21 days in Italy & Switzerland Itinerary

21 days in Italy & Switzerland Itinerary

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Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
Florence, Italy
— 4 nights
Venice, Italy
— 3 nights
Como, Italy
— 3 nights
Lugano, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive to Laveno, Ferry to Verbania,Intra, Drive to Zermatt
Zermatt, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Geneva, Switzerland
— 3 nights


Rome, Italy — 3 nights

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Colosseum and Vatican Museums. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Villa Borghese and Vatican Necropolis. There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cupola di San Pietro, delve into the distant past at Catacombs of Saint Callixtus, steep yourself in history at Terme di Caracalla, and make a trip to Trevi Fountain.

To find traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Rome travel itinerary planner.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Rome is an approximately 9-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Gulf Standard Time (GST) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is minus 3 hours. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Dubai in July: highs in Rome hover around 37°C, while lows dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Florence.
Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping
Side Trip

Florence, Italy — 4 nights

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Visit Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Centro Storico for their historical value. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Baptistery of St. John and Synagogue and Jewish Museum of Florence. The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Florence Academy of Fine Arts, appreciate the history behind Loggia dei Lanzi, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica of Santa Maria Novella, and don't miss a visit to Piazzale Michelangelo.

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Getting from Rome to Florence by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Rome in July since evenings lows in Florence dip to 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can go by car to Venice.
Historic Sites · Museums

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.
Visit Piazza San Marco and Basilica di San Marco for their historical value. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Doge's Palace and San Giorgio Maggiore. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, contemplate the long history of Scuola Grande di San Rocco, visit Cannaregio, and get to know the fascinating history of Centro Storico di Venezia.

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Drive from Florence to Venice in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Como.
Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums · Neighborhoods

Como, Italy — 3 nights

Known for its idyllic location on the shores of Lake Como and at the foot of the Alps, Como is one of northern Italy's most popular tourist destinations.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica di San Fedele, then look for gifts at Libreria Ubik, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica di Sant'Abbondio. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Wed): head outdoors with Outdoor Activities and then go for a walk through Centro Storico.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Como trip maker tool.

Getting from Venice to Como by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in July, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to drive to Lugano.
Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Shopping

Lugano, Switzerland — 2 nights

Located in the popular holiday region of Ticino, Lugano is the largest Italian-speaking town in Switzerland.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Thu): appreciate the extensive heritage of Centro storico Gandria, kick back and relax at Lido San Domenico, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Lido di Lugano. Keep things going the next day: hike along The Olive Grove Trail and then delve into the distant past at Monte San Giorgio.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Lugano day trip app.

Lugano is just a stone's throw from Como. In July, daytime highs in Lugano are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Zermatt.
Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites
Side Trip

Zermatt, Switzerland — 2 nights

Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): make a trip to Riffelsee, then explore the activities along Stellisee, then trek along Marmot Trail, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Intercontinental Church Society. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Sun): stroll through 5 Lakes Walk, fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, then look for gifts at Laderach, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Gornergrat.

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You can do a combination of car and ferry from Lugano to Zermatt in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and tram. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can drive to Geneva.
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Geneva, Switzerland — 3 nights

Geneva brings the world to one small city with a huge expat population and the highest number of international organizations in any one city.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre and The Geneva Water Fountain. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Eglise de Saint-Sulpice and Vieux-Carouge. Venture out of the city with trips to Place de la Palud (in Lausanne) and Lavaux Vineyard Terraces (in Grandvaux). There's lots more to do: delve into the distant past at Archeological Site at St. Pierre's Cathedral, steep yourself in history at Maison Tavel, get engrossed in the history at Musee D'Art Et D'Histoire, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise Russe.

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Getting from Zermatt to Geneva by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train. In July, daytime highs in Geneva are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Thu) to allow time for the flight back home.
Historic Sites · Museums · Wineries · Neighborhoods
Side Trips

Italy travel guide

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.

Lake Como travel guide

Gardens · Architectural Buildings · Churches
A favorite vacation spot for more than a century, Lake Como was once an exclusive retreat for local aristocrats and wealthy people. It is not only one of Europe's most beautiful lakes, but also one of the deepest at more than 400 m (1,300 ft). Surrounded by elegant villas, the lake has become a popular holiday destination for tourists because of its range of attractions, from landscapes, wildlife, and spas, to activities like sailing, windsurfing, and kite-surfing. The area has been an inspiration for artists since Roman times. English poet Percy Bysshe Shelley wrote, "This lake exceeds anything I ever beheld in beauty…It is long and narrow and has the appearance of a mighty river winding among the mountains and the forests."

Switzerland travel guide

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.