60 days in Northwest Italy, Lake Maggiore (Italy & Switzerland) & Southern Italy Itinerary

60 days in Northwest Italy, Lake Maggiore (Italy & Switzerland) & Southern Italy Itinerary

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60 days in Northwest Italy, Lake Maggiore (Italy & Switzerland) & Southern Italy Itinerary

Start: Cairo, Egypt
Fly:  7​h
1
Rome, Italy
— 6 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Florence, Italy
— 7 nights
train:  45​min
3
Bologna, Italy
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Venice, Italy
— 8 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
5
Verona, Italy
— 7 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
6
Milan, Italy
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
7
Locarno, Switzerland
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
8
Verbania, Italy
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
9
Genoa, Italy
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 45​min
10
Naples, Italy
— 7 nights
Drive:  45​min
11
Capri, Italy
— 4 nights
Drive:  30​min
12
Positano, Italy
— 6 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
13
Matera, Italy
— 4 nights
bus + Fly:  10​h 15​min
End: Cairo, Egypt

6
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, museums, classes, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Colosseum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona, enjoy breathtaking views from Museo Nazionale di Castel Sant'Angelo, and contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Basilica.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Rome trip planner .

Cairo, Egypt to Rome is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Cairo to Rome is minus 1 hour. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Cairo in March: high temperatures in Rome hover around 19°C and lows are around 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

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

7
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Change things up with these side-trips from Florence: Siena (Torre del Mangia, Palazzo Pubblico and Museo Civico, & more). Dedicate the 5th (Fri) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Uffizi Galleries, contemplate the long history of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, enjoy breathtaking views from Campanile di Giotto, and examine the collection at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Florence journey planner .

Getting from Rome to Florence by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. In April, daily temperatures in Florence can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Bologna.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trip

Siena
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Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Campanile di Giotto ©
Campanile di Giotto
The Boboli Gardens ©
The Boboli Gardens

1
night
Bologna, Italy

Bologna ©
A city famous for its cuisine, Bologna is the seat of the oldest university in the world, founded in 1088.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di San Petronio, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica - Santuario di Santo Stefano, then put a fun spin on your tour with Secret Zone, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Torri degli Asinelli e Garisenda.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Bologna trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Getting from Florence to Bologna by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Bologna can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can drive to Venice.

Things to do in Bologna

Historic Sites Fun & Games
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Basilica - Santuario di Santo Stefano ©
Le Due Torri Torre degli Asinell ©
Secret Zone ©
Secret Zone

8
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Padua (Room Escape Games, Basilica di Sant’Antonio, & more). Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Canal Grande, take in the views from Ponte di Rialto, admire the landmark architecture of Basilica di San Marco, and see the interesting displays at Museo Ebraico di Venezia.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Venice holiday site .

Traveling by car from Bologna to Venice takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Venice can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Verona.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Padua
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Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco

7
nights
Verona, Italy

The famous setting for Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet, Verona is one of northern Italy's main tourist destinations, largely owing to its incredibly rich artistic heritage.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Verona: Andalo (Scuola Italiana Sci Dolomiti di Brenta & Scuola Italiana di Sci & Snowboard Kristal), Gardaland Park (in Castelnuovo del Garda) and Scuola Italiana di Sci Azzurra (in Folgarida). On the 19th (Fri), spend a relaxing day on the river with a rafting and tubing tour. Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 24th (Wed) at Piscine Montebianco. Next up on the itinerary: listen to music at Arena di Verona, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, partake in some friendly competition at Play the City, and make a trip to Torre dei Lamberti.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Verona road trip planning site .

Drive from Venice to Verona in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. April in Verona sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can take a train to Milan.

Things to do in Verona

Outdoors Theme Parks Tours

Side Trips

Andalo, Scuola Italiana di Sci Azzurra, Gardaland Park
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River Rafting & Tubing
Gardaland Park ©
Gardaland Park
Arena di Verona ©
Arena di Verona

4
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Milan: Sentee di Sort (in Cernobbio), Parrocchia di Santa Tecla (in Torno) and Sentiero 6 - Valbasca (in Como). Spend the 26th (Fri) on two wheels at Anything But Work. And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duomo di Milano, hike along Il Sentiero delle Espressioni, head outdoors with Orrido di Nesso, and see a show at La Casa Maledetta.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Milan tour site .

Traveling by train from Verona to Milan takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In April, daytime highs in Milan are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Locarno.

Things to do in Milan

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Il Sentiero delle Espressioni, Anything But Work, Orrido di Nesso, Parrocchia di Santa Tecla, Sentiero 6 - Valbasca
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Duomo di Milano ©
Duomo di Milano
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II ©
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
La Casa Maledetta ©
La Casa Maledetta

1
night
Locarno, Switzerland

Locarno
Locarno's Mediterranean climate, palm trees, and 2,300 hours of sunlight per year make this city the warmest in Switzerland.
Plan trip to Locarno with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can drive from Milan to Locarno in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in April, and nighttime lows around 9°C. On the 29th (Mon), you'll travel to Verbania.

Things to do in Locarno

Outdoors Parks Museums
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3
nights
Verbania, Italy

Verbania ©
Get out of town with these interesting Verbania side-trips: Azienda Vitivinicola Fontechiara (in Borgomanero), Wild Snowboard & Ski Academy (in Varzo) and I Sentieri delle Volpi d'Invo - MTB Trails (in Invorio).

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Verbania road trip site .

Drive from Locarno to Verbania in an hour. In April, daytime highs in Verbania are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to drive to Genoa.

Things to do in Verbania

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Alagna Valsesia, Parco Naturale dell'Alta Valle Antrona, Azienda Vitivinicola Fontechiara, Wild Snowboard & Ski Academy, I Sentieri delle Volpi d'Invo - MTB Trails
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Wild Snowboard & Ski Academy ©
Wild Snowboard & Ski Academy
La Valle Vogna ©
La Valle Vogna
Azienda Vitivinicola Fontechiara ©
Azienda Vitivinicola Fontechiara

1
night
Genoa, Italy

Genoa ©
Once the most important harbor in the Mediterranean Sea, Genoa has a long history as a rich and powerful trade center in northern Italy.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): put a fun spin on your tour with Ilgioco.net - Escape Room Games & more and then observe the fascinating underwater world at Aquarium of Genoa.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Genoa day trip site .

You can drive from Verbania to Genoa in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of ferry and train. Traveling from Verbania in May, Genoa is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 17°C. On the 3rd (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Naples.

Things to do in Genoa

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Fun & Games
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Aquarium of Genoa ©
Aquarium of Genoa

7
nights
Naples, Italy

Naples ©
Naples is the capital of the Italian region Campania and the third-largest municipality in Italy after Rome and Milan. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Naples: Praiano (Chiesa di San Giovanni Battista & Convento di Santa Maria a Castro), Piazzetta Umberto I (in Atrani) and Salerno (Duomo di Salerno & Promenade Trieste). And it doesn't end there: explore the ancient world of Gli Scavi Archeologici di Pompei, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, admire the masterpieces at Museo Cappella Sansevero, and brush up on your military savvy at Galleria Borbonica.

For ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Naples trip builder app .

Getting from Genoa to Naples by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In May, daytime highs in Naples are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can catch the ferry to Capri.

Things to do in Naples

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Praiano, Salerno, Piazzetta Umberto I, Pompeii Archaeological Park, Vesuvio National Park
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Pompeii Archaeological Park ©
Pompeii Archaeological Park
Parco Acheologico di Ercolano ©
Parco Acheologico di Ercolano
Vesuvio National Park ©
Vesuvio National Park

4
nights
Capri, Italy

Capri
The island of Capri encompasses all the magical allure of the Mediterranean--dramatic blue waters, lush mountainous landscape, and picturesque island villages.
On the 12th (Sun), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. And it doesn't end there: stroll through I Faraglioni, hike along Pizzolungo, explore the fascinating underground world of Grotta di Matromania, and get outside with Le Ondine Beach Club.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Capri trip planner .

You can ride a ferry from Naples to Capri in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in May, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to catch the ferry to Positano.

Things to do in Capri

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Fortini Coastal Walk
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I Faraglioni
I Faraglioni
Le Ondine Beach Club ©
Le Ondine Beach Club
White Grotta ©
White Grotta

6
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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Positano: Amalfi (Valle delle Ferriere, Wine Tours & Tastings, & more), Cappella Sant'Angelo all'Ospedale (in Ravello) and Salerno (ASD Verde e Sport Salerno & Escape Room Intrappola.TO - Salerno). The adventure continues: go for a walk through Sentiero degli dei (Path of the Gods), have fun at Tennis Al Settimo Piano, take advantage of the amenities at Fornillo, and get outside with I Suoni degli Dei - Pelagos.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Positano online road trip planner .

Positano is just a stone's throw from Capri. In May, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to drive to Matera.

Things to do in Positano

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Amalfi, Praiano, Minori, Salerno, Cappella Sant'Angelo all'Ospedale
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Walk of the Gods ©
Walk of the Gods
Fornillo ©
Fornillo
Valle dei Mulini ©
Valle dei Mulini

4
nights
Matera, Italy

Matera ©
Famous for its resemblance to the ancient settlements of Jerusalem and Cappadocia, Matera remains one of the oldest inhabited cities in the world.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Matera: Spiagge Le Praie (in Praiano), Civita (Chiesa di S. Maria Assunta & Setteventi del Pollino) and TEMPERE Azienda Vitivinicola f.lli Pica (in Salerno). The adventure continues: appreciate the extensive heritage of Sassi di Matera and see the interesting displays at Museo Laboratorio della Civilta Contadina.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Matera tour planner .

You can drive from Positano to Matera in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of subway and bus. Traveling from Positano in May, expect slightly colder with lows of 13°C in Matera. You'll set off for home on the 24th (Fri).

Things to do in Matera

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Civita, Spiagge Le Praie, TEMPERE Azienda Vitivinicola f.lli Pica
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Sassi di Matera ©
Sassi di Matera
Chiesa di S. Maria Assunta ©
Chiesa di S. Maria Assunta

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