18 days in Switzerland & Northwest Italy Itinerary

18 days in Switzerland & Northwest Italy Itinerary

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18 days in Switzerland & Northwest Italy Itinerary

Start: Austin, United States
Fly:  17 h
1
Lucerne, Switzerland
— 1 night
Fly:  5 h 30 min
2
Florence, Italy
— 1 night
Bus:  1 h
3
Siena, Italy
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
4
Assisi, Italy
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
5
Viterbo, Italy
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
6
Rome, Italy
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  16 h 15 min
End: Austin, United States

1
night
Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
On the 10th (Fri), fly down the slopes at Mount Titlis. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Lucerne, see the interesting displays at Fortress Furigen, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt Pilatus.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Lucerne day trip planning site .

Austin, USA to Lucerne is an approximately 17-hour flight. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Austin to Lucerne due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Austin in May, expect nights in Lucerne to be little chillier, around 48°F, while days are cooler, around 65°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel to Florence.

Things to do in Lucerne

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Titlis, Fortress Furigen
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Titlis ©
Titlis
Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Lake Lucerne ©
Lake Lucerne

1
night
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Loggia dei Lanzi, then take some stellar pictures from Basilica San Miniato al Monte, then admire the masterpieces at Museum of Opera of Saint Maria of Fiore, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Centro Storico. Keep things going the next day: experience rural life at Castello di Verrazzano, ponder the world of politics at Museo Nazionale del Bargello, and then admire the striking features of Basilica of Santa Maria Novella.

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Getting from Lucerne to Florence by combination of train and flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Lucerne in May: highs in Florence hover around 71°F, while lows dip to 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to catcht the bus to Siena.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums Wineries

Side Trip

Castello di Verrazzano
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Centro Storico ©
Centro Storico
Basilica San Miniato al Monte
Basilica San Miniato al Monte
Museum of Opera of Saint Maria of Fiore ©

3
nights
Siena, Italy

Siena ©
Siena, a medieval Tuscan city, features numerous attractions, including a historic town center, alleyways, towers, and well-preserved buildings.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Abbazia di Sant'Antimo and Eremo di Montesiepi. Museum-lovers will appreciate San Gimignano 1300 and Torre e Casa Campatelli. Venture out of the city with trips to Abazzia di Torri (in Torri), San Gimignano (Historic Centre of San Gimignano & San Gimignano Bell Tower) and Azienda Agricola Patrizia Cencioni Solaria (in Montalcino). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Centro Storico di Siena, take in panoramic vistas at Torre del Mangia, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cappella di Piazza, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbazia di San Galgano.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Siena day trip planning website .

Take a bus from Florence to Siena in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In May in Siena, expect temperatures between 74°F during the day and 53°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Assisi.

Things to do in Siena

Historic Sites Museums Wineries

Side Trips

San Gimignano, Chiusdino, Montalcino, Abazzia di Torri
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San Gimignano 1300 ©
San Gimignano 1300
Historic Centre of San Gimignano ©
Historic Centre of San Gimignano
Abbazia di San Galgano ©
Abbazia di San Galgano

3
nights
Assisi, Italy

Assisi ©
Rich in culture and religious tradition, Assisi is known as the birthplace of St.
You'll explore and learn at Museo della Porziuncola and Museo della Carta e della Filigrana. Step out of the city life by going to Parco Regionale di Colfiorito and Grotte di Frasassi. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Assisi: Eremo della Madonna della Stella (in Poggiodomo) and Il Borgo di Monteleone di Spoleto (in Monteleone di Spoleto). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of San Damiano, make a trip to Eremo delle Carceri, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Chiara, and delve into the distant past at Museo Diocesano e Cripta di San Rufino.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Assisi trip maker tool .

You can drive from Siena to Assisi in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May in Assisi, expect temperatures between 72°F during the day and 52°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can drive to Viterbo.

Things to do in Assisi

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Eremo della Madonna della Stella, Paper and Watermark Museum Fabriano, Parco Regionale di Colfiorito, Il Borgo di Monteleone di Spoleto, Grotte di Frasassi
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San Damiano ©
San Damiano
Museo della Porziuncola ©
Museo della Porziuncola

3
nights
Viterbo, Italy

Viterbo ©
See also Viterbo, Texas and Viterbo University. Pitigliano Centro Storico and Chiesa di San Giorgio will appeal to history buffs. Do some cultural sightseeing at Piazza del Castello di Montemerano and Civita di Bagnoregio. Change things up with these side-trips from Viterbo: Cascate del Mulino (in Saturnia), Romitori di Ischia di Castro (in Ischia di Castro) and Orvieto (Duomo di Orvieto & Pozzo di San Patrizio). Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di San Flaviano and admire the natural beauty at Giardino dei Tarocchi.

To find reviews and tourist information, you can read our Viterbo day trip app .

Getting from Assisi to Viterbo by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Viterbo can reach 71°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Rome.

Things to do in Viterbo

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Orvieto, Montemerano, Giardino dei Tarocchi, Chiesa di San Martino, Chiesa di San Flaviano
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Cascate del Mulino ©
Cascate del Mulino
Civita di Bagnoregio ©
Civita di Bagnoregio
Pitigliano Centro Storico ©
Pitigliano Centro Storico

4
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.
Attractions like St. Clement Basilica and Villa Borghese make great kid-friendly stops. Your inner history buff will appreciate Giardino di Ninfa and Parco Archeologico di Ostia Antica. Take a break from Rome with a short trip to Villa d'Este in Tivoli, about 48 minutes away. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Vatican City, get engrossed in the history at Le Domus Romane di Palazzo Valentini, pause for some serene contemplation at San Pietro in Vincoli, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Venezia.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Rome online trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Viterbo to Rome in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Rome when traveling from Viterbo in May, with lows around 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Villa d'Este, Parco Archeologico di Ostia Antica, Giardino di Ninfa
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Villa d'Este ©
Villa d'Este
Parco Archeologico di Ostia Antica ©
Parco Archeologico di Ostia Antica
Abbey of St. Paul Outside the Walls ©

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