13 days in Italy & Switzerland Itinerary

13 days in Italy & Switzerland Itinerary

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13 days in Italy & Switzerland Itinerary

Start: San Diego, United States
+3
Fly + Train + Foot + Ferry:  20​h 15​min
1
Positano, Italy
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
Train:  1​h 45​min
3
Florence, Italy
— 1 night
Train:  2​h 15​min
4
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Zurich, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Fly:  15​h
End: San Diego, United States

1
night
Positano, Italy

Positano ©
Often referred to as the gem of the Amalfi Coast, Positano remains one of southern Italy's most sought-after vacation locales, thanks to its hillside location and picturesque, pastel buildings.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): kick back and relax at Fornillo. On the 28th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Duomo di Ravello, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cappella Sant'Angelo all'Ospedale, and then take in the pleasant sights at Sentiero degli dei (Path of the Gods).

To find where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Positano travel itinerary planner.

San Diego, USA to Positano is an approximately 20.5-hour combination of flight, shuttle, and bus. You can also do a combination of flight, train, subway, and bus; or do a combination of train, bus, flight, and shuttle. Traveling from San Diego to Positano, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from San Diego in June, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Positano: temperatures range from 82°F by day to 68°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Rome.

Things to do in Positano

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Ravello
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Fornillo ©
Fornillo
Duomo di Ravello ©
Duomo di Ravello
Il Sentiero Degli Dei ©
Il Sentiero Degli Dei

3
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.
Head to Mostra Permanente Tommaso Gismondi and Enoteca Letterariafor some retail therapy. Museum-lovers will get to explore Vatican Museums and Trevimage. Take a break from Rome with a short trip to Villa d'Este in Tivoli, about 48 minutes away. There's still lots to do: explore the ancient world of Colosseum, don't miss a visit to Piazza Navona, take in the exciting artwork at Art Gallery Roma, and contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Basilica.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Rome trip maker app .

You can drive from Positano to Rome in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, subway, and train; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Rome can reach 84°F, while at night they dip to 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Vatican City, Villa d'Este, Mostra Permanente Tommaso Gismondi
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Piazza Navona ©
Piazza Navona
St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica
Vatican Museums
Vatican Museums

1
night
Florence, Italy

Florence
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
To plan Florence vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Getting from Rome to Florence by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. Traveling from Rome in July, expect little chillier with lows of 65°F in Florence. On the 2nd (Tue), you'll travel to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Tours Historic Sites Outdoors
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2
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Basilica di San Marco and Doge's Palace. Get some cultural insight at St. Mark's Square and Cannaregio. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Venice: Riviera 6 - Bagno 6 (in Lignano Riviera) and Laguna di Bibione (in Bibione). There's much more to do: explore the activities along Canal Grande, pause for some serene contemplation at San Giorgio Maggiore, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, and take in the views from Ponte dei Sospiri.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Venice trip planner .

You can take a train from Florence to Venice in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 87°F, and evening lows to 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Zurich.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Riviera 6 - Bagno 6, Laguna di Bibione
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San Giorgio Maggiore ©
San Giorgio Maggiore
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco

3
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Barfussbar as well as Matterhorn Ski Paradise. Get a sense of the local culture at Swiss National Museum and Bahnhofstrasse. Visit Old Town (Altstadt) and Grossmunster for their historical value. Take a break from Zurich with a short trip to Seebad Eich in Eich, about 1h 05 min away. There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, admire the landmark architecture of Fraumünster Church, and stop by Confiserie Sprungli.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Zurich tour itinerary planner.

You can fly from Venice to Zurich in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or drive. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Venice in July: high temperatures in Zurich hover around 78°F and lows are around 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Outdoors Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Seebad Eich, Matterhorn Ski Paradise
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Seebad Eich ©
Seebad Eich
Old Town ©
Old Town
Matterhorn Ski Paradise ©
Matterhorn Ski Paradise

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