8 days in Switzerland & Italy Itinerary

8 days in Switzerland & Italy Itinerary

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8 days in Switzerland & Italy Itinerary

Start: Thomaston, United States
Drive + Fly:  14​h
1
Zurich, Switzerland
— 1 day
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
3
Florence, Italy
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
4
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  15​h
End: Thomaston, United States


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1
day
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): explore the activities along Lake Zurich, then admire the striking features of Fraumünster Church, and then get to know the fascinating history of Old Town.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Zurich driving holiday planner.

Thomaston, USA to Zurich is an approximately 14-hour combination of car and flight. Traveling from Thomaston to Zurich, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Thomaston in September; daily highs in Zurich reach 67°F and lows reach 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Venice.

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Old Town ©
Old Town
Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Fraumünster Church ©
Fraumünster Church

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza San Marco, snap pictures at Ponte dei Sospiri, then snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Doge's Palace, then don't miss a visit to Peggy Guggenheim Collection, then admire the landmark architecture of Basilica di San Marco, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from St Mark's Campanile.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Venice online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Zurich to Venice takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Zurich in September; daily highs in Venice reach 77°F and lows reach 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can take a train to Florence.

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Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco

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 5th (Thu): appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, then admire the masterpieces at Gallerie Degli Uffizi, then take some stellar pictures from Piazzale Michelangelo, and finally examine the collection at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Florence day trip tool .

Take a train from Venice to Florence in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September in Florence, expect temperatures between 78°F during the day and 59°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can take a train to Rome.

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Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery
Piazzale Michelangelo ©
Piazzale Michelangelo

2
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.
On the 6th (Fri), explore the ancient world of Colosseum, don't miss a visit to Roman Forum, then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona, then delve into the distant past at Pantheon, and finally admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain. On the 7th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Vatican Museums, then contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Basilica, and then delve into the distant past at Palatine Hill.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Rome trip planner .

Traveling by train from Florence to Rome takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. September in Rome sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 60°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

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Vatican City
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica

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