16 days in Austria & Italy Itinerary

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Fly to Munich, Train to Salzburg
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Salzburg, Austria
— 1 night
Drive
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Vienna, Austria
— 2 nights
Fly
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Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly
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Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
Train
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Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive
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Siena, Italy
— 2 nights
Taxi to Piombino, Ferry to Portoferraio
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Portoferraio, Italy
— 2 nights
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Ferry to Porto Biglietterie Sud, Train to Rome, Fly to New Delhi

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Salzburg, Austria — 1 night

Rome of the North

Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sat): see the interesting displays at Red Bull Hangar-7, gain insight at Kollegienkirche (Collegiate Church), then explore the different monuments and memorials at Cemetery of St. Sebastian (Friedhof St. Sebastian), and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Wallfahrtskirche Maria Plain. On the 2nd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the historical opulence of Schloss Hellbrunn, then take an in-depth tour of Mozarts Geburtshaus, then admire the striking features of Salzburg Cathedral, and finally step into the grandiose world of Fortress Hohensalzburg.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Salzburg trip website.

New Delhi, India to Salzburg is an approximately 14-hour combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from India Standard Time (IST) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is minus 4.5 hours. Traveling from New Delhi in October, things will get cooler in Salzburg: highs are around 17°C and lows about 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Vienna.
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Vienna, Austria — 2 nights

City of Dreams

The cultural, economic, and political center of the country, Vienna has developed from its early Celtic and Roman roots into a medieval and Baroque city, with an old town that was designated a World Heritage Site in 2001.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): admire the landmark architecture of Schonbrunn Palace, then steep yourself in history at Belvedere Palace, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Stephen's Cathedral. On the 4th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the striking features of Maria Am Gestade, then examine the collection at Hofburg, then admire the masterpieces at Albertina, and finally explore the world behind art at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Vienna online attractions planner.

You can drive from Salzburg to Vienna in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In October, daytime highs in Vienna are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to fly to Venice.
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Venice, Italy — 2 nights

City of Romance

Virtually unchanged for the last six centuries, Venice is actually a group of islands made famous by a series of canals, bridges, monuments, piazzas, and narrow pedestrian lanes.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): explore the world behind art at Peggy Guggenheim Collection, snap pictures at Ponte dei Sospiri, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, then take a stroll through Cannaregio, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande. On your second day here, explore the galleries of Doge's Palace, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza San Marco, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di San Marco, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Giorgio Maggiore.

For other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Venice trip maker tool.

Fly from Vienna to Venice in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In October, Venice is somewhat warmer than Vienna - with highs of 22°C and lows of 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can fly to Rome.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Rome, Italy — 3 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Vatican Museums and Galleria Borghese. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Colosseum and Piazza Navona. The adventure continues: make a trip to St. Peter's Basilica, take in panoramic vistas at Museo Nazionale di Castel Sant'Angelo, admire the local landmark of Trevi Fountain, and contemplate the long history of Roman Forum.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Rome trip planner.

Fly from Venice to Rome in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Venice in October, you will find days in Rome are somewhat warmer (26°C), and nights are about the same (15°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Florence.
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Florence, Italy — 2 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Mon): make a trip to Piazzale Michelangelo, take in the views from Ponte Vecchio, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Campanile di Giotto, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of The Baptistery of St. John. Keep things going the next day: admire the masterpieces at Florence Academy of Fine Arts, contemplate the long history of Basilica of Santa Croce, then admire the masterpieces at Pitti Palace, then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza della Signoria, and finally ponder the world of politics at Palazzo Vecchio.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Florence trip planner.

You can take a train from Rome to Florence in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in October, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to drive to Siena.
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Siena, Italy — 2 nights

Cultural Heart of Tuscany

Siena, a medieval Tuscan city, features numerous attractions, including a historic town center, alleyways, towers, and well-preserved buildings.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at Duomo di Siena and then awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area. On the 13th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: learn about winemaking at Guardastelle Vineyard, pause for some serene contemplation at Duomo di San Gimignano, then don't miss a visit to Historic Centre of San Gimignano, and finally get engrossed in the history at Torre e Casa Campatelli.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Siena using our trip planner.

Traveling by car from Florence to Siena takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in October, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Portoferraio.
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Wineries · Tours · Historic Sites · Museums
Side Trip

Portoferraio, Italy — 2 nights

Portoferraio is a town and comune in the province of Livorno, on the edge of the eponymous harbour of the island of Elba. On the 14th (Fri), get engrossed in the history at Napoleonic Mills House, then kick back and relax at Spiaggia di Capo Bianco, then enjoy the sand and surf at Spiaggia Della Biodola, and finally step into the grandiose world of Castello del Volterraio. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the exciting artwork at Gulliver - Terre d'Autore, then kick back and relax at Spiaggia di Cotoncello, and then get to know the fascinating history of Sant'Andrea LI.

For ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Portoferraio online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and ferry from Siena to Portoferraio takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. When traveling from Siena in October, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Portoferraio: temperatures range from 22°C by day to 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.
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Austria travel guide

4.5
Castles · Art Museums · Architectural Buildings
Situated in the Central European Alps, Austria combines an alluring bundle of elegant urban architecture, cultural centers, and dramatic landscapes. This German-speaking country of 8.5 million residents is known for its rich history, dating back to the Hapsburg Empire, as well as its art, music, and scenery. Along with the neighboring country of Switzerland, Austria serves as the winter sports capital of Europe and is home to some of the continent's most popular ski resorts. This landlocked nation draws visitors from across the globe to its mountains, historical villages, and culturally rich cities. Experience trekking in the Alps one day and drinking regional wine at a crowded pub after a day of sightseeing in the capital Vienna the next.
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Italy travel guide

4.6
Landmarks · Ruins · Beaches
Italy is a land of high fashion, fine art, exquisite architecture, luxury sports cars, outstanding cuisine--and an insatiable taste for "la dolce vita." It's also home to the greatest number of World Heritage Sites in the world, making it an ideal place for your next holiday. The country boasts a varied landscape of mountain ranges, alpine lakes, and coastal towns, so it's no wonder travelers often refer to it as the bel paese (beautiful country). With so many places to visit, visitors often have a difficult time planning their itinerary. The smaller villages each feature a distinct character and a blend of architecture, art, and cuisine. In the country, you'll find countless archeological sites dating back to Roman times and beyond. The country's cities and seaside resorts are cosmopolitan powerhouses with museums, galleries, restaurants, shops, open-air markets, and pedestrian-friendly historic areas.
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