9 days in Italy & Lugano Itinerary

9 days in Italy & Lugano Itinerary

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9 days in Italy & Lugano Itinerary

Start: Indianapolis, United States
Fly:  14​h 15​min
1
Venice, Italy
— 1 night
2
Lugano, Switzerland
— 2 nights
train:  3​h 45​min
3
Florence, Italy
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
4
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: Indianapolis, United States


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1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Bagni Alberoni, contemplate the long history of Doge's Palace, then snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the extensive heritage of St. Mark's Square, take in the views from Ponte dei Sospiri, then admire the striking features of Basilica di San Marco, then take a stroll through Campo del Ghetto, and finally wander the streets of Cannaregio.

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Indianapolis, USA to Venice is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Indianapolis to Venice, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 87°F in July, and nighttime lows around 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can drive to Lugano.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Parks Beaches
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Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco

2
nights
Lugano, Switzerland

Lugano ©
Located in the popular holiday region of Ticino, Lugano is the largest Italian-speaking town in Switzerland.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sat): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Monte Tamaro, make a trip to Swissminiatur, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Monte San Salvatore. On your second day here, don't miss a visit to Piazza della Riforma, get to know the resident critters at Falconeria Locarno, then do a tasting at Tamborini Vini, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Lido di Lugano.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Lugano online holiday builder .

You can drive from Venice to Lugano in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in July, and nighttime lows around 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Lugano

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Falconeria Locarno, Monte Tamaro, Swissminiatur, Tamborini Vini
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Monte Tamaro ©
Monte Tamaro
Lido di Lugano ©
Lido di Lugano
Monte San Salvatore ©
Monte San Salvatore

1
night
Florence, Italy

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
On the 22nd (Mon), make a trip to Ratto della Sabina, see the interesting displays at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, take some stellar pictures from Piazzale Michelangelo, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore.

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You can take a train from Lugano to Florence in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. July in Florence sees daily highs of 86°F and lows of 65°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Adventure Wildlife Tours
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River Rafting & Tubing
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery

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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): don't miss a visit to Pantheon, ponder the design of Trevi Fountain, then wander the streets of Trastevere, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Catacombe di San Callisto. Keep things going the next day: delve into the distant past at Colosseum, then steep yourself in history at Palatine Hill, and then kick back and relax at Stabilimento Balneare le Palme.

To find ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Rome online driving holiday planner .

You can take a train from Florence to Rome in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. In July, plan for daily highs up to 89°F, and evening lows to 70°F. On the 25th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Vatican Museums
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Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain
Palatine Hill ©
Palatine Hill

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