23 days in Italy & Switzerland Itinerary

23 days in Italy & Switzerland Itinerary

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Start: Porto Alegre, Brazil
Fly:  17 h
1
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
2
Positano, Italy
— 3 nights
Ferry:  1 h 30 min
3
Salerno, Italy
— 2 nights
Train:  3 h 30 min
4
Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h 15 min
5
Venice, Italy
— 4 nights
Drive:  6 h 15 min
6
Grindelwald, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
7
Zurich, Switzerland
— 4 nights
Fly:  17 h 15 min
End: Porto Alegre, Brazil

3
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.
Rome is known for historic sites, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Pantheon, steep yourself in history at Roman Forum, make a trip to Spanish Steps, and browse the exhibits of Vatican Museums.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Rome online holiday planner.

Porto Alegre, Brazil to Rome is an approximately 17- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. You'll lose 4 hours traveling from Porto Alegre to Rome due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Porto Alegre in August, with highs in Rome at 38°C and lows at 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can go by car to Positano.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trip

Vatican City
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Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica

3
nights
Positano, Italy

Positano ©
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.
Explore Positano's surroundings by going to Parrocchia San Giovanni (in Vietri sul Mare), Ravello (Villa Cimbrone Gardens, Villa Rufolo, &more) and Duomo di Sant'Andrea (in Amalfi). There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Bagni d'Arienzo Beach Club, Positano, stroll through Spiaggia Grande, cool off at Fornillo, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Positano tour planner.

Getting from Rome to Positano by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, subway, and bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in August, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Salerno.

Things to do in Positano

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Ravello, Amalfi, Parrocchia San Giovanni, Collegiate Santa Maria Maddalena, Marina di Praia Beach
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Fornillo ©
Fornillo
Duomo di Ravello ©
Duomo di Ravello
Lido di Ravello ©
Lido di Ravello

2
nights
Salerno, Italy

While often overshadowed by the Amalfi Coast's array of quaint villages, Salerno has become one of the region's main areas for culture and entertainment, while remaining relatively unmarked by tourism.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di San Pietro in Vinculis, admire the masterpieces at Museo della Ceramica Alfonso Tafuri, and then choose your vessel at Boat Rentals. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Mon): look for gifts at Lavorazione Artigianale Savastano, then make a trip to Spiaggia della Crestarella, and then get outside with Il Calypso Stabilimento Balneare.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Salerno trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by ferry from Positano to Salerno takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or drive. August in Salerno sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Salerno

Outdoors Tours Transportation

Side Trip

Vietri sul Mare
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Speed Boats Tours
Il Calypso Stabilimento Balneare ©
Il Calypso Stabilimento Balneare
Spiaggia della Crestarella ©
Spiaggia della Crestarella

3
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Florence is known for museums, historic sites, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, admire the landmark architecture of The Baptistery of St. John, make a trip to Palazzo Vecchio, and take in the views from Ponte Vecchio.

To find out how to plan a trip to Florence, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by train from Salerno to Florence takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Salerno in August, Florence is a bit cooler at night with lows of 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums Tours
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Art Gallery Studio Iguarnieri ©
Art Gallery Studio Iguarnieri
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
Piazzale Michelangelo ©
Piazzale Michelangelo

4
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.
Venice is known for historic sites, museums, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza San Marco, explore the world behind art at Gallerie dell'Accademia, and explore the galleries of Peggy Guggenheim Collection.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Venice online route planner.

Take a train from Florence to Venice in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in August, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Grindelwald.

Things to do in Venice

Museums Historic Sites Nature
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Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco

2
nights
Grindelwald, Switzerland

Grindelwald ©
As one of the country's oldest ski resorts, Grindewald serves as a prime example of a cozy Swiss ski town.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Jungfraujoch and then hit the slopes at Grindelwald-First. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to 007 Walk of Fame - Schilthorn, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Blumental Panorama Trail, then explore the striking landscape at Aletsch Glacier, and finally trek along The Eiger.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Grindelwald online route planner.

You can drive from Venice to Grindelwald in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to drive to Zurich.

Things to do in Grindelwald

Nature Parks Tours

Side Trips

Grindelwald-Wengen-Murren-Lauterbrunnen, Murren
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Aletsch Glacier ©
Aletsch Glacier
Jungfraujoch ©
Jungfraujoch
The Eiger ©
The Eiger

4
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Venture out of the city with trips to Lucerne (Lake Lucerne & Peter’s Chapel). There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, tour the pleasant surroundings at Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen, explore the world behind art at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich), and get your game on at Fusion Arena Virtual Reality Center.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Zurich online trip maker.

You can drive from Grindelwald to Zurich in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In August in Zurich, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 16°C at night. On the 22nd (Sun), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Lucerne
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Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Lake Lucerne ©
Lake Lucerne
Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen ©
Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen

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