57 days in Italy & Switzerland Itinerary

57 days in Italy & Switzerland Itinerary

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Zurich, Switzerland
— 5 nights
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Winterthur, Switzerland
— 4 nights
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Bern, Switzerland
— 5 nights
Drive
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Lausanne, Switzerland
— 4 nights
Drive
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Geneva, Switzerland
— 3 nights
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Turin, Italy
— 5 nights
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Vercelli, Italy
— 1 night
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Alessandria, Italy
— 1 night
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Genoa, Italy
— 4 nights
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Livorno, Italy
— 1 day
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Pisa, Italy
— 7 nights
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Bologna, Italy
— 4 nights
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Padua, Italy
— 3 nights
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Cremona, Italy
— 3 nights
Drive
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Legnano, Italy
— 1 night
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Milan, Italy
— 5 nights
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Zurich, Switzerland

— 5 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Let the collections at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich) and Landesmuseum capture your imagination. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Old Town and Bahnhofstrasse. Change things up with these side-trips from Zurich: Mt Pilatus (in Kriens), Peakdivers (in Bunzen) and Lucerne (Chapel Bridge, Lion Monument, &more). And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Lake Zurich, see the interesting displays at Augusto Giacometti Entrance Hall, admire the masterpieces at Museum Rietberg, and stroll the grounds of Friedhof Fluntern.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Zurich trip planner.

If you are flying in from The Netherlands, the closest major aiports are Zürich Airport, EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg Airport and Bern Belp Airport. June in Zurich sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Winterthur.

Things to do in Zurich

Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 13 — 18:

Winterthur, Switzerland

— 4 nights
Winterthur is a city in the canton of Zürich in northern Switzerland. Appenzeller Volkskunde-Museum Stein AR and Stein am Rhein are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Popular historic sites such as Castle Kyburg and Kathedrale St.Gallen are in your itinerary. Get out of town with these interesting Winterthur side-trips: Schaffhausen (Munot & Altstadt Schaffhausen). There's much more to do: explore and take pictures at Rhine Falls, examine the collection at Sammlung Oskar Reinhart, get curious at Swiss Science Center Technorama, and admire the masterpieces at Gewerbemuseum Winterthur.

To find traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Winterthur trip planner.

Winterthur is very close to Zurich. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in June, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can go by car to Bern.

Things to do in Winterthur

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 18 — 22:

Bern, Switzerland

— 5 nights

City of Bears

The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Kleine Scheidegg and Magdalena Hermitage. Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum and UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Bern side-trips: Maennlichen (in Grindelwald), Oberhofen Castle (in Oberhofen am Thunersee) and Parasailing & Paragliding (in Interlaken). And it doesn't end there: admire the landmark architecture of The Cathedral of Bern, take in panoramic vistas at Clock Tower - Zytglogge, admire the masterpieces at Zentrum Paul Klee (Paul Klee Center), and step into the grandiose world of Schloss Thun.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Bern online trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Winterthur to Bern by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In June, daily temperatures in Bern can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Lausanne.

Things to do in Bern

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 22 — 27:

Lausanne, Switzerland

— 4 nights

Swiss San Francisco

Lausanne contains several distinct neighborhoods, each offering a different side of the French-speaking Swiss town.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Chateau de Chillon and Corniche Lavaux Vineyards. Appreciate the collections at Chaplin's World and The Olympic Museum Lausanne (Musee Olympique). Explore Lausanne's surroundings by going to Creux du Van (in Gorgier), Musee du Tram (in Boudry) and Gruyeres (HR Giger Museum & Gruyeres Castle). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Cathedrale de Lausanne, Head underground at Les Gorges De La Jogne, explore the world behind art at Collection de l'Art Brut, and go for a stroll along the water at Le Port d'Ouchy.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Lausanne online travel planner.

Traveling by car from Bern to Lausanne takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Geneva.

Things to do in Lausanne

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 27 — Jul 1:

Geneva, Switzerland

— 3 nights

Capital of Peace

Geneva brings the world to one small city with a huge expat population and the highest number of international organizations in any one city.
Let the collections at Patek Philippe Museum and International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum capture your imagination. Get a sense of the local culture at Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre and CERN. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Geneva, ponder the design of The Geneva Water Fountain, stroll around Le Jardin Anglais, and appreciate the history behind Reformation Wall.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Geneva online vacation planner.

Getting from Lausanne to Geneva by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Geneva can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Turin.

Things to do in Geneva

Parks · Museums · Nature · Beaches
Find places to stay Jul 1 — 4:

Turin, Italy

— 5 nights

City of Magic

A city of technology and industry, Turin is in northwestern Italy, a one-hour drive from the French border and slightly more than that from the Mediterranean Sea.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Museo Egizio and Galleria Sabauda. Museum-lovers will appreciate Museo Nazionale del Cinema and Museo Nazionale dell'Automobile. Get out of town with these interesting Turin side-trips: Sacra di San Michele (in Sant'Ambrogio di Torino), Parco Nazionale Gran Paradiso (in Aosta) and Palazzina di Caccia di Stupinigi (in Stupinigi). And it doesn't end there: get great views at Basilica of Superga, admire the natural beauty at Parco del Valentino, take in the exciting artwork at Reggia di Venaria Reale, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Duomo di Torino e Cappella della Sacra Sindone.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Turin travel route app.

Traveling by car from Geneva to Turin takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Geneva in July, plan for a bit warmer nights in Turin, with lows around 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can go by car to Vercelli.

Things to do in Turin

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 4 — 9:

Vercelli, Italy

— 1 night
Vercelli , is a city and comune of 46.552 inhabitants in the Province of Vercelli, Piedmont, northern Italy. On the 9th (Sat), get to know the fascinating history of Ricetto di Candelo and then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Ducale. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di San Cristoforo, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica di Sant'Andrea, and then see the interesting displays at Museo del Tesoro del Duomo.

To see maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Vercelli travel planner.

Traveling by car from Turin to Vercelli takes 1.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Turin in July: highs in Vercelli hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to travel to Alessandria.

Things to do in Vercelli

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 9 — 10:

Alessandria, Italy

— 1 night
Alessandria is a city and comune in Piedmont, Italy, and the capital of the Province of Alessandria. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Mon): pause for some photo ops at Il Cappellaio Magico.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Alessandria tour itinerary site.

Traveling by car from Vercelli to Alessandria takes an hour. Traveling from Vercelli in July, expect nights in Alessandria to be about the same, around 19°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Genoa.
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Genoa, Italy

— 4 nights
Once the most important harbor in the Mediterranean Sea, Genoa has a long history as a rich and powerful trade center in northern Italy.
Get some cultural insight at Cattedrale di San Lorenzo - Duomo di Genova and Via Giuseppe Garibaldi. Galleria Nazionale di Palazzo Spinola and Galata Museo del Mare will appeal to museum buffs. When in Genoa, make a side trip to see Angelo's Boat Tours - Cinque Terre Boat Tours in Monterosso al Mare, approximately Monterosso al Mare away. There's still lots to do: meet the residents at Aquarium of Genoa, make a trip to Piazza Raffaele De Ferrari, stop by Boccadasse, and get engrossed in the history at Basilica di Santa Maria di Castello.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Genoa vacation maker tool.

Getting from Alessandria to Genoa by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Alessandria in July, plan for a bit warmer nights in Genoa, with lows around 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can drive to Livorno.

Things to do in Genoa

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 11 — 15:

Livorno, Italy

— 1 day

Naples of the North

Considered one of Tuscany's newer cities, the busy port city of Livorno boasts modern charm uncharacteristic of the region.
On the 15th (Fri), examine the collection at Museo di Storia Naturale del Mediterraneo and then see the vivid underwater world at Costiera di Calafuria.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Livorno day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Genoa to Livorno takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Genoa in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Livorno, with lows of 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Pisa.

Things to do in Livorno

Parks · Museums · Wildlife
Find places to stay Jul 14 — 15:

Pisa, Italy

— 7 nights
Known worldwide for the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the city of Pisa historically served as a maritime power in the heart of Tuscany.
Let the collections at Florence Academy of Fine Arts and Pitti Palace capture your imagination. Do some cultural sightseeing at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Ponte Vecchio. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Pisa: San Michele in Foro (in Lucca), Manarola (Borgo Storico di Manarola & Enjoy Cinqueterre Boat Tours) and Florence (The Boboli Gardens, Piazzale Michelangelo, &more). The adventure continues: take in panoramic vistas at Leaning Tower of Pisa, explore the ancient world of Terme di Nerone, see the interesting displays at Museo Aviotruppe Esercito Italiano, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Knights’ Square.

For where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Pisa trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Livorno to Pisa takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July in Pisa, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Bologna.

Things to do in Pisa

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 15 — 22:

Bologna, Italy

— 4 nights

Heart of Italian Cuisine

A city famous for its cuisine, Bologna is the seat of the oldest university in the world, founded in 1088.
Let the collections at Pinacoteca Nazionale di Bologna and Museo Ferrari capture your imagination. Get some cultural insight at Basilica - Santuario di Santo Stefano and Basilica di San Petronio. Venture out of the city with trips to Pineta di Pinarella e Tagliata (in Pinarella), Basilica di Sant'Apollinare in Classe (in Classe) and Italy in Miniature (in Rimini). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Basilica San Vitale, take in panoramic vistas at Le Due Torri Torre degli Asinell, make a trip to Basilica di Sant'Apollinare Nuovo, and see the interesting displays at Museo Ducati.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Bologna trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Pisa to Bologna takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Bologna can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can go by car to Padua.

Things to do in Bologna

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 22 — 27:

Padua, Italy

— 3 nights

Holy City

Padua is a picturesque city with a dense network of arcaded streets opening into large communal piazze (squares).
Do some cultural sightseeing at Basilica of St. Anthony and La Cinta Muraria - Camminamento di Ronda. Let the collections at Museum of Archaeological Sciences and Art and Museo Antoniano capture your imagination. Change things up with a short trip to Palazzo da Schio, Ca' d'Oro in Vicenza (about 50 minutes away). There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Scrovegni Chapel, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa degli Eremitani - World Heritage Site, see the interesting displays at Zuckermann Palace, and engage your brain at MUSME - Museum of the History of Medicine of Padova.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Padua travel planner.

You can drive from Bologna to Padua in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Bologna in July, you will find days in Padua are slightly colder (33°C), and nights are a bit warmer (26°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Cremona.

Things to do in Padua

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 27 — 30:

Cremona, Italy

— 3 nights
Cremona is a city and comune in northern Italy, situated in Lombardy, on the left bank of the Po River in the middle of the Pianura Padana (Po valley). Get some cultural insight at Piazza del Comune and Cathedral of Cremona. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Church of Sant'Abbondio and Rocca Sanvitale di Fontanellato. When in Cremona, make a side trip to see Borgo Storico Di Grazzano Visconti in Grazzano Visconti, approximately Grazzano Visconti away. It doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Museo del Violino and make a trip to Academia Cremonensis.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Cremona trip planner.

Drive from Padua to Cremona in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Padua in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Cremona, with lows of 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can go by car to Legnano.

Things to do in Cremona

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 30 — Aug 2:

Legnano, Italy

— 1 night
Legnano is an Italian town and comune with 60,313 inhabitants in the north-westernmost part of the Metropolitan City of Milan, about 20km from central Milan. On the 3rd (Wed), get engrossed in the history at Museo Fratelli Cozzi Alfa Romeo and then walk around Parco Castello.

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Traveling by car from Cremona to Legnano takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. August in Legnano sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to drive to Milan.

Things to do in Legnano

Parks · Museums
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Milan, Italy

— 5 nights

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.
Appreciate the collections at Pinacoteca Ambrosiana and Basilica di Sant'Ambrogio. Get some historical perspective at Duomo di Milano and Monumental Cemetery. Change things up with these side-trips from Milan: Orrido di Bellano (in Bellano), La Citta Alta (in Bergamo) and Forte Montecchio Nord (in Colico). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Castello Sforzesco, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, explore the world behind art at Pinacoteca di Brera, and stroll through FiorirAnno.

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Getting from Legnano to Milan by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In August in Milan, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 3 — 8:

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.

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.