37 days in Italy, Zurich & Lucerne Itinerary

37 days in Italy, Zurich & Lucerne Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Europe attractions planner

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Fly to Naples, Train to Rome
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Rome, Italy
— 7 nights
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Florence, Italy
— 5 nights
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Venice, Italy
— 5 nights
Train
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Tirano, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive
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Zurich, Switzerland
Train
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Lucerne, Switzerland
— 14 nights
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Rome, Italy

— 7 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Abbey of St. Paul Outside the Walls and Centro Storico Associazione Centro Storico. And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cupola di San Pietro, explore the world behind art at Vatican Museums, appreciate the history behind La Pieta, and admire the striking features of Chiesa del Gesu.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Rome road trip planner.

Dunedin, New Zealand to Rome is an approximately 35-hour combination of flight and train. You'll gain 11 hours traveling from Dunedin to Rome due to the time zone difference. In January, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Florence, Italy

— 5 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Palazzo Strozzi and Perseus Statue. There's lots more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Centro Storico, make a trip to Piazzale Michelangelo, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of Santa Maria Novella, and indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

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You can take a train from Rome to Florence in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. February in Florence sees daily highs of 14°C and lows of 5°C at night. On the 8th (Mon), you're off to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours

Venice, Italy

— 5 nights

City of Romance

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari and Centro Storico di Venezia. Get out of town with these interesting Venice side-trips: Treviso (I Buranelli & Passeggiata lungo la restera). There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Canal Grande, take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Giorgio Maggiore, get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum, and take in the views from Ponte dell'Accademia.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Venice trip itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from Florence to Venice in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Tirano.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Tirano, Italy

— 2 nights
Tirano is a town in Valtellina, located in the province of Sondrio in northern Italy. On the 13th (Sat), explore the historical opulence of Castello di Santa Maria, get engrossed in the history at Museo Etnografico Tiranese, then pause for some serene contemplation at Santuario della Beata Vergine di Tirano, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa di San Martino. On your second day here, hit the slopes at Passo delll'Aprica, examine the collection at Museo Golgi, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di San Giorgio, then stroll through Santa Caterina, and finally see the interesting displays at Forte Venini di Oga - Valdisotto.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Tirano route builder website.

Traveling by car from Venice to Tirano takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Venice in February, things will get little chillier in Tirano: highs are around 2°C and lows about -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Zurich.

Things to do in Tirano

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Zurich, Switzerland

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
To see maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Zurich road trip website.

You can drive from Tirano to Zurich in 4 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Tirano in February, with highs in Zurich at 7°C and lows at -1°C. On the 15th (Mon), you'll travel to Lucerne.

Things to do in Zurich

Outdoors · Parks · Museums · Tours

Lucerne, Switzerland

— 14 nights
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Mt Pilatus and Gurten. Venture out of the city with trips to Maennlichen (in Grindelwald), Engelberg (Titlis Cliff Walk & Kloster Engelberg - Benediktinerabtei) and Staubbach Waterfall (in Lauterbrunnen). There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Lake Lucerne, don't miss a visit to Tinguely-Brunnen, take in the views from Spreuer Bridge (Spreuerbrucke), and admire the masterpieces at Fondation Beyeler.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Lucerne trip planning site.

Drive from Zurich to Lucerne in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In February, daytime highs in Lucerne are 7°C, while nighttime lows are -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Lucerne

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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.