39 days in Italy & Lucerne Itinerary

39 days in Italy & Lucerne Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Europe trip planner

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Fly to Naples, Train to Rome
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Rome, Italy
— 8 nights
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Florence, Italy
— 6 nights
Train
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Venice, Italy
— 6 nights
Train
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Tirano, Italy
— 3 nights
Drive
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Lucerne, Switzerland
— 12 nights
Fly to Queenstown, Bus to Dunedin

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Rome, Italy

— 8 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Abbey of St. Paul Outside the Walls and Cupola di San Pietro. And it doesn't end there: appreciate the history behind La Pieta, make a trip to Centro Storico Associazione Centro Storico, explore the ancient world of Pantheon, and pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Rome trip builder.

Dunedin, New Zealand to Rome is an approximately 35-hour combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Dunedin to Rome is minus 11 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Rome can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Florence, Italy

— 6 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 Stibbert Museum. There's lots more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Centro Storico, appreciate the history behind Loggia dei Lanzi, steep yourself in history at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, and browse the exhibits of Museo Nazionale del Bargello.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Florence trip itinerary maker website.

Getting from Rome to Florence by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. January in Florence sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 3°C at night. On the 1st (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites · Museums · Childrens Museums

Venice, Italy

— 6 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari and Centro Storico di Venezia. Venture out of the city with trips to Verona (Ponte Scaligero (Ponte di Castelvecchio), San Fermo Maggiore, Verona, &more) and Treviso (I Buranelli & Passeggiata lungo la restera). There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Canal Grande, don't miss a visit to Basilica di San Marco, admire the landmark architecture of Torre dell'Orologio, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza San Marco.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Venice trip maker site.

You can drive from Florence to Venice in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. February in Venice sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 3°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Tirano.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Tirano, Italy

— 3 nights
Tirano is a town in Valtellina, located in the province of Sondrio in northern Italy. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Santuario della Beata Vergine di Tirano and Chiesa Collegiata di Bormio. Change things up with these side-trips from Tirano: Valdidentro (Scuola Italiana Sci Valdidentro & Terme Bagni Nuovi) and Bormio (Chiesa di San Vitale, Sertorelli - Scuola Sci, &more). There's more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa di San Martino and learn about winemaking at Plozza Vini Tirano.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Tirano visit planner.

Traveling by car from Venice to Tirano takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Venice in February: high temperatures in Tirano hover around 2°C and lows are around -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel to Lucerne.

Things to do in Tirano

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Lucerne, Switzerland

— 12 nights
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Step off the beaten path and head to Mt Pilatus and Rigi. Venture out of the city with trips to Maennlichen (in Grindelwald), Basel (Spielzeug Welten Museum Basel, Basel Paper Mill Museum, &more) and Fondation Beyeler (in Riehen). There's lots more to do: take in panoramic vistas at Gurten, take some stellar pictures from The Cathedral of Bern, appreciate the history behind Lion Monument, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Lucerne.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Lucerne tour builder.

Traveling by car from Tirano to Lucerne takes 4.5 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Tirano in February, with highs in Lucerne at 7°C and lows at -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Lucerne

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Nature

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.