Italy Travel Guide
Italy is home to some of the world's best food, wine, and art. Add in gorgeous coastlines, beautiful beaches, world-class fashion, phenomenal hiking trails, villas in Tuscany, and gelato, and you have the ingredients for an epic vacation. Italy is a favorite destination for many travelers for a very good reason. Come live "la dolce vita," the sweet life.

Italy Itineraries

If you are planning a trip to Italy, here are a few travel itineraries to help get you started.

Italy by Region

Rome

Rome is one of the world’s great cities. Full of historical treasures such as the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, and the Pantheon, this city is well worth a few days of your time, even on the fastest visits to Italy.

In September 2022, we spent four days in Rome and we have plans to add a lot more information to this section of our Italy Travel Guide (hopefully by late 2022/early 2023).

Tuscany

The list of things to do in Tuscany is wonderfully long. Visit Florence, go wine tasting, tour the vineyards and hill towns, photograph the leaning tower of Pisa, and hike the five colorful towns of the Cinque Terre.

We recently spent 10 days exploring Florence and Tuscany and we will have a lot more information to share later this year. If you are planning a trip to Tuscany, bookmark this page and refer back to it for more updates.

Venice

Venice is one of Italy’s most beautiful and romantic cities. Spend a few days here, wandering the canals, hopping between cafes, and visiting the historical sites.

Northern Italy

Northern Italy is a wonderland of mountains and lakes. Explore Lake Garda and Lake Como, visit Milan, and spend a day or two in lovely Verona. The Dolomites are also located in northern Italy and we have so much information to share that the Dolomites gets its own section (next in this travel guide).

The Dolomites

The Dolomites of Italy are one of our favorite places in the world to go hiking. But you don't have to be a big hiker to enjoy a visit here. There are plenty of things to do that don't involve hiking, from scenic drives, riding the cable cars to spectacular viewpoints, and skiing in the winter. Here are our articles about the Dolomites and we have plans to publish a lot more in the upcoming weeks.
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15 Epic Day Hikes in the Dolomites (RANKED!!)

The Dolomites are one of our favorite places in the world to go hiking. This area is truly a hiker’s…
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Best Things to Do in the Dolomites (With Little to No Hiking)

The Dolomites are one of the best places in the world to go hiking. But what if you don’t want…
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Croda da Lago Circuit Hike (+ Lago Federa & Forcella Ambrizzola)

The Croda da Lago Circuit is one of the most underrated hikes that we did in the Dolomites. With a…
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How to Hike the Adolf Munkel Weg to Geisler Alm

The Adolf Munkel Weg is a point-to-point hiking trail that runs along the Odle/Geisler mountain group in Val di Funes.…
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How to Hike the Cinque Torri (Map, Photos & Best Viewpoints)

The Cinque Torri is one of the most recognizable rock formations in the Dolomites. It is a popular hiking and…
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How to Hike the Puez-Odle Altopiano Trail in the Dolomites

The Puez-Odle Altopiano is a spectacular hike from start to finish. With jaw-dropping views of the Dolomites, fields of wildflowers,…
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How to Hike to Rifugio Averau and Rifugio Nuvolau

For jaw-dropping views of the Dolomites, and drinks (or a meal) with a view, it’s hard to beat Rifugio Nuvolau.…
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How to Hike to the Cadini di Misurina Viewpoint (Map, Photos & Helpful Tips)

The hike to the Cadini di Misurina viewpoint is one of our favorite short hikes in the Dolomites. This is…
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How to Plan a Trip to the Dolomites: Things to Know Before You Go

The Dolomites. This is where jagged pinnacles of rock soar into the sky, mountain huts and cabins dot the green,…
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How to Visit Lago di Braies (HELPFUL Tips & Photos)

Lago di Braies (Pragser Wildsee) is one of the most popular places to visit in the Dolomites. This crystal-clear aquamarine…
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Lagazuoi to Passo Falzarego: Hiking the Frontline Trail

This short, easy hike starts with a cable car ride to one of the highest peaks in the area. From…
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Tre Cime di Lavaredo Loop: The Complete Hiking Guide

Tre Cime di Lavaredo is one of the Dolomites’ iconic hikes. Three massive rocky prominences rise up from the rolling…
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Ultimate Guide to Lago di Sorapis: Trail Routes, Helpful Tips, & Photos

Lago di Sorapis (Lake Sorapis) is one of the most popular hikes in the Dolomites. Located just outside of Cortina…

Campania (Amalfi Coast & Sorrento)

Campania is the region that is home to Naples, Mount Vesuvius and Pompeii, Sorrento, Capri, and the Amalfi Coast. This area can be visited on a very long day trip from Rome but for the best experience, plan on spending a few nights here.

Italy Inspiration

Here are a few more articles about things to see and do in and around Italy.

Europe Travel Inspiration & Practical Info

Do you dream of visiting world-class cities like Paris, Barcelona, or Venice? Or would you rather hike the Alps, go on a scenic train ride, explore the beautiful beaches and coastal towns in southern Europe, visit fairytale towns and castles, island hop in Greece, or go on an unforgettable road trip in northern Europe?

In this article we list 25 ways to spend one week in Europe. 

Top Experiences in Italy

Renaissance Art.  See the works of Leonardo DaVinci, Michelangelo, and Raphael. With world-class art museums such as the Uffizi Gallery in Florence and the Borghese Museum in Rome, getting at least a peak at some of these masterpieces is not to be missed. A word of advice: during the high season, book your tickets in advance.

Cruise the Canals of Venice. Whether by gondola or vaporetto, drifting through the canals of Venice is an iconic Italian experience.

Hike the Cinque Terre. Spend one day hiking through the five towns of the Cinque Terre. It is a fabulous hike and what's better than refueling at each town with fresh fruit, gelato, pasta, and wine?

Visit the Blue Grotto in Capri.  We weren't sure if this one was worth it, but once we did it, we loved it.

Visit the Vatican. The Vatican Museum is another "must-see" when visiting Italy. Definitely book your tickets in advance (this can literally save waiting in line for hours) and expect HUGE crowds during the summer months.

Climb the towers in Florence. The Duomo is the most popular tower to climb in Florence, but the Campanile was our favorite. Florence is a gorgeous city and the towers give some of the best vantage points.

Lake Como.  Located in northern Italy, come here for alpine vistas and to visit the villas on the water. Lake Como is virtually deserted during the winter months, so plan to visit between March and October.

Verona. This underrated city is one of our favorite spots in Italy. What a gorgeous city to explore.

Pompeii. This ancient city was destroyed by the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 A.D.  Pompeii is one of Italy's most visited sights. The ash that covered the city preserved the streets, buildings, and even the bodies of those people unable to flee the eruption. Walking through Pompeii is like walking through history.

The Dolomites.  The Dolomites were our favorite part of Italy. The hiking was epic, the scenery was stunning, and we loved the Austria meets Italy vibe.

Tour the Hill Towns of Tuscany.  Tuscany is packed with quaint, hillside towns. Walk the cobblestoned lanes, dine on delicious Italian food, go on wine tastings, and go shopping. You could spend a week in Tuscany, visiting a new town every day.

See DaVinci's "Last Supper" in Milan. Tickets for a 15 minute viewing sell out weeks in advance, so this is an activity that needs to be planned ahead of time, but it's worth it. Visiting Milan can be done as a day trip and seeing the "Last Supper" can easily fit into your itinerary.

Visit the Greek Ruins in Sicily. Some of the best Greek temples in the world, even better than those found in Greece, can be found in Sicily. Some of these ruins date back to the 5th century  B.C.!

The Amalfi Coast. The Amalfi Coast is labeled as one of the most scenic drives in the world.   It's beautiful, it's filled with hair pin turns, and some people call it a "white-knuckle" ride. Come see for yourself.

The Leaning Tower of Pisa.  Do you think the Leaning Tower of Pisa is too touristy? Maybe. But it's a quick visit and it can easily be seen as a day trip from Florence or on your way to the Cinque Terre.

Visit Sardinia. This rugged island is home to long, sandy beaches, prehistoric sites, and colorful coastal towns. The mountainous interior of the island is a hiking paradise, where you can visit one of the deepest gorges in Europe and the highest sand dunes in Europe.

Visit Puglia. Puglia, also called Apulia, geographically is the “heel” of Italy. What brings most visitors to this part of Italy is the town of Alberobello and its white-washed conical huts. But you can also find colorful coastal towns, national parks, and stunning coastal cliffs.

How Many Days Do You Need in Italy?

At minimum, plan on spending 7 days in Italy. This gives you just enough time to visit two cities and do a day trip or two.

For the best experience, plan on spending 10 days in Italy. This gives you enough time to visit three cities (Rome, Florence and Venice) or several regions of Italy (Amalfi Coast, Rome, and Tuscany).

With even more time, you can tour Italy’s highlights or immerse yourself in one or two regions.

If you only have a few days in Italy, we recommend choosing one city and doing day trips from here.

Best Time to Visit Italy

Spring and fall are generally the best times to visit Italy. During these two seasons, the weather is great for sightseeing and crowds can be a little lower than the summer months.

July and August are the hottest months of the year and visitation is at its highest. During this time, the weather is generally warm/hot with sunny skies, but expect big crowds and higher prices for hotels.

Rainfall picks up in the fall, especially around Rome, the Amalfi Coast, and southern Italy. But crowds also lessen at this time.

Winter can be cold, especially in northern Italy, but if you want to visit Italy without the crowds, this is the best time go (aside from holidays such as Christmas and New Years).

Spring is a beautiful time to visit Italy, with warming weather and blooming flowers. May is one of the best months to visit Italy, with great weather for sightseeing and crowds not yet at peak levels.

Italy Travel Guide with Itineraries