plan ahead - Places to visit in October
Written by Oryx
Oryx presents its insider’s tips for places to visit in October. Make the most of Rome’s ‘Indian summer’, experience Vienna after the peak season, and enjoy the pleasant weather in Hong Kong.
Explore ancient Rome
Rome’s Mediterranean climate can sometimes be too hot in the summer and the season tends to attract the heaviest tourist traffic. The best balance of weather and crowds is in October, when high season is over, days are mild, and nights are cool. The locals even have a term for the bright, sunny October days: Ottobrata Romana. One of the most ancient cities in Europe, Rome today acts as an open-air museum, with sights such as the Pantheon, one of the best-preserved buildings of ancient Rome; the Roman Forum, which was the central area around which ancient Rome developed; and the 2,000-year-old Colosseum, which is still the symbol of the eternal city. The dome of the Basilica of St Peter dominates Rome’s skyline and is best appreciated by climbing its steps. For art lovers, the Vatican Museums are home to some of the most important masterpieces of Renaissance art in the world, including Michelangelo’s ceiling at the Sistine Chapel, while Villa Borghese houses a wide collection of art and sculpture.
Distance: 4,020 km
Flight Time: 6 hours
Frequency: 2 flights a day
Sightseeing in Vienna
Autumn is the perfect time to visit Vienna for sightseeing. Average high temperatures fluctuate around 10–18ºC, and as the temperatures drop, so do the hotel rates. Vienna is renowned for its opera, and the Vienna State Opera is one of the top opera houses in the world. The city is also known for its grand palaces. The Belvederes two palaces and gardens, Schönbrunn Palace and the Imperial Palace, are well worth a visit. Outdoor attractions include Schönbrunn Zoo, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the world’s oldest zoo, and Donaupark, which features a giant chess board, skatepark, and a petting zoo.
Distance: 3,983 km
Flight Time: 6 hours, 10 minutes
View the Hong Kong skyline
The city’s infamous humidity is low in October, and the skies are clear, blue, and sunny, making it one of the best months to explore the city – particularly for taking in the panoramic view from The Peak, the highest point on Hong Kong Island. Make your way up there on the city’s historic funicular railway, the Peak Tram. Alternatively, take in sea-level views of Victoria Harbour from the iconic Star Ferry. Then explore Hong Kong’s early culture, history, and arts at the Hong Kong Heritage Museum before experiencing the city’s legendary shopping – from markets to malls, each shopping district offers a different experience.
Hong Kong, China
Distance: 6,337 km
Flight Time: 7 hours, 35 minutes
Frequency: Twice daily