42 days in Italy & Switzerland Itinerary

42 days in Italy & Switzerland Itinerary

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1
Catania, Italy
— 7 nights
2
Positano, Italy
— 5 nights
3
Rome, Italy
— 5 nights
4
Florence, Italy
— 5 nights
5
Venice, Italy
— 5 nights
6
Milan, Italy
— 2 nights
7
Argegno, Italy
— 2 nights
8
Grindelwald, Switzerland
— 4 nights
9
Lucerne, Switzerland
— 5 nights

7
nights
Catania, Italy

Catania ©
The landscape surrounding Catania, a medieval city on Sicily's eastern coast, is dominated by Mount Etna, the tallest active volcano in Europe.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Mt Etna and Ortigia. Explore Catania's surroundings by going to Syracuse (Duomo di Siracusa, Palazzo Benevantano del Bosco, &more), EtnaExcursion.it (in Trecastagni) and Taormina (Villa Comunale & Isola Bella). Pack the 9th (Tue) with family-friendly diversions at Etnaland. There's lots more to do: trek along Etna Donkey Trekking, contemplate the long history of Piazza Duomo, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and get to know the fascinating history of Centro Storico.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Catania road trip planner.

Barcelona, Spain to Catania is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or do a combination of car and ferry. On the 12th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Positano.

Things to do in Catania

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Syracuse, Noto, Taormina, Etna Donkey Trekking, Ibla Souvenir Avola
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Mt Etna ©
Mt Etna
Etna Donkey Trekking ©
Etna Donkey Trekking
EtnaExcursion.it ©
EtnaExcursion.it

5
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Fornillo and Villa Rufolo. Change things up with these side-trips from Positano: Villa Cimbrone Gardens (in Ravello), Duomo di Sant'Andrea (in Amalfi) and Lido Capo di Conca (in Conca dei Marini). On the 17th (Wed), spend a cool day on the water with Plaghia Charter. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Bagni d'Arienzo Beach Club, Positano, look for gifts at Nana' Positano, explore the fascinating underground world of Cave of Smeraldo, and sample the fine beverages at Il Gusto della Costa.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Positano itinerary planner.

You can fly from Catania to Positano in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, ferry, and bus. July in Positano sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Rome.

Things to do in Positano

Outdoors Tours Transportation

Side Trips

Praiano, Ravello, Amalfi, Lido Capo di Conca
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Fornillo ©
Fornillo
Plaghia Charter ©
Plaghia Charter
Lido Capo di Conca ©
Lido Capo di Conca

5
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Colosseum and Trevi Fountain. And it doesn't end there: delve into the distant past at Pantheon, contemplate the long history of Palatine Hill, visit Trastevere, and explore the world behind art at Galleria Borghese.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Rome travel planner.

Traveling by car from Positano to Rome takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around °C in July, and nighttime lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

Vatican City
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain
Pantheon ©
Pantheon

5
nights
Florence, Italy

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Bring the kids along to Gallerie Degli Uffizi and Piazzale Michelangelo. Dedicate the 26th (Fri) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, admire the masterpieces at Florence Academy of Fine Arts, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, and admire the natural beauty at The Boboli Gardens.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Florence sightseeing planning website.

You can take a train from Rome to Florence in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. Traveling from Rome in July, expect slightly colder with lows of °C in Florence. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to drive to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Tours Wineries Museums
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Food Tours
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi

5
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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Canal Grande and Basilica di San Marco. There's much more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Piazza San Marco, make a trip to Peggy Guggenheim Collection, see the interesting displays at Museo Ebraico di Venezia, and snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto.

To find reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Venice trip planner.

You can drive from Florence to Venice in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. Expect a daytime high around °C in July, and nighttime lows around °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Milan.

Things to do in Venice

Tours Historic Sites Outdoors
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Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco

2
nights
Milan, Italy

Milan ©
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.
On the 2nd (Fri), appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Il Cenacolo, thenstep into the grandiose world of Castello Sforzesco, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. On your second day here, take in the spiritual surroundings of Duomo di Milano and then find something for the whole family at Leolandia.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Milan trip maker website.

You can drive from Venice to Milan in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or fly. August in Milan sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Argegno.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites Theme Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Leolandia
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Duomo di Milano ©
Duomo di Milano
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II ©
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
Castello Sforzesco ©
Castello Sforzesco

2
nights
Argegno, Italy

Argegno ©
Argegno is a comune (municipality) in the Province of Como in the Italian region Lombardy, located about 50km north of Milan and about 15km north of Como. Start off your visit on the 4th (Sun): get outside with Lido di Argegno, thentour the water at your own pace with Turati Centro Nautico Lario, and then admire the landmark architecture of Villa del Balbianello. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di San Giorgio, admire the landmark architecture of Villa Monastero, thentour the pleasant surroundings at Lido di Lenno, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Isola Comacina.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Argegno tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Milan to Argegno in 1.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can travel to Grindelwald.

Things to do in Argegno

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Varenna, Isola Comacina, Lido di Lenno, Villa del Balbianello
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Lido di Argegno ©
Lido di Argegno
Turati Centro Nautico Lario ©
Turati Centro Nautico Lario
Villa Monastero ©
Villa Monastero

4
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.
Go for a jaunt from Grindelwald to Kandersteg to see Oeschinen Lake about 52 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape at Aletsch Glacier, take in the dramatic scenery at Trümmelbachfälle, hit the slopes at Maennlichen, and look for gifts at Vogts Corner.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Grindelwald trip itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from Argegno to Grindelwald in 3.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Lucerne.

Things to do in Grindelwald

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Lauterbrunnen, Oeschinen Lake, Aletsch Glacier
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Aletsch Glacier ©
Aletsch Glacier
Trümmelbachfälle ©
Trümmelbachfälle
Lauterbrunnen Village ©
Lauterbrunnen Village

5
nights
Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Lake Lucerne and Rigi. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lucerne: Swiss Tectonic Arena Sardona (in Glarus) and Titlis (in Engelberg). There's much more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt Pilatus, take in the views from Chapel Bridge, kick back and relax at Seebad Eich, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Pilatus Luzern.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Lucerne day trip planner.

You can drive from Grindelwald to Lucerne in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and train; or take a train. In August, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Lucerne

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Swiss Tectonic Arena Sardona, Seebad Eich, Titlis
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Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Titlis ©
Titlis
Swiss Tectonic Arena Sardona ©
Swiss Tectonic Arena Sardona

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