8 days in Italy, Switzerland & Austria Itinerary

8 days in Italy, Switzerland & Austria Itinerary

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Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
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Florence, Italy
— 1 night
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Venice, Italy
— 1 night
Fly
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Zurich, Switzerland
— 1 night
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Vienna, Austria
— 2 nights
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Rome, Italy

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): ponder the design of Trevi Fountain, explore the ancient world of Pantheon, then have fun and explore at Welcome to Rome, then delve into the distant past at Palatine Hill, and finally delve into the distant past at Colosseum. On the 15th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at Galleria Borghese, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona, then contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Basilica, and finally wander the streets of Trastevere.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Rome trip itinerary builder site.

Doha, Qatar to Rome is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Arabian Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. When traveling from Doha in March, plan for colder days and slightly colder nights in Rome: temperatures range from 19°C by day to 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

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Florence, Italy

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 16th (Mon): explore the world behind art at Florence Academy of Fine Arts, explore the world behind art at Pitti Palace, don't miss a visit to Piazzale Michelangelo, then snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Florence trip planner.

Traveling by train from Rome to Florence takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in March, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can drive to Venice.

Things to do in Florence

Museums · Historic Sites
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Venice, Italy

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 17th (Tue), see the interesting displays at Doge's Palace, then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza San Marco, then take in the views from Ponte di Rialto, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande.

Before you visit Venice, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by car from Florence to Venice takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Venice can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel to Zurich.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums
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Zurich, Switzerland

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): shop like a local with Foundation E. G. Buhrle Collection, then wander the streets of Bahnhofstrasse, and then indulge your taste buds at Market Oerlikon.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Zurich trip site.

Traveling by flight from Venice to Zurich takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Venice in March; daily highs in Zurich reach 13°C and lows reach 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel to Vienna.

Things to do in Zurich

Shopping · Museums · Neighborhoods
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Vienna, Austria

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.
On the 19th (Thu), step into the grandiose world of Schonbrunn Palace, admire the masterpieces at Belvedere Palace, and then don't miss a visit to St. Stephen's Cathedral.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Vienna day trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Zurich to Vienna takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In March, plan for daily highs up to 12°C, and evening lows to 1°C. On the 20th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Vienna

Historic Sites · Museums
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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

4.6
Bodies of Water · Mountains · Landmarks
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.