55 days in Italy, Switzerland & The Netherlands Itinerary

55 days in Italy, Switzerland & The Netherlands Itinerary

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Busto Arsizio, Italy
— 1 night
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Como, Italy
— 4 nights
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Chiasso, Switzerland
— 1 night
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Lausanne, Switzerland
— 3 nights
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La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Basel, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 5 nights
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Eindhoven, The Netherlands
— 1 night
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Rome, Italy
— 5 nights
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Naples, Italy
— 5 nights
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Palermo, Italy
— 4 nights
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Florence, Italy
— 5 nights
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Bologna, Italy
— 5 nights
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Udine, Italy
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Milan, Italy
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Busto Arsizio, Italy

— 1 night
Busto Arsizio is a city and comune, in the province of Varese, in the region of Lombardy, in northern Italy, 34km north of Milan. Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then see the interesting displays at Volandia Parco e Museo del Volo Malpensa, then examine the collection at Museo Agusta, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di Madonna in Prato. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at Santuario Santa Maria di Piazza, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Ducale, see the interesting displays at Crespi Bonsai Parabiago, then get engrossed in the history at Museo Fratelli Cozzi Alfa Romeo, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza San Giovanni.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Busto Arsizio visit planner.

Varese to Busto Arsizio is an approximately 1-hour car ride. June in Busto Arsizio sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Como.

Things to do in Busto Arsizio

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Spas

Side Trips

Como, Italy

— 4 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.
Appreciate the collections at Villa Carlotta and Forte Montecchio Nord. Get a sense of the local culture at Greenway del Lago di Como and Abbazia Cluniacense di Santa Maria di Piona. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Como: Riserva Naturale Val di Mello (in Val Masino), Chiesetta di San Pietro (in Albese con Cassano) and Villa del Balbianello (in Tremezzina). There's lots more to do: step into the grandiose world of Castello di Vezio, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa di S. Giorgio, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di San Fedele, and see some colorful creatures with Universal Diving School.

To find photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Como sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Busto Arsizio to Como takes an hour. In June in Como, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 19°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel to Chiasso.

Things to do in Como

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Chiasso, Switzerland

— 1 night
Chiasso is a municipality in the district of Mendrisio in the canton of Ticino in Switzerland.As the southernmost of Switzerland's municipalities, Chiasso is located at the border with Italy, in front of Ponte Chiasso (a Frazione of Como, Italy). On the 7th (Tue), see the interesting displays at Museo Vincenzo Vela, steep yourself in history at Monte San Giorgio, then get curious at Fossil Museum of Monte San Giorgio, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Centro Ovale Chiasso.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Chiasso itinerary planner.

Chiasso is just a stone's throw from Como. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel to Lausanne.

Things to do in Chiasso

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

Lausanne, Switzerland

— 3 nights

Swiss San Francisco

Lausanne contains several distinct neighborhoods, each offering a different side of the French-speaking Swiss town.
You'll explore and learn at Chaplin's World and Musee de l'Elysee. Do some cultural sightseeing at Chateau de Chillon and Cathedrale de Lausanne. Explore Lausanne's surroundings by going to Freddie Mercury Statue (in Montreux) and Gruyeres (Gruyeres Castle & HR Giger Museum). And it doesn't end there: savor the flavors at Corniche Lavaux Vineyards, get to know the fascinating history of Rue de Bourg, see the interesting displays at The Olympic Museum Lausanne (Musee Olympique), and go for a stroll along the water at Le Port d'Ouchy.

To see reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Lausanne online travel planner.

You can drive from Chiasso to Lausanne in 4.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can go by car to La Chaux-de-Fonds.

Things to do in Lausanne

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland

— 2 nights
La Chaux-de-Fonds is a Swiss city of the district of La Chaux-de-Fonds in the canton of Neuchâtel. On the 11th (Sat), explore the engaging exhibits at Musee d'histoire, see the interesting displays at International Museum of Watches, then admire the masterpieces at Musee des Beaux-Arts, then get to know the resident critters at Zoo du Bois du Petit-Chateau, and finally admire the masterpieces at Quartier General, Centre d'Art Contemporain. On the 12th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at The Collegiale Church, then get to know the fascinating history of Chateau de Neuchatel, then examine the collection at Latenium Parc et musee d'archeologie, and finally delve into the lush surroundings at Creux du Van.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the La Chaux-de-Fonds travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Lausanne to La Chaux-de-Fonds by car takes about 1.5 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can go by car to Basel.

Things to do in La Chaux-de-Fonds

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Basel, Switzerland

— 2 nights
Situated where the Swiss, German, and French borders meet, Basel is considered the hub of Dreilandereck, this "three countries corner." Its location makes Basel a center of culture and history, brimming with important theaters and museums.
On the 13th (Mon), steep yourself in history at Basel Minster, then admire the masterpieces at Fondation Beyeler, then make a trip to Rathaus, and finally wander the streets of Basel's Old Town.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Basel travel planning tool.

You can drive from La Chaux-de-Fonds to Basel in 2 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from La Chaux-de-Fonds in June, with highs in Basel at 28°C and lows at 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Basel

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums

Side Trip

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

— 5 nights

Venice of the North

Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Van Gogh Museum and The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery. Popular historic sites such as Anne Frank House and Grote Markt are in your itinerary. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Amsterdam: Landtong Rozenburg (in Rozenburg), Natuurmonumenten Nieuwkoopse Plassen (in Woerdense Verlaat) and Haarlem (Stadhuis Haarlem & Sint-Bavokerk (Church of St. Bavo)). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House), identify plant and animal life at Ilperveld, admire the masterpieces at Rijksmuseum, and engage your brain at NEMO Science Museum.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Amsterdam attractions app.

Fly from Basel to Amsterdam in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. When traveling from Basel in June, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Amsterdam: temperatures range from 23°C by day to 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can drive to Eindhoven.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums · Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Eindhoven, The Netherlands

— 1 night

City of Lights

The capital of Dutch industrial design, Eindhoven is known as the "City of Light." This is thanks to the technology company, Phillips, which has its base here and hosts many light projects in buildings around the city.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): don't miss a visit to St. Catharinakerk, then see the interesting displays at DAF Museum, then examine the collection at Philips Museum, and finally appreciate the history behind Flying Pins.

To see photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Eindhoven day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Amsterdam to Eindhoven takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June in Eindhoven, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Rome.

Things to do in Eindhoven

Museums · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Rome, Italy

— 5 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Get some historical perspective at Colosseum and Piazza Navona. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Pantheon and St. Peter's Basilica. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rome: Tivoli (Villa d'Este & Villa Adriana). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Palatine Hill, make a trip to Cupola di San Pietro, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa di Sant'Ignazio di Loyola, and ponder the design of Trevi Fountain.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Rome trip maker site.

Traveling by flight from Eindhoven to Rome takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In June, Rome is somewhat warmer than Eindhoven - with highs of 34°C and lows of 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can take a train to Naples.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Naples, Italy

— 5 nights
Naples is the capital of the Italian region Campania and the third-largest municipality in Italy after Rome and Milan. Appreciate the collections at Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli and Museo e Real Bosco di Capodimonte. Pompeii Archaeological Park and Duomo di Sant'Andrea will appeal to history buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Ravello (Duomo di Ravello, Villa Rufolo, &more) and Terme del Foro (in Pompeii). There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Museo Cappella Sansevero, learn about all things military at Galleria Borbonica, browse the exhibits of Chiesa dei Santi Filippo e Giacomo - Complesso Museale dell'Arte della Seta, and pause for some serene contemplation at Gesu Nuovo Church.

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Naples online tour itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Rome to Naples in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in June, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Palermo.

Things to do in Naples

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Palermo, Italy

— 4 nights
The capital of Sicily, Palermo was founded by the Phoenicians under the name of Ziz.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Cattedrale di Palermo and Palazzo Conte Federico. Your inner history buff will appreciate Chiesa Inferiore della Cappella Palatina and Duomo di Monreale. Explore Palermo's surroundings by going to Riserva Naturale Dello Zingaro (in Castellammare del Golfo), Museo del Motorismo Siciliano e della Targa Florio di Termini Imerese (in Termini Imerese) and Museo dell'Acciuga (in Aspra). The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Museo Archeologico Regionale "Antonino Salinas", view the masterpieces at Regional Gallery (Galleria Regionale della Sicilia), examine the collection at Santuario Santa Rosalia, and stroll the grounds of Catacombe dei Cappuccini.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Palermo tour itinerary planner.

You can fly from Naples to Palermo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Florence.

Things to do in Palermo

Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Florence, Italy

— 5 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Piazzale Michelangelo are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like The Baptistery of St. John and Campanile di Giotto. Explore Florence's surroundings by going to Leaning Tower of Pisa (in Pisa), Crete Senesi (in Asciano) and Siena (Nature & Wildlife Tours, Museo dell'Opera Metropolitana, &more). The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Florence Academy of Fine Arts, steep yourself in history at Basilica of Santa Croce, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church and Museum of Orsanmichele.

To find other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Florence trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by flight from Palermo to Florence takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or take a train. In July in Florence, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can take a train to Bologna.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Bologna, Italy

— 5 nights

Heart of Italian Cuisine

A city famous for its cuisine, Bologna is the seat of the oldest university in the world, founded in 1088.
Museo per la Memoria di Ustica and Casa Museo Luciano Pavarotti will appeal to museum buffs. Get some historical perspective at Basilica San Vitale and Basilica - Santuario di Santo Stefano. Get out of town with these interesting Bologna side-trips: Mausoleo di Galla Placidia (in Ravenna), Acetaia Giuseppe Giusti (in Modena) and Museo Ferrari (in Maranello). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Basilica di San Petronio, take an in-depth tour of Museo Civico Archeologico, look for all kinds of wild species at Il Villaggio delle Cicogne, and admire the masterpieces at Pinacoteca Nazionale di Bologna.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Bologna driving holiday planner.

You can take a train from Florence to Bologna in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Bologna can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Udine.

Things to do in Bologna

Museums · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Udine, Italy

— 1 night
Udine is a city and comune in northeastern Italy, in the middle of the Friuli-Venezia Giulia region, between the Adriatic Sea and the Alps (Alpi Carniche). On the 15th (Fri), see the interesting displays at Museo Archeologico Nazionale - Cividale del Friuli, admire the striking features of Il Tempietto Longobardo, steep yourself in history at Cividale del Friuli - UNESCO World Heritage Centre, then explore the historical opulence of Il Castello di Udine, and finally take an in-depth tour of Cathedral of Santa Maria Annunziata.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Udine online journey builder.

You can drive from Bologna to Udine in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Bologna in July, you will find days in Udine are slightly colder (34°C), and nights are about the same (21°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Milan.

Things to do in Udine

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Milan, Italy

— 4 nights

Fashion Capital of World

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.
Appreciate the collections at Pinacoteca Ambrosiana and Casa di Giulietta. Get some cultural insight at Duomo di Milano and Arena di Verona. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Milan: Verona (Arche Scaligere, Piazza delle Erbe, &more). Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Castello Sforzesco, make a trip to Piazza del Duomo, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore, and stroll the grounds of Monumental Cemetery.

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

You can fly from Udine to Milan in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. July in Milan sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 21°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Turin.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Wildlife

Side Trip

Turin, Italy

— 6 nights

City of Magic

A city of technology and industry, Turin is in northwestern Italy, a one-hour drive from the French border and slightly more than that from the Mediterranean Sea.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Duomo di Torino e Cappella della Sacra Sindone and Basilica di Maria Ausiliatrice. Museum-lovers will get to explore Museo Egizio and Museo Nazionale del Cinema. Venture out of the city with trips to Forte di Bard (in Bard), Palazzina di Caccia di Stupinigi (in Stupinigi) and Reggia di Venaria Reale (in Venaria Reale). There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Cappella dei Banchieri e dei Mercanti, don't miss a visit to Chiesa di Santa Maria del Monte dei Cappuccini, steep yourself in history at Tempio Israelitico, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of San Lorenzo.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Turin visit planner.

Traveling by train from Milan to Turin takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Milan in July: highs in Turin hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Turin

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Parks

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.

Switzerland travel guide

4.7
Bodies of Water · Mountains · Landmarks
Immerse yourself in a snow-capped mountain wonderland in Switzerland's serene Alpine setting. See the world-renowned Matterhorn, Switzerland's second-highest mountain at 4,478 m (14,962 ft) tall, or zoom down the mountains on toboggan, ski, or snowboard. In the warmer seasons hike around the rolling green hillsides covered with pine trees and picturesque aqua blue lakes. Luxurious cities dotted with cozy wooden chalets and colorful flowerbeds balance quaintness with first-class cultural offerings. Indulge in the country's opulence of milk chocolate, cheese fondue, and keg-carrying St. Bernard dogs.

The Netherlands travel guide

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Art Museums · History Museums · Specialty Museums
Low Country
The Netherlands literally means "Low Country", inspired by the country's low and flat geography, where only about 50 percent of the land exceeds one meter (three feet) above sea level. Since the late 16th century, large, flat land areas called "polders" have been reclaimed from the sea and lakes and protected by dikes, amounting to nearly 17 percent of the country's current land mass. The Netherlands is. This is small, densely populated country lies mainly in Western Europe but also includes three islands in the Caribbean; it's the main constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The European part of the Netherlands borders Germany to the east, Belgium to the south, and the North Sea to the northwest, sharing maritime borders with Belgium, the United Kingdom and Germany. Amsterdam, The Hague, and Rotterdam serve as the three largest and most important cities in the Netherlands. Amsterdam is the country's capital, while The Hague holds the Dutch seat of government. The port of Rotterdam claims the title as the largest port in Europe, in fact, it's as large as the next three ports combined.