44 days in Italy, Switzerland & Greece Itinerary

44 days in Italy, Switzerland & Greece Itinerary

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44 days in Italy, Switzerland & Greece Itinerary

Start: Brisbane, Australia
Fly:  27​h
1
Bologna, Italy
— 3 nights
train:  3​h
2
Lucca, Italy
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
3
Genoa, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
4
Milan, Italy
— 3 nights
train:  3​h 45​min
5
Lucerne, Switzerland
— 3 nights
train:  1​h
6
Bern, Switzerland
— 2 nights
7
Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
8
Venice, Italy
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
9
Florence, Italy
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
10
Rome, Italy
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
11
Naples, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
12
Corfu Town, Greece
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
13
Fira, Greece
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
14
Athens, Greece
— 4 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Brisbane, Australia

3
nights
Bologna, Italy

Bologna ©
A city famous for its cuisine, Bologna is the seat of the oldest university in the world, founded in 1088.
Step off the beaten path and head to Piazza Cattedrale and Panini Motor Museum. Museum-lovers will get to explore La Macchina del Tempo and Museo della Cattedrale. Change things up with these side-trips from Bologna: Salse di Nirano (in Fiorano Modenese), certosa (in Ferrara) and Galleria Estense (in Modena). There's lots more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Complesso Monumentale San Michele In Bosco, head outdoors with Giardini Margherita, and admire the landmark architecture of Portico di San Luca.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Bologna trip website .

Brisbane, Australia to Bologna is an approximately 27-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Brisbane to Bologna is minus 9 hours. September in Bologna sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Lucca.

Things to do in Bologna

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Ferrara, Modena, Salse di Nirano
Find places to stay Sep 30 — Oct 3:
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Museo della Cattedrale ©
Museo della Cattedrale
certosa ©
certosa

4
nights
Lucca, Italy

Lucca ©
Lucca, famous for its intact Renaissance-era city walls, remained an independent city-state until the end of the 18th century.
Appreciate the collections at Sant'Anna di Stazzema and Museo di Arte Contemporanea Lu.C.C.A. - Lucca Center of Contemporary Art. Get some historical perspective at Castle dell'Aquila and Chiesa di Santa Caterina d'Alessandria. Change things up with these side-trips from Lucca: Botanical Garden Maria Ansaldi Pania di Corfino (in Villa Collemandina), Azienda Agraria La Valle (in Fivizzano) and Cava di Marmo al Coperto di Fantiscritti Carrara (in Carrara). The adventure continues: explore the activities along Oasi Naturale Lamastrone and examine the collection at Museo Civico Giovanni Fattori.

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Lucca journey builder app .

You can drive from Bologna to Lucca in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. In October, daytime highs in Lucca are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can drive to Genoa.

Things to do in Lucca

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

Fivizzano, Chiesa di Santa Caterina d'Alessandria, Oasi Naturale Lamastrone, Cava di Marmo al Coperto di Fantiscritti Carrara, Sant'Anna di Stazzema
Find places to stay Oct 3 — 7:
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Sant'Anna di Stazzema ©
Sant'Anna di Stazzema
Castle dell'Aquila ©
Castle dell'Aquila

2
nights
Genoa, Italy

Genoa ©
Once the most important harbor in the Mediterranean Sea, Genoa has a long history as a rich and powerful trade center in northern Italy.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): get to know the fascinating history of Borgo Storico di Corniglia, appreciate the extensive heritage of Borgo Storico di Riomaggiore, then pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di Santa Margherita d'Antiochia - Santuario di Nostra Signora della Rosa, and finally admire the masterpieces at Museo Diocesano Chiostro dei Canonici di San Lorenzo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: step into the grandiose world of Castello Della Pietra, then look for all kinds of wild species at Parco delle Capanne di Marcarolo, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanctuary Of Our Lady Of The Guard, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at San Pietro in Banchi.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Genoa day trip planner .

Getting from Lucca to Genoa by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. October in Genoa sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Milan.

Things to do in Genoa

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Cinque Terre, Parco delle Capanne di Marcarolo, Sanctuary Of Our Lady Of The Guard, Chiesa di Santa Margherita d'Antiochia - Santuario di Nostra Signora della Rosa, Castello Della Pietra
Find places to stay Oct 7 — 9:
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3
nights
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Santa Maria Assunta Cathedral and Castello di Camino. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Villa Verdi and Museo delle Cere. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Milan: Chiesa di San Cristoforo (in Vercelli), Santuario di Caravaggio - Santa Maria del Fronte (in Caravaggio) and Casale Monferrato (Cattedrale di Sant'Evasio (Duomo di Casale Monferrato) & Krumiri Rossi). There's still lots to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Comune, step into the grandiose world of Castello di Chignolo Po, and pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa Santa Maria delle Grazie.

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Milan trip builder website .

Traveling by car from Genoa to Milan takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Genoa in October, plan for a bit cooler nights in Milan, with lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Lucerne.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Casale Monferrato, Cremona, Museo delle Cere, Castello di Chignolo Po, Castello di Camino
Find places to stay Oct 9 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
Piazza del Comune ©
Piazza del Comune
Villa Verdi ©
Villa Verdi
Museo delle Cere ©
Museo delle Cere

3
nights
Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Step out of the city life by going to Sattel Hochstuckli and Lake Trubsee. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Aare Gorge and Victorinox. When in Lucerne, make a side trip to see Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum in Brienz, approximately 58 minutes away. There's more to do: buy something for everyone on your list at Emmen Center and explore the striking landscape at Glacier Garden (Gletschergarten).

Make your Lucerne itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Traveling by car from Milan to Lucerne takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Milan in October, with highs in Lucerne at 17°C and lows at 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Tue) to allow time for the train ride to Bern.

Things to do in Lucerne

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trips

Sattel Hochstuckli, Aare Gorge, Emmen Center, Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum, Lake Trubsee
Find places to stay Oct 12 — 15:
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Sattel Hochstuckli ©
Sattel Hochstuckli
Aare Gorge ©
Aare Gorge
Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum ©
Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum

2
nights
Bern, Switzerland

Bern ©
The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at St. Ursenkathedrale. On the 16th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the waterfront views at Aare River, then see the interesting displays at Musee des Chemins de fer du Kaeserberg, then revel in the low prices at Ambra Minerals, and finally snap pictures at Kornhausbrucke.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Bern trip planner .

You can take a train from Lucerne to Bern in an hour. Another option is to drive. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in October, and nighttime lows around 6°C. On the 17th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Zurich.

Things to do in Bern

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

St. Ursenkathedrale, Musee des Chemins de fer du Kaeserberg, Ambra Minerals
Find places to stay Oct 15 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Aare River ©
Aare River
Ambra Minerals ©
Ambra Minerals

2
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 Grossmunster, Fraumünster Church and Old Town (Altstadt). Start off your visit on the 17th (Thu): wander the streets of Old Town (Altstadt), explore the world behind art at Rietberg Museum, then look for gifts at Lindt Chocolate Shop Kilchberg, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Grossmunster. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the views from Santis der Berg and then steep yourself in history at Hallwyl Castle.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Zurich online tour planner .

Traveling by train from Bern to Zurich takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October in Zurich, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Venice.

Things to do in Zurich

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Hallwyl Castle, Convent of St. Gall, Lindt Chocolate Shop Kilchberg, Santis der Berg
Find places to stay Oct 17 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Old Town (Altstadt) ©
Old Town (Altstadt)
Hallwyl Castle ©
Hallwyl Castle
Lindt Chocolate Shop Kilchberg ©
Lindt Chocolate Shop Kilchberg

3
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.
On the 20th (Sun), browse the different shops at T Fondaco Dei Tedeschi, then look for all kinds of wild species at Oasi Cervara - Nature Sanctuary, and then contemplate the long history of Piazza dei Signori. Keep things going the next day: get to know the fascinating history of Passeggiata lungo la restera, then get to know the fascinating history of Castello Di Roncade, then enjoy the sand and surf at Spiaggia di Levante, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Angelo Vitturi.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Venice trip planning app .

Getting from Zurich to Venice by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Zurich in October; daily highs in Venice reach 22°C and lows reach 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Tue) to allow time for the train ride to Florence.

Things to do in Venice

Parks Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trips

Piazza dei Signori, Oasi Cervara - Nature Sanctuary, Spiaggia di Levante, Basilica di Santa Maria Assunta e Chiesa di Santa Fosca, Castello Di Roncade
Find places to stay Oct 19 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Piazza dei Signori ©
Piazza dei Signori
T Fondaco Dei Tedeschi ©
T Fondaco Dei Tedeschi

4
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Get some cultural insight at La Verna - Franciscan Sanctuary and Duomo San Donato. Popular historic sites such as Terme Bagno Vignoni and Battistero di San Giovanni are in your itinerary. Change things up with these side-trips from Florence: Duomo di San Gimignano (in San Gimignano), San Domenico Church (in Arezzo) and Castello dei Conti Guidi di Poppi (in Poppi). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Convento di San Francesco.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Florence planner .

You can take a train from Venice to Florence in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Arezzo, Duomo di San Gimignano, Terme Bagno Vignoni, Battistero di San Giovanni, La Verna - Franciscan Sanctuary
Find places to stay Oct 22 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
La Verna - Franciscan Sanctuary ©
La Verna - Franciscan Sanctuary
Battistero di San Giovanni ©
Battistero di San Giovanni
Duomo di San Gimignano ©
Duomo di San Gimignano

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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Museo Nazionale Tarquiniense and Castello Odescalchi. Take a break from the city and head to Lagustelli di Percile and Giardino del lago. Get out of town with these interesting Rome side-trips: Rieti's Underground (in Rieti), Trevignano Romano (in Trevignano Romano) and Piazza del Duomo (in Spoleto). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Monastero Di S.Benedetto, appreciate the extensive heritage of Orte Sotterranea, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di San Pietro, and explore the ancient world of Vulci.

For other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Rome online road trip planner .

Getting from Florence to Rome by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. In October in Rome, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Wed) to allow time for the train ride to Naples.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Anagni, Vulci, Giardino del lago, Piazza del Duomo, Museo Nazionale Tarquiniense
Find places to stay Oct 26 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Monastero Di S.Benedetto ©
Monastero Di S.Benedetto
Piazza del Duomo ©
Piazza del Duomo
Chiesa di San Pietro ©
Chiesa di San Pietro

3
nights
Naples, Italy

Naples ©
Naples is the capital of the Italian region Campania and the third-largest municipality in Italy after Rome and Milan. Take a break from the city and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Riserva di Montedimezzo. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Pietrabbondante - Il Santuario and Libreria L Ultima Spiaggia. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Naples: Ercolano (College of the Augustales & Casa di Nettuno e Anfitrite), Museo Archeologico (in Ventotene) and Castello Medioevale di Itri (in Itri). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Lido Beluga.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Naples itinerary builder .

Traveling by train from Rome to Naples takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Naples can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Corfu Town.

Things to do in Naples

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Ventotene, Ercolano, Riserva di Montedimezzo, Pietrabbondante - Il Santuario, Castello Medioevale di Itri
Find places to stay Oct 30 — Nov 2:
Highlights from your plan
Lido Beluga ©
Lido Beluga
Scuba & Snorkeling
Libreria L Ultima Spiaggia ©
Libreria L Ultima Spiaggia

2
nights
Corfu Town, Greece

Corfu Town ©
Often called "Kastropolis" because of its majestic Venetian castle, Corfu Town once featured such extensive fortifications that a force of over 20,000 soldiers defended them.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): step off the mainland to explore Pontikonisi, view the masterpieces at Tsami Ceramics, make a trip to Vlacherna Monastery, then stroll the grounds of British Cemetry, then see the interesting displays at Casa Parlante, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Saint Ioannis the Precursor. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun): explore the striking landscape at Kaiser's Throne, admire the striking features of Corfu Museum of Asian Art, stop by Mezzo Mezzo, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Saint Spiridon, and finally browse for treasures at Icon Gallery.

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Corfu Town day trip planner.

You can fly from Naples to Corfu Town in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus, train, and flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Eastern European Time (EET) is 1 hour. In November, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Fira.

Things to do in Corfu Town

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Corfu, Pontikonisi, Kaiser's Throne, Tsami Ceramics
Find places to stay Nov 2 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
Corfu Museum of Asian Art ©
Corfu Museum of Asian Art
Church of Saint Spiridon ©
Church of Saint Spiridon
British Cemetry ©
British Cemetry

2
nights
Fira, Greece

Fira ©
Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
On the 5th (Tue), examine the collection at Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos, see the interesting displays at Cultural Village, then do a tasting at Venetsanos Winery, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Orthodox Metropolitan Cathedral, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Fira trip itinerary builder site .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Corfu Town to Fira in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Corfu Town in November, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Fira, with lows around 17°C. On the 6th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Athens.

Things to do in Fira

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Oia, Cultural Village, Venetsanos Winery, Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos
Find places to stay Nov 4 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos ©
Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos
Cultural Village ©
Cultural Village
Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist ©

4
nights
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Herod Atticus Odeon, Theater of Dionysus, Temple of Olympian Zeus, and other attractions. Benaki Museum and Melina Mercouri Foundation are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's still lots to do: stop by Greek Roots.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Athens online attractions planner .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Fira to Athens in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and taxi; or do a combination of ferry, taxi, and flight. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in November, and nighttime lows around 15°C. You'll set off for home on the 9th (Sat).

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites Museums Nature
Find places to stay Nov 6 — 10:
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Herod Atticus Odeon ©
Herod Atticus Odeon
Temple of Olympian Zeus ©
Temple of Olympian Zeus
Benaki Museum ©
Benaki Museum

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