32 days in Italy, Switzerland & France Itinerary

32 days in Italy, Switzerland & France Itinerary

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Milan, Italy
— 1 day
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Pisa, Italy
— 2 nights
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Siena, Italy
— 3 nights
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Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
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Bolzano, Italy
— 2 nights
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Merano, Italy
— 2 nights
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Zermatt, Switzerland
— 3 nights
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Martigny, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Drive to Geneva Cointrin International Airport, Fly to Marseille
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Marseille, France
— 4 nights
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Nice, France
— 2 nights
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Tremezzina, Italy
— 2 nights
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Varenna, Italy
— 2 nights
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Milan, Italy
— 3 nights
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Milan, Italy — 1 day

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.
On the 14th (Sun), pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica San Lorenzo Maggiore, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duomo di Milano, then admire the striking features of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, and finally explore the historical opulence of Castello Sforzesco.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Milan trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Bangkok, Thailand to Milan is an approximately 14-hour flight. Traveling from Bangkok to Milan, you'll gain 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Bangkok in May, things will get colder in Milan: highs are around 26°C and lows about 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can go by car to Pisa.
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Pisa, Italy — 2 nights

Known worldwide for the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the city of Pisa historically served as a maritime power in the heart of Tuscany.
On the 15th (Mon), get to know the fascinating history of Knights’ Square, admire the striking features of Battistero di San Giovanni, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Duomo di Pisa, then don't miss a visit to Piazza dei Miracoli, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Leaning Tower of Pisa. On the next day, examine the collection at Museo Aviotruppe Esercito Italiano, contemplate the long history of Le mura di Lucca, don't miss a visit to Piazza Anfiteatro, then take in panoramic vistas at Torre Guinigi, then take in the spiritual surroundings of San Michele in Foro, and finally contemplate the long history of St Martin Cathedral.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Pisa road trip app.

Traveling by car from Milan to Pisa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in May, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to drive to Siena.
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Siena, Italy — 3 nights

Siena, a medieval Tuscan city, features numerous attractions, including a historic town center, alleyways, towers, and well-preserved buildings.
On the 17th (Wed), indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, don't miss a visit to Piazza del Campo, and then get a sense of history and politics at Palazzo Pubblico and Museo Civico. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at Duomo di San Gimignano, then contemplate the long history of Historic Centre of San Gimignano, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Duomo di Siena, and finally contemplate the long history of Centro Storico di Siena.

To find reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Siena trip maker app.

Drive from Pisa to Siena in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Siena are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Florence.
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Historic Sites · Tours · Wineries · Museums
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Florence, Italy — 2 nights

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
On the 19th (Fri), explore the world behind art at Florence Academy of Fine Arts, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of Santa Croce, then admire the masterpieces at Pitti Palace, then make a trip to Piazzale Michelangelo, and finally get a sense of history and politics at Palazzo Vecchio. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Piazza della Signoria, browse the exhibits of Church and Museum of Orsanmichele, steep yourself in history at The Baptistery of St. John, then take in panoramic vistas at Campanile di Giotto, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo.

To find other places to visit and more tourist information, use the Florence trip planner.

Drive from Siena to Florence in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May, daytime highs in Florence are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can drive to Bolzano.
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Bolzano, Italy — 2 nights

South Tyrol's capital, Bolzano, has been named the Italian city with the highest quality of life.
On the 21st (Sun), look for gifts at Il Maso dello Speck, then get engrossed in the history at South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa del Sacro Cuore, and finally hit the slopes at Val Gardena. On the 22nd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the striking features of Duomo Maria Assunta, take a stroll through Via dei Portici, don't miss a visit to Via Argentieri, examine the collection at Messner Mountain Museum MMM Firmian, then learn about winemaking at Weingut Schmid Oberrautner, and finally make a trip to Piazza Walther.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Bolzano online trip maker.

Getting from Florence to Bolzano by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In May in Bolzano, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Merano.
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Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports
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Merano, Italy — 2 nights

Merano or Meran is a town and comune in South Tyrol, northern Italy. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): stroll around Passeggiata Gilf, take in nature's colorful creations at I Giardini di Castel Trauttmansdorff, then hit the slopes at Meran 2000, and finally hike along Tappeiner Promenade. Keep things going the next day: get to know the fascinating history of Merano Centro Storico, then relax and rejuvenate at Terme Merano, then step into the grandiose world of Castle Tyrol South Tyrolean Museum of Culture and Provincial History, and finally step into the grandiose world of Touriseum.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Merano visit planner.

Merano is just a short distance from Bolzano. In May, daytime highs in Merano are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can go by car to Zermatt.
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Zermatt, Switzerland — 3 nights

Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Change things up with a short trip to Hangebrucke Furgangen-Muhlebach in Ernen (about 1h 25 min away). There's much more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Gornergrat, explore the different monuments and memorials at Mountaineers' Cemetery, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Intercontinental Church Society, and tour in style with a train tour.

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Zermatt trip builder tool.

Traveling by car from Merano to Zermatt takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and tram; or do a combination of bus and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to drive to Martigny.
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Martigny, Switzerland — 3 nights

Martigny is the capital of the French-speaking district of Martigny in the canton of Valais in Switzerland. Venture out of the city with trips to Montreux (Casino de Montreux & Queen Studio Experience), Swiss Vapeur Parc (in Le Bouveret) and Glacier 3000 (in Les Diablerets). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Chateau de Chillon, relax and rejuvenate at Les Bains de Lavey, examine the collection at Vine, Wine and Wine Label Museum, and take an in-depth tour of Barryland - Musee Et Chiens Du St-Bernard.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Martigny day trip app.

Traveling by car from Zermatt to Martigny takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. May in Martigny sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can drive to Marseille.
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Marseille, France — 4 nights

The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Marseille: Trolib (in Cassis), Pont du Gard (in Vers-Pont-du-Gard) and Avignon (Palais des Papes & Pont d'Avignon). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Randonnees theatrales Marcel Pagnol Cie Dans la cour des Grands, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathédrale La Major, contemplate the long history of Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, and explore the world behind art at Carrieres des Lumieres.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Marseille route planning website.

Explore your travel options from Martigny to Marseille with the Route module. In May, daily temperatures in Marseille can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Nice.
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Historic Sites · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours
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Nice, France — 2 nights

Well-known for the beautiful views of its famous Promenade des Anglais waterfront, Nice is an ethnically-diverse coastal port city on the French Riviera and the fifth most populated city in France.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Mon): take a peaceful walk through Lérins Islands.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Nice trip planner.

Getting from Marseille to Nice by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Marseille in June, expect nights in Nice to be about the same, around 22°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can go by car to Tremezzina.
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Tremezzina, Italy — 2 nights

The majestic Villa Carlotta is among the most popular places to visit in Tremezzina, its neoclassical architecture complimenting the lush, neatly maintained gardens and charming walkways.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Wed): explore the world behind art at Villa Carlotta, pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di San Lorenzo a Tremezzo, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Parrocchia SS Nabore e Felice. On the 8th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the extensive heritage of Isola Comacina, admire the striking features of Villa del Balbianello, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Greenway del Lago di Como.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Tremezzina day trip planning app.

Drive from Nice to Tremezzina in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or do a combination of train and ferry. Traveling from Nice in June, plan for slightly colder nights in Tremezzina, with lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to ride a ferry to Varenna.
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Varenna, Italy — 2 nights

Varenna is a comune (municipality) on Lake Como in the Province of Lecco in the Italian region Lombardy, located about 60km north of Milan and about 20km northwest of Lecco.Varenna was founded by local fishermen in 769, and was later allied of the commune of Milan. Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at S. Giovanni Battista, admire the landmark architecture of Villa Monastero, then admire the natural beauty at Il Giardino Botanico - Hotel Villa Cipressi, then take in breathtaking views at Orrido di Bellano, and finally explore the historical opulence of Castello di Vezio. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di Santa Marta and then explore the activities along Lago di Como.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Varenna trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by ferry from Tremezzina to Varenna takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. In June, daily temperatures in Varenna can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to drive to Milan.
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Milan, Italy — 3 nights

On the 10th (Sat), take an in-depth tour of Basilica di Sant'Ambrogio. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Sun): get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, then see La Casa Maledetta, then stroll the grounds of Monumental Cemetery, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Il Cenacolo.

Make your Milan itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Traveling by car from Varenna to Milan takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. You'll set off for home on the 13th (Tue).
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Italy travel guide

4.6
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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Tuscany travel guide

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Landmarks · Art Museums · Sacred & Religious Sites
Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance
Known for its landscapes, traditions, and history, Tuscany possesses an unparalleled artistic legacy that continues to influence world culture. Regarded as the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance, the region boasts a lengthy list of attractions, including world-class museums, art galleries, and archeological sites. With a distinct culture and a very strong linguistic identity, this region is sometimes referred to as a nation within a nation. A land of picture-postcard areas, Tuscany contains plenty of places to visit on your holiday, with seven World Heritage Sites, including the historic town centers of Florence and Siena. With more than 120 protected nature preserves, Tuscany is not only a land of culture and historic monuments, but also a great place to discover and enjoy the Italian outdoors. Take it slowly here (as the locals do), and give yourself plenty of time to get to know the local culture and cuisine of Tuscany's medieval towns and ancient villages.
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Province of South Tyrol travel guide

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Bodies of Water · Ski Areas · Spas
South Tyrol, also known by its alternative Italian name Alto Adige, is an autonomous province in northern Italy. It is one of the two autonomous provinces that make up the autonomous region of Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol. The province has an area of 7400km2 and a total population of 511,750 inhabitants (31.12.2011). Its capital is the city of Bolzano (German: Bozen; Ladin: Balsan or Bulsan).According to 2014 data based on the 2011 census, 62.3 percent of the population speaks German (Standard German in the written form and an Austro-Bavarian dialect in the spoken form); 23.4 percent of the population speaks Italian, mainly in and around the two largest cities (Bolzano and Merano); 4.1 percent speaks Ladin, a Rhaeto-Romance language; 10.2% of the population (mainly recent immigrants) speaks another language as first language.South Tyrol is granted a considerable level of self-government, consisting of a large range of exclusive legislative and executive powers and a fiscal regime that allows the province to retain a large part of most levied taxes, while nevertheless remaining a net contributor to the national budget. As of 2011, South Tyrol is among the wealthiest regions in Italy and the European Union.

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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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France travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Historic Sites
France has been the world's most popular tourist destination for decades, and geographically, it is one of the most diverse countries in Europe. Its cities are holiday hot spots and contain some of the greatest treasures in Europe, its countryside is prosperous and well tended, and it boasts dozens of major tourist attractions, like Paris, the French Riviera, the Atlantic beaches, the winter sport resorts of the French Alps, as well as the castles of the Loire Valley, Brittany, and Normandy. The country is renowned for its gastronomy, particularly wines and cheeses, as well as its history, culture, and fashion industry.

You'll find that the French people are very polite and may react coldly to you if you forget this. You might be surprised as you're greeted by other customers and the proprieter when you walk into a restaurant or a shop. Be sure to take your sightseeing off the beaten path in France. Besides the famous Eiffel Tower and the chic resorts of the Côte d'Azur (French Riviera) you'll find many places to visit in the form of museums filled with fine art, crafts, and archaeological relics, wonderful medieval villages and castles, diverse national parks, and local shopping direct from artisans themselves.

Whether you're touring the Christmas Markets or going skiing during winter, viewing the springtime influx of color in Provence, sunbathing on the Mediterranean coast in the summer, or watching the fall foliage against the backdrop of the châteaux in the Loire Valley, you're sure to find just the right place to be. Spring is a time when the tourist attractions are just starting to expand their hours, but it may still be cold in the mountainous regions and the north. Summer is the busiest time in France with the longest hours for many museums and attractions, but it's often when you will experience the most crowds. Winter in France is filled with winter carnivals, Christmas Markets, and of course, skiing. Fall is a time to celebrate the release of Beaujolais nouveau wine in November, as well as experience Nuit Blanche, a day in October when major attractions, museums, galleries, parks, and swimming pools remain open all night.
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Lake Como travel guide

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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."
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