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Italy is a country that is on many travelers’ wish list. And why not? Italy has it all: fabulous cuisine, gorgeous cities, towering mountains and beautiful beaches, and ancient historical sites. Throw in some gelato and wine and you have the perfect ingredients for a memorable 10-day holiday in Europe. If you have 10 days in Italy, we have three great ideas for how you can spend your time. 

For first timers to Italy, Rome, Florence, and Venice usually make the “must-see” list. With 10 days in Italy, you have just enough time to visit these three cities and add in a quick visit to a nearby destination. How to do this is spelled out in our “Classic” Italy itinerary.

But for those who want different ideas of how to spend your time in Italy, we have two more recommendations for you.

With 10 days in Italy, you have just enough time to get a taste of this country. Don’t try to see it all at once. Italy is better visited at a slower pace, so you can sample the food, wander the streets, and get the full experience.

With these itineraries, we tried to strike a balance between visiting a handful of cities and moving slowly enough to have the best experience.

10 Days in Italy: 3 Itineraries

#1 The Classic

Our classic Italy itinerary includes Rome, Florence, and Venice, with two days in the Cinque Terre. It’s a great option if this is your first visit to Italy, since you get to visit three of Italy’s most popular cities along with a visit to a spectacular coastal destination.

Below is an overview of this itinerary. We also have a very detailed version of this Italy itinerary that you can read by clicking here.

10 Days in Italy: Rome, Florence, Cinque Terre & Venice

  • Day 1: Arrive in Rome
  • Day 2: Rome
  • Day 3: Florence
  • Day 4: Florence
  • Day 5: Tuscany Day Trip
  • Day 6: Cinque Terre
  • Day 7: Cinque Terre
  • Day 8: Venice
  • Day 9: Venice
  • Day 10: Fly home

10 days in Italy map

IMPORTANT!! We get a lot of comments and emails about how to add one or two more destinations to this itinerary. We know that it is tempting to squeeze as much in as possible, but we do not recommend adding more to this itinerary. This is already a very busy schedule. If you add on another city, you will get to “see” a lot, but you will end up spending most of your time in Italy on the train. If anything, consider adding more time to Rome before adding on another destination.

Day 1 & 2: Rome

Rome 10 days in Italy

The first day in Rome can be challenging if you arrive on a red-eye flight. Do your best to get adjusted to the time change, visit a few sites in the afternoon, and consider going to bed a little early.

With less than two full days in Rome, you will not be able to see everything, but some of the must-see sites include the Colosseum, the Pantheon, the Borghese art gallery, and a tour of the Vatican. Stroll through Piazza Navona and consider having dinner in the Trastevere neighborhood.

Day 3, 4 & 5: Florence and Tuscany

Travel by train to Florence. This journey takes just 1.5 hours, so if you leave early in the morning you will have most of the day in Florence.

Florence 10 days in Italy

On this itinerary, you have three days in Florence and Tuscany. Florence needs at least one full day to see the main sites. You should also spend one full day in Tuscany. There are numerous hill towns to visit as well as Siena, one of our favorite spots in Italy. You have to decide how to spend the third day: more time in gorgeous Florence or another day in Tuscany, visiting the small towns and vineyards.

To get around Tuscany, we recommend hiring a driver. This allows you to sit back and enjoy the views and the wine without the hassles of parking and navigating between the towns. If you are more independent, you can rent a car (this is what we did after our terrible experience with the public bus system in Italy). We do not recommend the bus. On more than one occasion, the bus failed to show up, leaving us stranded on the side of the road. This not only happened in Tuscany but also Sorrento and Amalfi.

You can also join one of these tours to Tuscany from Florence.


Day 6 & 7: Cinque Terre

Manarola 10 days in Italy

On the morning of day 6, take the train from Florence to the Cinque Terre. It takes between 1.5 to 3 hours to get to the Cinque Terre. Direct trains take less time but there are many more options that have a transfer in Pisa. You can take a few hours to visit Pisa on the way to the Cinque Terre, but you would be missing out on some valuable time in the Cinque Terre.

If you are booking a train to the Cinque Terre, you will arrive in La Spezia and then take the local train to one the five towns of the Cinque Terre. It takes just 9 minutes to travel from La Spezia to the first town, Riomaggiore, and trains run very frequently.

The Cinque Terre is magical. Five picture perfect towns perched along the Mediterranean coastline just waiting to be explored. You can spend a full day hiking between them or use the train to hop between towns.

Day 8 & 9: Venice

Take the train from the Cinque Terre (La Spezia) to Venice. There are no direct trains. Most trains transfer in either Milan or Florence. The quickest journey takes 4 hours but some can take over 6 hours. For your day of travel, book the shortest, most convenient train in the morning, so you have the afternoon to spend in Venice.

Venice 10 days in Italy

One day in Venice is really all you need to see the main highlights. Spend the extra time by cruising out to Murano and Burano or simply wandering the canals some more.

Day 10

Begin your travels home. Or, for those with more time, continue onto your next destination.

See the full itinerary, with recommendations on how to spend your time in each place, where to stay, and how to get around: 10 Day Itinerary: Rome, Florence, the Cinque Terre, & Venice

#2 Rome, Florence & the Amalfi Coast

Venice and the Cinque Terre did not make this itinerary, but what you are getting is a drive along the stunning Amalfi Coast, a day trip out the beautiful island of Capri, a visit to Pompeii, and an extra day in Rome.

10 Days in Italy: Rome, Amalfi Coast, Florence & Tuscany

  • Day 1: Arrive in Rome
  • Day 2: Rome
  • Day 3: Rome
  • Day 4: Sorrento and Pompeii
  • Day 5: Capri
  • Day 6: Amalfi Coast
  • Day 7: Florence
  • Day 8: Florence
  • Day 9: Tuscany
  • Day 10: Fly home

Italy Itinerary Map with Sorrento

Day 1, 2 & 3: Rome

On this itinerary you have one extra day in Rome. This gives you plenty of time to explore this city. Even so, it will be a very busy three days.

Trastevere Neighborhood

Trastevere 10 days in Italy

Day 4: Pompeii and Sorrento

Today, you will visit Pompeii in transit between Rome and Sorrento. This is relatively easy to do. From Rome, take the train to Naples (70 minutes). Once in Naples you will transfer to the Circumvesuviana train. You can purchase tickets right before boarding the Circumvesuviana train so there is no need to buy them in advance. It takes 36 minutes to travel from Naples to Pompeii (get off at the Pompeii Scavi station).

PRO TRAVEL TIP: The Circumvesuviana train is a local train (similar to riding the subway in New York City) and it can be hot and crowded, especially during the summer months. It’s not as nice as the faster trains in Italy, but is a convenient, budget friendly option for getting to Pompeii and Sorrento. Always beware of pickpockets while using trains and other public transportation in Italy. If you want to skip out on this “budget friendly experience,” you can hire a private driver in Naples instead of taking the Circumvesuviana.

While touring Pompeii, you can store your luggage in the luggage storage facility on the lower level of the Pompeii Scavi station.

10 days in Italy

After touring Pompeii, pick up your luggage and then take the Circumvesuviana train to Sorrento. Most likely you are arriving in the mid to late afternoon. After checking into your hotel (your home base for 3 nights), stroll along the marina, have dinner, and try the limoncello…it’s delicious!

For more information on how to visit Pompeii and travel to Sorrento, Capri and the Amalfi Coast, read these posts:

How to Visit Pompeii when Traveling from Rome to Sorrento

How to Travel from Rome to Sorrento, Capri & the Amalfi Coast

Sorrento and Mt. Vesuvius

Vesuvius Sunset 10 days in Italy

Day 5: Capri

Capri is just 20 minutes away from Sorrento by boat. Once in Capri, take a boat tour around the island, enjoy the breathtaking view from Mount Solaro, and explore the Grand Marina. You can even go hiking if you like.

Capri 10 days in Italy

Day 6: Amalfi Coast

Amalfi Coast 10 days in Italy

From Sorrento, take a day trip to the Amalfi Coast. This is described as one of the most scenic drives in the world. Along the way, visit the towns of Positano, Amalfi, and Ravello.


Tim Rivenbark

The best way to get around is by private driver. Parking can be a huge hassle (avoid self-driving the Amalfi Coast during peak season) and using the public bus system can be a nightmare (been there, done that, and we had a miserable experience).

Day 7, 8 & 9: Florence and Tuscany

The morning of day 7 is spent traveling from Sorrento to Florence. You can take the Circumvesuviana train (1 hour, cheap) or take a private driver (1 hour, expensive) to the Naples train station (Napoli Centrale). From Naples it is a 3-hour train ride to Florence. It is a gorgeous journey, especially the final hour, as you travel through Tuscany.

Divide your time between Florence and the hill towns in Tuscany.

The view from San Gimignano


Day 10

Begin your travels home. Ideally, fly home from the Florence airport. While researching flights, if you find that you don’t have great options from this airport, you might have to return to Rome and fly home from here.

Optional Variation of this Italy Itinerary

For this itinerary, you can fly into Naples, visit Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast, and then continue north to Rome and Florence. This saves you some time traveling back and forth from Rome to the Amalfi Coast. However, for many people, it might be easier and cheaper to fly into Rome, which is why I have the itinerary written the way it is.  

#3 Off-the-Beaten-Path

For those who don’t mind skipping some of the more popular cities, this Italy itinerary includes several wonderful, off-the-beaten-path destinations. We love this itinerary because it includes some of our favorite spots in Italy. You even get to explore a hidden gem of Europe, San Marino.

For this Italy itinerary you will need to rent a car. You can pick it up on day 1 at the Venice airport or on the morning of day 2 before leaving Venice.

10 Days in Italy: Venice, Dolomites, Verona, San Marino & Tuscany

  • Day 1: Arrive in Venice
  • Day 2: Venice
  • Day 3: Dolomites
  • Day 4: Dolomites
  • Day 5: Verona
  • Day 6: San Marino
  • Day 7: Florence
  • Day 8: Tuscany
  • Day 9: Tuscany
  • Day 10: Fly home

Italy Itinerary with Dolomites

Day 1 & 2: Venice

With one and a half to two days in Venice (depending on what time you arrive on day 1), you have just enough time to explore the best of Venice and visit Murano, Burano, and/or Lido Island.

Venice Photography

Day 3 & 4: Dolomites

The Dolomites are one of the most gorgeous spots in Italy that we have seen. This is hiking paradise. There are numerous trails, from short easy hikes to all day affairs. The views are spectacular, and you don’t have to be a hiker to enjoy a trip here.


In the Dolomites, the two most popular towns to base yourself are Bolzano and Cortina d’Ampezzo. It takes about 2.5 hours to get to either town from Venice. Later, when you transfer to Verona, it is a 2-hour drive from Bolzano and a 3.5-hour drive from Cortina d’Ampezzo. The drive from both locations is gorgeous. Most of the hikes we did were located near Cortina d’Ampezzo.

Day 5: Verona


Verona is gorgeous, similar to Venice except without the canals, the decay, and the huge numbers of tourists. This is another one of those cities that is perfect for getting lost in (and eating a lot of gelato). Enjoy this low-key day exploring this beautiful city.

Day 6: San Marino

San Marino

In the morning drive to San Marino (3 hours, mostly on the highway). You will have the rest of the day to explore this gorgeous, underrated destination in Europe.

Day 7, 8 & 9: Florence and Tuscany


Since you have a car, take your pick of where you want to stay in Tuscany. You can choose Florence, Siena, or any of the Tuscan hill towns, such as Montepulciano, Pienza, or San Gimignano, just to name a few. Or even stay in a villa for three nights. It just depends on what kind of experience you want to have.

We recommend one day in Florence and two days exploring Tuscany.

Day 10

Begin your travels home. Ideally, fly home from the Florence airport. While researching flights, if you find that you don’t have great options from this airport, you might have to return to Rome and fly home from here.

With More Time

With only 10 days in Italy, it’s tempting to squeeze in as many destinations as possible. But sometimes the best experience is going slower and visiting fewer cities.

If you are lucky enough to have more than ten days, consider adding more time to Tuscany, Rome, or any of the destinations listed in this itinerary, rather than adding a quick visit to another city. I know that it is tempting to try to see as much as possible, but your holiday may be more enjoyable if you slow down a little bit.

If you have 14 days, you can visit Rome, Florence, Venice, the Amalfi Coast, and the Cinque Terre. Learn how to do it in our 14 Day Italy Itinerary.

Best Time to go to Italy

Spring and fall are the best seasons to visit Italy. The weather is generally pleasant during this time.

Summer is peak season so expect huge crowds of people and more expensive accommodations. Italy can also be very busy during Easter week and around Christmas.

Italy Travel Guide

If you need more information about traveling to Italy, check out our Italy Travel Guide. It has lots of articles and advice to help you plan the perfect trip.

Designing Your Own Italy Itinerary?

These three itineraries make a great starting point for designing your own custom itinerary to Italy. For more tips and tricks to help you plan the perfect itinerary, consider reading this article:

7 Things to Know When Planning Your First Trip to Europe

Are you planning a trip to Italy? If you have any questions about how to plan your Italy itinerary, let us know in the comment section below.


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Comments 370

  1. Thank you for all of your information! A trip to Italy is my number one dream. We are coming in March. Our plan is 10 days in the following order: Amalfi, Florence, Cinque Terre, Rome, Venice. Let’s talk fear of heights, I’m awful, I’m not even able to close my eyes in a car and pretend it isn’t happening. I desperately want to walk the trails in Cinque Terre and Amalfi has me concerned. Will I be able to go to both places?


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      You’re welcome!
      As far as the Cinque Terre is concerned, you might be OK. Skip the high route between Riomaggiore and Manarola…this trail takes you high and you might have problems here. For the rest of the trails that we hiked in between the towns, I don’t recall drop-offs or anything to be concerned about, other than the final walk into Monterosso. In our Cinque Terre hiking post, scroll down until you get to the photo labeled “Monterosso.” You can see the trail on the edge of the cliff here. There is a fence and it’s a wide trail, but if you think you will have a problem with this, then take the train from Vernazza to Monterosso.
      The roads along the Amalfi Coast are notorious for being narrow, windy roads. Many people do describe this drive as a “white knuckle drive.” I think that description is a bit much, but if you are very afraid of heights, this drive might be challenging for you. If you can, hire a private driver, rather than taking a tour. That way, if you have to call it quits, you can. If you are stuck on a tour or on a bus, it will be harder to bail out. I think it is worth giving it a try because it is a beautiful drive. Alternatively, you can take a boat cruise along the Amalfi Coast, which I have heard is quite nice, and you won’t have to deal with heights.
      Cheers, Julie

  2. Hi Julie,
    I love your website. Thank you for all of the helpful info! We are a family of 5 with teens. We are planning our kids’ first trip to Europe for June/July 2022. We are generally outdoorsy people who love the mountains. I tried to combine a few of your itineraries and am wondering what you think of this hybrid? We would love to see the natural beauty of the mountains and quaint villages, along with the history/architecture/culture of cities like Rome. If we were able to extend the trip to 11-12 days, what would you do with that time? Add the Dolomites, or is that too hectic. Any suggestions are much appreciated! Also, do you have any experience with AirBnbs for travel in Europe? Given we have 5, I am finding it very difficult to accommodate our family in hotels over there. The few places that would are booked already, and having to get 2 rooms is very expensive and I don’t love being separated. Wondering what advice you have. Thanks so much!
    Day 1 Arrive Rome
    Day 2 Rome
    Day 3 Train to Venice
    Day 4 Venice
    Day 5 Train to Bellagio
    Day 6 Bellagio
    Day 7 Train to Interlaken
    Day 8 Bernese Oberland
    Day 9 Bernese Oberland and head to Zurich
    Day 10 Fly out of Zurich

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      Hello Amy. That looks like a great itinerary! I don’t recommend adding the Dolomites since it would be too hectic. With your extra 1 to 2 days, I recommend adding more time to the Bernese Oberland (this area is amazing!!) or spend a day in Lucerne. If it were me, I would add the time to the Bernese Oberland. Getting from Bellagio to Interlaken will be a little tricky. This best way to do this is to go to Lugano, Switzerland (maybe by bus?) and then take the train to Interlaken. But you will have to do a little research here. Alternatively, you can travel from Venice to Como by train, then on day 6, day trip to Bellagio from Como, and on day 7, travel by train to Interlaken.
      We don’t have experience using AirBnB in Europe, or anywhere, partly because AirBnB creates a housing issue in cities where it is very popular, so we hesitate to recommend it. However, with 5 people, it would be advantageous for you. Sometimes even finding hotel rooms for 4 people is challenging so I understand your concern. But unfortunately, I don’t have any advice for you about AirBnB. But if you have any other questions about planning out your itinerary please don’t hesitate to write in again.
      Cheers, Julie

  3. Hi Julie,
    I love reading about your trips and adventures! We are going to Italy from houston (via London) for Thanksgiving break and I’d like to ask you the following. We land at Rome at 12.50pm on a Saturday. My plan is to go to Vatican City that afternoon, since it will be closed on Sunday, and Monday mid-morning we’re taking a train to Florence. Will it be worth it? We can hussle through the jet-lag and tiredness of the trip, but it’ll be short and probably dark. Our family consists of my husband and I, and 3 daughters ages 15, 12 and 11.
    Thank you!

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      If you think that all of you can hustle through the jet lag, the Vatican could be worth it. Another option is to keep it more low-key, walking through the heart of Rome, or spending the afternoon at the Colisseum. Tyler and Kara were younger than your kids during our visit to Rome (they were 9 and 11), but they both liked the Colisseum more than the Vatican (Tim and I liked the Colisseum more than the Vatican too). Cheers, Julie

  4. 2018
    We visited
    Loved entire trip

    We are trying to decide between Sicily, Spain or a different Italy itinerary.
    We are Looking at late August or September 2022.

    Thinking flying to Milan, Lake Como area, Cirque Terra and some place in Tuscany?

    Spain Madrid, Seville and Granada

    Sicily we are still trying to figure what a possible trip would look like.

    We enjoy your blog very much

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      Hello Shane. Those all sound like great options. We have not done the Spain or Sicily trip but it’s also something we talk about doing in 2022. If you loved your trip to Italy, the places you mention are all wonderful. But if you want to explore a new country, the Spain trip sounds very nice too. I have heard wonderful things about Seville. And I have a very good friend who has been to Sicily several times and only has good things to say about it. So, you can’t go wrong, but it is a tough decision. Cheers, Julie

  5. Really very informative and the way you present your information attracts visitors to read a more informative article from your website. So I look forward to seeing the next update.

  6. Hi Julie,

    We are in the beginning stages of planning our honeymoon for March of next year. We will have 11 full days in Italy with 1/2 a day on the front (arrive at 5 pm) and an early after noon departure on the 12th day. Currently our plan is to fly into Rome and leave from Venice combining your first (2) itineraries as follows:

    – Days 1 & 2: Rome
    -Days 3 &4: Pompeii/Sorrento/Amalfi Coast
    -Days 5,6, & 7: Florence/Tuscany
    -Days 8&9: Cinque Terre
    -Days 10 & 11: Venice

    Does this itinerary seem feasible or do you think it might be too jammed pack due to travel time?

    Would you recommend adding a day to Rome or elsewhere and remove a day from Venice (or elsewhere) since you seem to say it can be explored in only 1 day?

    Thanks for your help and all the information you have provided!

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      Hello Lee. Your itinerary works great, but it will be busy, because of travel times. On your arrival day, you could have a nice dinner in Rome. 2 days in Rome is great and I don’t think you need to add another day. On day 3, you can visit Pompeii as you take the train to Sorrento. Day 4 would be the Amalfi Coast. On day 5, take an early train to Florence, spend the afternoon and day 6 in Florence. Day 7 would be a day trip into Tuscany from Florence. Day 8, travel to the Cinque Terre in the morning, use the afternoon to go sightseeing in the 5Terre. Day 9 gives you more time in the 5 Terre. Day 10 would be a travel day to Venice, giving you some time in the afternoon. Day 11 is one full day for Venice. Day 12 fly home (ideally from Venice). I wouldn’t change anything, and you really don’t have much extra time in Venice, because of the travel time to get here from the Cinque Terre. Have fun planning out your trip and let us know if you have more questions! Cheers, Julie

  7. Hi!

    Loved your itineraries…!

    I am planning a trip to Italy next May and wondered if this is too optimistic? I am going to Italy as my former Italian housemate (from when I did a year abroad in Pisa) is getting married. The wedding will be in Matera so I was considering the following:

    Fly from London to Pisa
    Pisa for 1 – 2 nights (want to come back for old time sake as I lived here)
    Train from Pisa to Rome
    Rome for 2 nights (have visited once before but you can’t visit Rome too many times)
    Train from Rome to Naples
    Amalfi coast I want to spend about 5 days here as I’ve never visited and want do to Positano, Pompei, Capri etc.
    Train from Naples to Puglia/Matera where I will spend the last 2 days for the wedding and party and then fly back to London from Puglia.

    Estimate it to be about a 10 day trip – am I packing too much in? Take into account I know Pisa like the back of my hand and am mainly going to reminisce and visit my favourite vinoteca, restaurant, and gelateria!


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      Hello Alice. I think your itinerary is wonderful and I don’t think you are packing too much in. And yes, you cannot visit Rome too many times. 😊 Tim and I are seriously contemplating a return trip to Rome this September, depending on what happens with the Delta variant and travel restrictions. 5 days on the Amalfi Coast is great. It’s plenty of time to do what you have listed without feeling too rushed. And Puglia and Matera is high on our wish list. I hope you have a great time here. Have fun planning your trip! Cheers, Julie

  8. Thanks Julie, sharing good helpful article . Verona, Liguria, Sicily, Abruzzo, Milan, the best places you can live in Italy. What itinerary would you suggest if we want to see Rome, Venice, Florence, and Sicily?

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      We haven’t been to Sicily yet, but from what I know, you need at least a week here for the best experience. You could do the classic itinerary, maybe cutting out the Cinque Terre to save some time, and add on another week for Sicily. Do the classic itinerary in reverse, starting with Venice and ending in Rome and then travel to Sicily from here. Cheers, Julie

  9. Hi there, I’m looking to book a 10-14 day trip to Italy next June for myself, husband, and 14 yr old son. We want to fly into Rome, relax and wander that day, tours day 2 and sleep, then head to Florence/Tuscany. We would like to spend a few days in Florence and then rent a car to tour around Tuscany a few days, but we’re unsure how to plan this portion. Any suggestions on must see sights, places to stay, or eat.? Ideally we ‘d prefer not stay in a different place each night. Then make our way to Venice for a few days and head back to Rome for a night before flying home. Any recommendations on how to plan or sources for planning? TIA and I adore all your articles!

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      This sounds like a great trip! We visited some of the hill towns in Tuscany, but not enough to be a great source of which ones are the best ones. I will say that we loved Siena (this one is definitely worth a one night stay), as well as Montepulciano. You could get the Rick Steves Guide or another travel guide, for recommendations on which hill towns to visit and stay in. You could also base your decision on cool hotels/B&B’s in the area.

      Your plan of renting a car is great. In Rome and Florence you can get around by public transportation and take the train to get between them. Rent your car in Florence and drop it in Venice. On the drive to Venice, you could spend one night in San Marino. It’s a gem of town to visit and worth the detour in my opinion. Another option is to visit Bologna. We have not been here yet but it is a great town if you want to dine in one of Italy’s top culinary cities. The options are endless.

      Cheers, Julie

  10. Hi! planning for a trip to Italy with my family you August 1st for 10-12 days (4 members – 17 yr old and 13 yr old children), we are in mid 40s.

    I like the second itenary as mentioned in this site : #2 ROME, FLORENCE & THE AMALFI COAST

    But I’d also like to add Venice and Milan

    Traveling from Dubai to Rome, then return from Milan to Dubai.

    From start to finish of this tour each day where I should start seeing and plan to visit in Rome, Florence, Venice, milan etc, how I can move around, is there any cheap option.

    How about staying, cheapest accommodation such as bed & breakfast, home stay, dormitories etc

    How about the cost of food ? Taxi, train etc. rent a car. In cities do I need to rent a car/ how about parking and parking fees, is there any Big bus tour or we can get any affordable tour guides or we can be a part of any group with tour guide in each of these places


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      To add on Venice, you can take a train to Venice. Spend one to two days in Venice. From Venice, take the train to Milan. In each city you can get around on foot and by using public transportation. For each city on your itinerary, we have articles with itineraries and things to do, with advice on where to stay. Here is the link to our Italy Travel Guide. From here, you can take a look at all of our articles to learn more about each city. Of the cities on your list, I believe that Rome is the only one with a Big Bus Tour. But instead of the bus tour, I recommend following our 2 day Rome itinerary. And to travel throughout Italy on this itinerary, taking the train is your best option. It’s cheap and drops you off at each city center. Cheers, Julie

  11. Hi, planning to go to Italy in a few weeks for a belated honeymoon. Thinking to fly in to Venice(maybe Rome) drive to Florence, then take train to Sorrento then Capri (boat tour), Amalfi coast (also visiting other towns like Positano, Amalfi etc). Then fly back home to UK from closest airport which I believe is Naples.. how does that sound ? Thank you

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      Overall, your plan sounds wonderful. I recommend using the trains for your entire trip, unless there is a reason why you want to have a car in Florence. If it is to visit the Tuscan hill towns, it might be cheaper and more convenient to rent a car for one day, rather than dealing with the hassle and expense of parking it in Florence. Both Venice and Rome work well as starting points. If you use the train, it’s easy to get from both of these cities to Florence (so make your decision based on flight cost and which city you prefer to visit). If you choose to drive, I’d pick Rome, since it is closer to Florence and you will drive through Tuscany. The rest of your itinerary sounds great and yes, Naples would be the closest airport to the Amalfi Coast (Rome is a good second option). I hope you have a wonderful honeymoon! Cheers, Julie

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  12. Hello! I am in the beginning stages of planning a 40th birthday trip for myself and my husband along with two of our friends. This trip is 3 years from now so I have time! What itinerary would you suggest if we want to see Rome, Venice, Florence, and Sicily? Both my friend and I have ancestors from Sicily and really want that on our tour! It will be a 10 day trip. Thanks!

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      Hello Kim. You can visit Rome, Florence, and Venice in 10 days, but you will not have enough time to also visit Sicily. We have not been to Sicily yet, but from what I know, you should plan to spend at least 7 days here, although a 10 day trip is even better. To visit Rome, Florence, and Venice, I recommend the first itinerary on this post. Cheers, Julie

  13. Hi! Love the information you’re sharing! Planning to head to Italy in 2024 with a girlfriend for her 50th and we love the Classic itinerary. What tips or tools do you have, or use, for budgeting and planning financially? We’ll be flying from the NW USA and plan to use the train while traveling. Thanks!!

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      Hello Mindy. The train is a great way to travel through Italy…it’s fast, convenient, and budget friendly. If you are trying to be thrifty while traveling, have breakfast at your hotel (if it is included) or at a cafe, have a picnic lunch, and save your money for dinners. There’s lots of great markets throughout Italy where you can prepare your own meals at a fraction of a cost of sitting down at a restaurant. Book your hotels in advance (6 months roughly) to get a room at the highly-rated mid-range hotels. As far as planning financially, start saving now. Flights can cost $1000 round trip from the USA. If you share a room with your friend, expect to pay $100 to $200 per night for a mid-range hotel, depending on the city. You could get by on $50 -$75 per day per food, per person. And then there will be extra expenses, like trains, activities, and souvenirs. When we traveled through Italy as a family of four (2014) we averaged $400 per day for everything listed except flights. That was budget to mid-range travel. I hope this helps! Cheers, Julie

  14. Hi. I’m planning a trip to Italy in mid April. I like the Classic itinerary but also want to incorporate a visit to Perugia area to visit our daughter who is studying there. Would you suggest replacing Florence/Tuscany portion of the trip with Perugia? Thanks for any ideas.

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  15. Hi,Julie
    I war through your itineraries of:-
    1)Amsterdam,Brussels and Paris
    2)The a three above mentioned Italy itineraries

    After reading them I am unable to choose between Italy or Amsterdam/Brussels/Paris.
    Kindly please suggest a place out of the two.We are a family of 8 with 4(50 yrs old),2(22 yrs old) &2(16 yrs old)
    This would be our first Europe trip and aren’t a very big fan of beaches.(we have already been to Bali &Thailand)

    Shradul Goel

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      They all make great trips, especially for a first visit to Europe. Of the four itineraries, I would recommend either the Classic Italy itinerary or the Amsterdam Brussels Paris itinerary. But I can’t really pick between the two…because you can’t go wrong with either one (Amsterdam Paris was my very first trip to Europe and it was awesome…but so is Italy). Can you share the two itineraries with the rest of your group and take a vote on which one everyone prefers? Just a thought. Cheers, Julie

  16. I am planning to take a trip during Christmas as a couple. The number of day aren’t fixed but we are thinking of 9-10 days trip. Please help us in choosing the destinations. Not a big fan of beaches, so we can skip those.

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      If you aren’t a big fan of beaches, you could follow our Classic Itinerary. Take out Cinque Terre. To make it a 9 day itinerary, add another day to Rome (since you have very little time in Rome how this itinerary is written). To make it a 10 day itinerary, visit Verona as a day trip when traveling between Florence and Venice. Cheers, Julie

  17. Hi, How did you handle all your luggage when travelling via train from one city to another? Also, why train and not flights? We are a family of 6 with a similar schedule to yours and are very excited!

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      In each car of the train, there is a luggage storage area. You can put your luggage here and smaller bags will go on the rack over your head. Trains are usually faster and cheaper, once you factor in the time it takes to get to and from the airport with security checks. The trains connect you to the city center and airports are located outside of the city. Have fun in Italy! Cheers, Julie

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