How to Travel Between Italy and Switzerland by Train

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If your trip to Europe includes stays in both Italy and Switzerland, traveling between the two countries by train is a convenient option, especially if you don't want to rent a car. While the process of getting from Italy to Switzerland, or vice versa, is mostly straightforward, there are a few things you should know before undertaking your journey.

There are essentially two main corridors for train travel between Italy and Switzerland. Almost all trains entering Switzerland from Italy begin in either Milan or Tirano, a small town on the Swiss border. Likewise, trains from Switzerland to Italy terminate in one of these two locations. The one exception is a single daily, direct train that runs between Venice, Italy and Geneva, Switzerland.

Milan is connected to the rest of Italy by high-speed or slower regional trains. If you're planning to travel from elsewhere in Italy on the same day you go from Milan to Switzerland, keep an eye on those schedules. Allow yourself at least an hour to connect in Milan, especially if you're arriving in Milan on an Intercity or Regionale train. Your train might be late reaching Milano Centrale, meaning you'll miss your connecting train to Switzerland. Not only will you have to wait several hours for the next train, but you may also have to buy a new ticket, pay a stiff change penalty, and miss out on your first choice of seats or carriages. Some of us have learned this lesson the hard way.

Travel Between Switzerland from Milan

From Milano Centrale, Milan's large, main train station, direct trains depart for the Swiss cities of Geneva, Basel, and Zurich. Routes and travel times are as follows, and we highlighted some of the major cities on these routes:

  • EC 32 or 36 Milan to Geneva: 4 hours, with stops in Stresa (Lake Maggiore), Domodossola, Brig, Sion, Montreux, and Lausanne
  • EC 50, 52 or 56 Milan to Basel: 4 hours, 12 minutes, with stops in Stresa (Lake Maggiore), Domodossola, Brig, Visp, Spiez, Thun, Bern, and Olten (EC 56 also stops in Liestal)
  • EC 358 Milan to Basel: 4 hours, 46 minutes, with stops in Monza, Como S. Giovanni (Lake Como), Chiasso, Lugano, Bellinzona, Arth-Goldau, Rotkreuz, Lucerne, and Olten
  • EC 310, 312, 314, 316, 320, 322. 324 Milan to Zurich: 3 hours, 40 minutes, with stops in Monza, Como S. Giovanni (Lake Como), Chiasso, Lugano, Bellinzona, Arth-Goldau, Rotkreuz, and Zug (EC 312 does not stop at Monza)

These trains are part of the EuroCity network, which are international trains connecting major cities across Europe. EuroCity trains run under the jurisdiction of whatever country they're in. This means you can purchase EuroCity train tickets from both the Italian (Trenitalia) and Swiss (SBB) national train services. When the train is in Italy, you are traveling with Trenitalia. When the train crosses into Switzerland, you're traveling with SBB.

EuroCity trains are labeled EC on train schedules. To function as an EC train, trains must meet specific criteria. Among them, they must be high-speed and only stop in train stations in or near major cities. They must have first- and second-class carriages, all cars must be air-conditioned, and there must be dining services aboard.

Seat reservations are required on all EuroCity trains (unless you're traveling with a Swiss Travel Pass). While second-class carriages are perfectly comfortable, first-class carriages tend to be less crowded, quieter, and they generally have cleaner bathrooms. Still, if you're traveling on a budget, you'll be perfectly comfortable in second-class train cars, especially for shorter trips.

In Milan's sprawling station, you'll be asked to show your printed, PDF, or e-ticket before you can access the train platform. Once onboard, a conductor will recheck your ticket. Once you cross into Switzerland, SBB conductors may take over and again ask to see your ticket—they may also request your passport or other official identification. If you're making the trip from Switzerland to Milan, expect more or less the same process in reverse.

If you're traveling during the day and the weather is clear, you can expect some lovely scenery. Depending on the route, you may catch glimpses of Lake Como or Lake Maggiore, the Italian and Swiss Alps, Lake Geneva, or Lake Lucerne. Trains traveling between Milan and Lucerne, Zurich, and Basel pass through the Gotthard Base Tunnel. At around 35 miles long, it is the world's longest and deepest train tunnel. Opened in 2016, it shortened travel time between Milan and points in Switzerland by up to an hour, since it goes through—rather than up and over—the Alps.

Traveling with a Swiss Travel Pass

The Swiss Travel Pass , which makes travel by train, bus, boat, and even cogwheel rail so easy and convenient in Switzerland, complicates things just a little when traveling to or from Italy. If you're going from Milan to anywhere in Switzerland and you have already purchased a Swiss Travel Pass, you only need to buy a ticket that's good as far as the first city across the Swiss border. For example, for travel from Milan to Geneva, you'd purchase a ticket as far as Brig, the first stop in Switzerland. Then just stay on the train, and when the SBB train conductor checks tickets, present your Swiss Travel Pass. If you bought second-class tickets for the Italian portion of your trip, but your Swiss Travel Pass is for first-class travel, you can change train carriages once you're in Switzerland—though it's not necessary to do so.

Likewise, holders of the Swiss Travel Pass who are leaving Switzerland bound for Italy need only purchase a ticket for the Italian portion of their trip. Seat reservations are compulsory for the Italian leg of the journey but are not required on most Swiss trains. So the trick is to reserve the Italian ticket with seat reservation in Switzerland, board the train and not have to change seats once you cross into Italy. We've found the easiest way to do this is in person at an SBB ticket office. The SBB staff person will give you a seat assignment for the Swiss leg of your journey (which you usually wouldn't need) that's valid to Milan. You'll pay a service fee of a few Swiss francs for the seat reservation within Switzerland.

Travel Between Tirano and Switzerland and Venice and Switzerland

Two other routes also connect Italy to Switzerland. The first is one of the most spectacular train rides in Europe—the Bernina Express from Tirano, Italy to St. Moritz, Switzerland. The scenic train climbs from Tirano up to the Bernina Glacier, then down into Pontresina and St. Moritz. Trains are run by the Rhaetian Railway . For more information, read our complete guide to the Bernina Express .

From Venice's Santa Lucia Station, there is one daily train to Geneva, Switzerland. The EuroCity 42 train leaves Venice at 4:18 p.m. and makes a lot of stops before arriving at Geneva at midnight. Stops are Venezia Mestre, Padova, Vicenza, Verona Porta Nuova, Peschiera Del Garda, Brescia, Milano Centrale, Gallarate, Domodossola, Brig, Sion, Montreux, and Lausanne. The seven-hour EuroCity 37 leaves Geneva at 7:39 a.m. and makes the same stops in reverse, arriving at Venice at 2:42 p.m.

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SBB (Swiss Federal Railways) and Trenitalia (Italian Railways) jointly operate an excellent train service between major Swiss cities and Milan, with a handful of trains continuing to Verona & Venice, Bologna or Genoa.  These trains are branded EuroCity , a generic term for quality train in much of Europe.  They're operated by either bullet-nosed Astoro trains, some owned by SBB some by Trenitalia, or new Giruno trains .

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A handful of these trains extend beyond Milan, to Venice, Bologna & Genoa.

IMPORTANT UPDATE: GOTTHARD TUNNEL BLOCKED UNTIL LATE 2024

On 10 August 2023, a freight train derailed inside the Gotthard Base Tunnel ripping up several kilometres of track.  Passenger trains are being diverted over the old scenic Gotthard line (and the shorter original Gotthard Tunnel) until a date to be announced in 2024.  A few passenger trains are now using the Base Tunnel especially at weekends, most aren't.  If you're travelling between Zurich & Milan (or between Basel & Milan via the Gotthard route), check your trains online.  The Simplon & Lötschberg routes are not affected.

TRAVELLING BETWEEN 9 JUNE & 8 SEPTEMBER?  SIMPLON ROUTE BLOCKED BY TRACKWORK

With the Paris-Milan route via Modane still blocked, they'd have to be stupid to go ahead and dig up the Simplon route as well, right?  Nope, they're doing trackwork at Stresa as planned which will completely close the Simplon route from 9 June to 8 September 2024.  So in this period, Geneva-Lausanne-Milan and Basel-Spiez-Milan trains are cancelled, only the Zurich-Milan route will work.

What are the trains like ?

Giruno trains.

These swish new Giruno trains now operate most Zurich-Milan services.  Officially designated RABe 501, their party trick is level boarding - between the wheels they are low-floor with easy level access from platform onto train.  The trade-off is an unusual layout inside, with a floor that's low between the bogies and slopes up over the wheels with some of the car-end seats raised on platforms either side as you can see in the photos below.  There's a restaurant car with cafe-bar counter, the train has power sockets at all seats and free WiFi.  There is one 1st class car with seats grouped around tables for 4 and tables for 2, this what you get if you select business when booking.  I explain how to tell if your train is due to be a Giruno or Astoro/ETR610 in the travel tips section .  Giruno seat map .

Astoro trains

These classy tilting pendolino   trains, designated RABe503 Astoro by the Swiss or ETR610 by the Italians, have 1st & 2nd class and a restaurant car.  They're excellent trains, fully air-conditioned with power sockets at all seats, and seats line up with the windows for great views.  Until early 2020, all Swiss-Italian EuroCity trains were operated by these Swiss Astoro trains or their Trenitalia-owned ETR610 equivalent , but SBB's new Giruno trains entered service from 2020 onwards on the Gotthard route and have now taken over all Zurich-Milan services.  Astoro seat map .

Trenitalia trains

Trenitalia provides the rolling stock for some Switzerland-Italy departures, using its ETR610 pendolino trains.  To all intents and purposes these are identical to SBB's RABe503 Astoro trains, but with a different exterior & interior colour scheme.  You could get either a Swiss or an Italian train.  Seat map .

Scenery & sights

These trains pass some great Alpine scenery and various Swiss & Italian Lakes.  Here's a summary of what to look out for on each of the four routes.

The Simplon route

Geneva - Lausanne - Montreux - Brig - Milan

After leaving Geneva the train runs alongside Lake Leman all the way to Lausanne, with great views of the lake on your right hand side when heading south.  Shortly after Lausanne you'll pass the beautiful Chillon Castle on your right, using the lake as its moat.  Northbound you can see it as you approach, southbound there's little warning before you're next to it.  Watch out for hilltop castles, including at Sion on your left when going south.  You'll also pass many vineyards.

Beyond Brig the train enters the famous Simplon Tunnel , which opened in 1906 and gave its name to the Simplon Orient Express .  The tunnel is 19 km (12 miles) long but it takes just 8 minutes to pass through.  For most of the 20th century it was the longest railway tunnel in the world, from 1906 until 1982 when a longer tunnel opened in Japan.  The Swiss-Italian border is inside the tunnel so when you emerge into daylight you're in Italy.  South of the Simplon Tunnel the train runs along the shores of beautiful Lake Maggiore (see the photos below) with great views across the lake on your left hand side.  The train usually calls at Stresa before arriving in the awe-inspiring Milan Centrale .  One early morning train from Geneva continues to Verona & Venice Santa Lucia .

Lake Léman near Montreux, with Chillon Castle visible in the haze.  Right hand side going south.

Passing Chillon castle on a Milan-Geneva EuroCity train on a sunny September day.  Right hand side going south - but blink and you'll miss it!

Sion castle in the early light, seen from the morning Geneva to Venice train on the Simplon route.  Left hand side going south.

Entering the Simplon Tunnel.   A northbound Milan-Geneva train enters the famous Simplon Tunnel, once the longest rail tunnel in the world.

The Lötschberg route

Basel - Bern - Brig - Milan

Most Basel-Milan trains go via Bern.  As the train leaves Bern there are great views of Bern's Aare River gorge and its bridges.  After calling at Thun you'll see Lake Thun on you left, and shortly after calling at Spiez (junction for the line to Interlaken) the train enters the Lötschberg Base Tunnel , opened in 2007 and 34 km (21 miles) long, the train takes 16 minutes to pass through.  After the stop at Brig the train passes through the Simplon Tunnel , opened in 1906 and 19 km (12 miles) long, transit time about 8 minutes.  When you emerge from the tunnel, you're in Italy.  There are great views as the train runs along Lake Maggiore on the left hand side, before arriving in Milan Centrale .

Lake Maggiore.   Trains between Geneva, Lausanne, Basel, Bern & Milan on the Simplon & Lötschberg routes pass right by the shores of Lake Maggiore.  This is Lake Maggiore seen over lunch in the restaurant car of a Milan to Basel train on a bright winter's day.

The Gotthard route

Zurich - Lugano - Como - Milan &

Soon after leaving Zurich HB you'll get great views of the Zugersee & Vierwaldstattersee lakes, both on the right hand side as you head south.  Between Arth Goldau & Lugano the train passes through the World's longest railway tunnel, the impressive Gotthard Base Tunnel opened in 2016.  It's 57 km (35 miles) long but the train takes just 20 minutes to pass through at up to 155 mph.  After Lugano the train passes the beautiful Lake Lugano (see the photos below) with views to your left and then right, most but not all trains then call at Como San Giovanni before arrival at the magnificent Milan Centrale .  One mid-morning train from Zurich continues to Verona & Venice.

The Man in Seat 61 says:  "Until 2016, the Zurich-Milan trains travelled over the Gotthard pass through dramatic track spirals and the original much shorter (15 km) Gotthard tunnel, reaching a maximum altitude of 1,154m (3,786 feet) above sea level.  The trains now use the new Gotthard Base Tunnel , cutting journey time by replacing the most scenic hour of the Gotthard route with 20 minutes in a 57 km tunnel, and only reaching 550m (1,805 feet) above sea level.  Those of us who remember the old route might find the altered route a disappointment.  Those unencumbered by such memories will find plenty of scenery on the new route, from delightful Swiss meadows and mountains to the beauty of Lake Lugano.  But it's no longer even in the same class as the much slower, narrow-gauge Bernina route .  The new tunnel polarises the decision between fast and moderately scenic and slow but fabulously scenic."

Basel - Lucerne - Lugano - Milan

Only one direct train a day runs Basel-Lucerne-Milan, but other Lucerne-Milan departures are possible with a change at Arth Goldau into one of the Zurich-Lugano-Milan trains.  From Arth Goldau onwards this route is the same as Zurich-Lugano-Como-Milan described above.

Villages & vineyards seen on the Zurich-Milan Gotthard route on a wintry day.

Lake Lugano , seen from a Milan to Zurich train on the Gotthard route.

Video :  Milan to Zurich via the Gotthard

This video takes you on a journey from Milan to Zurich via the Gotthard Base Tunnel on a Swiss-owned Astoro train.

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How to tell if your train will be a Giruno or Astoro

Girunos operate most Zurich-Milan Gotthard route trains from 13 December 2020 onwards.  Other routes are operated Astoro (Swiss RABe503 or Italian ETR610, same thing).  But here's how to confirm:  Look up your train at the Swiss Railways website www.sbb.ch .  In the search results, click on your train to see details.  Assuming it's a direct EuroCity (EC) train between Switzerland & Milan, if the list of train facilities includes TT Tilting Train then it will be an Astoro, either a Swiss SBB one or an Italian Trenitalia one.  If the facilities do not include TT Tilting Train then it's due to be a Giruno which doesn't tilt.

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Traveling by train from Italy to Switzerland is an easy, comfortable and spectacularly scenic journey. You can book travel between Italy and Switzerland on ItaliaRail via two different routes — from Milan to Zurich, or from Venice to Geneva. You can choose to travel by day and take in the alpine scenery, or to book an overnight trip in a sleeping or couchette car.

The train from Italy to Switzerland brings you through some of the world’s most beautiful alpine scenery. Get ready to experience mountain peaks, alpine valleys and tiny mountain villages. The Trenitalia route between Milan and Zurich is always direct, while the train between Venice and Geneva will stop in Milan or another smaller city. If you stop in Milan you will be required to change trains.

Trains between Milan and Zurich


Trenitalia's high-speed Alta Velocità (AV) trains leave Milan or Zurich every two hours — averaging nine trains per day. Early trains on this route leave around 6 or 7 a.m., while the night trains leave Milan Centrale or Zürich Hauptbahnhof around 7 p.m. 

Many of Trenitalia’s Frecciargento AV trains make the daily journey between Milan and Zurich in just 3 hours and 35 minutes, traveling up to 155 miles per hour. 

Trains between Venice and Geneva

Trenitalia's high-speed Alta Velocità (AV) trains leave Venice for Geneva once every morning and several times each afternoon — averaging six trains per day. Early trains on this route leave around 8 a.m., while the night train to Geneva CFF leaves Venice around 4 p.m.

Trains from Geneva to Venice leave less frequently — morning, afternoon, and evening — averaging four trains per day. Early trains on this route start at 5:39 a.m., while the night train to Venice leaves Geneva at 6:39 p.m. 

Many of Trenitalia’s Frecciargento AV trains make the daily journey between Venice and Geneva in just 7 hours, traveling up to 155 miles per hour. 

Amenities on the Freccia trains between Italy and Switzerland 


Italy’s high-speed trains are equipped with air conditioning and electrical outlets at your seat to charge devices. There is WiFi on Frecciarossa and Frecciargento trains, but the signal will drop in tunnels and at stations. Expect a cafe car on every train, as well as food cart that brings snacks, sandwiches and beverages to your seat. At the end of each car you’ll find a restroom and plenty of racks to store large luggage.

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Milan Centrale Station Located at the northern end of the city center, Milan Centrale is a hub for Milan’s Metro, tram and bus networks. Here you can catch high-speed trains to Italian and international destinations, as well as inter-city and regional trains to smaller cities and towns. Milan Central is also the destination for the Malpensa Express, which goes to Milan’s main airport. Read more  

Zürich Hauptbahnhof Switzerland’s largest train station, Zürich Hauptbahnhof (or Zürich HB) connects Zurich to most Swiss cities, and is an international hub to major cities throughout Europe. It’s located in Zurich’s central old town near the junction of the city’s two rivers. Zürich HB has all the modern amenities you would expect from a major international train station, including restaurants, grocery stores, and popular retailers.

Venice Santa Lucia Station Santa Lucia station, also known as Venezia S. Lucia, is the city’s central train station. Located across the Grand Canal from the historic Santa Croce district, Santa Lucia station provides high-speed train service to international and Italian destinations, as well as slower regional service to towns and cities throughout northeast Italy.  Read more  

Geneva CFF Station Geneva Cornavin (Geneva CFF for short) is Geneva’s main central train station. A major transportation hub, Cornavin connects Geneva to cities throughout Switzerland and international capitals across Europe. The station is an easy walk from Lake Geneva, the river and the city’s historic old town. You’ll find all the usual train station amenities at Geneva Cornavin, including showers for weary long-haul travelers. 

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This charming Italian-speaking region is also known as Switzerland's "Little Italy."

I recommend visiting Swissminiatur in Melide, an open-air miniature museum that's great for families with kids. I also suggest visiting the well-manicured Parco Ciani, a beautiful park with statues and fountains that overlook Lago di Lugano.

The region's small lakeside town Ascona is not to be missed. Take a boat cruise there and have lunch with a view of the cafe-lined promenade situated on Lago Maggiore.

You can also take a short boat ride to the Brissago Islands, which consist of two islands. Only Isola Grande is open to the public. There, you can walk around the botanical garden and have a meal at the dreamy, neoclassical Villa Emden .

Sardinia, Italy

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Sardinia is also known for its nightlife and white-sand beaches. This island in the Mediterranean is also a hot spot for celebrities.

The northern side of the island is dotted with upscale beach clubs and luxury resorts such as Romazzino, Costa Smeralda, and Hotel Cala di Volpe.

Botswana, Africa

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Most visitors go to Kenya for an African safari but Botswana is better suited for a high-end safari experience with luxury accommodations since there are a limited number of camps.

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Niseko, Japan

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Niseko offers some of the best powder for skiing in the winter. In the summer, the area is known for its outdoor activities.

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Many people visit Tokyo to see the cherry blossoms , but you can also see them in Niseko. They're often in full bloom at the beginning of May.

Corsica, France

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Corsica has the perfect mix of rugged landscapes, hiking trails, rich history, and lively beaches. Its Plage de Palombaggia has stunning clear blue waters and a long stretch of white sand.

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Costa Navarino, Greece

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Skip overcrowded Greek islands like Santorini and Mykonos. Instead, vacation in Costa Navarino, a coastal town in the Peloponnese known for its world-class golf courses and epic outdoor adventures.

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Vals, Switzerland

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Vals is a small, quiet alpine village in Graubünden with only about 1,000 inhabitants.

It's a hiker's paradise with wide open landscapes and rolling green hills. Try the moderate hike around Lake Zervreila at the base of the gondola in the center of Vals — you'll be rewarded with spectacular lake and village views.

A crown jewel of Vals is 7132 Hotel, an architectural marvel designed by prominent Swiss architect Peter Zumthor. The hotel is famous for its thermal spa made of local quartzite.

West Kowloon Cultural District, Hong Kong

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This waterfront district in Hong Kong is an art hub with multiple major arts and performance venues . M+ and Hong Kong Palace Museum are two of the newer museums that opened in 2021 and 2022, respectively.

The Xiqu Centre in The West Kowloon Cultural District is an especially cool performing arts venue where you can watch a Cantonese opera.

Hawke's Bay, New Zealand

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This warm and sunny region is perfect for foodies and wine lovers, with over 100 wineries and many restaurants that serve farm-to-table food.

It's one of New Zealand's oldest wine regions and a great alternative to European ones. The vast majority of New Zealand's cabernet sauvignon and merlot are produced in Hawke's Bay.

Plus, the area's flat trails make it ideal for wine and food tours by bicycle.

Kids will love the National Aquarium of New Zealand and Napier's Marine Parade, an outdoor playground with a skate park, gardens, and mini-golf.

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Mount Etna erupting on Thursday

Eruptions at Italy’s Mount Etna and Stromboli volcanoes have raised the alert level on the Mediterranean island of Sicily.

Activity at the 10,905ft volcano – Europe’s highest – has increased significantlyin the last 24 hours. Photographs captured lava spewing from Etna’s largest crater with spectacular force.

Dozens of flights at nearby Catania airport, the main international gateway to Sicily , have been cancelled or delayed, with around 15,000 passengers affected by the disruption.

Ryanair was forced to cancel 42 flights within Italy – to Rome, Venice, Pisa and Bergamo – while easyJet have axed connections to London , Milano and Napoli .

Meanwhile, some arrivals have been diverted to Palermo, a four-hour drive away.

A map showing the location of the eruption in Sicily

There are disruptions to services for the rest of today, but Catania Airport remains open and is yet to comment on the situation.

The Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia (INGV) – essentially the Etna Observatory – has issued a red warning, meaning the situation could deteriorate.

It warned that a ‘gradual increase’ in Strombolian activity in the Voragine crater was recorded at 8pm on Wednesday.

Is it safe to travel to Sicily?

The moment of the Mount Etna volcano eruption

The UK Foreign Office updated its advice about travel to the Mediterranean island on Monday.

This is everything you need to know ahead of your holiday:

Due to volcanic activity, local authorities have increased the alert levels for both Etna and Stromboli in the south of Italy. 

In the event of a volcanic eruption, follow the advice of local authorities. See more  information on volcanoes .

Airspace can be affected during eruptions. If you are travelling to or from Catania, during this period of heightened activity, check with your travel provider or with  Catania airport .

INGV added in a statement: ‘The average amplitude of the volcanic tremor, after a gradual increase observed starting from 8pm yesterday, has reached the high level, with an increasing trend.’

Italy’s Civil Protection Department has warned that this is not a one-off event. Mount Etna has erupted multiple times in recent decades.

Etna and Stromboli were spewing hot ash and lava just a few days ago, forcing a temporary shutdown of the airport.

Footage shared on social media on Friday showed the streets of central Catania and cars covered in thick layers of black ash, slowing traffic.

Tourists have been advised to follow government instructions on the radio and TV, and to avoid areas around the volcano craters.

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The pool at the Hotel Eden Roc on Lake Maggiore.

The stunning lakes region of Northern Italy is well known to American travelers, consistently ranking among their top European summer vacation spots. Celebrity (and tourist) infested Lake Como and glitzy Lake Lugano are certainly attractive destinations, but right next door lies another lesser-known lake - larger than its siblings, but just as beautiful and magical in its own unique way. Lake Maggiore – which translates to “greater” lake – is actually only part Italian, sitting on the border between Italy and Switzerland. And yes, it is great, offering a peace and tranquility that is now difficult to find on its neighboring lakes.

The immaculate lawn on the shore of Lake Maggiore at the Hotel Eden Roc where guests can relax and ... [+] take in the stunning views.

Near the northern tip of the lake, located in the Swiss canton of Ticino, lies a colorful and charming lakeside town called Ascona, which is best known for hosting a popular annual jazz festival and for being the lowest lying town in Switzerland. It is also home to the best hotel on Lake Maggiore – the five-star Hotel Eden Roc , recently named “Best Holiday Hotel” in Switzerland for the second consecutive year and 9th time overall by a prominent Swiss newspaper and renowned hotel expert Karl Wild. In a country packed with incredible hotels, that is no small feat.

Ascona Old Town, Switzerland, is a popular tourist destination on Lago Maggiore in the Alps ... [+] Mountains. Ascona, Switzerland is a municipality in the district of Locarno in the canton of Ticino in Switzerland.

Hotel Eden Roc, much like the Lake Maggiore area as a whole, offers old world sophistication and low-key luxury. It sits at the best location on the lake, providing expansive views of Maggiore down towards Italy, while just a 5-minute stroll from

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downtown Ascona. The Hotel Eden Roc bills itself as the only true beach resort in Switzerland (the beach might be small, but it’s still a Swiss beach!). Very much a European-style resort, guests of the hotel arrive predominantly from Switzerland, Germany, and the Benelux countries; don’t expect to run into too many Americans here.

Breakfast at The Eden Roc restaurant overlooking the stunning Lake Maggiore at the Hotel Eden Roc, a ... [+] part of the Tschuggen Collection.

Built in 1971, the 95-room hotel is actually composed of three structures which at one time were three separate properties, one of which was called the Eden Roc. The neighboring property was then added to encompass what are now the two main buildings of the hotel. When it comes to decor, the two wings offer contrasting styles. Conceived by Swiss interior designer Carlo Rampazzi, the left wing features vibrantly furnished rooms that utilize unique color combinations, striking shapes, and varied materials. The right wing employs a more restrained aesthetic, while still conveying a youthful ambiance. In 2010, the hotel added a third building – with yet a different style - to its property, the maritime-inspired Marina building, which connects to the main buildings via a walkway.

The breathtaking views from The Hotel Eden Roc on Lake Maggiore.

My suite in the right wing of the hotel was very large, featuring a large bedroom, living room, and massive bathroom – including one of the largest tubs I have ever had the pleasure of soaking in. It felt more like an apartment than a hotel room. All rooms at the Eden Roc offer a balcony or outdoor terrace, and my lovely spacious terrace easily accommodated a pair of chaise lounges.

The modern bathroom and oversized bathtub in a suite at the Hotel Eden Roc.

Marco Campanella is the star chef behind La Brezza at the Hotel Eden Roc, which holds two Michelin ... [+] stars and 18 Gault Millau points.

When it is time to eat, the Eden Roc truly shines, offering no less than four outstanding restaurant options. Topping the list is the 2 Michelin-starred La Brezza (which has also garnered 18 Gault Millau points, for those keeping track), where Sicilian chef Marco Campanella serves light and fresh Mediterranean cuisine. For those arriving very hungry, the tasting menu at La Brezza was nothing short of spectacular.

Dining at the Hotel Eden Roc on Lake Magiorre.

The 2 Michelin starred restaurant La Brezza at the Hotel Eden Roc.

La Casetta (14 Gault Millau points), which serves fresh pasta dishes and grilled freshwater and seafood specialties, is perhaps most notable for its picturesque and historic lakeside setting. The restaurant’s stone lake house was the site of a 1945 meeting between Allied and German military commanders that soon thereafter led to the surrender of the German armies in Italy.

The lake house at La Casetta Restaurant, Hotel Eden Roc on Lake Maggiore was the site of a 1945 ... [+] meeting between Allied and German military commanders that soon thereafter led to the surrender of the German armies in Italy.

Dining lakeside at La Casetta.

The Marina Restaurant & Lounge (located in the Marina building) offers modern fish and meat specialties and international dishes in a more relaxed atmosphere, along with a great lakeside patio.

The Marina restaurant on the shore of Lake Maggiore at the Hotel Eden Roc.

The Eden Bar at the Hotel Eden Roc.

Finally, the Eden Roc Restaurant (15 Gault Millau points) is where daily breakfast is served, along with glorious views of Lake Maggiore. And while technically not a restaurant, the Eden Bar is worth a mention. Its menu was large and impressive, including a list of creative (and delicious) non-alcoholic cocktails and a club sandwich that was one of the best I have ever had. I could have eaten at the bar – staring out over the lake – every day and been quite happy – but with all those other options, well, I didn’t!

The Eden Roc is a member of The Leading Hotels of the World and the prestigious Swiss Deluxe Hotels group, but it is its affiliation with the Tschuggen Collection that best defines the hotel and its character. The Tschuggen Collection is a tight-knit, family-owned group of just 4 hotels, including 5-star properties in St. Moritz and Arosa, Switzerland. The group’s hotels in many cases share employees, who rotate between the hotels based on season, and whose personalized and genuinely friendly service seems to be a product and reflection of the intimate scale of the Eden Roc’s parent company. It is also no doubt due to the efforts of the Eden Roc’s Swiss-born, but well-traveled, General Manager, Simon Spiller.

Simon Spiller, General Manager at the Hotel Eden Roc.

The Tschuggen Collection’s emphasis on nature, wellness, the environment, and sustainability is also very apparent at the Eden Roc, which has been completely climate- neutral since 2019. This is perhaps best exemplified by the Collection’s “Moving Mountains” signature guest experience program, designed to help guests “restore vitality, reconnect with nature and celebrate joy.” The program is woven

A Mediterranean lunch is an example of the plant-based options at the Hotel Eden Roc.

throughout many facets of the Eden Roc. All of the hotel’s restaurants include Moving Mountains plant-based menus created in collaboration with nutritionist Rhaya Jordan. There are yoga and fitness programs specifically focused on the outdoors and nature. The hotel’s 22,000 square foot full-service spa incorporates natural healing as part of the its holistic Moving Mountains spa concept, rooted in cutting edge science and medical research, and utilizing organic and natural products. There are even programs related to rest, created in conjunction with a leading sleep center in Lucerne.

The hydrapool at the spa at Hotel Eden Roc.

Many guests of the Hotel Eden Roc scarcely leave the hotel, content to spend their time doing little more than sitting at the pool taking in the spectacular Lake Maggiore views, eating at the hotel’s fine restaurants, and enjoying daily spa treatments. But for those looking for more active experiences, the choices are plentiful – and I did my best to experience as many as I could during my stay. These start, of course, on the water.

THe Hotel Eden Roc has two Riva boats available to its guests.

The Riva exhibition "Immagini del Momento" at the Hotel Eden Roc by Olaf Tamm is being held on ... [+] property at Casa Epper from 28 April - 31 July 2024.

The Eden Roc boasts its own marina, boat house, and even its own water sports school, allowing guests to take up water skiing, sailing, paddleboarding, and wakeboarding – all very easy to do on the normally calm and uncluttered lake (good luck doing all that on Lake Como). The hotel even owns 2 Riva boats that guests can arrange to use. And for fans of those beautiful Italian vessels, this summer offers another treat – a special Riva photo exhibition by German photographer Olaf Tamm at the hotel’s own standalone museum, Casa Epper (the former home of renowned Swiss artist Ignaz Epper, located just on the edge of the hotel grounds).

The Hotel Eden Roc owns kayaks and stand-up paddleboards, which are available for guests to use free ... [+] of charge. Those who enjoy the thrill of Lake Maggiore can choose from water skiing, wakeboarding or banana boating, with the hotel's on-site partner Asconautica.

The Moving Mountains program offered at Hotel Eden Roc offers guests activities outside of the ... [+] hotel.

The activities offered by the Eden Roc extend well beyond the lake, however, into the striking Ticino valley, where bike tours, extended hikes, golf, and even paragliding and bee hive experiences are all available (all of which can be customized for guests). These activities are overseen primarily by the hotel’s own “outdoor butler” – Cyrill – who hails from the region and brings a contagious energy and enthusiasm to his role. Cyrill refers to himself as the luckiest employee at the hotel to be doing what he does – and he may be right. A Cyrill-led hike up to the Castelliere Ruins is highly recommended for those looking for a challenging, but exhilarating experience. The views from the top were breathtaking.

The Hotel Eden Roc offers guests an opportunity to hike the mountains in Ascona.

Finally, for guests looking for a novel, but less strenuous, activity, the hotel offers the Italian game bocce at Casa Epper, including lessons for those – like myself – who are unfamiliar with the rules. Bocce is a casual, but certainly fun game, and it was a pleasure to play in such a lovely, serene setting.

Bocce Ball at Casa Epper at the Hotel Eden Roc.

For those looking for something a little different on their next European adventure, or who love the Italian lakes but have been to Lake Como one too many times, the hidden gems of Lake Maggiore and the Hotel Eden Roc just might be the perfect fit.

The Hotel Eden Roc encompasses 3 buildings and two pools on its expansive property in Ascona, ... [+] Switzerland.

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Switzerland beat holders Italy to reach Euro 2024 quarter-finals

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Watch: Freuler opens the scoring for Switzerland published at 19:28 29 June 19:28 29 June

This is a crisis published at 19:27 29 june 19:27 29 june.

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This is a crisis. Having played in Italy and the quality they have had in previous years and to see what this team doing what they are doing. Okay, they have good players in Donnarumma, Bastoni, Fagioli, Barella that you would take but that's all Italy have to offer.

'I didn't believe that they were a good team' published at 19:26 29 June 19:26 29 June

Ft: Switzerland 2-0 Italy

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I wasn't a big support of them in the group stage. I looked at them and could tell straight away that they were weak up front.

They had to try and keep things tight and then nick a game because like i said they offered nothing. I didn't believe that they were a good team.

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If I was an England player, I wouldn't sleep looking at how good this chance is to reach the final.

'Italy were trying to be brave' published at 19:21 29 June 19:21 29 June

I talked before the game about the high turn-overs against Italy and they have carried on the theme throughout the game. They are trying to play in areas that are impossible to play in. They are trying to be brave, and we commend them for doing that but you have to do it in the right times.

'Xhaka is a leader in this team' published at 19:19 29 June 19:19 29 June

At Arsenal, he showed glimpses of this, but with Bayer Leverkusen and now Switzerland, he showed real maturity. He breaks the lines and finds the passes. He makes the right decisions 99% of the time. There was a real dominance in his performance, he's a leader in this team and you can see that in every part of his game right now.

'Italy looked off the pace' published at 19:17 29 June 19:17 29 June

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It wasn't the performance that Luciano Spalletti thought he was going to get.

Spalletti has put a lot emphasis on tactical flexibility and energy. For example, when he named the same 11 from the Albania game to the Spain game he regretted that as he thought the players looked off the pace.

And after the changes today, they still looked off the pace.

Making all these changes today these players don't look like they have played together, there is no patterns of play and that makes you look cagey and timid - that is what Italy were all about today.

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England will have no chance against Switzerland.

Remember, the winner of England v Slovakia tomorrow will face Switzerland in the quarter-finals in Dusseldorf next Saturday.

Get Involved published at 19:15 29 June 19:15 29 June

Lifeless performance from Italy. And to think that it so nearly could've been Luka Modric's Croatia side fight their way through the knockout stages of a tournament.

Italy were very poor! Switzerland were very well organised, but nothing for England to worry about!

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Granit Xhaka was my player of the match. You can still vote for yours via the report tab at the top of this page.

'Xhaka showed real quality' published at 19:13 29 June 19:13 29 June

Switzerland have a team that are fit enough but you have to have quality. Xhaka showed real quality. Switzerland were superb.

'Switzerland have a team who fit the system perfectly' published at 19:13 29 June 19:13 29 June

Switzerland are a team. They have good players like Akanji and Xhaka. They've got players who fit into the system perfectly.

'Italy will give Spalletti more time' published at 19:11 29 June 19:11 29 June

Luciano Spalletti has a contract till 2026.

Gabriele Gravina the Italian football association president, he'll be sat front row at the press conference and a couple of days ago he backed Spalletti.

I think Gravina will be sympathetic and remember the way Spalletti got the job.

I think they will give Spalletti more time.

'They offered nothing' published at 19:10 29 June 19:10 29 June

I was really shocked at how bad Italy were, they offered nothing in any position and got ran ragged the whole game. I mean, Switzerland toyed with them.

'No cohesion' published at 19:10 29 June 19:10 29 June

It was almost like the Italian's today were doing there own jobs and there was no cohesion between them. No one knew when to drop, when to step up and when to pass the ball.

'They were missing some key players' published at 19:08 29 June 19:08 29 June

They were missing some key players. Riccardo Calafiori has been outstanding and one of the key players of the tournament. I thought Dimarco's left foot down that left-hand side was a miss.

'Spalletti has confused them too much' published at 19:07 29 June 19:07 29 June

The only world class player was the goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma who again made a defeat quite dignified in the end, I don't think he could do too much about the second goal.

As for the rest fo the team, we talked about freshness and flexibility and there is a group of Inter Milan players in this team who have won everything with their clubs.

They might not be the highest quality, but in this occasion they should be able to handle it better than what they did.

The manager [Luciano Spalletti] has confused them too much.

He'll make the case that these systems we have worked on, they have worked on them for the last nine months, but it is different personal all the time.

'Switzerland look like they are really enjoying themselves' published at 19:06 29 June 19:06 29 June

Switzerland seem to have a real connection with their fans. They have a really good brand and style of football and they look like they are really enjoying themselves.

Holders Italy made a limp exit from Euro 2024 as a sparkling display from Switzerland helped them set up a potential quarter-final meeting with England.

The Swiss dominated from the start and took a deserved lead when the impressive Ruben Vargas crossed for Remo Freuler, who took a touch before hammering a low shot past Gianluigi Donnarumma.

Vargas, who plays his club football in Germany for Augsburg, made it 2-0 just 27 seconds into the second half when he picked up Michel Aebischer’s pass near the left-hand corner of the Italy area and expertly bent the ball into the far top corner of the net.

Italy did not manage a shot on target until the 73rd minute and their best effort before then came when Switzerland defender Fabian Schar headed Nicolo Fagioli’s cross against his own post, with Yann Sommer stranded.

Although Gianluca Scamacca also hit the woodwork from close range before the end, the Azzurri never seriously threatened a fightback and their forgettable campaign in Germany simply fizzled out.

While they head home, Switzerland, roared on in Berlin by their boisterous and frequently bouncing supporters, head for Dusseldorf where they will play the winners of England’s tie with Slovakia on Saturday, 6 July (17:00 BST).

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Swiss show us all their qualities

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The Swiss were only denied a statement win over hosts Germany by an injury-time equaliser in their final group game, and this was a reminder of all of their qualities.

Murat Yakin’s side had the greater intensity early on and matched it with incisive passing, especially from the flanks.

They frequently found a way of getting behind the Italy defence, but Dan Ndoye could not connect with Granit Xhaka’s beautifully weighted ball into the box and Breel Embolo fired too close to Donnarumma when Vargas played him through.

Freuler’s opener was fully deserved - adding to his two assists in the tournament - and while they were denied a second just before the break, when Fabian Rieder saw his free-kick pushed on to the post, Vargas quickly ensured they had breathing space.

Switzerland’s energy did not drop in the closing stages and their organisation saw them run out comfortable winners.

This is the second Euros in a row where they have reached the last eight - losing on penalties to Spain last time - and they will be awkward opponents for whoever they face next.

Italy fans head straight for exits

While the Switzerland squad partied with their fans at the final whistle, many Italy supporters headed straight for the exits. You can understand why they had seen enough of their team.

After being outplayed by Spain they only made the last 16 thanks to a 98th-minute equaliser against Croatia, and similar heroics always looked beyond them here.

They would have booked a potential repeat of the Euro 2020 final had they won, but this performance was more like the one which led to them missing out on qualification for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.

Italy’s combustible manager Luciano Spalletti has mounted a stirring defence against his critics during this tournament but even he will struggle to find any positives from this feeble display.

Spalletti made six changes from the side that toiled against Croatia and, not for the first time at this tournament, changed his formation too. It had little effect, and his side went out with a whimper.

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Team Lineups

Home team, switzerland.

Manager: Murat Yakin

Formation: 3 - 4 - 2 - 1

  • Number 1 , Y. Sommer
  • Number 13 , R. Rodríguez
  • Number 5 , M. Akanji
  • Number 22 , F. Schär
  • Number 20 , M. Aebischer R. Steffen 92' , substituted for R. Steffen at 92 minutes
  • Number 10 , G. Xhaka (c) , Captain
  • Number 8 , R. Freuler
  • Number 19 , D. Ndoye V. Sierro 77' , substituted for V. Sierro at 77 minutes
  • Number 17 , R. Vargas S. Zuber 71' , substituted for S. Zuber at 71 minutes
  • Number 26 , F. Rieder L. Stergiou 71' , substituted for L. Stergiou at 71 minutes
  • Number 7 , B. Embolo K. Duah 77' , substituted for K. Duah at 77 minutes

away team, Italy

Manager: Luciano Spalletti

Formation: 4 - 3 - 3

  • Number 1 , G. Donnarumma (c) , Captain
  • Number 13 , M. Darmian A. Cambiaso 75' , substituted for A. Cambiaso at 75 minutes
  • Number 23 , A. Bastoni
  • Number 2 , G. Di Lorenzo
  • Number 21 , N. Fagioli D. Frattesi 86' , substituted for D. Frattesi at 86 minutes
  • Number 16 , B. Cristante L. Pellegrini 75' , substituted for L. Pellegrini at 75 minutes
  • Number 9 , G. Scamacca
  • Number 14 , F. Chiesa

Substitutes

  • Number 25 , Z. Amdouni
  • Number 18 , K. Duah
  • Number 4 , N. Elvedi
  • Number 24 , A. Jashari
  • Number 21 , G. Kobel
  • Number 12 , Y. Mvogo
  • Number 9 , N. Okafor
  • Number 23 , X. Shaqiri
  • Number 16 , V. Sierro
  • Number 11 , R. Steffen
  • Number 2 , L. Stergiou
  • Number 6 , D. Zakaria
  • Number 15 , C. Zesiger
  • Number 14 , S. Zuber
  • Number 15 , R. Bellanova
  • Number 4 , A. Buongiorno
  • Number 24 , A. Cambiaso
  • Number 3 , F. Dimarco
  • Number 7 , D. Frattesi
  • Number 8 , Jorginho
  • Number 6 , F. Gatti
  • Number 25 , M. Folorunsho
  • Number 26 , A. Meret
  • Number 10 , L. Pellegrini
  • Number 11 , G. Raspadori
  • Number 19 , M. Retegui
  • Number 12 , G. Vicario
  • Number 20 , M. Zaccagni

Overall Possession

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Match Facts

This will be Switzerland and Italy’s fifth meeting at a major international tournament; the Swiss won both games at the 1954 World Cup (2-1 in group and 4-1 in group play-off) but Italy have won the last two, both in the group stages and both times 3-0 wins in the 1962 World Cup and at EURO 2020.

Since winning 1-0 in a May 1993 World Cup qualifier, Switzerland are winless in 11 matches against Italy in all competitions (D6 L5). They are only on longer current winless runs against England (13 games) and Russia (12, incl. games as USSR), while Italy are only on longer current unbeaten runs against Finland (14) and Türkiye (13).

Switzerland have reached the knockout stages at each of the last six major international tournaments (EUROs/World Cup) since the start of the 2014 World Cup. The only European nation currently enjoying a longer such run is France (7 in a row).

15 of Italy’s last 26 knockout matches at major international tournaments have gone to extra-time, including four of their last five. Overall, the Italians have seen more games go extra-time than any other nation across the World Cup + EURO (21), and have contested the joint-most penalty shootouts, along with Spain (both 11).

Excluding shootouts, Switzerland have failed to win any of their seven round of 16 matches at major international tournaments (EUROs/World Cup – D3 L4), progressing to the quarter finals on just one occasion (EURO 2020, eliminating France on penalties).

Italy have conceded exactly once in each of their last seven UEFA EURO matches and haven’t conceded more than once at a major tournament (World Cup/EURO) since losing 4-0 to Spain in the EURO 2012 final, a run of 18 games which is the second-longest of any European nation behind Spain, whose last game in a 19-game run of not conceding more than one goal was the 4-0 win over Italy at EURO 2012.

Switzerland have lost just one of their last 13 matches at the European Championship (W4 D8), a 3-0 loss to Italy in the group stage at EURO 2020. Indeed, since the start of EURO 2016, the Swiss have drawn more games than any other side at the tournament (8) with all three of their knockout stage games at the European Championship going to penalties (progressed once and eliminated twice).

Italy have won both of their UEFA EURO round of 16 games at EURO 2016 (2-0 vs Spain) and EURO 2020 (2-1 vs Austria). The last European Championship tournament that didn’t feature Italy in the quarter-finals was back in 2004, when they went out in the group stage.

Remo Freuler has assisted three goals in his last four UEFA EURO appearances for Switzerland. The only Swiss player with more assists at the European Championship is Steven Zuber (4).

Gianluigi Donnarumma made 11 saves for Italy in the EURO 2024 group stages, the most by an Italian goalkeeper in the group stages of a major tournament since Gianluigi Buffon at EURO 2012 (also 11).

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The Briefing: Vargas stars, Spalletti’s fail, Yakin wins tactical battle

The Briefing: Vargas stars, Spalletti’s fail, Yakin wins tactical battle

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Holders Italy limped into the round of 16 but their luck finally ran out against Switzerland.

Luciano Spalletti’s team were outfought, outthought and outplayed in Berlin and can have no complaints they are heading home.

Switzerland were as stylish as their head coach Murat Yakin throughout, but it took until the 38th minute for them to take the lead.

Ruben Vargas made that one for Remo Freuler, and then doubled the lead 27 seconds after the break.

The ramifications in Rome and beyond will be lengthy.

Have a read as The Athletic ’s own James Horncastle , Mark Carey and Michael Cox analyse the key talking points.

Switzerland 2 Italy 0 – Holders dumped out, Vargas stars, Yakin wins tactical battle – The Briefing

Switzerland 2 Italy 0 – Holders dumped out, Vargas stars, Yakin wins tactical battle – The Briefing

All eyes on Germany vs Denmark

All eyes on Germany vs Denmark

So, we have our first quarter-finalists in Switzerland. The defending champions Italy are on their way home.

And now, the attention switches to Dortmund where Euro 2024 hosts Germany face Denmark .

You can follow that one live with us too, with Max Mathews right here .

‘We showed from the first second’

‘We showed from the first second’

As you can imagine, there was a lot of excitement from the Switzerland players off the back of that victory over Italy and reaching the quarter-finals.

Here’s some of that reaction, started with midfielder Fabian Rieder :

💬 “The feeling is great because we showed a really good performance. We showed from the first second that we really wanted to win this game.

“The spirit is incredible; everyone is happy, everyone runs for the other one, and I think we showed that on the pitch.”

And there there was striker Breel Embolo :

💬 “I’m happy and proud. The win is deserved. We deserved to win against a difficult team to play. We were compact and we created chances.

“We made a really good game and scored at the right moment. I am really proud for the team, the staff and for the whole country.”

James Horncastle

Timid Italy kept Spalletti guessing

Timid Italy kept Spalletti guessing

It wasn’t the performance that Luciano Spalletti thought he was going to get. Spalletti has put a lot emphasis on tactical flexibility and energy.

For example, when he named the same 11 from the Albania game to the Spain game, he regretted that as he thought the players looked off the pace.

And after the changes today, they still looked off the pace.

Making all these changes today these players don’t look like they have played together, there were no patterns of play and that makes you look cagey and timid.

That is what Italy were all about today.

A poisoned chalice

A poisoned chalice

It also turns out that defending a European Championship is difficult.

With Italy out in the round of 16, it means the reigning champions have now been eliminated from the next Euros by the last 16:

  • 2016: Spain (lost 2-0 to Italy in Ro16)
  • 2020: Portugal (lost to Belgium 1-0 in Ro16)
  • 2024: Italy (lost to Switzerland 2-0 in Ro16)

Historically bad for Italy

Historically bad for Italy

As for the Italy fallout, let’s start with these from Opta :

  • Euro 2024 is the first time Italy have lost two games in a single European Championship IN THEIR HISTORY.
  • It is also the first time Italy have failed to reach the last eight of a European Championship since 2004 — which saw them eliminated at the group stage, albeit in a 16-team tournament.

The class of 93

The class of 93

What a brilliant day for Switzerland then, and an overdue one against Italy.

You have to go back 12 meetings, to May 1993 and a World Cup qualifier for the last time the Swiss beat Italy.

Their manager at the time? Roy Hodgson.

Lovely stuff.

How Italy fell short

How Italy fell short

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And if you were wondering what those Italy efforts on goal looked like, then this shows you with their shot map on the left.

You’re going to be pretty lucky if you make progress with a shot map like that.

Also, look at the field tilt (territory only including the two attacking thirds) and passes per defensive action (PPDA), where the lower the number the more aggressive the pressing.

Italy just didn’t do enough.

Full-time stats zone

A deserving quarter-finalist beating an off-colour defending champion. Here’s how the numbers looked come the final whistle…

FT: Switzerland 2-0 Italy

  • Possession: 49% — 51%
  • Shots: 16 — 11
  • On target: 4 — 1
  • XG: 1.30 — 0.78
  • Big chances: 2 — 1
  • Blocked shots: 7 — 3
  • Duels won: 35 — 39
  • Dispossessed: 7 — 5

In truth, some of these stats look more even because that second goal just after half-time killed the game. That gave Italy more of the ball and allowed them to take a few more shots.

But in truth, they never looked like getting back level — never mind winning it.

Max Mathews

Two key defensive mistakes

Looking back at the first Switzerland goal, there were two small but crucial details which affected Italy in the build-up.

Firstly, Alessandro Bastoni, who had run across from left centre-back to more unfamiliar territory on the right side of the penalty area alongside Giovanni Di Lorenzo, and Di Lorenzo were both too distracted by the left-wing run beyond Ruben Vargas.

Both had tacked too far to the right in anticipation of the pass being given, and had their arms held out pointing right, indicating the other should cover the runner. In the end, both tracked neither. And Vargas - the attacker on the ball - had too much time and space to pick his pass.

Then, Gianluca Mancini, brought into the team today, threw himself at the ball when Freuler had already got past him.

I'm not saying he should have completely stopped running, but his diving tackle attempt both blocked Gianluigi Donnarumma's view and saw the ball take a slight deflection, changing direction and wrong-footing Donnarumma in goal.

Both contributed to the first goal going in. Those are how fine the margins are.

A torrid end for Italy

But as good as Switzerland were, Italy were as bad. Maybe worse.

They were horribly disjointed and but for a couple of creative moments from a fitness-affected Nicolo Barella, they offered almost nothing going forward.

They didn’t even have much of a defensive foundation to build on.

The ramifications of this exit will start now, and may not end for some time. We’ll see.

But for now, they simply head home.

All hail the super Swiss

All hail the super Swiss

First of all, what a superb performance from Switzerland . They dominated this one from start to finish, they created chances and they defended resolutely.

That will go down as a pretty perfect performance.

Ruben Vargas came in, made the first goal and scored the second — and the fact that one came just 27 seconds into the second half, it killed the game as a contest.

It will be either England or Slovakia who they will face in the last eight.

FT: Switzerland 2-0 Italy

It’s all over. Brilliant Switzerland cruise through to the quarter-finals.

And the holders, Italy, are OUT.

It is nearly over

It is nearly over

90+1' Switzerland 2-0 Italy

TWO added minutes to come.

Or alternatively, TWO minutes left of Italy’s European Championship defence.

Desperate penalty claims

88' Switzerland 2-0 Italy

Again, the theme is desperation. Scamacca takes a rather hopeful tumble in the box, and that isn’t going anywhere.

The ball then strikes Stergiou’s arm in the box — but it does so with his arm by his side, and for that reason there is nothing doing there either.

Another wild effort

85' Switzerland 2-0 Italy

A sign of Italy’s desperation there, as Pellegrini comes inside on his right and fires a curling shot well off target.

Which sums up Italy’s day so far.

That’s now nine shots on goal and only one tame effort hitting the target.

Zuber centres

83' Switzerland 2-0 Italy

Switzerland continue to press forward themselves.

Zuber is in behind down the left channel, and he opts to fire a ball across the box. It looks dangerous but isn’t on target and there is no one in the box who could’ve slotted it home.

Ten to save it

Ten to save it

81' Switzerland 2-0 Italy

Into the final 10 minute we head, with added time too.

Italy’s race looks run.

Liam Tharme

Italy getting stuck down the sides

78' Switzerland 2-0 Italy

Italy are ending up in a 3-1-6 or 2-2-6 at times here, pushing a midfielder and both full-backs on.

Unsurprisingly, it’s getting them stuck down the sides as they’ve no midfield to connect through centrally.

Switzerland content to defend dribbles out wide and with crosses coming into the box — Sommer has just claimed a ball excellently.

Changes aplenty

77' Switzerland 2-0 Italy

A double change for Italy as Pellegrini and Cambiaso come on, for Darmian and Cristante.

Switzerland then make a similar move, with Sierro and Duah on for Embolo and Ndoye.

There is almost no rhythm to this game at the moment.

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