Eleven Itineraries of Italy
So you’ve decided you’re going to Italy! But, you’re not sure how many days to spend in each city or even which cities you want to visit. It can be overwhelming. So, I’ve put together a huge selection of a eleven different itineraries from bloggers around the world! Get a better idea of what you want to see, where you want to go and how much time you want to spend there. When you find something you like, just click on the title to get the full details!
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One Day in Verona from Travel Passionate
If you have one day to spend in Verona, then I would recommend the following itinerary. The medieval town of Verona is the birthplace of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Their stone-built house with its famous balcony can be found in here and is a must-see for all visitors to this Italian gem. Go there early in the morning to avoid the crowds later on. Afterwards, enjoy a coffee on the largest square in Italy called Piazza Bra. Here you will also see the great Roman Arena. This 1st-century amphitheater is of the best preserved ancient buildings of its time and is still in use today for operas.
Continue with a visit to the Torre dei Lamberti at the Piazza delle Erbe to get an incredible view over the city. Have lunch at the Piazza dei Signori. Bordering this charming square are buildings that once housed the former government, it was the center of power in Verona. Continue your day with a visit to the famous Gothic Tombs of the Scaligeri family and the majestic Duomo di Verona. End your day with shopping for souvenirs and romantic dinner at the famous Corso Porta Borsari road with its marvelous shops, wine bars, gourmet bistros, and cafes.
Two Days in Lake Como from Arzo Travels
The first time I have heard of Lake Como probably was when I heard that the famous George Clooney bought a villa at Lake Como. Immediately I added it to my bucket list – I mean, it cannot be a bad place if Georgie buys a house there, right?
Luckily Lake Como is located close to the Swiss border where I travel to each year and so I visited Lake Como twice as well. I want to be honest: Como, the biggest city in the region of Lake Como, is nice but there is more to see – even more beautiful places.
If you have a few days in Lake Como you should make sure to add these places to your itinerary:
Visit also the beautiful smaller town in the region, which is Bellagio. The staircase is definitely a beauty but so is the promenade. The mountains in the region are stunning, so add a dinner in one of the mountain restaurants in Bellagio and also head to Brunate, a very small uphill town with great views on Lake Como. If you want to discover a hidden gem in that region do a boat tour on Lake Pusiano which is just close by.
Two Days in Florence from Wandering With a Dromomaniac
If you love art, particularly art history, you will love wandering through Florence. There are so many beautiful things to see and art galleries to visit that you really need at minimum 2 days to see the highlights. It has all the things you could want in an art mecca, piazzas full of intricate statues, the ever impressive 17-foot Statue of David, the Duomo, and the Uffizi Gallery. The Duomo is an immaculate building inside and out and you can climb several hundred stairs and get a view of the city from the top. The Statue of David is, of course, one of the most impressive statues you will ever see, just for the sheer size of it.
My personal favorite, however, was the Uffizi Gallery, which houses some of the most breathtaking historic art, especially Botticelli’s painting of the “Birth of Venus.” The gallery is closed on Sundays so make sure you pick another day so you can experience this incredible gallery. There are so many other churches and galleries to take in but you can’t go wrong with these three in particular, especially if you are short on time.
Three Day Cinque Terre Itinerary from Dolce Does Travel
Any trip to Italy must include a stop in Cinque Terre. A Unesco World Heritage site since 1997, the five stunning seaside fishing villages that were once isolated from the rest of the country, are the jewel of northern Italy. Old pastel homes dotted in rows, climbing up striking hillsides, with the sun glistening off the Mediterranean. You’ll instantly want to stay forever and try making it as a small shop owner or in the fishing community.
While many visit as a day trip, Cinque Terre deserves at least 3 days of your trip. Spend day 1 hiking from town to town and stopping for a gelato along the way. Hop a ferry to get a view from the water. Enjoy a blissful lunch along the waterfront in Vernazza. Take in a late afternoon small bites and drinks with the best view at Nessun Dorma in Manarola.
Day 2, lounge on the beach in Monterosso. Charter a boat for the afternoon from Riomaggiore. Check out the vineyards – and the local wine – in the highest village of Corniglia. Definitely stay a third day and explore nearby Riviera towns (Portofino, Genoa, or Portovenere).
And, definitely order the pesto wherever you go.
Three Day Rome Itinerary from Finding the Universe
My itinerary is for three days in Rome. I chose Rome because, as they say – all roads lead to Rome! But seriously, it’s a really incredible city, with history just layered upon itself, and so many iconic sights that you can easily fill three days.
The itinerary focuses on the major highlights of Rome, so is ideal for a first time visitor. It covers such classics as the Vatican, the Coliseum, the Roman Forum, the Spanish Steps and the Appian Way, along with a few less obvious sights. As well as a detailed itinerary and day by day map of attractions, it also has lots of practical advice about visiting Rome, including when to visit and the best ways to get around the city.
I’ve also added a whole section of tips for avoiding the dreaded queues that Rome’s top attractions are famous for! All in all, it should help anyone looking for a detailed guide to visiting Rome who wants to see the main attractions in an efficient, cost-effective way.
Four Day Northern Italy Itinerary from The Wanderlust Dietician
Our adventures began in Rome and Tuscany, but we were flying out of Milan and knew this would be our endpoint to our first Italian adventure. We started in Venice because we couldn’t pass up a chance to see a city on water. Here we sampled wine out of water bottles and paid to ride a gondola.
The following day, we escaped the tourists and ferried across the Grand Canal to Burano and Murano to view blown glass and colorful architecture. My favorite part was our day trip to Verona, home of Romeo & Juliette. We rubbed Juliette’s breast for luck in love, wrote her a letter, and visited the balcony that inspired the love story. Lastly, we arrived in Milan but took a train to Lake Como in search of George Clooney (to no avail). This was a great intro to Northern Italy and we cannot wait to return!
Four Day Padua, Brenta Canal and Venice Itinerary from Ipanema Travels
We ventured on this short 4-day trip to Padua and Venice to celebrate my birthday. With a 5 to 9 job long weekends are the perfect way to travel oftener. I’ve been studying Italian for quite a while and my Italian teacher was quite passionate about the beauties of Padua and how underrated this Italian city was. I thought it would be the ideal places to use as base for this short 4-day escape to Italy.
Major highlights to visit in Padua are the Botanical Garden, the Scrovegni Chapel (a must-see UNESCO World Heritage Site with frescoes of Giotto), Prato della Valle, the Observatory, and the Basilica of Saint Anthony. We took a boat trip on the Brenta Canal, which included visits of three villas – summer residences of wealthy Venetians. The boat trip ended up in Venice. Approaching Venice from the water was magical! As I’ve been already multiple times to Venice we’ve spent our time there getting lost in the small alleys and discovering places only known to the Venetians themselves.
This itinerary is ideal for a short break in Italy.
Nine Day Veneto Region Itinerary from Cathy Beesey
The Veneto Region holds a special place in my heart. It is my most loved region of Italy.
With such beauty and diversity returning to the same destination within Veneto or exploring new ones creates for me the most wonderful of travel experiences; enticing me to return many times. There is nothing more lovely than walking through the streets of Venice in the early morning and watching this captivating city come to life.
And for a quieter time staying on Mazzorbo Island as the sun sets crossing a bridge to Burano Island; loving the soft colours of the linen and lace. I cannot resist taking a Vaporetto to Murano Island to marvel at and buy beautiful glass. A perfume bottle made in the 1960s; a bracelet in the most stunning shades of red and purple.
Travelling west from the Adriatic Sea takes me to Bassano del Grappa the home of Grappa, Monte Grappa Pens, the River Brenta with it’s beautiful Ponte Vecchio and the Dolomites to the north. A day driving through the dramatic Dolomites is exhilarating and unforgettable.
Two Week Itinerary from The World Pursuit
This is the quintessential Italy itinerary. We tried to make a route that hits all of the big cities and a few notable towns popular with tourists. The route is over the course of two weeks and you can start or end in Naples or Venice. You’ll see amazing Italian cities like Florence, Venice, Milan, Rome, and Naples with add-ons like Perugia, Assisi, Siena, or the Cinque Terre. For me, Siena is one of the most beautiful towns in Italy and it’s a short trip from Florence! Its little gems like Siena, Assisi, or Perugia that can make a great trip as you leave the well-beaten path without missing any of the highlights.
Two Week Itinerary from Our Escape Clause
For a first visit to Italy, it’s hard to beat the classics–and that’s exactly what we cover in this two week itinerary designed specifically for first time visitors to Italy!
Over two weeks, work your way through Rome, Florence, the Tuscan countryside, and Venice, plus a side trip to spend a couple of days on the coast in gorgeous Cinque Terre.
This itinerary will give you time to experience the bulk of Italy’s most famous sights, from the Colosseum in Rome to the Duomo in Florence to the Grand Canal of Venice, as well as the opportunity to explore some lesser-known sights of your choice, such as the smaller villages of Tuscany.
We were careful to design this itinerary to move at a fast but reasonable clip–we know first time visitors with a 14-day timeline are going to be eager to see as much as possible, but we also want to make sure that you don’t get burned out along the way!
Sixteen Day Itinerary from Eat Work Travel
We traveled to Italy for sixteen days for a couple’s trip. It was our first trip to this country so we wanted to do a highlight tour to get a taste for several areas of Italy. Our focus when building the itinerary was to immerse ourselves in the history in many of the cities. This made Venice, Florence and Rome must-see cities on our list.
While we built our itinerary filled with luxury, adventure and romance, there were a few stand-out items that were true gems. In Tuscany we stayed in a historic castle that is converted in a hotel. It was a dream to stay in a castle and we fulfilled that in Tuscany! We also decided to add the island of Sardinia to our itinerary. Renting a car and finding secluded beaches was like a treasure hunt with the treat being able to relax on secluded beaches! Finally in Rome we took a foodie Vespa tour that was adventurous and fun! Overall we loved every second of our stay in Italy. We classify a trip as successful when we leave wanting more and we can’t wait to return to Italy!
Whether you have just one day or sixteen, you’re bound to find an itinerary that will work for you!