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2 week itinerary: Innsbruck/Italy/Interlaken - 1st time traveller, please help!
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Hi everyone,
 
I’m new to this forum and would really appreciate some help with a summer itinerary, predominately around Italy. A bit of info about me to put it into context, I’m a 20yr old Australian, haven’t done any independent travelling before (closest thing would be a week with a friend in NZ on a Connections tour), and I don’t speak Italian! I’m looking a budget backpacker style travel. Also I’m more interested in natural attractions than historical / cultural. Anyway, here is a possible itinerary I drew up, departing from Lorrach in Germany where I’m attending a concert:
 
Day 1: Lorrach to Munich (train)
Day 2: (morning): Munich – Innsbruck (train)
Days 2,3,4: Innsbruck
Day 4-5: (evening): Innsbruck – Venice (arriving the next morning)
Days 5,6: Venice
Day 6: [/b](afternoon): Venice – Taormina (plane)
Day 7: Taormina
Day 8: Taormina
Day 8: (evening): Taormina – Rome (plane)
Days 9, 10: Rome
Day 11: [/b](morning): Rome – Florence (train)
Day 11: Florence
Day 12: Outskirts of Florence / Tuscan countryside
Day 13: [/b](morning): Florence – Interlaken (train)
Days 13, 14, 15: Interlaken
Day 16: Interlaken – London (probably fly out of Basel)
 
My questions:
1.      Do you think that schedule is way too rushed? I would love to stop for longer in some places but I have to get back to London by a certain date to commence a UK tour. My main worry however is that I’ll be completely exhausted throughout the trip and not be able to really enjoy myself
 
2.      Travelling around Italy on my own as a 20 yr old female, who hasn’t done any independent travel before – do you think that’s a good / safe idea? I mean I’m fairly sensible and am not the type to panic, I am also really pedantic about having everything mapped out, and independent travel seems to require lots of unexpected spontaneity – which can be both good and bad.
 
Any input would be greatly appreciated. Thank you very much for your help!

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Look at it yourself.  You’ll be in 8 cities in 16 days.  At the end you’ll be an expert on trains.  If you sleep at night and travel by day, you might as well stay home for what you’ll get to do.
 
Try maybe 3 or 4 stops and hang out for awhile.

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My main worry however is that I’ll be completely exhausted throughout the trip and not be able to really enjoy myself

 
I’d say that is probably what’s going to happen… I mean, its nice to visit lots of place a do lots of things, but in the end, don’t forget it’s a vacation. And you can always go back. So i’d suggest to cut down a few places and in the end i’m sure you won’t regret it.
 
So, since you say you’re more into natural attractions, I’d drop florence at least, perhaps Venice too… Maybe spend more time in munich and go see that castle nearby (can’t remember the name right).
 
now, for the taormina concert, i suppose you put it in the middle of your itinerary because of its date ? If your dates are flexible around it, you might want to consider doing germany – austria – switzerland – italy and fly out of Rome, so you dont have to go back all the way to switzerland. But i’m not sure if its the best way…just a suggestion that others can comment !

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Hey guys, thanks very much for the advice. Yes it does seem a bit too hectic doesn’t it? I think I will cut out some of it out.
 

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So, since you say you’re more into natural attractions, I’d drop florence at least, perhaps Venice too… 

 
Drnaud it’s interesting that you say to skip florence, because I had the impression that the tuscan countryside is a beautiful place. Do you mean that I shouldn’t use Florence as my base in Tuscany, and pick a smaller town or something?
 
The other thing is, I’ve just realised I can get domestic flights within Italy, hence reducing 2 overnight trips to and from Taormina to 2 one and a half hr flights. Do you reckon that’s a good idea? The airlines (Alitalia, WindJet, BluExpress) are safe to travel with right?
 
The castle is germany called neuschwanstein Smile And yes it’s absolutely magical. I will definitely go there but prob in winter, firstly because of time constraints in the summer, and also because I think it would be stunning under a blanket of snow.
 
Thanks again for your help!