18 days in Italy & Lauterbrunnen Itinerary

18 days in Italy & Lauterbrunnen Itinerary

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Cinque Terre, Italy
— 3 nights
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Empoli, Italy
— 1 day
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Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
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Pisa, Italy
— 1 night
Drive to Piombino, Ferry to Portoferraio
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Portoferraio, Italy
— 4 nights
Ferry to Piombino, Drive to Pienza
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Pienza, Italy
— 2 nights
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Siena, Italy
— 1 night
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Bologna, Italy
— 2 nights
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Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland
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Cinque Terre, Italy

— 3 nights

Italian Riviera

Made up of five picturesque towns on the Ligurian coast, Cinque Terre is Italy's answer to the French Riviera.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa Di San Pietro and then get into the urban bustle at Vernazza. On the 2nd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hike along Cinque Terre Trails, walk around Parco Naturale Regionale di Porto Venere, stop by La Bottega Di Rena, then contemplate the long history of Porta del Borgo, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di Santo Stefano, and finally hike along Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza.

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Frankfurt, Germany to Cinque Terre is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Traveling from Frankfurt in September, expect Cinque Terre to be a bit warmer, temps between 30°C and 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel to Empoli.

Things to do in Cinque Terre

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 1 — 4:

Empoli, Italy

— 1 day
Empoli is a town and comune in Tuscany, Italy, about 20km southwest of Florence, to the south of the Arno in a plain formed by the river. On the 4th (Sat), take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa della Collegiata di Sant'Andrea, examine the collection at Museo della Collegiata di Sant'Andrea, then stroll around Parco di Serravalle, then don't miss a visit to Tower of Federico II, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Il Giro d'Empoli.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Empoli trip planner.

Traveling by car from Cinque Terre to Empoli takes 2.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can drive to Florence.

Things to do in Empoli

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 4 — 5:

Florence, Italy

— 3 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
On the 5th (Sun), get a sense of history and politics at Palazzo Vecchio, examine the collection at Pitti Palace, then contemplate the long history of Basilica of Santa Croce, then explore the world behind art at Florence Academy of Fine Arts, and finally hunt for treasures at Mercato Centrale. On the next day, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza della Signoria, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Campanile di Giotto, then take in nature's colorful creations at The Boboli Gardens, and finally make a trip to Piazzale Michelangelo.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Florence trip planner.

Getting from Empoli to Florence by car takes about an hour. In September, daytime highs in Florence are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Pisa.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping
Find places to stay Sep 4 — 7:

Pisa, Italy

— 1 night
Known worldwide for the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the city of Pisa historically served as a maritime power in the heart of Tuscany.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): make a trip to Leaning Tower of Pisa, don't miss a visit to Piazza dei Miracoli, admire the landmark architecture of Duomo di Pisa, explore the different monuments and memorials at Camposanto, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Battistero di San Giovanni, and finally admire the striking features of Museo delle Sinopie.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Pisa trip planning site.

You can drive from Florence to Pisa in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. September in Pisa sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel to Portoferraio.

Things to do in Pisa

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Sep 7 — 8:

Portoferraio, Italy

— 4 nights
Portoferraio is a town and comune in the province of Livorno, on the edge of the eponymous harbour of the island of Elba. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Portoferraio: Monte Capanne (in Marciana) and Spiaggia di Cavoli (in Seccheto). And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Spiaggia Di Sansone, kick back and relax at Spiaggia di Seccione, and discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Portoferraio trip itinerary maker tool.

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Pisa to Portoferraio in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry. In September, daytime highs in Portoferraio are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Pienza.

Things to do in Portoferraio

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

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Pienza, Italy

— 2 nights
Pienza, a town and comune in the province of Siena, in the Val d'Orcia in Tuscany (central Italy), between the towns of Montepulciano and Montalcino, is the "touchstone of Renaissance urbanism."In 1996, UNESCO declared the town a World Heritage Site, and in 2004 the entire valley, the Val d'Orcia, was included on the list of UNESCO's World Cultural Landscapes.HistoryBefore the village was renamed to Pienza its name was Corsignano. On the 13th (Mon), look for gifts at Zazzeri Pienza, don't miss a visit to Piazza Pio II, get a sense of history and politics at Palazzo Comunale di Pienza, then admire the striking features of Palazzo Piccolomini, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral, and finally admire the verdant scenery at Val d'Orcia.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Pienza day trip planning site.

Do a combination of ferry and car from Portoferraio to Pienza in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, train, and bus. When traveling from Portoferraio in September, plan for somewhat warmer days in Pienza, with highs around 32°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Siena.

Things to do in Pienza

Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks · Wineries

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 12 — 14:

Siena, Italy

— 1 night

Cultural Heart of Tuscany

Siena, a medieval Tuscan city, features numerous attractions, including a historic town center, alleyways, towers, and well-preserved buildings.
On the 14th (Tue), admire the masterpieces at Museo dell'Opera Metropolitana, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Duomo di Siena, and then take in panoramic vistas at Torre del Mangia. On your second day here, don't miss a visit to Piazza del Campo and then savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Siena tour itinerary planning website.

Drive from Pienza to Siena in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. September in Siena sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to drive to Bologna.

Things to do in Siena

Wineries · Tours · Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Sep 14 — 15:

Bologna, Italy

— 2 nights

Heart of Italian Cuisine

A city famous for its cuisine, Bologna is the seat of the oldest university in the world, founded in 1088.
On the 16th (Thu), get a sense of history and politics at Palazzo Comunale, contemplate the long history of Piazza Maggiore, take in panoramic vistas at Le Due Torri Torre degli Asinell, make a trip to Compianto sul Cristo Morto, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica - Santuario di Santo Stefano, and finally contemplate the long history of Basilica di San Petronio.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Bologna day trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Siena to Bologna takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In September in Bologna, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel to Lauterbrunnen.

Things to do in Bologna

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 15 — 17:

Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland

— 1 night
A small village in a valley, Lauterbrunnen showcases an abundance of awe-inspiring waterfalls.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): admire the sheer force of Trümmelbachfälle.

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Getting from Bologna to Lauterbrunnen by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Lauterbrunnen

Nature · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 17 — 18:

Italy travel guide

4.6
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.

Elba Island travel guide

3.7
Beaches · Landmarks · Outdoor Activities
The famed location of Napoleon Bonaparte's exile in 1814, Elba Island is tranquil and romantic. Just 10 km (6 mi) off the mainland coast, the small island is made up of lush green terrain, colorful villages, and white sand beaches, making it a popular destination for weekend getaways. Explore the historical town centers to experience the island's rich cultural heritage and enjoy the many options for dining and shopping. Venture into the unspoiled landscape of the Monte Capanne mountains to view the many natural wonders of the island.

Province of Siena travel guide

4.3
Landmarks · Wineries & Vineyards · Churches
Siena is a city in Tuscany, Italy. It is the capital of the province of Siena.The historic centre of Siena has been declared by UNESCO a World Heritage Site. It is one of the nation's most visited tourist attractions, with over 163,000 international arrivals in 2008. Siena is famous for its cuisine, art, museums, medieval cityscape and the Palio, a horse race held twice a year.HistorySiena, like other Tuscan hill towns, was first settled in the time of the Etruscans (c. 900–400 BC) when it was inhabited by a tribe called the Saina. The Etruscans were a tribe of advanced people who changed the face of central Italy through their use of irrigation to reclaim previously unfarmable land, and their custom of building their settlements in well-defended hill forts. A Roman town called Saena Julia was founded at the site in the time of the Emperor Augustus. Some archaeologists assert that Siena was controlled for a period by a Gaulish tribe called the Senones.According to local legend, Siena was founded by Senius and Aschius, two sons of Remus and thus nephews of Romulus, after whom Rome was named. Supposedly after their father's murder by Romulus, they fled Rome, taking with them the statue of the she-wolf suckling the infants (Capitoline Wolf), thus appropriating that symbol for the town. Additionally they rode white and black horses, giving rise to the Balzana, or coat of arms of Siena with a white band atop a dark band. Some claim the name Siena derives from Senius. Other etymologies derive the name from the Etruscan family name Saina, the Roman family name Saenii, or the Latin word senex "old" or its derived form seneo "to be old".

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