29 days in Italy & Switzerland Itinerary

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Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Turin, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive
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Vercelli, Italy
— 3 nights
Drive
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Alessandria, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive
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Genoa, Italy
— 2 nights
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Genoa, Italy
— 3 nights
Drive
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Livorno, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive
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Padua, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive
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Bologna, Italy
— 2 nights
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Legnano, Italy
— 3 nights
Drive
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Geneva, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive
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Bern, Switzerland
— 3 nights
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Zurich, Switzerland — 2 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, then see the interesting displays at Uhrenmuseum Beyer Zürich, and then see some colorful creatures with Peakdivers. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: wander the streets of Old Town, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich), and then wander the streets of Bahnhofstrasse.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Zurich travel planner.

If you are flying in from The Netherlands, the closest major aiports are Zürich Airport, EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg Airport and Bern Belp Airport. June in Zurich sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Turin.
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Turin, Italy — 2 nights

City of Magic

A city of technology and industry, Turin is in northwestern Italy, a one-hour drive from the French border and slightly more than that from the Mediterranean Sea.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): shop like a local with Elena Salamon Arte Moderna, examine the collection at Museo Nazionale dell'Automobile, then see the interesting displays at Museo Nazionale del Cinema, and finally examine the collection at Civic Museum of Ancient Art (Palazzo Madama). Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at Museo Egizio, take in the exciting artwork at Reggia Di Reale, then pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa Parrocchiale di Sant'Alfonso de’ Liguori, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di Superga.

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Turin day trip planner.

Getting from Zurich to Turin by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In June in Turin, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can drive to Vercelli.
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Vercelli, Italy — 3 nights

Vercelli , is a city and comune of 46.552 inhabitants in the Province of Vercelli, Piedmont, northern Italy. Museum-lovers will get to explore Museo del Tesoro del Duomo and Museo Borgogna. Do some cultural sightseeing at Castello e Parco di Masino and Piazza Ducale. Venture out of the city with trips to Santuario di Oropa (in Oropa), Candelo (La Baraggia di Candelo & Ricetto di Candelo) and Monastero di San Gerolamo (in Biella). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Salone Dugentesco, view the masterpieces at Polo Espositivo L'Arca, pause for some serene contemplation at Cattedrale di Sant'Eusebio, and make a trip to Sinagoga di Vercelli.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Vercelli holiday planner.

You can drive from Turin to Vercelli in 1.5 hours. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Turin in June: highs in Vercelli hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can go by car to Alessandria.
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Alessandria, Italy — 2 nights

Alessandria is a city and comune in Piedmont, Italy, and the capital of the Province of Alessandria. Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Museo Etnografico C'era una Volta, then see the interesting displays at AcdB Museo - Alessandria Citta delle Biciclette, then delve into the distant past at Cittadella di Alessandria, and finally take an in-depth tour of Museo Marengo. Here are some ideas for day two: get a dose of the wild on Truffle Tour, then step into the grandiose world of Castello di Grinzane Cavour, and then step into the grandiose world of Castello di Serralunga d'Alba.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Alessandria online driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Vercelli to Alessandria in an hour. Traveling from Vercelli in June, you will find days in Alessandria are slightly colder (26°C), and nights are about the same (16°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Genoa.
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Genoa, Italy — 2 nights

Once the most important harbor in the Mediterranean Sea, Genoa has a long history as a rich and powerful trade center in northern Italy.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): admire the landmark architecture of Musei di Strada Nuova - Palazzo Bianco, then make a trip to Piazza De Ferrari, and then surround yourself with nature on Set Sail Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Mon): take in panoramic vistas at Spianata Castelletto, observe the fascinating underwater world at Aquarium of Genoa, then take a leisurely stroll along Old Port, and finally get engrossed in the history at Basilica di Santa Maria di Castello.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Genoa trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Alessandria to Genoa takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Alessandria in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Genoa, with lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to travel to Genoa.
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Genoa, Italy — 3 nights

Get some cultural insight at Galleria Nazionale di Palazzo Spinola and Passeggiata Anita Garibaldi a Nervi. Visit Cattedrale di San Lorenzo - Duomo di Genova and Via Giuseppe Garibaldi for their historical value. Take a break from Genoa with a short trip to Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza in Monterosso al Mare, about 1h 25 min away. Enjoy Genoa some more: get engrossed in the history at Museo di Palazzo Reale, take a stroll through Boccadasse, explore the world behind art at Museo del Tesoro, and see the interesting displays at Dialogo nel Buio.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Genoa trip app.

Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to drive to Livorno.
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Livorno, Italy — 2 nights

Naples of the North

Considered one of Tuscany's newer cities, the busy port city of Livorno boasts modern charm uncharacteristic of the region.
On your second day here, don't miss a visit to Terrazza Mascagni, see the interesting displays at Piaggio Museum, then do a tasting at Podere Pellicciano - Agrisole, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Pieve di San Martino.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Livorno trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by car from Genoa to Livorno takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Genoa in June since evenings lows in Livorno dip to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Padua.
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Padua, Italy — 2 nights

Holy City

Padua is a picturesque city with a dense network of arcaded streets opening into large communal piazze (squares).
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sun): examine the collection at Museo Antoniano, take in nature's colorful creations at Padua Botanical Garden - World Heritage Site, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of St. Anthony, then contemplate the long history of Piazza del Santo, and finally take an in-depth tour of La Cinta Muraria - Camminamento di Ronda. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa degli Eremitani - World Heritage Site, pause for some serene contemplation at Scrovegni Chapel, admire the striking features of Casa Ezzelino, then don't miss a visit to Prato della Valle, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Scoletta del Santo.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Padua trip maker tool.

Traveling by car from Livorno to Padua takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Padua when traveling from Livorno in June, with lows around 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can go by car to Bologna.
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Piazza Maggiore, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di Santa Maria della Vita, then examine the collection at Museo Ferrari, and finally examine the collection at Casa Museo Luciano Pavarotti. On the next day, steep yourself in history at Basilica di San Petronio, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica - Santuario di Santo Stefano, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica di San Domenico, then enjoy breathtaking views from Le Due Torri Torre degli Asinell, and finally surround yourself with nature on Associazione Vitruvio.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Bologna attractions planner.

Getting from Padua to Bologna by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Padua in June, expect slightly colder with lows of 19°C in Bologna. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Legnano.
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Legnano, Italy — 3 nights

Legnano is an Italian town and comune with 60,313 inhabitants in the north-westernmost part of the Metropolitan City of Milan, about 20km from central Milan. Museo Fratelli Cozzi Alfa Romeo and Museo Baroffio e del Santuario del Sacro Monte Sopra Varese will appeal to museum buffs. Palazzo Leone da Perego and Sacro Monte Unesco di Varese are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from Legnano: Santuario di Santa Maria del Monte (in Varese), The Italian Lakes Guides (in Rancio Valcuvia) and Volandia Parco e Museo del Volo Malpensa (in Somma Lombardo). There's much more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa del Santissimo Redentore, stroll around Parco Castello, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Eremo di S. Caterina del Sasso.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Legnano trip planner.

Take a train from Bologna to Legnano in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In June, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Geneva.
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Geneva, Switzerland — 2 nights

Capital of Peace

Geneva brings the world to one small city with a huge expat population and the highest number of international organizations in any one city.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sun): test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then examine the collection at MEG Musee d’ethnographie de Geneve, then see the interesting displays at Patek Philippe Museum, and finally take some stellar pictures from Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the local landmark of The Geneva Water Fountain and then explore the activities along Lake Geneva.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Geneva trip builder app.

Drive from Legnano to Geneva in 4 hours. In June in Geneva, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Bern.
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Bern, Switzerland — 3 nights

City of Bears

The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Chateau de Chillon and Gruyeres Castle. Get some cultural insight at The Cathedral of Bern and UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bern: Maennlichen (in Grindelwald) and Parasailing & Paragliding (in Interlaken). And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Barenpark, don't miss a visit to Clock Tower - Zytglogge, get curious at Einstein House (Einsteinhaus), and admire the natural beauty at Rose Garden (Rosengarten).

To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Bern trip planner.

Traveling by car from Geneva to Bern takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June in Bern, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can catch the train back home.
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Switzerland travel guide

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Bodies of Water · Mountains · Specialty Museums
Immerse yourself in a snow-capped mountain wonderland in Switzerland's serene Alpine setting. See the world-renowned Matterhorn, Switzerland's second-highest mountain at 4,478 m (14,962 ft) tall, or zoom down the mountains on toboggan, ski, or snowboard. In the warmer seasons hike around the rolling green hillsides covered with pine trees and picturesque aqua blue lakes. Luxurious cities dotted with cozy wooden chalets and colorful flowerbeds balance quaintness with first-class cultural offerings. Indulge in the country's opulence of milk chocolate, cheese fondue, and keg-carrying St. Bernard dogs.
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Italy travel guide

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Landmarks · Ruins · Beaches
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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