16 days in Italy & Switzerland Itinerary

16 days in Italy & Switzerland Itinerary

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16 days in Italy & Switzerland Itinerary

New Delhi, India
Fly:  12​h
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
Ravello, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Interlaken, Switzerland
— 2 nights
train + Fly:  14​h 15​min
New Delhi, India

3
days
Rome, Italy

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, sightseeing, museums, nightlife, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Peter's Basilica, admire the masterpieces at Vatican Museums, don't miss a visit to Pantheon, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Rome sightseeing planner.

Washington DC, USA to Rome is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Washington DC to Rome. Traveling from Washington DC in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Rome, with lows of 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can drive to Ravello.

Things to do in Rome

Sightseeing Historic Sites Museums

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Vatican City
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Basilica di San Pietro
Colosseum
Pantheon

1
day
Ravello, Italy

Ravello is a town and comune situated above the Amalfi Coast in the province of Salerno, Campania, southern Italy, with approximately 2,500 inhabitants. Start off your visit on the 29th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duomo di Ravello, take in the spiritual surroundings of Duomo di Sant'Andrea Apostolo, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, then step into the grandiose world of Villa Rufolo, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Villa Cimbrone Gardens.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Ravello custom trip planner.

Traveling by car from Rome to Ravello takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of flight, train, and bus. Traveling from Rome in June, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 70°F in Ravello. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Florence.

Things to do in Ravello

Sightseeing Historic Sites Tours

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Amalfi
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Villa Cimbrone Gardens
Villa Rufolo
Duomo di Sant'Andrea Apostolo

3
days
Florence, Italy

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Step out of Florence with an excursion to Montefioralle Winery in Greve in Chianti--about 1h 05 min away. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Uffizi Gallery, admire the masterpieces at Pitti Palace, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, and snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Florence vacation trip planner.

You can drive from Ravello to Florence in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus, train, and flight. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Florence when traveling from Ravello in June, with lows around 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can take a train to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Sightseeing Museums Historic Sites

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Montefioralle Winery
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Uffizi Gallery
Galleria dell'Accademia

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 (Mon): snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute, explore the activities along Canal Grande, then explore the world behind art at Museo Correr, then admire the striking features of Basilica di San Marco, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Doges' Palace. On the next day, admire the masterpieces at Gallerie dell'Accademia, contemplate the long history of Ponte dei Sospiri, then admire the landmark architecture of St Mark's Campanile, then pause for some serene contemplation at Scrovegni Chapel, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica di Sant’Antonio - Basilica del Santo.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Venice trip builder.

Getting from Florence to Venice by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Florence in July: highs in Venice hover around 83°F, while lows dip to 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Zurich.

Things to do in Venice

Sightseeing Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Padua
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Porta della Carta
Canal Grande
Basilica di San Marco

2
days
Zurich, Switzerland

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town (Altstadt) and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich. On the 6th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the activities along Lake Lucerne, then take in the views from Chapel Bridge (Kapellbrucke), then pause for some photo ops at Dying Lion of Lucerne Monument, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt Pilatus.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Zurich travel itinerary planner.

You can fly from Venice to Zurich in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Venice in July, Zurich is little chillier at night with lows of 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Interlaken.

Things to do in Zurich

Nature Sightseeing Parks

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Lucerne
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Lake Zurich
Kunsthaus
Mt Pilatus

2
days
Interlaken, Switzerland

Nestled between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz in the heart of the Jungfrau region, Interlaken became popular for its proximity to the mountains and lakes of the Bernese Oberland region.
Here are some ideas for day two: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Harderkulm, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, then glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and finally indulge your taste buds at Funky Chocolate Club Switzerland.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Interlaken sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Zurich to Interlaken in 2 hours. Another option is to take a train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 76°F, and evening lows to 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Interlaken

Outdoors Tours Nature

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Lauterbrunnen
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Parasailing & Paragliding

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