16 days in Italy & Switzerland Itinerary

16 days in Italy & Switzerland Itinerary

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Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Positano, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly to Rome, Train to Florence
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
Milan, Italy
— 1 night
Varenna, Italy
— 2 nights
Interlaken, Switzerland
— 1 night
Bern, Switzerland
— 1 night
Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights


Rome, Italy — 2 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sun): take in nature's colorful creations at Roseto Comunale, then explore the world behind art at Villa Farnesina, then appreciate the history behind Column of Marcus Aurelius, and finally admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Ancient Art in Barberini Palace. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Ancient Rome, pause for some photo ops at Trajan's Column, then have fun and explore at Welcome To Rome, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Colle Aventino.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Rome online trip itinerary planner.

Mumbai, India to Rome is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You'll gain 4.5 hours traveling from Mumbai to Rome due to the time zone difference. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Mumbai in October; daily highs in Rome reach 26°C and lows reach 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can drive to Positano.
Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature
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Positano, Italy — 3 nights

Often referred to as the gem of the Amalfi Coast, Positano remains one of southern Italy's most sought-after vacation locales, thanks to its hillside location and picturesque, pastel buildings.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Centro Storico and Chiesa della Santissima Annunziata. Get out of town with these interesting Positano side-trips: Amalfi (Fontana Cap e Ciuccio & Ruga Nova Mercatorum (Via dei Mercanti)). There's still lots to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Monte Tre Calli, cast your line with a fishing tour, view the masterpieces at Absolute Positano, and take an in-depth tour of MAR - Museo Archeologico Romano Positano.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Positano online trip builder.

Traveling by car from Rome to Positano takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Rome in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Positano, with lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Florence.
Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks
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Florence, Italy — 2 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): do a tasting at Ruffino - Tenuta di Poggio Casciano, explore the different monuments and memorials at Florence American Cemetery and Memorial, then learn about all things military at Stibbert Museum, and finally view the masterpieces at M.G. Design. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at Accademia di Belle Arti, see the interesting displays at Museo Opificio delle Pietre Dure, then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and finally examine the collection at Museo di Palazzo Davanzati.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Florence trip planning tool.

Do a combination of flight and train from Positano to Florence in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Positano in October, expect little chillier with lows of 14°C in Florence. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Milan.
Museums · Shopping · Fun & Games · Historic Sites
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Milan, Italy — 1 night

Fashion Capital of World

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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of San Giorgio al Palazzo, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa di San Cristoforo sul Naviglio, then admire the striking features of Casa di Riposo per Musicisti Giuseppe Verdi, and finally see La Casa Maledetta.

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Traveling by train from Florence to Milan takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Florence in October, you will find days in Milan are slightly colder (21°C), and nights are about the same (13°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Varenna.
Historic Sites · Nightlife · Fun & Games
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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. On the 24th (Mon), admire the natural beauty at Il Giardino Botanico - Hotel Villa Cipressi, pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di San Giorgio, then go for a walk through Green Way dei Patriarchi, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at S. Giovanni Battista. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Tue): stroll around La Punta Spartivento, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di San Giacomo, stop by Azalea - Silk of Como, then do a tasting at Enoteca Principessa, and finally hike along Sentiero del Viandante.

To find reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Varenna holiday builder site.

You can drive from Milan to Varenna in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in October, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to drive to Interlaken.
Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Wineries
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Interlaken, Switzerland — 1 night

Nestled between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz in the heart of the Jungfrau region, Interlaken became popular for its proximity to the mountains and lakes of the Bernese Oberland region.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): take in nature's colorful creations at Schynige Platte, admire the natural beauty at Schynige Platte Botanical Alpine Garden, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Giessbachfälle.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Interlaken online day trip planner.

Getting from Varenna to Interlaken by car takes about 4 hours. Traveling from Varenna in October, things will get a bit cooler in Interlaken: highs are around 16°C and lows about 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Bern.
Parks · Nature · Wildlife
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Bern, Switzerland — 1 night

City of Bears

The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): take in panoramic vistas at Prison Tower (Kafigturm), then admire the local landmark of Anna-Seiler-Brunnen, then get a new perspective on nature at Museum of Natural History of Bern, and finally wander the streets of Matte.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Bern journey planner.

Drive from Interlaken to Bern in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. October in Bern sees daily highs of 18°C and lows of 6°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can take a train to Zurich.
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Zurich, Switzerland — 2 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
On the 28th (Fri), wander the streets of Schanzengraben Canal, then make a trip to Zurich Succulent Plant Collection, and then savor the flavors at Food & Drink. Here are some ideas for day two: step into the grandiose world of Castle Kyburg, admire the masterpieces at Oskar-Reinhart Foundation Museum, then examine the collection at Sammlung Oskar Reinhart, and finally ponder the design of Europuddle.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Zurich route planning app.

You can take a train from Bern to Zurich in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can catch the flight back home.
Museums · Tours · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites
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Italy travel guide

Landmarks · Ruins · Beaches
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.

Amalfi Coast travel guide

Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Gardens
Renowned for its beautiful landscape and medieval fishing villages that cling precariously to the Mediterranean cliffs, the Amalfi Coast is one of Italy's top vacation destinations. This World Heritage Site stretches for about 50 km (30 mi) on the southern side of the Sorrentine peninsula and offers numerous places to visit, from terraced lemon gardens and whitewashed villas to cliff-top views of the sea. Explore the coastline's towns, bays, and resorts. During the peak tourist season, the Amalfi Coast's single seaside road is often jammed with dozens of buses. For that reason, the ubiquitous scooter may be the best way to get around and sightsee. You can also access quite a bit by bicycle.

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.