8 days in Northwest Italy Itinerary

8 days in Northwest Italy Itinerary

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8 days in Northwest Italy Itinerary

Start: Zurich
Fly:  3​h 15​min
1
Milan
— Few hours
Train:  1​h 45​min
2
Florence
— 2 nights
Train:  1​h 45​min
3
Rome
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
4
Venice
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: Zurich

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Milan

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 28th (Sat), don't miss a visit to Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Duomo di Milano.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Milan tour itinerary builder tool .

Zurich, Switzerland to Milan is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites Shopping
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Duomo di Milano ©
Duomo di Milano
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II ©
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

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Florence

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): contemplate the long history of L’importuno di Michelangelo, examine the collection at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, make a trip to Piazzale Michelangelo, then snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore. On the next day, get engrossed in the history at Basilica di Santa Croce, explore the world behind art at Pitti Palace, then ponder the world of politics at Palazzo Vecchio, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza della Signoria, and finally don't miss a visit to The Baptistery of St. John.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Florence trip itinerary planner .

You can take a train from Milan to Florence in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. Traveling from Milan in December, you will find days in Florence are a bit warmer (15°C), and nights are about the same (4°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums
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Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery
Piazzale Michelangelo ©
Piazzale Michelangelo

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nights
Rome

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: delve into the distant past at Colosseum, contemplate the long history of Palatine Hill, make a trip to Trevi Fountain, and get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Rome tour planner.

Traveling by train from Florence to Rome takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in December, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can travel to Venice.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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

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nights
Venice

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 3rd (Fri): explore the activities along Canal Grande, then admire the landmark architecture of Basilica di San Marco, and then explore the world behind art at Peggy Guggenheim Collection. On the next day, admire the masterpieces at Gallerie dell'Accademia, examine the collection at Doge's Palace, contemplate the long history of Ponte dei Sospiri, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza San Marco, then take in the views from Ponte di Rialto, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Venice day trip app .

You can fly from Rome to Venice in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Rome in January: high temperatures in Venice hover around 9°C and lows are around 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Nature
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Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace

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