17 days in Zurich, Bernese Oberland & Italy Itinerary

17 days in Zurich, Bernese Oberland & Italy Itinerary

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17 days in Zurich, Bernese Oberland & Italy Itinerary

Start: Windsor, Canada
bus + Fly:  15​h
1
Zurich, Switzerland
— Few hours
train:  3​h 30​min
2
Wengen, Switzerland
— 3 nights
train:  9​h 30​min
3
Radda in Chianti, Italy
— 4 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
4
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
train + subway:  3​h
5
Amalfi, Italy
— 4 nights
+2
bus + train + Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: Detroit, United States

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Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Zurich trip planner .

Windsor, Canada to Zurich is an approximately 15-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or fly. The time zone difference when traveling from Windsor to Zurich is 6 hours. When traveling from Windsor in May, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Zurich: temperatures range from 65°F by day to 47°F at night. On the 16th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Wengen.

Things to do in Zurich

Neighborhoods
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Niederdorf
Niederdorf

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Wengen, Switzerland

Wengen ©
Wengen is a mountain village in the Bernese Oberland of central Switzerland. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Jungfraujoch as well as Kleine Scheidegg. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Wengen Mannlichen Aerial Cableway and Bergrestaurant Aellfluh. Escape the urban bustle at Maennlichen Royal Walk and Faulhorn. The adventure continues: stroll through Blumental Panorama Trail, take in the dramatic scenery at Murrenbach Waterfalls, hike along Maennlichen Romantic Trail, and look for gifts at Central Sport.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Wengen trip maker website .

Traveling by car from Zurich to Wengen takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In May in Wengen, expect temperatures between 63°F during the day and 45°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can travel to Radda in Chianti.

Things to do in Wengen

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Grindelwald, Grindelwald-Wengen-Murren-Lauterbrunnen, Blumental Panorama Trail, Murrenbach Waterfalls
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Jungfraujoch ©
Jungfraujoch
Maennlichen Romantic Trail ©
Maennlichen Romantic Trail
Wengen Mannlichen Aerial Cableway ©
Wengen Mannlichen Aerial Cableway

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Radda in Chianti, Italy

Radda in Chianti ©
Explore hidden gems such as Castello di Monterinaldi and Sant'Agnese Farm. Popular historic sites such as Abbadia Isola and Rocca di Castellina are in your itinerary. Explore Radda in Chianti's surroundings by going to Concattedrale Dei Santi Alberto E Marziale (in Colle di Val d'Elsa), Barberino Val d'Elsa (Pieve di Sant'Appiano & Fattoria Casa Sola) and Cantalici (in Gaiole in Chianti). Next up on the itinerary: learn about winemaking at Fattoria di Montemaggio, contemplate the long history of Volpaia, admire all the interesting features of Pornanino, and get a sense of history and politics at Palazzo Del Podesta.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Radda in Chianti trip itinerary planning site .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Wengen to Radda in Chianti. Traveling from Wengen in May, things will get somewhat warmer in Radda in Chianti: highs are around 74°F and lows about 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to drive to Rome.

Things to do in Radda in Chianti

Wineries Historic Sites

Side Trips

Castellina In Chianti, Barberino Val d'Elsa, Azienda Agricola Casa Emma, Cantalici, Abbadia Isola
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Fattoria di Montemaggio ©
Fattoria di Montemaggio
Abbadia Isola ©
Abbadia Isola
Sant'Agnese Farm ©
Sant'Agnese Farm

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Rome, Italy

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Castello Caetani and Chiesa del Gesu. Popular historic sites such as Baldacchino di San Pietro, di Bernini and Basilica di Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri are in your itinerary. Get out of town with these interesting Rome side-trips: Giardino di Ninfa (in Cisterna di Latina) and Abbazia di Valvisciolo (in Sermoneta). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa di Santa Maria del Popolo, contemplate the long history of Colle Aventino, explore the ancient world of Foro di Augusto, and pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Rome road trip website .

You can drive from Radda in Chianti to Rome in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. May in Rome sees daily highs of 75°F and lows of 58°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Amalfi.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Sermoneta, Baldacchino di San Pietro, di Bernini, Giardino di Ninfa
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Chiesa del Gesu ©
Chiesa del Gesu
Castello Caetani ©
Castello Caetani
Giardino di Ninfa ©
Giardino di Ninfa

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Amalfi, Italy

Amalfi ©
Known for its impressive hillside cascade of colorful stone buildings down to the Mediterranean shore, Amalfi is the cultural and commercial heart of southern Italy's Amalfi Coast.
Get in touch with nature at Fornillo and Valle dei Mulini. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Villa Cimbrone Gardens and Castello di Lettere. Venture out of the city with trips to Parrocchia Di San Gennaro (in Praiano) and Badia della Santissima Trinita' (in Cava De' Tirreni). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duomo di Sant'Andrea, don't miss a visit to Villa Rufolo, contemplate the long history of Duomo di Ravello, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiostro del Paradiso.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Amalfi road trip app .

Traveling by combination of train and subway from Rome to Amalfi takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Rome in May, Amalfi is a bit warmer at night with lows of 65°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Amalfi

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Ravello, Badia della Santissima Trinita', Chiesa di San Francesco, Parrocchia San Giovanni, Fornillo
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Duomo di Sant'Andrea ©
Duomo di Sant'Andrea
Villa Cimbrone Gardens ©
Villa Cimbrone Gardens
Duomo di Ravello ©
Duomo di Ravello

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