2 Weeks in Italy Itinerary: Colosseum

How to Spend 2 Weeks in Italy (Itinerary for 14 Perfect Days!)

Planning your first trip to Italy may feel overwhelming–but this (repeatedly) tried-and-tested itinerary for 2 weeks in Italy will have you relaxing into la dolce vita in no time!

For those who are new here, we are Kate and Jeremy Storm, travel bloggers and Italy travel addicts who have cumulatively spent more than a year each, over the course of many trips, exploring Italy in-depth.

After more trips (and plates of pasta) than we can count , our desire to return to Italy just keeps growing: there will always be more villages to explore, natural beauty to marvel at, and, of course, pasta and wine to enjoy.

Helping travelers plan their Italy itineraries is one of our passions, and we have repeatedly tested this guide to 14 days in Italy on friends, family, and ourselves many times over the course of several years!

So far, we have personally made our way to 14 of Italy’s 20 regions, from the imposing Dolomites of South Tyrol to the beaches of Sicily.

We’ve also “lived” for 2 months in Rome, and one month each in Florence and Bologna , enjoying a slower pace of Italy travel.

Suffice it to say that after all the time we’ve spent in Italy, we have some opinions about how to make your first trip to Italy truly unforgettable… and this Italy itinerary is what we suggest.

kate storm jeremy storm and ranger storm overlooking brisighella italy

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For first-time visitors, 2 weeks in Italy is the perfect amount of time to hit the country’s most famous and classic spots, see which ones you love, and (if you’re anything like us) fall head-over-heels in love with the country to the point that you’ll leave planning your next trip back.

This is the 2 week Italy itinerary we recommend to first-time visitors, including our friends and family, and we won’t be straying off the beaten path much here.

These first 14 days in Italy will be all about the classics–follow this trip and you’ll be spending a lot of time watching postcards come to life!

(And yes, this is a fairly long Italy blog post–feel free to use the table of contents below this paragraph to jump around as needed.)

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… we’d love to help continue to plan your trip to Italy in more detail here on Our Escape Clause!

We have been writing about Italy travel since 2016, and have amassed a collection of 100+ Italy blog posts available for free on this website, covering everything from the best hidden gems in Rome to what a coperto is (and why you should expect to pay one).

Cities like Rome and Venice are among our absolute favorites in the world, and we write about them extensively–but if you’re interested in getting off the beaten path in Italy, we have lots of options for that, too, from enjoying the mosaics of Ravenna to taking a road trip in Puglia .

kate storm standing on the edge of the island san giorgio maggiore

One of my favorite things to write is detailed itineraries (like this one!), and we have suggestions for  Rome ,  Florence ,  Venice ,  Cinque Terre , the  Amalfi Coast ,  Milan ,  Naples , and more (and in the cases of some cities, several versions depending on how long you have to explore!).

I’ll link relevant blog posts throughout this 2 week Italy itinerary, but of course, I could never hope to include links to them all!

Head to  our Italy archives  to view all of our Italy blog posts in order, or if you’re looking for details on a particular destination, the search bar at the top right of the page (or at the top of the pop-out menu on mobile) is a great tool to use.

You also may want to check out the comment section at the bottom of this post–over the years, dozens of travelers have refined their own Italy itineraries there!

kate storm in front of a church when traveling in rome italy

We structured this 2 week Italy itinerary as a point-to-point trip covering Rome, Florence, the Tuscan countryside, Cinque Terre, and Venice.

In this way, you’ll have a chance to experience many of the most popular places to visit in Italy over the course of 2 weeks, without doubling back or over-stuffing your schedule.

While some travelers like to include Milan, Lake Como, and/or the Amalfi Coast over the course of 2 weeks, we have found that with roughly 14 days (and often some jet lag) to work with, less is more.

We’ve opted for Venice over Milan and Lake Como due to personal preference, and opted for Cinque Terre over the Amalfi Coast due to geographic convenience and the ease with which it can be seen over a short period of time.

However, ultimately, the destinations that appeal to you most should be at the top of your Italy bucket list, and this itinerary for Italy in 2 weeks can be adjusted accordingly.

kate storm and ranger storm sitting on a bench overlooking lake como surrounded by flowering trees

Days 1-4 in Italy: Rome

Rome’s highlights rank among the most famous sights in the world: who hasn’t dreamed of seeing the Colosseum in person, of walking across St. Peter’s Square, and of admiring the masterpiece that is the Sistine Chapel?

Three full days in Rome (excluding travel days) will give you plenty of time to see the best of what Rome has to offer, while also leaving plenty of time in your 2 weeks in Italy itinerary for all of the other destinations along the way.

If you happen to be lucky enough to have an extra couple of days in Italy, though–say 15 or 16 days, or perhaps less jetlag to contend with than some visitors–we highly recommend extending your time in Rome before adding time to any other destination on this 2 week Italy itinerary.

It’s simply impossible to run out of incredible things to do in Rome, which is why we have happily spent months there!

(It’s also worth pointing out that if you do have a bit of extra time in your schedule, booking an organized day trip to the Amalfi Coast is doable, if a long, day that is popular with ambitious travelers!).

4 Days in Rome Itinerary: Piazza del Popolo

Top Things to Do in Rome

Tour the colosseum + palatine hill..

Strolling through the center of Ancient Rome for the first time is an unforgettable experience!

Definitely don’t miss it during your first trip to Italy: you can buy skip-the-line tickets here (highly recommend for people visiting during summer/high season), or book the tour we enjoyed here .

kate storm in a striped dress in front of colosseum rome italy

Visit Vatican City.

The magnificent Sistine Chapel, the iconic St. Peter’s Basilica, the lovely St. Peter’s Square: for being such a tiny country, visiting Vatican City has a lot to offer!

We recommend using skip-the-line passes here as well, you can purchase them here .

We wrote a full guide to visiting Vatican City , so won’t repeat ourselves too much here, but in short, plan ahead, cover your shoulders, and touring the Vatican Museums on Friday night is worth it if you have the chance.

Map room in the Vatican Museums shot at night, with open window on the left. Visiting the Vatican Museums during special hours is one of our favorite travel tips for Rome Italy!

Stroll through Centro Storico.

The Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon, the Spanish Steps, Campo de Fiori: what do all of these famous things to do in Italy have in common with each other?

They’re all within walking distance of each other in Rome’s Centro Storico!

We also recommend seeking out a few of Rome’s hidden gems as you explore, including easy-to-access spots like Galleria Sciarra and Galleria Spada .

One of the best things about visiting Rome is just how much beauty is hidden in plain sight.

2 Day Rome Itinerary: Street Corner in Centro Storico

Things to Consider When Visiting Rome

Rome has two major downsides for a tourist: crowds and heat.

You can beat the bulk of both by traveling in the shoulder season (we personally think that October is the perfect month to visit Italy, and Rome is remarkably uncrowded in winter ), and/or waking up extra early to enjoy the city before everyone else gets out of bed.

For example, some of the best photos of the Trevi Fountain, Colosseum, and Spanish Steps that we’ve taken were snapped around dawn!

That being said–there are a million ways to get off the beaten path in Rome no matter when you visit!

While touristic hotspots like the Colosseum and Spanish Steps are nearly always crowded, fascinating places like the Capuchin Crypt, the Palazzo Doria Pamphilj, the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls, plus the neighborhoods of Testaccio, Ostiense, and Monti in general, are just a few of the many great places to enjoy Rome without dense crowds.

2 Days in Rome: Trevi Fountain

Where to Stay in Rome

La Cornice Guesthouse  — We loved this little guesthouse! It was extremely clean and comfortable, and VERY affordable for Rome.

La Cornice is set slightly outside the main tourist areas, but an easy 5-minute walk to the metro and a 20-minute ride got us to the Colosseum and other major sights.

Our favorite part of La Cornice? Eating a nearby Joseph Ristorante for lunch, which we not only enjoyed during this trip but have returned to repeatedly in the years after.

Check rates & book your stay at La Cornice Guesthouse!

4 Day Rome Itinerary: Campo de'Fiori

Hotel Condotti  — Located just around the corner from the Spanish Steps (and consequently the Piazza di Spagna metro station), you couldn’t ask for a better location in Rome!

Well-reviewed and boasting exceptionally clean rooms, Hotel Condotti is the perfect choice for a traveler with a midrange budget (or even a luxury traveler–this hotel also holds some impressive-looking suites!) who would like to be within walking distance of the best that Centro Storico has to offer.

Check rates & book your stay at Hotel Condotti!

Pantheon Inn  — If you’re looking for a building with classic Italian charm in the heart of Rome, this is it.

Located right behind the Pantheon and within reach, the Pantheon Inn offers a quiet, peaceful escape in the middle of bustling Rome.

You will need to walk a bit to the metro stop–but since the walk will take you through the heart of the beautiful Centro Storico, we doubt you’ll mind.

Check rates & book your stay at the Pantheon Inn!

2 Days in Rome: Vatican Museums Spiral Staircase

Days 5-7 in Italy: Cinque Terre

No first trip to Italy would be complete without a visit to this beautiful coastline!

After leaving Rome, head north to Cinque Terre for coastal views, hiking, adorable fishing villages, and plenty of fresh seafood.

We recommend traveling from Rome to Cinque Terre (specifically Monterosso al Mare) via train , which should take about 4-6 hours depending on the route.

Since all 5 of the Cinque Terre villages are easily connected by train (or ferry during the summer!), feel free to stay in whichever one appeals the most, or even in nearby Levanto or La Spezia to save a tiny bit of cash.

View of Spiaggia di Fegina in Monterosso al Mare with colorful umbrellas in the foreground, one of the best photography locations in Cinque Terre Italy

Top Things to Do in Cinque Terre

Hike between the villages..

Sadly, many of the hikes at Cinque Terre have been closed for landslides–but the magnificent Blue Path trail between Monterosso al Mare and Vernazza (which is highly recommended!) and between Vernazza and Corniglia are open and ready for visitors!

We recommend stopping by one of the visitor centers for the latest information on available hikes.

View of Vernazza Harbor from Above: One Day in Cinque Terre Itinerary

Watch the sunset from Manarola.

Arguably the most famous of Cinque Terre’s villages due to its postcard-worthy view, Manarola is the perfect place to watch the sun sink behind the sea (preferably with a glass of local wine in hand).

Eat all the pesto and seafood.

Pesto is local to the Ligurian coast, and that makes Cinque Terre one of the best places to indulge in it in all of Italy!

Pesto happens to be one of my favorite foods, so I may be slightly biased, but in my opinion, it’s an unforgettable part of visiting Cinque Terre.

As the villages of Cinque Terre are fishing villages at their heart, the seafood here is also absolutely delicious.

Woman facing away from camera on Manarola Promenade, One Day in Cinque Terre Itinerary

Things to Consider When Visiting Cinque Terre

While it would be tempting to bring a car to Cinque Terre to have access to your own transportation and a more direct way to get to Cinque Terre from Rome and to Florence after your visit, the roads do not make for an easy drive.

Parking can also be a challenge around the villages–if possible, we’d recommend relying on the train, ferry, or the famous trail to get around Cinque Terre .

Keep an eye on closures to both the trains and the trails between the villages, however.

Strikes can happen that will shut down the train (which happened to us way back in May 2016!), and the trails can sometimes be washed out and therefore closed.

The trails also often close during the offseason, so if you’re planning a winter trip to Italy, don’t count on being able to hike between all the villages.

2 Weeks in Italy Itinerary: Beach at Monterosso al Mare, Cinque Terre

Why Cinque Terre instead of the Amalfi Coast?

I addressed this above, but it’s understandably a popular question when planning a trip to Italy for 2 weeks, and I wanted to expand on it here!

Italy’s Amalfi Coast is truly a marvel, but it makes less geographic sense for this itinerary than Cinque Terre.

Visiting the Amalfi Coast would require traveling south from Rome when the bulk of this 2 weeks in Italy itinerary focuses on the northern half of the country.

If you have your heart set on visiting the Amalfi Coast, you can certainly swap it out for Cinque Terre, but bear in mind that the travel times involved would be cumbersome, especially if you don’t want to cut days from the rest of the destinations on your Italy itinerary.

Cinque Terre also has the benefit of being smaller than the Amalfi Coast, making it easy to explore most or all of the villages over a short amount of time.

If you absolutely don’t want to cut any destinations and are determined to visit both Cinque Terre and the Amalfi Coast, handing the reins to the experts and booking and organized day trip to the Amalfi Coast from here is your best bet ( this one gets rave reviews ).

View of Riomaggiore at Sunset, Cinque Terre in One Day

Where to Stay in Cinque Terre

Of the 5 villages of Cinque Terre, the only one we would recommend not staying in is Corniglia, as it’s the most difficult to get in and out of.

Other than that, all the villages have their perks–Monterosso al Mare has the biggest beach, Manarola has the most Instagram-famous viewpoint, and Vernazza and Riomaggiore are simply drop-dead gorgeous.

Bear in mind that many properties in Cinque Terre can involve a climb to reach them, so if mobility is a concern, be sure to double-check the location.

Most properties will offer porters to carry your luggage for you for a small fee, so if clamoring through town with your luggage doesn’t sound like fun, be sure to ask your hotel about their services!

Here are a few very well-reviewed properties to consider during your time in Cinque Terre:

Photo of Vernazza from above, the perfect stop on a 2 week Italy itinerary

Luciano Guesthouse (Riomaggiore)  — This is where we stayed during our most recent visit to Cinque Terre, and we can’t recommend it enough!

The property was clean and lovely, and the customer service offered by Francesco and his wife during our stay was absolutely top-notch. We would be thrilled to stay again!

Check rates & book your stay at Luciano Guesthouse!

Scorci di Mare (Riomaggiore) — Want to stay a 3-minute walk from the beach and see the sea from your window?

If so, the popular Scorci di Mare is the perfect spot for you!

Check rates & book your stay at Scorci di Mare!

Da Baranin (Manarola) — Cinque Terre is expensive, there’s no getting around it.

For a budget option, consider Da Baranin–you’ll need to climb up and down a steep hill as a trade-off, but you’ll get to stay in Manarola for a very affordable price tag!

Check rates & book your stay at Da Baranin!

2 Weeks in Italy Itinerary: Monterosso al Mare, Cinque Terre

Days 8-11 in Italy: Florence + the Tuscan Countryside

Tuscany is one of our favorite regions in Italy–and not just because we could spend a lifetime eating and drinking there (though we could).

The towns are beautiful and distinct, Florence is a dream of a city, the history is interesting, and the golden tinge to the light that you see in pictures of Tuscany isn’t photoshop–it just really looks like that.

While there’s no such thing as too much time in Tuscany, 3 days in Tuscany will give you a chance to explore the best of Florence in about 1.5-2 days, and also give you time to visit at least one other Tuscan city or small town, and/or head out wine tasting.

kate storm standing in front of florence duomo front doors

Pisa is a popular choice that is close to Florence, but unless you’re truly dying to see the leaning tower, we’d recommend Siena, Lucca , or Montepulciano instead.

If you’re looking for small-town day trips from Florence , San Gimignano, Volterra , Arezzo , and Montefioralle (near Greve in Chianti) are all stunning, and though it is in Umbria rather than Tuscany, we adored our visit to the village of Orvieto as well.

If you’re hoping to enjoy some wine tasting and town-hopping, this is an excellent opportunity to get a lot of value out of a guided tour: this wildly popular day trip from Florence is a fantastic way to taste a variety of what Tuscany has to offer (literally and figuratively).

2 Weeks in Italy Itinerary: Arezzo, Tuscany

Top Things to Do in Florence

Visit some of the best renaissance art on the planet..

The Uffizi Gallery (home of the Birth of Venus) and the Galleria dell’Accademia (home of Michelangelo’s David) are both home to undisputed world treasures that deserve to be admired during your 2 weeks in Italy.

We definitely recommend booking skip-the-line tickets to both galleries to avoid waiting in their very long lines (we once showed up to the Uffizi without pre-booked tickets and ended up giving up on visiting after nearly an hour of waiting).

You can purchase skip-the-line tickets to the Galleria dell’ Accademia here and to the Uffizi here .

opulent interior of the uffizi gallery, one of the best things to see in itinerary for italy in 2 weeks

Try your hand at a cooking class.

We may be a bit biased, given how much we adore Tuscan food, but if you want to take a cooking class during your 14 days in Italy, we recommend doing it here.

We adored our day taking this cooking class and years later, we still talk about it being one of our favorite days spent in Tuscany!

From the views of the countryside to the beautiful farmhouse the class is hosted in, to the sublime food, it is truly an experience to remember.

One Day in Florence: Cooking Class in Tuscany

Seek out the best views of the city.

From the ever-popular viewpoints of Piazzale Michelangelo and the cupola of the Duomo to lesser-known spots like the Rose Garden and Palazzo Vecchio, there’s no doubt that Florence is a city that deserves to be admired from all angles.

We’ve rounded up the best views of Florence here –personally, we have a soft spot for the view from the top of Palazzo Vecchio.

Take a day trip to the Tuscan countryside.

Wine, plus incredible Tuscan food, plus rolling countryside, plus stunning villages–a day trip to some of Tuscany’s remarkable villages and wineries is bound to be a day that you’ll never forget.

This incredibly popular day trip is a fabulous option!

Honeymoon in Tuscany: rooftops of Siena

Things to Consider When Visiting Florence and Tuscan y’s Countryside

Three days in Tuscany gives you a couple of options as far as lodging: you can either stay in Florence the whole time and take day trips out, you can stay in a smaller city the whole time and simply take a day trip to Florence, or you can split it up–two nights in one city, and one in another.

Personally, we’d recommend sticking with one place to stay–this Italy itinerary is already fast-paced, so there’s no reason to take up extra time moving hotels in Tuscany.

We’ve visited Tuscany many times with both structures , and love both for different reasons .

You truly can’t go wrong with either option–I’d stay in Florence if you’re more of a city person, and in a surrounding Tuscan town if you’re more interested in the countryside.

If you stay in the countryside, you will definitely want to rent a car for this portion of your Italy itinerary.

2 Weeks in Italy Itinerary: View of Florence Duomo

Where to Stay in Florence

B&B Le Stanze del Duomo  — Though Florence hotels can be a bit pricey and stretch the definition of “budget”, B&B Le Stanze’s beautiful rooms and impeccable location in Florence will be sure to have you swooning!

Check rates & book your stay at B&B Le Stanze del Duomo!

Hotel Silla — Located just a hop, skip, and jump from the Arno River, we loved our stay at Hotel Silla!

The hotel itself is lovely and quiet, the included breakfast a nice touch, and the location perfect: you have easy access on foot to all that Florence has to offer, without having to worry about crowds or noise.

We’d be happy to check in again!

Check rates & book your stay at Hotel Silla!

kate storm and jeremy storm sitting on the edge of the arno with the ponte vecchio in the background

Hotel Lungarno  — Nestled right against the Arno River and home to one of the best views of the Ponte Vecchio in Florence (not to mention some of the best views of the rest of Florence from their top deck), Hotel Lungarno is our personal “if we ever  really  want to splurge” hotel in Florence.

You can’t go wrong using Hotel Lungarno as your base during your Italy vacation!

Check rates & book your stay at Hotel Lungarno!

Romantic Things to Do in Tuscany: Tuscan streets in rain

Days 12-14 in Italy: Venice

Canals, canals, and more canals: Venice is simply a ridiculously beautiful place, and despite its somewhat controversial reputation, we absolutely adore it (yes, even during the summer !).

Definitely make sure that you climb St. Mark’s Campanile for an amazing view of the city, check out Libreria Acqua Alta (one of our favorite bookstores in the world!), walk across the Rialto Bridge, and spend ridiculous amounts of time wandering aimlessly around the small streets and lesser-known canals–that is truly Venice at its best.

If you have good weather while in Venice, also consider a day trip out to Murano or Burano for another view of Venetian life!

We’ve written extensively about Venice, in large part because we adore the city and know that unfortunately, not everyone walks away with the same impression.

We recommend taking a look at our suggested 2 day Venice itinerary and guide to the best hidden gems in Venice as you plan your trip here!

Small canal in Venice on a sunny day, lined by windows with flowerboxes

Top Things to Do in Venice

Tour the doge’s palace + st. mark’s basilica..

Venice has a truly fascinating history–for a city that is now known mostly for its beauty, flooding, and risks of sinking, it can be hard to recall that once upon a time, there was a true and powerful Venetian Empire.

Learning about the history of Venice’s government (it included  many  councils) and how it acquired its wealth is a fabulous way to get to know the city on a deeper level–and the buildings themselves are incredibly impressive, too.

We recommend taking a tour here if at all possible–it truly adds so much context.

This tour of the Doge’s Palace + St. Mark’s Basilica is very popular and a great option!

Piazza San Marco in Venice

Stroll through Venice’s beautiful sestieri.

Venice is divided into six districts, or sestieri, and each sestiere has its own distinct flavor and beauty.

San Marco and San Polo are the most popular (read: crowded), and while they are absolutely gorgeous, we recommend making time for a walk through some of the others as well.

Castello, Cannaregio, Dorsoduro , and San Croce all have a lot of beauty, canals, and quiet streets to offer.

kate storm and ranger storm on a quiet street in venice july

Hit the water and enjoy Venice’s canals.

While the gondolas are (deservedly) famous, there are indeed ways to experience Venice’s canals on any budget.

Whether you want to splurge on a private gondola ride, opt for the mid-range shared gondola option, or stick to a budget and tour the Grand Canal via Vaporetto , there’s a canal option open to you!

Our guide to gondola rides in Venice will help you know what to expect, or, if you want to find a way to enjoy a gondola ride for just 2 Euro (not a typo!), here’s how to find a traghetto .

Venice Grand Canal with gondola paddling across it--a must-see item for your 2 week Italy itinerary!

Things to Consider When Visiting Venice

Especially if you’re visiting during the summer, Venice will be both crowded and expensive.

It’s still absolutely worth it to go, but like in Rome, consider early wake-up calls to get the most out of your experience.

Some of our best memories of Venice are of walking through the city before the shops even start opening–and we’ve often found that we get our best photos of Venice then, too.

Keep in mind that if you want to take an iconic gondola ride, you’ll be paying a pretty penny–80 Euro/gondola worth.

After enjoying more than one gondola ride in Venice, we can confirm that they are worth it to the right traveler–but you can absolutely have a fabulous trip to Venice without one, too.

kate storm and ranger storm in a traghetto gondola during summer in venice italy

Where to Stay in Venice

Hotel Casa Boccassini  — This cute hotel easily met our needs during our first trip to Venice!

The room was simple but clean, and the shared bathroom was a fair trade in exchange for their competitive prices in a great location in Cannaregio.

The bathroom was clean and we had a sink in our room, both of which always make shared bathroom situations much easier.

The courtyard of the hotel was beautiful!

The hotel was a simple and beautiful 10-minute walk from the Rialto Bridge and just a 5-minute walk from the Vaporetto to the airport.

Check rates & book your stay at Hotel Casa Boccassini!

Couple in front of Bridge of Sighs in Venice

Hotel Lisbona  — We decided to check into Hotel Lisbona for one reason: we wanted to stay on a canal!

If you’re looking to stay right on a canal in Venice without paying luxury prices, we can heartily recommend Hotel Lisbona.

The building is beautiful and definitely has that oh-wow-I’m-in-Venice effect (especially when you look out the windows), the customer service is great, and the included breakfast is tasty.

The central location (it’s around a 5-minute walk to Piazza San Marco) couldn’t be better.

The downside? The room we stayed in was  tiny –but to be staying right on a Venetian canal in such an amazing location, we definitely considered the trade-off worth it.

Check rates & book your stay at Hotel Lisbona!

kate storm looking out the window of Hotel Lisbona, recommended hotel for 2 days in Venice

Hotel Danieli  — If you’re looking for a true luxury experience for your 2 days in Venice–the kind of hotel stay that you’ll remember for the rest of your life–look no further than the iconic Hotel Danieli, located inside 3 former palazzos along the Riva degli Schiavoni.

Every detail has been looked after here, and everything from the furniture to the breakfast to the location (mere steps from the Bridge of Sighs) to the truly stunning lobby will ensure you have an absolutely unforgettable trip to Venice.

Even if you don’t check in, consider dropping by the bar to see the beautiful lobby for yourself!

Check rates & book your stay at Hotel Danieli!

Lobby and staircase of Hotel Danieli in Venice--the perfect luxury hotel when deciding where to stay in Venice!

Italy has an endless amount of places to see, and no 2 weeks in Italy itinerary could dream of covering the whole country.

If you’re visiting over the summer (or over the winter and you like to ski) and find yourself with more time in Italy, consider heading to the South Tyrol region to experience the Dolomites (also known as the Italian Alps).

You could also head to Lake Como and stop off at Milan along the way, or stay further east after leaving Venice and hit up the stunning Verona .

Bologna , which is known as one of Italy’s great foodie cities, is another wonderful choice, and also includes the option of a day trip to the microstate of San Marino .

And, while Bologna is the most famous place to visit in Emilia-Romagna, we’d be remiss not to point out Ravenna (home to absolutely incredible UNESCO-recognized mosaics) and Parma (the origin of parmigiano-reggiano and a delightful city) as well.

kate storm visiting parma italy with baptistery in the background and red vespa in the foreground

South of Rome, you could head to the incredible Amalfi Coast or the stunning island of Capri , and stop off for a day along the way to eat pizza in Naples .

Further south, the stunning beaches and towns of Puglia make for a memorable summer trip to Italy.

Even with all that, you’re still barely scratching the surface of Italy (and of course, every single one of the destinations included in this 2 week Italy itinerary could easily take up more time as well)–but that’s ultimately a good thing.

If there’s one thing that we’re certain of after more than a year of exploring, it’s that there is always a reason to plan another vacation in Italy.

2 Weeks in Italy Itinerary: San Gimignano, Tuscany

With One Week in Italy

If you only have roughly one week to spend in Italy, we–heartbreaking though it is–recommend cutting at least one of the destinations suggested on this 2 week Italy itinerary. 

Personally, we’d first cut Cinque Terre (especially if you’re visiting outside the summer season), leaving the trifecta of Rome-Florence-Venice intact.

We go into this further in our guide to spending a week in Italy , as well as provide other suggestions on how to make the most of a short Italy itinerary.

If you need to cut a second destination, let geography be your guide, and trim off whichever destination will take the most time to reach based on your travel plans.

I know it’s incredibly hard to cut destinations, but rushing to a new place almost every day will eat up way too much time that should be spent experiencing Italy.

And ultimately, any given two, or even one, of the destinations covered in this Italy itinerary, could make for a magnificent trip.

Couple in Soprabolzano

With 3 Weeks in Italy

If you have an extra week to tack onto this 2 week Italy itinerary, lucky you!

You’re in for a real treat with a whole 3 weeks in Italy.

Our personal recommendation would be to use that extra week to add on Naples, Pompeii , and the Amalfi Coast.

Kate Storm and Jeremy Storm on a balcony overlooking Positano

If you’re a fast-paced traveler, you could cover those destinations in 4-5 days and spend the remaining time sampling Milan and Lake Como ( the town of Bellagio is just as picturesque as the pictures imply).

With that, you’ll cover the vast majority of the country’s best-known sights on your trip to Italy!

Alternatively, if you’re more of a slow, immersive traveler, use the extra week to really dig into one of the regions already included on this Italy itinerary.

Tuscany or Rome would be our pick (and you can technically take a very long day trip to Pompeii or Naples from Rome if you want to try to get the best of both worlds).

Photo of the cliffs of Capri

Within each of the destinations outlined in this 2 weeks in Italy itinerary, walking will likely be your most common method of getting around, and also half the fun of traveling Italy!

You’ll probably want to mix in some public transportation as well, particularly in Rome, but strolling through destinations like Venice and Florence is by far the best way to explore them.

Getting between destinations, however, is a different story–here’s a quick outline of transportation within Italy.

Frecciarosa Train in Italy: Florence to Bologna Train

Trains rule on-the-ground travel in Italy: if you’re not going to rent a car, it’s likely you’ll be getting around Italy by train.

Every train we have taken in Italy has been comfortable and pleasant, but keep in mind that strikes can occasionally interfere with travel.

We definitely recommend booking your train tickets in advance if you’re traveling on Italy’s high-speed trains, as these tickets can increase in price as the dates get closer.

If you’re traveling on the regional train, you don’t need to worry about booking ahead, as the prices are fixed. 

We typically travel Italy by train with Trenitalia, Italy’s national company, but Italo (a private company) is also excellent for some routes.

trentitalia high speed train in milano centrale station, as seen when traveling italy by train

In Lombardy (where Milan and Lake Como are located), you’ll also see Trenord-branded trains.

You can check prices and compare rates, schedules, and more on Omio to ensure you’re getting the best deal on train (or bus) travel in Italy.

We use Omio regularly throughout Europe and have always had good experiences with it.

If you do happen to buy a train ticket at the station (for a day trip, perhaps), keep in mind that paper train tickets  must  be validated before boarding the train in Italy, and failing to do so could result in a hefty fine, being thrown off the train at the next stop, and an enormous headache.

As far as we’re concerned, that’s another reason to book online, as showing the tickets on your phone to the conductor is just fine.

Shop train tickets for your 2 week Italy trip today!

Honeymoon in Tuscany: Views of Tuscan Countryside

Renting a car to drive through Italy is a popular option, especially in places like Tuscany, but there are a few things you’ll want to consider before you do.

Keep in mind that cars are restricted from driving into the historical centers of most cities, including Florence and Venice, and failure to adhere to these rules (even accidentally) can result in strict fines that you sometimes find out about through the mail months after the fact (my dad and a good friend have both been fined for driving in Italy via a summons after returning home).

For that reason, as well as issues with extremely limited parking in cities, we recommend limiting car rental when possible to time spent in smaller villages and towns.

While we love taking road trips in Italy , this itinerary for 14 days in Italy doesn’t require one, with the possible exception of renting a car for a couple of days to explore smaller villages in Tuscany.

If you do want to rent a car in Tuscany, know that an international driver’s permit is required for renting a car in Italy and must be obtained in your home country before arriving.

Siena Day Trip: Jeremy with Classic Cars

Sometimes car rental companies ask for it, sometimes they don’t (same with the police), but in our opinion, it’s not worth taking the risk–add this to your list of things to take care of being starting your 2 week Italy trip if you plan on renting a car.

Also, keep insurance in mind!

Thanks to Italy’s (somewhat deserved) reputation for less-than-cautious drivers, some travel insurance companies will not cover you while driving in Italy, or charge an extra fee to do so. Be sure to double-check before you book.

If renting a car is the right choice for you, we recommend browsing Discover Cars , and aggregate for finding rental cars in Europe (and beyond, though they’re most popular in Europe).

Discover Cars will search both local and international brands that have available cars for your dates, and allow you to compare prices, reviews, and inclusions side-by-side.

Shop rental cars for your Italy vacation today!

Quiet street in Venice, to be visited on this 2 week Italy itinerary

Bus travel in Italy is much less common than in some other European countries, mostly because of their well-developed train system.

You can find some buses available, however, especially among smaller cities and villages (we’ve used local buses in South Tyrol several times), as well as throughout certain parts of southern Italy.

If you’re having trouble deciding how to get around a certain destination.

In addition to trains, you can also browse some long-distance buses via Omio .

kate storm and ranger storm in front of the pantheon when visiting rome italy

If you’re hoping to be careful of your budget during your 2 week Italy trip, we recommend looking into flights for the Rome to Venice (or vice versa) leg of this itinerary.

Trains are a comfortable, romantic, and easy way to travel, and they also often cost more than budget flights do!

2 Weeks in Italy Itinerary

There’s no such thing as a bad time to spend 2 weeks in Italy, but some seasons are definitely more convenient to travel in than others.

Summer is the most popular season and will bring warm weather, lots of sunshine, and lots of tourists.

Prices will be at their highest, but the beaches will be at their best–if you’re hoping to swim at Cinque Terre, you’ll want to plan a summer trip.

Winter is the offseason and will bring colder temperatures, rain, and gray skies.

Prices will be at their lowest, and crowds will be as small as they ever get.

The Christmas season can bring increased crowds, but also the benefit of experiencing Christmas decor and markets (though fair warning–these have nothing on the Christmas markets in Austria and Germany! Check out Bolzano for something close.).

jeremy storm and ranger storm in front of milan christmas tree galleria vittorio emanuele

Personally, our favorite times to travel to Italy are the spring and especially the fall.

T he crowds are less than in the summer, spring brings beautiful blooms, and fall brings the olive harvest (after tasting fresh olive oil in Tuscany, I don’t know how we ever lived without it).

The weather is a bit riskier during the spring and fall than during the summer, but we have never had much of an issue with it.

T he occasional rainy or cool day is worth it to us for the tradeoff of not being hot and crowded, and October is our personal favorite month to visit Italy.

Ultimately, though, whenever you have a chance to plan a 14 day Italy trip, take advantage of it: every month of the year brings distinct upsides and challenges, but each and every one of them is worth the trade-off.

2 Weeks in Italy Itinerary: View of Siena

Planning a packing list for 2 weeks in Italy can be a challenge of its own!

We have a full Italy packing list here, but to get you started here are a few things to be sure to bring on your trip to Italy.

best tour of italy in 14 days

These days, we prefer just to leave valuables in our Pacsafe during the day.

2 aperol spritzes being held up in lucca, a fun stop during a 14 days in italy itinerary

Option C: Hope you get lucky with the weather (but fair warning, we’ve never been avoided rain entirely during a trip to Italy!).

best tour of italy in 14 days

Bring a small pack of tissues, toss them in your day bag, and you won’t have to worry about it.

best tour of italy in 14 days

I’ve been using it for more than 5 years now and am now working on my second volume, and I absolutely adore it!

best tour of italy in 14 days

I use them on all boats and the occasional bus, and if things get really bad, take some Non-Drowsy Dramamine as well.

Before heading off for your 2 weeks in Italy, be sure to read through our complete Italy packing list !

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About Kate Storm

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In May 2016, I left my suburban life in the USA and became a full-time traveler. Since then, I have visited 50+ countries on 5 continents and lived in Portugal, developing a special love of traveling in Europe (especially Italy) along the way. Today, along with my husband Jeremy and dog Ranger, I’m working toward my eventual goal of splitting my life between Europe and the USA.

148 thoughts on “How to Spend 2 Weeks in Italy (Itinerary for 14 Perfect Days!)”

I’m in Veneto, and so am biased about what I write about Italy. You covered some great places like CInque Terre and beautiful Toscana. I totally agree about heading to see the Alps, the Dolomiti is a must too. Beautiful photos to accompany the post too!

Thanks, Lisa! We’re hoping to make it back to see even more of Italy in 2018–maybe we’ll make it to more of Veneto this time!

Do the 3 chimney hike, you will not be disappointed!

Italy, why can’t I quit you… I have been reading about how dreary Italy can be in the winters. I think you are right that fall would be the best time to visit. I loved how clear all of your photography was.

Thanks, guys! I know what you mean–we can’t quit Italy, either.

I went in October 1-14, 2021, we had one evening of rain in Venice but we went to a concerto and the rain was over when we came out of the concert!!! I had the best trip ever!!!!!! My daughter planned it and she did an excellent job, Naples to Rome to Florence to Tuscany to Venice to Cortina to Venice train to Naples to Mt. Vesuvius to Pompeii to Verti to Amalfi Coast. It was an amazing trip and I want to go back too.

How many days did you stay in each of these places on your trip to Italy?

What was your itinerary day to day. What method of transportation? Thanks!

Could you please share more details? would love to do this itinerary Summer of 2023!

A great article for first timer to Italy. I have sent this to my partner and I hope he reads it, I have dreamed of coming to Italy since I was a young girl. My parents went to Italy and always spoke of Venice and Muranos Island and of course glassware. Your photos are spectacular.

Hope you get to make that trip happen soon, Nicole! Italy is as amazing as advertised. 😀

Italy is such a cool destination and this is the perfect guide to plan a trip in two weeks. I have been to Rome once and your pictures of Trivi Fountain is amazing as during my visit it was mainly crowded. Did you explore the islands near Venice too ?

No chance to go to the islands, sadly–the weather didn’t cooperate with us too well in Venice. Hopefully next time! We’d especially love to go to Burano.

I was actually wondering where you were off next, after reading your Rome post 🙂 although not a big fan of Italy overall, I am a huge fan of Tuscany… I only got to spend 2 days in Florence a few years back, so it is definitely on my travel list! Love your pics!

Florence is definitely worth a return visit–the food alone would be, in our opinion! 😉

I visited Italy for the first time last year, travelling to Rome and it was magical. The amount of culture is unbelievable, I would love to travel to Florence or Naples next time!

I hope you get that return trip, Lottie! Italy never gets dull, that’s for sure.

Your pictures are really enticing. A trip to Italy would be incomplete without taking up a culinary class or 2 in Tuscany. Cinque Terre looks particularly interesting too. Will get back to you for travel-planning. 🙂 Cheers!!

You’re totally right, Aditi–our cooking class in Tuscany was one of our highlights of our month there this year! Food in general is such a big part of traveling in Italy, it really adds something to the whole experience.

I agree with you that one cant get enough of Italy…and this time I really mean it! So much cosy villages and site to explore…and not to mention the food! I have been to Italy many times before living in the country next to so I think you have chosen a great destinations for a two weeks itinerary for a first-timer! I hope to visit the northern and souther part of Italy this summer!

Oh, it must be so much fun to live in Italy! I’m sure it comes with its challenges as well, like any destination, but if we could pick somewhere to live for a year, Italy would be VERY high on the list!

Eat, Pray, love put Italy on my map. And, I am so glad it did. I really enjoyed my time in Italy. And, without knowing I almost followed your first-time visitor itinerary. The country is so beautiful that one time is not enough. I am aching to go back. Maybe this year it will happen.

Hope you get to go back, Archana! No such thing as too many trips to Italy, right?!

A nice itinerary that you have suggested. Did all these except for cinque Terre. Wish someone had advised me then to do that. I hope to go back to Italy again to see this. Cheers

Agreed–we hope we get to go again soon, too! 🙂

Curious, how did you decide the order of your destinations? We’re doing 15 days in Italy and flying into Rome. We’re trying to visit Venice, Florence, Cinque Terre, Tuscany then Amalfi Coast before returning to Rome for our flight home. Any advice on the best order?

We actually put this itinerary together based on a couple of months worth of travel in Italy, so we didn’t follow these steps exactly in order (though we’ve visited all of these destinations, some more than once!).For your trip, assuming you’re flying out of Rome as well, I’d personally probably structure it as: Rome to Cinque Terre, Cinque Terre to Florence/Tuscany, Florence/Tuscany to Venice, and Venice to the Amalfi Coast (you’ll need to stop by Rome again) before returning home.

No matter what way you do it, you’re going to have a lot of travel time in there–you’re covering quite a bit of the country.Honestly, I’m tempted to say you should skip either Cinque Terre or the Amalfi Coast (the Amalfi Coast would make more sense to cut geographically, hence why it didn’t make this itinerary) and slow the pace a bit, but I know that’s much easier said than done–when you have a limited number of days, you want to see it all!

Not sure how you’re planning on getting around, but I’d consider saving some time and flying from Venice back to Rome–budget airlines (including Ryanair) fly in/out of both those cities, and if you plan in advance, you may be able to get very low fares. Also consider booking any train tickets you need in advance–fares go up dramatically the closer your dates get.

Hope you guys have an amazing trip! Italy is absolutely incredible. ?

Hi Jeremy and Kate, Warm greetings from India. I discovered your blogsite recently and this is really amazing 🙂 I wanted a favor from you guys, I will be travelling to Italy soon, for some office work in mid march. I will stay at Siena for 14 days. Can you please please please recommend me a travel plan or at least help me with details of rail travel? I intend to see Rome on one weekend, Venice and Milan on other weekend. I intend to travel Florence and Pisa during weekdays, when we get time off. I wish to hear from you guys… Love from India <3

Hi, Akshay! That’s not a service that we offer, but I can say that we used Trenitalia for our train tickets and were very satisfied with them. I recommend booking as soon as you know your dates, because prices do get more expensive over time. I think seeing Venice and Milan in a single weekend will likely be too much–unless you’re dying to see Milan in particular, I’d recommend skipping it and heading right to Venice. Good luck!! Hope you have an incredible trip.

We leave for our first Italy trip next week! I am so excited! When we were first planning our trip we were trying to pack too much into 14 days. We settled on flying into Venice for two days, heading to Modena for two days, traveling to the Umbria region for 5 and ending in Rome where we fly out.

Oh, that is so exciting! It’s definitely tempting to try to stuff too many destinations into too few days, but your trip sounds wonderful. I hope it helps you fall in love with Italy!!

Hello- We are traveling to Italy for first time in August 2018. Flying in to Venice and staying for 3 nights. Then to Florence for 4 nights, and on to Rome for 6. Flying back to US from Rome. Question– Should we decrease time in Rome to add 1-2 nights in Naples or Sorrento to see Amalfi Coast? We will do day trip from Rome –> Naples –> Pompeii, but just curious if we should try to squeeze in Amalfi Coast. Thank you!

Hi Vicki! It’s hard to say without knowing your general travel style (how badly do you want to see the beach?), but our recommendation would be to stick with Rome for 6 nights, or to add on an additional night onto Florence and potentially use that as a day trip to Cinque Terre (you’ll need a car to do that, but it’s a shorter drive than Rome –> Sorrento). Good luck with your planning–your trip sounds fabulous!

Thanks so much Kate! The attraction to Amalfi Coast is b/c we have heard how beautiful it is- but it does does sound far for a day trip from Rome. I keep reading about Cinque Terre but we are not big hikers (knee issues…!). Would Cinque Terre be worth a day trip (train?) on the way to Florence from Venice? Thank you so much for your help! Vicki

A day in Cinque Terre on the way to Florence, perhaps… but you’d need a whole day, and likely need to spend a night. There’s no direct train from Florence to Levanto (the larger village near the Cinque Terre villages), unfortunately, so traveling by train between the two without a car is harder than it appears looking at a map. Travel from Venice to Cinque Terre will likely take an entire day as well, but you could add one Cinque Terre day in between two travel days if you’d like! 🙂

Kate, Thank you so much– this has been enormously helpful! I think we’ve decided to take the train from Venice to Florence, spend 4 full days in Florence and just explore that beautiful area. We know we need at least two full days in Florence, but welcome any/all suggestions about surrounding area day trips. Grazie!!

Hi Vicki! Some of our favorite Florence towns include San Gimignano, Volterra, and Lucca–all great day trips. 🙂 Siena is also popular. If you have a car, there are natural hot springs in Tuscany that are supposed to be beautiful, but we haven’t made it there ourselves yet. Our “Romantic Things to Do in Tuscany” post has some great ideas as well–you don’t necessarily need to be traveling with a partner for them, either! 😉

Vicki- who are you booking with. This is the exact trip myhusband wants but couldn’t find it. flying to venice for 3 nights, florence for 4 nights, then Rome.

I’m not sure what Vicki is planning, but if you guys are planning the trip yourselves, I’d fly to Venice, take the train to Florence, and then the train to Rome before flying home. I’m not sure of any group tours that follow that route, though I’m sure they exist!

Hi Kate, in your scenariou do you fly back home from Venice or Rome back home

It’s up to you and how the flights work to/from your destination.

In a perfect world, it’s easiest to fly into Rome and out of Venice.

However, if flights are much more expensive that way vs booking a round trip ticket, you can also take the high-speed train from Venice back to Rome to fly out. The fastest trains on that route take just under 4 hours, but you’d need to book those tickets in advance.

This post is a great guide for traveling through Italy. My friends and I traveled to Italy on a rented car and visited some of these places. I advise everyone to visit here!

Thanks, Dylan! So glad you guys had a great time.

Parking can also be a challenge around the villages–if possible, we’d recommend relying on the train or Cinque Terre’s famous trail to get between the villages. And it is very good, because in Ukraine it is big problem!^(

Yes, absolutely, but it can be convenient to drive to La Spezia and take the train into the 5 villages from there. 🙂 Easier than taking the train all the way from Florence for sure!

This is amazing blog! My husband and I are traveling to Italy for our honeymoon in June. Could you guys shed some light on car rental and driving in Italy? Is it driver friendly with interpretable directions? My husband wants to bring a GPS – is this too ridiculous? Thank you!! Also, have you been to Capri?

Hey Natalie! Congrats on your wedding–we got married 5 years ago this June. 🙂 🙂 Italy is reasonably simple to drive in when you consider the quality of the roads (decent) and navigation (decent). That being said, drivers are aggressive and driving in cities is a headache–at the very least, I’d ditch the car in major cities. Depending on your itinerary, I doubt you’ll need a car for your whole trip–I’d consider where it would be more of a hindrance than a help (basically any large city and any surrounding smaller cities/towns that you can connect to by train) and go from there.

I am so happy I came across your blog! We leave 9/8/18 from California and arrive in Rome on Sun. 9/9 @ 6pm My initial thought was to take the fast train to Venice on Mon. 9/10 and then work our way down to Florence, CT, Rome.. but now i am wondering if i should fly to Venice on 9/10 after a good nights rest instead of train to save time.. its the same price! Or do you suggest head straight to CT from Rome, then on to Florence, Venice and fly back to Rome to finish our trip there?? I saw you suggested above to go to CT from Rome..

I am trying to not overwhelm ourselves as i really don’t want to spend all my time on a train or stressed out.. But i feel like these are the 4 places we want to see this time around.. (i had to talk myself out of Amalfi, Lake Garda, etc.!.. i want to see it all!) Also, this will be our honeymoon! We will be there for a total of 13 nights.

Hey Amanda! Congrats on your upcoming wedding!!

September is the perfect time for a honeymoon in Italy, it’s one of our favorite months here. 🙂 I definitely understand the difficulty of cutting things down, lol–there’s never enough time!

As far as starting in Rome or Venice, it’s mostly personal preference. I wrote the itinerary this way for two reasons: 1) most people fly into Rome, and 2) If I had to choose, I think Venice makes a better last destination than first. They’re both crowded and touristy, of course, but seeing the best of Rome requires a lot of effort and activities–the Colosseum, touring the Vatican, etc.

Venice definitely has some great sights, but you could also spend a couple of days strolling aimlessly around the city while eating endless gelatos and still come away feeling like you “saw Venice”–in other words, it’s not as demanding as Rome IMO.

Plus… after flying all the way from California, I’m guessing you’ll be ready to see Italy once you get here, not jump on another train/plane! But ultimately, it’s your call–I don’t think either direction would be a mistake.

I do definitely recommend flying over train travel for the Rome to Venice route, as it’ll definitely save you time–anything that saves you time and stress on a honeymoon is a good idea. 🙂

Hi there, I am taking my wife for 2 weeks coming up next month. We are staying in Cortona, Italy in Tuscancy and making day excursions to Florence, Pisa and other towns within a day of Cortona. For the second week, would it be better to start off in Venice and make our way to Rome and/or Cinque Terre or do I see about a last minute cruise from Venice through the Mediterranean. Downside would be that we wouldn’t see as much of Italy. We don’t want to be on the go 24-7 but we do want to experience Italy. Your comments are appreciated!

Both of those options sound amazing, so it’ll really just be down to personal preference!

I don’t know the cruise itinerary, but I would imagine that the cruise will focus more on natural beauty + beaches, and a a trip to Rome would be more focused on history (with still a sprinkling of beaches in that week if you hit up Cinque Terre).

If this is your first trip to Italy, I personally would forgo the cruise to focus on Italy itself, but there is definitely no right or wrong answer to that!

Great advice and itineraries, thanks so much! We’re planning an 8-10 day trip to Italy during the last 2 weeks of August and are thinking Venice, Florence and Rome (not necessarily in that order). I’m wondering if it would be a better plan to split the time between Venice and Florence and plan to see Rome during a trip during a shoulder season (we also have 2 weeks available to travel after Christmas ). Your thoughts on whether to cut the itinerary to 2 vs 3 cities during the hotter “touristy” time of year? Thanks!

That’s a tough question! Knowing you have another opportunity to travel after Christmas, I would probably lean toward cutting one city and sticking to two–it’ll be a more relaxing trip that way, and there’s more than enough to do in any two of those cities to keep you entertained for 8-10 days. I know it’s a hard call, though!

Hello, it was nice reading your and other people’s ideas. We are going to be 71 and 72 this coming April-May when I am planning our trip to Italy. I have been before and love the trains and agree with all. But, dealing with luggage on trains is not the easiest especially as we get older. I need to book lodging before the flights and we have enough miles. If we take the train, are there taxis at all the stations to get us and luggage to where we stay? And, any idea how much or if they take credit cards like I know they do in NYC? He suggested driving for that reason, but I think finding parking with the lodging, or at the sights, would be the worse problem. Do you agree? I was thinking of mid May, but have read that May is pricey. Do you think late April is warm? I don’t want to lug jackets. My idea for 2 weeks: fly to Rome, 3 days; to Assisi, Perugio, Siena- find a place in either area for a day or 2; Florence, 3 days;Pisa 1 day; Cinque Terre/LaSpezia, 2 days; Venice -maybe drive thru Verona, 2 days.

Hi Roberta! Yes, I can definitely see how the luggage on and off trains can be difficult. There are taxis at most of the stations, but they don’t tend to take credit cards. Uber is available in Rome, but no other city on your itinerary. I would say that driving is definitely more trouble than it is worth for larger cities like Florence, Rome, and Venice–you could consider driving to Cinque Terre, but you’ll likely just be leaving the car at the hotel the whole time.

I’m not sure what your budget is, but some hotels will also offer an airport (and possibly train station?) pick up service–for a fee, of course, but they would be able to help with the luggage.

Late April is a bit unpredictable with the weather–it may already be getting warm in Rome, but Venice will almost certainly still be jacket weather. You never know, though! We were in central Italy during late April this year (Bologna/Emila-Romagna) and we still wanted light jackets until around the beginning of May.

Hope this helps! 🙂

Hey! Came across your blog and this is super helpful. Even reading through all the comments.

My wife and I are flying into and out of Rome in September and have 14 days in Italy. We were thinking after arriving in Rome hopping on a train to Venice and staying there for about 3 and a half days then taking the high speed train to Naples and spending some time in Sorrento and that area for about 4 days and ending in a Rome for about 4-5 days. I’m not counting the days where it’s mostly traveling.

Do you think this is feasible? Should we add a city worth seeing or is it too spread out to really enjoy it? We want to make the best of it since we may not get back there soon but I also don’t want us running around so much that it becomes in enjoyable.

I appreciate your feedback!

It is feasible! You’ll be tired, but it looks like you have enough time to work with. If you have your heart set on those destinations, I’d look at a budget flight instead of a train for Rome/Venice and back–round trip fares can be quite inexpensive on discount airlines like Ryanair, and I know they have lots of flights between both cities.

With a 14 day trip, I would personally be tempted to trim a day from each of those destinations and add in another city (Florence/Tuscany would be my personal first pick), but you certainly don’t need to, and you guys know your pace best.

If you’re 100% sure on dates, I’d check on flight and train prices *now*–the high-speed trains that go between multiple regions of Italy (ie, the Rome–>Venice and Venice–>Naples trains) can be pricey, and the prices do increase as the dates get closer. With regional trains that stay in one area (just Lazio or just Veneto, for example), the prices are fixed and you can just buy whenever. 🙂

Have fun!! September is a magical time to be in Italy, I’m sure your trip will be wonderful.

Hi I Loved your itinerary, am thinking of something similar in October for my family. Could I ask what your final budget was for travel and accommodation / tickets etc please? Many thanks Carly

We put this itinerary together based on several months traveling in Italy, so it’s hard to extrapolate out what we would have spent. Speaking generally, I would say 140 Euros/couple/day, adding additional funds for kids, is a comfortable midrange budget in Italy, though you can easily do it on a far smaller or far bigger budget as well. If you plan to rent a car in Italy, that will eat into costs and you may want to budget extra for that.

Your travel blog is perfection! We are looking to surprise our daughters with a trip next summer and you have covered everything on our wish list.

Thanks, Jodi! That sounds like so much fun–I would have been thrilled to have my parents surprise me with an Italy trip! 😀

Hello I am in the process of planning a summer trip to Italy with our kids. We are flying into Venice ( award travel) and was planning to stay 2 nights, then stay 5 nights in Tuscany and then head to Positano for 5 nights. Will fly home from Naples or Rome. On our first trip to Italy we did Florence, Cinque and Rome. I was dreaming of a farmhouse/villa stay in Tuscany but so far they are all a Saturday to Saturday stay. We arrive in Venice on a Monday and was planning Tuscany for a Wednesday arrival for 5 nights. Wondering if we should skip Positano and go somewhere for 5 nights before Tuscany? Or should we fly from Venice to Naples , visit Amalfi area and then head back to Tuscany? Or maybe you know a place that doesn’t require a week stay in Tuscany? Is there a Tuscan town you recommend for a good home base? Trying to make the best use of our time. I am getting confused 🙂 Our kids are teens. Appreciate your thoughts!

Hi Sally! It all depends on what you’re looking for–Positano is beautiful, but if you’d rather stick to a closer geographic area, Verona and Emilia-Romagna (possibly based in Verona) would be good options between the two. For beaches, there’s always Elba in Tuscany (though that can be a little harder to get to). I don’t know of any Tuscan villas offhand that aren’t only Saturday-Saturday, but I would guess that VRBO and maybe Airbnb would be your best bets for that. We use VRBO for our multi-generational family trips to Tuscany. 🙂 Tuscany is one of our favorite places, so I’d have a hard time saying you can go wrong with a base there! Siena and Lucca are both great options if you’re wanting something smaller than Florence, but you’ll definitely need a car for day trips if you’re wanting to explore the region (and especially if you’re staying outside the city center).

I enjoyed reading your blogs very much. My family and i will have only 5 days in Italy, as a side trip from Germany. Where would you recommend that we must visit, as a first timer to Italy? Also, are there flights/trains that go directly to Florence?

Ahh, that’s a hard one! The answer is, of course, wherever you are most invested in going–but in my personal opinion, I’d pick Tuscany. It’s easy to navigate, incredibly beautiful, and very classically “Italian” for first-time visitors. It’s also one of our favorite places in the world, so I’m a bit biased. 🙂 There are flights and trains that go directly to Florence, but on that timeline and coming all the way from Germany, I’d definitely fly. If you’re open to budget airlines, be sure to check Pisa–it’s about 20-30 minutes outside of Florence, and most of the budget airlines fly there instead of directly to Florence.

We are heading to Italy (first time for me) next fall with 2 other couples and are just now starting to research. Your blog is amazing and really is helping us formulate our trip. Have you ever cruised the coast of Italy ( i want to see as much as possible going for 2 weeks) and know we cant see it all but wondered how a cruise (small less then 300 people) might help us see all those amazing sights on the water – 7 day then heading into shore and seeing the other parts of Italy.

We haven’t had the chance to cruise the coast of Italy (yet), but it’s actually on our list of Italy trips we hope to take one day.

If your goal is to see as much as of Italy as possible, I would say the benefits of the cruise depend on where exactly it goes and what your priorities are. I’d check and see how much land time there is vs cruising time, etc. It’ll definitely cut into your time in Italy itself, but it would also undoubtedly be a beautiful and unforgettable experience in its own right. The coast of Italy is incredibly gorgeous!

Did you take the picture of the Tuscan countryside that is right before the “Cars” section of this blog? If so, where is that at?

Yes we did!

It was taken at a winery outside of San Gimignano–those are the towers of San Gimignano that you can see in the far distance. Unfortunately, I didn’t note the name of the winery at the time, but there are similar views all throughout the area!

Kate, My husband and I are planning to go back to Italy next October.our past trips were Florence, Tuscany and a Rome. This time we’re going to Umbria area and the Amalfi coast probably 14 days total. My question is what order do you suggest? Last trip we felt like we should have done Rome first then Tuscany, Rome was hustle bustle and Tuscany was laid back and relaxing..we felt we should have stayed in Tuscany last. What place would you suggest starting and ending with.

If you’re looking to start with hustle and bustle and then end with somewhere relaxing, I’d recommend starting with the Amalfi Coast and then heading onto Umbria! As a bonus, you’ll then be near the coast a tiny bit earlier in the season, so hopefully some of the warm weather will hold out for you (and it very well might–we’re in Rome right now, and even though we’re into the second half of October, it’s 80F and sunny out!).

Hi, Thank you for sharing this itinerary – so helpful as we have never travelled to Italy and are planning our first trip later this year. We would also like to visit Pompeii. How long would you spend there and where would you stay to include this stop. Thanks so much

I’m actually working on a Pompeii/Mount Vesuvius guide that should be published sometime this month, so be sure to check back for more detail, but here’s the short version–it depends on how much time you have.

If you only have right around 2 weeks in Italy and don’t want to cut any other destinations, you can do Pompeii as a day trip from Rome. However, the only way to feasibly do that well (especially on a first trip to Italy) is to book an all-day tour, and it’s about 6 hours of driving roundtrip.

Alternatively, you can stay in Naples and visit independently. Naples feels very different from the rest of this Italy itinerary, which focuses on north and central Italy instead of the south of the country, but it is a lovely city with some fascinating things to do, the world’s best pizza, and easy access to Pompeii. It’s considered “dirty” by many, but it doesn’t personally bother us a bit, and we don’t think time there is wasted.

For Pompeii itself, you really only need one day, and with some solid planning, a base in Naples, and an alarm clock, you can squeeze in a visit to the crater of Mount Vesuvius or Herculaneum that day as well.

If you wanted to visit via Naples and keep most of this itinerary structure, add on a stop after Rome. You could then double back to Cinque Terre or simply swap Cinque Terre for the Amalfi Coast, which is very close to Pompeii and Naples, before heading up to Florence + Venice.

Hi. I am visiting Italy in April and would like to go to the Dolomites. I will be staying at Peschiera del Garda for 5 nights. Will I be able to visit the Dolomites from this place? Will Dolomites be accessible in early May?

We haven’t been to Peschiera del Garda, but there are plenty of day trips to the Dolomites sold that leave from there, so you should be safe. 🙂 The Dolomites are pretty accessible–depending on altitude you may still see some snow in early May and certainly some colder temperatures, but you should be able to access the mountains to experience some beautiful views (I’m assuming you’re not planning on doing any intense hiking since you’re basing yourself near Lake Como).

Hi! I am trying to plan a trip to Italy for May. We want to go to Venice, but have also heard that there are new laws for tourists and how expensive it is during this time of year. I know it is so overly visited by tourists, and just wanted to ask you if you think it is worth it. It would be at the end of our trip, and only 2 days. If not, we may stay south. Thanks!

It’s an interesting question, Hannah. We’ve personally only visited Venice in the late fall, so we haven’t experienced the summer crowds ourselves–but we know they are intense.

If you have always wanted to see Venice, I do think it’s worth it–no matter how many cities call themselves “the Venice of X place”, there truly is only one Venice. It’s an incredibly unique and beautiful city.

However, you will definitely pay for the privilege–it’s expensive, and there will be crowds in May, especially if you go toward the end of the month.

I’d recommend pricing out hotels and activities for your dates, adding up the estimated cost, and asking if you think that number–including the cost of getting to/from Venice–is justified based on how much you want to see it.

If you don’t mind crowds, have always wanted to see the city, and don’t mind the cost (much)–go.

If you’d prefer to visit somewhere less congested and Venice is somewhere you’re considering visiting just because it’s an obvious choice and not because you’re excited to see it specifically, look at staying further south.

This is WONDERFUL! My fiance and I are planning a two week trip to Italy from the States. Any chance you have a rough estimate on how much to budget for all of this? Thanks so much!

Thank you, Marissa! Plane tickets will be incredibly dependent on where you are flying from in the USA–Las Vegas, Orlando, NYC, Chicago, Atlanta, and sometimes Boston are all places to check for budget airline flights if you’re looking to save cash and those are an option for you. To help with budgeting on the ground, we put together this post: https://www.ourescapeclause.com/trip-to-italy-cost/

Hopefully that helps give you a general idea!

That’s a really informative article Kate!

I need some advice from you. I am planning to visit Italy on my honeymoon in late November. I know it’s not an ideal season for sightseeing and getting around, but would you recommend including Catania or Malta in the itinerary during that time of the year? With some quick research I noted that these locations offer warmer weather, but I never saw these places covered in any itineraries available online. Would you be aware of any reason for that?

Thanks in advance!

Late November will really be too late in the year for any swimming, but Sicily and Malta will still be beautiful.

Catania is not generally considered to be a great place to sightsee in Sicily–Taormina, Siracusa, and even Palermo are all more popular. We skipped Catania ourselves for this reason, so I can’t offer any personal advice there. We did love Palermo, which is Sicily’s other major airport hub.

The best way to find itineraries for Malta would be to search for those itineraries alone–it’s not usually combined with Italy (not sure if that’s what you were searching?). It is a lovely place, and if you’re content to sightsee on land and skip some of the more summery activities, I think a November trip could be fun.

Other than weather, etc, if you want to include either Catania or Malta in your trip, the other two things I’d check on are flights (many budget flights to/from beach destinations are seasonal and won’t be running in November), and for Malta, whether anything you want to do is closed for the season.

Also, I’m not sure if you’re looking for a particular kind of trip, but depending on how late in November you go, you may be able to check out some Christmas markets in Italy and/or Malta, so keep an eye out for those!

Congratulations on your marriage–hope you have a wonderful trip!

Great article thank you so much! We just really don’t have interest in Venice (I know it’s weird) but would you suggest we could easily sub in Milan/Como for Venice?

You can! Milan and Venice can be reached in roughly the same amount of time from Florence, give or take depending on your train route. If you’re looking for other places in northern Italy to consider, you might like to take a look at Verona or Bologna as well. 🙂

This is a great and detailed article to aid in starting up creating one’s itinerary! I doubt 2 weeks would be even close to being enough if I wanted to see most of Italy in one go, especially since I am dying to see Milan, Lake Garda and Amalfi Coast!

– Laura

I’ve finally come to the conclusion that no amount of time is enough for Italy! I don’t think we’ll ever be done going back. 🙂 We still need to make it to Lake Garda (and Lake Como, and Lago di Braies, and Lago di Sorapis…) ourselves.

Thank you for the information. Q: If we ignore the time to travel, cost and all other extranal factors. Which is a better place to see Cinque Terre or Amalfi Coast?

Q: What other place in a differnt country in europe can I travel from Italy for a three day trip?

Have a good say!!

For your first question, personally we slightly prefer Cinque Terre, but it really just comes down to personal preference at that point! Both are phenomenal, neither is objectively better.

You can go just about anywhere in Europe for 3 days from Italy, as there are budget flights from all the major cities to just about anywhere on the continent! If you are looking for something geographically close and/or you don’t want to take a plane, Slovenia, Austria, Switzerland, France, etc, are easy to reach from the north, San Marino is accessible from Emilia-Romagna and the surrounding area, and Malta, Spain, and Croatia are accessible by ferry, just to give you a few ideas!

Very engaging and informative read! Enjoyed your blog. In process of planning trip to Italy in mid November. Flying in at Milan and out from Rome. 1N(Night) Milan 3N Dolomites 2N Venice 3N Cinque Terre 3N Florence/Tuscany 2N Rome 2N Naples

Love for mountains and offbeat places (less crowded) places. On a budget trip, depending on public transport.

(1) If you can suggest base location /or (BnB or Hostel) for Dolomites and Naples (2) Any other location, where exploring around would not be straight forward as will be dependent on public transport (3) Is the itinerary good mix of days and routes? If you think by any ways can swap days / location..please do recommend

Thanks so much, Niket! That trip sounds amazing, if a little fast-paced for our tastes. 🙂

For the Dolomites, Cortina d’Ampezzo and Bolzano are two of the “bigger” cities (and I use bigger loosely) that people use for a base. There are plenty of small towns as well, but keep in mind that in November there could be snow, etc, to contend with the higher you go, and public transportation options will be fewer and a bit more complicated.

For Naples, the biggest thing to keep in mind is the hills! The further you stay from Piazza del Plebiscito, the more hills you’ll climb. We stayed in the budget hotel linked in this post on our first visit to Naples and liked it well enough (the nearby escalators to get down the hill definitely helped): https://www.ourescapeclause.com/one-day-in-naples-itinerary/

As for the route, I personally would cut Cinque Terre and/or the Dolomites, as in mid-November the weather isn’t likely to be great and you have a lot of places that you’re covering. I’d be tempted to give over another night to Venice and another two nights to Rome in exchange, but that’s entirely personal preference!

I’d also recommend not counting too much on getting to see a particular hike, etc, in the Dolomites. It’s very likely that it will be cold, rainy, and maybe even snowy by mid-November, though undoubtedly still beautiful!

Thanks for the great ideas and tips. We’re a family of 4 thinking of a 2-week trip to Italy next summer and your itinerary could be a possibility (in reverse, as we’d start in Venice). Can you suggest any good self-catering or apartment rental options for the itinerary? Or trustworthy websites to try? Thank you in advance!

Hi Dee! Depends on what you’re looking for, size of group, etc, but for self-catering apartments we generally book through Booking.com or Airbnb. For villas/large groups, we’ve found excellent properties through VRBO. We highly recommend a country villa for a couple of nights in Tuscany if it fits your group and budget!

Hi Kate, very helpful blog indeed, thanks. I am struggling to work out the perfect itinerary because I need to visit Bologna for business. My plan ( which can be tweaked ) is to fly into ROME March 2 arriving 7 am and fly out March 16 at 11 am. I need to arrive Bologna 11th evening, and leave 14th evening or 15th morning. I can move my dates 1-2 days before or after. I am very keen on Amalfi coast, tuscany ( since i love tuscan wine ); florence, rome and Venice. Cinque terre is captivating in the pics too. I can skip pisa/ lucca. Would love to hear your comments, thanks

Personally, I’d strongly recommend cutting a couple of destinations from your list. While technically you can make it work (especially using day trips), that will be a very exhausting trip and the coastal destinations won’t be at their best in March. At most, I’d pick 3 destinations in addition to Bologna to visit.

You could potentially do something like this, give or take:

Rome Florence + Tuscan countryside (as one stop, you can day trip to the countryside from Florence or visa versa) Bologna 11-14 Venice OR Amalfi Coast with your remaining days (Venice would probably be easier).

That’s my suggestion, but ultimately it’s your call! I’ve certainly squeezed extra destinations I couldn’t bear to leave out before. 🙂

Hi Karen, Thanks for your advice. I will now consider the following, feel free to let me know if this is doable. day 1-3 Venice day 4-7 Florence ( 2 days in city; 1 day trip siena/ san gimignano/ chianti; 1 day trip hiking in cinque terre ) day 8-10 roma day 11-14 bologna for business What do you think? Tony

That sounds very doable and like a great trip!

We are in the planning stages of our 2+ week adventure of Italy. Travel is slated for May of 2021 which will include my wife, 2 daughters and I. We plan to fly into Milan or Venice depending flight tickets. We will rent a car and go for it. We want to drive along the entire coast of Italy with possible multi day stops in some of the bigger cities. Plan to stay in hostels, BnB and occasional hotels. For sure spend a 3 days in Silicy. Thoughts?

Hi Daniel! Sounds like quite the odyssey you guys have planned!

My first thought is that I hope that “+” on the 2+ weeks is pretty flexible if you want to drive the whole coast of Italy! That’s an extremely ambitious plan if you want to stop and see much along the way and also fit in 3 days in Sicily.

If your time frame is set at around 2 weeks in Italy, I’d consider road-tripping one portion of the country (since you mentioned flying into Venice or Milan, maybe driving from there to a few stops in Tuscany and/or Emilia-Romagna/Veneto/Lombardy along the way depending on what you want to see and then flying to Sicily to close out your trip.

If you have your heart set on driving the whole thing, I’d either try to extend your time or accept you’ll spend a lot of time in the car, finding and paying for parking, walking from parking lots into the towns and villages you’re visiting, and generally getting from place to place. Driving in Italy isn’t impossible by a long shot and we’ve done it plenty, but by the time you add in all the logistics, Google maps estimates tend to fall a bit short of how long it actually takes to get to each place!

Your blog is so incredibly helpful, thank you! Planning my 1st trip to Italy with my teen girl who’s graduating. Will us two females traveling alone feel safe? I want to not hassle with buses and need some tour guides, private cars. Etc over buses. I can probably do train but needs to be easy cause I get lost easy LOL. I will need everything bought ahead of time and planned out to the T so I won’t be stressed. I want to go about 20 nights but want to see allot then.

Sorry clicked send before I asked my question LOL. Can you please help me itinerary order. I want to spend 20 nights total. 2 in Rome, 2 in Lake Como, 4 in Florence Tuscany area (please list 2 towns for me to stay in there), 2 in Dolomite area, then 1 night in these places venice, Almfia coast, postitano, sorrento, Vernannza, riomaggiore, portofino, bolzano, and Bari. Am I missing any must see places? Is this doable? Also one last place is I want to see at least one place in Croatia. I don’t know which is better dubernick or split and how to fit it in? Maybe fly out of there? Help please thanks so much!

Hi Becky! Sounds like some amazing destinations you have on your list!

In Tuscany, if you want to stay in two places I’d personally probably do Florence + Siena or Lucca if you don’t want to drive, or Florence + a country house/apartment near Montepulciano or Siena if you do plan to drive!

Your wish list sounds amazing but honestly, with 20 nights that’s probably going to be a bit too much. I’d probably cut Bari altogether, and choose two coastal destinations max (Amalfi Coast area with Positano/Sorrento, or Cinque Terre with Riomaggiore/Vernazza, or Portofino, or Croatia).

For choosing between Split and Dubrovnik if you do decide to do Croatia, we have a whole post on that–search “Split or Dubrovnik” in the top righthand corner of the site and it’ll come up. 🙂

I haven’t personally taken a whole trip in Italy alone, but I have many friends who travel solo as women in Italy and love it, and I’ve never had any big problems going out alone, etc. Italy is very used to tourists and generally feels very safe to travel.

Hope that you guys have a wonderful trip, and happy graduation to your daughter!

Hello – planning to go in January for 30th bday. How do you feel about this choice of month?

Thanks, Haylee

It all depends on what you’re looking for!

You’ll need a coat, and gray/rainy days are worth preparing for, but on the other hand, prices will be lower (in a normal year, who knows what will happen this year), the crowds MUCH lighter, and all the sights still beautiful.

We sure wouldn’t turn down a January trip to Italy!

Thanks Kate Storm , Your article is so incredibly helpful. Verona, Liguria, Sicily, Abruzzo, Milan the best places you can live in Italy. I like u r article.

Thank you for your very informative article.I am interested in staying in Puglia.Could you recommend a small authentic village on the coast with access to public transport.What would your ideal itinerary for the Puglia region be.Thanks again

Hi Frances! Sadly our planned 2020 trip to Puglia got cancelled, so I can’t offer any personal recommendations there yet. Hope that changes soon!

Kate, I can’t get enough of your articles!! We are a family of 4 (2 teen boys), traveling to Italy for the first time! We will be flying into Venice the morning of June 2 2022 and out of Rome June 16. I would love your opinion on our proposed itinerary- trying to keep everyone happy and see a lot without cramming in too much! We will likely be hitting the “high points” when it comes to museums and churches. Right now, we’re looking at… 2-6 Venice 6-8 Cinque Terre 8-11 Tuscany/Florence 11-15 Rome 16 fly home Would you allocate it any differently traveling with two teen boys (14 and 17)? And/or add in any day trips? Thank you so much!

Aw, thank you for making my day, Rachel! Truly my favorite part of my job is knowing I help people plan their trips. 🙂

Your itinerary looks great! I’d consider moving one day from Venice (I adore it, but it’s a small city) to either Cinque Terre or to Florence/Tuscany.

A second full day in Cinque Terre would allow you to either spend some time at the beach or hike more, while an additional day in Florence/Tuscany would give you a chance to spend 2 full days in Florence (here’s our suggested itinerary for that: https://www.ourescapeclause.com/2-days-in-florence-itinerary/ ) as well as take a day trip out to the countryside.

There are some wonderful day trip options from Rome that you may want to look into since you have 4 full days there (here’s a post: https://www.ourescapeclause.com/best-day-trips-from-rome-italy/ ) but you can easily keep yourselves busy in the city as well!

Hope you guys have an amazing time! June is a beautiful month to be in Italy. 🙂

Hello, We are planning to travel to a Italy for 3 weeks (the end of March – beginning of April). Do you have any extra insight for traveling with children? Ages: 13 yrs, 8 yrs, 1yr old. I want an easy, mellow trip but still want to hit the major sights. What should we add or take away from your itinerary?

Hi! Unfortunately, we don’t have any experience traveling in Italy with children that young, but generally speaking, the itinerary should work as long as you’re willing to cut down the number of activities in each destination (so fewer museums, basically). I’d definitely recommend skip-the-line tickets everywhere you go! I know that Rome has a popular children’s museum, as well, and several of the popular hikes in Cinque Terre are doable with your 8 and 13-year-old.

Your blog is amazing, Kate! I am booking a surprise trip for my partner and we are set to visit Italy for 14 days in April 2022. He is a huge history and art buff, I am definitely planning on including Rome, Florence/Tuscany and Venice from your 2 week itinerary. In your opinion would adding in Naples in place of Cinque Terre be stretching it too thin?

Thanks in Advance! Dani

Thanks so much, Dani!

A surprise trip to Italy–that’s one lucky partner you have! LOL.

Yes, you can absolutely swap Naples for Cinque Terre, and I’m sure an art/history buff would love it. A fast train (not regional train) from Rome will probably be your most efficient way of getting there.

Fair warning, since I’m not sure of your travel style, Naples is definitely a bit less manicured than the other cities on your list. I adore it and highly recommend a visit, but just got in expecting a bit more grit (and the best pizza of your life).

Day trips to Pompeii, Herculaneum, and the Amalfi Coast are very doable from Naples as well.

Amazing post! I have always been fascinated by Italy and its historic colosseum. However, I never got a chance to visit there due to my hectic work schedule and other commitments. But, I will be getting some time off during Christmas. And while I was looking for an interesting travel itinerary, I stumbled upon your blog. It does give me some amazing suggestions that will help me to experience the best that Italy has to offer.

Hello…we are looking to go in 2023 to Italy and were considering this itinerary…We need to make sure we are in Florence/Tuscany on June 18…Is this a bit agressive? Would you consider something different and what is the best way to get around…Car or Train? You also noted day trips from these different places…would Naples be one?

Travel to Venice 1 Venice 2 Venice 3 Travel to Lake Como to Milan 4 Milan 5 Travel to Cinque Terre 6 Cinque Terre 7 Cinque Terre 8 Cinque Terre 9 Travel to Florence 10 Florence/Tuscany 11 Florence/Tuscany 12 Florence/Tuscany 13 Travel to Rome 14 Rome 15 Rome 16 Rome 17 Travel Home 18

That looks like a wonderful itinerary, and very reasonable for the most part!

The only exception is that you have “travel to Lake Como to Milan” in one day… doing a quick stopover at Lake Como would be difficult, I’d choose either Lake Como or Milan to visit.

You may also want to move one day from Cinque Terre to either Tuscany or Milan/Lake Como, but that’s a personal preference.

You can easily use the train for all of these places except possibly some of the smaller Tuscan towns, if you plan to visit them. For that, you could either rent a car for a couple of days or book a day tour!

For Naples, you can take a day trip from Rome, but it’s fairly long. If you plan to visit Pompeii and/or the Amalfi Coast as part of that, plan for a VERY long day and absolutely book a tour! We have a very reputable one listed in our Rome day trips guide: https://www.ourescapeclause.com/best-day-trips-from-rome-italy/

Hi! Thank you for sharing this wonderful itinerary. We are leaving San Francisco 5/25 and arriving in Rome on May on 5/26 and flying out of Venice on 6/9. I’m hoping we are getting in and out just before the big summer rush and heat! We were considering adding one extra day in Rome and I was wondering what the logic is for going to C/T before Florence? On the map it appears going Rome/Florence/CT/Venice might make the most sense, but I’m sure there is a reason I am not seeing. Would also love to hear your recommendations for the three full days in Florence for a family of 4 including a 15 and 18 year old! Thanks!

That’s an excellent time to be in Italy, you guys are going to have an incredible time. 🙂

The logic for going to Cinque Terre before Florence is two-fold. First, if you travel by train instead of by car (which I highly recommend for this itinerary), you can travel from Rome to Cinque Terre along the coast without switching trains, and you won’t go through Florence or need to double back at all. You’ll also have some beautiful views of the coast along the way!

The second is simply to break up what you’re seeing on the trip. While Florence and Rome are two very different cities, they’re the most similar of the 4 destinations on this itinerary, and going to Cinque Terre in between them gives you an opportunity to mix things up instead of condensing more art museums/churches/cobblestone streets (all things I adore, just to be clear!) into one portion of the trip and risk getting burned out.

For the 3 days in Florence, I would recommend more-or-less following our 2 day Florence itinerary (which I’m going to be updating with a bit more detail in the next few weeks, as we just got back from our latest trip!), and then taking a day trip into the Tuscan countryside with the 3rd day, whether that’s by booking a tour or going independently.

Here’s the itinerary: https://www.ourescapeclause.com/2-days-in-florence-itinerary/

For day trips, many popular tours include Siena, a small town like San Gimignano, and a winery visit. If you’d like something a bit different due to having teens with you, other options include Lucca (you can also add a stop in Pisa if you like), Volterra, Arezzo, Bologna… the sky is the limit! We have a full guide to day trips from Florence here: https://www.ourescapeclause.com/best-day-trips-from-florence-italy/

Hello! I am so happy I found your blog! Such great hints and tips for each of the areas you are recommending. We are heading to Italy for a wedding in Volterra. Flying into Florence and renting a car. After the wedding we are staying and for a week and ultimately ending up in Milan. What are your thoughts on breaking up the trip? Some of the places of interest from your blogs: Livorno, Pisa, Lucca, Cinque Terre (?), Rapallo or a beach, Genoa (?), Milan, Lake Como

I feel like we definitely have too many places we want to see be for such a short time. Would love your input, given we will have a car. 4 adults

Thank you so much! Back to google!

What a beautiful place for a wedding! Volterra is incredible (here’s our post on the town if you haven’t seen it: https://www.ourescapeclause.com/volterra-italy/ )

As for where to go the week after the wedding, you’re right that your dream list is a bit long, but which areas you pick are totally up to you!

Personally, I’d recommend doing either Lucca + Pisa + Cinque Terre or Milan + Lake Como + *maybe* one other Tuscan town/city before leaving the area after the wedding.

Lucca makes a great base in Tuscany (here’s our post: https://www.ourescapeclause.com/things-to-do-in-lucca-italy/ ) and also has the benefit of being within a quick ride of Pisa for a day trip. You can realisitically day trip to Cinque Terre from Lucca more easily than from Florence, too, or move to the beach and stay a couple of days.

I love that area, so that’s what I would do if it were my trip. 🙂

However, Lombardy is also stunning! In addition to Milan and Lake Como, with a full week you could also add a visit to Verona, Bergamo, or even Venice. However, I’d be tempted to split the difference and do about 2 days in Milan, 2-3 days in the Como area, and stay in Tuscany after the wedding to explore a different Tuscan city before heading to Lombardy.

Hope that helps! You have the benefit of your wish list being pretty well grouped geographically, which gives you more flexibility. 🙂

Hello! Wow your blog is so incredibly helpful. My husband and I are planning a ~2 week trip to Italy at the end of July/early August (I know… it’s soon!), and we’re looking at doing basically this itinerary. I’m curious though – this is a 14 day itinerary but I believe only 9 days are accounted for in your post. 2 days in Rome, 2 days in Cinque Terre, 3 days in Florence/Tuscany, and lastly 2 days in Venice. Is that right? Am I missing something? My husband is really interested in seeing the Dolomites. Is that something you think we could throw in there with that 9 day itinerary? Thanks so much! Really appreciated your recommendations.

Yes, it’s because the way I laid out this itinerary doesn’t include the days you’re actually traveling between destinations, these are the full days you’re in each area. 🙂 I know it’s a bit confusing, which is why I switched to a day-by-day layout on future itineraries!

It would be hard to squeeze the Dolomites (or any 5th destination) into a 2-week trip without being extremely rushed, especially because the Dolomites really need more than a day. If he has his heart set on seeing them, I’d consider swapping one of these destinations for the mountains!

Fantastic descovery is your site as Ive just decided last minute to go to Italy. Im under a particular schedule going there since Im going for 6 weeks but two of those will have to be remote work. So after two weeks of travel one week of remote work. Have 100 questions for you but if there would be just one, what would be the places you would stop for about a week,considering most my days will be working.

for sure will have more questions for you as I was thinking of using one of those week to go travel in a near by country etc.

Ah, that’s a delightful problem to have but a very hard question to answer!

Really, any city or reasonably-sized town that appeals to you is a great option. If you need to use video or send large files, I’d opt for a city and keep an eye on wifi speeds. If you don’t need particularly fast wifi, just about anywhere (other than perhaps some very rural places) will do.

We’ve worked for a month at a time from Rome, Florence, and Bologna, and for a week from many, many places including Naples, Palermo, Otranto, Verona, Venice… basically, the sky is the limit!

Personally, we find quiet neighborhoods in medium-to-large cities generally excellent to work from–plenty of convenience and infrastructure, as well as lots to see on your times off.

I just found your blog today & I’m actually obsessed with all the info you’ve posted! I’m trying to jump start my exploration of the world with my boyfriend so I’m currently trying to plan our Italy trip for 2024! It will be both of our first times & I’ve just been hooked onto reading this 2 week guide… I wanted to ask though as first timers, what would the best itinerary breakdown of each city be for us? As far as how many days in each city & what to do in order to check it off our first timer list? Also if you had to choose between Sept/October to travel to Italy which one would you choose?! I love love love this blog of yours & will continue to reach for it as I plan future trips for my boyfriend & I! (:

Thank you so much, Tori!

The itinerary here, as written, is great for first-timers, but where you start and finish can be swapped depending on whether Rome or Venice is easiest to fly in and out of based on where you’re coming from.

September and October are two of my absolute favorite months to visit Italy, so it’s hard to choose!

September will be warmer and a bit more crowded, and depending on the year and which week in September you may even enjoy some late-summer style weather. That’s great for visiting places like Cinque Terre.

October is cooler, with a higher risk of rain (especially later in the month), but the food is delicious, many of the harvests start, there are fewer crowds, and many perfect weather days. I often say Tuscany is the perfect October destination.

You really can’t go wrong with either month!

Hi Kate, So happy I stumbled upon your blog – most helpful of everything I’ve found online so far! Would love guidance on planning our trip for March 11-25, 2023. This will be the first time in Italy for my husband and near-adult kids – ages 16 and 18. I was in Rome, Florence, Siena and San Gimignano for about ten days, 25yrs ago and have been dreaming of going back ever since!!

The challenge is that we have to spend about 3 days in Paris as part of this 2-wk trip, and i don’t know how best to organize that. I’d like to go to Rome and Florence for sure; everything else is open. We’ll be flying to/from Florida and don’t know if we should go to Paris first, last… or if it’s just unrealistic to try to do all of it. Maybe we should do 5 days in Paris and the rest in just Rome and Florence? Also, ideally, we’d be in Paris for all or part of a weekend, which makes it even more challenging! (Meeting French cousins there and they have to work during the week.)

Here’s a bit about us: we have lots of energy and are willing to get up early and stay out late and take trains and planes at odd times :). We’re good travelers and are flexible, and yet this shouldn’t be a wild ride – it should have an easy pace but be full of sights, sounds, tastes, and discovery. Cities and small quaint charming towns are superb; we can probably skip coastal towns on this trip since we live near the beach in FL 🙂 If you disagree, do speak up! Happy to take trains and walk a lot, and use the discounted airline you mentioned, as long as it’s safe (!).

I haven’t looked at the rest of your blogs yet; wondering if you also have recs for olive oil and/or a balsamic tastings/tours and if there’s a guide or an app for being gluten free in Italy!

Thanks SO much in advance for any advice you can offer! Much appreciated!

Happy to help! You guys seem to be the perfect candidates for a busy trip, which is a great thing. 🙂

If you want to squeeze it all in, I’d recommend either starting in Paris or ending in Rome, or vice versa. If you can find good open-jaw tickets to these cities, your plan is ambitious but doable.

Assuming you start in Paris, I’d plan about 3-4 days there.

Your long travel day will be between Paris and Florence–you can either fly, or take a high-speed train to Milan followed by one to Florence (book early to ensure the best prices and direct routes). Both will be a long day, but the train is more fun. 🙂 We use Omio to plan our long train routes.

In Florence/Tuscany, you can allot 5-6 days. I’d plan to spend at least 2 full days in the city, and then more in smaller towns. You can either take day trips from Florence (by train, car, or tour), or head to southern Tuscany for a few days.

Southern Tuscany is where you’ll find the Val d’Orcia, as well as gorgeous towns like Montepulciano: https://www.ourescapeclause.com/things-to-do-in-montepulciano-italy/

If you want to take a day trip to Florence but are looking for a different (but still convenient) home base, Siena (as you know) and/or Lucca are amazing cities: https://www.ourescapeclause.com/things-to-do-in-lucca-italy/

From there, you can wrap up with a few days in Rome, which will give you time to see the major sites. We have lots of Rome posts, but here’s an example of what you can see with 2 days there: https://www.ourescapeclause.com/2-days-in-rome-itinerary/

Olive oil tours will be at their peak in the late fall (when the harvest is), so it doesn’t overlap with your trip. Traditional balsamic vinegar hails from Modena, which is out of the way for you. However–a good enoteca will be able to offer you delicious tastings of both, and you’ll find those all across Italy (you’ll be spoiled for choice in Tuscany in particular).

As far as being gluten-free goes, that is not my area of expertise, but I can recommend checking out the guides and translation cards from Jodi at Legal Nomads–she’s a longtime foodie and travel writer who has traveled the world with celiac.

Have an amazing trip!

Hi Kate, I am planning for the first ever european trip for my wife (40) and son (14). I have travelled in other countries of europe for business purpose. I have decided for a two weeks trip to Italy in 2nd half of May 2023. The following is a very very high level itinerary. I am yet to drill down. I have 13 full days. Day 1 – Arrival in Rome @ 2 pm. Take a walk in the evening. Day 2 – Colosseum, Roman Forum etc. Day 3 – Vatican City Day 4 – Travel to Florence Day 5 – Florence Day 6 – Florence Day 7 – Florence Day 8 – Cinque Terre Day 9 – Cinque Terre Day 10 – Cinque Terre/Camogli??? Day 11 – Travel to Venice Day 12 – Venice Day 13 – Venice Day 14 – Venice Day 15 – Travel to Rome and take a departure flight @ 4pm

I am not sure if I should cut down somethings and include any other spots. Can you please review the itinerary and suggest amendments?

Sounds like the workings of a great trip!

I’d consider moving one of your Florence days to Rome unless you’re planning to use the third day in Florence to take a day trip to the Tuscan countryside/smaller towns. You could also move your third day in Venice to Rome instead. Rome is definitely the biggest city of what’s on your list!

If you want to see the Riviera beyond Cinque Terre, I’d look into Portovenere–it’s sometimes called the “sixth town” of Cinque Terre, is easily accessible by ferry, and is much less crowded due to being a bit harder to access than the others.

I’d recommend booking your trains from Cinque Terre to Venice and Venice to Rome well in advance, as you’ll definitely want to take the high-speed trains for those routes.

Hope you have a fantastic first trip to Italy!

Thanks Kate for such a quick response! After doing some more research, I changed the sequence of the travel so that it is easier to fly out of Rome. Some people suggest to remove CT and increase the days for other 3 big cities. I am confused. 🙂 What do you suggest? Day 1 – Fly in to Rome @ 2pm. Travel to Venice by train. Day 2,3 – Venice (Yet to plan detailed itinerary) Day 4 – Travel to Florence Day 5,6,7 – Florence and nearby areas (Yet to plan detailed itinerary) Day 8 – Travel to Cinque Terre Day 9,10,11 – Cinque Terre (Yet to plan detailed itinerary) Day 12 – Travel to Rome Day 13, 14 – Rome ( 1 day colosseum etc. and 1 day vatican city) Day 15 – Travel back from Rome to India

I definitely agree that it’s a good idea to move some of your Cinque Terre time to Rome!

While you definitely can enjoy 3 full days in Cinque Terre, with your schedule, 1-2 is plenty. Better to have another day in the Eternal City. 🙂

Hi, Kate: We are traveling to Italy in May and June. Your site has been invaluable in our planning. My first of what I’m sure will be many questions is what train stations in Venice (to travel to Florence) and Florence (to travel to Rome) do we want to use? We are staying as close to the center of those cities as possible.

Hi Elizabeth,

I’m so glad to hear that!

In Venice, you’ll want to use Venezia Santa Lucia (which is right on the Grand Canal).

For Florence (both to and from), you’ll want Firenze Santa Maria Novella (which is a 10-minute walk from the Duomo).

Those are the “main” train stations in each city, so most ticket-booking options should suggest them to you automatically!

I have never been to Italy but am going in July so found your blog really helpful! My daughter will be doing an abroad program in Siena so I will fly over with her 12 days early. Is it a stretch to want to visit Rome, Florence, Cinque Terre, Venice and Lake Como within this time frame when she has to be in Florence on day 12? It would mean flying to Rome and going north from there to hit everything but would have to circle back to Siena. I’d love your two cents on where to fly into- thinking maybe even Switzerland since wanting to see Lake Como. Thank you!

Your daughter is going to have such a wonderful time!

All of the places you mentioned are fantastic, but yes, that’s really too much to fit into 12 days (since you mention your daughter needs to be in Florence on day 12, I’m assuming this is more or less an 11 day trip).

If it were me, I’d focus on Venice, Rome, and Florence.

Flying into Venice would probably be most convenient, though Rome would work as well.

Taking the high-speed train from Venice to Rome (you’ll want to book those tickets in advance) and then traveling from Rome to Florence by train after sightseeing down south will likely make the most sense.

As far as Cinque Terre goes, a day trip from Florence to Cinque Terre isn’t ideal, but it can be done and in your case may be a way to squeeze in a taste of the coast. We go into more detail on how to do that well here: https://www.ourescapeclause.com/florence-to-cinque-terre/

I hope that helps a bit and that you guys have a magnificent time in Italy!

HI Kate! your blog was very helpful. I would love to have your opinion on my upcoming trip. I am taking a transatlantic cruise from NYC to Rome; arriving in Civitavecchia on 10 May 2024. I am lucky and don’t have a time frame. Since Italians take their time… I’m going to embrace that after years of a stressful job, I’m traveling solo as at 37. I want to be loose with my plans, do you think buying tickets for places like the Colosseum just a few days in advance is risky? I was planning on my travel day to purchase tickets for those things. I also have a general route planned and I would love your opinion one this. Since I disembark in Civitavecchia I was going to spend 4 nights in Rome (this is the only things I have booked). -4 night in Rome -2/3 nights in Naples/ Amalfi Coast (I also would like to go further south but not sure where.) -Travel Day to Florence I might stay a night in Assisi or Siena -3/4 nights in Florence with a day trip to Pisa and Lucca -2 nights in Cinque Terre -I think I should go to Genoa or Milan after – I also want to spend a night in the Tuscan country side (Under the Tuscan Sun like) -1 night in Bologna -1 night in Bolozno/ Ortisei for the Seceda -2 nights in Venice I would really like to experience some real Italian life and this trip is really a scouting trip for a possible move to Italy.

Sounds like a wonderful trip!

In May, booking a few days in advance for most places (including the Colosseum) should be just fine in mid-May. There are a few attractions in Italy (climbing to the top of the Duomo’s cupola in Florence and visiting The Last Supper in Milan are two of them) that require planning further in advance year-round, but for travelers who are flexible with their plans, most things are doable a few days in advance.

All of the places you have mentioned are wonderful, but I do think you’ll find there are too many of them! Since you’re going to be booking as you go, I’d just stay open to extending your stays and visiting fewer places.

I’m not sure if you have a timeline for your trip, but after weeks of traveling it’s safe to say continuing to change hotels every night to every other night will stop being appealing. Plus, traveling more slowly is one of the biggest benefits of traveling for longer–it’s worth slowing down for.

We are going to Italy in September/October for about 2-3 weeks. Will visit Rome, Florence, Tuscany and Umbria areas. At the end of our trip we would like to visit Assisi, montepulciano , perugia. Our concern is how to get around in those areas. We don’t really want to rent a car but will if that is our only option, what is your suggestion on this?

It’s doable, but takes a bit of finagling!

The train stations for each of those places are outside the city center (1-3 miles away or so), so you’ll need to take a bus or taxi from the train station to the historic center.

I have been reviewing your site for the last few weeks and my fiancé and I have decided on two weeks in Italy. We’re thinking of flying into Rome and flying home from Venice.

We have never taken such a huge trip before and I’m curious if it makes sense to book the flights and have the book ends planned and then start doing booking of the meat of travel afterwards? Or should we have everything planned and booked before we even book the flights?

Hi Jessica!

Personally, we always opt to book the flights first and then fill in the rest of the trip from there. Flight deals and times can impact your starting and ending points, and possibly even shuffle your trip around by a day here or there.

Everything else–with rare exceptions like festivals, very trendy hotels, etc–is much more flexible compared to flights.

Just going over your blog and absorbing everything! I have a trip planned that has us arriving in Milan on April 29th and leaving out of Rome on May 19th so I’m planning on working our way from top to bottom.

Rough plan currently is Milan -> Venice -> Bologna -> Florence -> Cinque Terre? -> Naples -> Amalfi Coast? -> Rome With some day trips mixed in there, most likely to Siena, Pompeii, maybe Lucca/Pisa or somewhere else.

Would you recommend going to Cinque Terre which we would do closer to the start of May or go to Amalfi Coast which would be closer to mid May? Since you mentioned a day trip from Florence to Cinque Terre is not the easiest, would it make sense to go to the Amalfi Coast instead so I don’t have to backtrack through Florence to get down to Rome or Naples? I’m also concerned about the weather as Cinque Terre is more north and it will be earlier in the month vs Amalfi Coast being more south and more mid month.

What would your itinerary look like with roughly 3 weeks that works top to bottom?

For both Cinque Terre and the Amalfi Coast in May, you’ll really be gambling with the weather–it might be gorgeous swimming weather, it might be rainy and chilly (happened to us on our May trip that covered both places a few years ago–you’ll notice I’m wearing long sleeves and jeans in some Cinque Terre photos), or anywhere in between.

Weather aside, since we can’t control that, prices will probably be a bit lower in early May than mid-May, and the Amalfi Coast is the more expensive destination of the two overall–if cost is a factor, that’s something to keep in mind.

If you’re open to trimming Cinque Terre, it will certainly streamline your itinerary by cutting a transition, so I’d consider it if you’re not married to the idea of visiting two coastal destinations.

A few other day trip ideas you might consider if you have time: Parma or Ravenna from Bologna, Lake Como from Milan, and Montepulciano and/or some of the other Tuscan hill towns from Florence.

Your route is very similar to what we’d cover if trying to hit the highlights in 3 weeks, I’d just make sure to cut anywhere that feels like an obligation in order to give more time to the places you’re most excited for (any one of those cities would be an amazing place to spend a week or more).

Happy planning!

Thanks for the info! I’ve done some more research and currently have the following plan

Day 1 – Milan – Arrive late at night Day 2 – Milan – half day and then train to Venice. Half day in Venice Day 3 – Venice – Full Day Day 4 – Venice – Check out of hotel and explore Venice until ready to leave for Bologna. Night in Bologna Day 5 – Day trip to Modena and Parma Day 6 – Check out of hotel. Day in Bologna until ready to leave for Florence Day 7 – Florence – Full day Day 8 – Florence – Full day Day 9 – Florence – Sienna or Pisa/Luca day trip or Chianti wine tour. Day 10 – Florence – Sienna or Pisa/Luca day trip or Chianti wine tour. Day 11 – Train from Florence to Naples or Sorrento and then day trip from Sorrento to Naples. Day 12 -Sorrento – Day trip to Pompeii? Day 13 – Sorrento – Day trip to Capri? Day 14 – Amalfi Coast Day 15 – Amalfi Coast Day 16 – Amalfi Coast Day 17 – Rome half day? Or full day or arrive late night and just have 3 days in rome? Day 18 – Rome Day 19 – Rome Day 20 -Rome Day 21 -Half Day in Rome fly home

I’d like to do a wine tour of the Chianti region but I’m not sure if it’s something I should try to do with a Siena, San gimignano, and Chianti tour or dedicate a full day to it and have Siena/San gimignano as it’s own day. If I dedicate a full day to it I would have to take a day from Bologna, Rome or Amalfi coast. What are your thoughts on this? Do you think we have too much time in the Amalfi coast? I’m thinking of using Sorrento as a base for a few days as I’d like to visit Pompeii, Naples and Capri and then a few days stay possibly in Ravello. Or maybe take Day 17 away from Rome and give it to Florence. That would leave us with 3 and a half days in Rome.

Love to hear all your thoughts on my above plan and what changes you would make or places that you would switch out.

These are the places that I’ve wrote down that I don’t think are worth visiting this trip Assis Lake Como Cinque Terre Padova Vicenza Verona

and these are the places that I’m still thinking about Orvieto Arezzo

Do you think Orvieto or Arezzo are worth swapping out for Siena or Lucca/Pisa.

I’d actually recommend taking any extra time to smooth out the very beginning of the itinerary–day 2 in particular isn’t going to leave a lot of room for sightseeing, in between checking into/out of two hotels, transiting to a new city, etc. Depending on which city interests you more, I’d consider adding a day to either Milan or Venice. As it stands, you probably won’t do more than a few hours of actual sightseeing in Milan–up to you if that’s the pace you’re looking for!

I do think you can get away with 3 full days in Rome–more is always lovely, but 3 is a solid start.

Same with the Amalfi Coast–you can certainly have a wonderful time there with the extra day, but I wouldn’t say you need it. Sorrento is an excellent base and you can easily see a lot of the region from there.

Siena, Orvieto, Arezzo, and Lucca are all wonderful. Pisa is fun, but I wouldn’t call it an absolute must-do unless you’re dying to see the leaning tower–of the five, it’d be the one I’d prioritize least. Other than that, you can’t go wrong with any of them.

As far as whether to visit the Chianti region as an entirely separate day or combine with Siena/San Gimignano, I’d say that depends on how much of a wine fan you are. Personally, we enjoy wine tastings but one in a day (especially the way they pour in Tuscany!) is plenty for us, and we prefer to mix in sightseeing. If you’re visiting Tuscany for wine in particular and are very interested in learning about the various varietals, etc., though, you might consider separating them out.

Thanks so much Kate!

I was not overly interested in Milan other than the Duomo and Galleria Vittorio which is why I was only planning on spending the afternoon there before heading off to Venice. I didn’t want to skip over Milan entirely but I feel like our time is better spent in other locations.

Do you think it makes sense to split our time in Naples and Sorrento? Stay in Naples for say 2 days to explore Naples and Pompeii and then move onto Sorrento for 3 or 4 days to explore Capri and the AC? Or would you recommend sticking in one place the whole time? I have heard there is not as much to do in the town of Sorrento and by not having to do day trips to Naples and Pompeii from Sorrento could save some money on transportation?

Honestly we’re not much wine fans but I thought it was something we should try while we are there. Sounds like mixing all 3 locations into a tour in one day is the way to go!

If you think the time we have in AC is enough without adding more and 3 days in Rome is enough then it looks like I have an extra day to allocate somewhere. I’ll have to do some more thinking on where to place that extra day. Thanks for all your help so far!

Anytime, Edmond!

Sounds like a solid plan for Milan.

Personally I love both Naples and Sorrento, though they’re very different–just depends on what you’re looking for. You can day trip to Pompeii pretty easily from either, so I wouldn’t let that sway your decision. But the pizza, views, archaeological museum, underground, etc, in Naples are well worth your time if you can fit it in!

Great work on the site, it’s been super helpful.

Was wondering if you could gife me your opinion on an issue I am facing. My nieces wedding is in September so we are planning 16 days and wanted your thoughts if this is doable.

We are arriving before the wedding and have to end in Florence.

Arrive Rome – 3 nights Assisi – 1 night Bologna – 2 nights Venice – 3 nights Modena – 2 nights Florence – 5 nights

Would love your thoughts and thanks in advance!

Hi Michael,

Thank you so much!

The first thing that jumps out is that you have Bologna and Modena separated–I would definitely combine those! Modena is only a 15-25 minute train ride or so from Bologna, and virtually every train to it is going to require passing back through Bologna regardless.

Personally, I’d probably base yourself in either Bologna or Modena for one 3 or 4 night period, and take a day trip to the city you’re not staying in. It’ll be much more efficient and if you only stay 3 days, buy you an extra night to add to another city of your choice.

Bologna is the traditional choice for where to stay between those two: it’s bigger, there’s more to do, and as the capital and transportation hub of the Emilia-Romagna region, it’s easy to navigate to and from. However, Modena is beautiful and offers the benefits of being a more affordable and less crowded place to stay.

Other than that, your route looks wonderful and is very doable by train, so navigation should be very convenient. 🙂

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BEST of Italy in 2 Weeks: Detailed 14-Day Itinerary (+Map & Planning Tips)

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Posted on Last updated: February 4, 2024

BEST of Italy in 2 Weeks: Detailed 14-Day Itinerary (+Map & Planning Tips)

Planning a trip to Italy for the first time and getting overwhelmed? You are not alone! We get this question all the time: ‘What is the best Italy itinerary for a first trip’ ?

In all honesty, there is no one ‘best’ way to plan a trip to Italy. It’s a big and incredibly beautiful country and pretty much everywhere is worth visiting. But if this is your first trip to Italy and you don’t know where to start, I recommend focusing on the ‘musts’ – some of the most beautiful places in Italy that everyone should see at least once in a lifetime.

To help you plan a trip, in this guide, we share a detailed 2-week Italy itinerary that brings you to all the most famous places in the country : Rome, Florence, Venice, Milan, but also the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa, Tuscan countryside, Cinque Terre, Amalfi Coast, Pompeii, and a few other destinations that should be at the top of every Italy bucket list.

Will you see everything in Italy in two weeks? No, definitely not! But if you want to see the main highlights and get a good idea of what Italy is about, this itinerary is a great first introduction to this amazing country. And take my word for it – you will want to go back and explore more!

So why do we recommend 2 weeks? In my opinion, you really need at least two weeks in order to quickly see all the ‘musts’ in Italy. If you have just a week or ten days, don’t worry – Italy is still more than worth a trip (it always is!). But if you want to cover all the main highlights, you’ll really need at least 12-15 days.

In this article, we focus on helping you make the most of your first trip and plan the most complete Italy itinerary in 2 weeks. At the bottom of this guide, you can also find our additional suggestions on places to see if you have more time.

2 weeks in Italy itinerary including all the top places

Good to know: You can visit Italy in any season and this trip itinerary is suitable for any time of the year. Some coastal areas might be a bit deserted in winter, but if you absolutely want to see them, it’s possible too.

Also, this itinerary is structured in such a way that you don’t have to change hotels too often . This will save you time for practicalities and leave more time to explore.

Since most of the places covered in this Italian itinerary are cities, we DO NOT recommend renting a car for this trip . You can’t do much with a car in Rome or in Venice and you can easily travel between the main cities by train . And for those few places where it would be useful to have a car, you can take day tours (you can find all this info in our article).

If you want to explore a few places in northern Italy deeper, you could rent a car after you visit Venice and then return it in Milan . Depending on what exactly you want to see, it might make sense to consider hiring a car for this part of the trip.

How to use this itinerary: As you’ll see, this 2-week trip starts in Rome and ends in Milan . Both cities have major international airports and it’s quite easy to find flights to/from Rome or Milan from pretty much anywhere in the world. Of course, you can do the trip in the other direction, or you can also make a round trip starting and ending at any of the cities mentioned below . This itinerary is solely meant to give you an idea of what can be done and how you can plan a 2-week trip to Italy.

MAP: To help you get a better idea of where all these places are located, we also created a map indicating all the places covered by our itinerary.

Take a look!

Italy itinerary map

This is our recommended Italy itinerary that covers all the best places in two weeks:

Day 1: Arrival in Rome

There is no better place to start your Italian vacation than in the Eternal City – the capital city of Italy – Rome .

For this itinerary, I recommend that you spend at least 3 full days in Rome: 2 days in the city itself, plus make a day trip to Pompeii and the Amalfi Coast. This way, you won’t have to change hotels too often and can see (albeit very shortly) some of the best places in southern Italy as well.

Depending on when your flight arrives, you might be able to see some of the landmarks of Rome on the first day already.

TIP: If you can make it, I highly recommend joining an evening walking tour of the city’s highlights – it’s a great first introduction to the city!

Accommodation: Stay in Rome for 4 nights. Here you can find our guide to the best area to stay in Rome . We recently stayed at 9Hotel Cesari and loved it (especially the breakfasts on their rooftop terrace). On a bit lower budget, Hotel Accademia is an excellent choice, and you’ll find many other hotels in the same area.

Rome at night - Italy trip itinerary

Days 2-3: Rome

While two days are really short for Rome, if you plan well, you can see most of the ‘musts’ in just 2 days.

We recommend focusing on the main attractions, such as the Vatican , the Colosseum , and all the famous sights in the historic city center (Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, etc.). In addition, you can also add one or two more local experiences such as e.g. a food tour . It will make your visit more memorable and also a bit more relaxing!

Good to know: Be sure to book your tickets/tours for the Colosseum and also for the Vatican in advance!!! Both are extremely popular attractions and tickets often sell out (in high season, sometimes a few weeks in advance). Tip! This Rome Tourist Card allows you to book timed entry tickets for both these attractions in one place, so you’ll also immediately see what is open on the day when you are there (and can adjust your itinerary if needed).

TIP: If you didn’t get the tickets in advance and they are sold out, you can usually still join one or the other guided tour (they usually have access to tickets that are reserved for tour groups). In any case, at least for the Colosseum and the Roman Forum, we highly recommend going with a guided tour rather than on your own. We took this amazing tour that also includes the Colosseum Underground and Arena Floor (these levels are not included with the regular ticket).

For more info on what to see and how to best plan your time, please see our 2-day Rome itinerary below . This itinerary includes all the top sights that you absolutely shouldn’t miss, a detailed schedule, as well as our experience-based tips on how to make the most of your short visit. Check it out!

LEARN MORE: How to see the best of Rome in 2 days

Trevi Fountain in Rome - must see when traveling to Italy

Day 4: Pompeii & Amalfi Coast day trip from Rome

You could easily spend this day in Rome and find plenty to do too. But if you want to make the most out of your two weeks in Italy, we recommend visiting Pompeii and the Amalfi Coast as a day trip from Rome . You don’t necessarily have to do it on day 4 of this itinerary; days 2 or 3 would work too, so you can move things around depending on your preference.

It’s quite a long drive to get to Pompeii from Rome, but if this is your first time in Italy and you want to see as many of the most famous places, then it’s probably worth it.

There are various tours that visit Pompeii and either Mt Vesuvius , Amalfi Coast , or Naples from Rome in one day. Any of these tours will be rushed if you only have a day, but all are really nice and you can’t really go wrong with either option.

  • If visiting in the warmest months (+-March to October), we recommend this tour . It includes Pompeii and the Amalfi Coast.
  • If visiting in the lower season, we recommend this tour . In winter, it brings you to Pompeii and Naples.

TIP: If you’re just interested in the city of Naples, you can also easily come here for a day by train from Rome. In that case, see our recommended 1-day Naples itinerary . Here you can also find a more detailed guide to the best things to do in Naples .

And if you have a few days extra to add to your Italy itinerary, definitely consider spending more time in this area. In that case, you could probably better fly to Naples first, before going to Rome.

Pompeii ancient city in Italy

Alternative: If you don’t feel like doing a 12-13-hour day tour to Pompeii and rather stay in Rome, it’s a great choice too. In that case, we recommend getting a bit off the beaten path and visiting some of the most incredible ancient sites in Rome .

We recently did this amazing e-bike tour that brings you to the famous Appian Way, Roman aqueducts, and catacombs.

And with the extra time left in the city, you could visit some of the hidden gems of Rome or see some of the best viewpoints .

Ancient Appian Way is one of the most special places to visit in Rome

Day 5: Rome to Florence & visit Florence

Next on your Italy itinerary is Tuscany , one of the most beautiful regions in the country. We recommend basing yourself in Florence for the next few days. Florence is one of the most beautiful cities in Italy and is well worth a visit, but there are also some really nice places that you can see nearby. With just a few days here, you’ll have difficulties choosing where to go and what to skip!

Florence is just a short ride from Rome (+-1.5 hrs by train). Try to get an early train so you have enough time to explore the city after you arrive and drop off your luggage at your hotel.

On the first day in Florence, be sure to visit the musts, such as the Duomo Cathedral, the Uffizi Gallery, and/or Accademia Gallery . Depending on your interests, you can visit one or all three, but be sure to plan it well.

Good to know: All these places require a ticket and are extremely popular, so it’s essential to get tickets/tours in advance! Having your sightseeing itinerary well-planned upfront is the only way not to miss any of the most important sights and keep your Italian vacation enjoyable without feeling overwhelmed.

TIP: If you want to see as many of the musts in a short time, we recommend this popular tour that includes both – Uffizi Gallery and Accademia Gallery. Afterwards, visit the Florence Cathedral and climb the Dome (be sure to get a timed-entry ticket !).

Then, stroll the streets of the city center and see some of the main highlights that don’t absolutely require tickets or reservations – such as Ponte Vecchio, Piazza della Signoria, Basilica Santa Croce, etc.

LEARN MORE: One Day in Florence

Florence Cathedral and the Baptistery of St John - Firenze, Italy

You’ll still have some additional time to explore Florence in the next days, but – depending on the day trips you choose – it will likely be just a few hours in the evenings after you get back from a tour. That’s why we recommend visiting the places that require a ticket on your first day already.

In the evenings, you can also enjoy some of the best sunset views from the nicest rooftop bars in Florence .

Needless to say, if you can add an extra day in Florence, you’ll be able to explore the city at a much more relaxed pace. But this counts for pretty much every place in this itinerary…

READ ALSO: Best Things to Do in Florence

Accommodation: Stay in Florence for at least 3 nights. Florence city center isn’t that big, but – to make things easier with the luggage and tours, stay somewhat close to the railway station. For one of our recent trips to Florence, we booked Hotel Croce di Malta – the location is excellent, they have a pool, and you can’t beat those rooftop views! On a bit lower budget, B&B Le Stanze del Duomo is one of the best price-quality hotels in the center!

Florence is a must in any Italy trip itinerary

Day 6: Tuscany day tour from Florence

While there’s plenty to see and do in Florence to fill a few days, you’ll likely want to see some of the famous Tuscan countryside as well.

So on your second day in Florence, we recommend taking a day tour to some of the nicest towns of Tuscany .

You could just take a train and visit the cities like Siena or Pisa on your own, but you would likely only see one town that way (and waste too much time in transit). Also here – if you want to make the most of your time, it’s best to go with an organized tour that visits a few of the very best places in a day.

TIP: We recommend this highly-rated day tour . It brings you to the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the beautiful city of Siena, the charming medieval town of San Gimignano, and more. You could never see all these places in just a day on your own.

If you rather not join a tour, then take a train to Siena. Here you can find our guide to the best things to do in Siena , including a sample itinerary for your first. As an absolute minimum, don’t miss the Siena Cathedral !

Leaning Tower of Pisa should be in every Italy itinerary

Day 7: Cinque Terre day trip from Florence

Next is another place that’s probably high on your Italy bucket list – Cinque Terre . The famous 5 villages on the Ligurian coast are among the most visited and most photographed places in Italy.

If you plan well, it’s possible to see the best of Cinque Terre in just a day, also if you are visiting from Florence. You could take a train to La Spezia and on to Cinque Terre, following our detailed 1-day Cinque Terre itinerary . If you decide to go on your own, be sure to also read our practical tips for visiting Cinque Terre .

However, Cinque Terre is very popular and extremely busy (especially in the high season from March to October). So planning a quick visit here might be overwhelming…

TIP: If you want to see all the best places without having to plan anything, you’ll be glad to know that there are also some organized day tours from Florence to Cinque Terre. This highly-rated tour is one of the very best options for a day trip from Florence and covers all the musts in Cinque Terre.

Riomaggiore town in Cinque Terre Italy

Alternative/ addition day: If you are visiting Italy in the low season, you may want to skip Cinque Terre and visit Bologna instead (it’s just 40 minutes by train from Florence). Or, you could also add a stop in Bologna when traveling between Florence and Venice.

One day is enough to see the main sights in Bologna and it’s worth it if you can squeeze it in. But – as already mentioned before – you can add extra days pretty much everywhere in this itinerary and still not see it all…

READ ALSO: Florence to Bologna Travel Info & Best Things to Do in Bologna

Day 8: Florence to Venice & explore Venice

The second part of this 2-week Italy itinerary takes you to northern Italy. The next stop is Venice , just about 2.5 hrs from Florence by train. Venice is one of the most unique cities in the world and so no Italy trip itinerary would be complete without visiting here!

If you take a train early in the morning, you’ll be in Venice by noon, which leaves you plenty of time to get acquainted with the city and see some of the main highlights. We recommend spending 2 nights here, so you have 1.5 days, plus two evenings in Venice. Venice is magical at night – the city is so pretty and you can appreciate it so much more without all the day tourists around.

On your first day, you could tick some of the must-see places on your Venice bucket list. One of the musts is St. Mark’s Square and Cathedral (one of the most beautiful churches in Italy ), and the other – Doge’s Palace , just next door. Needless to say, these are very popular attractions, so also here you have to book your tickets (or tours) in advance.

TIP: We recommend a tour like this that covers some of the musts in the most efficient way. Ideally, opt for an afternoon tour, so that you don’t have to rush in order to get there on time.

After that, explore the city center on foot, see Rialto Bridge and the Grand Canal. You should also take a Venetian gondola ride , which is another must-do in Venice!

READ ALSO: How to see the best of Venice in 1 day

Accommodation: Stay in Venice for 2 nights. To make things easy for yourself, you could stay close to the railway station – e.g. Hotel Carlton On The Grand Canal is a very good option and usually great value for the money. Alternatively, if you don’t mind taking a water bus to the more centrally-located places, check out H10 Palazzo Canova close to Rialto Bridge or Bauer Palazzo not too far from San Marco Square. For the ultimate Venitian experience, take a look at the famous luxury Hotel Danieli .

Venice is a must in any Italian itinerary

Day 9: Venice

Today, you have an entire day to explore Venice and its surroundings . You could opt to spend the day in the city, or you could also take a half-day trip to the nearby islands Murano, Burano, and Torcello (there are various boat tours that visit the islands in 4-6 hours ).

While not an absolute must, a visit to these islands is a nice opportunity to see some smaller Italian towns. Murano is famous for its glass-blowing factories, Burano – for its lace, and Torcello – for its Byzantine basilica. In addition, the towns are very colorful and picturesque, and completely different from Venice.

There is so much to see and do in Venice that you will easily fill the entire day in the city. So it all depends on your interests and how many activities you want to pack into your itinerary.

As a minimum, in addition to the places mentioned before, we recommend going to the top of St. Mark’s Campanile for some of the best views over the city and the Venetian Lagoon. In some seasons, it is now possible to reserve the tickets in advance (do it!). Otherwise, you’ll have to queue and wait a long time. If you can do it first thing in the morning or in the late afternoon, it will be easier to plan the rest of your day.

TIP: If you are looking for something special to do in Venice in the evening, check out this dinner cruise on the Venetian lagoon . Alternatively, see if there’s something interesting going on at Teatro La Fenice .

And if you can squeeze in an extra day in your itinerary, Venice is definitely worth a longer stay. In that case, check out our 3-day Venice itinerary for some inspiration on what to see and do depending on how much time you have.

READ ALSO: Best things to do in Venice

Burano Island near Venice in Italy

TIP: Next on your itinerary is Verona, Lake Garda, and Lake Como. If you want to explore these areas deeper, Venice would be a good place to rent a car for the remainder of this trip ( see here for the best car rental deals ). You can easily visit Verona by car, drive to (and maybe even around) Lake Garda, visit Lake Como, and then return the car in Milan.

Renting a car in Italy is normally not expensive, but driving and parking in the small towns by the lakes – especially in high season – can be very challenging.

Anyway, the rest of the itinerary below is created assuming you take a train. But you can easily adjust it if you decide to drive.

Day 10: Venice to Verona & explore Verona

The next stop on this Italian itinerary is Verona , one of the most romantic cities in Italy. It gets this reputation because of Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet”, and Juliet’s House is one of the top attractions in the city.

The train ride between Venice and Verona takes about 1.5 hours, so you’ll have a big part of the day left to explore Verona. The city is quite compact and you should be able to see all the musts in a day.

As a minimum, be sure not to miss the Verona Arena , built 2000 years ago (best get a priority ticket for this one). Also the views from Torre dei Lamberti and the earlier-mentioned Juliet’s House with its famous balcony are must-see in Verona.

Just as in all the other cities, you can also find some really nice Verona city tours led by locals. There are walking tours , a very nice bike tour , and this food tour is very popular as well. The nice thing about Verona is that it’s not that big, and so you can see a lot at a rather relaxed pace.

LEARN MORE: Best Places to See & Things to Do in Verona

Accommodation: Stay in Verona for 2 nights. We recommend Hotel Milano & SPA***S – it offers excellent price/quality in the city center. And yes, it also has a beautiful rooftop terrace with an amazing view – something we recommend in every city in this itinerary because we love staying at hotels with nice rooftop terraces ourselves. It makes any city visit so much more memorable!

Verona Arena - ancient theater in Italy

Day 11: Lake Garda day trip from Verona

Lake Garda is one of the most beautiful lakes in Italy and if you have an extra day in your itinerary, it’s well worth planning a short visit here as well. This is especially the case if you are traveling in the warmer months.

If you don’t mind changing hotels more often, you could stay in Sirmione on your way between Verona and Milan. However, keep in mind that there is no direct train from Verona to Sirmione, so you’ll have to travel by bus or train + bus, or arrange a private transfer. To make it easier and simpler to plan, you can just visit Lake Garda as a (half) day trip from Verona. It’s good not to have to pack/ unpack every day.

You can come here by public transport and explore on your own. In that case, be sure to decide in advance where you’ll visit – just Sirmione or also some other towns along the lake, and research the public transport options to get back to Verona in the evening. See our Lake Garda itinerary suggestions on how to spend a day here.

There’s also a nice half-day tour from Verona that visits Sirmione town and includes a short boat ride on the lake. Sirmione is one of the best places to see at Lake Garda and the one that’s the easiest to visit if you don’t rent a car and/or don’t have at least a few days in the area.

TIP: If you take a half-day tour to Lake Garda, you’ll have a free afternoon in Verona. If visiting on weekends in summer (Thursday to Sunday, from +- mid-June to early September), you can attend an opera at the Verona Arena . It’s a really special experience!

Alternative: If you decide to skip Lake Garda altogether, then you could add an extra day in Florence or in Bologna as mentioned before. Or – if you visit Lake Garda with a half-day tour, you could take a train to Milan in the afternoon already and save some time in your itinerary this way.

Sirmione town and castle at Lake Garda in Italy

Day 12: Verona to Milan & explore Milan

The final destination in this 2-week Italy itinerary is Milan , where you can also visit the beautiful Lake Como nearby.

One of Italy’s biggest and richest cities, Milan is also one of the most fascinating places in the country. It has such a unique mix of old, historic places and modern contemporary lifestyle and architecture. Plus, if you like Italian fashion and want to do some shopping, Milan will not disappoint either.

The train ride from Verona to Milan takes about 1.5 hours, and since you have almost two days for the city alone, you should be able to see all the musts in a rather relaxed way.

On your first day in Milan, you could visit the two main attractions – the Duomo Cathedral and see Leonardo Da Vinci’s Last Supper . There are also some great tours that visit The Last Supper and some of them also bring you to the Cathedral. It’s also well worth visiting the Duomo rooftop , but you can leave it for the next morning as well.

Good to know: Also here, whatever you decide, be sure to book tickets/ tours for the most popular places in advance! Tickets for The Last Supper are often sold out a few months upfront, but finding a guided tour is much easier (they pre-book tickets and can usually accommodate last-minute bookings as well).

Accommodation: Stay in Milan for 3 nights. Hotel Dei Cavalieri Milano Duomo is a great option right in the heart of the old town.

Duomo di Milano cathedral in Milan Italy

Day 13: Milan

Today, you have an entire day to explore Milan . Visit the highlights in the old city center, but don’t miss the modern part of the town either!

For more information on what to see and do and how to plan your day, please see our recommended 1-day Milan itinerary . It includes all the musts and the details on how to best plan your time.

If you already visited the Duomo and/or Duomo Terraces and/or Da Vinci’s Last Supper the day before, just adjust your itinerary accordingly.

If you have some time left, you can go shopping in the center or visit Designer Outlet Serravalle (although this one will likely require an entire day).

In the evening, head to the Navigli district , aka the canals of Milan. It’s a very nice and lively neighborhood with lots of restaurants, bars, and cafes – a perfect place to end the day of sightseeing.

LEARN MORE: Best Things to Do in Milan

Milan Duomo Terraces - cathedral rooftop

Day 14: Lake Como day trip from Milan

On the last day of your 2 weeks in Italy, we recommend visiting another famous lake in northern Italy, Lake Como . Located just near Milan, it’s an easy day trip destination and a wonderful addition to any Italian itinerary!

Just as with Lake Garda, you could visit Lake Como on your own. In that case, simply take a train from Milan to one of the towns (Como or Varenna are both good options) and then explore further.

However, ideally, you also take a boat trip on the lake and visit several of the nicest towns of Lake Como instead of one. And for that, it’s easier to join an organized tour and have them guide you to all the best places without having to plan or arrange anything.

TIP: We recommend this highly-rated day tour. It brings you to Como (including Villa Olmo), Bellagio , and Varenna – some of the most scenic places on Lake Como. It would be very difficult to plan a similar trip and see all of these sights in just a day on your own (mainly because tours use private transportation and don’t have to waste time waiting for trains or delayed ferries).

Also here, you could easily spend more time at Lake Como than just a day. In that case (or if you rather not take a tour even if visiting for just a day), you may want to read our guide with tips for visiting Lake Como .

READ ALSO: Top Places to See & Things to Do in Lake Como

Bellagio town at Lake Como in Italy

So, this is it – the ultimate Italy itinerary that allows you to see ALL THE BEST PLACES in 2 weeks. Of course, there’s much more to see and do in Italy than the destinations covered here. But if you want to visit all the ‘musts’, this sightseeing itinerary does exactly that.

We planned this Italy itinerary in such a way that it starts and ends at the biggest towns with major international airports, Rome and Milan. There are lots of direct flights to/from both of these cities to many other places in the world. So it should be quite easy to plan your trip in such a way that you can fly home from Milan.

And if you absolutely want to make a loop, a round trip starting and ending in Rome, you can simply take a train from Milan to Rome, and fly out of there. The fast train between the two cities takes about 3.5 hours.

Good to know: If you take regular trains in Italy, you can just get a ticket at a station. However, if you opt for high-speed trains between the main cities (recommended), it’s best to reserve your seat in advance. You can use the official Trenitalia website for that, but keep in mind that standard tickets are usually non-refundable. We also recommend checking this website for all the best options for train tickets .

Frecciarossa high speed train in Italy

If you have more time…

If you have more time in Italy, you could add extra days pretty much anywhere in this itinerary and you’ll find plenty to do. We already included some additional recommendations above. And here are a few extra suggestions:

  • You could add some extra time at the Amalfi Coast and also visit Capri Island and Naples . So instead of visiting this area on a day trip from Rome, you could stay here for several days. See our Amalfi Coast itinerary and Naples day trips for more suggestions on what to see and do there, and this guide for more information about the best areas to stay in Naples . You could easily add at least 5 days to your Italy trip itinerary just for this area – there’s so much to see!
  • If visiting in summer, I also highly recommend adding at least a few days in the beautiful Italian Dolomites . You could rent a car in Venice and visit the mountains for a few days, continuing past Verona and Lake Garda and on to Milan. Here you can find some Dolomites itinerary suggestions a,d our guide on where to stay in the Dolomites .
  • Tuscany is another area where you could easily add a few extra days. There are so many beautiful places to see! See our Tuscany itinerary for some additional inspiration for the best Tuscan towns .
  • Bologna , one of the foodie destinations in Italy, is another nice addition to any Italy itinerary. You could just visit for a day from Florence, or spend several days here as well. Also Rimini , Ravenna , and San Marino are all worth a visit. See our Emilia Romagna itinerary for more information about these places.

…. I could go on and on. As you can see, there’s plenty to see in Italy to fill another few weeks or months. And once you visit this incredible country, you’ll definitely want to come back and explore more.

But for your first trip, this is a very complete itinerary that shows you the best of Italy in two weeks .

Yes, this itinerary is quite packed and yes, you’ll probably want to stay longer at many places you visit. But it gives you an amazing overview of what Italy is about, and you can always plan a repeat trip to the areas that you liked the most. You can also find a lot more travel inspiration in our Italy travel guide .

READ ALSO: Italian Food – traditional dishes to try in every region

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Tuesday 5th of March 2024

Please offer your ideas and suggestions for a 1-week trip to Italy in May 2024. We only have a short time to visit so any guidance to enjoy Italy in a few days will be so helpful!

Thursday 7th of March 2024

Hi Shannah, there are so many options, so pick the places that interest you the most. And don't overdo it in terms of too many different locations. With a week in Italy and if it's your first trip, you could visit Rome (2-3 days + potentially a day trip to Pompeii/Amalfi e.g. like this), Florence (1 day in the city and one day trip, e.g. to Tuscan towns like this or to Cinque Terre - see this tour), and Venice (1-2 days). Of course, you can just visit one specific region, but there are literally thousands of options, so you have to see what interests you the most. Hope this helps. For more details about all these places, please see our article above.

Monday 26th of February 2024

We are to Italy/Switzerland for 3 weeks in August. We are starting in Switzerland for a week then two weeks in Italy starting with Milan and working our way down as far south as the Amalfi Coast. We are a bit stressed because we finally booked our flights and then read that August is the worst time to travel to Italy due to the weather, horrendous crowds and Italy national holiday starting August 15 when Italians and other Europeans go to the coastal cities (where we wanted to end our trip) an overcrowd those areas.

Do you have any tips on places to go to make an August trip most enjoyable? We prefer some areas that are beautiful, nice to stroll around, eat and see some sights, but don't have to go to all the main tourist attractions. We'd love some suggestions that help us get off the beaten path vs. all the main highlights. I've been to Venice, Florence, Rome once before and my husband has not been at all, but doesn't care too much about all the 'must sees' besides Rome. We plan to leave from Rome airport, but want to try to make it further south to Amalfi coast first.

Any suggestions would be super helpful!

Tuesday 27th of February 2024

Hi Erica, I'm afraid that what you read is correct. Italy can be crazy busy in August, especially in coastal areas. That being said, the cities are usually deserted (=locals are gone), but places like Rome are full of tourists so you won't be alone. The best way to avoid the biggest crowds is to skip the most popular seaside destinations. Amalfi Coast, Italian Riviera, Cinque Terre, Capri, Rimini, etc. will be crowded at that time of the year. But if you book accommodations in advance and plan your sightseeing activities in the mornings, it could be manageable. Of you visit places like e.g. Amalfi Coast, you will have to pre-book everything, not just hotels and excursions, but also restaurants. If you go more inland and stay in smaller villages, you can have a perfectly enjoyable trip. A few years ago, we were in Tuscany in the second half of August and it was great. But we started our days early, did most of the sightseeing in the mornings, and when it started to get busy everywhere, went back to our accommodation and spent the warmest hours by the pool. In the evenings, we usually visited smaller towns, but it was really busy everywhere, parking was not easy, etc. So you need more patience, especially if you go to the main tourist hotspots. Take a look at these articles for some additional tips: Amalfi Coast Travel Tips (don't rent a car here!!!) Where to Stay on the Amalfi Coast Where to Stay in Capri Rome Travel Tips Lake Como Travel Tips If you like nature, consider spending some time in the Italian Dolomites. It will also be very busy, but different than at the sea. Also there, top places and most popular hikes will be crowded, so start your days early. Or avoid the top places and you can have a very enjoyable visit. The nearby Trentino region is much quieter, but it's popular with locals = August is the peak season. You can find some inspiration in this article - most activities are definitely not just for kids. Having said all this, when you travel somewhere from the other side of the world, it's just normal that you want to see the top spots. The best tip I can give you is to try to get a bit off the beaten path in addition to the top places, AND book as much as possible in advance. Good luck and enjoy your trip. Italy is always a good idea and I'm sure you'll have a wonderful time!

Sunday 22nd of October 2023

Hello Jurga,

A great article to read through! Me, the wife and two kids (11 and 14) are planning a trip through Italy next Summer. He have 6 weeks off for summer, so we're looking at a 2-3 week trip through Italy probably. With the kids I don't want to be rushing so do you recommend staying longer in some of these locations? More hotels don't phase us.

Monday 23rd of October 2023

Hi Matthew, so much depends on your interests! With the kids in the summer, you may want to spend some more time in the nature rather than sightseeing in big cities. So you could add Italian Dolomites to your itinerary. Also, you could spend more time at the Naples/Capri/Amalfi Coast and/or Italian Riviera (around Cinque Terre). Also places like Lake Garda and Lake Como offer a great mix of nature, sightseeing, and some relaxing time by the pool. There are so many options. That's why it's really difficult to help our readers with specific itineraries. Pick the places that interest you the most, plan a few longer stays once in a while so that you can all wind down and relax a bit, and realize that whatever you do, there is no way you can see everything in Italy in 3 or even 6 weeks. You'll want to go back ;). Good luck with the choices!

Madonna Hanes

Thursday 19th of October 2023

I'm thinking of coming out to Italy for 10 days, 2 days for flights, and 8 days for touring Italy. What do you recommend and where? Thanks advance.

I was thinking September.

Hi Madonna, so much depends on your interests and on the season when you travel and - as you can probably imagine - the possibilities are endless. But if it's your first trip to Italy and you want to see 'the musts', then I'd probably concentrate on the main cities - Rome (3 days), Florence (3 days), and Venice (2 days). In Rome, I'd probably just stay in the city - there's a lot to see. Take a look at this itinerary for some ideas. In Florence, take a look at these suggestions on what to do in a day. In addition, you can always take one or two day trips from Florence like this day trip that visits Siena, Pisa, and Tuscan countryside, and/or a day tour to Cinque Terre. In Venice, see this itinerary. In addition, you could take a (half)day trip to the nearby islands. Hope this helps.

Friday 11th of August 2023

Hello, Jurga. Your article is an absolute gem!!! I learned so much from it. I am planning a trip to Italy and i was going to follow your itinerary but we are only going for 12 days not 14. What do you recommend skipping? Thank you in advance

Hi Maya, that's a tough one since there is so much to see. You also didn't say when you are traveling. For example, in the winter you could skip some of the coastal areas/nature (e.g. Amalfi Coast from Rome on day 4, Tuscan countryside or Cinque Terre (days 5-6), or Lake Garda and Lake Como (days 11 and 14). In the warm season, the choice is much more difficult. Just see what interests you less and let it go. There is no way to see everything in Italy in 3-4 weeks, let alone 12 days, so you always have to make choices. Good luck!

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The Ultimate 14-Day Italy Travel Itinerary

LAST UPDATED: 2/25/24 – Ultimate 14-Day Italy Travel Itinerary

The country of Italy is a beautiful and exciting place with a seemingly endless number of amazing things to see and do. It is no wonder then, that Italy is one of the world’s top tourist destinations. If you are planning a trip to Italy soon, you will want to review my Ultimate 14-Day Italy Travel Itinerary to make sure you don’t miss out on some of the country’s most popular sights and activities.

Without a proper plan in place, it is very easy to miss out on an important sight or activity and regret it later. Using this itinerary as a blueprint, you can start to build your big Italian adventure knowing that you have a wealth of information and experience at your fingertips.

Italy Travel Itinerary

See Many of Italy’s Top Destinations

While my itinerary doesn’t cover every region of Italy, it does cover some of the most popular tourist destinations within this amazing country. On your two-week Italian adventure, you will get to explore all of the treasures in the amazing cities of Rome, Venice, and Florence. You will also have the opportunity to explore breathtakingly beautiful regions such as the Amalfi Coast and Tuscany. To top it off, you will even get a chance to visit the amazing island of Capri, which is widely considered to be one of the most beautiful places in Italy.

Included in this Italy travel itinerary are numerous links to in-depth guides that I have developed for each of these regions of Italy. As you start to fill out your personal travel itinerary, these guides will be invaluable resources that you can use to choose the proper accommodations, decide which restaurants you want to try, lay out your daily plans for sightseeing in the region, and book fun and exciting tours and excursions that you will remember for a lifetime. With this wealth of information in hand, you can relax and enjoy the process of planning your trip and focus on the fun, less tedious aspects of planning your trip.

Italy Travel Itinerary Overview

Italy Travel Itinerary - Florence, Italy

This includes tasks such as making sure you have a valid passport and VISA for entry into the country. It also means confirming that you are up-to-date on the vaccinations that are recommended and required. Once you have done that, you will need to understand what you should and should not pack for your trip.

You will also need to determine what time of year to take your trip and how you will get around the country. Using the links below, you can quickly and easily navigate to the relevant sections of this guide as you start to check these items off your list.

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The best times to visit italy.

Italy Travel Itinerary - Rome, Italy

When planning your big trip to Italy, one of the most important decisions that you will need to make is when to visit. Before you start looking at accommodations and arranging transportation, you need to know when you will be traveling. For many travelers, this is often one of the most stressful parts of planning a trip because there are so many different variables to consider.

In my opinion, the most important of these variables that you will want to consider are the weather and the number of other tourists that will be visiting when you do. The better the weather, the more time you will be able to spend outdoors exploring this amazing country. And with fewer other tourists around, you will have fewer crowds to contend with when you set out to see and do what interests you.

To make things easier for you as you start to plan this trip of a lifetime, I have compiled all of the weather and tourism data that you will want to consider when scheduling your trip to Italy within my Italy travel itinerary. Using this data, you will be able to pick the time of year that you find the weather to be the most enjoyable.

Average Temperature (°F)

One of the most important factors that you will want to consider before deciding when to visit Italy is the average temperature throughout the year. In the graph below, I have compiled the average high and low temperatures for Venice, Rome, Florence, and the Amalfi Coast for each month of the year. Using this data, you can easily determine which month of the year will be the most comfortable for you as you start to put together your Italy travel itinerary.

Average Precipitation Level (Inches)

Another factor that you will want to consider when deciding when to visit Italy is the average amount of precipitation that each region of Italy you will be visiting typically gets. After all, it can be difficult to get outside and enjoy the beautiful landscapes and cities when it is raining a lot. If you take a look at the graph below, you will see the average amount of precipitation for Venice, Rome, Florence, and Amalfi Coast throughout the year.

Using this data, you can decide which time of year gives you the highest probability of having nice weather during your trip as you start to fill in your Italy travel itinerary.

Average Number of Visitors (Millions)

The last major factor that you will want to consider when determining which time of year is the best time for you to visit Italy is the number of other visitors that you can expect to be visiting while you are there. To give you an idea of how many other tourists you can expect to encounter in Italy throughout the year, I used Statista’s analysis of the number of tourist arrivals and guest accommodations in Italy.

In addition to having an impact on the crowds you will encounter, the number of other tourists visiting during your trip will also impact the availability and price of excursions and tours. However, most importantly, it will be a large factor in the price of your airline tickets and accommodations while in Italy.

The Best Months to Plan Your Trip to Italy

As you look at the temperature, precipitation, and visitor numbers for Italy, it is clear that some months are better for visiting than others. For instance, the months of June through August tend to be quite hot in Italy. This is especially true for July and August. If you want to avoid the heat, you should avoid visiting during these months.

I would also avoid visiting during the autumn months of October through December, as those are typically the wettest months of the year in Italy. Not to mention, it can also get quite cool between November and March. Unless you like wet and rainy conditions, I would avoid planning your trip during late autumn or winter.

In my opinion, the best months to visit Italy are the shoulder months of May and September. The weather is typically warm, but not too hot, and there is usually little rain. This gives you the best weather window to get out and enjoy the sites during your adventure in Italy.

Best Months to Visit Italy Chart

How to Get to Italy for Your Trip

Italy Travel Itinerary - Rome, Italy

There are many different international airports in Italy, so if you are planning on flying in from outside of the country, you have a lot of options to choose from. If you follow the Italy travel itinerary that I have outlined for you here, there are four major international airports that you can choose from to fly into and out of. For your reference, I have listed those airports for your review.

Major International Airports You Can Fly Into for This Itinerary

  • Rome – Leonardo da Vinci International Airport (FCO)
  • Venice – Venice Marco Polo Airport (VCE)
  • Naples – Naples International Airport (NAP)
  • Florence – Florence Airport, Peretola (FLR)

To save time, I would strongly suggest that you fly into and out of different airports. This will prevent having to backtrack significantly when it is time to fly home. However, if you would prefer to fly into and out of the same airport, or find significantly cheaper airfare by doing so, then you can easily modify this Italy travel itinerary to meet those needs. As you start to plan your trip, there are several different options that you can choose from when laying out the logistics of your trip.

There Are Multiple Ways to Plan This Trip

You can start by flying into Venice and then work your way down to Naples, where you will fly home. There is also the option of flying into Naples and then working your way up to Venice, where you will end your trip. For the sake of this guide, I am going to outline a modified Italy travel itinerary where you fly into Rome, work your way down to the Amalfi Coast, then work your way back up to Venice, where you will fly home at the end of your trip. This will allow you to fly into and out of two of Italy’s largest airports where there are more flight options. However, feel free to modify this itinerary in any way that you see fit to meet your travel needs.

Italy Travel Itinerary - Airports to Fly into for Your Italy Trip Map

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Italy Passport Requirements

Travel Passport

When visiting Italy, you must have at least 6 months of validity on your passport beyond the date on which you are planning on arriving in the country.  You will also need to have at least two blank passport pages to be processed into the country. 

Presently, you do not need to have a Visa if you are planning on staying in the Schengen area of the EU for less than 90 days, but starting in 2025 American citizens will be required to get a  European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) authorization . Before you start making your travel plans, I would strongly suggest you review the passport and Visa requirements I have laid out in my Italy travel itinerary guide below.

Recommended Travel Immunizations for Italy

Travel Medical Records

Before you leave for your trip to Italy, you need to make sure you have all of the proper vaccinations.  Not only to protect yourself but to protect others.  You may have questions on what immunizations you need and what to look out for when getting them. If you do, I have included some general guidelines I can pass on to you from my experience below.

  • Most specialized travel clinics will not accept insurance so you will have to pay for your travel consultation and immunizations and then request reimbursement from your insurance company later.
  • Some immunizations aren’t accepted by every insurance company, so check with your insurance provider before getting your immunizations.
  • Check with your regular doctor first, as often they can do a travel consultation for you and write you the necessary prescriptions for your immunizations, even if they aren’t able to give them to you.  This way you can ensure that at least your travel consultant will be covered by your insurance up-front.
  • Check with  Walgreens   or other drug stores that give flu shots to see if they have any of the immunization shots that you require before going to a specialized clinic that doesn’t accept insurance to get them.  Walgreens can give you many of the immunizations necessary for international travel, and they accept insurance up-front.
  • The  Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website   can be a great resource for answering any travel immunization questions that you have.

Italy Immunization Recommendations

In case you are unsure of what travel vaccinations you might need, I have compiled a list below of some of what you might expect your physician to recommend.

  • Hepatitis A & B  (if you haven’t had them).
  • Tetanus  (if you aren’t current).
  • Transderm SCōP Patch (for motion sickness) or at minimum Dramamine pills if you get motion sickness easily and you plan on getting out on the water or doing adventure activities.

Italy Travel Packing Tips

Travel Carry-On Luggage

Outside of knowing the entry and immunization requirements, there is no pre-travel task more important than packing. Don’t worry, I am here to make sure you are packed and prepared for your trip. I have included links to my packing resources in my Italy travel itinerary guide below for you to review.

Planning Your Transportation in Italy

Italy Travel Itinerary - Planning Your Transportation

When it comes to arranging your transportation for the trip, getting from Italy is just half the battle.  Once you arrive in Italy, you are going to need a way to get around.  There are several different methods of transportation you can choose from, depending on the amount of time you will be in-country and your comfort level with driving.

The two most popular options to choose from are renting a car and using the train system. Before you decide which method of transportation is best for you, I have outlined the important considerations for each of these transportation methods for you to review in my Italy travel itinerary below.

Renting a Car

Italy Travel Itinerary - Renting a Car

If you are comfortable driving a car abroad, renting a car to get around while in Italy is one option that you can consider. Unlike public transportation, you aren’t subjected to a schedule when planning your travel from one place to another. Ultimately, this means you have much more freedom to do what you want when you want to do it while in Italy.

Italy Car Rental Tips

However, it does come with responsibilities that you don’t need to worry about when using public transportation. This includes paying tolls, finding parking, and filling up with gas when you run low. If you are considering renting a car for your trip, I have included some important tips for you to consider below.

Airport Rental Tips

  • The main car rental companies in Europe are Avis , Hertz , Budget , Europcar , and Sixt .
  • If you choose to pick up your car while at the airport, you will likely get charged an extra fee.  To save money, you can consider renting from a location outside the airport.   Whether the cost savings on the rental is worth it or not will depend on the cost of transportation to pick up the car and the amount of time it will require.
  • In Italy, CDW car rental insurance is mandatory in Italy and rental companies will not let you leave the lot with a car without it. You will be asked to sign a waiver stating that you have car insurance that covers you overseas and you will be responsible for all damages to the vehicle you rent. If you plan on purchasing insurance from the rental company, it is almost always cheaper to select when you make the reservation than it is to add it at the rental counter during vehicle pick-up.
  • Unless you specify that you want an automatic transmission when you make your reservation, you will almost always be given a vehicle with a manual transmission.
  • Most car rental companies in Europe will charge you an extra fee to take your rental car outside the country, so I would check with the car rental company you decide to use before taking your rental car outside of Italy.

Driving Regulation Tips

  • The legal driving age in Italy is 18 years of age, but you also need to have your license for a year before you can rent a car. Most car rental companies will charge you an extra fee if you are under the age of 25 years.
  • Never drive in zones marked as Zona Traffico Limitato  (ZTL) or  Area Pedonale . These pedestrian zones are often monitored by traffic cameras and you will be fined.
  • The maximum speed limit on highways is 130 kilometers per hour and 60 kilometers per hour within most towns, so be aware of your speed when you aren’t sure of the posted speed limit.
  • Never turn right on red lights. While this is commonly acceptable in the United States, it is generally against the law in Europe. So unless you see a sign that explicitly says that you are allowed to turn right on a red light, always wait for the light to turn green.
  • As long as you have a valid US driver’s license, you should not need an international driver’s license to drive in Italy.
  • In Italy, motorists drive on the right side of the road and the driver’s seat is on the left side of the car.
  • Italy uses the metric system, so mileage is listed in kilometers instead of miles.

Using the Rail System

Italy Travel Itinerary - Rail Travel

If you aren’t comfortable driving while overseas or just want to avoid the hassle of having to find parking for your rental car, navigate from city to city, and deal with the heavy traffic in some of Italy’s largest cities, a popular alternative is to use Italy’s amazing rail system to get from city-to-city and then use taxis or ride share services to get around each of the cities you visit.

Italy Rail System Tips

The downside of using the train system is that you will have to be aware of your time and make sure you plan your train rides well in advance so that you don’t miss out on some of your trips by not getting where you need to go when you need to be there. If you are considering using the rail system during your trip, I have included some important tips for you to consider below.

Purchasing Rail Passes

  • If you are only planning on traveling within Italy, it may not make sense for you to purchase a rail pass. Instead, it will likely be cheaper for you to purchase point-to-point tickets for your train rides separately. The rail passes in Italy tend to be more than $50 per day and you will likely spend less than that amount on second-class point-to-point tickets between Naples, Rome, Florence, and Venice. Before you make a decision on whether or not to purchase rail passes, I would suggest using the railway fare map I included below to price out how much you would be charged for all of your point-to-point tickets and then compare that total price to the cost of a rail pass on the Eurail website .
  • Be aware, that even with a rail pass, some routes require that you purchase a reservation for some routes. These reservation costs are included in the fare route map I included below but are not included in the cost of the rail pass.
  • The Italo trains run between Italy’s largest cities. If you purchase a rail pass, stick to the Le Frecce trains, which are covered by the rail pass and are typically quicker and run more frequently.
  • The Circumvesuviana and Campania Express trains run between Naples Pompeii and Sorrento. If you plan on visiting the Amalfi Coast, this will impact you as the Circumvesuviana and Campania Express trains are the main options to use for getting from Naples to the Amalfi Coast region by train. These tickets typically only cost around $5.

Purchasing Train Tickets

  • I would recommend purchasing tickets ahead of time if you know when you will be traveling to ensure that you get on the trains that you want. However, if you do need to purchase point-to-point tickets or reservations while in Italy, I would recommend taking advantage of the ticket machines at the train stations as opposed to waiting in the ticket lines to save yourself time.
  • If you are 60 or older, you can buy a  Carta d’Argento , which gives you a 15% discount on most train tickets. They cost €30 for individuals between the ages of 60-74 and are free to those over the age of 75.
  • Individuals under the age of 25 can purchase a Carta Verde , which gives you a 10% discount on most train tickets.
  • Note that children under the age of 3 ride free on Italian trains. And while not free, kids between 4-11 ride for half-price on regional trains, and kids between 4-14 ride for half-price on long-distance routes.

Italy Train Route Map

Italy Travel Itinerary Outline

Italy Travel Itinerary - Tuscany, Italy

Now that we have covered some of the basics that you will need to know before you start planning your specific Italy travel itinerary, it is time to start putting your itinerary together. To make that process easier for you, I have included my recommended itinerary below. Your trip will essentially be broken up into four different stages, centered around four different major tourist destinations within Italy.

You will Start Your Trip in Historic Rome

You will start by flying into the city of Rome, where you will tour the city and the Vatican City for the first leg of your trip. After getting to see all of the amazing things that Rome has to offer, you will head south to the Amalfi Coast region. Here, you will enjoy the beautiful beaches, amazing coastline, and wonderful seafood that this region is known for.

As soon as you are finished touring the Amalfi Coast, you will head north to the city of Florence. After taking a day or two to tour the city, you will venture into the countryside to experience the beauty of the region of Italy known as Tuscany. In addition to enjoying the rolling hills and beautiful vineyards, you will get to tour some of Italy’s most amazing wineries.

You will End Your Trip in Beautiful Venice

When you have had your fill of wine, you will keep heading north until you get to the final destination on this Italy travel itinerary. In Venice, you will get to enjoy one of this world’s most amazing cityscapes. Between the breathtakingly stunning canals, beautiful bridges, and amazing historical buildings, you will really enjoy your time touring Venice before getting on a plane and heading home.

Italy Travel Itinerary Route Map

Day 1: Arriving in Rome

Italy Travel Itinerary - Rome, Italy

On the first day of the Italy travel itinerary that I have laid out, you will be arriving in Rome, Italy to begin your two-week adventure. When booking your flights, I would recommend trying to find a flight that gets you into Rome as early as possible.

This will give you time to settle into your accommodations and start exploring the city. If you would like some assistance in finding the right accommodations for you, I have included some recommendations on hotels and hostels in Rome in my Quintessential Rome, Italy Visitor Guide for you to review.

I have included an assortment of options at a variety of different price points near the top attractions in Rome to give you options when choosing the right accommodations for your trip. I have also included several restaurants that I recommend in my guide in case you are looking for a good restaurant to try for dinner after getting settled.

Day 2-3: Tour Rome

Italy Travel Itinerary - Rome, Italy

Rome is an amazing city with a wealth of history to explore. Because there is so much to see and do in the city and the surrounding area, I have set aside two days for you to explore Rome. To help you fill out your itinerary, I have included a link to my Quintessential Rome, Italy Visitor Guide below.

In my guide, I outline the top things to see and do in Rome during your visit. In addition, I have also included several different tours and excursions that I would recommend checking out if you have the time. Using my guide, you should have no trouble getting around the city and seeing all of the wonderful things that the city of Rome has to offer during your visit.

Day 4: Tour the Vatican

The Vatican

On the fourth day of my Italy travel itinerary, I have scheduled some time for you to explore the wonderful Vatican City near Rome. It’s a large and amazing place, so I would recommend setting aside the entire day to fully explore the Vatican.

I would recommend booking a tour of the Vatican rather than exploring it on your own. Not only will it ensure that you see everything and make your visit more memorable, but tours get priority on entrance and it will save you a bunch of time that you would otherwise spend waiting in line.

Expert Tip: I would strongly recommend booking a tour of Saint Peter’s tomb. They only let a very limited number of people tour the tomb each day, so you will need to make sure you book your tour well in advance (at least 3 months in advance). If you are using a tour company to tour the Vatican, I would let them know you are interested in this tour and they can help you get a reservation.

Day 5: Travel to Sorrento

Italy Travel Itinerary - Sorrento, Italy

After touring Rome and the Vatican, the next phase of my Italy travel itinerary has you heading south towards Naples, and then on to Sorrento, which will be your base of operations while you tour the Amalfi Coast.

Depending on how much time you want to spend in Rome, you can travel to Sorrento either early in the day on Day 5 of your trip or later that evening. I would recommend not getting in too late so that you can make sure you get settled properly and are ready to get out and explore right away on Day 6.

If you are looking for accommodations and restaurants in the Sorrento area, I would recommend checking out my Definitive Amalfi Coast Visitor Guide for recommendations. I have included an assortment of accommodation and restaurant options at a variety of different price points in my guide so that you can easily find what you need.

Day 6: Visit Capri

Italy Travel Itinerary - Capri, Italy

On Day 6 of my Italy travel itinerary, I suggest that you take a trip to the island of Capri to explore for the day. The island of Capri is one of the most beautiful places in Italy and an absolute must-see if you are visiting the Amalfi Coast.

You will need to arrange a ferry ride from Sorrento to Capri and back, so make sure you either purchase tickets in advance if you are sure about your travel dates or leave yourself ample time and flexibility to buy your tickets when you get there.

If you would like more information on travel from the island of Capri, as well as what to see and do while you are there, please refer to my Complete Capri Travel Guide linked below for my recommendations.

Days 7-8: Tour the Amalfi Coast

Amalfi Coast Italy travel Itinerary.

The next stop on the Italy travel itinerary I have laid out for you is one of the most beautiful regions in Italy. The Amalfi Coast is famed for its breathtaking coastline, colorful cities built up on the coastal bluffs, and delicious seafood and citrus fruits.

You will get to spend the next few days traveling down the Amalfi Coast and exploring all of the treasures that this quaint Italian region has to offer. If you are looking for recommendations on what to see, where to grab a bite to eat, and what tours and excursions are recommended in the area, I would suggest that you check out my Definitive Amalfi Coast Visitor Guide linked below.

Day 9: Travel to Florence

Italy Travel Itinerary - Florence, Italy

Once you have finished exploring all of the beauty on the Amalfi Coast, the next stop on the Italy travel itinerary I have laid out is the amazing city of Florence in Northern Italy. If you decide not to rent a car while in Italy, you will need to take a train from Sorrento to Naples, where you can catch a high-speed train to Florence. Considering the distance, the 3.5-hour train ride really isn’t that bad.

If you are driving, it will take you roughly 5.5 hours to get from Sorrento to Florence, so you might want to consider making your way North slowly or consider doing this trip from the top-down (starting in Venice and ending in Naples) or bottom-up (starting in Naples and ending in Venice). This will save you a considerable amount of driving time on your trip.

If you are looking for accommodations or restaurant recommendations in Florence, I would recommend reviewing my Florence, Italy Visitor Guide for recommendations. I have included an assortment of accommodation and restaurant options at a variety of different price points in my guide so that you can easily find what you need.

Day 10: Tour Florence

Italy Travel Itinerary - Florence, Italy

Few cities in the world, let alone Italy, have as much wealth of history as the amazing city of Florence. After arriving in Florence on Day 9 of the Italy travel itinerary, you will get to spend the rest of that day and the following day exploring all of the treasures that the city has to offer. I would suggest that you make the most of it, as there are many amazing things to see and do in the Florence area.

If you are looking for suggestions on what to see, where to eat, and what tours and excursions are recommended in Florence, I would suggest reading my Florence, Italy Visitor Guide linked below for my recommendations.

Day 11: Take a Tour to Tuscany

Tuscany, Italy

On the eleventh day of your Italian vacation, you will be taking a tour into one of the most popular tourist spots in Northern Italy. The Tuscany region of Italy is famed for its beautiful rolling hills and fantastic vineyards and wineries. If you have some extra time to extend your trip, this is one of the spots where I would recommend spending an extra few days if you have the time.

If you don’t have extra time, you should be able to get a good sense of the region by taking a day tour into the Tuscan countryside and touring some of the most popular vineyards and wineries in the region.

There is a wide range of tours available, so make sure you take the time to research the tour that is the most interesting to you. To give you a head start, I have linked TripAdvisor’s list of the best Tuscany wine tours and tastings for you to review below.

Day 12: Travel to Venice

Venice, Italy

When you are finished exploring Florence and Tuscany, the last stop on my Italy travel itinerary is one of the most amazing cities you will find in the world. Renowned all across the world for its romantic canals, its amazing annual Carnival festival, and its wealth of history, Venice is an absolute must-see destination when visiting Italy.

It’s roughly a three-hour trip from Florence to Venice, both by car or train, so you will want to decide how you spend your time on this travel day. You can travel mid-day and spend portions of each day touring each of these cities, travel in the evening if you need more time in Florence, or depart early in the morning if you would like to spend more time in Venice.

When I visited Venice, I was able to see what I wanted in one full day, so my personal recommendation is to spend at least some of the travel days further exploring Florence and Tuscany.

Venice is a large city, so there are a lot of options for you to choose from in terms of accommodations. If you are looking for recommendations, I would suggest reviewing my Venice, Italy Travel Guide for my suggestions. If you are interested, I also outline the top restaurants in the city that I would recommend trying during your stay. I have included an assortment of accommodation and restaurant options at a variety of different price points in my guide so that you can easily find what you need.

Day 13: Tour Venice

Italy Travel Itinerary - Venice, Italy

When most travelers think of Venice, the first thing that comes to mind is the beautiful canals and romantic gondola rides through the city. While this is a popular activity to enjoy while visiting Venice, it is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the wonderful things to see and do while visiting the city.

The last full day of my Italy travel itinerary is dedicated to exploring Venice and all of the amazing things there are to see and do. If you are looking for suggestions on what to see, I have included my list of the top things to see and do in the city in my Venice, Italy Travel Guide linked below. I also outline some of the best tours and excursions you should consider during your stay in case you have extra time and would like to try something unique.

Day 14: Depart From Venice

Italy Travel Itinerary - Venice, Italy

On the final day of my Italy travel itinerary, you will be wrapping up your sightseeing and preparing to depart for home. If you follow my itinerary as I have laid it out for you in this guide, you will be departing for home from the Venice Marco Polo Airport (VCE) in Venice.

In which case, you will want to leave yourself some extra time to get to the airport as you are going to need to catch a boat from the city back to the mainland of Italy. From there, you can take a taxi or rideshare to the airport.

If you adjust this itinerary to follow the top-down or bottom-up options, you will either be flying out of Leonardo da Vinci International Airport (FCO) in Rome or Naples International Airport (NAP) . You will want to ensure that you have your transportation prepared so that you get to the airport in plenty of time to make your flight.

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2 Weeks In Italy: An Epic 14 Day Italy Itinerary

August 30, 2022 //  by  Follow Me Away //   4 Comments

Are you dreaming of the perfect 2 weeks in Italy itinerary? If so, this article is for you!

Planning your Italy itinerary should be fun and exciting, not stressful, which is why there’s this detailed post to show you how to spend 14 days in Italy!

This itinerary includes some of Italy’s most popular things to do as well as some lesser-known suggestions that may not be recommended by others.

Planning your trip to Italy last minute?

Make sure to book your hotels and tours in Italy in advance to ensure availability! Here are my top picks for your trip!

Tickets you MUST book in advance:

  • Vatican Museums And Sistine Chapel (A MUST in advance)
  • Colosseum Entry Tickets (Another MUST! Book online in advance!)
  • Michelangelo’s David Tickets (Often sells out in Florence)
  • Skip-The-Line Uffizi Gallery Tickets (Buy online to save time!)
  • Doge’s Palace Entry Ticket (Very busy, can sell out)
  • Milan Cathedral And Rooftop Tickets (Sells out and a must-see!)

Top picks for places to stay in Italy:

  • Rome: Hotel Relais Dei Papi (Amazing Vatican location)
  • Florence: Relais Pizza Signoria (City center location)
  • Venice: Hotel Carlton Grand Canal (Grand Canal views!)
  • Dolomites: Parkhotel Laurin (Central location with pool!)
  • Cinque Terre: Affittacamere Casa Dane’ (Affordable location)
  • Milan: Collini Rooms (Just 10 min from Milan airport!)

If you follow this itinerary, you will see the best of what Italy has to offer on your trip. That includes visiting the highlights as well as seeing some seaside villages.

For this 14 days in Italy itinerary, you will be provided with a breakdown of some recommended stops and the best sites to see at each.

There is also a recommendation for how long to stay in each area. Since everyone is different, though, feel free to change this to fit what you would like to see!

Instead of planning out every moment of every day of your 14-day Italy vacation, this itinerary provides you with a structured yet flexible plan to follow for your first trip to Italy itinerary!

If you’re not sure what to pack, check out this list of 10 things to include on your Italy packing list .

Keep reading to learn how to plan a trip to Italy for two weeks!

Read next: 10 Days In Italy Itinerary

A woman in a red dress and hat stands on a rock looking over the ocean at one of the towns of Cinque Terre in Italy.

Begin Your 2 Weeks in Italy Itinerary by Flying into Naples

When planning an Italy itinerary, most tourists decide on flying into Rome or Milan, as those are the more popular airports. However, it is very possible to fly into smaller airports throughout Italy.

This is great for your 2 week Italy itinerary. To begin your vacation to Italy, you can fly into Naples Capodichino Airport (NAP).

This airport is very convenient, as it is only four miles away from the city center, and is the perfect place to start your 14 days in Italy!

When booking your flight to Naples, an easy way to save money is checking to see if you can switch to a smaller airline.

You will most likely already have a transfer on your way to Italy, so see if switching to a budget airline might make it a lower price tag.

Once you have arrived at Naples Capodichino Airport, it is easy to catch a bus to Napoli Centrale Railway Station or take a taxi to the city center.

Panoramic view of Naples viewed from above at dusk.

Getting Around During Your 2 Weeks In Italy Itinerary

When deciding how to get around during your 14 days in Italy, you have a few options.

The first is by using public transportation during your trip. Italy has some amazing high-speed trains that can get you from city to city quickly and easily.

This is the recommended use of transportation for this Italy sample itinerary, as it will get you to your destinations quicker, leaving more time for sightseeing!

You could also rent a car or a Vespa for this two-week Italian trip. This will definitely be the more expensive option, though.

On top of the normal rental price, you will also be dropping off the vehicle at a different location, which can really drive up the price.

The tolls in Italy can also be pretty high, averaging about $25 a toll. This can add up pretty quickly, so you’ll need to budget at least $200 just for tolls.

Parking can also be hard to find in some of the bigger cities.

Having a car does give you a lot of freedom, though, and you can get from one town to another as quickly or slowly as you would like

There is also the option of hiring a private driver for your 14 days in Italy, but only if it works for your financial position.

Whether you go by car or train, you will love your 2-week Italy road trip!

Read more:  Pros And Cons Of Renting A Car In Italy

Small black car on a cobblestone street in Italy.

Days 1-2: Naples

Whether you want to spend your first couple of days in Italy eating pizza, exploring, or both, Naples is an excellent spot to start your two-week Italian trip!

How long you have in Naples depends on your flight and what time you plan on heading to your next destination.

There is so much to do, so pick what sounds the most interesting to you, and get to exploring!

You will probably be tired once you arrive, but once you take the time to rest, make sure you explore Naples during your 2 weeks in Italy itinerary.

Noteworthy Things To Do In Naples:

Find art at the national archaeological museum of naples.

If you want to see all of the relics from Pompeii and Herculaneum, make sure to stop by the National Archaeological Museum of Naples.

This museum is home to one of the most impressive selections of Roman art and artifacts in the world.

Unfortunately, this museum can be confusing, so it is best to visit with a tour group or a self-guided walking tour from a guidebook.

You don’t want to miss out on any of the artifacts from Pompeii and Herculaneum.

Discover the Church of San Francesco di Paola

Located on the west side of Piazza del Plebiscito is this beautiful 19th-century church.

It is one of the most important pieces of neoclassical architecture in Italy.

This church is actually inspired by the Pantheon in Rome, but you won’t find all of the crowds here.

Tour Palazzo Reale (Royal Palace)

Palazzo Reale is a genuinely spectacular palace that is located in Naples. You should definitely try to make it here during your 2 weeks in Italy!

The palace was initially built in the 1600s as a residence for a Spanish King, who never ended up going to Italy.

It wasn’t used until the 1700s when it became the palace for a Bourbon King.

Since it is also close to the Church of San Francesco di Paola, you can easily see both of them while exploring.

It might not seem like eating pizza should be on this list of what to do in Naples, but it most definitely deserves its spot!

After all, you are in the birthplace of pizza, so finding a restaurant serving up Naple’s signature dish is a must.

If you want to find an authentic Neapolitan pizza, look for a place serving “pizza vera Napoletana.”

If you are interested in trying a more “street food” pizza, then be on the lookout for pizza frittata. It’s fried pizza dough stuffed with cheese and/or meat.

See an Opera at San Carlo Theater

If you can grab a ticket to see the opera at the San Carlo Theater, it is highly suggested.

San Carlo is the oldest theater in Europe and the largest theater in Italy, so it definitely worth seeing during your 14 days in Italy.

If you are not able to snag a ticket to the opera, then take a guided tour so that you can still marvel at the interior.

Buy A Ticket To The Opera

Admire The Veiled Christ

A truly spectacular sight, the Veiled Christ is a must while you are in Naples!

Even if art and sculptures aren’t typically your thing, you will definitely appreciate the Veiled Christ during your 2 weeks in Italy.

The Veiled Christ, which is located in the center of the Sansevero Chapel, was carved in 1753. You should definitely check out the Veiled Christ while in Naples!

Skip The Line By Getting Your Tickets Online

Visit Il Duomo (The Cathedral) 

While you are in Naples, you must visit this 14th-century Cathedral!

This Cathedral is a wonderful mix of periods and art styles, making it fascinating to explore.

It was initially built in the 14th century but was destroyed by an earthquake in the 15th century. There were many repairs and additions made, including the neo-Gothic Facade that was only completed in 1905.

Sunset over the Church of San Francesco di Paola.

Where To Stay In Naples:

There are so many options for where to stay in Naples.

Whether you’re looking for budget, luxury, or something in the middle, there is an option for you.

The area you want to stay in depends on what you want to do during your time in Naples.

If you want to stay somewhere close to the airport where you still have relatively convenient access to some of the sights, you should stay in the Historic Center.

If you would like to be closer to some of the popular attractions in Naples, you should try to find a hotel in Chiaia. No matter what you’re looking for during your 2 weeks in Italy, Naples will have something for you!

Stay Near Piazza del Plebiscito: Chiaja Hotel de Charm e Check Rates: Booking.com

Mid-Range: Culture Hotel Centro Storico Check Rates: Booking.com

Stay In The historical Center: M Gallery Palazzo Caracciolo Check Rates: Booking.com

Luxury: Grand Hotel Vesuvio Check Rates: Booking.com

How Long To Spend In Naples During Your Italy Itinerary:

How long you spend in Naples will depend on what time your flight arrives and what time you are leaving.

Whatever your schedule, we suggest that you spend at least one night in Naples.

Since it is the beginning of your 14 days in Italy, you will most likely be tired, so this gives you some time to rest before starting to travel again.

While you are in Naples, you should also try to get some sightseeing in, as there are so many incredible places to see!

Front view of the exterior of the Duomo in Naples, Italy.

Days 3-4: Amalfi Coast

The Amalfi Coast is made up of multiple towns set along the mountainous coast of Italy.

It is one of the most popular areas of Italy, and for excellent reasons. It is absolutely stunning and will leave you only wanting more.

There are so many options for which towns to visit during your time at the Amalfi Coast.

Whether you’re looking for the perfect Amalfi beaches , a more authentic (less touristy) town, or the best place for photos, there is a place for you!

Once you decide on which area you want to stay in, then there’s the decision of where to stay. There are so many different hotels and bed and breakfasts to choose from, no matter your budget!

The Amalfi Coast is the perfect place to relax during your 2 weeks in Italy!

You have multiple options for how to get from Naples to the Amalfi Coast.

If you are driving, then it’s a pretty easy drive that should only take you around an hour.

If you are using public transportation, then you have two main options. The first is the train between Naples and Sorrento , as of summer 2019 though, this option is having many delays and cancellations. It is still an option that is very cheap, but recently the service has not been consistent.

Then you have the option of taking the ferry from Naples to Sorrento, which is called Metro del Mare . Taking the ferry is an excellent option for a couple of reasons.

The first is that you have control over which towns you go to. The second is that even if you don’t stop at some of the popular coastal towns, you can still see them and photograph them to your heart’s content!

What To Do At The Amalfi Coast:

Visit the lovely town of sorrento.

This well-known town on the Amalfi Coast is definitely worth a visit during your 2 weeks in Italy.

It’s located in the northern section of the Amalfi Coast and is most popular for its beautiful scenery and the lovely buildings situated along the coast.

While in Sorrento, make sure to check out the gorgeous cathedral that was built in the 11th century.

There are also two different ports in Sorrento that hold fishing and sailing boats.

If you find yourself interested in the history of Sorrento, you can go to two different museums during your time in Sorrento.

Head Out on the Water With This Boat Tour!

Admire The Colorful Positano

Positano is considered one of the most picturesque towns in Italy, and it’s not hard to see why. It is full of colorful houses that are set against the mountainside

If you want an extra-pretty view of Positano, take a boat out so that you can see all of this lovely town.

Full of pretty beaches, cute cafes, and bright buildings, Positano is the perfect spot to relax during your 14 days in Italy.

See Praiano’s Gorgeous Sights

Praiano is located between Positano and Amalfi and is the perfect spot to take in some gorgeous views with fewer crowds.

This town is not as well known as some of its neighbors, but that doesn’t mean that you should skip over Praiano.

It doesn’t matter if you want to stroll through the quiet streets, take a dip in the ocean, or relax on the beach, you will find each to be incredibly enjoyable.

See The Popular Town Of Amalfi

Amalfi is the most popular of all of these coastal towns and is generally packed with tourists.

Don’t be scared of the number of tourists though, Amalfi is still a gorgeous town to visit.

Amalfi even has its own cathedral, which is absolutely magnificent. There are also plenty of shops for you to spend an afternoon exploring.

For The Best Views On The Amalfi Coast, Visit Ravello

While the Amalfi Coast is known for its spectacular views, go to Ravello to see something rather extraordinary.

Unlike the other towns on the Amalfi Coast that are built into the mountainside, Ravello is located at the top of the mountains, giving some breathtaking views.

It is also much more relaxed than some of the other tourist destinations along the coast.

There are also plenty of outdoor terraces where you can enjoy your evening meal taking in the ocean.

Head To Cetara For An Authentic Italian Town

If you want a more authentic experience, head to the town of Cetara.

Unlike most other towns along the Amalfi coast, Cetara remains relatively unspoiled by tourism. It is a great place to head to for a day of relaxing.

Cetara also has the only fishing fleet in this region that is still in operation, so you can see all of the fishermen going about their work.

Tour The Emerald Grotto

If you are feeling up for a bit of an adventure and want to leave the coast, take a tour to the Emerald Grotto, a genuinely spectacular natural occurrence.

The Emerald Grotto is a collection of caves that are bathed in green light. They are only accessible by boat, so I hope you don’t get seasick!

You can take either a car or a bus to get to the facilities along the road, then take an elevator down to the point of departure; it is open from 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

View over Positano with boats in the ocean.

Where To Stay On The Amalfi Coast:

There are so many options for where to stay along the Amalfi Coast, whether or not you are looking for budget or luxury.

Depending on how much you are willing to spend, there are certain areas that will be best for you.

We have an entire post devoted to Where to Stay On The Amalfi Coast in case you are looking for our suggestions in detail! 

Positano and Amalfi are definitely going to be more expensive, so if you are traveling on a budget, these probably aren’t the towns you should spend the night.

Ravello and Cetara would be much more budget-friendly options. If you are planning on staying in luxury though, you will have no lack of gorgeous and unique hotels offering first-class treatment!

Budget In Cetara: Cetara Albergo Diffuso Check Rates: Booking.com

Mid-Range In Ravello: Hotel Parsifal Check Rates: Booking.com

Private Beach In Amalfi: Hotel Miramalfi Check Rates: Booking.com

Luxury In Positano: Hotel Villa Gabrisa Check Rates: Booking.com

How Long To Spend At The Amalfi Coast During Your 14 Days In Italy:

You will probably want to spend 1-2 nights at the Amalfi Coast in order to have a chance to explore or relax.

Because it is more expensive, you might want to spend 2 nights in Naples, then leave early in the morning to head to the Amalfi Coast.

It’s around a 40-minute ferry ride to the Amalfi Coast, so you can spend the day exploring.

This way you only spend one night on the coast but get 2 days of exploring.

If you have found an awesome deal in Naples though, you might even consider staying at a hotel in Naples and taking the ferry both days. I would only deal with this though if you get an awesome hotel in Naples.

A beach on the Amalfi Coast with a viaduct and mountains in the background.

Days 5-6: Rome

Next up on your 2 weeks in Italy itinerary is one of the most popular cities in Italy: Rome.

Rome is full of history, art, shopping, and some excellent restaurants! You will have no shortage of things to do during your time in Rome.

Spend time exploring some of Rome’s historical sights, like the Colosseum or Vatican City, or strolling through the picturesque streets and stopping at some of the wonderful little cafes!

You can even find some little hidden gems in Rome !

Driving from the Amalfi Coast to Rome will take you around 4 hours depending on the traffic, and be aware that the traffic in Rome can be pretty awful.

You can also pay for a private driver, but this will come with a higher price tag than some of your other options.

For public transportation, you can take the ferry or train back to Naples, and from there take a train to Rome .

Top Things To Do In Rome:

Throw a coin in the fontana di trevi.

While in Rome during your 14 days in Italy, make sure to stop by the Trevi Fountain and drop a coin in.

Dropping in a coin means that you will return to Rome one day (why not throw in a few more coins for some extra luck on getting back to Rome?).

This is one of the most famous landmarks in Rome, so get there early to beat the crowds!

Explore The Colosseum

No trip to Rome is complete without visiting the Colosseum, so make sure you make it there during your two weeks in Italy!

It is one of the most popular places in Rome, and it will be an experience you’ll never forget!

You won’t be the only one planning on seeing the Colosseum though, so you should look into booking a tour. This way you can skip the lines and guarantee your entrance! 

Skip The Line With This Colosseum Tour!

Explore The Roman Forum

Although not as popular as the Colosseum, the Roman Forum is still an impressive sight, and it’s so close to the Colosseum!

You only have to walk a few steps from the Colosseum, and you’ll be able to imagine how the Roman people used to live.

Book Your Tour For The Colosseum And The Roman Forum Here!

Visit Piazza Navona

If you are looking for a place to spend your afternoon shopping and eating at delicious cafes, head to Piazza Navona!

It is one of Rome’s most popular squares, and for good reason! This square was built in the 15th century and is a beautiful area to explore.

Admire Basilica Di Santa Maria Maggiore

Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore is known as a Basilica Major, which means it is one of the largest churches in Rome.

It is a truly magnificent structure and is well worth a visit during your 14-day Italy vacation!

The interior is intricately designed with gold, frescos, and detailed paintings on the walls and ceilings.

This is a great place to go during winter in Rome to get out of the cold.

Skip The Line With This Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore Tour!

Climb The Spanish Steps

What would a visit to Rome be without seeing the famous Spanish Steps?

You’ve probably seen them in a movie or two, as they are one of Rome’s famous landmarks.

If you want to climb the steps (which is highly recommended) make sure to bring your walking shoes, as there are 135 steps.

Gaze Upon Castle Saint Angelo

Castle Saint Angelo, also known as the Mausoleum of Hadrian, is a circular castle that was once the tallest building in Rome!

It was built in 129 AD and was originally intended to be a Mausoleum for the Emporer.

It has now been connected to St. Peter’s Basilica, and if you climb to the top of the castle ramparts, you can see a stunning view of Rome.

Visit The Pantheon

The Pantheon is a former Roman temple that is now a church.

Not only is it one of Rome’s most popular landmarks, but it is also full of interesting history. You should add it to your 2 weeks in Italy itinerary.

Reserve An Affordable Audio Guide To The Pantheon Here!

Wander Through The Vatican City

There is so much to do in Vatican City, that you could easily spend one of your days in Rome just exploring this area.

You’ll definitely want to explore other parts of Rome though, so you should decide on what you really want to do in Vatican City.

The two main things to do in Vatican City are St. Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican Museums.

If you are deciding between the two, we highly suggest touring St. Peter’s Basilica. It will be one of the most memorable experiences of your life!

There are also the Vatican Museums that hold tons of history, and it’s where you will find the famous Sistine Chapel.

The Vatican Museums will take about 3 hours to explore, and St. Peter’s Basilica will take around 1 to 3 hours, depending on how long you want to spend.

Vatican Museum And Sistine Chapel Fast Track Entry

St. Peter’s Basilica: Tour with Dome Climb

Sistine Chapel, Vatican Museums, And St. Peter’s Guided Tour

Morning golden hour over the Colosseum in Rome with no people.

Where To Stay In Rome:

Staying near Vatican City while in Rome will be your best option, especially when you’re only going to be in Rome for two days during your two weeks in Italy.

This way, you can walk to Vatican Square at night when it is all lit up and it is a peaceful getaway from the hustle and bustle of the city.

We highly recommend taking a look at our detailed guide on Exactly Where To Stay In Rome!  There are also lots of shops around!

If you want to stay at an Airbnb, there are plenty of Airbnb options in Rome from budget to affordable depending on your funds for your best itinerary for Italy. 

Near the Vatican: Vatican Style Suite . Check Rates: Booking.com

Budget: Bed In Roma . Check Rates: Booking.com

Mid-Range: Casa Montani . Check Rates: Booking.com

Upscale:  The Westin Excelsior Rome . Check Rates:  Booking.com

How Long To Spend In Rome During Your 2 Weeks In Italy Itinerary:

For this 2 weeks in Italy Itinerary, we recommend spending 2 days in Rome .

This gives you time to explore Rome, but still gives you plenty of opportunity for the other areas of Italy that you will be visiting.

You can, of course, alter this however you need to. Try not to stay for more than four days though, as this is plenty of time to explore Rome.

If you do choose to stay longer, there are plenty of lovely day trips from Rome to explore!

Sunset over St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican City.

Days 7-9: Florence and Tuscany

Next up on your 2 weeks in Italy itinerary is Tuscany, specifically its capital: Florence.

Florence is a much more laid-back city than Rome, so it’s a great place to take your time while seeing what Florence has to offer.

It’s also a very walkable city, so you will only need to use public transportation if you want to explore other villages.

There are so many things to do in the Tuscany region !

Getting from Rome to Florence is very easy to do by train, and it will only take you about 1 hour and 30 minutes.

For the best option, take the high-speed train from Roma Termini station to Firenze S M Novella in Florence. This will take 1 hour and 30 minutes. If you choose to drive, it will take you around 3 hours.

Top things to do in Florence:

Explore boboli gardens.

If gardens are your thing, plan a visit to Boboli Gardens !

Whether you want the perfect place for a photo op, or just want to admire the beautiful surroundings, this 16th-century garden is the place for you.

Bring some sturdy shoes though, as Boboli Gardens is up a steep hill.

You should plan on spending around 1-2 hours here, though you could spend less or more depending on your interest.

Boboli Gardens Skip The Line Tour

Visit The Duomo

While in Florence during your 14 days in Italy, make sure to stop by the Duomo. Even if you only set aside one day in Florence, this is a must-see stop!

This Catholic Church towers over Florence and is pretty difficult to miss.

If you plan on going in though, know there is a dress code for women and men; your knees and shoulders must be covered.

You also must be completely silent when visiting the Duomo in Florence .

It is usually very crowded, but you can skip the line by taking a tour.

Skip The Line At The Duomo With This Tour!

Walk Across The Ponte Vecchio

If you are looking for a picture-perfect bridge during your Italy in 2 weeks trip, Florence has you covered!

Ponte Vecchio is a beautiful bridge, and it’s the perfect spot to watch the sunset. You can also enjoy a leisurely stroll and some delicious gelato if you choose!

It is one of the best free things to do in Florence during your trip! 

See David At Galleria dell’Accademia During Your Italy Itinerary

If you are a lover of art, then you definitely want to explore Galleria dell’Accademia.

This museum is home to some of Michaelangelo’s greatest works, including the famous “David” statue.

The museum gets very crowded, and since you don’t want to waste any of your 14 days in Italy, you should consider buying a timed ticket or booking a tour.

Timed Entrance Ticket For Michaelangelo’s David

Marvel At Renaissance Artwork At Palazzo Pitti

Palazzo Pitti is another museum to see if you are an art lover. It’s Florence’s largest art museum, and is full of Renaissance works of art!

There are so many stunning works of art to admire, and it is a wonderful way to spend an afternoon.

Admire The Church Of Santa Maria Novella

If you are arriving in Florence on the train, then you will have no struggle in seeing the Church of Santa Maria Novella, as it is located right in front of the main railway station.

It is a stunning church and is a wonderful example of Renaissance architecture.

Skip The Line And Audio Guide Ticket For The Church Of Santa Maria Novella

Explore The Countryside Of Tuscany

Florence is the capital of Italy’s Tuscany region, but that doesn’t mean there’s nothing else to do.

Tuscany is known for its beautiful countryside full of rolling hills and vineyards. But that isn’t all!

There are many things in Tuscany such as hot springs and magical castles that you are going to want to see, if possible!

Exploring the countryside will be easiest if you are driving, but is possible to take public transportation to some of the villages.

For ideas on what to do in Tuscany, check out this Tuscany road trip .

Woman in a blue shirt stands looking out at a winding Tuscany road during golden hour.

Where To Stay In Florence:

Florence is much smaller than Rome so if you are staying in the city center there really are no bad places to stay!

We even have an entire post on where to stay in Tuscany which includes Florence!

We also have a complete breakdown of where to stay in Florence .

Hotels in Florence range from affordable to luxury options. You can get a really nice hotel in the city center of Florence for a very reasonable price. 

Affordable:  Hotel Bavaria .  Check Rates:  Booking.com  

Mid-Range:  Globus Urban Hotel .   Check Rates:  Booking.com

Upscale:  Hotel Garibaldi Blu  Check Rates:  Booking.com

How Long To Spend In Florence During Your 14 Days In Italy:

When deciding how long to spend in Florence, it’s important to think about how you want to see Florence.

If you want to wake up early, maybe stay out a little late, and rush through some of the sights, it’s completely possible to see the highlights that Florence has to offer in a day.

If you want to take your time, then two days is the perfect amount of time to stay in Florence.

The Duomo stands out among the rooftops of Florence.

Days 10-11: Venice

Venice, known as one of the most romantic cities in the world, is next up on your 2 weeks in Italy itinerary.

Venice is the capital of Italy’s Vento Region, and it is made up of over 100 tiny islands!

There is plenty to explore during your 2 days in Venice , and you won’t be disappointed!

If you want to rearrange this itinerary and only spend one day in Venice , that is okay too!

It is so easy to get to Venice from Florence, all you have to do is hop on a train and enjoy the ride!

We even have a full Northern Italy itinerary if you are interested in exploring this region in more detail. We highly suggest it as it is one of the most beautiful spots in Italy! 

Here is a post we wrote on Exactly How To Get From Florence To Venice which explains all of your transport options! 

The best route to go from Florence to Venice is to get on the train at Santa Maria Novela station in Florence and head to Venezia Santa LuciaIf in Venice.

This train trip takes a little over 2 hours and is a nice easy ride. Driving will take you around 3 hours, though this will depend a lot on Rome’s traffic.

What To Do In Venice During Your 2-Week Italy Itinerary

Explore the popular piazza san marco.

Piazza San Marco, also known as Saint Mark’s Square, is the most popular square in Venice, and maybe all of Italy!

It was built during the 12th century and is in the center of the square at St. Mark’s Basilica, which you can tour.

If you are looking to do some bird feeding during your 14 days in Italy, this is the square where everyone feeds the pigeons.

It is also one of the best photo spots in Venice if you are looking for something new for your Instagram! 

St. Mark’s Basilica: Tour with Terrace Access

Climb The Campanile di San Marco Bell Tower

While at St. Mark’s Square, why not climb up the bell tower?

When you reach the top you will have one of the most beautiful views in Venice. The tower itself rises high above the square.

It’s very popular, and you’ve probably seen it in many photos or the replica at Walt Disney World.

This is one of the best things to do in Venice !

Walk Across The Bridge Of Sighs

Legend has it that when criminals were taken away from the palace, over the bridge, they would gaze at Venice for the last time and sigh as they thought about their upcoming punishment, hence the name the Bridge of Sighs.

Who knows how true this is, but it’s something to think about as you cross the bridge on your way to Doge’s Palace.

Go On A Gondola Ride

One of the most popular things to do in Venice is to go for a gondola ride.

Though it will require a bit of a splurge, what could be more fun than riding a gondola through the canals of Venice?

This experience is unlike anything else that you will do on your Italy in 2 weeks itinerary.

Venice: Private Gondola Ride along Canal Grande

Admire The Architecture Of Doge’s Palace

Doge’s Palace is an ornate gothic palace right on the canals of Venice!

It is not only a museum but a showroom, and it is one of the most impressive palaces you will see during your Italy in 14 days itinerary.

Doge’s Palace holds lacework, paintings, sculptures, and more and is a real treat for architecture lovers!

You will definitely enjoy exploring this wonderful palace. If you are visiting Venice during the winter, museums such as this one are the perfect way to stay warm.

Timed Admissions Ticket To Doge’s Palace

Take A Tour Of The Venetian Islands

If you are struggling with deciding which of the Venetian Islands to visit during your two weeks in Italy, why not take a tour?

You will visit the small towns of Murano, Burano, and Torcello, depending on what tour you take.

Since Venice isn’t exactly a walkable city, the best way to see these islands and the lagoon is to take a guided tour.

You will also learn lots of great information about Venice!

Boat Trip: Glimpse of Murano, Torcello & Burano Islands

Walk Over The Rialto Bridge

The Rialto Bridge is an iconic sight that you must see during your two weeks in Italy!

While walking across the bridge is incredible, it is also absolutely beautiful to view it from afar.

It’s the perfect place to get some great photos and is one of the best things to do in Italy during your trip!

Woman in a yellow dress and hat sits in a gondola on the Grand Canal in Venice, Italy.

Where To Stay In Venice:

When staying in Venice during your 14-day Italy itinerary, we highly recommend staying in the city center!

There is a variety of hotel and Airbnb options in Venice ranging from the budget $70 a night places to luxury $300 a night hotels.

There are plenty of cute, boutique hotels in Venice too if you are looking for something special.

Please don’t forget to check out our VERY detailed guide on Exactly Where To Stay In Venice Italy!

There is something for everyone when planning your stay during your Italy in 14 days trip so choose the accommodation that feels right for you.

We recommend staying near Saint Mark’s Basilica or the Rialto Bridge.

No matter where you decide to stay, you are in Venice and that is something to celebrate!

City Center:  Hotel Casanova . Check Rates:  Booking.com

Affordable: Alberghiera Venezia . Check Rates: Booking.com

4-Star:  Royal San Marco Hotel .   Check Rates:  Booking.com  

How Long To Stay In Venice During Your Italy Itinerary:

Spending 1-2 days in Venice during your 2 weeks in Italy Itinerary should be enough time to experience what the city offers.

The amount of time that you should spend in Venice really depends on how much you want to see, and this Italy itinerary can be easily changed to fit what you desire for your 14 days in Italy.

Woman in a red dress and hat stands looking at the Bridge of Sighs over a canal.

Days 12-13: Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre is a popular destination for travelers, and it definitely deserves to be explored during your 2 weeks in Italy.

Cinque Terre is split into 5 villages or towns, and that is what the name translates to as “cinque” means 5 and “Terre” means village.

Each of these towns is beautiful and unique, and you should aim to explore each of them during your 14 days in Italy!

Once you have made it to Cinque Terre, getting between the villages is incredibly easy, as there is a train that connects all five.

The journey between villages only lasts a few minutes, so you’ll have plenty of time to explore!

The drive from Venice to Cinque Terre will be around 4 1/2 hours, and you will probably want to use public transportation once you get there, as it can be crazy and expensive to park.

You can also take the train from Venice to Monterosso , which will place you in the perfect spot to explore the surrounding villages.

Top Things To Do In Cinque Terre During Your 14-Day Italy Itinerary

Hike the monterosso footpath.

The Monterosso footpath connects the towns of Monterosso and Vernazza and provides stunning views of the towns!

This hike is a bit challenging as you are going up the coastal cliffs, so plan on at least 1-2 hours to complete it.

The views are worth the effort, but bring plenty of water, especially if you visit during the summer!

Explore The Church of San Francesco

Overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, the Church of San Francesco provides some pretty remarkable views of the dazzling blue water below.

The church was built in the 17th century and is a great place to stop while exploring Cinque Terre during your 2 weeks in Italy.

Visit Parco Nazionale Cinque Terre

This National Park is one of the smallest in Italy at only 15 square miles but it is also one of the most popular and most beautiful!

Parco Nazionale Cinque Terre is one of the most heavily inhabited national parks in Italy and it is easy to see why!

A one-day pass costs $9 per person to enter the National Park. Parco Nazionale Cinque Terre is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Take A Boat Tour Of Cinque Terre During Your Italy Itinerary

If you are short on time during your Italy in 14 days trip, consider taking a boat tour of the Cinque Terre villages.

A boat tour will allow you to see all of the towns with ease and speed and you won’t feel like you missed a thing!

A boat tour is an easy and affordable way to add Cinque Terre to your Italy itinerary even if you are short on time because you can see everything by water!

Cinque Terre: Riomaggiore, Monterosso, Vernazza Boat Cruise

Watch The Sun Set

It doesn’t matter where you do this, but while you are in Cinque Terre you must watch the sunset one evening.

It is absolutely breathtaking, and you won’t regret taking the time to relax and take it in.

This can and should be done from any of the 5 towns in Cinque Terre, so it doesn’t matter where you are staying for the night.

One of the Cinque Terre Beaches is the perfect place for watching the sunset during your trip!

Cinque Terre Sunset Boat Tour 

Woman in a floral dress looks down at one of the Cinque Terre villages and the harbor.

Where To Stay In Cinque Terre

Which of the 5 towns you decide to stay in during your time in Cinque Terre really depends on what you’re looking for.

Here’s a complete guide to where to stay in Cinque Terre !

You have so many options when staying in Cinque Terre. The hard part will be deciding between all of the beautiful hotels!

Enjoy The Nightlife In Riomaggiore: Locanda Ca Da Iride Check Rates: Booking.com

Stay In Manarola For The Best Views: Olimpo Affittacamere Check Rater: Booking.com

Corniglia Is Where To Stay To Escape The Crowds: Arbanella Check Rates: Booking.com

Stay in Vernazza Near the Beach: Appartamento Margherita . Check Rates: Booking.com

A Room with a View in Monterosso : I Tibei Guesthouse . Check Rates: Booking.com

How Long To Spend In Cinque Terre During Your 14 Days In Italy

Even though there are 5 villages that you can explore during your 14 days in Italy, the simple and quick transportation makes it possible to visit all of them within 1-2 days, depending on how long you spend in each village.

You can adjust this, of course, but try to give yourself enough time to enjoy all Cinque Terre has to offer.

Woman in a sun hat sits at a cafe with bread overlooking Cinque Terre.

Day 14: Milan And Fly Home

Your final stop on your 14 days in Italy is Milan, and it is where you will fly out.

Milan is home to a very large international airport and many affordable flight options fly in from all over the world.

Beginning your trip in Naples and ending it in Milan is perfect, especially if you want to spend the majority of your Italy itinerary exploring!

For this 2 week Italy itinerary,  you will get the most of your time by buying two one-way tickets.

However, it would be rather easy if you needed to get back to Naples for a roundtrip flight.

All you have to do is book a train or a flight. This could also be done the other way, by flying into Milan and then heading to Naples.

Just because you have only one day in Milan doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of exciting things to see and do! 

Milan: Bergamo Airport Transfer

Suggested Things To Do In Milan To End Your Italy Itinerary:

Take in the breathtaking milan cathedral.

Even if you are short on time in Milan, you must visit the Milan Cathedral to admire the stunning architecture, even if it’s just for a moment.

You’ve most likely seen pictures of the Milan Cathedral, but it is so much larger and magnificent in person.

Try to make it a priority to see it during your Italian itinerary in 2 weeks!

Milan Cathedral And Rooftop Entrance Tickets

Go Shopping At Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

If you want to get some shopping done during your 14 days in Italy, you must visit Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II.

It is Italy’s oldest shopping mall, and a very popular place to spend time browsing through all of the fantastic stores.

Even if you don’t want to shop, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is incredibly beautiful and deserves a visit just for the 19th-century glass-covered arcade that houses the mall.

Visit Sforza Castle In Milan

Sforza Castle in Milan is a 15th-century castle located right in the city.

It is also home to various artistic works, including those from Leonardo Da Vinci!

If you are looking to add another museum and art gallery to your Italy itinerary, make sure to put Sforza Castle on your list of things to do in Milan.

Explore The City On A Bus Tour

An easy way to explore Milan when you’re short on time is by doing a hop-on-hop-off bus tour!

Even if you aren’t into doing super touristy things, you will still enjoy this bus tour of Milan.

It will provide insider information about some of the most famous sites in Milan and you will easily be able to get off the bus should you want to explore more!

This is perfect if you only have one day to tour Milan.

Milan: 1, 2, or 3-Day Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Ticket

A fountain in front of Sforza Castle at night.

Where To Stay In Milan:

If you are catching your flight out of Milan Airport the next day, we highly recommend spending your last night in Italy somewhere close to Milan Airport.

This will allow you to explore on the last day of your 14-day Italy itinerary without worrying about waking up early and taking a long transfer taxi or bus to the airport to catch your flight the next day.

That being said, we put together this post on exactly where to stay in Milan where we break down the areas so that you can get a feel for what is best for you!

Mid-Range:  Sheraton Milan Airport Hotel.  Check Rates:  Booking.com

Affordable:  First Hotel Malpensa .  Check Rates:  Booking.com

How Long To Spend In Milan On Your 2 Weeks In Italy Itinerary:

You really only need one day in Milan during your 14 days In Italy itinerary at the most.

Compared to other Italian cities on this itinerary, the highlights of Milan can be done very quickly.

If you are looking for how to save time and budget days elsewhere in this 2-week itinerary for Italy, you can shorten the length of your stay in Milan as you can see the city in a short period of time.

Use Milan as your gateway to the airport, stop off and see a thing or two, and then be on your way home!

Sunset over the Milan Cathedral.

There is so much to see and do in Italy, that it can be hard to narrow down what you should do during your best itinerary for Italy in 2 weeks.

This itinerary gives you some structure to make some of the big decisions a bit easier.

It is also completely flexible, so you can easily change what it is that you see during your 14 day Italy vacation.

Since not everything has made it onto this list, what are some of your favorite things to do in Italy?

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August 31, 2019 at 9:28 am

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August 28, 2022 at 1:52 pm

This is a very very nice itinerary. There is no right or wrong answer on where to stay for the 2 weeks. If I was taking my family/friends who have never been to Italy for 2 weeks it would be the following: Fly into Naples early morning and go to Sorrento: 3 nights Sorrento 4 nights Rome 3 nights Tuscany town like Montepulciano 3 nights Florence Fly into Naples and out of Florence. I am in the minority in saying Venice is so over rated and expensive and too far out of the way for an optimal 14 day trip. I think you suggest going all the way North and east to Venice then backtracking from one side to the other to get back to Cinque T. In Sorrento day boat trip to Capri, Day tour Amalfi towns like Positano. Then get a car and stay inside a town such as Montepulciano and drive to see all the towns while coming back to experience spending the evenings/nights in a hillside town. From Florence day trip to Cinque Terre and if yo missed Siena and San Gim. you do that in a Day trip that also includes Pisa. Least amount of backtracking and luggage hauls and checking in/out of hotels. But there is no right itinerary and how did we leave out Sicily or Lake Como, or Dolomites or…..LOL too much to see.

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Italy in two weeks: the perfect 14 days Italy travel itinerary

Discover Italy in 2 weeks. Visit classical destinations such as Venice, Florence, Tuscany, Rome, Cinque Terre and the Amalfi coast. 

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Two weeks in Italy are probably the minimum time needed to give you a fair view and feeling about this wonderful country: you should be able to see many of Italy highlights and spend a decent time in each one of them.

This Italy in 2 weeks itinerary is based on my experience, personal tastes and on a tight 2 weeks schedule (reasonable days in brackets). I’m assuming you will purchase  an “open jaws” ticket (meaning: landing and departing in two different airports),  to save valuable time. A round trip would imply at least half a day more.

I tried to use train / public transportation as far as possible, and showed (in brackets) average transfer times.

However, you may wish to rent a car, especially to explore Tuscany at your own pace, and to discover beautiful hamlets off the beaten path. If this is the case, I recommend you have a look at   www.rentalcar.com , and book your car as early as possible , to ensure availability and to get the best rates. It’s an aggregator, and allows you to compare offers from the main car rental companies.

These are just ideas, with optimized logistics. Days to be spent in the different places can be modified based on your tastes and interests. Feel free to mix everything up, it’s your Italy in 2 weeks very personal trip!

Would you like some help on your Italian trip planning? Then have a look at my Italy Travel Consultant page!

Destination 1:   Venice  – (2-3 days)

Ferry Boat in Venice + a lot of walking (and maybe a romantic gondola ride  ). Of course Rialto, San Marco and Palazzo dei Dogi, but also fancy Museums like Punta della Dogana . If you are travelling with kids, have  a look at a  child oriented itinerary . On the third day visit Murano, Burano and Torcello (1 day, by ferry).

Venice main highlights, and especially San Marco church, suffer from very long queues. To skip the line and to know more about its masterpieces, a guided tour could be a clever option. Click here for a good San Marco guided tour .

Gondola con Amorino

Where to stay in Venice:

  • The Foscari Palace : enjoy a room on the Canal Grande, just in front of Rialto market
  • The Hotel Pausania : a charming hotel in the off the beaten path Dorsoduro Neighborhood.

Want more choice? Click here to find the best places to stay in Venice

Destination 2: Florence (1-2 days)

The length of your stay in Florence will depend on how much time you wantto dedicate to Florence Museums.

Key highlights are Uffizi, Michelangelo’s David (in Galleria dell’Accademia, the one in front of Palazzo Vecchio is a copy) , Palazzo Vecchio, Santa Croce, San Miniato, piazzale Michelangiolo, Via Tornabuoni, Palazzo Pitti, Boboli, Fiesole (20-30’ out of town). Have a look here for a one day walking itinerary. 

You may consider a guided tour, to better appreciate Florence history and culture. If you would be interested in taking a g uided tour, or to skip the line in the main museums , just follow the link.

Where to stay in Florence:

The Grand Hotel Cavour : lots of atmosphere and history for this fascinating hotel located between Santa Maria del Fiore and Palazzo Vecchio. The roof bar will seduce you with its fantastic views over the Santa Maria del Fiore cathedral.

Want more choice? Click here to find the best places to stay in Florence

Destination 3:  Florence >> Pisa  (Lucca) >> Cinque Terre (1 day) .

It takes a little less than 3 hours to go by train from Florence to the Cinque Terre area, via Pisa. Lucca is half an hour from Pisa by train. If you decide to visit also Lucca, you could consider spending the night in one of the two towns (I personally prefer Lucca).

Destination 4:  Cinque Terre .

It’s worth spending 1-2 days at Cinque Terre, but should also visit Portofino and San Fruttuoso (convenient boat services/tour available). Sestri Levante, lovely little town located between Portofino and the Cinque Terre could be a good Base. Don’t use a car, parking is a nightmare. (2 days).

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Destination 5: Cinque Terre – Siena / Tuscany country side .

Here you could consider renting a car,  to provide you with all the freedom you want to explore this fascinating countryside. Tuscany country side >>> Rome. Chianti, Monteriggioni, Siena, Montalcino, Val d’Orcia, Pienza, Montepulciano >>> Rome. (1-2 days, even more if you like the countryside and the good food).

This itinerary assumes you rent a car, by far my suggested option. In case you didn’t feel comfortable driving on Tuscany country roads, then you can use Florence as a hub and join Tuscany country side guided tours. Here are my recommended ones .

Where to stay in Tuscany: Monteriggioni (Siena)

  • The Hotel Monteriggioni : a charming and romantic hotel, located in a fortified medieval village
  • The Castel Pietraio , a true medieval castle, now four star hotel, to treat yourself like a king

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Destination 6:   Rome (3-4 days or more) .

You don’t want to have a car in Rome; walk + hop on – hop off buses ( follow this link to reserve on line, no need to print the receipt ). Bicycles or scooters, if you dare, are fantastic solutions!  Spanish steps , Piazza Navona, Panteon, Fontana di Trevi, Campo dei Fiori, Old Ghetto,  Trastevere . St Peter (consider  climbing on the Cupola ) + Vatican Museum ( RESERVE! queues are terrible – click here if you wish to reserve your visit with Ticketbar ).

Mercati di Traiano, Fori Imperiali (including Orti Farnesiani), Colosseum, Palatino are unmissable destinations, and for this reason may be crowded. Purchasing the ticket in advance is a clever way to skip the line and to save time .

Don’t miss Trastevere + Isola Tiberina (very lively area in summer time, funny & crowded). Appia antica + Catacombs (best by bike, you can rent one in via Appia),  medieval Rome and its underground treasures .   If you are a running fanatic, don’t miss Villa Borghese and the awesome  Borghese Gallery .   Villa Adriana and Villa D’Este , both in Tivoli (30 km from Rome) make a pleasant day trip out of town .

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Where to stay in Rome:

  • The  Hotel la Lumiere , a delightful hotel hidden a few blocks away from the Spanish steps, in posh via Condotti. Great roof top, have your breakfast while admiring Rome century old roofs!

Want more choice? Click here to find the best places to stay in Rome

Destination 7: Rome >>Naples/Sorrento (2/3 days) .

You can sleep in Naples or, better, in Sorrento. Visit Pompei, Sorrento, Positano , Ravello, Capri. Naples is also worth a visit. You can use public transports: boat service between Sorrento and Positano is very convenient, while buses, especially to Ravello, could be extremely crowded (consider sharing a taxi with fellow travelers). Renting a car could be an option in high season, but car parks are very expensive (and driving on the costiera is an experience on its own!).

Looking for a hotel? Click here to find the best places to stay in Sorrento

For more info about Amalfi coast visit my posts: Capri: breathtaking Faraglioni and Natural Arch walking tour and Best of Amalfi coast

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27 Replies to “Italy in two weeks: the perfect 14 days Italy travel itinerary”

Thank you for the post and a wonderful blog! I am using your itinerary for our first trip to Italy.

Tks Phoenx, enjoy Italy!

I must state that yours is a very well written blog. We spent two weeks in Italy’16 and very much followed an itinerary similar to what you have proposed. However we added Milan as our flight out was from there. We did not include CT as we had read that cramming CT to a 2 week trip in Italy would have been rather hectic. We are middle aged and wanted to take things rather laid back. Mine was a complete DIY trip and I thought I should share my experience with other first- time would be travellers to Italy. So I have started a very hands- on kind of travel blog which is almost 75% complete.diytravelexperiences.wordpress.com. Glad if you can critique the same and hope that others will visit my blog and benefit. Regards. Dhiraj

Hi, nice blog. I particularly liked the hands on tips and the “myths about Italy”!

Hi grateful for visiting my blog and thanks a ton for your comments. Good luck. Regards. Dhiraj

Hi- we are taking our 2 boys in 2018. My favorite is Venice and my husband loves the Amalfi coast. Is this doable in 2 weeks adding CT, Pisa, Pomeii and Rome?

How old are your boys? Children have their own pace, and need time to relax and play, on top of visiting. By the way, you are not mentioning Florence and Tuscany, unless you have already seen them you may probably wish to spend some time there. So, coming back to your question: yes, you can do it: Day 1: getting to Venice, check in, relax Day 2-3: Venice and the lagoon (Murano, Burano) Day 4: Venice >> CT (this will take close to one day, change train in Milan) Day: 5-6 CT Day 7: CT >> Pisa (visit the leaning tower, reserve in advance!!!) Sleep in Florence Day 8: Florence >> Rome (1,5 hours) >> Check in, city center walk (look for my post for detailed itinerary) Day 9-10: Explore Rome Day 11> Rome – Sorrento Check in, relax (yu may squeeze Pompei in day 11 if you leave early) Day 12: Visit Pompei (or Capri if you already seen Pompei on day 11) Day 13: Visit Amalfi coast: Positano, Ravello, Amalfi (renting a car could be a good idea) Day 14: Back to Rome & fly home

In my opinion, this is doable if your children are at least 8-9 and used to travel, otherwise too tiring.

Hi, thank you so much for this. It looks like your first flight coming in drops you off in Venice, but tell me at what point do you take another flight other than back home, is there one needed at all other than home?

Hi Arlene, you don’t need any additional plane for this itinerary, you can just use trains. I’m available in case you need any help for your Italy trip planning. You can also follow delightfully Italy Facebook page for additional travel inspiration https://www.facebook.com/delightfullyitaly/

Enjoy Italy!

Hi, we are headed back to Italy for our second trip. We will have 2 weeks and starting from London. We would like to spend a few days in Amalfi Coast and also Tuscany. Maybe Milan, CT, Lake Como, Naples. Not sure how to plan this. We will not be going to Venice or Pompeii or Pisa as we already did this. Would appreciate any help.

Sure Lydia, with pleasure. I will send you an e-mail with some suggestions.

Would love to see this itinerary!

Hello. We are planning trip to Italy beginning of June this year. I was thinking 2 weeks and would like to visit the following places Venice, Milan, Florence, Amalfi Coast, CT, Pompeii and Vatican. Is this doable in 2 weeks. I am flying from Tampa, FL and was thinking of arriving in Milan or Venice and then come back home from Rome or Naples. Or do it the other way around arrive to Naples or Rome and come back from Venice or Milan. Any thoughts?

Hi Ana, would fly to Venice and come back from Rome, or the other way round, depending on the air rates. Will send you additional details on your mail.

thank you for your blog it is very helpful. few questions, what is the best way for transportation between the 7 destinations? is renting a car for the whole trip possible or you recommend taking the train? also flying back the last day from Naples or Rome what you suggest. thank you!

Hi, I recommend to use the train, and hire a car only to visit specific areas such as Tuscany. The reason is taht trains are much faster and taht you are not allowed to use private cars in city centers such as Rome or Florence (and of course you don’t need a car in Venice!). If you can find a suitable flight from Naples (meaning: good time slot and not too expensive) then a flight from Naples makes a lot of sense.

Hi Jean, thank you for the blog – very helpful!! Would love to get your recommendation on a 14 day travel with 2 kids, 3 & 11 in July. We love the beaches and would like to visit few historical sites. We are flying into Milan. I was thinking about renting a car, driving down to CT, Pisa, Florence, train to Rome/Naples/Amalfi Coast. Any recommendations? Kids love train rides. I thought a car would be convenient to do things at your own pace. Thanks!

Hi Brian, thanks for your appreciation! I’ll send you a separate mail with my views and suggestions

Hi Jean, I wish to also have the same trip plan exactly like Brian. Flying into Milan and flying out from Rome for a 14 days travel, but in December. Appreciate your advice as well. Thanks.

Hi, I just answered to Brian specific points, I didn’t design a bespoke plan. For a 2 weeks itinerary you can get inspiration from my “Italy in 2 weeks” post or subscribe to my Italy Trip Planning” service.

Hi Jean love your Blog , I’m flying in to Rome with my Husband and meeting my Brothers . We have 4 days booked in Rome and then 10 days who knows , I really like to be organised my Brothers want to wing it . What’s your thoughts on this and best places to go .. thank you Karen

Hi Karen, the needed level of organization and pre-booking depends on three factors: A) when you are planning your trip: if you are planning to come in low season (ie, winter), not much need to plan ahead, in July and August you may hardly find decent accommodation and trains availability B) Were you are planning to stay, mainstream destinations: Venice, Rome, Florence, Cinque Terre, Amalfi coast get overbooked long ahead, while off the beaten regions (Apulia,marche, …) are less crowded C) Your visiting ambitions: if you want to limit your visit, say, to Rome, Tuscany and Umbria, then you have a reasonable amount of time to decide day by day where to go and stay, also based on availability. On the other side, if your plan is to squeeze the mainstream destinations in 14 days (Rome, Amalfi Coast, Florence, Tuscany, Cinque Terre, Venice, …), then you need to design an optimized itinarary and make sure the logistics is fixed much ahead.

Hope this is useful. Enjoy your visit and don’t hesitate to contact me should you need some help on your trip planning.

We are planing for three weeks in Italy in either may or September. Starting in Milan and ending in Sorrento and fly to back to the US from either Naples or Rome . the second week of our trip we plan on staying in Greve in Tuscany for a week and travel from there. Any suggestions.. Thanks.

Hi Mike, I would rather choose September, weather should be nicer and it’s a better period to visit the vineyards. Milano deserves 1, max 2 days, from tehre you can get to Como Lake in one hour by train (train to Varenna, then ferry to Bellagio) You may want to have a look at my post about Chianti, there’s lots of information about what to do, where to sleep…and where to wine taste! Once you are finished with Tuscany, take a high speed train to Naples, and start your Amalfi coast exploration from there. Try to dedicate one day to visit Naples, it really deserves it. Do spend a night in Capri (avoiding the week end), it’s a magical place and for a real off the beaten path experience the island of Procida will seduce you (no tourists there, just colored housed and a lost in time feeling). Even though Sorrento is a perfect hub to visit the area, in my view it’s not the most beautiful place to stay, I would rather select Positano.

These are the first things that come to my mind. If you wish help on your Italy trip planning (select best accommodations, optimize logistics, select the unmissable experiences) don’t hesitate to contact me, I’ll be more than happy to help.

Thank you for your quick response. We travel to Italy almost every year and rent an apartment in a small town just south of Florence. (Qurco)..The name of the place is Le Torri. This coming trip we are going to rent a car and drive from Milan down south and visit friends in Rome and Lake Bomba In Abruso.. then on to Sant Agata del golfi near Sorrento. then depart either from Naples or Rome depending on the flights. I would like to know if you know a good route and any good bed and breakfast places on the way. We come there to visit the people and and and enjoy your beautiful country and try not to stay at large hotels. Thanks again. Mike

Thanks for a great itinerary, am using it as a foundation for our first trip to Italy!

Hi Douglas, apologies for the late reply. I’m glad you liked my suggested itinerary. In case you need any further help for your trip planning don’t hesitate to contact me.

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From Venice to Florence: A Grand Tour of Northern Italy

From the atmospheric canals of Venice and the picturesque coastline of Cinque Terre, to the trendy designer boutiques of Milan and the Renaissance-infused streets of Florence, Northern Italy has plenty to offer. Experience it all with this comprehensive trip.

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Itinerary #1: From Venice to Florence: A Grand Tour of Northern Italy

From the canals of Venice and the coastline of Cinque Terre to the designer boutiques of Milan and the streets of Florence, Northern Italy has plenty to offer. Experience it all with this comprehensive 14-day trip .

On the first day , you will be transferred to your hotel. On the second day , you will be met by a private guide and taken on a beautiful Venice city tour. On the third day , you will embark on a trip to the enchanting islands of Burano and Murano.

The fourth day is reserved for exploration and leisure in Venice. On the fifth day , you will enjoy a journey by train, arriving in Milan. The remainder of the day is yours to explore Milan. Your guide will accompany you on a walking tour of Milan on the sixth day .

Embark on a train journey to Como on the seventh day . Take advantage of the day to soak up the atmosphere of this beautiful region. On the eighth day , you will enjoy a short ride to Lugano, Switzerland. On day nine , treat yourself to a boat trip on Lake Como. Then enjoy a leisurely tenth day .

Your driver will transfer you to the railway station on the eleventh day for your onward journey to Cinque Terre. Embark on an exciting adventure to explore the picturesque villages of Cinque Terre on day twelve .

The thirteenth day is yours to spend at your leisure. On day fourteen , you will be transferred to the airport for your departure flight. Read more .

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Gondolas in Venice © Shutterstock

Itinerary overview

Check this overview of the 14 days Italy itinerary.

  • Arrival in Venice
  • Overnight in Venice
  • Sightseeing tour in Venice
  • Murano and Burano boat tour
  • Free day in Venice
  • Train to Milan, and free time in the city
  • Overnight in Milan
  • Sightseeing tour in Milan
  • Train to Lake Como
  • Overnight in Como
  • Lugano and Lakeside villages
  • Lake Como boat tour
  • Free day in Como
  • Train to Cinque Terre
  • Overnight in La Spezia
  • Exploring Cinque Terre and around by train

Day thirteen

  • Free day in Cinque Terre

Day fourteen

  • Transfer and departure from Florence

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Cinque Terre National Park UNESCO World Heritage Site, Liguria, Italy

Cinque Terre National Park UNESCO World Heritage Site, Liguria, Italy

Itinerary #2: classic Italy - Rome, Florence & Venice

This 14-day Itinerary is for everyone - learn how to cook pasta in Rome, sample the best gelato in Florence, hike Cinque Terre and explore Venice on your own. This trip is packed with highlights for the whole family.

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On day one you'll be transferred to your hotel, and the rest of the day is yours to enjoy at leisure. The second day is dedicated to the Colosseum and Forum Romanum.

Join a small group cooking tour on the third day . On day four you will travel to Florence via high-speed train. Explore Florence leisurely on an e-bike on the fifth day .

Join a cooking class in central Florence on the sixth day of the journey. On day seven you will experience the beauty of Chianti's rolling hills and indulge in its flavours.

Take a regional train from Florence to La Spezia and enjoy the eighth day at leisure. Enjoy a guided hike from Monterosso to Corniglia, experiencing the stunning coastal Blue Trail on day nine .

Day ten is for leisure, exploring and relaxing.

Travel to Venice by train on day eleven and experience a private walking tour of the city. Take advantage of day twelve , and spend it at leisure in Venice. Enjoy day thirteen at leisure, bidding farewell to Italy .

Your final day concludes with a private transfer from your hotel to the airport for your departure flight. Read more .

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Colosseum, Rome © Fabregas Hareluya/Shutterstock

  • Arrival in Rome
  • Overnight in Rome
  • Colosseum half-day tour
  • Traditional cooking class & market visit
  • Transfer to Florence
  • Overnight in Florence
  • E-bike tour of Florence
  • Traditional Pizza & Gelato making
  • Chianti wines and olive oil tour
  • from Florence to Lerici - La Spezia region
  • Overnight in Lerici
  • Sentiero Azzurro hiking tour
  • Day at leisure at Lerici
  • Train to Venice
  • Venice walking tour and gondola ride
  • Day at leisure
  • Transfer to the airport

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Uffizi art gallery in Florence, Tuscany, Italy

Uffizi art gallery in Florence, Tuscany, Italy

Itinerary #3: highlights of Italy - Rome, Amalfi Coast, Cinque Terre and more

This 2 week Italy itinerary is nothing short of highlights: spend the first few nights in the capital city of Rome before moving down south to Naples. From here, you will discover the Amalfi Coast before heading to Florence.

On the first day , you will be collected at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Explore the Colosseum and Forum Romanum in a small group tour on the second day .

On the third day , you will discover the Vatican on a half-day tour. Travel to Naples by train and experience the birthplace of Pizza on day four .

On day five you will join a local guide to explore the heart of Naples. Visit Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius on day six .

A journey along the picturesque Amalfi Coast awaits you on day seven . Board a high-speed train to Florence on the eighth day . On day nine embark on a guided tour of Florence.

Travel to La Spezia, and enjoy your tenth day in leisure time. On day eleven , you will join a full-day tour of Cinque Terre with a private guide and a Cinque Terre card.

Days twelve and thirteen a dedicated to Milan. Take a train to Milan and spend the day at leisure. Then explore Milan on a group tour.

Depart from Milan on the last day of your Italian trip with a private transfer to the airport or train station, bidding farewell to Italy. Read more .

Positano, italy. Amalfi Coast © iacomino FRiMAGES/Shutterstock

Positano, Italy. Amalfi Coast © iacomino FRiMAGES/Shutterstock

  • Vatican half-day tour
  • Transfer to Naples
  • Overnight in Naples
  • panoramic tour in Naples
  • Pompeii & Vesuvius with wine tasting or pizza lunch
  • Sorrento, Positano & Amalfi day trip
  • Transfer to La Spezia
  • Day at leisure at Cinque Terre
  • Exploring Cinque Terre and around
  • Transfer to Milan
  • Best of Milan walking tour
  • Transfer to the airport in Milan

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Itinerary #4: A delightful family journey through Italy

Embark on a remarkable 14-day family adventure through Italy, immersing yourselves in a world of culinary delights, historical wonders, and breathtaking landscapes.

Arrive in Rome on day one , where you will be transferred to your hotel. On the second day , join a small group tour of the Colosseum and Forum Romanum. Day three promises an exciting culinary experience as you join a small group cooking tour in Rome.

Travel to Florence via train on the fourth day . On day five , embark on an e-bike tour of Florence in a small group. Day six offers a hands-on experience as you join a 3-hour cooking class in central Florence.

Indulge in the beauty of Chianti's rolling hills on day seven with a half-day tour. Take a regional train from Florence to La Spezia, and enjoy the eighth day at your leisure.

On day nine , go on a privately guided hike from Monterosso to Corniglia, traversing the stunning coastal Blue Trail. Day ten invites you to explore and relax at your own pace.

Travel to Venice by train on day eleven and embark on a private walking tour. Make the most of day twelve , spending it at leisure in Venice.

On day thirteen , enjoy a day of leisure, bidding farewell to Italy on your own terms. Conclude your Italian adventure on the final day with a private transfer from your hotel to the airport.

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  • Colosseum and Forum Romanum tour
  • Traditional cooking tour in Rome
  • Traditional Pizza & Gelato cooking class in Florence
  • Transfer to Cinque Terre
  • Overnight in Cinque Terre
  • guided hike from Monterosso to Corniglia
  • Venice islands

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Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Flower in Florence © Shutterstock

Itinerary #5: Experience the splendours of Northern Italy

Experience a mesmerizing 14-day Italy itinerary through the enchanting region of Northern Italy. Explore its captivating history, breathtaking landscapes, and cultural gems.

On the first day , you will arrive at Venice's Marco Polo Airport, where you will be transferred to your hotel. On the second day , indulge in a delicious breakfast before a private guided tour of Venice.

On the third day , venture out to the captivating islands of Burano and Murano. Take the fourth day to explore Venice at your own pace.

On the fifth day , bid farewell to Venice and go on a comfortable train journey to Milan. Your sixth day begins with a captivating walking tour of Milan.

Journey to the picturesque region of Como on the seventh day . On the eighth day , continue your exploration with a short ride to Lugano, Switzerland, a town nestled on the shores of Lake Lugano.

Day nine presents an opportunity to indulge in a guided boat trip on Lake Como. On the tenth day , enjoy a leisurely pace in one of the world's most beautiful destinations.

Your driver will transfer you to the railway station on the eleventh day, where you will start a scenic train journey to Cinque Terre. Spend the twelfth day exploring the picturesque villages, hiking along the rugged coastline.

On the thirteenth day , enjoy a day of leisure, allowing you to relax, explore more of Cinque Terre. Finish your trip on day fourteen as you are collected and transferred to the airport.

St Mark's Square from the Grand canal. Venice, Italy © volkova natalia/Shutterstock

St Mark's Square from the Grand Canal. Venice, Italy © volkova natalia/Shutterstock

  • Guided city tour in Venice
  • boat trip to Burano and Murano
  • Guided city tour in Milan
  • Transfer to the Como region
  • Lake Lugano
  • boat trip on Lake Como
  • Day at leisure at Lake Como
  • Exploring the Cinque Terre
  • Transfer to the airport and departure

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Cinque Terre, Italy

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2 Weeks in Italy – A 14-Day Itinerary for First-Timers

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A trip to Italy has something for everyone: artistic masterpieces, ancient history, amazing food, fabulous landscapes and local folklore.

A 14-day itinerary allows you to discover all the facets of this unique country, from its main cities to some of its most fascinating villages.

Are you ready to spend 2 weeks in Italy?

There are two ways to travel, by car a do an Italy road trip or by train as described below.

Don’t forget to check: my Italy packing list .

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Spending 2 weeks in Italy? In this 2 week Italy itinerary that includes Rome, the Amalfi, Florence, Venice & Milan you will find all the information you need to plan your trip.

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How to Spend 14 Days in Italy – 2 Week Itinerary

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Day 1: Flight to Rome and Transfer To Naples

Fly to Rome, which is not only the Italian capital but also one of its main transportation hubs allowing you to easily reach any other large city.

To find the cheapest flight options from your city, you can use the search form below

Catch a high-speed train to reach Naples in about 1h. Try to be there around lunchtime to be able to spend a few hours visiting the city.

But first, enjoy a real Neapolitan pizza and a well-deserved lunchbreak!

In the afternoon, you can choose between:

  • A visit to the National Archeological Museum (if you’re not too tired!) for a real blast from the past. Book your skip the line tickets for the museum here.

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  • a visit to the mystic Sansevero Chapel to admire the famous Veiled Christ. Click here to book a small group guided tour to the Old Town and the Veiled Christ.
  • In the evening, take a stroll in the trendy Chiaia neighborhood and have a drink outdoor like a local

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Where to stay in Naples

Check out my guide on where to stay in Naples here. 

Renaissance Naples Hotel Mediterraneo : This 4-star hotel, a member of the Marriott Group, is located centrally close to the main attractions of Naples and the ferry terminal. Rooms are comfortable and modern while the rooftop where breakfast is served has lovely views of the Bay, Castel Nuovo, and Mount Vesuvius. Click here for more information and to check the latest prices. Grand Hotel Europa – Sea Hotels Group : Located near the main station, this hotel is an excellent choice for those thinking about visiting Pompeii or the Amalfi Coast. It provides excellent 3-star value with comfortable rooms including Wi-Fi, satellite TV, air-con, and safe. Click here for more information and to book the Grand Hotel Europa.

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Day 2 Pompeii & Sorrento

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Visiting Pompei is a must and you cannot miss this stop during your 2week stay in Italy! You can easily reach Pompei by train and it will surely be an emotional visit making you feel like an ancient inhabitant of these places. To see the main points of interest and make the best of your time, join a guided tour ( Pompeii: Small-Group Tour with an Archeologist ). As an alternative, get a fast-track ticket ( Pompeii Fast Track Entry Ticket ).

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An organized tour will take around 2- 3 hours, but armed with the knowledge already gained, you may want to spend more time there on your own before returning moving on.

No matter how you choose to visit the site, know that it is very busy especially from May to October. Bring a hat and sunscreen, wear comfortable shoes and drink plenty of water.

In the afternoon, head to the lovely town of Sorrento . How can you spend a few hours?

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  • take a stroll in the picturesque alleyways of the Old Town
  • visit the beautiful S. Francesco Cloister
  • linger in a café in Piazza Tasso

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  • meet local fishermen in Marina Grande village
  • watch the sunset from the panoramic terrace of Villa Comunale

As an alternative, you can join a walking tour. If you are looking for an organised skip the line guided tour starting from Naples I suggest this full day guided tour that combines a visit to the Pompeii ruins and the mount Vesuvious .

Day 3 Amalfi Coast

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Option 1 : rent a car and spend your day driving around to explore all the picturesque villages along the coast. A few tips?

  • Positano : winding alleys, a medieval flair, and some wonderful views. If you feel like being active, don’t miss the Path of the Gods.
  • Amalfi: the main and largest town on the coast, full of historical buildings and monuments. Visit at least S. Andrea Cathedral and the Cloister of Paradise .

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  • Ravello : up in the Lattari Mountains and overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. Visit the Gardens of Villa Cimbrone to take the most amazing pictures!
  • Cetara: a lovely fisherman village where you can taste a local gastronomic specialty named “colatura di alici” (anchovy extract)

Option 2 : a guided tour from Naples to the Amalfi Coast.

Option 3: It is very easy to do this day trip on your own as well. You just need to catch a train to Sorrento from Naples. There are about 3 trains per hour depending on the season and the journey is about an hour depending on the type of train. As soon as you exit the train station there is a kiosk where you can buy a bus ticket to either Positano or Amalfi. The buses are in front of the station and tickets cost 2-3 euros one way.

It takes around an hour to get to Positano by bus as the road is small and there is huge traffic especially during the summer and you need even more time to get to the Amalfi village because it is further away. Also, during the high season, the queues to take the bus are huge and you might have to ride standing. Also, the road is very curvy and a lot of people get sick.

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Option 4: There is an alternative way to get to the villages, which is by ferry from Sorrento. You can get the ferry from the port. It is a 10- minute walk from the train station. From Sorrento to Amalfi it is one hour by ferry and the ticket was 16 euros in September that I visited. The ferry makes also a stop in Positano before arriving in Amalfi. There are many small boats connecting Positano with Amalfi and the other villages of the Amalfi Coast. Tickets can be bought at each port.

You might also be interested in: 11 Amalfi towns to visit. An Amalfi Coast itinerary and a guide on where to stay in the Amalfi Coast. A guide to Positano

Day 4 Capri

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Take a ferry from Naples to reach Capri island in about 40 minutes. The fast ferry takes 50 minutes to Capri from Naples and tickets cost around 21,50 euros one way.

Start your visit with a boat tour taking you to the wonderful Blue Grotto ( Capri Boat Tour With Stop by the Blue Grotto )

Catch a bus and reach the village of Anacapri . Its highlight is the beautiful S. Michele Arcangelo church with its precious majolica floor ( Chiesa di San Michele (chiesa-san-michele.com) )

Now you can either take the chairlift and reach the top of Mount Solaro ( The Chair Lift Monte Solaro (capriseggiovia.it) ) or go back to Capri to visit its Old Town and the medieval Certosa di San Giacomo

Don’t miss a visit to the Gardens of Augustus to enjoy some local nature

If you still have some time to spend on Capri island, reach Villa Jovis on Mount Tiberius

Alternatively, you can book a full-day tour to Capri from Naples.

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Click here for my post: Things to do in Capri

Day 5 Naples to Rome

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Spend your last hours in Naples taking the Underground Tour to learn more about some important archeological findings ( Naples Underground (napolisotterranea.org) )

Catch a high-speed train to reach the second stop of your 14day itinerary in Italy: Rome !

Spend the afternoon walking around the city center. Start from Piazza Navona and take a moment to admire the Fountain of the Four Rivers by Bernini

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Reach Piazza di Spagna and climb its iconic stairs to reach the panoramic terrace in front of the church of Trinità dei Monti

Admire the neoclassical beauty of Piazza del Popolo with its Egyptian obelisk and its twin churches

Reach the Trevi Fountain and wait in line to throw a coin into the basin!

If you still have some time, enjoy some shopping in via Condotti and via del Corso

Where to stay in Rome

Royal Rooms – Via Del Corso : The Royal Rooms are just 200 meters from Via Margutta and many amenities are in the immediate vicinity. They include shopping, piazzas, and cafes. Within the Royal Rooms, you will find everything you need for comfortable accommodation. Click here for more information and to check the latest prices. Palazzo Medusa : Palazzo Medusa is regularly selected by its guests as one of the best in the whole city. Comfortable accommodation includes a large TV, an en-suite bathroom, and a hairdryer. You can even rent a bike if you wish. Palazzo Medusa has gained a reputation for its fine cuisine; enjoy it! Click here for more information and to check the latest prices. Navona Colors Hotel : Located less than 200 meters from Piazza Navona, its situation is ideal for visitors wanting to walk or cycle around. The food is good and the bedrooms are comfortable in this beautiful Baroque building. Click here for more information and to check the latest prices. Piazza Del Gesu Luxury Suites : Situated on the Piazza Navona, a 5-minute walk from one of Rome’s highlights, the Pantheon. Facilities you will enjoy include free WI-FI, lovely furnishings, and a modern bathroom. The views over the City are stunning. Click here for more information and to check the latest prices.

You can also check a local’s guide on where to stay in Rome .

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What’s best than starting off the day with a visit to the Colosseum ?

Dive into ancient times by also visiting the Roman Forum and the Palatine Hill . You can also take a guided tour with skip the line tickets to make the best of your time as lines are huge .

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In the afternoon, head to the Pantheon and watch the light entering from the hole in its dome.

Enjoy some nature in Villa Borghese Park , but not before taking a tour of the beautiful Villa Borghese Gallery housing some famous statues by Canova. Book your skip the line tickets here to avoid the queues.

Tonight, taste some typical Roman dishes in Trastevere !

You might also be interested in: 5 days in Rome .

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During your 2week stay in Italy, you should absolutely spend a whole day visiting the Vatican . Start from the Vatican Museums and save enough time for the Sistine Chapel, the Galleries, and Raffaello’s Room.

Tip: Visiting the Vatican is an essential Rome experience, and it will be quite overwhelming! Before anything, you should know that the queues are huge. No matter how much you think you can wait, you can’t. The queues go on for seemingly forever, so I recommend a skip a line tour. Another way to enjoy the Vatican if you don’t have much time is by this Pristine Sistine, early entrance small group Vatican tour . The reason I like this tour is that you get inside the Vatican one hour before it opens, the group is small and you get to see the Vatican in under 4 hours. All 3 times I’ve been there were with the skip-the-line guided tour, and it added to the overall comfort and convenience of my entire visit there.

Visit St. Peter’s Basilica and get lost among its many artistic masterpieces and stunning architectural features like the dome.

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Leave the Vatican by walking along the majestic via della Conciliazione and take one last picture of the Basilica

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Reach S. Angelo Castle and watch the Tevere river from the homonymous bridge lined with huge stone Angels. Book here your fast-track ticket to Castel San Angelo or a guided tour.

Spend a romantic evening walking along the Tiber river .

Day 8 Rome to Florence

Piazza del' Duomo in Florence

Get up early and catch a high-speed train to reach Florence in about 1h30.

Start your tour from the Duomo Complex , the beating heart of Florence. It consists of: Santa Maria del Fiore (Cathedral), Brunelleschi Dome (belonging to the cathedral), Baptistery , and Giotto Tower . A guided tour of the Cathedral is always a great idea.

Tip: There is a dress code to enter the church. Women must wear clothes covering their knees and their elbows. Men must wear long trousers. Tip: The queues to enter the Duomo and to climb the Cupola are long and you might have to wait for hours to enter. A great way to skip the lines is by taking a guided tour or if you are using the Firenze Card (The Firenze Card works like a three-day fast pass to your favorite attractions. This is a great option for visitors trying to pack as much sightseeing into a Florence vacation as it lets them skip the long queue lines at most of the most popular sites. It is a great buy if you are staying in Firenze for 3 days). Here are some recommended tours of the Duomo: Duomo skip the line guided tour. Guided Tour of the Duomo Including the Rooftop and View the Terraces

Head to the elegant Piazza della Repubblica with its beautiful Triumphal Arch and the ancient Column of Abundance

Now reach Piazza della Signoria with the iconic Palazzo Vecchio and the famous Loggia dei Lanzi .

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Cross the picturesque Ponte Vecchio , but not before having touched the nose of the wild boar decorating a small fountain nearby (it brings good luck!)

Your last stop will be Santa Croce Basilica , with its marble façade, its frescoes, and the tombs of some famous people like Galileo Galilei and Michelangelo.

The view of river Arno and Ponte Vecchio from Uffizi Gallery

Taste the famous Fiorentina Steak for dinner!

Where to stay in Florence

Tourist House Battistero : This accommodation in a 15 th Century building is close to the Ponte Vecchio and the Scudieri Café. You will get a comfortable room with lovely views over the City. Click here for more information and to check the latest prices. C-Hotels Ambasciatori : You will be close to Florence’s main attractions if you stay at this 4-star hotel. It is a chic, modern hotel surrounded by a wonderful history. Click here for more information and to check the latest prices. Plaza Hotel Lucchesi : Built in 1860, this is 4-star accommodation situated close to the Arno River. You will have lovely views of Florence during your stay. Click here for more information and to check the latest prices.

Day 9 Florence

Spend the whole day admiring some of the most famous artistic masterpieces in the world! An example? The iconic David by Michelangelo! Where to find it? In the Galleria Dell’ Accademia .

Tip: There are usually long queues for the Accademia. To save time you can either buy a timed entrance ticket beforehand or book a guided tour. Skip the line entrance ticket to the Accademia Another great option is to book a skip-the-line half-day tour to both the Accademia and Uffizi.

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Another iconic museum is waiting for you: the Uffizi . Skipping the endless line at the entrance is a must, but a guided tour is what you really need to see everything without spending the whole day wandering around and getting lost!

Tip: The queues for the Uffizi are long. To save time you can either buy a timed entrance ticket beforehand or book a guided tour. Here are some great options: Skip the line Ticket to the Uffizi Skip the long queue with a guided tour of the Uffizi

As an alternative, you can replace one of these visits with Palazzo Pitti , especially if you love Renaissance art. If you go there, step outside and visit the beautiful Boboli Gardens !

Don’t miss the sunset from Piazzale Michelangelo and remember to take a picture of the iconic city’s skyline

The Piazzale Michelangelo has become famous because of its wonderful views of Florence and the neighbouring areas. It is equally impressive by night with its flickering lights or as the sunsets.

Check out here my 2 day Florence itinerary. 

Day 10 Tuscany Tour or Cinque Terre

Vernazza - One day in Cinque Terre

There are interesting day trips from Florence to see the larger region. The choice is yours from a few alternatives:

  • San Gimignano and Siena and Chianti are medieval towns within a famous wine region of Italy. It is a lovely region of rolling hills so even the journeys there and back are fun.
  • Pisa with tickets to the leaning tower, another alternative especially if you want to see the Leaning Tower of Pisa.
  • Cinque Terre is a region of lovely small villages that can be done by train from Florence or with an organized group.

You might like: How to spend one day in Cinque Terre . How to get from Florence to Cinque Terre. The most beautiful hilltop village in Tuscany.

Day 11 Florence to Venice

Doge's palace and Campanile on Piazza di San Marco, Venice - 2 days in Venice

Get up early and take a high-speed train to reach the third stop of your 14day itinerary in Italy: Venice ! Try to be there as early as you can to be able to spend the whole day exploring the city.

Start from Piazza San Marco . Enter the majestic San Marco Basilica and enjoy its golden decorations and its byzantine vibes. It’s always extremely crowded, so it’s best to skip the line .

Visit also Palazzo Ducale (Doge’s Palace) and learn who the famous Doge was

Recommended: Skip the line tour to Doge’s Palace & St Mark’s Basilica.

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Learn something more about the other two landmarks of San Marco Square: San Marco Tower and the Clock Tower . You can enjoy a complete visit to the Square and its monuments by taking a guided tour .

Basilica and the Doge's Palace in Venice, - 2 days in Venice

In the afternoon, relax and slowly stroll along the canals . Cross Rialto Bridge and don’t forget to take a picture of the Canal Grande !

Your first night out in Venice shall involve some “cicchetti” and an “ombra” in a local “bacaro” (meaning tasting some local tapas and a glass of wine in one of the typical taverns of Venice!)

Rialto Bridge - 2 days in Venice

Where to stay in Venice

Hotel Al Codega : This comfortable hotel has regularly received positive reviews from its guests. That is because of its location close to some of Venice’s top attractions as well as the facilities they have found within their accommodation. Click here for more information and to check the latest prices. Hotel Rio : Hotel Rio is central within Venice so that you will find attractions close by including the Rialto Bridge. The Venezia Santa Lucia Train Station is near and so it is convenient for arrivals and departures. You can expect every modern amenity including satellite TV and Wi-Fi. Click here for more information and to check the latest prices. Hotel Ai Reali – Small Luxury Hotels of the World : An eclectic mix of Baroque and Neoclassical architecture with plenty of marble, this hotel is among the top tourist selections in Venice.  St. Mark’s Basilica is just a short walk away; perhaps the first major attraction you will see in Venice if you book here? Click here for more information and to check the latest prices.

Day 12 Venice

Burano Island, Venice

Start your day with some Venetian art at the Accademia Galleries . Save at least 2h30 for this visit!

If you love modern and contemporary art, replace this visit with a tour of the Peggy Guggenheim Collection. Click here to book your skip-the-line tickets.

Spend the afternoon visiting the smaller islands of the Venetian Lagoon: Murano, Burano, and Torcello . They are well connected to Venice by water taxi, but you can also choose a combined tour Find here more information and book a cruise to Murano, Burano , and Torcello islands.

The perfect Venetian night? It shall start with a romantic gondola ride . Find here more information and book a 30-minute gondola ride.

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Check out my detailed post about 2 days in Venice .

Day 13 Venice to Milan

Night view of Milan Cathedral - One day in Milan

Today, you’ll reach the last stop of your14day itinerary: Milan ! You can reach it in about 3h by high-speed train

Since you only have 1 day left, focus on the city center and start with the symbol of the city: the Cathedral in Piazza Duomo . This gothic masterpiece deserves a thorough visit and you should absolutely climb up to the rooftop to take in a breathtaking view of the Alps and to see the golden Madonnina (a golden statue of the Virgin Mary protecting the city).

To make the best of your time, choose a fast-track Milan Cathedral and Terraces Guided Tour .

famous Milan Cathedral - one day in Milan

You won’t probably have enough time for a visit, but you should spend a moment to watch the medieval Sforza Castle .

Take a moment to also enjoy some nature and get out of Milan’s crazy traffic in the lovely Sempione Park !

How to spend your last night in Italy? At La Scala Theater of course! It doesn’t need to be super expensive, just have a look at the discounted shows offered by ScalAperta – Teatro alla Scala . Check the regular schedule at Teatro alla Scala

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Where to stay in Milan

NYX Hotel Milan : This 299-room hotel near the Central Station is close to a number of the City’s attractions; “La Scala” Opera House, the Sforzesco Castle and”Golden Triangle” (Quadrilatero Della Moda). There is a bar, restaurant, gym, and Wi-Fi. Click here for more information and to check the latest prices. Mandarin Oriental Milano : This 104-room hotel takes up four 18 th Century buildings in Quadrilatero della Moda. Its elegant décor, spa, pool and gym, and excellent service combine with a Michelin-starred restaurant, one of two in the hotel, to provide a memorable stay in Milan, no matter how brief. Click here for more information and to check the latest prices.

You can also check my one day Milan itinerary.

Day 14 Fly Home

Book your flight in the afternoon to be able to enjoy an unmissable artistic masterpiece also included in the UNESCO’s World Heritage List: The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci . It is kept in the Cenacolo Vinciano, which is part of the monastery of Santa Maria delle Grazie. Visitors are admitted a few days a week and in small groups, so plan your visit in advance ( Last Supper, Leonardo Da Vinci | Cenacolo Vinciano Official Website ). As an alternative, take a guided tour .

Time to fly home!  Reach Malpensa international airport by bus ( By Coach | Milan Malpensa Airport (milanomalpensa-airport.com) ) or by train ( By Train | Milan Malpensa Airport (milanomalpensa-airport.com) ) and say bye to Italy…or better, see you soon!

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Italy Itinerary: 14 Days in Paradise

From the beautiful Venice on the lake to the historical center of Florence, from the picturesque islands of Cinque Terre to the holy Vatican city, most of the best sights in Italy can be experienced with in 2 weeks. Between stops at notable monuments, we still found time to wander each city endlessly. Below is a list of tips & advice for the cities and towns I’d recommend anyone to visit if they’ve a short stay in the country. I will briefly go over my experience, things to be aware of, and the must-sees for each city. This Italy itinerary 14 days can definitely be adjusted according to your liking!

A Brief Overview of this Italy Itinerary 14 Days

Highlights of spending 2 days and 1 night in Venice:   

Doge’s Palace and Saint Mark’s Basilica in the evening to catch the sunset

Take a gondola or water taxi on the Grand Canal

Highlights of using Florence as a base for 5 days :

Visit the Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore and the open air museum in Piazza Della Signoria

1-2 day hike in Cinque Terre

A morning stroll around Pisa

Highlights of staying in Rome for 4 Days:

Visit the historical Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill. Strolls through the city center and other noted monuments Leave a day for the Vatican City

Highlights and Recommendations for the remaining 3 Days

Best Time To Go To Italy

The best time to visit Italy is in the Spring or during the Fall season. Between May and June, and September and October, the weather in Italy will be picture perfect. Try to avoid school holidays and long weekends for cheaper prices and less tourism.

2 Days and a Night in Venice

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Make sure to confirm your hotel/Airbnb address before arriving! Although the location of my Airbnb was shown on Google Maps, it took me some time before figuring out that the address was wrong.

I ended up wandering the streets of Venice with my luggage. Not a fun experience after a flight :'(

Be Aware: Needless to say, the streets of Venice were confusing. On a map, the layout seems straightforward enough. It’s a tiny island with small streets here and there, resembling any other European city. The story is completely different when you are physically there. There were no less than a few thousand intersections and crisscrossing alleyways. Many streets were impossible to locate due to the numbering system ( instead of having different street names, the houses are numbered in accordance with the districts ).

Tips & Advice: It really isn’t an Italy itinerary without Venice! This beautiful town is best experienced by exploring the streets and small shops with a local. Stop by Doge’s Palace and Saint Mark’s Basilica in the evening to catch the sunset. Most spots in the township are easily accessible by foot, but do take a gondola or water taxi on the Grand Canal so you can enjoy the views of Venice from below.

Venice was extremely small and pricey. As such, a day in the town was enough. But to experience the romantic strolls at night, we decided to leave the following afternoon.

5 days in Florence

Use florence as the base for cinque terre  (1-2 day) and pisa (1 day).

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Although Florence was crowded with people and traffic, it remains one of my favorite destinations in Europe! Situated 10 minutes away from the spectacular Dome, our Airbnb was only EUR 19 for two beds!

The Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore was breathtaking; the city magnificent, the open air museum in Piazza Della Signoria was extra charming with a saxophone soloist. There is so much to see here. From its beautiful architecture to its art and history, definitely, spend a few nights in this magical city. Piazzale Michelangelo has the best panorama views of the city!

Tips & Advice: To be honest, since the city is small, a day or two is enough to see everything. However, Florence is just charming enough and worth a few more days if you’ve 14 days in Italy! BlablaCar and Airbnb are extremely easy to use in Italy, and much more affordable and flexible in terms of booking. If you have a love for history, take a guided tour of Michelangelo’s David Guided with an art historian.

Italy Itinerary 14 Days: Cinque Terre

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An Italy travel itinerary isn’t complete without this beautiful region.

Tips & Advice: Waking up at 6 am, we caught the earliest train at the Florence central station. Cinque Terre is famous for its 5 different villages and their colorful dwellings by the sea. Again, all the trains and associated timetables are available on Itali Rail .

The ticket for these villages as mentioned below are only sold at the station in La Spezia and the front desk of some hotels .

After arriving at Genoa train station (La Spezia), there is a separate train for these villages. The station provides a rather great explanation for what’s to come. They hand out little cards that detail the various trains times between each village, as well as the hiking trails between these little towns.

Experience: Unfortunately, only one of the hiking trails connecting the villages was open, but it was enough for the day. The hike was exhausting, lasting nearly 2 hours. We thought one day was enough for Cinque Terre. If you don’t want the hassle of catching the trains, join an all-inclusive day tour from Florence!

2 Week Italy Itinerary: Pisa

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Experience: After returning to Florence for the night, we decided to stop by Pisa the next day. Instead of catching a train, we took a BlablaCar to Pisa. The ride was approximately 1.30 hrs and costed EUR 8 per person. On the way, the driver pointed out the Tuscany Vineyards , which was extremely beautiful.

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A day is definitely enough wandering the streets of Pisa, as the space containing all the famous architecture within the city is not too big. Participate in a guided tour of Pisa and its various monuments to better experience this gorgeous city.

Be Aware: A lot of people love bringing food for a picnic on the lawn of the Leaning Tower, but you will likely get hooted off by security.

4 Days in Rome

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We spent a few days exploring the streets of Rome and ended up skipping a few tourist attractions due to the number of people. However, if you aren’t exactly keen on going inside the monuments, I found the experience of wandering around town during night-time was much better. There were barely any people and the lights were beautiful!

Tips and Advice: If you only have 14 days in Italy, 3 days was definitely enough for the main tourist attractions in Rome!

  • First Day: dedicate 3 hours to the Colosseum , Roman Forum , and Palatine Hill . This includes the wait in line and photo ops. A few hours should be spent walking around the city center, with stops at the Arch of Titus , Piazza Navona , Pantheon, Trevi Fountain and St. Peter’s Basilica . Don’t forget to stop by to get some Gelato and Pizza! This will be a long day, but everything is quite close together!
  • Second Day: Visit Trastevere, a quirky little neighbor in the area and explore the streets away from the major tourist attractions. I though Rome can be quite hectic if not planned wisely.
  • Third Day: Spend a day at the Vatican! The wait time for the Vatican can be up to an hour or more during the busier seasons

2 Week Italy Itinerary: The Remaining 3 Days

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Without a doubt, Italy is so much more than these few cities. There is Milan , one of the fashion capitals of the world. (Visit before or after Venice since it is located in North Italy) . Bologna is yet another great stop located between Florence and Rome. Down south, you have the beautiful waters of the Mediterranean. Visit Naples or the breathtaking Sicily .

This is definitely a very fast-pace and tiring agenda for those who are physically able. However, if you are on a tight schedule yet don’t want to miss any of the spectacular sights, (like myself), this might do!

We spent around CAD 500 for the two of us. This was a pretty expensive trip compared to my usual backpacking journys. But since we opt for nicer Airbnb instead of Couchsurfing , it was quite worth it!

CAD 300 was spent on Airbnb. Aside from the cheaper stay in Florence, Venice and Rome were pretty pricey. The rest were on transportation throughout the country. Trains in Italy were expensive. I didn’t really notice it until going to Cinque Terre due to the lack of BlablaCars in that region. I believe we ended up spending CAD 100 just for the various trains throughout the day.

Nevertheless, this was such a great experience and definitely worth the trip! If you ‘ve any questions about this Italy itinerary 14 days, feel free to email me!

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2 Weeks in Italy: The Perfect 14 days Italy Itinerary for First Timers

2 Weeks in Italy: The Perfect 14 days Italy Itinerary for First Timers

Thinking of planning a trip to Italy? This 2 weeks in Italy itinerary will be a perfect guide to help you plan your Italy trip.

2 weeks in Italy is, in fact, the perfect amount of time to see the major cities of Rome, Florence and Venice along with some introductory visits to the mesmerizing regions of Tuscany, Amalfi Coast and Cinque Terre.

Our own Italy trip and valuable inputs from our Worldwide Wander Community have helped us create this perfect 2 weeks Italy itinerary for first time visitors.

This Italy itinerary shall transport you back to ancient Roman times, make you bask in the Tuscan sun, sail the seas of Amalfi coast, admire the art in Florence, explore the untouched towns of Cinque Terre and traverse the canals of Venice.

All this, while continuously hogging on the best pasta, pizza, Tiramisu, pastries, Aperol Spritz and Limoncello in the world!  

You can follow this 14 days Italy travel guide step by step or simply use it as an inspiration to plan your own trip to Italy!

We’re sure you’ll have an amazing vacation in Italy and shall be planning your return at the end of your first trip itself!

To create the most balanced itinerary for 2 weeks in Italy, follow the outline of our suggested Italy itinerary for 14 days below:

  • Day 0: Arrival
  • Day 1 – 3: Rome
  • Day 4 – 6: Amalfi Coast
  • Day 7 – 9: Tuscany
  • Day 10: Cinque Terre
  • Day 11 – 13: Venice
  • Milan 14 – Milan and departure

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Also, if you refer the following Italy travel blog posts, you can upgrade a good Italy trip to a GREAT Italian Adventure!

  • Our Complete 14 Days Italy Itinerary for an amazing first trip to Italy
  • 1To Make the most of your time in Rome: A fully Packed 3 Days in Rome Itinerary
  • Save Time and Money by following our Cinque Terre Itinerary that allows you to cover all the 5 villages in One Day!
  • Absorb culture and beauty of Florence and the surrounding Region of Tuscany by copying our 3 Days Florence Itinerary
  • A detailed guide to Venice and its surroundings by following our highly detailed 3 Days in Venice itinerary
  • Explore the best of Milan in a single day with this perfectly planned One Day Milan itinerary
  • Bring back a piece of Italy with you by shopping from this extensive list of Unique Italy Souvenirs

Quick overview

Day 0: Arrival and Acclimatization

2 weeks in Italy itinerary - Rome

You can start this 2 week Italy itinerary in either Milan or Rome and then follow along the chronology stated above.

In our experience, flight tickets to Rome are the cheapest. Hence, we recommend beginning your Italy trip from here.

However, if you find a great flight deal to Milan, you can follow this itinerary in reverse and it’ll be just as spectacular.

If you’re flying from a country outside Europe, your flight might be landing in Rome by late afternoon or early evening. It shall be impossible to go straight for sight-seeing in Rome considering the fatigue and jet-lag. Hence, use this day to relax, rejuvenate and freshen up for an amazing 3 days in Rome .

If you’re traveling from somewhere nearby, book your tickets in such a way that you reach Rome early in the morning. You can then drop your bags at the hotel, freshen up and start your 3 days in Rome immediately .

2 weeks in Italy Day 1-3 Rome

2 weeks in Italy itinerary - Rome

What better place to start your 2 weeks in Italy itinerary than the Eternal city itself. Rome drips of history from every corner and every cobblestoned street of its medieval infrastructure.

You can plan your Rome trip in the exact same fashion like we have illustrated in our fully packed 3 Days in Rome itinerary . Alternatively, you may take inspiration from it and plan according to your taste and preference.

Either which way, you must include the following must visit attractions and activities in your 3 days in Rome .

Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill

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The Colosseum is the biggest and the most iconic attraction of Rome. This ancient monument was the symbol of Rome’s grandeur and entertainment. It is the largest amphitheater in the world with a seating capacity of 50,000 spectators when it was operational.

Just beside the Colosseum is the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill. The Roman forum was the center of all social, political, economic and religious life in ancient Rome. On the other side, the Palatine hill is regarded as the birth place of Rome with its own set of ruins and monuments to explore.

It is imperative that you buy a skip the line ticket to the Colosseum to avoid wasting your time in lines during your 3 days in Rome . The ticket includes skip the line entry to the Roman forum and Palatine hill as well .

To enhance your experience 10-fold, we recommend you buy this highly rated guided tour of the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill . The guided tour shall help you optimize your time, click the best pictures for Instagram and leave you a lot more knowledgeable than you were before visiting Rome.

⏰ Recommended Time: 3 Hours

💶 Entry Fee: (queueing required at entrance) Adults: €16 | Youths aged 18-25: €2 | Everyone below 18 gets free entry. This Skip the line ticket is recommended

🧑🏻 Guided Tour: Colosseum Guided Tour with Roman Forum and Palatine Hill (⭐4.7/5 from 25,000 reviews)

Trevi Fountain

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The Trevi fountain is the largest and most famous Baroque fountain in the world. It was built in the year 1762 over an ancient aqueduct.

The fountain is always swarming with tourists and crowds are almost impossible to avoid during the day. Hence, visit early in the morning around sunrise to get people free pictures with the beautiful fountain.

Toss a coin in the Trevi fountain with your right hand over your left shoulder. Legend has it that if you do so, you shall be returning to Rome in the near future.

⏰ Recommended Visit Time: Half an Hour

💶 Entry Fee: Absolutely free!

🧑🏻 Guided Tour: Guided tour of the Aqueduct beneath the Trevi Fountain (⭐4.7/5)

2 weeks in Italy itinerary - Pantheon

The Pantheon is the oldest preserved monument that you’ll come across during your 2 weeks in Italy. It was built in 27 BC by Marcus Agripa, the name you see carved at the entrance of the building.

The architecture of the building is so grand that it was publicly acknowledged by the world-renowned sculptor Michelangelo himself.

Entrance to the Pantheon is free. However, you might have to wait in lines and may not be able to admire the beauty of this masterpiece without a guide.

This highly rated guided tour of Pantheon takes care of both of the above problems!

⏰ Recommended Visit Time: 1 Hour

💶 Entry Fee: €5 from July, 2023. But guided tour is recommended to avoid wasting time in lines.

🧑🏻 Guided Tour: Pantheon Guided tour (⭐4.7/5)

Vatican City and Vatican Museums

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Ah! The iconic Vatican City. The smallest country in the world and the residence of the Pope.

The Vatican City houses the famous Vatican museums and Gardens, the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica.

There are REALLY long lines at all of the above spots and buying the skip the line tickets is not only recommended but also insisted.

To better understand the beautiful art of the Vatican museum, get priority access and also get a secret entry to St. Peter’s Basilica, we recommend booking this official guided tour of the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica.

If you don’t book the above tour and just buy the skip the line tickets of the Vatican museums, you will still have to wait in long lines to enter St. Peter’s Basilica.

⏰ Recommended Visit Time

🏛 Vatican Museums: 2 Hours

⛪ St. Peter’s Basilica: 1 Hour

💶 Entry Fee

🏛 Vatican Museums: €17 for adults | Youth under 25: €8 | Free for Children under 6 years (queueing is required)

⛪ St. Peter’s Basilica: Free but queueing is required

🧑🏻 Guided Tour: Official guided tour of the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica (⭐4.7/5)

We insist you to check out our fully-packed 3 days in Rome Itinerary to get a comprehensive list of all the things to do in Rome in 3 days . The itinerary has a detailed day wise guide and insider tips along with recommended restaurants and budget saving hacks. Also, if you’re a vegetarian like us, you can check out our favorite restaurants to find Vegetarian food in Rome .

2 weeks in Italy Day 4-6 Amalfi Coast

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The next stop during your 2 weeks in Italy is the picturesque beach area of the Amalfi coast.

You shall be spending 3 days in this area covering the must visit towns of Sorrento, Positano and the island of Capri.

In order to keep this 2 weeks Italy itinerary convenient, smooth and budget friendly, we recommend basing yourself in Sorrento and then make day trips to Capri and Positano.

For travel between locations in Italy, trains are the cheapest and most efficient modes of transportation. Be sure to book your tickets in advance to get a cheaper rate and also ensure availability.

Another economical option is taking a bus. This is a good option in case you’re traveling between locations that don’t have direct train connections like from Rome to Sorrento.

Find the most competitive Rates for trains, buses and ride sharing in Italy here!

Italy Trip Day 4: Sorrento

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As explained above, you need to base yourself in the beach town of Sorrento as it is the most convenient and most affordable of all the places to stay in Amalfi Coast.

How to reach Sorrento from Rome?

There are no direct trains from Rome to Sorrento, so you’ll have to take a train from Rome to Naples and then change for Sorrento. However, that involves a lot of hassle especially when you have heavy luggage with you.

On the other hand, you can do what we did and take the much more convenient option – the bus! It takes about 4 hours but the ride is very comfortable and there are no transfers involved.

Check out ticket prices for your travel dates here!

Things to do in Sorrento

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Upon reaching Sorrento, check into your hotel and set out to explore the beautiful beach town.

You can stroll across the Marina Grande and enjoy its boardwalk atmosphere by having lunch at the many sea-facing restaurants.

 Post lunch, explore the vine covered Cloister of San Fresco. Then enjoy a beautiful sunset from Villa Comunale – a park and terrace above Marina Grande, with splendid views of the Gulf of Nalples and Mount Vesuvius .

This town is renowned for its lemons and the various lemon products it makes. Our favorite is the Limoncello, an alcoholic drink made from lemons and it is also one of the best souvenirs to bring from Italy.

Sorrento is the best place to buy Limoncello as the Limoncello here is authentic, locally made and much cheaper than other popular Amalfi Coast tourist towns like Positano and Capri.

Italy Trip Day 5: Positano

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On Day 5 of your 14 days Italy itinerary, take the SITA bus from Sorrento to Positano. The ticket costs merely €2 and can be purchased from the tobacconists at the bottom staircase of Sorrento Station .

Make sure that you start early to avoid the crowds in the bus and sit on the right-hand side to enjoy beautiful coastal views of Amalfi during the ride. Starting early is a must because there have been cases where you might have to stand in the bus in case it is overbooked.

❕ Note: Avoid renting a car for your visit to Positano or Amalfi as the roads are a real challenge to drive on and you will have to park the car outside the villages. The parking rates are really steep due to a lack of space and are simply not worth it.

Positano is the most beautiful of the Amalfi coast villages. It still retains its small fishing village vibe unlike the recently well-developed Amalfi.

It has a great collection of cliffside restaurants, an abundant number of private beaches and beautiful nature trails to discover some of the best vantage points.

Explore the narrow cobblestoned lanes of the village, check out the cute boutique shops, try amazing Lemon Gelato and have drink at the many amazing restaurants overlooking the Mediterranean.

If you’re an avid hiker, you can hike the Path of the Gods. It is an 8 km long mule trail that connects the Amalfi villages and provides breathtaking views of the Amalfi Coast.

If you don’t wish to limit this day just to Positano, you can book a chauffeured tour of the entire Amalfi coast like this one that takes you to the beautiful towns of Amalfi, Positano and Ravello.

Return to your hotel in Sorrento before dark to avoid being stranded the last few buses of the day leave around 8 but they get sold out and are often crowded. Buy your return ticket to Sorrento the moment you enter Positano.

Italy Trip Day 6: Capri

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Capri is located a mere 20 min. ferry ride from Sorrento.

You can set off early in the morning before the crowds and reach Marina Grande. Book your return ticket in advance to avoid paying premium prices.

Upon reaching Capri, y ou will be heckled by a lot of ferry drivers for boat tours around Capri. These tours are often overpriced and a lot of our friends told us that they were sub-par.

 It’s better to book your excursion around Capri with a reputed company in advance. We booked this amazing Island Boat trip around Capri (⭐4.1/5). No matter who you book with, ensure that your boat trip includes the following stops:

  • Punta Carena Lighthouse
  • Bagni di Tiberio
  • Sea caves of White Grotto and Green Grotto
  • Faraglioni Rocks
  • An optional visit to the Blue Grotto

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❕ Note: The visit to the Blue grotto involves an additional fee of €14 to enter the grotto. Do not skip this. It is a surreal sea cave where the waters glow sapphire blow. The water is the only source of light in the damp, dark cave. It is definitely one of nature’s mysteries and a must visit during any trip to Capri.

⏰ Duration: 2 hours

🧑🏻 Recommended Tour: Capri Island Bat Trip and Blue Grotto Visit (⭐4.1/5)

If you wish swim or snorkel in the amazing blue waters near Capri or if you don’t wish to get into the hassle of taking a ferry to and from Capri, book this highly rated Small group boat tour of Capri from Sorrento (⭐4.8/5).

It includes all the spots mentioned above, a Limoncello tasting, appetizers and two amazing stops for swimming in the Capri waters!

On Capri island itself, explore the Agustus Gardens, ride the scenic chairlift to the top of Monte Solaro and explore the food scene of this tiny, beautiful island!

2 weeks in Italy Day 7-9 Tuscany

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On day 7 of your 14 days Italy itinerary, take an early morning bus from Sorrento to Nalples train station . It costs barely €5 and saves a lot of time. You shall reach Naples by 8 AM. Have your breakfast at the convenient but amazing Café Vyta while you wait for your train.

From Naples, take the direct train to Florence and you shall be in the cultural city by noon!

Use the rest of the day to explore the city of Florence as stated below.

2 Weeks in Italy Day 7: Florence

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You’ve arrived in noon. So, to make the best of your time, drop your luggage at your hotel and set out to explore Florence. We recommend covering the following locations on your first day.

You can also check out our detailed 3 Days in Florence Itinerary for information on how to get around and best area to stay in Florence, along with other things you can include in the below mentioned itinerary. For vegetarians like us, this detailed guide on finding Vegetarian food in Florence cannot be missed.

Accademia Gallery

You can’t be in Florence and not visit the Accademia! It houses the best sculptures by the renowned Italian Michelangelo, esp. the famous David! The Accademia is also Europe’s first school of drawing. Hence, it boasts of an extensive collection of paintings dating back to the 15 th century.

Book a timed entry ticket to The Accademia so that you don’t have to wait in lines and waste time on the 7 th day of your 14 days Italy itinerary.

As always, a guided tour definitely increases your experience manifold!

⏰ Opening Hours: Tuesday to Sunday | 8:15 AM to 7:15 PM daily. (last entry at 6:15 PM)

💶 Entry Fee: Check out the price for Timed Entry Ticket Here

🧑🏻 Guided Tour: Accademia Gallery and David Guided Tour (⭐4.5/5)

Florence Cathedral

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After the Accademia Gallery, walk a mere 500m to the Florence Cathedral. Admire the beauty of this 13 th century Gothic Church with a majestic dome that adorns the city’s skyline!

The dome (Cupola), designed by Filippo Brunelleschi was an inspiration to many architects and artists during the Renaissance period .

Even more impressive is the fresco inside the Dome by Giorgio Vasari, called the Last Judgement.

Marvel at the beauty, intricacy and the grandeur of the architecture of the Florence Cathedral and don’t skip climbing up the dome! You will truly be able to admire the work that went into creating the Cupola and also get an unprecedented view of Florence.

Without skip the line tickets like this one , you shall not be able to visit the Cathedral on Day 7 of your Italy itinerary. So, make sure you book them in advance and witness the Italian sun set over Florence.

⏰Recommended Visit Time

⛪ Cathedral: 1.5 Hours

🛎 Dome: 1 Hour

💶 Entry Fee: Free for Cathedral | Recommended Skip the line Ticket for Dome and Cathedral

🧑🏻 Guided Tour: Duomo Cathedral Guided Tour (⭐4.1/5)

Piazza della Signoria

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It’ll be almost sunset by the time you are done visiting the Duomo. Head to Piazza Della Signoria – one of the most artistic, sculpture-laden and happening squares in Florence.

Stroll across the beautiful square and admire the various sculptures like the Neptune Fountain, the replica of David and all other amazing sculptures in the Loggia ( public Sculpture Gallery).

If you have some time left, you can also visit the Pallazo Vechio.

Have dinner in the many amazing nearby restaurants and call in an early night.

2 Weeks in Italy Day 8: Florence and Tuscan Country side in the afternoon

For Day 8 of your two week Italy itinerary, book a tour to Tuscany like this highly rated Chianti Wineries with Food and Wine Tasting . This half day tour begins in the afternoon at about 2:30 PM. As a result, you get a great amount of time in the morning, to visit other epic attractions in Florence.

Start your day at 7 AM and visit the following attractions in the order provided:

Pitti Palace and Boboli Gardens

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Be one of the first people to enter Paitti Palace today and book a timed entrance ticket to the Pitti Palace . Witness the grandeur and beauty of the exterior of this lavish palace. Inside the Palace, visit the Galleria Palatina that was used by the Medici family as their residence.

Your ticket also provides you access to the Gallery of Modern Art that houses an exquisite collection of art from the 18 th century to World War 1.

Boboli Gardens are located directly behind the Pitti Palace. These gardens were one of the first examples of Italian landscaping which were later on emulated in many European sites.

The garden has artificial Grottos – stone caves, exquisite fountains, manicured lawns and hedges and marble sculptures throughout its vast landscape. It’s a great place for a picnic too!

⏰ Recommended Visit Time: 3 Hours

💶 Entry Fee: For Pitti Palace | For Boboli Gardens

Ponte Vechio

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After spending an amazing morning in the Boboli gardens, take a walk across the Ponte Vechio.

The bridge is a work of spectacular engineering as it was the first segmental arch bride built in the West.

The Ponte Vechio is famous because of two very unique reasons:

  • It is the only bridge n Florence that survived the bombing in World War II.
  • It is the only bridge in the world where people still have a residence in!

That’s right, people live on this bridge!

Today, this bridge is full of jewelry stores and art dealers. Grab a gelato and make your way to our next stop the Uffizi Gallery

Uffizi Gallery

2 weeks in Italy itinerary - Uffizi Gallery

The Uffizi gallery is one of the oldest museums in Europe and houses one of the largest collections of Renaissance art in the world! You can see works of Michelangelo, Da Vinci, Raffaello and many others. One of the most revered works of art are Boticelli’s Primavera and Birth of Venus .

Apart from the paintings and sculptures, the building of the Uffizi itself is greatly admired as a work of art.

Make sure you book a timed ticket to the Uffizi Gallery in advance as the tickets for your particular time slot generally sell out very fast.

⏰ Recommended Visit Time: 2 Hours

🧑🏻 Guided Tour: Uffizi Gallery Small Group Tour (⭐4.7/5)

You can visit all of the above 3 attractions in reverse order as well depending on what is closer to your hotel. Wither way, your target is to be free by 2 PM as that is when the pick up of you Chianti Vineyards tour is scheduled!

Chianti Wine Tour

2 weeks in Italy itinerary - Chianti Vineyards

You can’t come to the region of Tuscany and not visit the Tuscan countryside ! The region of Tuscany is famous around the world for its vineyards, olive plantations and the products that come from them.

You can easily spend an entire week exploring the little Tuscan villages on a 7 day Tuscany road trip. However, since we are short on time, we suggest booking a half day tour to one of the best vineyards in the region.

This Chianti wine tour includes pick up from Florence, wine tastings in two amazing vineyards, delicious cheeses, breads and cold cuts to pair your wine with a local guide.

If you have an entire day in Florence and wish to cover unique places like Pisa, Siena and San Gimignano along with Chianti, you can opt for this highly-rated Day trip that includes lunch !

The tours are cost effective and is probably the most efficient way to get a taste of Tuscany, so that you can plan an even longer trip later on!

🧑🏻 Guided Tours:

Half Day Chianti Wineries Tour with Food and Wine Tasting (⭐4.6/5)

Full Day Pisa, Siena, Sam Gimignano Day Trip with Lunch (⭐4.4/5)

If you still have time and wish to include more things to do in Florence or want more details on where to live in Florence or how to get around Florence, visit our detailed itinerary on spending 3 days in Florence .

Day 9: Pisa and Transit to La Spezia

2 weeks in Italy itinerary - Pisa

Day 9 of your Italy trip involves visiting the beautiful town of Pisa and takes care of logistics to explore the magical area of Cinque Terre. Check out of your Florence hotel and take the train to Florence.

Find the most competitive prices of trains and buses here!

You can drop your luggage in Pisa Centrale station at the storage facility located at the end of Platform 1. The charges are as nominal as €3 for 12 hours.

Once you’ve dropped your luggage, head to the Piazza De Miracoli which houses all the major attractions of Pisa. Take the highly efficient LAM Rossa bus service that runs every 20 minutes .

At Piazza De Miracoli, show your skip the line ticket to the Leaning Tower of Pisa and head straight to the top of the Tower to enjoy unhindered views of the Pisa skyline.

If you arrive early during the day, you shall also be able to take people-free images with the Leaning Tower.

Visit other beautiful monuments in the Piazza De Miracoli like the Duomo (Cathedral), Baptistry di San Giovanni and Camposanto.

The entire trip would take around 3 hours . Post that, you can relax in the gardens or have lunch at a nearby restaurant. We personally loved the food at La Ghiotteria for their authentic Italian cuisine.

Transit to La Spezia

2 weeks in Italy itinerary - La Spezia

After lunch, collect your luggage at the train station and catch a train to La Spezia. La Spezia shall be your base for exploring the Cinque Terre.

We recommend staying in La Spezia as it is very well connected to all the villages of Cinque Terre by train and you can find better accommodation in La Spezia as compared to the overpriced ones in other Cinque Terre.

Book your hotel near the train station. We stayed at The Poet Hotel , one of the few 4-star hotels in the city very close to the La Spezia Centrale station. It is great value for money as well!

Before leaving the La Spezia Centrale Station collect your Cinque Terre Train Card from the ticket office for the next day.

For €16, this card not only provides unlimited train travel between all the stations but also provides access to ATC bus services, free use of public restrooms in the train stations, WiFi in park hotspots and access to hiking trails! Definitely worth it.

2 weeks in Italy Day 10: Cinque Terre

2 weeks in Italy itinerary - Cinque Terre

Spend your Day 10 in Italy exploring the colorful towns of Cinque Terre . You shall be visiting all the five main villages of Cinque Terre in one day by train in the order of your choice. Take the train from the La Spezia Centrale station and use your Cinque Terre train card for hassle free transit.

Each village provides a unique experience with the same cultural and scenic backdrop.

  • Manarola: Our favorite town in Cinque Terre. It has exhilarating cliff jumping spots, is great for swimming, has treks to incredible vantage points of the village and amazing cliffside restaurants . A great place for lunch is Nessun Dorma. The Disney movie Luca was based on this little town.
  • Corniglia: The town perched up higher than the others in the mountain.  Take the shuttle bus to the town from the station. In the village, grab the best Gelato in Cinque Terre at Alberto Gelateria and explore the narrow back alleys that lead to a breathtaking viewpoint .
  • Vernazza: Explore the colorful streets, hike to the Doria tower for unprecedented views of the village, stroll across the jeti and swim in the clear waters in the northern part of the bay . Vernazza exudes a vibe that cannot be described in words.
  • Monterosso: The largest of all the villages. It is the only village in Cinque Terre with an amazing sandy beach, ready with sun loungers, umbrellas and a board walk . Relax, get a foot massage and bask in the sun here.
  • Riomaggiore: Walk through the tunnels to reach the town from the train station. It has an amazing, stoney jetti that provides post-card perfect views of the village. This is the best town to rent a kayak and go exploring the coast of Cinque Terre!

For a detailed guide and the most perfect way to explore all the towns, check out our detailed guide on visiting Cinque Terre in One Day !

Recommended Guided Day Trips

If you don’t wish to fall into the hassle of all the detailed planning , you can book this supremely convenient Cinque Terre Tour by Train that follows the same route as our 1 day Cinque Terre Itinerary. It also has additional benefits like a local guide and Limoncino tasting!

If you opted for a day trip to Pisa, Siena and San Gimignano on Day 9, you’re probably still in Florence . In that case, you can opt for this extremely highly-rated tour to Cinque Terre from Florence (⭐4.9/5) like a lot of tourists do. It is efficient, cost effective and covers all the highlights!

From La Spezia: Cinque Terre Tour by Train with Limoncino (⭐4.3/5)

From La Spezia: Cinque Terre Sailing Tour by Speedboat (⭐4.8/5)

From Florence: Cinque Terre Day Trip (⭐4.9/5)

❕ Note: Cinque Terre is a hilly town and exploring it requires a lot of walking and a lot of stairs. If you’re someone who has a problem with that, you should substitute these 2 days in Cinque Terre with a visit to Lake Como.

2 weeks in Italy Day 11-13: Venice

2 weeks in Italy itinerary - Venice

On Day 11 of your 2 weeks in Italy, you shall be going to Venice from La Spezia.

You can either make a train trip that involves two transfers or you can opt for a bus that drops you directly at Venice.

Check out the most competitive rates and timings of your bus and train tickets here!

Spend your 3 days in Venice exploring the beautiful city of Venice and enjoy the following attractions and must – do activities in Venice:

St. Mark’s Square, Basilica and Doge’s Palace

2 weeks in Italy itinerary - San Marco Square

St. Mark’s square is the most popular square in Venice. It houses two of the most iconic sights of Venice – St. Mark’s Basilica and Doge’s Palace.

In St. Mark’s Basilica, admire the beautiful golden mosaics covering the high walls and the Pala d’Oro, the spectacular altarpiece made from enamel and gold leaf.

Visit the Doge’s Palace, the seat from which the powerful family ruled the Republic of Venice. Book a skip the line ticket to Doge’s Palace (⭐4.6/5) and stroll across the majestic halls. Marvel at the masterpieces of art, frescoes and the Bridge of Sighs.

To enhance your experience, book this widely loved Doge’s Palace and St. Mark’s Basilica Guided Tour (⭐4.6/5).

The Bridges of Venice

2 weeks in Italy itinerary - Rialto bridge

Exploring Venice on foot and getting lost in its alley ways is one of the best things to do in Venice.

What enhances this experience even more is the shear number of unique bridges in Venice.

Some of these bridges are architectural masterpieces, while others have unique story behind them. Explore Venice on foot and cross as many of these bridges.

The following are the best bridges in Venice for an Instagram shot:

  • Rialto Bridge
  • Ponte dell’Accademia
  • Ponte degli Scalzi
  • Ponte della Constituzione
  • Ponte del Diavolo
  • Ponte dei Tre Archi
  • Ponte della Paglia

Gondola Ride

2 weeks in Italy itinerary - Gondola

Gondola rides in the Grand Canal are so popular that they have become synonymous with a trip to Venice. However, they are a bit too expensive if you buy them on the spot.

During peak seasons, visitors have had to pay upwards of €100 per person for riding the Gondola on a shared basis! In order to avoid paying outrageous amounts of fees on the spot, we recommend booking a ticket in advance.

These are the following, most reasonably priced tickets available:

  • For travelers on a budget: Join a group of 5 on this Gondola Ride with App Commentary (⭐4.2/5) to enjoy a Gondola ride at barely 30% of the cost.
  • For Couples, groups, families and luxury travelers: Book a Private Gondola ride (⭐4.1/5) which can accommodate a group of 5. This is an ideal set up for couples and families. They can enjoy a Gondola ride privately, at their own pace and without paying the outrageous rates in Venice!

Burano, Murano and Torcello Islands

2 weeks in Italy itinerary - Burano

Ensure that you dedicate one day of your time in Venice to visiting nearby island villages in the lagoon. The villages of Burano, Murano and Torcello are some of the most beautiful and also the most popular!

Burano is a small fishing village that has a string of colorful houses on either side of the lagoon. It is a great spot for exploring hidden gems and getting some amazing shots for Instagram.

Murano is famous all over Italy for its glassware. You can visit a glass factory and see the entire process of crystal-making from scratch!

Torcello is another quaint little town with medieval architecture and a beautiful vibe. One of the main attractions of Torcello are the Venetian-Byzantine Mosaics of Basilica di Santa Maria Assunta. Also interesting is the Throne of Attila. You can easily spend and hour here exploring the beautiful town.

The best way to visit these three villages is by booking this Murano, Burano, Torcello and Glass factory tour (⭐4.4/5). It is, in fact, cheaper than what it would cost if you bought public ferry tickets to all three villages.

🧑🏻Guided Tour: Murano, Burano, Torcello and Glass Factory Tour (⭐4.4/5)

2 Weeks in Italy Day 14: Milan and departure

2 weeks in Italy itinerary - Milan

On the last day of your 2 week Italy itinerary, visit Italy’s design capital – Milan.

Take a direct train or bus from Venice to Milan in the morning.

Plan your day in Milan depending on your flight time. Try to cover as many of the following must visit locations in Milan, before your flight out of Italy:

  • Milan Cathedral
  • Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie
  • Grand Galleria Vittorio Emanuale II
  • Castello Sforzesco
  • Leonardo Da Vinci Museum of Science and Technology
  • The very happening Navigli District
  • Tiatro Alla Scala

Don’t be worried in case you think that’s a lot of places to visit in Milan. Most of them are located within walking distance of each other and some even lie between two major attractions.

For example, to reach Tietro Alla Scala (the grand opera house of Milan) from the Milan Cathedral, you need to walk through the Galleria Vittorio. That’s three of the 7 attractions listed above in a matter of 10 minutes!

Refer our dedicated blog post for a more detailed One Day Milan itinerary that explains everything from things to do in Milan, where to store your luggage, how to get around and how to reach the airport!

This shall be the last day of your Italy trip, so make sure you spend it in a way that captures the entire essence of your trip. Eat great food, sip on some Aperol Spritz along the Navigli Canal, marvel at the architecture of the cathedral or admire the works of Leonardo Da Vinci in his museum!

In a Nutshell!

That brings us to the end of our guide to planning a trip to Italy. The beauty of this 2 weeks in Italy itinerary is that you can do the entire trip in reverse.

Rome and Milan are two of the most well-connected transport hubs that offer the best flight rates. And for that we reason, we have kept them at the two ends of our trip to Italy.

We hope this Italy itinerary helps you in planning your own trip to Italy and inspires you to enjoy this beautiful country a little more in a confined amount of time.

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An Italian Mama's Guide to Italy

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14 days Italy itinerary: how to spend two weeks in Italy with kids and see Italy’s highlights

14 days Italy itinerary for families: family-friendly Italy itinerary ideas to spend 14 days in Italy with kids of all ages .

One of the most frequent questions I get about traveling to Italy with kids is what is the best way to plan a 14 days Italy itinerary with children that touches on as many Italy highlights as possible.

Places that top the request are Venice, Florence, the Tuscany countryside, Cinque Terre, Rome, Pompeii and Amalfi Coast.

These are very many places to see in a fortnight and, in many respects, they are too many, once you factor in changing accommodation, packing etc.

That said, it is possible to see pretty much all of them in one form or another, if you are happy to be on the go and chance accommodation often.

With the 14 day Italy itinerary below, I share how this can be done while striking between seeing as much as possible but without getting exhausted.

Is this the best two week italy itinerary?

I believe yes, it is the best two week Italy itinerary for families who want to see many destinations and don’t find changing accommodation too daunting in terms of packijng / uppacking etc.

If your family enjoys a slower place vacation, travels with a lot of luggage, multiple strollers etc, then I recommned you slow it down a notch.

If that’s you, I recommend you look at our 10 day Italy itinerary for families in sad and stay longer in the locations that attact you most.

You can also use the search function at the top of this page to find my guides to specific areas and focus your time on one of those.

I have written it on the basis of my own experience traveling around Italy with my children and I believe they strike a good balance between seeing many things, getting some fun in for the kids and not get overly exhausted.

You can use it are or you can use them as a draft to then tweak them to suit your personal needs and taste.

Please note: this post contains affiliate links. Should you make a purchase though them, we might make a small commission on qualifying purchases.

14 days in Italy with kids: train or car?

The first big decision when planning 14 days in Italy is whether you are happy to drive in Italy or not.

green fiat 500 in italy

If you are unsure and have heard horror stories about Italy drivers, don’t let them deter you just yet!

First, read our post about driving in Italy and then see if it is for you or train is a better option.

The choice lies with your comfort levels driving abroad and the areas you want to visit.

Some areas are easy by train while in others, the lack of a personal vehicle really limits you.

At a glance:

The train is best to visit the main Italian cities (Rome, Florence, Venice, Milan, Verona, Naples, Bologna), Liguria and Cinque Terre, the Amalfi Coast.

The car is best to visit Tuscany, the Dolomites, Puglia and the South of Italy in general .

If you can, the best way to go about your 14 day Italy itinerary is to mix train and car. In the itinerary below, I will give both options do you can tailor itt your needs at best

14 days Italy itinerary with kids by train and car: stops and tips

Day 1: arrival in venice and settling in.

Your first day will all be about settling in, potentially dealing with jet lag and finding your bearing.

I suggest your spend your first day taking a stroll around Venice, take in the canals, Rialto Bridge and St Mark’s Square, then have an early dinner close to your hotel.

Stay in one of our tried and tested Venice hotels for families or pick your favorite Airbnb in one of these areas >> best area to stay in Venice .

Gondolas in Venice in winter

Day 2: Venice

Explore Venice in the morning, allowing yourself to get lost in its pretty center (don’t worry, you won’t stay lost for long as you’ll always find a landmark to get your bearings back!)

If you want to visit the Doge’s palace inside, make sure you get skip the line tickets here .

woman sitting on pier in venice in summer clothing

In the afternoon, take a treasure hunt with Macaco Tour to mix a fun activity for the kids with a chance to explore the city with a guide.

Read our review here to see why we recommend it for kids!

If you have teenagers who may not enjoy a hunt, I recommend instead booking a Street food / Cicchetti tour instead which will get you to taste amazing Venetian food in authentic places

Day 3: Venice islands

Many people will say at this point you are ready to leave Venice; however, I believe that a day visiting the islands is worth it and a great way to slow down an otherwise too busy couple of weeks.

Visiting Burano Italy cover image: colorful houses on canal in Burano

The islands of Murano and Burano and just in front of Venice and while we call it a ‘day trip’, they are so well connected it really is no more tiring than staying in Venice proper.

Murano is famous for its glass-blowing artisan shops.

We like Ferro Toso, which offers glass blowing demonstrations and the option to make your own glass creation (also for kids) at reasonable prices.

In Burano, enjoy the colorful houses and take a tasty break with Buranelli biscuits, a local specialty!

Find here >> our guide to Burano

Head back to Venice for dinner: the lagoon as the sun starts to set is magical!

Day 4: Florence city center and drive to agriturismo

Catch the train to Florence.

If you arrive early enouhg, leave your luggage at the station and have a stroll around Florence city center.

Make sure you pass by the Duomo, Piazza della Signoria and Ponte Vecchio, all very close to one another and to the station.

With small kids, have a stop at the merry go round in PIazza della Repubblica. If in Florence for lunch, have a quiet meal in Nerocarbone.

Head back towards the station and pick up your car rental to head to your agritusimo of choice in Tuscany.

For this first night, I recommend you ask your agriturismo for dinner so you know you can rest and leave the car for the rest of the day.

You can find our selection of favorite agriturismo for families in Tuscany here

agriturismo in Tuscany Italy

Day 5 – Tuscany towns

Spend the day exploring Tuscan towns.

Depending where exaclty your agritirismo is located, you can choose between many pretty towns.

pretty street in Pienza Italy

San Gimignano, Monteriggioni, Pienza, Bagno Vignoni are all wonderful but in different areas of the region.

Pick one of two, based on what is closest to you.

Find here >>> the most beautiful small towns in Tuscany

Spend the night at your agriturismo.

Day 6 Tuscany town hopping or agriturismo day

Pick one or two more towns and use the car to exolore a different part of Tuscany from the day before.

If you prefer, you can also spend the day in the agriturismo, maybe taking a cooking class or letting the kids play.

Since the following few days will be of travel, I highly recommend you take this day to relax, take in the views and slow down: Tuscany is ideal for that!

Agriturismo in Tuscany with country views and pool

Day 7 Cinque Terre

Drive back to Florence or up to La Spazia to leave the car and then hop on the train to Cinque Terre Area.

Stay in Monterosso or Levanto if you have young kids or pick any of the pretty Cinque terre Towns if you have older kids or teenagers.

View of Manarola town in Cinque Terre

Spend the afternoon in your town of choice and enjoy the stunning Cinque Terre sunsets!

Find here >>> our recommendations to visit Cinque Terre with kids

Day 8 Cinque Terre

Spend the day exploring the lovely Cinque Terre towns.

The towns are all connected by train and, in the good season, by local ferries. Famously, they are also connected by hiking trails so you have lots of options on how to explore!

woman walking in Cinque terre Italy

With kids, my favorite way to explore the area is by ferry.

If you have older kids or teenagers, then the trails can be fantastic: make sure you ask the local tourist office which ones are open when you are there.

These are serious nountain traios and are subject to closures for weather conditions and safety.

If you are not sure what towns to see, you can read here >> our introduction to Cinque Terre towns .

Take the train to Rome, then settle in your hotel.

I highly recommend you stay in the center, so you can spend this first day just wandering close to your accommodation while still seeing sight.

If traveling with small kids especially, a fun way to spend the afternoon is by taking a golf cart tour : a great way to see a lot with an experienced guide and without a lot of walking.

two kids in front of Rome Colosseum

A family hotel I love in Rome is the Hilton Double Tree Monti .

If you want more options, I recommend you read here >>> my guide on where to stay with kids in Rome

Hve dinner in Mimi and Coco or Cul de Sac near PIazza Navona. If you are a larger group book in Grappolo d’Oro nearby.

Day 10 Rome

Spend the day in Rome.

Plan your day around one main attraction in the morning, either the Colosseum or the Vatican: make sure you book them in advance as the best value tickets go fast!

The tickets I recommend for families are:

Colsseum (value): Entrance and tour by Coopculture (colosseum direct)

Colosseum (premium): Semi private Express Tour with LivTours

Vatican (value): Vatican Museum Direct Tickets

Vatican (premium): Family Guided Tour of the Vatican with LivTours

In the afternoon, take a strool in the city center: if you’ve visited the Colosseum, it is worth seeing the Vatican from outside and vice versa as they are both scenic areas.

Borghese gardens Rome with kids watching aponsd with rowing boats

Should tiredness hit, spend the afternoon in the Borghese Gardens: get family bikes for a fun way to explore this last park and make sure you stop at the Pincio Terrace for stunning views over Rome.

Walk back via the Spanish steps and have dinner in Emma Pizzeria in the center or at Tonnarello in Trastevere.

Day 11: Sorrento

Take the train to Sorrento and enjoy your evening in this pretty town.

If you have teenagers and you love food, do not miss taking a food tour with the Gourmet Girls Sorrento who will share with you a wdonerful delicious evening!

view of Sorrento with sorrento port in the distance

If you wantt to visit Pompeii, you can also stop there on the way to Sorrento.

If you do so, make sure you familiarize yourself with the max size of bags allowed into the sight and try get there early enough to secure a luggage storage slot.

With small kids especially, consider getting a Pompeii guide for this wonderful but large site.

In Sorrento, stay in family friendly Sorrento Hilton or Hotel Antiche Mura .

Should bigger rooms be hard to find (often the case in Sorrento) there are many excellent apartments on booking.com .

Since the following days will require taking the ferry, I highly recommned to stay somewhat close or anywhay within easy reach from the port.

Da 12. Amalf coast town hopping

Spend the day on the ferry, town hopping from one to the other: the views from the water are fantastic!

view of amalfi town from the sea

With small kids, I recommend you avoid Positano: while stunning, it is fully vertical and with lots of steps.

If going, have a carrier and make sure your legs are up for it!

You can find here >> our tips for the Amalfi Coast with kids and here >> and overview of the best towns on the Amalfi Coast

Day 13: Capri

Capri is one of the most beautiful islands I have ever seen and while many associate it with glamour, it is also great for kids – if you know what to expect.

You can read here >> our guide to Capri with kids

A lovely way to spend the say here is to divide your time between a boat tour around the island and time in Anacapri.

View of the sea from Capri

Both these locations will allow you to lose most of the crowds. On the other hand, Capri town will be perfect for high end shopping.

Head back to Sorrento for a last Italian dinner beafore heading back home!

Day 14 Naples and Fly back

Use this day to get ready for your flight back home. Make sure before you leave Sorrento, you get some authentic italian souvenirs to remind you of your time in Italy.

I hope you enjoyed this itinerary and it helped you plan your family’s Italian adventure!

If you want tips on how to twak this itinerary, join our Italy with kids Facebook Group: it is full of lovely parents with great knowledge if Italy and we will be delighted to hel you plan a perfect vacation for you and your kids (it’s free!)

If you want even more help or you have any questions, please in my FREE Facebook group about traveling to Italy with kids: I will be happy to have you there and the tips from me and the other members are FREE!

How else can you spend 14 days in Italy with kids?

As I mentioned in the opening part of this article, there are so many other ways to spend 14 days in Italy it is simply not possible to suggest an itinerary for each.

Instead, I recommend you read our article ‘ best places to visit in Italy with kids ‘ and ‘ the best things to do in Italy with kids ‘ to get inspired about what you may lie to see, the get in touch via the group above for extra tips.

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Marta Correale

Marta Correale is an Italian mama of two. Born and raised in Rome, Marta has a passion for travel and especially enjoys showing off Italy to her kids, who are growing up to love it as much as she does! A classics graduate, teacher of Italian as a second language and family travel blogger, Marta launched Mama Loves Italy as a way to inspire, support and help curious visitors to make the most of a trip to Italy and learn about Italian culture on the way.

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Best Italy tours with departures in 2024 and beyond

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Looking for the best Italy tours scheduled for 2024 and beyond? There is a vast array of options on offer. But, how do you choose the right trip?

The best tours of Italy will show you highlights as well as hidden treasures. And balance sightseeing with free time to explore. They will meet your timing and budget but have extras included to ensure your trip is special. Whether you choose a large operator or boutique tour company, you want to make sure your trip exceeds your expectations.

Here at Untold Italy, we recently launched our very own small group tours of hidden regions of Italy full of all the magical experiences we cherish and talk about on our podcast. If you love food, wine, getting off the beaten path and experiencing true Italian hospitality then we’d love to have you join us on tour.

Summary: Best Italy tours: highlights packages

We reviewed the market and major operators to bring you this breakdown of the best tours of Italy available in the coming months and years. This article includes highlights journeys, itineraries by region and interest, and those suitable for families.

If you want to compare tour prices and itineraries yourself, have a browse of Tourradar and Stride Travel . These sites are where tour operators list their upcoming trips until 2024. You can read reviews by people who have experienced the tour and they often have great deals on early bookings and late departures.

Our pick and reviews of the tours we think offer the best value in terms of inclusions, accommodation, and itineraries are below.

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Best Highlights of Italy Tours

Most first time visitors to Italy want to see the tried and true highlights – Rome, Venice, and Florence, so you’ll find many tours catering to that wish. Here are some of the top tours on the market and what to expect

Trafalgar’s Best of Italy

Best for: first time visitors to Italy on a moderate budget

This classic and very popular tour of Italy covers all the highlights and contrasts of the country over 13 days. From the historic grandeur of Rome to coastal Sorrento, the lakes, Venice and Florence, this is a great introduction to Italy for first time visitors.

The tour price includes all breakfasts, some evening meals, including a regional dinner and 1 Be My Guest, and complimentary airport transfers. Accommodation is mostly 4* hotels, plus the unique experience of sleeping in a converted Franciscan monastery.  Expect VIP entry to some of the major attractions and detailed briefings of the history and significance of the major sights.

Most passengers who choose Trafalgar are in the 50+ age group and who enjoy cultural activities over fast-paced adventure. Solo travelers are welcome however a supplement may apply.

With plenty of free time built in and the opportunity to choose optional extras, this trip is one that will give you a perfect taste of Italy and have you planning your next visit as soon as you arrive home.

At a glance:

  • Major stops: Rome – Sorrento – Venice – Lake Maggiore – Florence – Assisi
  • Tour length: 13 days
  • Departs: All year
  • Group Size: 40 – 45
  • Average age: 50+
  • Accommodation: 3-4 star hotels
  • Travel method: Coach

If you like the look of this itinerary but absolutely must see the Cinque Terre as well, check out Globus tours Italian Treasures with Sorrento

G Adventure’s Ultimate Italy

Best for: Solo female travelers with wanting a small group experience

Join G Adventures on their Ultimate Italy highlights trip for adventure across several regions, taking in some of the most celebrated places in the country. Over 14 days you’ll explore the best of the center and north of Italy from Rome to Venice with stops in Florence, the Cinque Terre, the northern lakes and Venice.

This small group tour will have a maximum of 16 participants so you are guaranteed a more personal experience. Included in the tour price are all transportation, smaller tourist level (2-3 star) hotels, and breakfasts. As with all G Adventures tours, there is plenty of free time to explore and they make it easy to add your interests into the itinerary – some of these come at an additional cost, however.

G Adventures s itineraries attract travelers aged over 30 who are interested in traveling as part of a group but appreciate free time to explore on your own. The company is dedicated to responsible travel and hires local tour leaders with in-depth personal knowledge of each destination. Solo travelers are warmly welcomed however supplements may apply.

  • Major stops: Rome – Florence – Lucca – Cinque Terre – Lake Como – Venice
  • Tour length: 14 days
  • Departs: April to October
  • Group Size: 12 – 16
  • Average age: 30+
  • Accommodation: 2-3 star hotels
  • Travel method: Train plus private transportation

Contiki’s Simply Italy  

Best for: Younger travelers (18 – 30) wanting an action-packed itinerary

Contiki’s Simply Italy tour takes you on a whistle-stop tour of all the highlights from Rome to Capri, Pompeii and the Cinque Terre. This 15 day itinerary will give you the perfect taste of Bella Italia and have you planning more adventures in pasta and gelato before you can say That’s Amore!

This large group tour of up to 50 people is bound to be social. Hotels are around 2 star, breakfasts and some meals are included plus 20 activities making the trip a great value option for younger travelers on a budget. Optional activities such as the Burano island cruise with dinner in Venice are reasonably priced and fun.

Contiki is the tour company of choice for younger travelers, so expect a fast-paced itinerary stopping at all the best Instagram-friendly spots, wifi on board your coach, late nights and early starts.

  • Major stops: Rome – Florence – Cinque Terre – Milan – Venice – Amalfi Coast
  • Tour length: 15 days
  • Departs: Year round
  • Group Size: around 40
  • Average age: 18 – 30
  • Accommodation: 1-2 star hotels

Best Small Group Tours of Italy

Exploring Italy beyond the major cities, towns and tourist routes is one of our favorite things to do. Here you discover a slower pace of life, beautiful landscapes and fascinating stories of people who have lived there for generations. Not to mention amazing regional food and wine.

Untold Italy’s small group tours take you to some of our favorite hidden regions of Italy including Sicily, Umbria, Piedmont and Puglia. With only 14 people in each group we’re able to take you on a journey of discovery to the family-run vineyards, olive groves and hilltop towns that you’ve been dreaming of.

These places can be difficult to reach without a car so a group tour means you can relax while we handle the logistics and plan out your days with incredible experiences that it’s difficult to organize on your own. Of course, we all love to explore, so there’s plenty of free time to wander on your own or relax as you prefer.

We think the perfect way to enjoy your time in Italy is to combine a small group experience in a hidden region of Italy with time in the major cities like Rome or Florence where it is easier to explore on your own.

Italy Tours on a Budget

Looking for value on a small budget? These Italy tour packages offer some of the best value trips on the market. With great value inclusions and action-packed itineraries, your dream of visiting Italy is possible on a modest budget.

Costsaver’s Italian Scene

Best for: Value conscious travellers wanting a full highlights of Italy package

Offering a north to south overview of the best Italy has to offer at a wallet-friendly price, Costsaver’s Italian Scene tour is a great choice for those looking for a tour packed with value. Stopping in the iconic cities plus smaller towns like Verona and Pisa, this tour will give you a true taste of the country without breaking the bank.

With a full itinerary covering many of the highlights of Italy, generous inclusions such as full buffet breakfasts and several 3-course dinners, the Italian Scene tour offers lots of value. You can add optional activities or choose to spend your free time at leisure. Popular with travelers aged 40 – 60, you’ll find the tour group social and interested in culture and history.

Costsaver is owned by Trafalgar so you get all the benefits of their itinerary planning and infrastructure at a price well below the tours offered by their parent company. The main point of difference is the location and standard of hotels. Costsaver accommodation is usually a little out of town and will not have the same level of amenities.

  • Major stops: Rome – Sorrento – Assisi – Venice – Florence
  • Tour length: 10 days
  • Group Size: around 50
  • Average age: 40 – 60
  • Accommodation: 2-3 star hotels outside the city center

Intrepid’s Highlights of Italy  

Best for: The best budget small group tour of Italy

If you want the small group experience with lots of free time built into your itinerary, Intrepid’s Highlights of Italy tour will suit you perfectly. This itinerary is part of Intrepid’s Basix range which delivers great value budget tours without sacrificing experience. You’ll see Venice, Rome, Florence and the stunning villages of the Cinque Terre on this journey with a group of no more than 16 other travelers.

Your tour leader will ensure you are familiar with the places you visit and conduct orientation walking tours. You can then explore on your own or take advantage of the well-priced optional activities offered. Some breakfasts are included and you can expect basic accommodation at 1-2 star hotels or hostels.

Intrepid’s itineraries attract mainly female travelers aged over 30 who are interested in traveling as part of a group but appreciate free time to explore on their own. The company is dedicated to responsible travel and hires local tour leaders with in-depth personal knowledge of each destination. Solo travelers are warmly welcomed however to keep costs down, you will share a room with a person of the same gender.

  • Major stops: Venice – Cinque Terre – Florence – Rome
  • Tour length: 8 days
  • Departs: April to November
  • Group Size: No more than 16
  • Accommodation: Budget hotels / hostels
  • Travel method: Train plus some private transportation

Best Southern Italy tours

If you’re dreaming of a summer vacation and la dolce vita on the Italian coast , head to Southern Italy and explore the Amalfi Coast, Sorrento, Sicily and the legendary isle of Capri.

Trafalgar’s Southern Italy and Sicily

Best for: exploring the magical Sorrento, Capri and Sicily

Southern Italy will capture your heart on this 10 day tour stopping at Pompeii, Sorrento, and towns in Sicily. The heady combination of incredible scenery, hundreds of years of history and of course delicious food and wine is irresistible. Trafalgar’s Southern Italy and Sicily itinerary covers all the highlights of this beautiful part of the world and includes local experiences that you’ll cherish forever.

Your tour price includes all breakfasts, some dinners including 1 Be My Guest experience, and complimentary airport transfers at set departure times. You’ll stay in mostly 4* hotels and enjoy VIP entry and to major attractions. Your tour director will provide detailed briefings of the history and significance of the major sights. Optional excursions include visits to some of the quaint fishing villages of Sicily and a boat cruise around Capri.

Most passengers who choose Trafalgar are in the 50+ age group who enjoy cultural activities over fast-paced adventure. Solo travelers are welcome however a supplement may apply.

This trip covers all the highlights of Southern Italy and uncovers hidden gems you’ll be talking about for years to come.

  • Major stops: Rome – Sorrento – Taormina – Palermo
  • Accommodation: 4 star hotels

Highly recommended

Interested in visiting the up-and-coming Puglia region? Insight’s Country roads of Southern Italy & Sicily trip includes visits to all the highlights of Southern Italy including Alberobello, Matera, Sicily, the Amalfi Coast, Pompeii, and the famed isle of Capri!

Best Family Tours of Italy

Want to take your children to Italy but want the convenience of a tour with assistance on hand when you need it? These tours are specifically designed with families in mind. You can expect fun activities aimed at engaging your kids in the culture and beauty of the Italian cities and countryside. Relax and enjoy your travels as the logistics and bookings are taken care of.

Trafalgar’s Gladiators, Gondolas and Gold family tour of Italy

Best for: Families wanting a first fun taste of Italy

Make history and culture come alive for your family on this fun tour of Italy’s major cities with Trafalgar. This well-thought-out itinerary has inclusions to keep the whole family entertained. From pizza making in Rome to taking photos with the famous Leaning Tower in Pisa, this will be a trip to remember.

Your tour price includes hot breakfasts, several dinners including 1 Be My Guest, and complimentary airport transfers. Accommodation is mostly 4 star hotels. This itinerary includes plenty of fun experiences however it is designed so you can set your own pace too. Perhaps some members of your group would like to explore the fountains of Rome while others take a nap. It’s up to you.

Trafalgar have designed an itinerary that works for the whole family with plenty of free time built in. The only question is, will your kid’s favorite moment be their ride on a gondola down Venice’s Grand Canal or the gladiator school in Rome?

  • Major stops: Rome – Florence – Venice
  • Departs: May to September

Intrepid’s Northern Italy Family Holiday  

Best for: Exploring Venice to Rome as a family with like minded travelers

Intrepid’s family tour of Northern Italy is full of adventure and fun experiences for the whole family. Starting in Venice and visiting the Cinque Terre and Pisa before finishing in Rome, this tour gives the perfect taste of Italy. You’ll wonder at the beauty of the Venetian canals, make pesto in Liguria, and go on an art safari in Rome!

Your group of no more than 16 other travelers is led by an expert guide who knows how to keep the kids entertained. Intrepid have also included lots of exciting activities along the way such as mask-making in Venice and gladiator school in Rome. Of course, there will be plenty of time for gelato stops at each destination.

Breakfasts are included on most days as well as some dinners. You can take advantage of well-priced optional extras such as a Cinque Terre cruise. Expect 3 – 4 star hotels and train transportation.

Intrepid’s itineraries are well thought out and are ideal for those wanting a guided experience but appreciate free time to explore on your own. Responsible travel is an important value held by Intrepid. They hire local tour leaders with in-depth personal knowledge of each destination, use mainly public transportation, and support local businesses.

  • Major stops: Venice – Cinque Terre – Pisa – Rome
  • Departs: June to September
  • Average age: kids from 5 – 18 years of age plus accompanying adults
  • Accommodation: 3 – 4 star hotels

Last Minute Trips to Italy

Did the stars align and you suddenly find yourself with time to spare for a trip to Italy? If you’re thinking of joining a tour we recommend browsing Tourradar and Stride Travel . These sites are marketplaces for multi-day tours where you can find great last-minute bargains as the tour companies strive to fill their last remaining seats.

They are authorized tour resellers with direct relationships with the tour companies and strive to assist clients to make the best choice of tour for their travel style.

Tourradar has great deals on tours by Trafalgar, Globus, Intrepid, and many other smaller tour companies. You can access their online travel experts dedicated to finding a tour that suits your timing, budget and interests, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week – click here to browse tours of Italy on Tourradar

Stride Travel has the best deals for Perillo tours as well as some of the most popular luxury tours of Italy including Abercrombie and Kent and Tauck Tours. You can compare the inclusions, prices and itineraries of different tour companies and enlist the services of their travel experts to find the right tour for you – click here to browse Italy tours on Stride

5 Reasons to Choose a Guided Tour of Italy

  • Get your bearings and build confidence for traveling on your own – this is a great approach for first-time visitors to Italy who can use their tour as a launchpad for further adventures
  • See many sights within a short timeframe without worrying about logistics or finding and booking your hotels – guided tours of Italy have this all planned out so you can relax and enjoy your vacation
  • Access in-depth knowledge and local experiences – your tour guides are there to make sure you enjoy the best Italy has to offer. Many companies now add special local elements such as farm dinners and special stays to ensure your tour is packed with special memories
  • Meet like-minded travelers and form lasting friendships – tours are a great way to expand your social circle and meet people from all over the world
  • Manage your costs – often if you tried to do all the things included in the tour on your own, you would find the costs are much higher

How to Choose your Italy Tour

Firstly, decide when you want to go and how long to stay in Italy. Deciding when to go to Italy is often a challenge so read our guide to the best time to visit Italy to help you make your plans. It includes the best months for sightseeing and visiting the beaches and popular cities. Spoiler alert – we like late May and early October!

The length of your trip is also a consideration. Most tours run for between 7 and 10 days. Don’t forget to factor in transit time to and from your home country into your plans. You might also like to add a few days on your own to explore a little at your leisure.

Next, determine your budget. Most tours include land transportation only (not flights). So you’ll need to add the cost of your flights to Italy into your budget.

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As a general rule, large tour groups generally involving travel by bus are the most cost-effective. Smaller groups will attract higher prices but you will get more personalized service. Private and customized tours attract the highest rates.

Most importantly, know your travel style and how much assistance you want from a tour guide. There are fully guided tours and independent package tours for Italy to suit your preferences.

Things to look for

  • early morning starts and packed agendas – are you happy to be starting your days at 07:30 am or do you prefer a more relaxed pace with lots of time to explore on your own
  • hotel standard – are you prepared to save some money on hotels or do you like some luxuries
  • hotel location – if you’re hoping to explore, a hotel out of town may not be a great option
  • group meals or free time to organize your own dinners
  • inclusions vs optional extras – would you like to choose additional activities or be led the entire way – there are advantages to both approaches

Best sites to look for deals

Keep an eye on the tour company sites and sign up for their news. Offers are released regularly throughout the year. If you are trying to decide between a few tour companies and itineraries you can compare tour prices and trips on Tourradar  and Stride Travel . These sites have trip listings for departures up to 2024. You can read reviews by people who have experienced the tour and they often have great deals on early bookings and late departures.

Best Italy Tour Companies Reviewed

When you’re planning the trip of a lifetime, make sure you choose a reputable company for your tour of Italy. Here are some of the best and most trusted tour operators:

Trafalgar – with over 70 years of experience worldwide, Trafalgar is a popular choice for good reason. The company is expert at designing itineraries that visit the highlights of Italy in the most efficient way in terms of cost and covering a lot of ground. The company makes sure that you can enjoy local experiences as well as sightseeing.  For example, you can take advantage of their Be My Guest program, and dine with local families in their homes. Expect group sizes of around 40-45 and travel by coach.

Insight Vacations   – with a more leisurely pace and clientele in the 60-70 age bracket, Insight Vacations are more upmarket than Trafalgar. Hotels are 4.5* and their buses have been designed to allow much more legroom than on standard coaches.

Intrepid – the world’s largest small group tour company, Intrepid are one of our favorite providers. With group sizes averaging only 10 people, you can expect more personalized service and the ability to get off the beaten path. Intrepid have been recognized for their commitment to responsible travel and offer inclusive tours for all ages. They have over 50 itineraries for Italy with three different tour styles – Basic, Standard and Comfort.

Monograms – if you want to travel independently and plan your own spare time but want a set basic itinerary then Monograms is for you. They provide ground transportation, hotels and a brief tour at each place you visit. This unique service also includes a brief city tour and destination concierge who can help with dinner suggestions and other on-the-ground questions. With a variety of packages throughout Italy, this is a great solution if you’re finding researching your own trip overwhelming.

Contiki – aimed at the youth market aged between 18-35, Contiki tours generally attract under 30s making their first trip abroad without their parents. Fast-paced and intense with early starts and late nights, these trips are definitely made with a young party crowd in mind. Contiki offers a great budget alternative to DIY travel but if partying is not part of your travel style then think twice about joining a Contiki tour.

Rick Steves – if you’re a fan of America’s favorite Europhile, his company also offers group tours of Italy. With mid-sized tour groups of fewer than 30 travelers, they are a more intimate experience than the larger group tours. The price range reflects this midpoint. People traveling on these tours are usually American, aged 50+ and are interested in history and culture.

Onwards Through Italy

We hope you have found a tour of Italy to suit your travel style, timing, and budget. If you can spare a few extra days, why not add some additional time to the end of your trip to explore at your leisure? Your tour will give you the confidence to discover treasures of your own. If you’re looking for something more bespoke, there are many reasons to consider a private tour of Italy . Whatever you decide, Italy is waiting.

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The most amazing ways to experience Italy this year

From a luxurious city break on water to feasting on different regions' foodie attractions, here are the best ways to explore Italy

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And then, of course, there's Italy's inimitable food and wine scene – surely the main reason we keep returning time after time. Sample only the freshest burrata, finest olive oil and softest focaccia on a foodie tour of Puglia , sip your way around Veneto's many prosecco houses or tuck into the rustic Ladin dishes found in mountain villages across the Dolomites.

There's so much to see and do in Italy, whether it's heading into the bucolic hills surrounding Bologna, exploring the ancient, world-famous monuments of Rome , or visiting the ornate palazzo gardens of the Italian Lakes - an Italy holiday should be an annual occasion.

That's why we've rounded up the most amazing ways to explore Italy . Whether you're a foodie, an ancient history fan or love nothing more than relaxing by the sea as you watch the world go by, we've got the perfect Italian escape for you...

See Venice during a luxurious city break on water

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A maze of atmospheric canals, grand piazzas and ornate palazzos, Venice is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. Best seen from the water, you can visit her many islands by boat, including Burano, Mazzorbo and Torcello. Cruise under the ornate stone bridges along the Grand Canal to St Mark's Square, home to Italy's most famous Byzantine cathedral, and don't miss a peek into 14th-century Doge's Palace, a spectacular example of Venetian Gothic architecture. Of course, one of the best things about visiting Venice is the food. Spend a morning pottering around the Rialto Market or grab an espresso and biscotti in Caffè Florian, Europe's oldest coffee shop, which has been serving Venetians since 1720. As the sun sets, seek out a local bacaro for a spritz and cicchetti, Venetian-style tapas.

Explore the Venetian Lagoon and enjoy a memorable private performance from the world-famous tenor Russell Watson on Good Housekeeping's eight-day boutique cruise of Venice.

Or, you could cruise Venice and the islands, and enjoy a visit to the famous Rialto food market and a cooking demonstration with celebrated chef Angela Hartnett.

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If after-hours tours are your thing, you'll want to know all about a luxury cruise that includes exclusive sightseeing like visiting the jaw-dropping St Mark's Basilica after nightfall to witness a peaceful lighting ceremony.

Feast on the natural attractions of Puglia

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Fragrant olive oil, heavenly focaccia and the creamiest of burrata, Puglia is renowned for its incredible produce. Take a trip to Bari and sample the region's famous orecchiette, the ear-shaped pasta made by hand in the streets of the old town. Don't miss a taste of pasticciotti, a sweet pastry tartlet filled with cream and a sour cherry which is a speciality from Lecce.

Puglia has plenty of culture and heritage, too. Stop by Locorotondo , known as Puglia's prettiest town thanks to a tumble of whitewashed cottages. Explore the ancient caves and rock churches of Sassi di Matera, now a Unesco World Heritage Site, or visit Alberobello, the tiny village famous for its quirky trulli houses with coned roofs.

Good Housekeeping has a six-day foodie tour of Puglia, taking in the highlights of this gastronomic region. You'll learn how to make orecchiette pasta, tour an olive oil farm near Ostuni and enjoy a special Italian cookery masterclass.

Experience Tuscany and see Andrea Bocelli perform

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With its expansive rolling vineyards, elegant cities bursting with culture, and enchanting medieval villages, no region quite captures the essence of la dolce vita quite like sunny Tuscany. Some of Italy’s best-loved wines, including fruity Chianti, hail from Tuscany, and go down perfectly with traditional Tuscan cuisine, like hearty soups and meaty stews.

Florence is a highlight of any trip to this region. This city, known as the birthplace of the Renaissance, is home to countless landmarks and attractions, from Michelangelo’s David to the Basilica of Santa Croce. There are many small towns and villages to discover dotted throughout the Tuscan countryside too, including the small medieval village of Lajatico, the hometown of world-renowned tenor, Andrea Bocelli.

Join Good Housekeeping on a trip to Tuscany that takes you to Florence, Prato, Siena, and Lajatico, where you'll have tickets to see Andrea Bocelli's incredible annual concert at the Teatro del Silenzio.

Como over to Italy's legendary Alpine lakes

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Chi-chi lakeside restaurants, pastel-hued palazzos and picture-perfect towns - there are a million and one reasons why Lake Como is one of the best-loved of Italy's lakes. Banked by the Alps, there are dozens of pretty towns and villages along its shores. Colico is one of the larger towns, famed for its elegant pastel-hued buildings and charming squares. It's also a good launch pad for a lake cruise under the gaze of the snow-capped mountains.

Close to the border of Switzerland, it's all too tempting to explore the alpine region of Italy and Switzerland a little further, so why not hop on the iconic cherry-red Bernina Express and chug through the scenic mountains over to St Moritz, Switzerland's snazziest resort for fondue?

Good Housekeeping has an eight-day rail holiday which includes a ride to St Moritz on the Bernina Express. You'll spend seven nights in the 19th-century Hotel Risi, located right on the northern shores of Lake Como.

Hit the prosecco trail in northern Italy’s Veneto region

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Lovers of fine wine will be wowed by a to visit Italy's glorious Veneto region, where lush green hills are crisscrossed by seemingly endless vineyard terraces, bordered by beech forests and dotted with ancient villages. Many of the finest wineries in the Prosecco hills can be explored on behind-the-scenes tours where you'll get to learn about the region's winemaking traditions and, of course, taste some of the finest vintages.

Driving through these sun-kissed hills is the best way to take in the exceptional views as you travel between historic villages and vineyards. Some of the most picturesque pit stops to add to your route are Pieve di Soligo, with its baroque church and 19th-century Palazzo, and Bassano di Grappa, where you can visit the fascinating Poli Grappa Museum.

Good Housekeeping has a self-driven tour available where you'll visit the finest wineries in Veneto and e-bike along the heavenly ‘Path of Prosecco'.

Discover the delicacies of beautiful Bologna

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Bologna has a reputation as one of Italy's best cities for food. In fact, it's even earned the nickname La Grassa - or 'the fat one' - for its famous dishes, including meaty ragùs, hearty homemade pastas and spiced mortadella sausage. If you're feeling energetic, you can burn off the calories by climbing the 498 steps of Torre degli Asinelli to enjoy one of the most spectacular views of the city.

But there's more to Bologna than just food. The countryside surrounding this gourmet city is wonderful, with forests, waterfalls, and nature reserves to explore, offering a haven of serenity away from city life. Foodies will not want to miss nearby Modena either, where fruity balsamic vinegar is produced from the sweet white grapes that grow in peaceful vineyards.

Good Housekeeping is offering a unique gourmet getaway to Bologna and Modena, where you'll visit local producers and enjoy a hands-on cooking lesson.

Whisk yourself away to fair Verona

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As the setting of Romeo and Juliet, where could be more romantic than Verona? While many who visit here are charmed by the city's links to Shakespeare's great romantic tragedy - and you'll find plenty of references throughout the city - Verona has more to it than legendary literary status. Within centuries-old walls lies a city known for its history and Renaissance architecture. Explore the city's many historic landmarks, including the ancient Roman amphitheatre, the Ponte Pietra bridge, and the Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore. Then stroll through the picturesque streets and lively piazzas, pausing to feast on delicious northern Italian cuisine.

Good Housekeeping offers a fabulous week-long escorted tour to Italy, staying near the Lakes. It includes a tour of Lake Garda and day trips to Venice and Verona, with a choice of wonderful lakeside hotels for your base.

Ride in luxury on the Orient Express from Venice to Paris

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If you're looking for a rail holiday with a difference, a journey on board one of the world's most famous trains between two of Europe's most culture-packed cities is hard to beat. The Venice-Simplon-Orient-Express is the height of luxury train travel, with meticulously restored 1920s carriages and plush dining cars.

One of the routes you can take on board this historic train is from Venice to Paris, including a seasonal four-course d'hôte menu for dinner before a night spent in a luxurious cabin where you'll sleep soundly between crisp damask sheets and fine blankets as you glide across the continent.

Good Housekeeping has a very special trip available on the Orient Express where you'll enjoy the company of journalist and rail expert Michael Portillo. Before boarding the train you'll have three nights to spend in Venice, exploring the highlights of this enchanting city.

Admire the glittering coast and fascinating history of Sicily

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Italy's largest island is a magnet for those wanting sun, sea and sand as well as a whole lot of history. Alongside its exquisite natural landscapes, Sicily is home to a variety of intriguing ancient Roman and Greek ruins standing between exquisite Baroque palazzos.

One of the top spots for history buffs visiting the island is Agrigento, where you'll find the monumental Valley of the Temples, a renowned archaeological wonder including the remarkably preserved Temple of Concordia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. And between visits to incredible historic monuments, you can treat yourself to some of the region's fine food and wine, with abundant fresh seafood from the surrounding Mediterranean Sea.

Join Good Housekeeping's eight-day Sicily tour and enjoy visits to the Valley of the Temples, Ragusa, Mount Etna and Taormina. The tour is specially designed for solo travellers, with prices based on single occupancy of a double room.

Taste your way around Tuscany

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Another top pick for a memorable foodie holiday in Italy is rural Tuscany, where sun-kissed hillsides are carpeted in vineyards, and where the typical 'cucina povera' centres around simple, homegrown ingredients cooked in traditional recipes. This is true farm-to-table dining with the freshest of Tuscan produce.

As well as classic, homely food, Tuscany has plenty of fine dining to try, with more than 30 Michelin-starred restaurants and a huge range of excellent locally-produced wines to enjoy. Siena, one of the region's best-loved cities, is famous for its sweet treats, and you can pay a visit to a local pasticceria to learn the stories behind traditional Sienese cakes like ricciarelli , cantucci and panpepato, and taste some for yourself. Good Housekeeping is offering an eight-day gourmet tour of Tuscany with farm visits, wine tastings, a cooking class in Cypress and a visit to Livorno's famous Vettovaglie food market.

Tour Italy's glorious northern lakes on a no-fly getaway

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With their gorgeous Alpine views, elegant villas and exquisite villages, Italy's northern lakes have been a chic holiday destination since Roman times. It's no wonder they're a celebrity holiday hotspot, with the likes of Richard Branson, Brad Pitt, Madonna, and George and Amal Clooney reportedly owning holiday homes on the lakes.

There is something for everyone here, with glorious hiking routes, water sports on the lakes, and beaches that make a great freshwater alternative to the coast. It's also a haven for gardeners, or anyone with an appreciation for plants, with delightful botanical gardens to be found in the grounds of historic villas.

Explore Italy's lakes with Good Housekeeping on a nine-day no-fly tour. You'll stay in a lakeside hotel on Lake Maggiore, take a boat trip to the Borromean islands and venture to neighbouring Switzerland to see the mighty Matterhorn.

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Zip around on the back of a vespa, feast on reimagined cacio e pepe , and visit an ancient archaeological site that most tourists skip..

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At Villa Borghese Laghetto's gardens: small temple of Aesculapius, with four Ionic columns and a few small boats in pond in front of it

The Temple of Aesculapius, in the gardens of the Villa Borghese, dates back to the late 18th century.

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Baroque churches containing artistic masterpieces, gurgling fountains, cocktails clinking on rooftop terraces, freshly baked pizza bianca —these are some of the sights, sounds, and scents that await you in Rome. You could explore ancient ruins in the morning, eat spaghetti carbonara at a trattoria for lunch, and sip creative cocktails at one of the city’s coolest bars at night. Now, thanks to an influx of hip new hotels and restaurants, plus reopened archaeological sites, Rome is definitely having a moment . After nearly five years of living here and more than a decade of visiting prior to that, I’ve gotten to know the best of the old and the new. This itinerary, designed for a Thursday to Sunday, reveals my insider intel as well as that of a few local experts.

Thursday: Get your bearings with a Vespa tour and dive deep into Trastevere

Piazza di Santa Maria in Trastevere, with people sitting on steps around fountain

Trastevere, home to the Piazza di Santa Maria, is still one of Rome’s buzziest neighborhoods.

Whenever my family and friends come to Rome, I tell them to do a Vespa tour with Scooteroma and everyone raves about it. Hop on the back for a three-hour tour and feel the wind in your hair as one of their professional drivers-guides shows you the sights. Its classic tour is perfect for first-time visitors, but it also has several themed tours, including a street art tour, cinema tour, and foodie tour.

The tour will end just in time for lunch, so ask your guide to drop you off in Trastevere, one of the most quintessential Roman neighborhoods . Once a working-class area, it has gentrified over the years, but is still characterized by narrow cobblestone lanes draped with ivy and laundry hanging from the windows of apartments. Maria Pasquale, an award-winning Italian Australian journalist and author of several books, including Eternal City: Recipes & Stories from Rome , has called the neighborhood home for more than a decade. For a quick lunch she recommends the take-out spot Supplì , saying it offers “a taste of true Roman street fare.” In addition to the supplì (fried rice balls with a breadcrumb crust), she recommends the marinara pizza, which she calls “thin, crispy, and super saucy, with just the right balance of garlic, herbs, and tomato.” Bring your food a couple of blocks to the Piazza di Santa Maria in Trastevere and take a seat on the steps of the fountain, which is like the neighborhood’s living room, where locals and tourists hang out, enjoy the sunshine, and perhaps smoke a cigarette surrounded by bustling sidewalk cafés.

Afterwards, if you need a pick-me-up, pop into Bar San Calisto , an authentic no-frills spot where you’re as likely to spot a group of old men playing cards as a young musician drinking a beer in the sunshine. Join the Romans having a quick espresso at the bar or take a seat at the tables out front for some prime people-watching. From there, you’re only a 10-minute walk to Villa Farnesina , one of Rome’s best and most underrated sites. Commissioned by the wealthy banker Agostino Chigi on the occasion of his marriage, the villa contains incredible ceiling frescoes painted by Raphael in 1518, which depict the marriage of Cupid and Psyche.

For dinner, Giorgia Tozzi, the general manager of Soho House Rome , and Maria Pasquale both recommend Pianostrada , which recently moved from its location near the Jewish Ghetto to Via della Luce in Trastevere. “Experience a Roman culinary revolution at Pianostrada, a local hot spot owned by a visionary team of women,” says Pasquale. For the four partners—autodidact chef Paola Colucci, her daughters Flaminia and Alice Spognetta, and their friend Chiara Magliocchetti—the move is actually a homecoming, as Pianostrada originally opened as a gourmet street food spot in Trastevere in 2014. “From tempura-fried zucchini flowers to artisanal focaccia topped with prosciutto and figs, each dish is a masterpiece of innovation and tradition,” Pasquale says.

Friday: Delve into Rome’s baroque glory in the historic center

Pantheon

Entry to the Pantheon is free on the first Sunday of the month.

Today you’ll set out on foot to see Rome’s most famous monuments and piazzas. Start early in the morning at the Trevi Fountain, since that tends to attract the most crowds during the day. From there, it’s a 10-minute walk to the Pantheon , which is Rome’s best-preserved ancient monument because it was converted into a Catholic church in 609 C.E. If you’re ready for breakfast, head around the corner to the Caffè Tazza d’Oro for a cappuccino.

Continue walking west and you’ll come to Piazza Navona, the city’s most beautiful baroque piazza, where you can admire Bernini’s majestic Fountain of the Four Rivers. The streets surrounding it are lined with shops, restaurants, and cafés as well as under-the-radar museums like Palazzo Altemps , which is one of the seats of the Museo Nazionale Romano housed inside a noble palace containing magnificent 16th-century grotesque (i.e., inspired by decorations found in ancient Roman grottoes) frescoes. (Definitely pop in if you have time!)

Head north on Via della Scrofa, which becomes Via di Ripetta, and you’ll find yourself in the posh area around the Spanish Steps, where designer stores vie for shoppers’ attention. Turn onto Via Tomacelli, then Via dei Condotti and in a few minutes’ you’ll arrive at Piazza di Spagna. Bernini’s boat-shaped fountain at the bottom of the steps is another eye-catching masterpiece worth noting before turning your attention to the steps themselves.

Take Via del Babuino and walk north toward Piazza del Popolo, the large round piazza with an Egyptian obelisk flanked by sphinxes spouting water. This was once the northern gateway to Rome, and it’s another fine spot for people-watching, as fashionable locals cross the square on their way to bustling Via del Corso. Get a table at Canova , which was famed filmmaker Federico Fellini’s haunt, and have a salad or panino there or duck into the swanky Hotel de Russie for a plate of ravioli cacio e pepe at Le Jardin de Russie, a favorite of modern-day movie stars and VIPs.

In the afternoon, head up into Villa Borghese—the green heart-shaped park just up the hill from Piazza del Popolo. Inside the park, you’ll find a small lake with rowboats, a replica of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, and a handful of museums, including the spectacular Galleria Borghese (make sure you book in advance, as timed tickets are required). Afterwards, head over to the Pincio Terrace to catch the sunset with spectacular views of the city.

Ready for dinner? Hop on the metro at the Flaminio stop and take it to Re di Roma to try slightly elevated takes on Roman classics at Santo Palato run by young chef Sarah Cicolini. “I head to this trattoria with a twist for my favorite carbonara in Rome,” says Zoe Shapiro, founder of Stellavision Travel , a boutique feminist travel company that organizes size-inclusive tours in Italy . “The menu changes each day depending on fresh and seasonal ingredients, but stand-outs [including carbonara and oxtail meatball with peanut sauce and cacao] remain consistent and are paired with a wine list that highlights the next generation of Italian winemakers,” says Shapiro.

Saturday: See the treasures of the Vatican

A gallery of ancient statues

There are a range of tours on offer at the Vatican Museums, including special itineraries for deaf and blind visitors.

The best way to see the Vatican Museums without the crowds is on an exclusive 6 a.m. tour with the key keeper, but barring that the next best thing is to go when the museum opens at 8 a.m. Home to some of the greatest works of art ever created by human hands, the Vatican Museums actually comprise 24 museums, plus various galleries and chapels. It would take all day to see the whole thing, but stick to the highlights (the Sistine Chapel, Raphael Rooms, the Statues Courtyard, and the Gallery of Maps) and you can get out in time for lunch.

Most people make a beeline to Bonci Pizzarium , which has a reputation as the best place for pizza al taglio (by the slice) in Rome, but pizzaiolo/baker Gabriele Bonci also has an eponymous bakery in the neighborhood that’s a bit of a local secret. There aren’t as many different toppings on the pizza, but it’s the same recipe.

Spend the afternoon exploring Prati, the neighborhood adjacent to the Vatican. Developed in the early 20th century, it may lack the cobblestone charm of the historic center, but it’s a busy business and shopping area where Romans hang out. Bustling Via Cola di Rienzo is the neighborhood’s main thoroughfare, where you’ll find midtier stores like Benetton for apparel, Geox for shoes, Castroni for gourmet foods, and the department store Coin. In Prati, Tozzi recommends visiting Casa Balla , the home of futurist artist Giacomo Balla (tours must be booked in advance).

Sunday: Follow the footsteps of Rome’s ancient emperors

People at tables beside the outdoor Court cocktail bar, with the Colosseum in background

The Court bar offers enviable views of the Colosseum.

By now you’ve learned that Romans start their day with breakfast at a bar, but aside from the ubiquitous cornetti , the most Roman pastry is a maritozzo . Try one at the historic Pasticceria Regoli near Piazza Vittorio, one of the city’s most diverse ethnic enclaves, where many Asian immigrants have opened shops and restaurants. You can find goods imported from the Middle East, Africa, Asia, South America, and beyond at the Nuovo Mercato Esquilino . From there it’s a quick walk to the Colosseum . New for 2024 is the ability to visit the attic level, featuring panoramic views and the Colosseum’s water management system (but make sure you book a ticket that includes it in advance). The same ticket grants you access to the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill. You’ll need about half a day to visit them all.

Give your feet a rest at La Taverna dei Fori Imperiali , a family-run restaurant located on the edge of Monti, the charming neighborhood just uphill from the Forum. Try one of the quartet of Roman pastas ( carbonara , cacio e pepe , amatriciana , and gricia ) or a twist on them, like its version of la gricia with seasonal fruit.

Then for an alternative take on Roman history, join Stellavision’s Women and Secrets of Ancient Rome tour. “This walking tour showcases Rome’s Jewish Ghetto, Capitoline Hill, and Forum while centering the stories omitted by most tour companies and pulling important historical figures from the margins of history books,” says Shapiro. Or head over to Largo di Torre Argentina (the archaeological site where Julius Caesar was assassinated), which is now accessible thanks to new walkways.

If you’re ready to splurge on a fabulous aperitivo , book a table at the Court , one of the city’s most creative cocktail bars, which happens to boast head-on views of the Colosseum. Afterwards, take a taxi to up-and-coming San Lorenzo to check out a restaurant suggested by Tozzi and Shapiro. “ Mazzo shuttered five years ago and recently reopened in a new location with a menu that modernizes classic Roman ingredients and honors the city’s ‘ cucina povera ’ history,” Shapiro notes.

Where to stay

Soho House Rome is a hub for creatives in the artsy, up-and-coming neighborhood of San Lorenzo with a rooftop pool, an outpost of Cecconi’s, a screening room, and a gym with yoga and Pilates classes. Guests who book a room can access the private club’s amenities.

For a tried-and-true stalwart, check into the Hotel de Russie , a Rocco Forte Hotel, which is home to the aforementioned Le Jardin de Russie restaurant in the “secret garden” as well as the chic Stravinskij Bar, which is set to reveal a refresh this spring.

Or check into one of these 15 hotels we love in Rome , such as Hotel de la Ville (sister to Hotel de Russie) or newcomers like the Rome Edition or Six Senses Rome.

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Inside Taylor Swift and Travis Kelce's Week in Lake Como — from Romantic Meals to Late-Night Walks (Exclusive)

"They were very affectionate with each other, always close and hugging," a source told PEOPLE of the couple’s getaway

Taylor Swift and Travis Kelce made sweet memories in Europe!

A source shared details with PEOPLE about the couple's intimate getaway in Lake Como , Italy, during Swift’s short break between Eras Tour shows.

From late-night strolls, to a day touring Lake Como on a boat, the power couple made the most of their “four relaxing days of rest” this week.

“On the first night, they went for a long walk around the lake late at night [between 11 and midnight],” the source said about Swift and Kelce, both 34. “It was very romantic. At times they would walk hand in hand. They would also exchange a kiss every so often.” 

The vacation began just a day after Swift's fourth and final Eras Tour show in Paris, France, on Sunday, May 12, which Kelce attended along with Swift's mother Andrea and their friends Gigi Hadid  and  Bradley Cooper .

On the last day of the trip, Friday, May 17, the couple toured Lake Como on a boat, an experience the “Fortnight” singer wanted to remember forever.

“[Swift] got on the boat along the side and then went right away to the front and started taking photos of him,” the insider revealed. “It was clear that she was trying to capture the moment for posterity, and the cute thing was that she didn’t use a phone but a little Olympus camera.”

After a nearly two-hour boat ride near the village of Bellagio in the rain, the couple reportedly docked the boat and shared a meal at Locanda La Tirlindana, a restaurant in front of Comacina Island. The restaurant serves local cuisine like fresh pastas and artisan desserts.

“They were very affectionate with each other, always close and hugging,” the source told PEOPLE about the couple's final day in Italy.

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A day before embarking on the romantic getaway at the May 12 Eras Tour show, Swift performed her new song about Kelce,  “So High School,” for the first time in front of him on tour during The Tortured Poets Department era of her 46-song setlist.

Later that show, Swift sang an acoustic version of  “The Alchemy,”  which includes football puns such as, “So when I touch down, call the amateurs and cut ’em from the team.”

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Swift also acknowledged during that show that this was the 87th concert on the Eras Tour, a numerical nod to her NFL boyfriend’s No. 87 jersey.

The 14-time Grammy winner also wore Kansas City Chiefs colors — a sparkling gold ombre crop top and a coordinated red ombre skirt — at one point in the show.

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‘Taylor Swift is that hickey on your neck?’ Fans feel Travis Kelce’s presence in Sweden after steamy Italy trip

Taylor swift and travis kelce share pda-filled trip in italy followed by a suspicious mark on swift's neck during her sweden performance.

Taylor Swift is performing in Sweden. The Fortnight singer has kicked off her second European schedule after the gig in Italy. But, where do you think fans are focusing on? Eagle-eyed Swifties sent the internet into meltdown after spotting a suspicious mark on Taylo Swift's neck during her Eras Tour performance. This comes hot on the heels of her PDA-filled getaway with beau Travis Kelce . Is it just a lighting trick, or did their Italian rendezvous leave a more permanent souvenir?

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Taylor Swift flaunts ‘hickey’ on neck at Sweden’s show

Fans are convinced that Taylor Swift might have brought her boo, Travis Kelce, to Sweden... symbolically, at least. The presence of the NFL star seemed to glow on her face, leaving the crowd gushing over the romance the couple shared just a day before in Italy. Talk about High School dating! The alleged proof of their romance became visible when Taylor swept her hair aside during her performance of "Champagne Problems" on Saturday night. The spot was captured up close on fan cams, and the bruise, glowing in a shade of red similar to Swift’s lipstick, was clearly visible above her neckline on her blue lacy dress.

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“Now miss taylor alison swift is that a hickey on your neck or did you ‘burn yourself with a hair straightener’ ???” A fan inquired. “Cmmon they had some good time in Italy, and Travis Kelce is here, well….can’t you see,” wrote another. “So High School is getting a little too real,” a third person chimed in referring to the TTPD track which is seemingly dedicated to the NFL tight end. “Oh, we know...we know. the rainy boat ride in Italy,” a fourth one commented with a wink emoji.

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The A-listers, who started dating last summer, were spotted last week packing their Italy trip with PDA. The two spent four relaxing days at the ritzy $21,000-per-night Villa Sola Cabiati in Lake Como, Italy. A source earlier told People that the couple took a midnight stroll, walking hand in hand, sometimes speaking and sometimes exchanging sweet kisses. Another day, they went for a boat ride where Swift pulled out her vintage Olympus to capture Kelce, and the rain added extra romance to the outing, allowing the couple to have lunch at an exotic beachside restaurant. Kelce joined 14-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter in Europe to support her at her 87th world tour stop in Paris, France on May 12th.

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BT Group has pushed back its timetable for moving all customers off the Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN) and onto digital landlines. Read this and the rest of today's consumer and personal finance news - and leave a comment - below.

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HMRC is reportedly using AI to recruit staff , with some not speaking to a human until their first day.

The hiring process for some junior roles - including customer service adviser - are being done virtually with candidates asked to send a CV and 1,000-word statement to an email address and then answer six questions from a pre-recorded video, according to The Sunday Times .

One current HMRC employee who went through the process told the newspaper it was "so daft and the questions themselves were waffle".

HMRC said that for entry-level roles, recruitment processes were automated to manage the higher level of applicants it received.

Ryanair has reported another year of record profits and passenger numbers.

At the same time, the average fare at the airline, which is Europe's largest by passenger numbers, was 21% more expensive than 12 months earlier, its annual results showed.

But the company suggested a cut in ticket prices could be on the way after this summer when prices will either be the same or more expensive than last year.

Annual profits reached €1.92bn (£1.64bn), surpassing the previous record of €1.45bn (£1.26bn) made in the year ending March 2018.

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Business flights to and from the UK have decreased by nearly a third  since the COVID pandemic.

Data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) and examined by the New Economics Foundation found there were 29%  fewer trips in 2023 than in 2019.

In total, businesses shelled out around £2.9bn less on air travel in 2023, a 22% decrease from four years earlier, according to City AM.

"Business use of air travel peaked in 2007 and has fallen further since the pandemic. Today, growth causes major damage to our climate while benefiting only a tiny group of airport owners and wealthy frequent flyers," Alex Chapman, senior economist at the New Economics Foundation, told the newspaper.

The number of 56-65 year olds looking to buy their first home has grown by 13% in the first quarter of this year.

The average age of a first-time buyer is 33 - but 2.2% are now in the 56-65 age bracket.

This compares with 44.8% aged 18-30 and 35.6% aged 31-40, according to data from Legal & General.

Further analysis found the average loan searched for at the end of 2023 and beginning of 2024 increased by 3.7% from £214,299 to £222,148, pointing to the fact buyers can afford larger loan values due to inflation dropping and monthly earning increasing.

Kevin Roberts, Legal & General Mortgage Services managing director, said: "Our figures show that the desire to own a home remains strong, even for those who are waiting longer to take those first steps onto the property ladder. 

"As affordability begins to ease, we'll likely see further activity in the first-time buyer market, especially if inflation continues to fall and the Bank of England reduces its base rate later in the year." 

BT Group has pushed back its timetable for moving all customers off the Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN) and onto digital landlines.

New digital landlines provide services using the internet and will replace 40-year-old analogue landline technology that has become increasingly fragile and difficult to fix.

It aims to allow all UK telecoms companies to offer consumers and businesses clearer and better quality phone calls, as well as new features such as anonymous caller rejection or three-way calling, according to the Gov.uk website.

When is the switch happening?

BT now says the switch is happening in stages.

From this summer, customers who have not used their landline in the last 12 months, who do not identify as vulnerable or have additional needs, have not contacted an Alarm Receiving Centre (ARC) in the last 24 months and live in an area where a data sharing agreement is in place, will be switched - unless they have opted out.

Vulnerable customers or those with additional needs will start to be switched from summer 2025 with the aim to have all customers moved off the old analogue PSTN by the end of January 2027.

Howard Watson, chief security and networks officer at BT Group, said: "Managing customer migrations from analogue to digital as quickly and smoothly as possible, while making the necessary provisions for those customers with additional needs, including telecare users, is critically important.

"We need all local authorities and telecare providers to share with us the phone lines where they know there's a telecare user."

Young twin sisters have gone viral on TikTok after fuming over the prices charged by an ice cream man. 

In a video posted on the social media site, Marnie and Mylah rant after being quoted £9 for two ice creams. 

"There's an ice cream van there selling two ice creams with two chewing gums in it for bloody £9," one of the twins says. 

She adds that the ice cream van who visits her street usually charges between £1 and £2 for an ice cream. 

"He's going to get nowhere with that," she says. 

To make the situation even worse, she's outraged that he only accepts "bloody card". 

"Bloody hell. It's bloody well bad," she says. 

The average price of a 450ml - 1 litre tub of ice cream is currently £3.39 - up 6.3% since last year, the latest data from the Office for National Statistics show. 

The ice cream van industry has been plagued with difficulties, from rising running costs and rubbish weather. 

According to the Ice Cream Alliance, the market is worth a huge £1.4bn. 

Sky News contacted the ICA, the industry's trade association, for comment. 

A popular music magazine has been closed down just months after being relaunched online. 

Q, which originally closed after 34 years in 2020, was revived as an online publication nearly six months ago after a licensing deal was struck by New-York based Empire Media Group. 

But its surprise closure, which came to light on Friday, means a team of six full-time staff have lost their jobs.

Writer Will Harris is one of them, saying he'd lost his "first full-time employment in a dozen years".

Writing on Substack , he said the move had been a "business decision" but that staff had been working long hours to "make it the best publication" possible. 

"We worked our shifts, worked before and after our shifts, and delivered consistently top-shelf content that was, to our way of thinking, exactly the sort of thing that a new incarnation of Q Magazine should offer," he wrote. 

Editor-in-chief Andrew Barker said the decision to shut the magazine down "came with no advance warning, and no indication that anything was wrong". 

"To say that we were shocked and devastated would be a colossal understatement." 

Sky News has contacted Empire Media Group for comment. 

Separately, last week saw the return of a 90s lads mag Loaded.

The magazine relaunched its website after disappearing nine years ago, offering a £9 monthly membership. 

As part of its revival, it has changed its tagline from "for men who should know better" to "for men who know better". 

"The relaunch of the platform is a digital rebellion for the modern man who refuses to fit into a stereotype, from the finest in music, sports, film, and anything else that is of interest," it said in a statement. 

"Loaded is about building a space where men challenge each other, celebrate wins, and tackle all that matters to them." 

Virgin Trains has applied for a licence that could see it return to running rail services on the West Coast route between London and Glasgow, five years after losing its contract.

The company had operated the service, which runs from London Euston via Birmingham and Manchester to Scotland, for 22 years before Avanti West Coast took over in 2019.

The company has now applied to the regulator - the Office of Rail and Road - for an Open Access licence. If granted, it means Virgin Trains receives no subsidy and runs services alongside the franchise, at its own risk.

A spokesperson for Virgin Group told Sky News: "While this application is just the first step towards exploring what might be possible, we think Open Access is the way forward.

"Open Access increases consumer choice and competition both of which Virgin has always supported."

By Sarah Taaffe-Maguire , business reporter

After four weeks of rises the Financial Times Stock Exchange (FTSE) 250 index of the 101st to 350th most valuable companies on the London Stock Exchange has begun a fifth week in positive territory - up 0.54%. 

If it ends this week higher than now it'll be the best run it has had since before the pandemic, in December 2019. 

The most valuable companies on the London Stock Exchange - the FTSE 100 index - also started the week on a high, up 0.22%. Mexican mining company Fresnillo is the best performing company of the day so far with shares up 3.17% as copper hit an all-time peak.

The oil price is staying lower than all of April and most of March at $84.24 for a barrel of Brent crude oil - the benchmark price. 

A pound is equal to $1.2696 or €1.1675. 

The average salary advertised on job sites increased by 0.45% to £38,810 in April, according to vacancies website Adzuna. 

Only two sectors - legal and travel - experienced a fall in the average salary being offered.

"[This] demonstrates rising business confidence throughout the UK and that companies are keen to hire specialist staff," said Andrew Hunter, co-founder of Adzuna. 

"They are willing to pay well for new team members too."

He said the East Midlands continued to see the largest annual increases for the fifth month in a row - helped by roles in science, tech and professional services.

Every Monday we get an expert to answer your money problems or consumer disputes. Find out how to submit yours at the bottom of this post. Today's question is...

We bought a Ford C-Max second hand four years ago. It's less than eight years old now with 77,000 miles. Our garage says the car is a write-off due to a known issue with EcoBoost engines. Ford refuses to pay for repairs. Anything I can do? Rory Raftery

Rory did not leave his contact details so we haven't been able to talk to the dealership - but we had some luck with Ford. First though,  Scott Dixon, from The Complaints Resolver , lays out your basic rights...

Your contract is always with the trader who sold you the goods (in this case the garage), not the manufacturer.

Any reference to warranties is irrelevant, as the Consumer Rights Act 2015 overrides this and gives you an implied statutory warranty for free for up to six years in England and Wales and five years in Scotland.

The act states that goods ought to be:

  • Fit for purpose
  • As described
  • Satisfactory quality
  • Last a reasonable length of time

As we are past six months since you bought the car, the onus is on you to prove it had inherent faults when it was sold. 

I would seek an independent report to reinforce your case and dispute. Given that this has been a well-known issue with EcoBoost engines for quite some time, the trader who sold you the vehicle should have carried out additional checks.

A cursory Google search reveals that a loss of engine power and serious valve damage is commonplace on higher mileage EcoBoost engines.

I would check to see if this vehicle has been subject to a recall. Also check the MOT history to see if any advisory notices were flagged and not remedied before you bought the vehicle.

Is the garage a member of The Motor Ombudsman? You can check that too here .

How did you pay for it? 

You should always pay at least a deposit by credit card if possible, as it gives you additional free protection and joint liability under S75 Consumer Credit Act 1974 for purchases over £100.

If you paid a deposit by credit card, contact your credit card provider and say you want to raise a S75 dispute and claim for a faulty car.

They will ask for more details – say the supplier is in "breach of contract" under the Consumer Rights Act 2015 and has supplied a defective/faulty car. You have exhausted all options with the retailer and cannot resolve your dispute.

If the car is on finance, they bought the defective vehicle from the dealer and own it. You can go down the same route and raise a S75 claim against them for a breach of contract under the Consumer Rights Act 2015.

If you reach a stalemate with the credit card provider or finance company, ask for a deadlock letter setting out their final position so you can submit a formal complaint (with the final response/deadlock letter) to the Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS).

They do not like cases being referred to the FOS as it costs them money. The FOS will examine documents given to you as the customer at the point of sale. The dealership is responsible for any representations made in those documents. You are seeking to reject the car, so make this clear.

Offers made will be calculated on the anticipated lifespan of the goods – time of use and depreciation. Ask for any offers made to be evidenced with calculations to ascertain how the amount has been arrived at.

Car dealerships will often cite that they are entitled to deduct 45p a mile for use on refund calculations when you try to reject a faulty vehicle. This is a scam. The FOS has ruled that 25p a mile is fair and acceptable, so keep that in mind when any offers are made.

Statutory limitations on any consumer dispute is six years in England and Wales and five years in Scotland from the date the goods were received.

This does not detract from the expected lifespan of the goods – it is simply a limit on the time you have to resolve the dispute under the Consumer Rights Act 2015.

Options and next steps

If all else fails, you could take your case to the small claims court if it was England, or follow simple procedure in Scotland .

Ford response

A Ford spokesperson told the Money team: "Ford is confident in the robustness and reliability of its EcoBoost engine technology when the stated guidelines for maintenance and service are followed. 

"Ford UK is happy to investigate service support and/or compensation measures for any customer who believes they have had an EcoBoost engine issue and is happy to review cases with a full-service history for vehicles up to 10 years old with less than 150,000 miles.

"For any customers in the UK whose vehicle meets these parameters, you can speak to our customer relationship team and contact details can be found on our website here ."

Ford offered to look at this specific case - but sadly Rory didn't leave contact details for us to pass on.

This feature is not intended as financial advice - the aim is to give an overview of the things you should think about.  Submit your dilemma or consumer dispute via:

  • The form above - make sure you leave a phone number or email address
  • Email [email protected] with the subject line "Money blog"
  • WhatsApp us  here

A tiny Mexican taco stand has won a Michelin star. 

El Califa de Leon in Mexico City offers just four types of tacos, with McDonald's prices, no reservations and plates served in plastic bags.

"The secret is the simplicity of our taco. It has only a tortilla, red or green sauce, and that's it. That, and the quality of the meat," chef Arturo Rivera Martinez told AP. 

He's also probably the only Michelin-starred chef who, when asked what beverage should accompany his food, answers: "I like a Coke." 

Thousands of time a day, he grabs a fresh, thinly sliced fillet of beef from a stack and slaps it on the grill, tosses a pinch of salt over it, squeezes half a lime on top, and grabs a soft round of freshly rolled tortilla dough onto the solid metal slab to puff up.

After less than a minute - he won't say exactly how long because "that's a secret" - he flips the beef over with a spatula, flips the tortilla, and very quickly scoops it onto a plate - then calls out the customer's name who ordered it. 

Asked how it felt to get a Michelin star, he said in Mexico City slang, "esta chido ... esta padre," or "it's neat, it's cool". 

El Califa de Leon, which was founded in 1968, is the only taco stand among the 16 Mexican restaurants given one star, as well as two eateries that have got two stars.

Other than perhaps one street food stand in Bangkok, it is probably the smallest restaurant ever to get a star

Half of the 100 square-foot (9.29 square-metre) space is taken up by a solid steel plate grill.

The other half is packed with standing customers, and an assistant who rolls out the rounds of tortilla dough constantly.

The prices are quite high by Mexican standards: the tacos range in price from 53 Mexican pesos to 82 Mexican pesos - that works out at around £2.50 to £4. 

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Taylor Swift performs onstage during night four of "The Eras Tour" at Paris La Défense Arena on May 12, 2024, in Paris, France.

Taylor Swift will wrap up the "Eras Tour" on Dec. 8 in Vancouver, British Columbia. Getty Images for TAS Rights Management

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For select cities and dates in the U.S. and in Europe , Vivid Seats is offering deals on number of Taylor Swift tour tickets, allowing a number of tickets to significantly drop in price.

While tour tickets are still in the thousands for many of the concerts that have deals, they have still dropped hugely price, such as from $5,000 to $2,000.

These Vivid Seats ticket deals are occurring in the following cities: Miami , New Orleans , Indianapolis , Milan and Vienna .

Because we know “All Too Well” that buying “Eras Tour” tickets can be massively overwhelming, we decided to help out.

Tickets are most likely to sell as they drop in price, and especially for the European shows that barely have any tickets left on Vivid Seats , so it is important to act fast.

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The cheapest Vivid Seats ticket deals for Taylor Swift’s “Eras Tour”

July 14 in milan, italy.

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With pictures in frames of kisses on cheeks.

Taylor Swift and Travis Kelce were photographed on a romantic boat ride on Italy’s Lake Como Wednesday between stops on the singer’s record-breaking Eras Tour.

The couple was spotted holding hands as they made their way down to the docks in front of their $21,000-per-night private villa.

Taylor Swift and Travis Kelce.

While waiting for the boat, Swift and Kelce, both 34, posed for a few fun photos, flashing the cameras peace signs while wrapping their arms around one another.

Despite the rainy weather, the pair appeared to be in great spirits and they snuggled up on the dock, with Swift wrapping her arms around Kelce’s waist as he leaned down to kiss her forehead.

Once they boarded the boat, the pair posed for a couple more loved-up snaps, taken on Swift’s personal camera by another passenger.

taylor swift and travis kelce.

The pair, seated in the back, looked lovingly into one another’s eyes as the unidentified man snapped away from the front of the vessel.

The “Cruel Summer” singer, who placed a hand on Kelce’s cheek, then leaned in for a sweet kiss.

The couple seemingly color-coordinated their looks for the afternoon, both opting for a neutral color palette.

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Swift wore a black minidress along with a bag and flats from Versace . She covered up with a tan trench coat due to the gloomy weather.

The Kansas City Chiefs star, for his part, opted for a more eye-catching ensemble, wearing a black-and-white checkered sweater with black trousers.

After the romantic boat ride, the pair enjoyed a meal at Locanda La Tirlindana Restaurant .

taylor swift and travis kelce.

The couple, who started dating last summer , snuck off to the lakeside city following Swift’s tour stop in Paris last weekend.

Despite keeping their whereabouts hidden for most of the romantic getaway, they were spotted enjoying a candlelit dinner outside their villa earlier this week.

The pair looked every bit in love as they sipped on wine and enjoyed a meal prepared by their private chef while taking in the unobstructed lakeside views.

Travis Kelce and Taylor Swift.

Following the private dinner date, the pair went on a stroll along the water.

They seemingly made the most of their time together before parting ways this weekend.

While Swift is set to play in Sweden for the next few nights, Kelce is expected to be back in Kansas City for the Kelce Jam, a music festival hosted by the tight end.

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