If you are planning to spend one day in Venice, there are several ways to do it.
Do you want to spend the day visiting the top sights in Venice, such as St. Mark’s Basilica, Doge’s Palace, and the Rialto Bridge?
Or would you prefer to skip the crowded, touristy sights and instead, go on a leisurely stroll along the canals and visit the quieter corners of Venice?
Maybe you want a mix of both…visiting a few key sights but also have the time to wander the canals.
In this Venice itinerary, we cover all three options. Which one will you want to do?
About this Venice Itinerary
So far, we have visited Venice three times, first in 2014 as part of our trip around the world, again in 2017, and most recently in July 2022.
Venice is one of Europe’s most popular destinations and with that, lines can be long several of Venice’s top attractions. With just one day in Venice, the last thing you want to do is spend that valuable time waiting in line. In this guide, we cover how to skip these lines or reduce your wait time. All of the links to book your tickets are included in this guide.
Finally, all of the times in the daily schedule are rough estimates, just to give you an idea about timing throughout the day. Your times may differ, based wait times to enter the sites and how much time you decide to spend at each place. I did my best to anticipate waiting times and visiting times, but on very busy days (or very quiet days) these times can differ
I do my best to keep the hours of operation and pricing up to date for each attraction, however, these can change at any time. I recommend getting updated hours and pricing for your dates of travel. The link to the official website is provided for each site.
VENICE TOURIST TAX: At the time that I am updating this, a new Venice tourist tax is being proposed. It is proposed to begin in January 2023. The fee will range from €3 to €10, depending on visitation numbers. If you will be staying in a hotel in Venice, you will be exempt from this fee. For more information, read this article.
Overview of Venice
Venice is built on a group of 118 islands and these small islands are linked with 400 bridges. These islands are located in the Venetian Lagoon, which sits just off of the mainland of Italy.
Venice is made up of neighborhoods, also called sestieri (singular sestiere). Some sestieri contain Venice’s most popular sites while others are quieter, where the locals live.
San Marco is the touristy heart of Venice and home to Doge’s Palace, St. Mark’s Square, and the Rialto Bridge. Most tourists spend the majority of their time here, along with Dorsoduro (Pont dell’Accademia, Peggy Guggenheim Collection, and Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute), and San Polo.
Santa Croce, located on the western end of Venice, is the main transportation hub. The bus station, parking garages, and train station are located here.
Cannaregio, Castello, and Giudecca are where many local Venetians live, but these sestieri make great places to go for a stroll if you want to escape the tourist crowds in the heart of Venice.
Finally, Murano, Burano, and Lido make great day trips from Venice, but you need to have at least three days in Venice in order to have enough time to do this.
Best Things to Do with One Day in Venice
Below is a list of the top places to visit if you have one day in Venice.
- Grand Canal
- St. Mark’s Square
- St. Mark’s Basilica
- Doge’s Palace
- Bridge of Sighs
- Rialto Bridge
- Gondola Ride
- Campanile di San Marco
- Explore the canals
- Ponte dell’Accademia
Optional sights include Teatro La Fenice, the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute, Scala Contarini del Bovolo, and the Libreria Acqua Alta. It is possible to visit a few of these, if you move fast, plan your day well, and give up some of your time strolling the canals.
View from Ponte dell’Accademia | One Day in Venice Itinerary
Best Time to Visit Venice
In general, spring and fall are the best times of the year to visit Venice. During this time, the weather is great for sightseeing and crowds tend to be lower than the busy summer months. But here is a breakdown by season of what you can expect in Venice:
WINTER: It’s cold in Venice during the winter months. Daytime high’s average around 7°C (in the mid-40’s) and it can get down to freezing at night. However, this is the driest time of the year. Crowds are also at their lowest, so if you want to visit Venice without the crowds, this is the time to go…just pack your winter coat. Carnavale is one of Venice’s biggest festivals and takes place at the end of February, ending on Mardi Gras.
SPRING: As the weather warms up in the spring, rain chances also go up. Spring is one of the wettest seasons to visit Venice, but not quite as rainy as the fall months. In early spring, the high temperature is 13°C (55°F) and it continues to get warmer week by week, reaching an average high of 21°C (70°F) by June.
SUMMER: Expect big crowds and hot weather during the summer months. Daily high temperatures average 28°C (82°F) but they can easily get up to 35°C (95°F). Rainfall is low. Summer is also the most popular time to visit Venice, so crowds will be at their highest. If you plan to visit in the summer months, make your hotel reservations far in advance and purchase skip-the-line tickets if possible.
FALL: In early fall, crowds can still be high, not really quieting down until the end of October. Daytime high’s range from 21°C (70°F) in early fall and cooling off to 13°C (55°F) by late fall. Autumn is the wettest time to visit Venice (late September through early November), so bring an umbrella if you plan to be here at this time.
VERDICT: I think the best time to visit Venice is from late-April through May. The weather is nice, spring break is over, and crowds are manageable. If you don’t mind chilly weather, March into April would also be a nice time to visit Venice, just try to avoid the Easter holiday.
One Day in Venice: Itinerary #1
Gotta See It All
This is the busiest Venice itinerary on this list.
This itinerary is for those who want to visit Venice’s top sights. It has the potential to be the most expensive, since you will visit more attractions and the entrance tickets and tours add up.
If you want to visit the long list of sights in the Best Things to Do in Venice section of this guide, this will do it. You will even visit a few places on the “optional” list.
You won’t have time for a leisurely lunch or a long coffee break, but you will get to see a lot of Venice.
How to Use This Map: Click the tab in the top left hand corner of the map to view the layers (points of interest and the walking route). You can click the check marks to hide or show layers. If you click the icons on the map, you can get more information about each point of interest.
If you click the star next to the title of the map, this map will be added to your Google Maps account. To view it on your phone or computer, open Google Maps, click the menu button, go to “Your Places,” click Maps, and you will see this map on your list.
8 am: Breakfast
Have breakfast at your hotel or at one of the cafes or pasticcerias (pastry shops) in Venice.
Morning (9:30 to 10 am): Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Teatro La Fenice, or Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute
The Peggy Guggenheim Collection is an art museum in Dorsoduro. Teatro La Fenice is an opera house. Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute is a church on the Grand Canal and you can climb the steps to the cupola for one of the best views of Venice.This morning, pick one of these to visit. To maximize your time, visit right at opening time.
Peggy Guggenheim Collection
This modern art museum is located in the Palazzo Venier dei Leoni, an 18th century palace. It contains modern art by Picasso, Dalí, Miró, and Kandinsky that was collected by American heiress Peggy Guggenheim.
Hours: 10 am to 6 pm daily; closed Tuesday
Website: Get updated hours and pricing on the official website. Purchase your ticket online in advance to avoid waiting in line.
Teatro La Fenice
This opera house is one of the most famous opera houses in the world. The theater was destroyed by a fire three times, the most recent being in 1996. It reopened in December 2003, truly earning its name “the Phoenix,” as it continually rises from the ashes.
The theater is open for tours on a daily basis. Your admission fee includes the audio guide tour.
Teatro La Fenice | One Day in Venice Itinerary
Hours: 9:30 am to 6 pm daily
Website: Get updated hours and pricing here.
Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute
The Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute is located on the Grand Canal. From Ponte dell’Accademia, this baroque cathedral is one of the main focal points. Climb the steps to the cupola for one of the best views of Venice.
View from the cupola of the Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute | One Day in Venice Itinerary
Cost: free to visit the Basilica; 8€ to visit the cupola
Hours: During the summer months, the Basilica is open from 9 am to 12 pm and 3 pm to 5:30 pm. Get updated hours here before your visit.
View from the Cupola: We cover the details on how to visit the cupola in our Venice Bucket List.
After your visit to the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Teatro La Fenice, or the Basilica, make your way to Ponte dell’Accademia.
11:30 am: Ponte dell’Accademia
From Ponte dell’Accademia, you have one of the best views of the Grand Canal (it’s my favorite viewpoint in Venice).
Look east along the Grand Canal. You will be able to see the Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute, a 400-year-old church that is a famous Venetian landmark. This bridge also a great spot to watch as gondolas, water buses, and taxis drift up and down the Grand Canal.
View from Ponte dell’Accademia | One Day in Venice Itinerary
12:00 pm: Vaporetto Ride on the Grand Canal
The vaporetto is a water bus that runs up and down the Grand Canal (and throughout much of Venice). This is the cheapest way to cruise up the Grand Canal.
From the water bus station next to Ponte dell’Accademia, ride the No. 1 or No. 2 vaporetto to the Rialto Bridge. It costs 7.50€ for a one-way ticket (good for 75 minutes) or 21€ for a 24-hour ticket. For this itinerary, a one-way ticket is sufficient.
View of the Grand Canal from the vaporetto | One Day in Venice Itinerary
12:30 pm: Rialto Bridge
The Rialto Bridge is a covered footbridge with shops that run down the center of the bridge. We love the views from this bridge and the views are great in both directions. It’s worth it to visit both sides of the bridge for these views.
View from the Rialto Bridge | One Day in Venice Itinerary
1:00 pm: Lunch
You can grab a quick bite to eat at one of the cafes or small restaurants near the Rialto Bridge. We recommend Pizzeria Megaone, a highly rated restaurant that is a short walk from the Rialto Bridge.
1:30 pm: T Fondaco Terrace
This rooftop terrace is located on top of a building that sits right on the Grand Canal next to the Rialto Bridge. It is free to visit and you will have a great view overlooking the Grand Canal. For the best experience, book your ticket online in advance.
T Fondaco Terrace | One Day in Venice Itinerary
2:15 pm: Canals of Venice
For the next one to two hours, stroll the canals of Venice. From the Rialto Bridge, head east, walking from the San Marco sestiere into Castello.
During this time, you have the option to hire a gondola. Gondolas cruise through many of the canals in Venice, so this can easily be added to your afternoon. Gondola rides can last 15 minutes to one hour, depending on what you negotiate with the gondolier.
How Much Does a Gondola ride cost? The city of Venice sets the rate at €80 per 40 minutes (€100 after 7 pm) but that doesn’t mean that’s the rate you will get. You will have to negotiate with your gondolier before you ride. Make sure you agree on the price and the length of time you will ride before you get in the gondola. And if you would like him to sing, that will cost extra. Here is a great article if you want to learn more.
Gondola Ride in Venice | One Day in Venice Itinerary
Optional: Scala Contarini del Bovolo
The Palazzo Contarini del Bovolo is a small palazzo, or palace, in Venice. This palazzo is famous for its spiral staircase that leads to an observation terrace. Tickets cost €8 per adult (€6 for those 26 and younger).
Scala Contarini del Bovolo | One Day in Venice Itinerary
4:00 pm: St. Mark’s Square & the Campanile
The Campanile is the huge bell tower in St. Mark’s Square. From the top of the Campanile, you get one of the best views of Venice. A visit typically lasts 30 minutes and an elevator carries you to the top, so don’t worry about climbing hundreds of stairs for this view.
Hours: 9:30 am to 5:15 pm, last admission 4:45 pm
Website: Book your tickets and get updated hours and pricing on the official website.
4:45 pm: Doge’s Palace (Palazzo Ducale)
The Doges’ Palace is a palace built in Venetian Gothic styles. For centuries, this building served as the residence for the Doge, the seat of the government, and a palace of justice. Now, it is a museum. A visit to this museum is one of the best things to do in Venice.
View of Riva degli Schiavoni from the Doge’s Palace | One Day in Venice Itinerary
5:00 pm is the latest you are allowed to enter Doge’s Palace. Get in line before 5:00 pm.
I also highly recommend that you reserve your ticket in advance. You can either reserve your ticket on the official website or through GetYourGuide. The official website is complicated but cheaper. GetYourGuide is much more user friendly and you can cancel your ticket with a full refund up to 24 hours in advance.
Even with a reserved entry admission, you might still have to wait in line. There is a security line that everyone has to wait in, and this line can take a few minutes or longer.
6:00 pm: Quick Dinner
Doge’s Palace closes at 6:00 pm. This gives you just enough time to grab a bite to eat before the last stop of the day. I recommend Ai Do Leoni. This small restaurant is located just a few steps from St. Mark’s Basilica, and they serve coffee, small sandwiches, and small plates of pasta. It’s also a great spot for a cocktail.
Another recommendation is 1000 Gourmet Venezia. This restaurant gets great reviews and serves pizza and pasta. It is located on a side street just a few blocks northeast of St. Mark’s Square.
7:00 pm: Nighttime Tour of St. Mark’s Basilica
This tour visits St. Mark’s Basilica at night, after it closes for the day. With a guide, you get to tour the Basilica without the crowds. The tour includes the Pala d’Oro, a beautiful Byzantine altarpiece.
We did this tour and it was one of our best experiences in Venice. You get to tour the Basilica in a small group without the crowds that are present during the day. Plus, the lights inside of the Basilica are only turned on for 30 minutes a day and you will be here during this time. To see the Basilica illuminated is stunning and it’s more beautiful than seeing it dimly lit during the daytime.
Inside St. Mark’s Basilica in the evening
Optional: Combined Tour of St. Mark’s Basilica and the Doge’s Palace
There is another highly rated tour that includes both St. Mark’s Basilica and Doge’s Palace. It starts at 5 pm, first visiting Doge’s Palace and ending with a visit to St. Mark’s Basilica. This tour lasts three hours and you will have a guide for the entire experience. This tour is not offered every day of the week so it may not be available for the dates of your visit.
9:00 pm: Stroll the Canals
Spend the rest of the evening strolling the canals. You can also have a late dinner or go out for drinks. Below I list two restaurant/bars that look like wonderful places to have a cocktail or glass of wine.
Restaurant Terrazza Danieli is just a short walk from St. Mark’s Square. On top of this famous hotel is a rooftop restaurant with views over the Venetian Lagoon.
Riva Lounge, which is located at the Gritti Palace, is located right on the Grand Canal with a view of Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute. It’s an upscale restaurant with a view so it’s not cheap.
One Day in Venice: Itinerary #2
Highlights & Hidden Gems
This itinerary is perfect for those who want to visit a few of Venice’s top sights and have enough time to leisurely stroll the canals. It’s also a great itinerary for those who don’t have a full day in Venice, since there is free time built into the day (if you are day tripping to Venice, visit the sights around St. Mark’s Basilica first and then spend the rest of your time along the Grand Canal).
On this Venice itinerary, get the sights (and the waiting in line) over with early in the day, which gives you the afternoon and evening to wander the beautiful canals of Venice. On this itinerary, you have plenty of time for a leisurely lunch and a leisurely dinner.
8 am: Breakfast
Start your day off with breakfast, either at your hotel or at one of the coffee shops or pasticcerias (pastry shops) in Venice.
Pasticceria Marchini Time gets wonderful reviews, is located in San Marco, and is just a 5-minute walk from St. Mark’s Square.
Pasticceria Da Bonifacio is another highly rated pastry shop. It is located east of St. Mark’s Square and from here it is a 4-minute walk to St. Mark’s Basilica.
9 am: St. Mark’s Square and St. Mark’s Basilica
St. Mark’s Square (also called Piazza San Marco) is the main public square in Venice. St. Marks’ Basilica and the Campanile sit at the eastern end of the square. The remainder of the square is lined with arcades, which were once the homes and offices of the officers during the days of the republic of Venice. Now, the arcades are home to shops and restaurants.
St. Mark’s Basilica dates back to the 9th century AD. Over the course of eight centuries, mosaics were added to the interior of the cathedral, as well as treasures from the Crusades. The Pala d’Oro is a Byzantine alter piece that is covered in gold and studded with almost 2,000 gems.
St. Mark’s Basilica | One Day in Venice Itinerary
St. Mark’s Basilica | One Day in Venice Itinerary
Terrace of St. Mark’s Basilica | One Day in Venice Itinerary
One of the most interesting sights on St. Mark’s Square is the Torre dell’Orologio (the Clock Tower). This clock and its tower dates back to the 15th century.
Torre dell’Orologio | One Day in Venice Itinerary
How to Visit St. Mark’s Basilica
This cathedral is one of Venice’s busiest attractions. Lines to get in are very long and the best time to go is first thing in the morning, at opening time.
Fast-track or skip-the-line tickets are not available on the official website, but GetYourGuide offers a number of skip-the-line tickets for St. Mark’s Basilica. Some of these also include Doge’s Palace, the next stop on today’s itinerary.
Hours: 9:30 am to 5:15 Monday to Saturday; Sunday 2 pm to 5:15 pm; last admission at 4:45 pm
Cost: 3€; Pala d’Oro is an additional 5€
Get updated hours and pricing on the official website
Skip-the-Line Tours: This highly rated skip-the-line tour includes the Pala d’Oro. This tour has skip-the-line access and includes a visit to the St. Mark’s terrace for great views of the city.
Skip-the-line at St. Mark’s Basilica plus Doge’s Palace: This 3-hour skip-the-line tour includes both St. Mark’s Basilica and the Doge’s Palace. This is a great tour to consider since it includes both of these sights and you get to tour them with a knowledgeable guide. It starts at 10 am so it also gives you a little more free time in the morning.
10:30 am: Doge’s Palace
The Doges’ Palace is a palace built in Venetian Gothic styles. For centuries, this building served as the residence for the Doge, the seat of the government, and a palace of justice. Now, it is a museum.
The Doge’s Palace is located next to St. Mark’s Basilica. This is another place where the lines can be long to enter. You can either join the ticket line (expect a long wait), book your ticket in advance (highly recommended!!), or visit on a guided tour.
Hours: 9 am to 6 pm every day
Website: Get updated hours and pricing on the official website. You can also book your entrance tickets here as well.
Entry Ticket: If tickets are sold out on your dates of travel, you can also purchase an entry ticket through GetYourGuide.
1 pm: Lunch
For a quick bite to eat, go to Ai Do Leoni. This small restaurant is located near St. Mark’s Basilica, and they serve coffee, small sandwiches, and small plates of pasta. Osteria Enoteca San Marco is a great option if you want a leisurely lunch with great food and wine (we ate here and it was one of our best meals in Venice). Another top pick is Restaurant Terrazza Danieli. Dine on the rooftop terrace and enjoy the view of the Venetian Lagoon.
2 pm: Campanile di San Marco
For one of the best views of Venice, ride the elevator to the top of the Campanile. Book your tickets in advance to avoid waiting in line.
Campanile di San Marco | One Day in Venice Itinerary
View from the Campanile | One Day in Venice Itinerary
Hours: 9:30 am to 5:15 pm, last admission 4:45 pm
Website: Book your tickets and get updated hours and pricing on the official website.
3 pm: Canals of Venice & a Gondola Ride
For the remainder of the day, you are free to explore the canals of Venice. No more lines, no more entrance tickets.
I recommend starting your walk on Riva degli Schiavoni, which is a wide promenade that runs along the Venetian Lagoon. As you cross Ponte della Paglia look down the canal for the iconic view of the Bridge of Sighs.
Bridge of Sighs | One Day in Venice Itinerary
Riva degli Schiavoni | One Day in Venice Itinerary
Then head north through Castello. Visit Libreria Acqua Alta, where stacks of books are kept in bathtubs and a gondola to protect them from flooding.
Make your way over to the Grand Canal. Take in the view from the Rialto Bridge and you have the option to visit the t fondaco terrace, for awesome views over the Grand Canal (book your tickets in advance).
From the Rialto Bridge, consider hopping on the vaporetto (the Venice water bus) and riding it to Ponte dell’Accademia. The views are beautiful and this is the cheapest way to cruise the Grand Canal. Once at Ponte dell’Accademia, enjoy yet another spectacular view of Venice.
As you wander through Venice, you have the option to hire a gondola. It can be easier to hire a gondola on small canal, rather than the Grand Canal. You can also hire a gondola in advance, which saves you the hassle of waiting in line and negotiating the price with a gondolier.
Evening: Dinner & Drinks
Here are a few recommendations for dinner.
Ristorante Ca’ Dolfin. This Italian restaurant gets nothing but rave reviews. They are located in Sestiere di Canareggio near the Grand Canal.
Impronta. This modern café serves Italian and seafood dishes and is a popular spot with both locals and tourists. All ingredients are locally sourced.
Osteria Fanal del Codega. This Italian restaurant has indoor and outdoor seating along a canal. It also gets 5-star reviews.
One Day in Venice: Itinerary #3
Venice at Your Own Pace
This itinerary is for those who do not want to check sights off of list, join the crowds at the must-see sights, or follow a set itinerary. This itinerary is best for those who have visited Venice in the past or those who feel no need to visit the main sights.
So why even include this one day Venice itinerary on this list? Because we have some suggested sights and areas to recommend.
On our most recent visit to Venice, this is the “itinerary” that we followed. It was our second visit to Venice and we felt no need to join the crowds in San Marco.
Exploring the sestieri on the outskirts of Venice is one of our favorite things to do in this city. Crowds are much lower and these parts of Venice are just as scenic as the area around St. Mark’s Basilica.
Dorsoduro is a lovely place to explore. Colorful buildings line the canals and it’s fun to photograph the bridges. While in the area, you can visit Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute, a landmark in Venice that sits on the eastern tip of Dorsoduro.
Dorsoduro | One Day in Venice Itinerary
Cannaregio is on the north side of Venice. Visit Campo del Ghetto Nuovo, have a glass of wine at Vino Vero or the Il Santo Bevitore craft pub.
In Castello, visit Libreria Acqua Alta. We love strolling along Rio de S. Provoio. The farther east you go, the fewer tourists you will see.
In the afternoon, you have the option to take a day trip to Murano and Burano or Lido, if you think you will get tired of wandering the Venice canals.
Here is how to plan your day:
- 8 am: Breakfast at your hotel or at a café
- Morning: Stroll through one or two neighborhoods of Venice
- Midday: Have a leisurely lunch. If you plan to visit a popular restaurant, make a reservation in advance if possible.
- Afternoon: Explore more of Venice OR spend your time along the Grand Canal (visit the t fondaco Terrace, walk across the Rialto Bridge or Ponte dell’Accademia, hire a gondola) OR day trip to Murano and Burano
- Evening: Dinner
Gondola ride in Venice | One Day in Venice Itinerary
How to Get to Venice
If you are traveling by train through Italy, the most convenient train station in the area Stazione di Venezia Santa Lucia, in Santa Croce. From this train station, you can walk, take the vaporetto, or hire a water taxi to take you to your hotel.
If you will have a car, park your car at Tronchetto Parking, a large parking garage in Venice in Santa Croce. The parking garage can hold 4500 vehicles. Learn more here.
If you are starting your trip through Italy in Venice, the main airport is the Venice Marco Polo Airport.
To get from the airport to your hotel in Venice, you can take the bus, a taxi, a vaporetto, or a water taxi. This article does a great job describing the numerous options, which can be overwhelming to choose from. You can also book a water taxi from the airport to Venice.
How to Get Around Venice
Venice is a very walkable city. It’s small and compact and most of the highlights are clustered together in the heart of Venice. When we are here, we primarily walk to everything.
If you want to minimize how much walking you do, you can use the vaporetto and water taxis to get around. If you are staying in Santa Croce or Giudecca, riding the vaporetto to the Rialto Bridge, Ponte dell’Accademia, and to San Marco can save you a lot of walking and a lot of time.
View of the Grand Canal from the Rialto Bridge | One Day in Venice Itinerary
Where to Stay in Venice
With one day in Venice, the best place to stay is in the heart of Venice, to limit how much walking you do. San Marco, Dorsoduro, and San Polo are all great areas to choose from.
To help you choose the best location and the best hotel, read our Venice Hotel Guide, which organizes the best hotels in Venice by location and budget.
Tours of Venice
Joining a tour can help save you time waiting in line, allow you to learn more about Venice from a knowledgeable guide, and introduce you to sights that you may not be able to do on your own. Here are some of the best tours in Venice.
For one of the best experiences in Venice, visit St. Mark’s Basilica after hours. You get to tour the Basilica with an expert guide and visit it without the crowds. We are taking this tour on our upcoming visit to Venice.
This combination tour includes both St. Mark’s Basilica and a tour of Doge’s Palace. The tour lasts 2.5 to 3 hours and is one of the best things to do if this is your first visit to Venice.
Take a private evening tour of Cannaregio. With a guide, you will explore Cannaregio, dine on local food, and enjoy wine, beer, and cocktails.
On this 2.5 hour food tour, explore the Rialto Market with a guide and sample local foods.
Finally, go on a candlelight dinner cruise on the Venetian Lagoon.
Where Are You Going Next?
If you are just beginning to plan your Italy itinerary, take a look at our 10 Days in Italy Itinerary for three different ways to spend 10 days in Italy. We also have a detailed 10 day itinerary that includes Rome, Florence, the Cinque Terre, and Venice.
For those with more time, check out our 14 day Italy itinerary, which covers the highlights of Italy.
VENICE: For Venice, read our 2 day Venice itinerary for the best way to spend 2 days in Venice. Learn about the best hotels in Venice for all budgets in our Venice Hotel Guide. And for a list of things to do, read our Venice Bucket List.
FLORENCE & TUSCANY: If this is your first visit to Florence, read our guide to the Best Things to Do in Florence. If you plan to visit Tuscany, learn how to spend one day in Siena and the best things to do in San Gimignano.
NORTHERN ITALY: If you plan to visit the Dolomites, the Puez-Odle Altopiano is our favorite hike in the area (so far…you’ll see us here again this July). Verona is a beautiful city to add to your itinerary and we also have a detailed guide on how to day trip to Lake Como and Bellagio.
AMALFI COAST: Getting from Rome to the Amalfi Coast can be confusing but we take the guesswork out of how to do this in our Rome to the Amalfi Coast Guide. You can also add on Pompeii as you travel between Rome and Sorrento. We also have a 3-day Sorrento Itinerary and information on how to visit the Blue Grotto in Capri.
For more information about Italy, and to see all of our articles, visit our Italy Travel Guide.
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