12 days in Italy & Zermatt Itinerary

12 days in Italy & Zermatt Itinerary

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Naples, Italy
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Salerno, Italy
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Alberobello, Italy
— 1 night
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Rome, Italy
— 4 nights
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Saturnia, Italy
— 1 day
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Florence, Italy
— 1 night
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Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
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Milan, Italy
— 1 night
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Cinque Terre, Italy
— 1 night
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Zermatt, Switzerland
— 1 night
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Milan, Italy
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Naples, Italy

Naples is the capital of the Italian region Campania and the third-largest municipality in Italy after Rome and Milan. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Mon): delve into the distant past at Pompeii Archaeological Park.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Naples sightseeing planner.

London, UK to Naples is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also take a train; or do a combination of car and train. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from London to Naples due to the time zone difference. Traveling from London in December, expect nights in Naples to be about the same, around 6°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to drive to Salerno.
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Salerno, Italy

While often overshadowed by the Amalfi Coast's array of quaint villages, Salerno has become one of the region's main areas for culture and entertainment, while remaining relatively unmarked by tourism.
For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Salerno trip planner.

Traveling by car from Naples to Salerno takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Salerno when traveling from Naples in December, with lows around 11°C. On the 26th (Mon), you're off to Alberobello.
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Alberobello, Italy — 1 night

Alberobello is a small town and comune of the Metropolitan City of Bari, Apulia, southern Italy. On the 27th (Tue), examine the collection at Trullo Sovrano, admire the landmark architecture of I Trulli di Alberobello - World Heritage Site, and then visit Centro Storico Locorotondo.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Alberobello vacation builder tool.

You can drive from Salerno to Alberobello in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Salerno in December, things will get slightly colder in Alberobello: highs are around 13°C and lows about 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Rome.
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Rome, Italy — 4 nights

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Family-friendly places like Colosseum and Piazza Navona will thrill your kids. There's much more to do: admire the striking features of Pantheon, steep yourself in history at Roman Forum, don't miss a visit to St. Peter's Basilica, and ponder the design of Trevi Fountain.

To see ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Rome travel tool.

Traveling by flight from Alberobello to Rome takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. In December in Rome, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 4°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can go by car to Saturnia.
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Saturnia, Italy — 1 day

On the 31st (Sat), admire the sheer force of Cascate del Mulino and then enjoy breathtaking views from Leaning Tower of Pisa.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Saturnia online route planner.

You can drive from Rome to Saturnia in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in December, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) to allow time to drive to Florence.
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Florence, Italy — 1 night

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
You've now added Piazza della Signoria to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 1st (Sun): explore the historical opulence of Palazzo Vecchio, look for gifts at HUMILIS Made in Assisi (Boutique Firenze Ponte Vecchio), snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio, make a trip to Piazzale Michelangelo, then contemplate the long history of Basilica of Santa Croce, and finally make a trip to Piazza della Signoria.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Florence trip planner.

You can drive from Saturnia to Florence in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. December in Florence sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to drive to Venice.
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Venice, Italy — 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): take in the views from Ponte di Rialto, take in the spiritual surroundings of Santa Maria dei Miracoli, see the interesting displays at Doge's Palace, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza San Marco, then contemplate the long history of Ponte dei Sospiri, and finally explore the activities along Canal Grande.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Venice road trip planning site.

Getting from Florence to Venice by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In January, Venice is slightly colder than Florence - with highs of 9°C and lows of 0°C. On the 3rd (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Milan.
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Milan, Italy — 1 night

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 3rd (Tue): admire the masterpieces at Pinacoteca di Brera and then get a taste of the local shopping with Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Milan online trip maker.

You can drive from Venice to Milan in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January in Milan, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 0°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Cinque Terre.
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Cinque Terre, Italy — 1 night

Made up of five picturesque towns on the Ligurian coast, Cinque Terre is Italy's answer to the French Riviera.
For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Cinque Terre attractions planning website.

You can drive from Milan to Cinque Terre in 3 hours. Another option is to take a train. Traveling from Milan in January, things will get a bit warmer in Cinque Terre: highs are around 13°C and lows about 3°C. On the 5th (Thu), you're off to Zermatt.
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Zermatt, Switzerland — 1 night

Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Chateau de Chillon as well as Matterhorn Glacier Paradise. Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): catch a ride on Matterhorn Glacier Paradise and then contemplate the long history of Chateau de Chillon.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Zermatt travel planner.

You can drive from Cinque Terre to Zermatt in 6 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Milan.
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Milan, Italy

To see maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Milan attractions app.

Take a train from Zermatt to Milan in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of car and bus. You'll set off for home on the 6th (Fri).
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Italy travel guide

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Landmarks · Ruins · Sacred & Religious Sites
Italy is a land of high fashion, fine art, exquisite architecture, luxury sports cars, outstanding cuisine--and an insatiable taste for "la dolce vita." It's also home to the greatest number of World Heritage Sites in the world, making it an ideal place for your next holiday. The country boasts a varied landscape of mountain ranges, alpine lakes, and coastal towns, so it's no wonder travelers often refer to it as the bel paese (beautiful country). With so many places to visit, visitors often have a difficult time planning their itinerary. The smaller villages each feature a distinct character and a blend of architecture, art, and cuisine. In the country, you'll find countless archeological sites dating back to Roman times and beyond. The country's cities and seaside resorts are cosmopolitan powerhouses with museums, galleries, restaurants, shops, open-air markets, and pedestrian-friendly historic areas.
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Amalfi Coast travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Gardens
Renowned for its beautiful landscape and medieval fishing villages that cling precariously to the Mediterranean cliffs, the Amalfi Coast is one of Italy's top vacation destinations. This World Heritage Site stretches for about 50 km (30 mi) on the southern side of the Sorrentine peninsula and offers numerous places to visit, from terraced lemon gardens and whitewashed villas to cliff-top views of the sea. Explore the coastline's towns, bays, and resorts. During the peak tourist season, the Amalfi Coast's single seaside road is often jammed with dozens of buses. For that reason, the ubiquitous scooter may be the best way to get around and sightsee. You can also access quite a bit by bicycle.
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Puglia travel guide

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Beaches · Landmarks · Churches
Situated at the southeastern tip of the country, Puglia forms the heel on the "boot" of Italy. First colonized by Mycenaean Greeks, the region flourished during Roman times as a major producer of grain and oil. Today, Puglia remains a predominantly agricultural part of the country, though its warm and sunny coastal weather makes it a favorite holiday destination with an ever-increasing number of tourists. The long coastline features attractions like sun-kissed beaches and lively resorts, many of which are overlooked by limestone cliffs. Deeper inland, Puglia is largely flat, a land of charming villages and world-class cuisine. Here, you'll find olive oil, grapes, tomatoes, peppers, mushrooms, and fresh seafood to give you sustenance as you continue sightseeing. Despite its reputation as a producer of some Italy's best food and wines, Puglia still has numerous rural corners that most tourists have yet to explore.
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Tuscany travel guide

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Landmarks · Art Museums · Sacred & Religious Sites
Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance
Known for its landscapes, traditions, and history, Tuscany possesses an unparalleled artistic legacy that continues to influence world culture. Regarded as the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance, the region boasts a lengthy list of attractions, including world-class museums, art galleries, and archeological sites. With a distinct culture and a very strong linguistic identity, this region is sometimes referred to as a nation within a nation. A land of picture-postcard areas, Tuscany contains plenty of places to visit on your holiday, with seven World Heritage Sites, including the historic town centers of Florence and Siena. With more than 120 protected nature preserves, Tuscany is not only a land of culture and historic monuments, but also a great place to discover and enjoy the Italian outdoors. Take it slowly here (as the locals do), and give yourself plenty of time to get to know the local culture and cuisine of Tuscany's medieval towns and ancient villages.
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