13 days in Northwest Italy & Switzerland Itinerary

13 days in Northwest Italy & Switzerland Itinerary

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Start: Seattle, United States
Fly:  15 h 45 min
1
Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
2
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
3
Venice, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
4
Lucerne, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Fly:  15 h 45 min
End: Seattle, United States

3
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Get a sense of the local culture at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Basilica San Miniato al Monte. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Duomo di Pisa and Basilica San Vitale. Change things up with these side-trips from Florence: Castello di Monteriggioni (in Monteriggioni), Baptistery of St. John (in Pisa) and Abbazia di San Galgano (in Chiusdino). And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Pitti Palace, take in the views from Ponte Vecchio, appreciate the history behind Loggia dei Lanzi, and take in panoramic vistas at Torre del Mangia.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Florence trip maker.

Seattle, USA to Florence is an approximately 16-hour flight. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from Seattle to Florence due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Seattle, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Florence, ranging from highs of 86°F to lows of 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Pisa, Basilica San Vitale, Castello di Monteriggioni, Torre del Mangia, Abbazia di San Galgano
Highlights from your plan
Basilica San Miniato al Monte
Basilica San Miniato al Monte
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Abbazia di San Galgano ©
Abbazia di San Galgano

3
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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Vatican Museums and Galleria Borghese. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Cascata delle Marmore and Duomo di Orvieto. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica, ponder the design of Trevi Fountain, admire the striking features of Pantheon, and make a trip to Piazza Navona.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Rome holiday builder app.

You can take a train from Florence to Rome in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In July, daily temperatures in Rome can reach 89°F, while at night they dip to 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Venice.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Vatican City, Cascata delle Marmore, Duomo di Orvieto
Highlights from your plan
St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica
Vatican Museums
Vatican Museums
Pantheon ©
Pantheon

3
nights
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari and Ponte dei Sospiri. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Piazza San Marco and Scrovegni Chapel. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Venice: Castello Estense (in Ferrara) and Basilica of St. Anthony (in Padua). Next up on the itinerary: admire the landmark architecture of Basilica di San Marco, admire the masterpieces at Peggy Guggenheim Collection, explore the galleries of Doge's Palace, and visit Cannaregio.

To see ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Venice online sightseeing planner.

Getting from Rome to Venice by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In July, daytime highs in Venice are 87°F, while nighttime lows are 67°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel to Lucerne.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Padua, Castello Estense
Highlights from your plan
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari ©
Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari

2
nights
Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Fraumünster Church, thenappreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Lucerne. On the next day, take in the views from Chapel Bridge, thenpause for some photo ops at Lion Monument, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt Pilatus.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Lucerne tour itinerary maker site.

Traveling by flight from Venice to Lucerne takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Venice in July, things will get a bit cooler in Lucerne: highs are around 77°F and lows about 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Lucerne

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Zurich
Find places to stay Jul 10 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
Old Town ©
Old Town
Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Lake Lucerne ©
Lake Lucerne

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