italy
— 3 nights
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Nice, France
— 7 nights
Fly
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Paris, France
— 3 nights
Drive
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Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland
— 3 nights
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Rome, Italy

— 2 nights

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 10th (Sun): take in the dramatic natural features at Colle del Gianicolo, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona, and then stop by Rione Parione. On the 11th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: delve into the distant past at Pantheon, then delve into the distant past at Colosseum, then contemplate the long history of Roman Forum, and finally explore the ancient world of Palatine Hill.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Rome trip planner.

Melbourne, Australia to Rome is an approximately 24.5-hour flight. Traveling from Melbourne to Rome, you'll gain 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Melbourne in October, plan for a bit warmer nights in Rome, with lows around 15°C. You'll set off for Vatican City on the 12th (Tue).

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods

Vatican City, Italy

— 2 nights

City of Seven Hills

Covering 44 hectares (110 acres) in the city center of Rome, the wall-enclosed sovereign state of Vatican City is one of the most famous religious sites worldwide, serving as the papal residence and home of the Roman Catholic church.
Your day by day itinerary now includes St. Peter's Basilica as well as Sistine Chapel. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Tue): explore the world behind art at Sistine Chapel, contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Basilica, then make a trip to Vatican Necropolis, and finally steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Square. On the 13th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the masterpieces at Vatican Museums, then admire the landmark architecture of Monastero Mater Ecclesiae, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di Sant'Anna dei Palafrenieri, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di Santa Maria Regina della Famiglia.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Vatican City trip planner.

Vatican City is just a short distance from Rome. In October in Vatican City, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 15°C at night. You'll set off for Naples on the 14th (Thu).

Things to do in Vatican City

Historic Sites · Museums

Naples, Italy

— 1 night
Naples is the capital of the Italian region Campania and the third-largest municipality in Italy after Rome and Milan. On the 14th (Thu), wander the streets of Decumani di Napoli, then delve into the distant past at The Neapolis Buried, and then see the interesting displays at Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Naples journey planner.

Take a train from Vatican City to Naples in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In October, daily temperatures in Naples can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Positano.

Things to do in Naples

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Positano, Italy

— 4 nights
Often referred to as the gem of the Amalfi Coast, Positano remains one of southern Italy's most sought-after vacation locales, thanks to its hillside location and picturesque, pastel buildings.
Visiting Walk of the Gods and Spiaggia Grande will get you outdoors. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Fornillo, go for a walk through Positano, and take in the exciting artwork at Absolute Positano.

For ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Positano trip builder tool.

Getting from Naples to Positano by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Positano can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. On the 19th (Tue), you'll travel to Amalfi.

Things to do in Positano

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Museums

Amalfi, Italy

— 3 nights

Painted Town

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Villa Rufolo and Duomo di Sant'Andrea. Duomo di Ravello and Centro Storico will appeal to history buffs. And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Villa Cimbrone Gardens, admire the verdant scenery at Valle dei Mulini, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cloister del Paradiso, and sample the fine beverages at Antichi Sapori d'Amalfi.

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You can drive from Positano to Amalfi in an hour. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or take a bus. In October in Amalfi, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Siena.

Things to do in Amalfi

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Siena, Italy

— 2 nights

Cultural Heart of Tuscany

Siena, a medieval Tuscan city, features numerous attractions, including a historic town center, alleyways, towers, and well-preserved buildings.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Azienda Agricola La Lastra, Piazza del Campo and Historic Centre of San Gimignano. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): steep yourself in history at Historic Centre of San Gimignano and then make a trip to Piazza del Campo. On the next day, take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbazia di San Galgano, take in panoramic vistas at Torre del Mangia, then pause for some serene contemplation at Duomo di Siena, and finally do a tasting at Azienda Agricola La Lastra.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Siena day trip planning site.

You can drive from Amalfi to Siena in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, subway, and train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Amalfi in October, expect slightly colder with lows of 15°C in Siena. On the 24th (Sun), you're off to Florence.

Things to do in Siena

Historic Sites · Wineries

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Leaning Tower of Pisa as well as Palazzo Vecchio. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Florence Academy of Fine Arts. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like The Baptistery of St. John and Piazza del Duomo. Step out of Florence with an excursion to Castello del Trebbio in Santa Brigida--about 36 minutes away. The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Gallerie Degli Uffizi, don't miss a visit to Piazzale Michelangelo, take in the views from Ponte Vecchio, and enjoy breathtaking views from Campanile di Giotto.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Florence route builder tool.

Traveling by car from Siena to Florence takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October, daily temperatures in Florence can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can drive to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites · Museums · Wineries

Side Trips

Venice, Italy

— 3 nights

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.
You've now added Ponte di Rialto to your itinerary. Do some cultural sightseeing at Doge's Palace and Tenuta Santa Maria Valverde. Visit Piazza San Marco and Basilica di San Marco for their historical value. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Venice: Verona (Arena di Verona & Basilica di Santa Anastasia). There's more to do: steep yourself in history at Ponte dei Sospiri.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Venice journey planner.

You can drive from Florence to Venice in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Florence in October, expect nights in Venice to be about the same, around 12°C, while days are little chillier, around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can drive to Verona.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Verona, Italy

— 2 nights

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Piazza delle Erbe and Museo di Castelvecchio. There's more to do: examine the collection at Casa di Giulietta.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Verona trip builder.

Getting from Venice to Verona by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a train. In October, daily temperatures in Verona can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to drive to Molveno.

Things to do in Verona

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums

Molveno, Italy

— 3 nights
Molveno is a comune (municipality) in Trentino in the northern Italian region of Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol, located about 40km northwest of Trento.GeographyMolveno is located at the northern end of a 4km long lake, at the foot of the Brenta Group and the Paganella mountain.The Lake of Molveno, formed by a landslide about 4000 years ago, is the second largest in Trentino-Alto Adige, 3.3km2. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): contemplate the waterfront views at Lago di Molveno, then get outside with Forest Park, then do a tasting at Cantina A. Martinelli 1860, and finally learn about winemaking at Cantina Marco Donati. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: step into the grandiose world of Castel Beseno, explore the world behind art at Castello del Buonconsiglio Monumenti e Collezioni Provinciali, then don't miss a visit to Piazza Duomo, and finally learn about winemaking at Maso Martis.

To find ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Molveno day trip tool.

Traveling by car from Verona to Molveno takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 14°C in November, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to drive to Como.

Things to do in Molveno

Historic Sites · Wineries · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Como, Italy

— 2 nights

City of Silk

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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tempio Voltiano, admire the striking features of Novocomum, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ciclovia dei Laghi, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Como (Duomo), and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica di San Fedele. Here are some ideas for day two: get outside with Aero Club Como, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di Sant'Abbondio, explore the landscape on two wheels at Sentiero 6 - Valbasca, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa di Santa Maria di Loreto, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di Sant’Orsola.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Como holiday planner.

You can drive from Molveno to Como in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of bus and train. In November, daytime highs in Como are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Cinque Terre.

Things to do in Como

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Trails · Parks

Cinque Terre, Italy

— 3 nights

Italian Riviera

Made up of five picturesque towns on the Ligurian coast, Cinque Terre is Italy's answer to the French Riviera.
Visit Cinque Terre Trails and Santa Margherita di Antiochia Church for their historical value. Get a sense of the local culture at Portovenere and Santuario di Nostra Signora di Reggio. Go for a jaunt from Cinque Terre to Porto Venere to see Palazzata a Mare about 1 hour away. There's still lots to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parco Nazionale Cinque Terre, get into the urban bustle at Vernazza, learn about winemaking at Cinque Terre Walk and Drink, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa Di San Pietro.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Cinque Terre trip planner.

Drive from Como to Cinque Terre in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Como in November, with highs in Cinque Terre at 19°C and lows at 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Nice.

Things to do in Cinque Terre

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Trails

Side Trip

Nice, France

— 7 nights

Nissa la Bella (Nice the Beautiful)

Well-known for the beautiful views of its famous Promenade des Anglais waterfront, Nice is an ethnically-diverse coastal port city on the French Riviera and the fifth most populated city in France.
Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and La Croisette are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Popular historic sites such as Vieille Ville and Palais Lascaris are in your itinerary. Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monastère de Cimiez, and take a stroll through Avenue Jean Medecin.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Nice trip builder site.

You can drive from Cinque Terre to Nice in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to fly to Paris.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

Paris, France

— 3 nights

City of Light

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.
Eiffel Tower and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of the city life by going to Île de la Cité and Seine River. There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, visit Saint Germain des Pres Quarter, explore the different monuments and memorials at Pere-Lachaise Cemetery, and steep yourself in history at Arc de Triomphe.

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Paris holiday planner.

You can fly from Nice to Paris in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In November, Paris is a bit cooler than Nice - with highs of 12°C and lows of 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Lauterbrunnen.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Museums

Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland

— 3 nights
A small village in a valley, Lauterbrunnen showcases an abundance of awe-inspiring waterfalls.
Take a break from the city and head to St. Beatus Hoehlen and Lauterbrunnen Village. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Talmuseum Lauterbrunnen and Lauterbrunnen Church. And it doesn't end there: trek along North face Trail, take in nature's colorful creations at Schynige Platte, and take in the dramatic scenery at Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Lauterbrunnen travel route planning website.

You can drive from Paris to Lauterbrunnen in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. You'll set off for home on the 22nd (Mon).

Things to do in Lauterbrunnen

Parks · Nature · Museums · Trails

Side Trips

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.

Amalfi Coast travel guide

4.2
Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Gardens
Renowned for its beautiful landscape and medieval fishing villages that cling precariously to the Mediterranean cliffs, the Amalfi Coast is one of Italy's top vacation destinations. This World Heritage Site stretches for about 50 km (30 mi) on the southern side of the Sorrentine peninsula and offers numerous places to visit, from terraced lemon gardens and whitewashed villas to cliff-top views of the sea. Explore the coastline's towns, bays, and resorts. During the peak tourist season, the Amalfi Coast's single seaside road is often jammed with dozens of buses. For that reason, the ubiquitous scooter may be the best way to get around and sightsee. You can also access quite a bit by bicycle.

Tuscany travel guide

4.4
Landmarks · Art Museums · Sacred & Religious Sites
Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance
Known for its landscapes, traditions, and history, Tuscany possesses an unparalleled artistic legacy that continues to influence world culture. Regarded as the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance, the region boasts a lengthy list of attractions, including world-class museums, art galleries, and archeological sites. With a distinct culture and a very strong linguistic identity, this region is sometimes referred to as a nation within a nation. A land of picture-postcard areas, Tuscany contains plenty of places to visit on your holiday, with seven World Heritage Sites, including the historic town centers of Florence and Siena. With more than 120 protected nature preserves, Tuscany is not only a land of culture and historic monuments, but also a great place to discover and enjoy the Italian outdoors. Take it slowly here (as the locals do), and give yourself plenty of time to get to know the local culture and cuisine of Tuscany's medieval towns and ancient villages.

Lake Como travel guide

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Gardens · Architectural Buildings · Churches
A favorite vacation spot for more than a century, Lake Como was once an exclusive retreat for local aristocrats and wealthy people. It is not only one of Europe's most beautiful lakes, but also one of the deepest at more than 400 m (1,300 ft). Surrounded by elegant villas, the lake has become a popular holiday destination for tourists because of its range of attractions, from landscapes, wildlife, and spas, to activities like sailing, windsurfing, and kite-surfing. The area has been an inspiration for artists since Roman times. English poet Percy Bysshe Shelley wrote, "This lake exceeds anything I ever beheld in beauty…It is long and narrow and has the appearance of a mighty river winding among the mountains and the forests."

France travel guide

4.3
Architectural Buildings · Art Museums · Landmarks
France has been the world's most popular tourist destination for decades, and geographically, it is one of the most diverse countries in Europe. Its cities are holiday hot spots and contain some of the greatest treasures in Europe, its countryside is prosperous and well tended, and it boasts dozens of major tourist attractions, like Paris, the French Riviera, the Atlantic beaches, the winter sport resorts of the French Alps, as well as the castles of the Loire Valley, Brittany, and Normandy. The country is renowned for its gastronomy, particularly wines and cheeses, as well as its history, culture, and fashion industry.

You'll find that the French people are very polite and may react coldly to you if you forget this. You might be surprised as you're greeted by other customers and the proprieter when you walk into a restaurant or a shop. Be sure to take your sightseeing off the beaten path in France. Besides the famous Eiffel Tower and the chic resorts of the Côte d'Azur (French Riviera) you'll find many places to visit in the form of museums filled with fine art, crafts, and archaeological relics, wonderful medieval villages and castles, diverse national parks, and local shopping direct from artisans themselves.

Whether you're touring the Christmas Markets or going skiing during winter, viewing the springtime influx of color in Provence, sunbathing on the Mediterranean coast in the summer, or watching the fall foliage against the backdrop of the châteaux in the Loire Valley, you're sure to find just the right place to be. Spring is a time when the tourist attractions are just starting to expand their hours, but it may still be cold in the mountainous regions and the north. Summer is the busiest time in France with the longest hours for many museums and attractions, but it's often when you will experience the most crowds. Winter in France is filled with winter carnivals, Christmas Markets, and of course, skiing. Fall is a time to celebrate the release of Beaujolais nouveau wine in November, as well as experience Nuit Blanche, a day in October when major attractions, museums, galleries, parks, and swimming pools remain open all night.