20 days in Switzerland & Italy Itinerary

20 days in Switzerland & Italy Itinerary

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Zurich, Switzerland
— 4 nights
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Milan, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive
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Venice, Italy
— 3 nights
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Florence, Italy
— 4 nights
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Rome, Italy
— 5 nights
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Zurich, Switzerland — 4 nights

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Attractions like Lake Lucerne and Rhine Falls make great kid-friendly stops. Change things up with these side-trips from Zurich: Lucerne (Rigi & Lion Monument). The adventure continues: explore the activities along Lake Zurich, take a stroll through Bahnhofstrasse, appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town, and explore the world behind art at Museum Rietberg.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Zurich day trip planning app.

San Francisco, USA to Zurich is an approximately 14-hour flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 9 hour difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from San Francisco in November, with highs in Zurich at 48°F and lows at 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can fly to Milan.
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Milan, Italy — 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Il Cenacolo and then don't miss a visit to Piazza del Duomo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Fri): admire the landmark architecture of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, then step into the grandiose world of Castello Sforzesco, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica San Lorenzo Maggiore, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Duomo di Milano.

To find maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Milan driving holiday planner.

Fly from Zurich to Milan in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. When traveling from Zurich in November, plan for somewhat warmer days in Milan, with highs around 55°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 42°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Venice.
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Venice, Italy — 3 nights

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.
Family-friendly places like Canal Grande and Piazza San Marco will thrill your kids. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Venice: Padua (Scrovegni Chapel & Basilica of St. Anthony). And it doesn't end there: admire the landmark architecture of Doge's Palace, snap pictures at Ponte dei Sospiri, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di San Marco, and explore the world behind art at Peggy Guggenheim Collection.

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

Getting from Milan to Venice by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 56°F in November, and nighttime lows around 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to drive to Florence.
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Florence, Italy — 4 nights

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Gallerie Degli Uffizi and Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore. The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Florence Academy of Fine Arts, examine the collection at Pitti Palace, appreciate the history behind Campanile di Giotto, and don't miss a visit to Piazzale Michelangelo.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Florence day trip site.

You can drive from Venice to Florence in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 61°F in November, and nighttime lows around 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Rome.
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Rome, Italy — 5 nights

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Bring the kids along to Colosseum and Palatine Hill. There's still lots to do: admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Vatican Museums, admire the masterpieces at Galleria Borghese, and get engrossed in the history at Musei Capitolini.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Rome online day trip planner.

Take a train from Florence to Rome in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In November, daily temperatures in Rome can reach 63°F, while at night they dip to 47°F. On the 23rd (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.
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Switzerland travel guide

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Bodies of Water · Mountains · Specialty Museums
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.
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Italy travel guide

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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.
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