15 days in Italy & Salzburg Itinerary

15 days in Italy & Salzburg Itinerary

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15 days in Italy & Salzburg Itinerary

Start: Cape Town, South Africa
Fly:  17 h 15 min
1
Salzburg, Austria
— 1 night
Drive:  6 h 45 min
2
Livigno, Italy
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
3
Milan, Italy
— 4 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
4
Venice, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  17 h 15 min
End: Cape Town, South Africa

1
night
Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Peter's Abbey (Stift St. Peter), contemplate the long history of Kommune Gruft, explore the different monuments and memorials at Petersfriedhof, then take some stellar pictures from Fortress Hohensalzburg, and finally step into the grandiose world of Schloss Hellbrunn. On the 21st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus), take an in-depth tour of Mozarts Geburtshaus, admire the striking features of Salzburg Cathedral, then explore the historical opulence of Erlebnisburg Hohenwerfen, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Franziskanerkirche.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Salzburg trip itinerary planning site .

Cape Town, South Africa to Salzburg is an approximately 17.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly. The time zone changes from South Africa Standard Time to Central European Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in September, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel to Livigno.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Erlebnisburg Hohenwerfen
Highlights from your plan
Petersfriedhof ©
Petersfriedhof
Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle ©
Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle
Schloss Hellbrunn ©
Schloss Hellbrunn

3
nights
Livigno, Italy

Livigno ©
Livigno is a town and comune in the province of Sondrio, in the region of Lombardy, Italy, located in the Italian Alps, near the Swiss border.HistoryLivigno's second settlers were probably shepherds during the Middle Ages. Explore hidden gems such as Riserva Naturale Incisioni Rupestri di Ceto Cimbergo e Paspardo and Canyon Rio Sass. Get in touch with nature at Cascate Val Genova and Parco Archeologico Nazionale dei Massi di Cemmo. Explore Livigno's surroundings by going to Bormio (Gavia Pass & Stelvio Pass), Castello di Vezio (in Vezio) and Santuario della Beata Vergine di Tirano (in Tirano). There's much more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Duomo, fly down the slopes at Mottolino Fun Mountain, and pause for some serene contemplation at Santuario di San Romedio.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Livigno trip planner .

Getting from Salzburg to Livigno by car takes about 5 hours. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Salzburg in September; daily highs in Livigno reach 18°C and lows reach 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to drive to Milan.

Things to do in Livigno

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bormio, Riserva Naturale Incisioni Rupestri di Ceto Cimbergo e Paspardo, Santuario della Beata Vergine di Tirano, Cascate Val Genova, Castello di Vezio
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Mottolino Fun Mountain ©
Mottolino Fun Mountain
Santuario di San Romedio ©
Santuario di San Romedio
Castello di Vezio ©
Castello di Vezio

4
nights
Milan, Italy

Milan ©
In many ways the most modern of Italian cities, Milan is a busy, elegant metropolis with an impressive list of grand palaces, fine churches, and important museums.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Mura Venete and Eremo di S. Caterina del Sasso. Castello di Vezio and Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Milan: La Citta Alta (in Bergamo), Tremezzina (Villa Carlotta & Villa del Balbianello) and Isola Madre (in Lake Maggiore). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duomo di Milano, steep yourself in history at Certosa di Pavia, stroll the grounds of Monumental Cemetery, and pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di Santa Maria presso San Satiro.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Milan road trip planning app .

You can drive from Livigno to Milan in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or take a shuttle. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Livigno in September: high temperatures in Milan hover around 28°C and lows are around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Venice.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Bergamo, Tremezzina, Isola Bella, Castello di Vezio, Isola Madre
Highlights from your plan
Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore ©
Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore
Duomo di Milano ©
Duomo di Milano

3
nights
Venice, Italy

Venice ©
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Piazza dei Signori and Dorsoduro. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Scuola Grande di San Rocco and Cannaregio. Venture out of the city with trips to Padua (Scrovegni Chapel & Basilica di Sant’Antonio). And it doesn't end there: appreciate the extensive heritage of St. Mark's Square, explore the activities along Canal Grande, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, and take in the views from Ponte dei Sospiri.

To see maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Venice holiday planner .

Traveling by train from Milan to Venice takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In September, daily temperatures in Venice can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Nature

Side Trip

Padua
Highlights from your plan
Scuola Grande di San Rocco ©
Scuola Grande di San Rocco
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace

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