23 days in Italy & Switzerland Itinerary

23 days in Italy & Switzerland Itinerary

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23 days in Italy & Switzerland Itinerary

Start: Milan, Italy
Fly + Drive:  11​h 15​min
1
Rio Marina, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Marciana, Italy
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Isola Del Giglio, Italy
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Montalcino, Italy
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
6
Milan, Italy
— 3 nights
train:  3​h 45​min
7
Zermatt, Switzerland
— 2 nights
train:  4​h
8
Lucerne, Switzerland
— 4 nights
End: Milan, Italy

2
nights
Rio Marina, Italy

Rio Marina ©
Rio Marina is a comune (municipality) in the Province of Livorno in the Italian region Tuscany, located on the island of Elba.HistoryThe first traces of settlements in the area date to the 15th century. Visit Spiaggia Luigi d'Angelo and Spiaggia di Capo Bianco for some beach relaxation. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Spiaggia di Seccione and Spiaggia Di Sansone. Explore Rio Marina's surroundings by going to Portoferraio (Padulella Beach & Spiaggia Di Sottobomba).

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Rio Marina tour builder app .

Newark, USA to Rio Marina is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Time is 6 hours. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in July, and nighttime lows around 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Marciana.

Things to do in Rio Marina

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Portoferraio
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Spiaggia Di Sansone ©
Spiaggia Di Sansone
Spiaggia Di Sottobomba ©
Spiaggia Di Sottobomba
Spiaggia di Seccione ©
Spiaggia di Seccione

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Marciana, Italy

Marciana ©
You'll get in some beach time at Stabilimento Balneare Il Delfino and Spiaggia di Cotoncello. Escape the urban bustle at Spiaggia di Chiessi and Spiaggia di Fetovaia. When in Marciana, make a side trip to see Spiaggia di Cavoli in Seccheto, approximately 48 minutes away.

To find maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Marciana trip planner .

Getting from Rio Marina to Marciana by car takes about 1.5 hours. In July in Marciana, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 69°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to travel to Isola Del Giglio.

Things to do in Marciana

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Spiaggia di Cavoli, Spiaggia di Fetovaia, Gulliver - Terre d'Autore, Spiaggia di Chiessi
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Spiaggia di Cavoli ©
Spiaggia di Cavoli
Spiaggia di Fetovaia ©
Spiaggia di Fetovaia
Spiaggia di Cotoncello ©
Spiaggia di Cotoncello

3
nights
Isola Del Giglio, Italy

Isola Del Giglio
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Cala dello Smeraldo and Bagno Amaranto. You'll get in some beach time at Spiaggia Campese and Bagno Il Delfino.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Isola Del Giglio day trip planner .

Getting from Marciana to Isola Del Giglio by combination of car and ferry takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, ferry, and train. Traveling from Marciana in July, expect nights in Isola Del Giglio to be about the same, around 67°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 89°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can travel to Montalcino.

Things to do in Isola Del Giglio

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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1
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Montalcino, Italy

Montalcino ©
In the heart of wine country, the hill town of Montalcino offers a glimpse of untouched medieval-era Tuscany.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Abbazia di Sant'Antimo, learn about winemaking at Podere Le Ripi, then contemplate the long history of San Quirico d'Orcia, and finally learn about winemaking at Il Palazzone.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Montalcino travel route builder .

Traveling by combination of ferry and car from Isola Del Giglio to Montalcino takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and train; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect a daytime high around 89°F in July, and nighttime lows around 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Florence.

Things to do in Montalcino

Wineries Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

San Quirico d'Orcia
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Abbazia di Sant'Antimo ©
Abbazia di Sant'Antimo
San Quirico d'Orcia ©
San Quirico d'Orcia
Podere Le Ripi ©
Podere Le Ripi

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Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Historic Centre of San Gimignano and Basilica San Miniato al Monte. Appreciate the collections at Pitti Palace and Museum of Opera of Saint Maria of Fiore. Explore Florence's surroundings by going to Castello di Verrazzano (in Greve in Chianti), Accademia del Buon Gusto (in Panzano in Chianti) and San Gimignano 1300 (in San Gimignano). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of The Baptistery of St. John and browse the exhibits of Museo Nazionale del Bargello.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Florence route planner.

Getting from Montalcino to Florence by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. July in Florence sees daily highs of 86°F and lows of 65°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Milan.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums Wineries

Side Trips

Greve in Chianti, San Gimignano
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San Gimignano 1300 ©
San Gimignano 1300
Pitti Palace ©
Pitti Palace
Basilica San Miniato al Monte
Basilica San Miniato al Monte

3
nights
Milan, Italy

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Villa Carlotta and Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore. Get a sense of the local culture at La Citta Alta and Monumental Cemetery. Change things up with these side-trips from Milan: Cathedral of Como (Duomo) (in Como), Villa del Balbianello (in Tremezzina) and Parco Faunistico le Cornelle (in Valbrembo). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa di San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di Sant'Ambrogio, and shop like a local with Brera District.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Milan online trip maker .

You can take a train from Florence to Milan in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Milan are 85°F, while nighttime lows are 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel to Zermatt.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Tremezzina, Bergamo, Cathedral of Como (Duomo), Parco Faunistico le Cornelle
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Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore ©
Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore
Villa Carlotta ©
Villa Carlotta

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nights
Zermatt, Switzerland

Zermatt ©
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): take some stellar pictures from Gornergrat, then stop by Metzgerei Bayard, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Matterhorn. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by Laderach, then head outdoors with Monta Rosa Hutte, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Mountaineers' Cemetery, and finally see the interesting displays at Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Zermatt online trip maker .

Traveling by train from Milan to Zermatt takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can take a train to Lucerne.

Things to do in Zermatt

Outdoors Nature Scenic Drive
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Gornergrat ©
Gornergrat
The Matterhorn ©
The Matterhorn
Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis ©
Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis

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Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Get a sense of the local culture at Altstadt Luzern and Jesuitenkirche. Visiting Seebad Eich and Staubbach Fall will get you outdoors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lucerne: The Eiger Trail (in Grindelwald) and Meiringen (Reichenbach Falls & Aare Gorge). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Glasi Hergiswil, explore the striking landscape at Glacier Garden (Gletschergarten), and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hofkirche.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Lucerne online tour itinerary maker .

Getting from Zermatt to Lucerne by train takes about 4 hours. July in Lucerne sees daily highs of 77°F and lows of 59°F at night. On the 27th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Lucerne

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Meiringen, Staubbach Waterfall, The Eiger Trail, Glasi Hergiswil, Seebad Eich
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Aare Gorge ©
Aare Gorge
Altstadt Luzern ©
Altstadt Luzern
Seebad Eich ©
Seebad Eich

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