16 days in Italy, Zurich & Chur Itinerary

16 days in Italy, Zurich & Chur Itinerary

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16 days in Italy, Zurich & Chur Itinerary

Start: Chicago, United States
Fly:  9​h
1
Zurich, Switzerland
— 1 night
train:  1​h 30​min
2
Chur, Switzerland
— 1 night
Drive:  8​h 30​min
3
Bellano, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
Padua, Italy
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Ravenna, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Florence, Italy
— 4 nights
Fly:  14​h
End: Chicago, United States

1
night
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Chinese Garden Zurich, Le Corbusier House and Limmat. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Limmat, walk around Chinese Garden Zurich, and then admire the striking features of Le Corbusier House.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Zurich online vacation planner .

Chicago, USA to Zurich is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Chicago to Zurich. Traveling from Chicago in October, you will find days in Zurich are a bit cooler (58°F), and nights are about the same (45°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to drive to Chur.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Nature
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Limmat ©
Limmat
Chinese Garden Zurich ©
Chinese Garden Zurich
Le Corbusier House ©
Le Corbusier House

1
night
Chur, Switzerland

Chur
Chur or Coire is the capital and largest town of the Swiss canton of Grisons and lies in the Grisonian Rhine Valley, where the Rhine turns towards the north, in the northern part of the canton. To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Chur trip planner .

Traveling by car from Zurich to Chur takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. You will have some time to spend on the 18th (Fri) before leaving for Bellano.

Things to do in Chur

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports
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2
nights
Bellano, Italy

Bellano ©
Bellano is a comune (municipality) and small town on the eastern shore of Lake Como in the Province of Lecco in the Italian region Lombardy, located at northern outlet of the Valsassina.The town's main attraction is the Orrido ("gorge" or small canyon) formed through erosion by the river Pioverna before entering the lake, starting from 15 millions year ago. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Orrido di Bellano as well as Villa Monastero. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Fri): explore the stunning scenery at Orrido di Bellano. On the 19th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the landmark architecture of Villa Monastero.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Bellano online trip planner .

Getting from Chur to Bellano by car takes about 3 hours. In October in Bellano, expect temperatures between 64°F during the day and 49°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Padua.

Things to do in Bellano

Nature Parks

Side Trip

Villa Monastero
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Orrido di Bellano ©
Orrido di Bellano
Villa Monastero ©
Villa Monastero

4
nights
Padua, Italy

Padua ©
Padua is a picturesque city with a dense network of arcaded streets opening into large communal piazze (squares).
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Teatro Olimpico. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Basilica di Sant’Antonio and Ragione Palace. Visit Piazza dei Signori and Scrovegni Chapel for their historical value.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Padua trip planner .

Traveling by car from Bellano to Padua takes 3.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 61°F, and evening lows to 54°F. You will leave for Ravenna on the 24th (Thu).

Things to do in Padua

Nightlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

Teatro Olimpico
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Basilica di Sant’Antonio ©
Basilica di Sant’Antonio
Ragione Palace ©
Ragione Palace
Scrovegni Chapel ©
Scrovegni Chapel

2
nights
Ravenna, Italy

Ravenna ©
Famous for its wealth of original mosaics, Ravenna is a hub of artistic and cultural heritage.
For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Ravenna road trip app .

You can drive from Padua to Ravenna in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In October, daily temperatures in Ravenna can reach 66°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. On the 26th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Florence.

Things to do in Ravenna

Historic Sites Museums
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Basilica San Vitale ©
Basilica San Vitale
Basilica di Sant'Apollinare Nuovo ©
Basilica di Sant'Apollinare Nuovo
Mausoleo di Galla Placidia ©
Mausoleo di Galla Placidia

4
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Basilica San Miniato al Monte will appeal to history buffs. Museum-lovers will get to explore Gallerie Degli Uffizi and Museo Nazionale del Bargello. Change things up with these side-trips from Florence: Centro Storico del Paese di Tellaro (in Tellaro) and San Pietro Church (in Porto Venere). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Piazzale Michelangelo, get engrossed in the history at Corridoio Vasariano, admire the masterpieces at Palazzo Strozzi, and get to know the fascinating history of Centro Storico.

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Florence trip planner .

You can drive from Ravenna to Florence in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In October, daily temperatures in Florence can reach 71°F, while at night they dip to 54°F. You will have some time to spend on the 30th (Wed) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Centro Storico del Paese di Tellaro, San Pietro Church
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Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Centro Storico ©
Centro Storico

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