18 days in Northwest Italy & Lake Maggiore (Italy & Switzerland) Itinerary

18 days in Northwest Italy & Lake Maggiore (Italy & Switzerland) Itinerary

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18 days in Northwest Italy & Lake Maggiore (Italy & Switzerland) Itinerary

Start: Tel Aviv, Israel
Fly:  6​h 30​min
1
Rome, Italy
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
2
Florence, Italy
— 4 nights
3
Venice, Italy
— 4 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
4
Verona, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
5
Milan, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
6
San Nazzaro, Switzerland
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  10​h 15​min
End: Tel Aviv, Israel

4
nights
Rome, Italy

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Bring the kids along to Colosseum and Palatine Hill. Escape the urban bustle at Grotte di Falvaterra and Parco Natura e Fattoria Didattica Voloalto. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to St. Peter's Basilica, explore the world behind art at Galleria Borghese, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona, and admire the striking features of Vatican Museums.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Rome trip itinerary planner.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Rome is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Tel Aviv to Rome, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Rome when traveling from Tel Aviv in August, with lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Wildlife Museums

Side Trips

Vatican City, Grotte di Falvaterra
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain
Palatine Hill ©
Palatine Hill

4
nights
Florence, Italy

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Attractions like River Rafting & Tubing and The Boboli Gardens make great kid-friendly stops. There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, get great views at Piazzale Michelangelo, tour the pleasant surroundings at Easy Living - Spiaggia sull'Arno, and examine the collection at Pitti Palace.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Florence trip planner .

You can take a train from Rome to Florence in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Rome in August since evenings lows in Florence dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can take a train to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Outdoors Parks
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River Rafting & Tubing
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Campanile di Giotto ©
Campanile di Giotto

4
nights
Venice, Italy

Venice ©
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.
Attractions like Canal Grande and St. Mark's Square make great kid-friendly stops. Step out of the city life by going to Riserva Naturale Ca' Roman and Vivi Venezia. Step out of Venice to go to Padua and see Scrovegni Chapel, which is approximately 52 minutes away. There's much more to do: admire the striking features of Doge's Palace, snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di San Marco, and admire the masterpieces at Punta della Dogana.

To find reviews and more tourist information, you can read our Venice trip planner .

Traveling by train from Florence to Venice takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. August in Venice sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Verona.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Scrovegni Chapel, Blue Moon
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Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace

2
nights
Verona, Italy

Verona ©
The famous setting for Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet, Verona is one of northern Italy's main tourist destinations, largely owing to its incredibly rich artistic heritage.
Family-friendly places like Parco Naturalistico delle Cascate-Family and Arena di Verona will thrill your kids. Step out of Verona to go to Castelnuovo del Garda and see Gardaland Park, which is approximately 32 minutes away. There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Piazza delle Erbe, admire the masterpieces at Museo di Castelvecchio, partake in some friendly competition at Play the City, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore.

To see where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Verona road trip planner .

You can take a train from Venice to Verona in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Milan.

Things to do in Verona

Theme Parks Historic Sites Tours

Side Trip

Gardaland Park
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Gardaland Park ©
Gardaland Park
Arena di Verona ©
Arena di Verona
Piazza delle Erbe ©
Piazza delle Erbe

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): admire the striking features of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duomo di Milano, and then examine the collection at Castello Sforzesco.

To find maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Milan trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Verona to Milan by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel to San Nazzaro.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Duomo di Milano ©
Duomo di Milano
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II ©
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
Castello Sforzesco ©
Castello Sforzesco

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night
San Nazzaro, Switzerland

San Nazzaro ©
San Nazzaro is a former municipality in the district of Locarno in the canton of Ticino in Switzerland.On 25 April 2010, the former municipalities of Caviano, Contone, Gerra Gambarogno, Indemini, Magadino, Piazzogna, San Nazzaro, Sant'Abbondio and Vira Gambarogno merged in the new municipality of Gambarogno.HistorySan Nazzaro is first mentioned in 1258 as sancto Nazario.In the hamlet of Vairano, cremation urns have been found which may date back to the Bronze Age cremations. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): meet the residents at Falconeria Locarno and then try for a hole-in-one at Minigolf Ascona.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the San Nazzaro trip maker site .

You can drive from Milan to San Nazzaro in 2 hours. In August, daily temperatures in San Nazzaro can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in San Nazzaro

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Minigolf Ascona, Lago Maggiore, Falconeria Locarno
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Falconeria Locarno ©
Falconeria Locarno
Lago Maggiore ©
Lago Maggiore
Minigolf Ascona ©
Minigolf Ascona

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