16 days in Italy, Lauterbrunnen & Geneva Itinerary

16 days in Italy, Lauterbrunnen & Geneva Itinerary

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Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
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Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive
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Portofino, Italy
— 1 night
Drive
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Menaggio, Italy
— 3 nights
Drive
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Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland
— 5 nights
Drive
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Geneva, Switzerland
— 2 nights

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Rome, Italy

— 2 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Sat): explore the world behind art at Museo Nazionale di Castel Sant'Angelo, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Peter's Basilica, and finally admire the masterpieces at Vatican Museums. On the next day, don't miss a visit to Spanish Steps, ponder the design of Trevi Fountain, then admire the landmark architecture of Pantheon, then delve into the distant past at Colosseum, and finally steep yourself in history at Palatine Hill.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Rome trip planner.

If you are flying in from Saudi Arabia, the closest major aiports are Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport, Ciampino–G. B. Pastine International Airport and Perugia San Francesco d'Assisi – Umbria International Airport. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in July, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

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Florence, Italy

— 2 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Campanile di Giotto, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, then contemplate the long history of Palazzo Vecchio, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Baptistery of St. John. Keep things going the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of Santa Croce, admire the masterpieces at Florence Academy of Fine Arts, take in the views from Ponte Vecchio, then don't miss a visit to Piazzale Michelangelo, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at The Boboli Gardens.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Florence travel route builder tool.

Take a train from Rome to Florence in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Rome in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Florence, with lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Portofino.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums
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Portofino, Italy

— 1 night
Portofino is an Italian fishing village and holiday resort famous for its picturesque harbour and historical association with celebrity and artistic visitors. On the 4th (Wed), take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of San Giorgio, enjoy the sea views from Faro di Portofino, then explore the historical opulence of Castello Brown, and finally stroll through Area Marina Protetta Portofino.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Portofino trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Florence to Portofino in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Florence in August, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 25°C in Portofino. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to travel to Menaggio.

Things to do in Portofino

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife
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Menaggio, Italy

— 3 nights
Menaggio is a town and comune in the province of Como, Lombardy, northern Italy, located on the western shore of Lake Como at the mouth of the river Senagra.Menaggio has three frazioni (parishes): Croce, Loveno and Nobiallo.HistoryThe area of current Menaggio was conquered by the Romans in 196 BC. The Roman conquest culminated with the construction of a road called the Via Regina.Menaggio was a walled city. Explore Menaggio's surroundings by going to Bellano (Chiesa dei Santi Nazaro e Celso & Orrido di Bellano), Forte Montecchio Nord (in Colico) and Castello di Vezio (in Vezio). There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Villa del Balbianello, pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di San Lorenzo a Tremezzo, admire the masterpieces at Villa Carlotta, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa di S. Stefano.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Menaggio day trip website.

Traveling by car from Portofino to Menaggio takes 3.5 hours. Traveling from Portofino in August, plan for little chillier nights in Menaggio, with lows around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to travel to Lauterbrunnen.

Things to do in Menaggio

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 5 — 8:

Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland

— 5 nights
A small village in a valley, Lauterbrunnen showcases an abundance of awe-inspiring waterfalls.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lauterbrunnen: Riederalp (Riederalp & Villa Cassel). There's much more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Aletsch Glacier, take in the awesome beauty at Allmendhubel, head outdoors with Air-Glaciers, S.A., and admire the sheer force of Trümmelbachfälle.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Lauterbrunnen trip itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from Menaggio to Lauterbrunnen in 3.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can go by car to Geneva.

Things to do in Lauterbrunnen

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

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Geneva, Switzerland

— 2 nights

Capital of Peace

Geneva brings the world to one small city with a huge expat population and the highest number of international organizations in any one city.
Step out of Geneva with an excursion to Chateau de Chillon in Veytaux--about 1h 30 min away. There's much more to do: explore the activities along Lake Geneva, see the interesting displays at Patek Philippe Museum, make a trip to The Flower Clock, and stroll around Le Jardin Anglais.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Geneva travel planning app.

You can drive from Lauterbrunnen to Geneva in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In August, daily temperatures in Geneva can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 16°C.

Things to do in Geneva

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 13 — 15:

Italy travel guide

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Landmarks · Ruins · Sacred & Religious Sites
Italy is a land of high fashion, fine art, exquisite architecture, luxury sports cars, outstanding cuisine--and an insatiable taste for "la dolce vita." It's also home to the greatest number of World Heritage Sites in the world, making it an ideal place for your next holiday. The country boasts a varied landscape of mountain ranges, alpine lakes, and coastal towns, so it's no wonder travelers often refer to it as the bel paese (beautiful country). With so many places to visit, visitors often have a difficult time planning their itinerary. The smaller villages each feature a distinct character and a blend of architecture, art, and cuisine. In the country, you'll find countless archeological sites dating back to Roman times and beyond. The country's cities and seaside resorts are cosmopolitan powerhouses with museums, galleries, restaurants, shops, open-air markets, and pedestrian-friendly historic areas.