42 days in Italy & Switzerland Itinerary

42 days in Italy & Switzerland Itinerary

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42 days in Italy & Switzerland Itinerary

Start: Barcelona, Spain
Fly:  5​h 15​min
1
Catania, Italy
— 7 nights
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  7​h
2
Positano, Italy
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Rome, Italy
— 5 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
4
Florence, Italy
— 5 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
5
Venice, Italy
— 5 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
6
Milan, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Argegno, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
8
Grindelwald, Switzerland
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
9
Lucerne, Switzerland
— 5 nights
train + Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Barcelona, Spain


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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 Etna Donkey Trekking and Scuba & Snorkeling. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Catania: EtnaExcursion.it (in Trecastagni), Villa Comunale (in Taormina) and Syracuse (Duomo di Siracusa, Palazzo Benevantano del Bosco, & more). Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 9th (Tue) at Etnaland. And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape at Mount Etna, look for gifts at Ibla Souvenir Avola, contemplate the long history of Piazza Duomo, and see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Catania trip itinerary site .

Barcelona, Spain to Catania is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also take a bus; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can travel to Positano.

Things to do in Catania

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Syracuse, Taormina, Noto, Etnaland, Etna Donkey Trekking
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Etna Donkey Trekking ©
Etna Donkey Trekking
Mt Etna ©
Mt Etna
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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.
Attractions like Fornillo and Sentiero degli dei (Path of the Gods) make great kid-friendly stops. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Positano: Lido Capo di Conca (in Conca dei Marini), Ravello (Villa Cimbrone Gardens & Villa Rufolo) and Amalfi (Sanctuary of Our Lady of Sorrow (Sancturio Maria Santissima Addolorata) & Duomo di Sant'Andrea). On the 17th (Wed), spend a cool day on the water with Plaghia Charter. There's much more to do: tour the water at your own pace with L'Uomo e il Mare, look for gifts at Nana' Positano, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and take in the dramatic natural features at Cave of Smeraldo.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Positano travel itinerary planner .

Getting from Catania to Positano by combination of car and ferry takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, train, subway, and bus; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Positano can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can drive to Rome.

Things to do in Positano

Outdoors Tours Transportation

Side Trips

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

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.
Bring the kids along to Colosseum and Trevi Fountain. There's still lots to do: admire the striking features of Pantheon, explore the ancient world of Palatine Hill, explore the different monuments and memorials at Catacombe di San Callisto, and contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Basilica.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Rome journey planner .

Getting from Positano to Rome by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, subway, and train; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Rome can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Classes

Side Trip

Vatican City
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain
Palatine Hill ©
Palatine Hill

5
nights
Florence, Italy

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Kids will enjoy Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Piazza della Signoria. Dedicate the 26th (Fri) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Uffizi Galleries, examine the collection at Galleria dell'Accademia, enjoy breathtaking views from Campanile di Giotto, and admire the natural beauty at The Boboli Gardens.

For ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Florence itinerary planning website .

Traveling by train from Rome to Florence takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Traveling from Rome in July, expect a bit cooler with lows of 21°C in Florence. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Tours Museums Historic Sites
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Campanile di Giotto ©
Campanile di Giotto

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.
Kids will enjoy Canal Grande and St. Mark's Square. There's much more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Doge's Palace, snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto, steep yourself in history at Ponte dei Sospiri, and take in panoramic vistas at St Mark's Campanile.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Venice trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by train from Florence to Venice takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July in Venice, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can take a train 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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, then contemplate the long history of Il Cenacolo, then step into the grandiose world of Castello Sforzesco, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duomo di Milano and then get in on the family fun at Leolandia.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Milan driving holiday app .

Take a train from Venice to Milan in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to travel 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. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Lido di Argegno, then take a tour by water with Turati Centro Nautico Lario, and then admire the landmark architecture of Villa del Balbianello. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di San Giorgio, then admire the striking features of Villa Monastero, then kick back and relax at Lido di Lenno, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Isola Comacina.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Argegno travel planning app .

You can drive from Milan to Argegno in 1.5 hours. August in Argegno sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 20°C at night. 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, Villa del Balbianello, Lido di Lenno
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Turati Centro Nautico Lario ©
Turati Centro Nautico Lario
Lido di Lenno ©
Lido di Lenno
Villa del Balbianello ©
Villa del Balbianello

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Grindelwald: Lauterbrunnen (Trümmelbachfälle & Lauterbrunnen Village) and Oeschinen Lake (in Kandersteg). There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape at Aletsch Glacier, take some stellar pictures from Bergrestaurant Aellfluh, contemplate the waterfront views at Bachalpsee Lake, and take in the dramatic scenery at Staubbach Fall.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Grindelwald driving holiday planning tool .

You can drive from Argegno to Grindelwald in 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Lucerne.

Things to do in Grindelwald

Parks Nature Winter Sports

Side Trips

Lauterbrunnen, Oeschinen Lake, Aletsch Glacier
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Grindelwald-First ©
Grindelwald-First
Aletsch Glacier ©
Aletsch Glacier
Maennlichen ©
Maennlichen

5
nights
Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Kids will enjoy Ufschotti Park and Biosphaere Entlebuch. Get out of town with these interesting Lucerne side-trips: Swiss Tectonic Arena Sardona (in Glarus), Seebad Eich (in Eich) and Mount Titlis (in Engelberg). And it doesn't end there: take in the awesome beauty at Mt Pilatus, enjoy some diversion at Swiss Museum of Transport, take an in-depth tour of Bourbaki Panorama, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Jesuitenkirche.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Lucerne holiday builder website .

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 in Lucerne, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 16°C at night. On the 15th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Lucerne

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

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

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