Cultural Gems of Southern Europe

Visit this selection of the best southern European destinations, featuring ancient cities, culinary adventure, cultural wealth, and a myriad of fun attractions.

In this trip

  • CultureCulture
  • Night LifeNight Life
  • Historic PlacesHistoric Places
  • Great FoodGreat Food
  • ActiveActive

Trip itinerary

  • 1

    Milan, Italy

  • 2

    Verona, Italy

  • 3

    Venice, Italy

  • 4

    Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy

  • 5

    Salzburg, Austria

  • 6

    Munich, Germany

  • 7

    Zurich, Switzerland

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Things to do in and around Milan

  • Milan sky view
  • Milan's Cathedral
  • Discus
  • Siena
  • Milan: Santa Maria delle Grazie
  • Blue Tornado, Gardaland
  • florence
  • castello-11
  • Piazza della Scala
  • Milan, Undated
  • La Scala
   
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Milan

Italy, Lombardy region

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This buzzing metropolis is Italy's heart of style and chic, offering travelers great shopping, historic sites, and superb cuisine.

Milan is an Alpha leading global city, with strengths in the arts, commerce, design, education, entertainment, fashion, media, research, and tourism. The city is a major world fashion and design capital, well known for several international events and fairs, including Milan Fashion Week and the Milan Furniture Fair. The city hosts numerous cultural institutions, academies and universities. Milan's museums, theaters and landmarks, including the Milan Cathedral, Sforza Castle and Leonardo da Vinci paintings such as The Last Supper, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, attract over 9 million visitors annually. Milan – after Naples – is the second Italian city with the highest number of accredited stars from the Michelin Guide.
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Things to do in and around Verona

  • A view of Verona
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  • Porta Borsari, Verona
  • Arena di Verona 1
  • Verona
  • Blue Tornado, Gardaland
  • Sirmione
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  • Riva del Garda, Arco, Torbole
  • Bologna
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Verona

Italy, Veneto region

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Immortalized in several Shakespearean plays, Verona lures travelers with its culture, rich history, and unforgettable atmosphere.

Verona is a city straddling the Adige river in Veneto, northern Italy. It is one of the main tourist destinations in northern Italy, owing to its artistic heritage, several annual fairs, shows, and operas, such as the lyrical season in the Arena, the ancient amphitheater built by the Romans. The city has been awarded World Heritage Site status by UNESCO because of its urban structure and architecture. Three of Shakespeare's plays are set in Verona: Romeo and Juliet, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, and The Taming of the Shrew.
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Things to do in and around Venice

  • Venice
  • Doges Palace
  • Grand Canal, Venice
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  • Venice Gondolas
  • Blue Tornado, Gardaland
  • florence
  • Lido di Venezia
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  • Venice
  • Bridge of Sighs, Venice
  • Barcy Water Park 1
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  • Bologna
   
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Venice

Italy, Veneto region

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Famed worldwide for its romantic canals and gorgeous masks, this thriving city offers its visitors a wealth of cultural attractions.

Venice is a city in northeastern Italy sited on a group of 118 small islands separated by canals and linked by bridges. Venice is renowned for the beauty of its setting, its architecture and its artworks. The city in its entirety is listed as a World Heritage Site, along with its lagoon. It is also known for its several important artistic movements, especially the Renaissance period. Venice is one of the most important tourist destinations in the world for its celebrated art and architecture. The city has an average of 50,000 tourists a day.
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Things to do in and around Cortina d'Ampezzo

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  • A gorgeous day for skiing
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  • Cortina d'Ampezzo
  • Canyon Rio Sass
  • Barcy Water Park 1
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  • Tre Cime di Lavaredo
   
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Cortina d'Ampezzo

Italy, Alto Adige region

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Having an especial focus on winter sports, this well-known resort town offers its visitors skiing, lush scenery, and quaint shops.

Cortina d'Ampezzo is a town and commune in the southern (Dolomitic) Alps located in Veneto, a region in Northern Italy. Located in the heart of the Dolomites in an alpine valley, it is a popular winter sport resort known for its ski-ranges, scenery, accommodations, shops and apres-ski scene. It hosted the 1956 Winter Olympics as well as various world cup events and motion pictures. It is also known for its jet set and European aristocracy crowd.
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Things to do in and around Salzburg

  • Salzburg
  • Anthropomorphic Animal Carvings (Cat Lady and Frog Man), in the Folklore section
  • Dom vs Festung
  • Hohensalzburg Castle
  • Monchsberg
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  • From Untersberg Peak
  • Getreidegasse
  • Mirabellgarten, Salzburg_2213
  • salzburg residenz
  • Judengasse, Salzburg
  • innsbruck
  • On top of Vienna
  • Neue Residenz
  • Hellbrunn Palace
  • Festung Hohensalzburg / Salzburg Castle / Замъкът в Залцбург
  • Swarovski Kristallwelten Innsbruck
  • Hafelekar
   
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Salzburg

Austria, Salzburg region

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With its narrow streets and golden domes, this unique city has a buzzing art scene, lively nightlife and heavenly food.

Salzburg is the fourth-largest city in Austria and the capital of the federal state of Salzburg. Salzburg's "Old Town" is internationally renowned for its baroque architecture and is one of the best-preserved city centers north of the Alps. It was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997. The city has three universities and a large population of students. Tourists also frequent the city to tour the city's historic center, many palaces, and the scenic Alpine surroundings. Salzburg was the birthplace of 18th-century composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. In the mid‑20th century, the city was the setting for parts of the musical play and film The Sound of Music.
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Things to do in and around Munich

  • Christmas in Marienplatz
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  • 284 Marienplatz is a central square in the city centre of Munich
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  • Schlosspark Linderhof, Westpaterre
  • Partnachklamm
  • munich oct 2008 Residenz Antiquarium
  • Composition (1962) - Bram Van Velde (1895 - 1981)
  • München Munich 308 Alte Pinakothek (5)
  • Bavarian National Museum
  • Augsburg street
  • Zugspitzgebiet
  • BMW museum, Munich
  • 29 Amalienburg, Munich, 7-01
  • Wank
  • Nuremberg
   
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Munich

Germany, Bavaria region

CultureFoodHistoricNight life2 nights

Munich is a fabulous city, known for its rich history, culture, art, as well as modern amenities and great nightlife.

Munich is the capital and largest city of the German state of Bavaria. It is located on the River Isar north of the Bavarian Alps. Munich is home to many national and international authorities, major universities, major museums and theaters. Its numerous architectural attractions, international sports events, exhibitions, conferences and Oktoberfest attract considerable tourism. Since 2006, the city's motto has been "Munich loves you".
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Things to do in and around Zurich

  • Zürich | Zurich General view
  • zoo zurich
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  • Zurich Street
  • Zurich sunrise
  • Lucerne, Switzerland
  • Basel view from Munster
  • Zurich
  • Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (Albi, 1864 - castillo de Malromé, Gironde, 1901) Las dos amigas (c. 1894-1895)
  • Kunsthaus in Zurich
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  • Bern
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  • Swiss National Museum in Zurich
  • Grossmunster Church, Zurich
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  • Views from the top of Fronalpstock high above lake Lucerne, Switzerland
   
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Zurich

Switzerland, Zurich region

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The heart of Swiss commerce, finances, and academia, Zurich boasts museums, galleries, a buzzing nightlife, and a superb atmosphere.

Zurich is the largest city in Switzerland. It is located at the northwestern tip of Lake Zurich. Zurich is home to many churches and houses of the old town, the most expensive shops along the famous Bahnhofstrasse, as well as world-class museums, operas, and theater. The Lindenhof in the old town is the historical site of the Roman castle, and the later Carolingian Imperial Palace. Zurich offers a great deal of variety when it comes to night-time leisure. It is the host city of the world-famous Street Parade, which takes place in August every year. Zurich is known for its nightlife, offering a huge variety of restaurants, bars, and night clubs.
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