It’s said that there is not such a thing as falling gracefully in love. Not with Europe at least. Just how we tend to keep dreaming about love as we fear reality may not best reflect as we dreamt it, an Europe vacation is always but a beautiful canvas for our fantasies. But with Europe it’s a sin to just sit and wonder. Fret not — here’s an exhaustive itinerary to come close to perfecting a multi-city Europe vacation covering Italy and Switzerland.
✔︎ 2 Nights in Rome
How to spend 48 hours in Rome
Day 1 — Morning: Fly into Rome and check in to your hotel.
Afternoon: Skip the Line: Colosseum, Forum, and Palatine Hill Walking Tour. These essential sensations of Rome where many amusing historical anecdotes come alive, attract people like a swarm of fireflies. Allow yourself the privilege of not spending your vacation in what may seem like eternal queues, and explore the fable-ous Rome.
Evening: Tango down the Spanish Steps. Because you can afford to miss nothing when it comes to Rome. Follow the footsteps of Romans in this widest butterfly-structured stairways dating back to the 1720s. Find Fontana della Barcaccia, a truly baroque fountain welcoming you at the end of the steps.
Day 2 — Morning: Diocletian Bath and the Octagonal Hall tour. Nearly four centuries of artworks etched on sepulchres and stanchions greet you on the outside whilst intricate marble sculptures await you on the inside.
Afternoon to Evening: Castelli Romani Tour from Rome: Frascati and Castel Gandolfo. Rome prepares to sleep as its quaint little castles tuck into the top of the Alban hills. Devour the most picturesque setting whose striking tranquility contrasts the otherwise zestful Rome.
✔︎ 2 Nights in Florence
How to spend 48 hours in Florence
Day 3 — Morning to Afternoon: Take your train from Rome to Florence. The average travel time is 1:30 hours.
Evening: Medici Dynasty Show. Sit back and feel Florence unfolding right in front of your eyes as this famous multimedia theatre plays Florence’s 300 years of history through the fascinating biopic of the most influential family ever to rule Florence.
Day 4 — Morning: Leonardo Da Vinci Museum Entrance Ticket. The exhibition that pays ode to Leonardo Da Vinci is as genius as the artist himself. This tour is sure to please your aesthetic as well as cognitive senses.
Afternoon: Piazza Della Signoria. Explore Florence’s political history in the streets garnished with many architectural paradigms of the Renaissance era including the Uffizi gallery, Loggia dei Lanzi and Palazzo delle Assicurazioni Generali amongst others.
Evening: Palazzo Vecchio. Now after munching on some Fettunta paired with coffee at Caffe Rivoire, tread the Vasari corridor leading to Palazzo Vecchio, situated in close proximity with the Piazza Della Signoria square. Marvel in this medieval world the masterpieces of geniuses such as Michelangelo, Donatello, and Giorgio Vasari.
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✔︎ 2 Nights in Interlaken
How to spend 48 hours in Interlaken
Day 5 — Morning to Afternoon: Take a scenic train route from Florence to Interlaken. Travel time would be 5:30 hours.
Evening: Visit Harder Kulm. Set afloat at 1,321 metres above Switzerland, is this view point overlooking the idyllic stretches of the Jungfrau, Monch and Eiger mountains at eye level and the lakes of Brienz and Thun down under. Stay on top of Switzerland and enjoy Interlaken at its most dramatic.
Day 6 — Schilthorn Explorations (from Murren) – Best combined with Swiss Pass. Stand in awe of the snowcapped bernese alps piercing the dramatic skylines of Swiss. Piz Gloria, the revolving restaurant offering amazing panoramic vistas is a must-visit.
✔︎ 2 Nights in Lucerne
How to spend 48 hours in Lucerne
Day 7 — Morning to Afternoon: Take the golden pass line from Interlaken to Lucerne — this scenic train route is downright scintillating!
Evening: Visit St. Leodegar church, Lucerne’s most iconic attraction flaunting a subtle tint of renaissance in its architectural style.
Day 8 — Pilatus ride. Best combined with Swiss Pass. Descend down the world’s steepest cog line as your adrenaline feels the most intense of rushes — Try for once how it feels to ride a real life roller coaster.
Planning right is all it takes to perfect your combined vacation to Italy and Switzerland. It can be exacting, but not when Pickyourtrail is here to pamper you with an end-to-end itinerary to cater to any of your Euro-fantasies.
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