8 days in Italy & Switzerland Itinerary

8 days in Italy & Switzerland Itinerary

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8 days in Italy & Switzerland Itinerary

Start: San Francisco, United States
Fly:  15​h 45​min
1
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
3
Venice, Italy
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Zurich, Switzerland
— 1 night
Fly:  13​h 45​min
End: San Francisco, United States


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2
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 St. Peter's Basilica, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona, and explore the world behind art at Vatican Museums.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Rome trip itinerary maker .

San Francisco, USA to Rome is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Central European Time is 9 hours. Expect a daytime high around 63°F in November, and nighttime lows around 47°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Vatican City
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica

2
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
On the 11th (Mon), take an in-depth tour of Basilica di Santa Croce, admire the masterpieces at Pitti Palace, snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza della Signoria, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Campanile di Giotto. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, take some stellar pictures from Piazzale Michelangelo, explore the world behind art at Gallerie Degli Uffizi, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Florence route tool .

Traveling by train from Rome to Florence takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In November, daily temperatures in Florence can reach 61°F, while at night they dip to 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites
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Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery
Piazzale Michelangelo ©
Piazzale Michelangelo

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, then snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto, then steep yourself in history at Ponte dei Sospiri, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza San Marco.

For maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Venice trip maker .

You can take a train from Florence to Venice in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Florence in November, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Venice: temperatures range from 56°F by day to 43°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Zurich.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco
Ponte di Rialto ©
Ponte di Rialto

1
night
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
On the 14th (Thu), explore the activities along Lake Zurich, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fraumünster Church, and then wander the streets of Old Town.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Zurich road trip website .

Fly from Venice to Zurich in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Venice in November, things will get little chillier in Zurich: highs are around 48°F and lows about 37°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Zurich

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods
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Old Town ©
Old Town
Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Fraumünster Church ©
Fraumünster Church

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