21 days in Italy & Lake Maggiore (Italy & Switzerland) Itinerary

21 days in Italy & Lake Maggiore (Italy & Switzerland) Itinerary

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21 days in Italy & Lake Maggiore (Italy & Switzerland) Itinerary

Start: Perth
+3
Fly + bus + foot + train:  26​h
1
Syracuse
— 1 day
2
Palermo
— 2 nights
Fly + train:  6​h 15​min
3
Pompeii
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
4
Rome
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
5
Florence
— 3 nights
6
Venice
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
7
Stresa
— 2 nights
train + Fly:  23​h 45​min
End: Perth


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1
day
Syracuse

Syracuse ©
Philosopher Cicero once described Syracuse as "the greatest Greek city and the most beautiful of them all." A powerful city-state of ancient Greece, Syracuse now is the capital of the eponymous Italian province on the eastern coast of Sicily.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): step off the mainland to explore Ortigia.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Syracuse driving holiday planner .

Perth, Australia to Syracuse is an approximately 26-hour combination of flight and train. You'll gain 7 hours traveling from Perth to Syracuse due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can go by car to Palermo.

Things to do in Syracuse

Nature Parks
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Ortigia ©
Ortigia

2
nights
Palermo

The capital of Sicily, Palermo was founded by the Phoenicians under the name of Ziz.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, make a trip to Cattedrale di Palermo, then admire the landmark architecture of Palazzo Conte Federico, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Norman Palace and Palatine Chapel. On the next day, examine the collection at Museo dell'Acciuga, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of San Cataldo, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Duomo di Monreale.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Palermo day trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Syracuse to Palermo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to travel to Pompeii.

Things to do in Palermo

Historic Sites Tours Museums

Side Trips

Museo dell'Acciuga, Duomo di Monreale
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Food Tours
Cattedrale di Palermo ©
Cattedrale di Palermo
Norman Palace ©
Norman Palace

4
nights
Pompeii

Pompeii has been a tourist destination for more than 250 years.
Explore Pompeii's surroundings by going to Ravello (Villa Rufolo, Duomo di Ravello, & more), Il Vecchio Centro Storico di Romagnano al Monte (in Salerno) and Vietri sul Mare (Le Vigne di Raito & ceramica solimene). Dedicate the 10th (Thu) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. The adventure continues: explore the ancient world of Pompeii Archaeological Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Duomo di Sant'Andrea, examine the collection at Museo della Carta, and take advantage of the amenities at Fornillo.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Pompeii road trip planning site .

Do a combination of flight and train from Palermo to Pompeii in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. In October in Pompeii, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Rome.

Things to do in Pompeii

Tours Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Ravello, Amalfi, Positano, Vietri sul Mare, Il Vecchio Centro Storico di Romagnano al Monte
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Pompeii Archaeological Park ©
Pompeii Archaeological Park
Le Vigne di Raito ©
Le Vigne di Raito

4
nights
Rome

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Rome is known for historic sites, nightlife, museums, classes, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Colosseum, admire the masterpieces at Galleria Borghese, take in the spiritual surroundings of Vatican Museums, and don't miss a visit to Piazza Navona.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Rome trip itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Pompeii to Rome in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. October in Rome sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Vatican City
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica

3
nights
Florence

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Dedicate the 20th (Sun) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Uffizi Galleries, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, make a trip to Piazzale Michelangelo, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Florence itinerary planning tool .

Getting from Rome to Florence by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. In October, daily temperatures in Florence can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Tours Museums Historic Sites
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Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery
Piazzale Michelangelo ©
Piazzale Michelangelo

3
nights
Venice

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.
When in Venice, make a side trip to see Scrovegni Chapel in Padua, approximately 54 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, admire the masterpieces at Gallerie dell'Accademia, get to know the fascinating history of St. Mark's Square, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Venice day trip planning app .

Take a train from Florence to Venice in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Florence, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Venice, ranging from highs of 22°C to lows of 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to drive to Stresa.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trip

Scrovegni Chapel
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Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco

2
nights
Stresa

Stresa ©
Stresa is a town and comune of about 5,000 residents on the shores of Lake Maggiore in the province of Verbano-Cusio-Ossola in the Piedmont region of northern Italy, about 90km northwest of Milan. On the 24th (Thu), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa dei S.S. Martiri, then do a tasting at Azienda Vitivinicola Fontechiara, then make a trip to Le Ville di Ravello, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Villa Ducale. On the 25th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens Of Villa Taranto and then view the masterpieces at Palazzo Borromeo.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Stresa holiday planner.

You can drive from Venice to Stresa in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. In October, daytime highs in Stresa are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Stresa

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Botanical Gardens Of Villa Taranto, Chiesa dei S.S. Martiri, Le Ville di Ravello, Azienda Vitivinicola Fontechiara
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Palazzo Borromeo ©
Palazzo Borromeo
Le Ville di Ravello ©
Le Ville di Ravello
Botanical Gardens Of Villa Taranto ©
Botanical Gardens Of Villa Taranto

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