Italy Itinerary

10 Days in Italy: 3 Amazing Itineraries

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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.

For first timers to Italy, Rome, Florence, and Venice usually make the “must-see” list. With ten days, 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” 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 itinerary includes Rome, Florence, and Venice, with two days in the Cinque Terre.

Rome, Florence, Cinque Terre & Venice

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

Day 1 & 2: Rome


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.

Read more: 2 Days in Rome: The Perfect Itinerary

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.


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.

Read more: One Perfect Day in Siena

Day 6 & 7: Cinque Terre


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.

Read More:  Hiking the Cinque Terre and The Cinque Terre for Budget Travelers

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.


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.

Read more: 20 Photos that will make you want to visit Venice

Where to Day in Venice: Best Neighborhoods and Hotels for Your Budget

Day 10

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

#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.

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

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


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

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.


Read more: Is a Visit to the Blue Grotto Worth It?

Day 6: Amalfi Coast

Amalfi Coast

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).

Read more: Positano, Our Favorite Town on the Amalfi Coast

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

#3 Off-the-Beaten-Path

For those who don’t mind skipping some of the more popular cities, this 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 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.

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

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.

Read more: Hiking the Puez-Odle Altopiano

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.

Read more: Falling in Love with Verona

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.

Read more: San Marino: Europe’s Most Underrated Destination?

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

With More Time

With only ten 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.

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.

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Comments 181

  1. Hi ,
    First of all great stories inspiring to travel.
    I am planning to travel to europe with my wife from 15th Dec to 28th dec.
    We will be landing in Amsterdam from Delhi, India on 15th and will be there for 3 nights as she has business meetings. from 18th to 28th we are free and were thinking of travelling to paris for 2 days i.e. 18th and 19th and then head to Italy.
    we are getting good deal to fly out on 28th from Venice.
    Please suggest any good itinerary with some places we should visit in 9days and specially at Xmas time.. really confused if we should include south part where temperatures will be moderate or should check major attractions cities.. amalfi coast, rome and venice(because of fly out option).
    Thank you so much in advance.

    have to finalize in 1-2 days..


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      You have enough time to get to about 3 spots in Italy. You could fly to Rome on the 20th, spend 2 days in Rome, on the 23rd take the train to Florence, spend 3 days in Florence with maybe a day trip into Tuscany, take a train to Venice on the 26th, and finish your trip here. If you like the idea of going to the Amalfi Coast, you can do this instead of Tuscany, but then you will have one big day of train travel to get from Sorrento to Venice (or fly). During this time of year, I do not know how pleasant the coast will be. It shouldn’t be too crowded but it will lack some of the beauty and warmth you see in photos. Cheers, Julie

      1. Thank you so much for your reply.
        can we make it like – on 20th arrive in amalfi coast, stay for 20 and 21, on 22nd move to Rome for 2 nights…
        on 24th move to Florence for 2 days and then move to Venice on 26th… Will it be too hectic…. ?
        and should we spend Xmas in Rome, heard its pretty big celebration… if we include that then we might have to skip Florence… but are we missing out something Florence side ?
        Also, will it be too cold in the above route and should we consider Sicilia side ? is it worth it?

        Thanks for the help..

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          We have not been to Sicily yet so I can’t really give you solid advice there. If you do the itinerary like you have it laid out, you only have about a day and a half in Amalfi so you will have very limited time to see the Amalfi Coast and visit Sorrento, Capri and Pompeii. This whole area needs at least 3 days (but only if you want to see all of these places). I just wonder if it would be better to eliminate Amalfi and put those days into Florence and Rome instead. It depends on what you want to do. Florence is amazing if you like art and history. Rome is huge so having at least 2 full days is ideal. The Amalfi Coast is gorgeous spot to visit and there are no museums, just pretty cities, so this is appealing too. Your itinerary works but I do think trying to fit in 4 places is a bit too rushed, so consider eliminating your “least favorite” spot. Cheers, Julie

  2. Hello, Julie!

    These are so incredibly helpful for a trip to Italy I am planning for my husband and I next September. I was wondering if it is realistic to remove Verona from the Venice, Dolomites, Verona, San Marino & Tuscany itinerary and add in Cinque Terre in Verona’s place? Or is there a better place to put it in that itinerary?

    Thank you so much for your help!

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      The Cinque Terre needs at least 2 full days, because you have to factor in time travel time to get here and move on (so you can’t just replace Verona). You can replace the Dolomites and Verona with the Cinque Terre. Even so, it’s going to be tricky to get out to San Marino. If you want to add the Cinque Terre to this itinerary, I would add it at the end after Tuscany/Florence. You will need 2 – 3 days for travel time and enough time to tour the Cinque Terre. That would turn this itinerary into a 12 – 13 day itinerary. Cheers, Julie

  3. Hi Julie,
    Your post is very interesting and helpful!
    I am from India and wish to have a romantic holiday with my wife. Traveling from 19th Dec to 4th Jan. First time for both of us to Italy. We want to have a mix of history and natural beauty. We don’t want to make it very hectic. I am not sure we will be comfortable driving on the left hand side which is opposite direction as India. So essentially public transport. I don’t think I can afford Private chauffeur driven cars, but a tour guide at certain places would be nice!
    I am thinking of doing 5 to 6 days in Rome.
    Other than that Venice was a consideration for 1 week, but wondering if it is smelly as I read at so many places to do 1 week there.
    Third world be Lake Gharda/Tuscany/Florence/Verona. Not sure how to do? Want decent hotels but not too expensive. Please recommend some ideas.
    So essentially want three places.

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      Hello Rudresh. 5-6 days in Rome is lots of time…you could even shorten it by a day if you need to. There’s less to see in Venice than in Rome, so 3 – 4 days in Venice is plenty of time. We have been to Venice twice and never noticed a bad smell. I’m not sure how difficult it’s going to be to get to Lake Garda in December. Since it’s in the mountains, there’s a chance that roads could be closed for snow, but I’m not 100% about that. I think you could start in Rome, travel by train to Florence, take a tour for a day or two into Tuscany, travel by train to Verona, and end in Venice. Your itinerary could look something like this:
      12/19 – 12/24: Rome
      12/25 – 12/29: Florence with tours into Tuscany
      12/30 – 12/31: Verona
      1/1 – 1/4: Venice
      Of course, you could do this in reverse. You also have enough time to take a train back to the starting city, which could make plane flights cheaper than flying in and out of 2 different cities. You will have to check train schedules to see if they operate on holidays like Christmas and New Year’s. For hotels, some of our city posts have recommendations so take a look at our Italy Guide for links to all of our posts. We use to make our reservations when we travel and this is a good place to find budget accommodations.

      Cheers, Julie

  4. Hello
    i am planning a trip to Italy w my twin 15 years old boys. I have read your ideas and open to your suggestions. Feel free to add or remove!
    Here is my tentative itinerary , please advise ……………….

    Day 1-3 Rome (2 nights)
    Day 3-5 Pompeii-Sorrento (2 nights)
    Day 5-6 Capri (1 night)
    Day 6 -7 Amalfi Coast (sleep 1 night Naples?)
    Day 7-8 Naples to Sienna ( 2 nights)
    Day 8-10 Cinque Terre (2 nights)
    Day 10-12 Florence (2 nights)
    Day 12-14 Venice (2 nights)

    unsure if I am trying to fit too much in our trip? We have ability to stay a total of 16 nights – have not purchase airline tickets yet!! Look forward to hearing from you!

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      Hello Annette. This itinerary is a bit rushed but it does work. I do have a few things to consider. For your time in Sorrento/Capri/Amalfi, are you planning to have one home base or have a hotel for each of the three spots? In my opinion, picking one city as a home base (Sorrento is the best option because it has a lot of hotels and it is easy to get around from here) is best so you are not unpacking and packing over and over again. However, if there is town you want to stay overnight in on the Amalfi Coast, that could work. If you stay in Sorrento, you can travel directly to Tuscany on day 7 (it’s a little more difficult to travel to Naples from the Amalfi Coast than Sorrento). Naples works great too but it is another hotel to book and get settled into. If you are traveling by train (also recommended) to get to Siena, you will take a train from Naples to Florence and then take a bus (or private driver or rental car) to Siena. Because of this, you might save time by keeping your Florence and Siena time together in the itinerary. For example, day 7 you can travel to Siena and on the evening of day 8 travel back to Florence for 2 nights. Then, it’s easy to take a train to the Cinque Terre. The only problem is that it is a longer train to get to Venice because usually you transfer in Milan or Venice. We went through Milan and spent several hours here which is a nice addition to your itinerary if you want to add another day.

      Here is a modified itinerary:
      Day 1-3 Rome
      Day 4 – travel to Sorrento, visit Pompeii on the way, sleep Sorrento
      Day 5 – Capri (sleep Sorrento)
      Day 6 – Amalfi (sleep Amalfi)
      Day 7 – Amalfi, in the late afternoon, hire a private driver to go to Naples, sleep Naples
      Day 8 – travel to Siena
      Day 9 – Siena
      Day 10 – travel to Florence
      Day 11 – Florence
      Day 12 – travel to Cinque Terre
      Day 13 – Cinque Terre
      Day 14 – travel to Venice
      Day 15 – Venice
      Day 16 – Fly home

      You will save a day by visiting Amalfi on a day trip from Sorrento (and not sleeping on the Amalfi Coast). Then, on day 7, you travel to Siena. If you want to save more time, only stay in Florence and visit Siena or other towns in Tuscany as a day trip from Florence. You can put your extra day into Venice or Tuscany. I hope this helps and let me know if you have more questions!

      Cheers, Julie

  5. Hello and thank you both for sharing your wonderful experiences! You are a true inspiration. We’re wanting to pursue the Amalfi Coast Itinerary and I had a question about it. Why do you recommend using Sorrento as your base and not staying any nights on the actual coast, like Positano? It’ll be my wife, daughter (10yrs old) and myself travelling end of May beg of June.

    Again, thank you for sharing your experiences.

    – Joel

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      We prefer Sorrento because from a transportation point of view it’s very convenient, being well connected to Capri, Naples, Positano, the Amalfi Coast, and Pompeii. We loved Positano, but we liked the convenience of Sorrento more. It’s fine to stay in Positano, but you will have longer travel times to get to Capri and Naples. Cheers, Julie

  6. We are planning 10 days in Italy (2 days is travel..8 days really). We must fly in and out of Rome. Would like to do Florence and Venice (and my bucket list is a day trip to Cinque Terre..he would like a day trip to Pompei). My husband has never been to Rome and is a history buff, so definetely need time there..please suggest!!.

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      If your husband is a history buff, you should plan to spend a bare minimum of 2 days in Rome. 3 days better and you’ll need an extra day for Pompeii. That leaves you with four more days in Italy. On day 5, travel by train to Florence and spend 2 days here. On day 7, take a train to Venice and spend 2 days here. On the second day in Venice, take a train back to Rome in the afternoon/evening. That’s a total of 8 days. You won’t be able to do the Cinque Terre on this trip unless you give up Venice. It’s tough coming up with itineraries in Italy because there are so many great spots to visit. But it’s always nice to come back and explore what you didn’t get to the first time! Cheers, Julie

  7. I’ve really enjoyed this blog on itineraries to Italy. It’s interesting to see a range of examples to assist planning. I love travelling to Italy and now have some new ideas. Thanks

  8. Julie,

    We are planning a last minute trip to Northern Italy with an arrival of 11/17 and departure on 11/25. I am coming with my sister and meeting my daughter who is studying abroad in Copenhagen. We are flying in and out of Milan. Originally I was thinking Lake Como, Cinque Terre, Florence and possibly Venice or other smaller towns/cities closer to Milan. Now, after looking at weather and reading comments online, I’m concerned about Lake Como and CT being pretty much shut down due to being off season. People have suggested leaving CT as an option depending on weather and just adding that last minute if it works out. Wondering if spending more time around Florence and the Tuscany area would be better. Visiting a winery is a must for my daughter! This is my first time in the country – my sister did Rome many years ago. Would love your ideas on Itinerary – we are pretty much open to anything . We aren’t huge city lovers/museum goers so would probably spend just 1-2 days in a city to experience that. We will be using all public transportation. Not sure how easy Tuscany would be with that in mind. Any suggestions?

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      Hello Janet. This is very exciting! I think that the Tuscany/Florence idea sounds wonderful. Here is a sample itinerary and I’ll give you a few changes depending on what you like to do.

      17 – arrive in Milan, see Milan with whatever energy you have after your flight
      18 – morning train to Verona, see Verona
      19 – morning train to Venice, see Venice
      20 – Venice
      21 – morning train to Florence, see Florence
      22 – Tuscany day trip
      23 – Tuscany day trip
      24 – morning in Florence, afternoon train to Milan
      25 – fly

      If you really want to visit the Cinque Terre, you can put that in place of Verona/Venice. I don’t know much about visiting the Cinque Terre in the off season. If you wanted to keep your options open, put Florence/Tuscany at the beginning of your itinerary and watch the weather. If the weather looks nice, go to the CT; if not, go to Venice. Do you want to keep things open or just plan the whole trip and not think about it anymore…depends on your travel style.

      We tried using public transportation in Tuscany and it was terrible. However, this was 2014 so hopefully things have changed. But I would recommend hiring a private driver. It will give you a lot of flexibility and you can sample as much wine as you like. And it’s easy to get around Italy by train. This itinerary also does not give you much time in Florence, which may be fine for you, but you could always take a Tuscany day and use that to see Florence. I added in Verona just because we liked it a lot…but you could use that time for Florence instead. Did I overwhelm you yet? 🙂

      Let me know if you have more questions! Cheers, Julie

      1. Julie,

        Thanks so much for taking the time – definitely a plan in progress. Your plan looks great!!

        If we are able to do CT, what do you think of this plan? I read more about Tuscany and it seems like you really need to rent a car. I’ve looked into airbnb and Agriturismo and there are some great options. Not sure how we would get the rental car returned or if it would be easy to drive it to Verona and return it there. Do you think staying in the Tuscan hills is better than taking the day trips from Florence?

        17 – arrive in Milan, see Milan with whatever energy you have after your flight
        18 – morning train to CT if weather is good and trails are open.
        19 – CT
        20 – Morning train to Florence – afternoon in Florence
        21 Florence
        22 Rent car and travel to Tuscany
        23 Tuscany – travel to Verona
        24 Verona, see Verona – afternoon train to milan
        25 – fly

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          This looks great. As far as where you stay…spending one night in a Tuscan hill town would be awesome. However, it is one more hotel to book and one more time to pack/unpack. But I say go for it. From Florence, it takes 1.5 hours to drive to Siena and 2 hours to drive to Montepulciano. So if you day trip from Florence, you will be doing a lot of backtracking. Siena makes a great option if you are looking for a large, centrally located town in Tuscany (and another one of my favorite spots) but Montalcino and Montepulciano are also really nice, and might be magical at night. Driving to Verona will be fine. Last year we did a similar drive from Cervia on the coast and it’s a bit long but for the most part it’s easy to drive in this part of Italy. It might be easier to drive to Verona and return the car here rather than driving back to Florence to take the train. It looks like you are going to have a nice trip! Let us know if you have more questions. Cheers, Julie

  9. Thank you Tim & Julie for your amazing travel stories. We were very much inspired to visit Italy after reading your posts. We just returned from our unforgettable 13 day trip to Italy covering Rome, Sorrento, Florence, Venice, Milan and Lake Como! Choosing Sorrento as a base is the best thing we did to explore the Amalfi Coast. We travelled throughout in trains and it was so comfortable. Few things that we learnt about travelling to Italy,
    1. It is perhaps best to visit Italy during March. We visited in September and all the places except Lake Como were extremely hot.
    2. Book your stay atleast 4 months in advance. Prices keep fluctuating by more than 100% depending on demand. The earlier you book the better it is.
    3. Carry some food with you esp. if you are a vegetarian. We absolutely enjoyed eating the Pizzas, Pizzas and Risottos. However, if you are vegetarian it could get difficult to find food at some places. Keeping some nutritious dry food handy would be really helpful. I found vegetarian salads at the Coop super markets very nice source to fulfil my daily nutrition needs.
    All in all, a great country to visit. I now understand why it is number 1 on your 50 bucket list destinations.

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      Hello Reshma! I am glad you had a nice trip to Italy and thank you so much for sharing these tips! I would like to try Italy in the early Spring…less crowded and less expensive (hopefully)! Cheers, Julie

  10. Hello Julie!
    Iam going to plan my first trip from India to Milan, Italy with my friend,she already went Milan around 3 years ago for her school,now we’re going to plan to meet and celebrate Christmas with her friends in Milan Italy also we want to see new year celebration in Italy, our traveling date should be 23 of December to 3 of January, like 10 days
    Can you please provide us an good itinerary which make our trip best and enjoyable with local friends!
    And can we both apply for Italy visa together/visa interview?

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      Hello Nida. I am not familiar with the visa process for Italy. I recommend you look at the consulate website to learn more about the process. I can help you with an itinerary, but I need more info about what you like to do. Is there an itinerary in this article that appeals to you the most? Or, do you have a few must-see spots in Italy? Cheers, Julie

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