Have you traveled to Italy before? If so, you already understand how breathtaking this location is. Everything about this place is fantastic—the food, the wine, the history. You’re missing out if you haven’t visited Italy. It’s time to start making plans for your best Italy itinerary!
We’ve created a detailed two-week journey for your upcoming vacation to Italy so you can see and enjoy all the popular tourist attractions.
The following general advice for creating a tour in Italy will help you make sure that your trip runs smoothly and that you don’t wind up missing any significant sights along the way:
You can’t go everywhere
Unless you spend years in Italy, it is impossible to visit every single spot. Even people who reside in Italy haven’t seen everything there is to see. So, before organising a vacation to Italy, the most important thing to do is to limit down the few sites you really want to visit, such as the highlights, and construct a route based on those places.
Travel time should be taken into account
Several people have been to Italy many times, but they forget to account for the travel time. If you plan on seeing the three major Italian cities of Rome, Florence, and Venice, you will need a lot of time. Long train rides between cities should be factored in.
Some places are difficult to get to
Some of Italy’s beautiful spots are stunning, but getting there could be difficult. The Dolomites, the Amalfi Coast, and the Tuscan countryside, to name a few examples, do not receive adequate transportation services from trains and buses. Those locations are often only accessible via self-driving or guided tours. So, calculate how much time and money you will spend there.
Optimize your journey
Italy is a long and narrow country. Thus, the routes that travel from north to south or south to north are the finest. Moving in a single direction rather than back and forth from one side to the other is preferable to utilize your time effectively. It would be preferable to begin your trip in a city in the north or south and finish on the other side. Taking the route from Rome to Venice or vice versa, for instance. Unfortunately, due to the airlines, this is not always possible.
Although we designed the schedule to take 15 days, you can cut out a few stops if you only have a shorter amount of time.
Landing in Rome Fiumicino
Rome Fiumicino Airport is the most straightforward airport to fly into if you’re arriving from somewhere other than a European airport. You can board the Leonardo Express at Fiumicino and go directly to Termini Station in the city’s heart.
4 nights in Rome
We believe four nights is a reasonable amount of time to spend in Rome after your arrival because it is a large city with lots to offer. Remember that you can also be a little jet-lagged; staying in the city will make it simpler to adjust your body clock. You will have two and a half days to explore Rome and see most sights if you count the day of arrival. However, take your time exploring Rome since you will get an additional day and a half at the end of the journey.
Rome to Naples
It takes an hour and fifteen minutes to travel from Rome to Naples by high-speed rail. The train runs often, about once every 30 minutes. You must reserve a seat in advance for this type of train. If you take the 9:15 train, you’ll be in Naples by 10:28, providing you virtually a full day to enjoy. The hotel is close to the railway station, so after dropping your baggage there, you can start visiting this great city! We advise that you spend four nights in Naples.
Naples to Pompeii
If you schedule your day two in Naples around visiting Pompeii and Herculaneum, buy your tickets in advance. The lines at the ticket office can be pretty long, especially in the summertime. It is possible to visit both sites on the same day; however, it will be a long day, but it’s worth it!
3rd day in Naples tour of the Amalfi Coast
On your third day in Naples, you may take a day trip to the Amalfi Coast. Among the two options available to you, we recommend either taking a bus tour or a boat cruise. During the summer, we really enjoy doing this aboard a boat. Know that the boat tour is seasonal, happening only in the summer.
Naples to Florence
It’s time to board the train for Florence the following morning. It takes around 3 hours to travel by high-speed train from Naples to Florence, and reservations are once more required. Every half hour, the train departs. If you board the 8:40 am train, lunchtime will be spent in Florence. It takes only five minutes to walk from Florence’s Santa Maria Novella train station to the Duomo. You will have the entire day to explore the lovely city of Florence after lunch. We advise you to spend four nights in Florence. Not because it’s a big city, but rather because there is a ton of interesting stuff around.
Florence day 2
We recommend spending your second day in Florence discovering more of this stunning metropolis. The Uffizi Gallery has some of the world’s most renowned artworks, which you may view for yourself. Once again, we advise purchasing tickets in advance to avoid waiting in huge lines. The same holds true for David at the Galleria dell’Accademia; it’s best to secure your tickets in advance to avoid disappointment.
Florence Day 3
It might be a wonderful idea to visit Tuscany today and enjoy a tour. You can take a variety of tours throughout Tuscany. Some provide both wine and food tastings, while others offer cooking instruction. You can choose the one you like most.
Florence Day 4
This is a fantastic day to travel to Pisa and see the renowned Leaning Tower. Morning commuters have the option of taking a regional train, which travels for roughly 55 minutes. Reservations are not necessary because this is a regional service. Trains arrive and depart frequently. The Tower may be reached on foot in 20 minutes through the picturesque streets of Pisa from the Pisa centrale train station. If you want to see the tower at night, when it is more peaceful, you can take a late train back to Florence.
Florence to Venice
The high-speed train takes only two hours and fifteen minutes to get from Florence to Venice. It runs roughly once each hour. Get off at Venezia Santa Lucia Station, which is right on the Grand Canal. Get on the train at 9:20 a.m. and you’ll arrive in Venice in time for lunch. As is customary with fast trains, bookings are required in advance. From Santa Lucia, you may get a Vaporetto (Venice’s public transport) to just about any part of the city. The next day and the afternoon are free for you to discover this fantastic metropolis. Two nights in Venice is what we recommend.
Venice day 2
You are free to continue your sightseeing in the beautiful city of Venice. Don’t miss out on a trip to the enchanting island of Burano, accessible by Vaporetto. The incredibleness of this tiny island guarantees a memorable vacation. Don’t miss the most traditional Venetian food, which is different from the food of the rest of Italy, while you’re there.
Venice to Rome
It’s time to take the train back to Rome on the third day after arriving in Venice. Nearly four hours are spent on the train travel. This train travel is the longest on the entire schedule. You can take a morning train to spend more time in Rome or a train in the afternoon to spend more time in Venice because you are returning to Rome. Everything depends on you in this.
Last day in Rome
This is your last day in Rome, and what you do all depends on what time your flight out of Fiumicino is. If you are catching an afternoon flight you won’t have much to spend in Rome. If your flight is at night you have a few more hours to spend in Rome and maybe do some last-minute shopping or site seeing.
We hope you found this article helpful on your trip to Italy. We wish all of our readers safe travels and hope that you have an amazing time traveling to Italy!