23 days in Italy, Switzerland & Austria Itinerary

23 days in Italy, Switzerland & Austria Itinerary

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Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
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Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
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Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
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Bern, Switzerland
— 3 nights
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Interlaken, Switzerland
— 3 nights
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Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Hallstatt, Austria
— 3 nights
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Vienna, Austria
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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.
Rome is known for historic sites, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Colosseum, don't miss a visit to Piazza Navona, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Peter's Basilica, and take a stroll through Trastevere.

To see maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Rome road trip planning app.

Curitiba, Brazil to Rome is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Brasilia Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is 4 hours. When traveling from Curitiba in May, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Rome: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can travel to Venice.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

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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.
On the 7th (Fri), take in panoramic vistas at St Mark's Campanile, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di San Marco, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute, and finally admire the masterpieces at Peggy Guggenheim Collection. On the next day, contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, contemplate the long history of Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo (San Zanipolo), take in the views from Ponte di Rialto, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza San Marco, then examine the collection at Doge's Palace, and finally take in the views from Ponte dei Sospiri.

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Getting from Rome to Venice by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Florence.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks
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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.
On the 9th (Sun), get a sense of history and politics at Palazzo Vecchio, explore the world behind art at Pitti Palace, take in nature's colorful creations at The Boboli Gardens, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of Santa Croce, and finally explore the world behind art at Florence Academy of Fine Arts. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Piazza della Signoria, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, steep yourself in history at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, then enjoy breathtaking views from Campanile di Giotto, then admire the striking features of The Baptistery of St. John, and finally make a trip to Piazzale Michelangelo.

For ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Florence trip itinerary planning site.

Take a train from Venice to Florence in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In May in Florence, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Bern.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
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Bern, Switzerland

— 3 nights

City of Bears

The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Venture out of the city with trips to Montreux (Queen Studio Experience, Freddie Mercury Statue, &more), Chateau de Chillon (in Veytaux) and Chaplin's World (in Corsier-sur-Vevey). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Clock Tower - Zytglogge, appreciate the history behind Zahringerbrunnen, wander the streets of UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, and ponder the design of Mosesbrunnen.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Bern route planner.

Traveling by flight from Florence to Bern takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Florence in May, expect Bern to be a bit cooler, temps between 22°C and 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Interlaken.

Things to do in Bern

Historic Sites · Museums · Childrens Museums · Parks

Side Trips

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Interlaken, Switzerland

— 3 nights
Nestled between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz in the heart of the Jungfrau region, Interlaken became popular for its proximity to the mountains and lakes of the Bernese Oberland region.
Interlaken is known for adventure, nature, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Jungfraujoch, admire the sheer force of Staubbach Waterfall, fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and explore the activities along Lake Brienz.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Interlaken online journey planner.

Drive from Bern to Interlaken in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in May, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Zurich.

Things to do in Interlaken

Nature · Parks · Tours · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

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Zurich, Switzerland

— 2 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Mon): admire the sheer force of Rhine Falls and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town. On your second day here, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, take a stroll through Bahnhofstrasse, then stop by Teuscher Chocolates of Switzerland, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Uetliberg Mountain.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Zurich attractions planner.

You can drive from Interlaken to Zurich in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in May, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to drive to Hallstatt.

Things to do in Zurich

Nature · Parks · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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Hallstatt, Austria

— 3 nights

Pearl of Austria

Historically known for the production of salt, Halstatt's fine architecture reflects the small village's salt mining legacy.
Hallstatt is known for historic sites, nature, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Hallstatt-Dachstein - Salzkammergut Cultural Landscape, appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town, explore the activities along Hallstatter See, and don't miss a visit to 5 Fingers.

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Traveling by car from Zurich to Hallstatt takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can drive to Vienna.

Things to do in Hallstatt

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

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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.
Vienna is known for historic sites, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: pause for some serene contemplation at St. Stephen's Cathedral, admire the striking features of Schonbrunn Palace, admire the masterpieces at Belvedere Palace, and hunt for treasures at Vienna Naschmarkt.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Vienna travel route planner.

You can drive from Hallstatt to Vienna in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Vienna can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Vienna

Museums · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks
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Italy travel guide

4.6
Landmarks · Ruins · Sacred & Religious Sites
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.

Switzerland travel guide

4.7
Bodies of Water · Mountains · Specialty Museums
Immerse yourself in a snow-capped mountain wonderland in Switzerland's serene Alpine setting. See the world-renowned Matterhorn, Switzerland's second-highest mountain at 4,478 m (14,962 ft) tall, or zoom down the mountains on toboggan, ski, or snowboard. In the warmer seasons hike around the rolling green hillsides covered with pine trees and picturesque aqua blue lakes. Luxurious cities dotted with cozy wooden chalets and colorful flowerbeds balance quaintness with first-class cultural offerings. Indulge in the country's opulence of milk chocolate, cheese fondue, and keg-carrying St. Bernard dogs.

Austria travel guide

4.5
Castles · Art Museums · Specialty Museums
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.