16 days in Italy, Zurich & Paris Itinerary

16 days in Italy, Zurich & Paris Itinerary

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16 days in Italy, Zurich & Paris Itinerary

Start: Sao Paulo, Brazil
1
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Assisi, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
4
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
5
Zurich, Switzerland
— 1 night
6
Paris, France
— 4 nights
Fly:  15​h 30​min
End: Sao Paulo, Brazil

2
nights
Rome, Italy

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Palatine Hill and St. Peter's Basilica will appeal to history buffs. Appreciate the collections at Vatican Museums and Galleria Borghese. And it doesn't end there: delve into the distant past at Colosseum, stroll the grounds of Catacombe di San Callisto, admire the striking features of Pantheon, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Maria in Trastevere.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Rome day trip planner.

Sao Paulo, Brazil to Rome is an approximately 15-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and train. Traveling from Sao Paulo to Rome, you'll lose 4 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in May, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can go by car to Assisi.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

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St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Vatican Museums
Vatican Museums

2
nights
Assisi, Italy

Assisi ©
Rich in culture and religious tradition, Assisi is known as the birthplace of St.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Cripta di San Francesco, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di Santa Maria degli Angeli - Porziuncola, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica inferiore di San Francesco d'Assisi, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa Santo Stefano, then examine the collection at Museo della Porziuncola, and finally contemplate the long history of San Damiano. On the 20th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get to know the fascinating history of Strada Assisi-Santa Maria degli Angeli, appreciate the extensive heritage of Centro Storico, explore the historical opulence of Rocca Maggiore, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Chiara, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Eremo delle Carceri.

For maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Assisi trip itinerary builder app .

Getting from Rome to Assisi by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Rome in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Assisi, with lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to drive to Florence.

Things to do in Assisi

Historic Sites Museums
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2
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
On the 21st (Tue), get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, then take in the spiritual surroundings of The Baptistery of St. John, then admire the masterpieces at Uffizi Galleries, and finally snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio. On the 22nd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Galleria dell'Accademia, then take an in-depth tour of Basilica di Santa Croce, then admire the masterpieces at Pitti Palace, and finally get a sense of history and politics at Palazzo Vecchio.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Florence trip planner.

Getting from Assisi to Florence by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Florence can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can catch the train to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites
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Uffizi Galleries ©
Uffizi Galleries
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): admire the striking features of Doge's Palace, then get to know the fascinating history of St. Mark's Square, and then admire the landmark architecture of Basilica di San Marco. Keep things going the next day: take in panoramic vistas at St Mark's Campanile, explore the galleries of Peggy Guggenheim Collection, and then explore the activities along Canal Grande.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Venice vacation planner.

You can take a train from Florence to Venice in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In May in Venice, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Zurich.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Nature
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Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
St. Mark's Square ©
St. Mark's Square
Peggy Guggenheim Collection ©
Peggy Guggenheim Collection

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night
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
On the 25th (Sat), get engrossed in the history at Swiss National Museum and then wander the streets of Old Town (Altstadt).

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Zurich trip app .

Fly from Venice to Zurich in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or drive. In May, Zurich is slightly colder than Venice - with highs of 21°C and lows of 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can travel to Paris.

Things to do in Zurich

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Old Town (Altstadt) ©
Old Town (Altstadt)
Swiss National Museum ©
Swiss National Museum

4
nights
Paris, France

Paris ©
A beautiful and romantic city fit for any itinerary, Paris brims with historic associations and remains vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre will appeal to history buffs. Appreciate the collections at Musee d'Orsay and Louvre Museum. There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Le Marais, contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, tour the pleasant surroundings at Île de la Cité, and admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Paris trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by combination of train, bus, and flight from Zurich to Paris takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

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