From Zurich to Florence in 7 Days

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  • Zürich

  • Florence

  • Active Travel

  • Adventure Travel

  • Italy

  • Switzerland

  • Outdoors

  • Sightseeing

  • Entertainment

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The area from Zurich to Florence takes you from the valleys of the Swiss Alps to the sunflower fields of Tuscany, with a stop in the fashion capital of Milan. Whether you're interested in sailing on Lake Zurich, shopping for fashion in Milan, admiring the art of Florence, or enjoying all 3, this itinerary has it all. As you travel between these 3 cities you will take a train ride through the Alps, past the beauty of Lake Como, and through Tuscany before arriving in Florence!

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The St. Regis Florence

A longtime favorite for its richly-dressed rooms, Arno River views, wraparound garden terrace and central location 10 minutes from all the sights.

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Mandarin Oriental, Milan

Near La Scala and Via Montenapoleone, offering luxurious rooms and suites, fine dining and a private spa.

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Portrait Milano

Portrait Milano: Where artistry and sophistication blend seamlessly, creating an unforgettable canvas of hospitality.

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Day 1: Arriving in Zurich

old city with a river running through and mountains in the distance

You'll arriving in Zurich early, which will give you time to explore the city. After dropping off your luggage at your fabulous hotel, wander down to Altstadt (Old Town) and grab brunch in one of the many restaurants.

Begin your journey in Zurich with a half hour cruise, and then go by coach past the National Museum and Opera House and finish in the shopping district with a tour of the Lindt House of Chocolate with unlimited tastings.

Day 2: Switzerland, Opera and National Museum

contemporary concrete building

After a good nights rest, start your day with a visit to the National Museum. Here you'll learn about the history of Switzerland from the beginning to present day.
After your day of exploring the museum, time for dinner and then a visit to the Opera House. Here you can see an Opera, Ballet, or concert to finish out your day.

Day 3: On the way to Milan

ornate cathedral at sunset

After a good breakfast, time to head to the train station to head to Milan. The train to Milan will take you past some of the most beautiful scenery, going through the Swiss Alps, seeing the streams coming down the mountains, and past the lake of Italy.

After you arrive in Milan, after a little over 3 hour train ride, time to drop off your luggage and head to lunch.

Start your journey in Milan with a visit to the Milan Cathedral. During your visit to the Cathedral, you will marvel at the Gothic and Renaissance style and experience 6 centuries of faith and art that it has to offer.

After enjoying some incredible Italian food for dinner, time to head out to explore the nightlight of Milan, either at the local bar or one of the many clubs. Remember to dress to impress, this is the fashion capital of Italy.

Day 4: History of Milan

glass dome ceiling

Time to start you day with a guided tour on the history of Milan. During this tour you'll have skip the line access to see da Vinci's, The Last Supper, and then a tour of the city, including a visit the the Sforza Castle and the Piazza dei Mercanti.

In the evening you can enjoy some shopping at Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. Just the building itself is a masterpiece, built in the 1800's, but then you also have the luxury shops and incredible food to enjoy.

Day 5: Beautiful Florence, here I come!

Palazzo Pitti

After breakfast, time to head to the train station to go take the high speed train to Florence, which takes roughly two hours.

Once in Florence, drop your luggage off at your hotel, I highly recommend the St. Regis, and start exploring the city.

After a fabulous lunch of Bistecca alla Fiorentina, head to the Bargello National Museum. The building dates back to the 1200's and houses some of the most important piece of art in Florence.

Next head over to the Palazzo Pitti, which is divided into 5 different museums. With so much to see there is something for everyone.

Day 6-7: Experience Florene

Italy travel guide. Florence.

Start your day with the incredible breakfast buffet and home make omelette station at the St. Regis. From there, head out to Doumo, the Florence Cathedral, which also dates back to the 1200's and is one of the most recognizable places in Florence. Entry is free but you will need tickets for any of the attractions inside.

After your visit there, make sure you wonder around the square outside. You will find multiple artist selling their work, along with restaurants to enjoy a nice dinner or drink. Of course, a can't miss item is taking a walk along Ponte Vecchio and visiting the multiple shops. The original crossing goes back to the 900's but it has been rebuilt or repaired several times due to flooding and war.

Need to Know

Looking for more travel inspiration? Check out my guide, Savor Romance on a Luxurious Wine River Cruise Along the Seine.

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This guide is part of our ongoing series on travel to Switzerland and travel to Italy.