17 days in Italy, Zermatt & Grindelwald Itinerary

17 days in Italy, Zermatt & Grindelwald Itinerary

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17 days in Italy, Zermatt & Grindelwald Itinerary

Start: New York City, United States
bus + Fly:  13​h
1
Verona, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  1​h
2
Bologna, Italy
— 4 nights
3
Milan, Italy
— 3 nights
train:  1​h
4
Stresa, Italy
— 1 night
train:  3​h 15​min
5
Zermatt, Switzerland
— 2 nights
train:  3​h 45​min
6
Grindelwald, Switzerland
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
7
Menaggio, Italy
— 2 nights
train + Fly:  13​h 45​min
End: New York City, United States

2
nights
Verona, Italy

Verona ©
The famous setting for Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet, Verona is one of northern Italy's main tourist destinations, largely owing to its incredibly rich artistic heritage.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Piazza delle Erbe and Museo di Castelvecchio. Do your shopping at Fondazione Bisazza and Via Mazzini. Venture out of the city with trips to Padua (Basilica di Sant’Antonio, Scrovegni Chapel, & more). The adventure continues: experience the emotional art of opera at Arena di Verona, take in panoramic vistas at Torre dei Lamberti, take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Fermo Maggiore, Verona, and explore the historical opulence of Piazzale Castel San Pietro.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Verona online holiday builder .

New York City, USA to Verona is an approximately 13-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Verona is 6 hours. Traveling from New York City in September, Verona is little chillier at night with lows of 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Bologna.

Things to do in Verona

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Padua, Fondazione Bisazza
Highlights from your plan
Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore ©
Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore
Arena di Verona ©
Arena di Verona
Scrovegni Chapel ©
Scrovegni Chapel

4
nights
Bologna, Italy

Bologna ©
A city famous for its cuisine, Bologna is the seat of the oldest university in the world, founded in 1088.
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and The Baptistery of St. John will appeal to history buffs. Museum-lovers will get to explore Pitti Palace and Uffizi Galleries. Change things up with these side-trips from Bologna: Florence (Campanile di Giotto, Piazza del Duomo, & more). It doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica - Santuario di Santo Stefano.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Bologna sightseeing planner.

Traveling by train from Verona to Bologna takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. September in Bologna sees daily highs of 78°F and lows of 59°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can take a train to Milan.

Things to do in Bologna

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Florence
Highlights from your plan
Basilica - Santuario di Santo Stefano ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery

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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II and Azalea - Silk of Como. Museum-lovers will appreciate Castello Sforzesco and Abele Experientia Artis. Step out of Milan with an excursion to Azienda Vitivinicola Fontechiara in Borgomanero--about 1h 25 min away. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Duomo di Milano, take an in-depth tour of Basilica di Sant'Ambrogio, make a trip to Piazza del Duomo, and admire the masterpieces at Pinacoteca Ambrosiana.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Milan trip itinerary builder tool .

Getting from Bologna to Milan by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Milan are 65°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Stresa.

Things to do in Milan

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Bellagio, Azienda Vitivinicola Fontechiara
Highlights from your plan
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II ©
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
Duomo di Milano ©
Duomo di Milano
Castello Sforzesco ©
Castello Sforzesco

1
night
Stresa, Italy

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. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): view the masterpieces at Palazzo Borromeo, then go for a walk through Vetta di Mottarone, then steep yourself in history at Villa Ducale, and finally stop by Profumo di Stresa.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Stresa attractions planner.

Traveling by train from Milan to Stresa takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Milan in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Stresa, with lows of 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Zermatt.

Things to do in Stresa

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
Highlights from your plan
Palazzo Borromeo ©
Palazzo Borromeo
Profumo di Stresa ©
Profumo di Stresa

2
nights
Zermatt, Switzerland

Zermatt ©
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): tee off at Golf Club Matterhorn, stop by Laderach, take in the architecture and atmosphere at English Church, then stroll the grounds of Mountaineers' Cemetery, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Parish church of St Mauritius, and finally examine the collection at Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kapelle Schwarzsee "Maria zum Schnee", then take in the awesome beauty at The Matterhorn, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Intercontinental Church Society, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kapelle Winkelmatten "Zur Heiligen Familie".

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Zermatt trip planner .

Getting from Stresa to Zermatt by train takes about 3.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Grindelwald.

Things to do in Zermatt

Historic Sites Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Mountaineers' Cemetery ©
Mountaineers' Cemetery
Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis ©

1
night
Grindelwald, Switzerland

Grindelwald ©
As one of the country's oldest ski resorts, Grindewald serves as a prime example of a cozy Swiss ski town.
On the 9th (Wed), see the interesting displays at Grindelwald Museum, then tour the pleasant surroundings at The Eiger Trail, and then wander the streets of Alpiglen.

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Take a train from Zermatt to Grindelwald in 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to travel to Menaggio.

Things to do in Grindelwald

Trails Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
The Eiger Trail ©
The Eiger Trail
Grindelwald Museum ©
Grindelwald Museum
Alpiglen ©
Alpiglen

2
nights
Menaggio, Italy

Menaggio ©
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. On the 10th (Thu), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di San Giorgio, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Riva Bianca Beach, and then play a few rounds at Menaggio & Cadenabbia Golf Club. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: wander the streets of Menaggio, then take in the exciting artwork at Chiosco Villa Carlotta, and then explore the galleries of Villa Carlotta.

To see more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Menaggio day trip app .

You can drive from Grindelwald to Menaggio in 4 hours. In October, daytime highs in Menaggio are 64°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Menaggio

Outdoors Parks Museums

Side Trips

Tremezzina, Menaggio, Riva Bianca Beach, Chiesa di San Giorgio
Highlights from your plan
Riva Bianca Beach ©
Riva Bianca Beach
Villa Carlotta ©
Villa Carlotta
Chiosco Villa Carlotta ©
Chiosco Villa Carlotta

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