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If you are planning your first trip to Italy, this Italy itinerary is a great place to start. With two weeks in Italy, you can visit the highlights…Rome, Florence, Venice, the Amalfi Coast, Tuscany, and the Cinque Terre. Visit ancient historical sites, cruise the canals in Venice, dine on Italian food, go wine tasting in Tuscany, relax on the beach, walk through the heart of Rome, and watch the sunset from the Cinque Terre. It’s the trip of a lifetime.

14 days may sound like a long time, but if you want to see Italy’s three big cities (Rome, Florence, and Venice), plus visit both the Amalfi Coast and the Cinque Terre, you will need 14 days to do it.

If you have two weeks in Italy, this itinerary is perfect for your first visit.


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Two Weeks in Italy Itinerary Map


Day 1

Arrive in Rome

If you arrive in Rome on a red-eye flight, this first day can be challenging. Get settled into your hotel and do your best to adjust to the time change. I do not recommend making big plans today simply because you may be exhausted.

Spend the afternoon walking through the heart of Rome. This short, easy walk is a great introduction to Rome. On this walk, see some of Rome’s most famous sites, such as the Spanish Steps, the Trevi Fountain, and the Pantheon.

Here is a walking map of the route. It’s about 2 miles long, starting at the Spanish Steps and ending at Campo de Fiori. With stops along the way, this walk takes about two hours.

Start at the Spanish Steps and then walk to the Trevi Fountain. This can be a very crowded spot, so be prepared for tour groups and lots of other tourists. Continue on to the Pantheon, a building that has been standing in Rome since 120 AD. It’s free to visit and one of Rome’s amazing, ancient historical sites. The walk ends at Piazza Navona and Campo de Fiori, two of Rome’s famous piazzas.

Tyler and Kara in Rome

Piazza Navona

Hotel Recommendations in Rome: Read our article 2 Days in Rome for hotel recommendations.

Day 2

The Colosseum and the Borghese

The Colosseum

The Colosseum is one of New 7 Wonders of the World and the largest amphitheater that was ever built. It was constructed almost 2000 years ago, completed in 80 AD. In its heyday, between 50,000 and 80,000 spectators would watch gladiator contests, executions, animal hunts, and the reenactments of famous battles.

Inside the Colosseum

This is one of Rome’s most popular sites to visit, so expect large crowds and long lines. For the best experience, book your tickets in advance. I recommend doing this as soon as you know your travel dates because tickets can sell out.

Pro Travel Tip: To avoid the crowds, plan your visit so you enter the Colosseum at opening time. Buy your tickets in advance to avoid waiting in the ticket line.

If tickets are sold out for your dates of travel, consider taking one of these skip-the-line tours.


It takes about one hour to tour the Colosseum. You can purchase an “add-on” ticket that gets you access to the underground and the third level of the Colosseum. It costs and additional €9 and includes a 1.5-hour tour. If you add on this tour, a visit to the Colosseum will last about 3 hours.

Buy your tickets in advance and learn more about the add-on ticket on the official website.

Hours: 8:30 am to 7:15 pm end of March through August 31 with the last entry at 6:15; reduced hours the remainder of the year
Cost: €16 (+€2 online reservation fee) for the combo-ticket that gets you into the Roman Forum, Palatine Hill, and the Colosseum

The Roman Forum and Palatine Hill

The Roman Forum is the historical center of Rome. This is ancient Rome, a complex of government buildings, temples, and marketplaces from 2000 years ago.

Roman Forum

You can wander through the Roman Forum on your own, take an audio guide tour (2 hours, €5), or take Rick Steves’ free audio tour (40 minutes; download it before you go).


Just a short walk from the Roman Forum is La Prezzemolina. This highly rated restaurant serves Italian street food and pizza at budget-friendly prices.

Borghese Art Gallery

The Borghese contains one of the best collections of art in the world. See works of art by Raphael, Caravaggio, Titian, and Bernini. Even the building is an attraction.

Pro Travel Tip: You can only visit the Borghese Art Gallery with a reservation. Reservations can be made up to 3 months in advance. Reservations are made for two-hour time slots, starting at 9 am, and the last time slot is at 5 pm.

Hours: 9 am – 7 pm
Closed Mondays
Cost: €13, prices can increase during special exhibits, +€2 reservation fee
Website: www.galleriaborghese.it

After your visit to the Borghese, it’s a nice stroll through the gardens that surround the art museum.

Crypt of the Capuchin Friars

This is optional but I am including it because it is located within walking distance of the Borghese Art Gallery.

In several small chapels underneath the church of Santa Maria della Concezione dei Cappucchini are the skeletal remains of almost 4,000 Capuchin friars. The bones are arranged in artistic patterns. It’s morbidly fascinating and definitely an off-the-beaten-path location. The Crypt is open until 7 pm.


End the day with dinner in the Trastevere neighborhood. We ate at Carlo Menta, which was recommended by our hotel staff.

Day 3

Vatican and the Sistine Chapel

Vatican City

Vatican City is the smallest country in the world. This is where the Pope calls home. It is also famous among tourists for its legendary lines to get into the museums and Sistine Chapel. We are talking up to 3-hour waits on the busiest days.

Pro Travel Tip: To avoid the crowds, get here at opening time. We highly recommend booking your tickets in advance, regardless of the time of day you plan to visit the Vatican. This bypasses the ticket lines, but you should still be prepared for large crowds inside the museum and at the Sistine Chapel. There are also numerous Skip-the-Line tours for the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s Basilica. 


If you really want to skip the lines and the crowds, you can book a tour where you visit the Vatican before opening hours. Tours start at 7:30 am and are pricey, but you tour the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s Basilica in a small group without the crowds. Learn more here. 


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The View from St. Peter’s Basilica

Free Afternoon in Rome

You have some free time in Rome. Here are some ideas of ways to fill your time:

  • Take a food tour
  • Rent bikes and tour the Appian Way
  • Visit the Catacombs
  • Go shopping
  • Visit Museo Nazionale di Castel Sant’Angelo
  • Visit Monumento a Vittorio Emanuele II
  • Tour the Basilicas in Rome
  • Visit San Pietro in Vincoli (see Michelangelo’s sculpture of Moses)
  • Get a panoramic view of Rome from Janiculum Terrace (Terrazza del Gianicolo)

Day 4

Pompeii and Sorrento

Today, you will visit Pompeii while traveling between Rome and Sorrento. This is relatively easy to do. From Rome, take the train to Naples (70 minutes) and transfer to the Circumvesuviana train. It takes 36 minutes to travel from Naples to Pompeii (get off at the Pompeii Scavi station).

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

After touring Pompeii, pick up your luggage and then take the Circumvesuviana train to Sorrento. Most likely you will arrive 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 articles:

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

How to Visit Pompeii when Traveling from Rome to Sorrento

Day 5


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, visit the Blue Grotto, and explore the Grand Marina.

Blue Grotto

Blue Grotto

Day 6

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.

Kayaking Amalfi Coast

Kayaking from Positano

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). You can also take a semi-private group tour from Sorrento.

Day 7


This morning, travel 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.

Get settled into your hotel in Florence and then spend the remainder of the afternoon exploring the city.

A great thing to do on your first day in Florence is to visit the Duomo and climb the 463 steps to the top of the dome for one of the best views in Florence. This was one of our favorite experiences in Florence.

View from Duomo

View from the Duomo

Pro Travel Tip: Reservations are now mandatory to climb the dome. Without a time slot you will be unable to climb the dome. These time slots tend to sell out days in advance. As soon as you know your dates of travel, I recommend booking your time slot to climb the dome. 

In order to enter the Duomo you will need to purchase the OPA Pass. This is a ticket that includes all of the monuments of the Duomo: the dome, the Baptistery, Giotto’s Bell Tower, the Cathedral, the Crypt, and the Opera Duomo Museum. The pass is valid for 72 hours so you don’t have to get to all of these on your first day in Florence.

Spend the rest of the day strolling through Florence.

Make sure you read our article 10 Things to do on Your First Visit to Florence. Get recommendations on where to stay, opening hours and prices of attractions, tips on how to avoid the crowds, and whether or not the Firenze Card is worth it.

Day 8


Today will be a busy day as you visit more of Florence’s long list of amazing sites. Art museums, scenic walks, tower climbs and shopping all make the list of things to do today. Florence is compact, so you won’t have to do a lot of walking, but it is amazing how much there is to do here. Keep yourself fueled with espresso and gelato.

For a full list of things to do in Florence, take a look at our very detailed article about Florence by clicking here. If you toured the Duomo yesterday, you have just enough time to get to everything else in this article, if you don’t mind a busy day. Make sure you book your tickets to the Uffizi and to Academia in advance so you don’t waste precious time waiting in line.


I recommend starting at the Accademia Gallery and then working your way to the Uffizi Gallery, visiting the San Lorenzo Market, Mercato Centrale, and Palazzo Vecchio on the way. Piazzale Michelangelo (the cover photo for this article) is the best place to watch the sunset in Florence and this is not to be missed.

Day 9

Tuscany Day Trip

Day trip into beautiful Tuscany today.

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Overlooking Tuscany from San Gimignano

There are several ways to do this. You can book a tour, hire a driver, rent a car and set out on your own, or visit one or two towns by bus.

We toured Tuscany by bus and by rental car. The bus was a nightmare, at least when we did it in 2014. At several locations, the buses failed to show up, leaving us (and many other travelers) stranded at the bus stations for hours. Renting a car for the day was more expensive, but we had a lot more freedom and we could visit towns that buses do not travel to.

Traveling by a small group tour is a nice way to go. For a little more money, hiring a driver is a great way to tour Tuscany.


Day 10

Cinque Terre

In the morning, 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.

If you want to see Pisa, it’s easy to add on to today’s schedule. Take the train from Florence to Pisa and deposit your luggage in the luggage storage center in the train station. It takes about 2 hours to visit the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Retrieve your luggage and take a second train to the Cinque Terre.

Get all of the details about how to do this in our article Day Trip to the Leaning Tower of Pisa.

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.

End the day with dinner and sunset views from one of the five towns.

Day 11

Cinque Terre

The Cinque Terre is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Italy’s most visited destinations. Five colorful, gorgeous towns are perched on the dramatic coastline of Italy. Each town offers something a little bit different than the others, and part of the fun of visiting the Cinque Terre is picking your favorite one.

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You can tour the Cinque Terre by train, bus, boat, or by foot. Hiking from town to town is one of the best ways to experience the Cinque Terre. Exploring each of the towns is wonderful, but some of the best views of the Cinque Terre come from the hiking trails. And since the train also connects all five towns, you don’t need to hike the entire distance.

Day 12

Travel to Venice

There are no direct trains from the Cinque Terre to Venice. You will either transfer trains in Florence or Milan. The quickest journey is 4 hours but it can take up to 6 hours to get to Venice.

To maximize your time in Venice, take the earliest train with the shortest travel time.

However, if you don’t mind giving up some time in Venice, you can visit Milan in transit. We did this. We took an early morning train to Milan, spent the mid-part of the day in Milan, and in the afternoon took a second train to Venice.

The two main places to visit in Milan are the Duomo and Da Vinci’s Last Supper. If this interests you, read our post Day Trip to Milan to get the details on how to do this.

Duomo Milan

The Duomo in Milan

Spend the late afternoon and early evening wandering the streets and canals of Venice.

Day 13 & 14


Spend the next two days exploring Venice. Tour the Doges Palace, climb the Campanile, visit St. Mark’s Basilica, and cruise the canals. A gondola ride is expensive and touristy, but it’s something we can’t resist when we visit Venice. A ride on the Vaporetto, the water taxi, is the best cheap way to cruise the Grand Canal in Venice.

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How to Modify this Italy Itinerary

With Less Time

If you only have 12 to 13 days, you can still do this Italy itinerary, but of course you will have to give up some time in one or two cities. I recommend taking a day from Rome or Florence or completely eliminating the Amalfi Coast.

On this itinerary, you spend three days in Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast. Getting here, and then moving on to Florence, takes some time (roughly 3 to 4 hours each way by high-speed train) and can be a minor hassle. So, it’s only worth it if you give it at least three full days. I wouldn’t recommend trying to shorten it to just 2 days. However, if you eliminate this part of the trip, this becomes an 11-day itinerary.

Can you do this Italy itinerary in 10 days?

Yes, it’s possible, but that doesn’t mean that it is a good idea. You will get to “see” a lot but you will feel like you are in a race and you will spend most of your time on the train and checking in and out of hotels. It can be done but we don’t recommend it.

If you only have 10 days, take a look at our article 10 Days in Italy: 3 Amazing Itineraries, where we give you three different ways to plan your time. This article is so popular, and we get so many questions about how to visit both the Cinque Terre and the Amalfi Coast in one trip, that we published this 14 day Italy itinerary.

With More Time

If you have more than two weeks in Italy, you have two options. You can either extend your time in one of the cities on this Italy itinerary or add an additional destination. If you choose to extend your time, I recommend adding another day or two to Tuscany, the Cinque Terre, or Venice.

If you want to add another destination to this Italy itinerary, here are our recommendations.

San Marino

San Marino Two Weeks in Italy Itinerary

San Marino is one of  Europe’s most underrated destinations. This tiny country is completely surrounded by Italy and to get here it is a relatively short drive from Tuscany.


Verona Two Weeks in Italy Itinerary

Verona is another underrated destination in Italy. One day and one night is all you need to experience the best of Verona. Add it before Venice…from the Cinque Terre, take the train to Verona (skipping Milan), spend the rest of the day exploring the town, spend the night, and the following morning continue to Venice.

Lake Como

Lake Como is a slice of Italian paradise, and for many people, a visit to Bellagio is the highlight.

Bellagio Two Weeks in Italy Itinerary

Lake Como makes a great day trip destination from Milan. To add Lake Como to this Italy itinerary, you need 2 extra days. From the Cinque Terre, travel to Milan and spend the afternoon exploring Milan. On day 2, day trip to Lake Como. The following day, take the train from Milan to Venice.

Go Hiking in the Dolomites

Dolomites Two Weeks in Italy Itinerary

The Dolomites are one of our favorite regions in the world to go hiking. Adding one day to this Italy itinerary gives you enough time to hike one trail and take a scenic car ride through the mountains. If you have two or three extra days, base yourself in a small, alpine town, go hiking, and enjoy this beautiful place. 

How to Get Around Italy

To get from city to city, we recommend taking the train. Trains in Italy are fast, cheap, and very convenient. The train stations are located right in the city centers, so you can quickly and conveniently travel from city center to city center. Trains are faster, cheaper, and more environmentally friendly than planes.

To check train schedules and to book your trains online, Italiarail.com is the easiest website to use. Just be aware that they charge a €5 booking fee to use their website. You can avoid the €5 fee by using Trenitalia.com, but this website is more difficult to use.

In our experience, we have found it to be cheaper to book our tickets individually rather than purchasing a Eurail Pass.

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?

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

7 Things to Know When Planning Your First Trip to Europe

For more great itineraries in Europe and around the world, check out our Travel Itinerary page.

Are you planning a trip to Italy? Comment below if you have any questions about this Italy itinerary or  how to spend two weeks in Italy.

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Comments 91

  1. Great post! In the middle of planning our trip to Italy, I love this itinerary but am curious about your thoughts on how to add Turin to the mix. We can concert tickets in Turin and thought we’d start there then work are way around. However, we are pretty open other than the concert night.

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      Starting in Turin makes it tricky to get to Venice and the Cinque Terre without a lot of backtracking. If you need to start in Turin, this is the route that I recommend: Turin -> Milan (optional visit on the way to Venice) -> Venice -> Florence/Tuscany -> Rome -> Sorrento area and then either fly home from Naples or Rome. But, as you can see, there is no Cinque Terre listed. You can visit the Cinque Terre on a long day trip from Florence, or add two days here before or after Florence. But you will do a little backtracking by train.

      Another way to do this is to keep the original 14 day itinerary, visit Turin after the Cinque Terre, and then go to Venice. That might work better, but then again, you are not starting in Turin. But you do have some options. Cheers, Julie

  2. Hi Julie. I am so glad I came across your website as this tour is almost exactly what I was thinking! As we have experienced in some other countries, I was wondering if there are any days of the week where commonly visited attractions are closed. We have the 2 weeks pretty much set, so if there are days that are affected, we may be able to reverse the trip to better catch everything possible. The only other situation is trying to convince the others to bring smaller luggage so there is less to store and carry around! 🙂
    Thanks for the information!

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      Hello Jeff. I think that Sundays and Mondays are the most common days that some sites will close. However, on this itinerary, you are in Florence, Rome, and Venice for more than one day, so you just might have to adjust the daily schedule, rather than the entire itinerary. I list hours and which days sites are closed, and recently updated our Italy info, so it should be accurate, but it is always a good idea to double check this, since once the calendars roll over to the new year, some information can change. And yes, small luggage is a great idea, especially with all of the moving around you will do on this trip. Cheers, Julie

  3. This itinerary looks fantastic and very close to all of the places I am interested in. Thank you for sharing!
    I’ve noticed that you didn’t spend any time in Naples – it was just a train stop. I am intrigued by their famous pizza (yes a foodie!) Do you feel like you missed anything there?
    I also feel like I could reduce my time in Florence to provide me with an option to visit Lake Como. Thoughts?

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      Yes, the pizza in Naples is amazing. We stopped here, just for pizza, while traveling between Rome and Sorrento by train. You can read about how to do it in our article about Napoli. It adds 1 to 2 hours to your travel time.

      Theoretically, yes, you could take a day from Florence and use that time to visit Lake Como. My opinion is that doing this makes the itinerary very rushed. I think that Florence is worth two days, and really, your first day is only a half day, because of travel time from the Amalfi Coast area. So I recommend keeping the second day in Florence. Now, if you could add another day or two to this itinerary, then adding Lake Como is more doable. From the Cinque Terre, take the train to Milan and then day trip to Lake Como. Personally, we liked Florence more than Lake Como, even though we aren’t “museum people.” But Florence truly is filled with world class art museums and sights. If you think you might plan a future trip to Italy, a northern Italy trip, with visits to Lake Como, the Dolomites, Verona, and Lake Garda would be another great idea for a 7 to 10 day trip. Cheers, Julie

  4. My husband and I are so thankful for this as we gallivant through Italy together! We are traveling to other cities in Europe first then starting our Italy journey in Venice. Do all the trains work the same way just in reverse?

    Again, thanks so much for this itinerary!

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      Hello Casey. I’m glad you like this itinerary. It sounds like you are planning an awesome trip through Europe! Yes, you can do this in reverse order. Check Italiarail.com or Trenitalia.com for train schedules, but you shouldn’t have any problems finding trains traveling in the opposite direction. Cheers, Julie

  5. Hi Julie,

    I am in LOVE with your blog and website. This has been so incredibly helpful in planning our first trip to Italy. It has been more than 20 years since my husband and I have been out of the country, and it will be the first time we take our teenage boys. Another family is joining as well. Since we are a bigger group (7 of us), we are looking to hire a private driver to facilitate getting us from Rome to Sorrento , and later from Sorrento to Florence. In addition to getting us from one city to another (hotel to hotel), we’d like to have them take us around the Amalfi Coast to see highlights, as you suggest. We are pretty much following your 14-day itinerary, with a few adjustments. Is there a particular company you can suggest that is reliable and decently priced that can accommodate all of us in one car (with luggage), and then again without luggage for sightseeing? Thanks so much.

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      Hello Lisa. I am glad that you like our website!! I am not familiar with one driving company for both the Amalfi Coast and for transport to Florence, but that doesn’t mean that it doesn’t exist. When we have traveled in that area, we used the train, so I don’t have a lot of personal experience using a private driver. You could ask the staff at your Rome hotel for a recommended driver for both. When we travel to other countries, we frequently ask the hotels for transportation advice and they usually have great recommendations. As for Rome to Sorrento, Sorrento Silver Star is a company that gets great reviews and is also recommended by Rick Steves. You could ask them about also transferring you to Florence.

      To get from the Amalfi Coast to Florence, the other thing you could do is to have a private driver drop you off at the train station in Naples, then you take the high speed train to Florence. The Florence train station is centrally located. Take a taxi (or two) to get to your hotel. It’s a beautiful train ride and actually more enjoyable than sitting in a van.

      Hope this helps! Cheers, Julie

  6. Hello Julie

    We are big fans of your earthtrekkers. It explains everything simple & informative. We are planning a 10 days trip to Italy starting from November 23. We will go for the classic Italy itinerary Rome, Florence & Venice. For that, can you answer my following queries (when you have time)

    Is it a good time to Visit Italy?

    Is it too cold in November end? Should we pack our heavy winter jackets?

    Rome is crowded on weekends?

    Can we use the public transportation system (buses) to visit tuscany wine yards? I don’t want to go with the fast pacing group tours. Just want to visit Chianti or San Gimignano our own pace in a day. Please suggest a one day plan to see tuscany’s natural beauty

    Many thanks . keep Inspiring

    Jiss & Joe

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      Hello Jiss and Joe. We have not been to Italy in November, but from what I know, it can be chilly/cold and rainy. I don’t think you need a big heavy coat, but lots of layers, a rain jacket, and an umbrella would be a good idea. One of the good things about going in November is that crowds and prices will be relatively low. Here is an article to give you some more info. In general, most cities and their attractions are busier on the weekends, including Rome. Book your tickets in advance for things like the Colosseum, Vatican, etc. However, in November, you shouldn’t have to deal with huge crowds like you would from May through October.

      In Tuscany, you can take the public bus to San Gimignano. We used the bus to visit San Gimignano but just so you know, we did not have the best experience (but this was in 2014 so hopefully things are better). Several times in Tuscany the bus would not show up on time, leaving us and other visitors waiting sometimes up to an hour for the bus. We got frustrated and rented a car for one day and this was a much better experience. We took a day trip to see Montepulciano, Montalcino and Pienza and loved it (this is what we did by rental car). From Florence, it would take an hour and a half to drive here, but it would be something for you to consider. You wouldn’t be able to do this by bus but you could do it by rental car or private driver. But you would see the Tuscan landscape and the small hill towns that make this region so pretty. If you don’t want to go that far, you could rent a car or use a driver to take you around the Chianti region (I think it would be hard to see this region by public bus but it’s worth doing a little more research if this sounds like something you would like to do). The Chianti region is much closer to Florence than Montepulciano and Montalcino.

      Cheers, Julie

  7. What hotels do you recommend in those cities? I’m planning a trip next spring. First time out of the country, so im a little nervous yet excited.

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      Hello Jazmin. If you click the links to our articles for each city, we give hotel recommendations here. First time out of the country…that is exciting! Good choice with Italy! Cheers, Julie

  8. question: we will be in Italy for two weeks in early September following two weeks in France. We been several times but this may be our last. We hope to visit Cinque Terra and Sicily. Wow> Suggestions?

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      Hello Lucia. That sounds like a very nice trip. We have not been to Sicily yet so I don’t have first hand experience. However, from the research I’ve done, planning our trips to Italy, it seems like most people recommend 10 to 14 days in Sicily. If you spent 10 days here, that would give you enough time to add on the Cinque Terre. Flying between the 2 might be the quickest way to travel. You would have to do some research on how to get to and from Sicily to see if the train is another transportation option to consider. More and more I lean towards recommending the train in Italy, since it’s fast, economical, and more eco-friendly than flying. Once in the Cinque Terre, 3 days would be great for a leisurely experience, but 2 days would work, as well. Cheers, Julie

  9. I truly love your page! It is simple and yet very informative, giving me enough courage to go travel ! Lol

    We are traveling to Italy for 2 weeks and pretty much followed your itinerary. However, I just realized, we have an extra day!

    We are coming in from Rome and leaving thru Milan. From Rome to the Almalfi Coast and then had planned 3 nights in Siena (with a day trip to Florence) then Cinque Terre, Venice and Milan.

    With an extra day, would it be best to do 3 nights in Siena then Cinque Terre, 1 night in Florence on the way to Venice? Or Siena, 1 night in Florence then Cinque Terre, Venice. Or any other suggestions? Maybe Amalfi to Venice and then Florence, Siena, Cinque Terre, Milan?

    Any suggestions would be really appreciated.

    Thank you!

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      If you have an extra day/night, why not add Verona in between Venice and Milan? It’s a great Italian town that isn’t as popular as Florence and Venice but we loved it here. It would just be one more train ride to add on Verona so it should be easy to add onto your itinerary. Another option is to spend 1 night in Florence, like you suggested. Two days in Florence is ideal, since that would give you enough time to see the highlights. So it comes down to…more time in Florence or adding on Verona…either way it will be great. Do you want more culture and museums (go with Florence) or to wander around another picturesque Italian city (go with Verona)? Cheers, Julie

  10. Hi ! I’m a huge fan of your site and I am heading to Italy this year end !

    I’m actually travelling from Florence -> cinque terre -> sorrento and would like to add Pisa in my itienary as well.

    However I realised that it was pretty much impossible to get a train from la spezia -> Naples/ sorrento directly so I’d like to ask how should I go about visiting these places ? Should I visit Florence-> la spezia (which I’ll do cinque terre) and then after that -> pisa-> Florence -> Naples? Or is there a shorter route that I can take ?

    Thank you so much in advance !

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      Hello Florence. Yes, there are no direct trains from the Cinque Terre to Sorrento. You could start in Florence, visit Pisa while traveling to La Spezia, and then later go to Sorrento. To get from La Spezia to Naples, you will take 1 to 2 trains and it takes 5 to 6 hours. Then, you still have to take the Circumvesuviana, a ferry, or a driver to get to Sorrento. To see your options, use Trenitalia.com and put in “La Spezia” and “Napoli Centrale.” I think seeing Pisa on a different day makes your transfer to Sorrento easier. Cheers, Julie

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