My Vienna & Northern Italy Itinerary in Summer 2018

I just completed my visit to Europe from June 22 to July 15, 2018, and it was an unforgettable experience! This was a school field trip with a preset itinerary, but I still needed to schedule my flight and made a plan for my free weekends. Below is my 3-week Vienna & Northern Italy itinerary. It isn’t the best itinerary for personal travel, but I will give you some insights on the cities I visited.

Northern Italy Itinerary 2018
From top left to bottom right: a building at the Hofburg; Duomo di Milano; Predjama Castle in Slovenia; Verona Arena; a view of Venice; the iconic Bolognese pasta

Flight

All of the students and teachers were meeting up in Vienna, Austria on June 24. The field school trip would end in Bologna, Italy on July 13. In this case, a multi-city flight ticket worked the best. I also wanted to maximize my time in Europe before and after the trip, so I planned a stopover in Frankfurt, Germany on Saturday before our meet up on Sunday. Then, instead of flying out of Bologna, I flew out of Milan, Italy on Sunday, July 15 and spent my weekend in Milan before going home.

There are many ways to squeeze in one or two more cities to visit in Europe. A long layover (<24 hours between flights) and a stopover (>24 hours before flights) are great ways to accomplish this. A direct flight from your city to Europe would be the best in this scenario to save some time. In my case, there are direct flights to Dublin, London, Amsterdam, Paris, Zurich, and Frankfurt. The other thing to remember is the transportation time between the airport and the city centre. London Heathrow Airport is just too far away from downtown London, so I chose other cities instead. In the end, the Lufthansa flight to Frankfurt worked the best with my schedule.

Another tip on booking fights is to check out nearby airports. When I booked my flights, flying out of Bologna was slightly more expensive than flying out of Milan. Florence, Verona, Venice, and Genoa are also airports to fly out of when visiting northern Italy.

Hotel

I only needed to book hotels for my Frankfurt and Milan visits. There are a lot of choices in both cities. I could’ve stayed in chained hotels like Marriott or Sheraton and earned some points. Ultimately, I chose two hotels that do not belong to big international brands. They had excellent reviews on TripAdvisor, and their prices were cheaper. The hotels I chose are

Itinerary

Week 0 (June 22 – 24)

June 22 (Fri)

June 23 (Sat): Frankfurt

June 24 (Sun)

  • Lufthansa flight 1238 Frankfurt to Vienna

Week 1 (June 25 – July 1)

Jun 25 – 27 (Mon – Wed): Vienna

  • Downtown Vienna
  • Snack @ Café Prückel
  • Belvedere Palace
  • Dinner @ Figlmüller Bäckerstraße
  • Museum of Natural History Vienna
  • Dinner @ Gmoakeller
  • Aparthotel Adagio Vienna City

Jun 28 – July 1 (Thu – Sun): Trieste, Italy

  • Dinner @ Trattoria Città di Londra
  • Downtown Trieste
  • Dinner @ Fratelli La Bufala
  • Dinner @ Buffet Da Pepi
  • Hotel NH Trieste

July 1 (Sun): Slovenia Day Trip

  • Predjama Castle
  • Dinner @ Julija
  • Ljubljana Castle

Week 2 (July 2 – July 8)

Hotel: Best Western Hotel Tre Torri

July 3 (Tue): Vicenza

  • Downtown Vicenza

July 4 (Wed): Verona

  • Downtown Verona

July 5 (Thu)

  • Fondazione Bisazza

July 6 (Fri): Venice

  • Downtown Venice

July 7 (Sat): Lake Garda

  • Desenzano & Sirmione
  • La Taverna del garda

Week 3 (July 9 – July 15)

July 9 – 13 (Mon – Fri): Bologna

  • Downtown Bologna
  • Food in Bologna
  • Ducati & Lamborghini Visit
  • Zanhotel Tre Vecchi

July 14 (Sat): Milan

  • Downtown Milan
    • Duomo di Milano
    • Castello Sforzesco
  • Dinner @ Joe Cipolla Restaurant
  • Hotel Berna

July 15 (Sun)

  • Lufthansa flight 247 Milan to Frankfurt
  • Lufthansa flight 492 Frankfurt to Vancouver

Comments

It wasn’t a pure vacation because I still had to go to lectures and complete assignment, but it is still a fabulous trip. Food, the architecture, the old downtown, and the museums are my favourite parts of my trip. I can’t wait to go back and visit more amazing museums and cities!

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