11 days in Switzerland & Italy Itinerary

11 days in Switzerland & Italy Itinerary

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1
Lucerne, Switzerland
— 2 nights
2
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
3
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
4
Naples, Italy
— 4 nights

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Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Tue): take a stroll through Old Town and then pause for some photo ops at Lion Monument. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Titlis.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Lucerne day trip planner.

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Lucerne is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Arabian Standard Time (AST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Riyadh in August, with highs in Lucerne at 28°C and lows at 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Venice.

Things to do in Lucerne

Outdoors · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Old Town, Titlis
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Old Town ©
Old Town
Titlis ©
Titlis
Lion Monument ©
Lion Monument

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Venice, Italy

Venice ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica of St. Anthony, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Scrovegni Chapel, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, then take in the views from Ponte dei Sospiri, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at San Giorgio Maggiore. Here are some ideas for day two: take a stroll through Dorsoduro, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute, enjoy breathtaking views from Torre dell'Orologio, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Scuola Grande di San Rocco, and finally visit Cannaregio.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Venice planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Lucerne to Venice takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Lucerne in August; daily highs in Venice reach 34°C and lows reach 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can drive to Florence.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Padua
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Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari ©
Scuola Grande di San Rocco ©
Scuola Grande di San Rocco
Dorsoduro ©
Dorsoduro

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Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
On the 10th (Sat), browse the exhibits of Museo Nazionale del Bargello, appreciate the extensive heritage of Centro Storico, then take some stellar pictures from Basilica San Miniato al Monte, and finally pause for some photo ops at Loggia dei Lanzi. On the 11th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at Museum of Opera of Saint Maria of Fiore, explore the historical opulence of Castello di Verrazzano, and then explore the historical opulence of Castello di Monteriggioni.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Florence road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Venice to Florence takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In August, daytime highs in Florence are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can take a train to Naples.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites · Museums · Wineries

Side Trips

Castello di Verrazzano, Castello di Monteriggioni
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Centro Storico ©
Centro Storico
Basilica San Miniato al Monte
Basilica San Miniato al Monte
Castello di Monteriggioni ©
Castello di Monteriggioni

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Naples, Italy

Naples ©
Naples is the capital of the Italian region Campania and the third-largest municipality in Italy after Rome and Milan. Step out of the city life by going to Vesuvio National Park and Vulcano Solfatara. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Parco Acheologico di Ercolano and Lungomare Caracciolo. Change things up with these side-trips from Naples: Villa San Michele (in Anacapri), Capri (Giardini di Augusto & I Faraglioni) and Castello Aragonese d'Ischia (in Ischia). Next up on the itinerary: explore the different monuments and memorials at Catacombe di San Gennaro, appreciate the extensive heritage of Underground Naples, explore the world behind art at Museo del Tesoro di San Gennaro, and pause for some serene contemplation at Gesu Nuovo Church.

To find photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Naples day trip planning tool.

Traveling by train from Florence to Naples takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Florence in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Naples, with lows of 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Naples

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Capri, Villa San Michele, Parco Acheologico di Ercolano, Castello Aragonese d'Ischia, Vulcano Solfatara
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Catacombe di San Gennaro ©
Catacombe di San Gennaro
Castello Aragonese d'Ischia ©
Castello Aragonese d'Ischia
Parco Acheologico di Ercolano ©
Parco Acheologico di Ercolano

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