12 days in Italy, Paris & Zurich Itinerary

12 days in Italy, Paris & Zurich Itinerary

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12 days in Italy, Paris & Zurich Itinerary

Toronto, Canada
Fly:  11​h 15​min
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
Paris, France
— 3 nights
train:  4​h
Zurich, Switzerland
— 1 night
Fly:  10​h 15​min
Toronto, Canada

2
days
Venice, Italy

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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): see the interesting displays at Doges' Palace, then admire the striking features of Basilica di San Marco, then explore the activities along Canal Grande, and finally take in the views from Ponte di Rialto. Keep things going the next day: explore the world behind art at Peggy Guggenheim Collection, snap pictures at Ponte dei Sospiri, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of St. Mark's Square.

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Toronto, Canada to Venice is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Toronto to Venice is 6 hours. When traveling from Toronto in August, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Venice: temperatures range from 35°C by day to 22°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Florence.

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Basilica di San Marco
Canal Grande
Porta della Carta

2
days
Florence, Italy

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): admire the striking features of Loggia dei Lanzi, see the interesting displays at Uffizi Gallery, then get great views at Piazzale Michelangelo, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, and finally examine the collection at Galleria dell'Accademia. On your second day here, snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio, admire the striking features of The Baptistery of St. John, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, then enjoy breathtaking views from Campanile di Giotto, and finally explore the world behind art at Pitti Palace.

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You can take a train from Venice to Florence in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Florence can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Rome.

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Uffizi Gallery
Galleria dell'Accademia

2
days
Rome, Italy

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
On the 7th (Mon), pause for some serene contemplation at St. Peter's Basilica, make a trip to Piazza Navona, then make a trip to Pantheon, and finally delve into the distant past at Colosseum. Keep things going the next day: explore the world behind art at Vatican Museums, don't miss a visit to Trevi Fountain, and then steep yourself in history at Palatine Hill.

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Getting from Florence to Rome by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. August in Rome sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to travel to Paris.

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Colosseum
Pantheon
Basilica di San Pietro

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Paris, France

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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Wed): head off the coast to Île de la Cité and then enjoy breathtaking views from Eiffel Tower. Keep things going the next day: admire the striking features of Sainte-Chapelle, admire the landmark architecture of Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, and then admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum.

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Traveling by flight from Rome to Paris takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Rome in August: high temperatures in Paris hover around 30°C and lows are around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Zurich.

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Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower
Musée d'Orsay

2
days
Zurich, Switzerland

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the activities along Lake Zurich, admire the striking features of Fraumünster Church, and then admire the masterpieces at Kunsthaus.

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You can fly from Paris to Zurich in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In August, daily temperatures in Zurich can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

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Lake Zurich
Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen
Kunsthaus

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