The Biggest Mistake People Make When Planning A Trip to Italy (And How To Avoid It)

Find out the single biggest mistake that almost all travelers make in Italy and how you can avoid it.

The main problem for anyone planning a trip to Italy is that it’s impossible to see everything you want in one trip! This leads to the biggest travel planning mistake that most people make in Italy: They try to see too many things in too short a time. We hate to be the bearers of bad news but overloading your itinerary is a recipe for stress. 

We understand why you do it and we sympathize, but let us repeat: rushing your Italian vacation is a surefire way to ruin it. Luckily, the solution is easier than you think: narrow down your focus and divide your time accordingly.

The rhythm of any trip to Italy, that is, how long you spend seeing what you came to see and experiencing what you came to experience, is just as important as what you see and experience. In fact, you could simply book a trip to Rome and spend two weeks hanging out there without ever getting bored. In order to help you get an idea of how to budget your time in some of Italy’s most popular regions, we have written three sample itineraries. After many years of traveling in Italy and interacting with other travelers, we have honed the rhythm of these itineraries to perfection. Feel free to crib them as is, or use them as a base to create your own custom itinerary. In this case, the where isn’t important; it’s the when that matters. As always, we’ll be waiting in the comments sections for anyone with questions.  

The Major Cities Trip 

There is no more quintessential Roman experience during your trip to Italy than a dawn visit to the Spanish Steps.

There is no more quintessential Roman experience during your trip to Italy than a dawn visit to the Spanish Steps.

Italy has more major tourist cities than most countries. Of course, the capital is a must, but cities like Florence and Venice are big draws and, honestly, must-sees. This sample itinerary is perfect for the first-time visitor who wants to “see all of Italy” but can’t choose between zones. It gives a great overview of the most historically significant parts of the country. As a bonus, it will also help you plan where to focus your sightseeing during your return trip to Italy. 

Sample Itinerary:
The Major Cities trip is a great introduction to Italy for those who want to see the most famous art and architecture in the country. It includes the Colosseum, the Duomos of Milan and Florence, and the canals along St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice. To avoid packing in too much, we budget a minimum of two weeks to travel Italy. If you have anything less than that you should take a more leisurely trip (see below).

Two weeks:
Rome: 4 days
Florence: 3 days
Venice: 3 days
Milan: 4 days

For anything less than two weeks you can make the following amendments:

10 days: Cut one city entirely or one day from Rome and one day from Florence. But don’t cut more than one day from each city.

One week: Cut a city. Rome and Florence have the most to offer the majority of visitors to Italy so they should probably remain on your itinerary. Choosing between Venice and Milan depends on the time of year and what you are looking for. Venice has more tourism draws like the Doge’s Palace, St. Mark’s Basilica, the Bridge of Sighs, and of course, all those canals. However, it is also packed with tourists in the high season. Milan is not as pretty and has fewer attractions but it’s cheaper, less crowded, and has better food. If going in the summer we would recommend Milan. On the other hand, an autumn or winter trip to Italy would have us favoring Venice.

5 days: Choose one of the major cities that you are dying to see and stay there. Seriously, one is enough. even in a city as small as Venice you will have more than enough to keep you occupied as long as you take your time and really immerse yourself. 

Insiders’ tipsWhen you plan your trip to Italy, consider no fewer than 3 days in Rome. As both the ancient and modern capital of Italy, it’s a hub for a lot of things you’re going to want to see. The history, sights and feel of the city can hardly be seen with less time.

Venice can be visited in a day trip, and many people do it that way, but they miss out on the fantastic nightlife, the feel of Venice with fewer tourists, and the beauty of the city by night. If you really can’t give it three days, you should at least try staying for one night. Take the next day to visit the Venetian islands of Burano and Murano.

Know Before You Go: Dedicate all of your time to each major city and don’t stray, there’s no time on this Italian travel plan to visit small towns; plan your travel days in advance: you can book high-speed train tickets between cities at TrenItalia or ItaloTreno; If you have only one week but don’t cut a city, you’re still committing the biggest mistake travelers make in Italy.

For more on getting from one city to another check out our guide to traveling by train in Italy.

The Regional Trip

Exploring a region means touring the big cities...and then moving past them to soak up the atmosphere of even the small towns.

Exploring a region means touring the big cities…and then moving past them to soak up the atmosphere of the small towns.

A regional trip is perfect for those who have already visited the major Italian cities in a previous trip to Italy and want to really take some time in one area to experience it like a local. It’s a great way to fully immerse yourself in Italian culture and avoid the crowded, tourist routes. Though you can choose any region that interests you, Tuscany is probably the most popular region in which to base yourself. It offers a great mix of history, culture, cuisine and natural beauty with the added bonus of being close to transport hubs like Rome and Florence. If your Italy trip takes you farther afield you can apply these same time frames to any region but you will need to choose your own destinations. 

Sample Itinerary:

Though you can always base yourself in Florence and see Tuscany with multiple day trips, we’d suggest splitting your stay. Try a few nights in Florence with a day trip to Pisa and a separate day trip to the walled-in city of Lucca. Then, pack your bags and head into the countryside to the red-brick town of Siena. From there, you can take day trips to San Gimignano and nearby Volterra, or south to Montepulciano and Pienza, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Just don’t forget to try the wine!

Two weeks:
Florence: 4 full days. From Florence, take a day trip to Lucca and schedule about a half day for Pisa, with the rest of the day spent in Florence.
Siena: 2 days in the city, with a further 8 days using it as your base to travel to other areas of Tuscany. From Siena, dedicate day trips to Montepulciano, Pienza, San Gimignano and Volterra, with a half day dedicated to Monteriggioni

This leaves you with 1 day of extra travel time and one day to return to your favorite town or simply take a well-deserved rest. 

10 days: Combine San Gimignano and Volterra and/or Montepulciano and Pienza.

One week: Cut a day from Florence or cut two of the towns farthest from your accommodation. Take a bit more time to explore the towns you do see.

5 days: Base yourself only in Florence. Take 2 full days to see the city, then take a day trip to Siena and another to any nother city on the list near Florence, such as Pisa, Lucca or San Gimignano.

Insiders’ Tip: A regional trip is all about diving deep into a specific region. Besides Florence, Tuscany’s famous towns and cities tend to be quite small. You can easily visit one town per day, and sometimes even more than one! Your best time saver here is a clear plan about which towns are near to each other and a really good train schedule or GPS.

Explore possible destinations with our articles on the top towns of Tuscany, round one and round two.

Know Before You Go: 
Hilltop town hopping during your day trips means a lot of driving (or bussing it) around countryside, but in beautiful Tuscany that’s an advantage. For starters, you won’t have to lug your suitcases around or waste time checking in and out of various hotels. Also, your base will feel more like home. Instead of staying in a travel hub you might also consider setting up in an agriturismo or a small apartment; it’s a chance to really get to know a region and get a taste of small-town Italy; with regional trains you don’t need to your tickets in advance, but you should read up on the train schedules ahead of time.

The Thematic Trip

Naples Pizza, the best of Italian food

Looking for the best pizza in Italy? Get yourself to Naples for their perfect, thin-crust Neopolitan pizza.

A thematic trip to Italy is a unique way for you to connect with your destination. Not only will you see towns that you may not have visited otherwise, but following your theme is sure to create lifelong memories and unique experiences in each place you visit.

The theme is up to you. Perhaps you want to trace the twisted trail of Caravaggio around the country or sample Italy’s best outdoor adventures. One of the most common themes for Italian trips is food. An Epicurean itinerary will not only give travelers a chance to see less-visited regions and understand the customs and peculiarities in Italy’s cuisine, it’s also just delicious!

Sample Epicurean Itinerary:
Though every region in Italy has its own unique cuisine (See: There’s No Such Thing as Italian Food), some lend themselves to tourists better than others. Head to Naples to try traditional Neapolitan pizza and sample their tradition-infused coffee culture. Then go to Rome to explore the beautiful contrast between the city’s love of pork and its delicious kosher traditions in the Jewish quarter. From there, move on to Emilia Romagna, potentially the most famous region for food in all of Italy. After all, its capital city, Bologna, is even nicknamed “The Fat One”! Try the famous ragù sauce on top of fresh tagliatelle pasta or in a traditional, gluttonous lasagna. Finally, Mantua, in the heart of northern rice country, was named Italy’s Cultural Capital for 2016 and the European Capital of Gastronomy for 2017!

Two weeks:

Naples: 3 days
Rome: 4
Bologna: 3 days
Mantua: 3
1 day extra travel time

10 days: Cut one city. Which city depends entirely on your tastes. 

One week: Visit just Bologna and Mantua in the north, or Naples and Rome in the south.

5 days: Explore the culinary intricacies – of which there are many – of just one city.

Insiders’ Tip: Your thematic journey can lead you to smaller cities and lesser-known destinations but it can also see you traveling longer distances. In order to avoid the “big mistake” of trying to fit too much in, consolidate your decisions. Any Italian will tell you that food should be enjoyed at a leisurely pace and a few meals in a given destination is always better than just one. You would be surprised how many things there are to try in each place you visit if you just take the time to look. 

Know Before You Go: If the point is to follow a specific theme, you’ll need to do plenty of research beforehand. We have dozens of food articles for specific destinations on our blog, but search books, blogs and documentaries as well. Don’t forget that unless you are very dedicated you’ll want to see a few things outside your chosen theme, so be sure to budget time for that in each location as well, but don’t stray from the map. 

If you want to learn about Italian food with our expert guides, check out our Rome Food Tour, Venice Food Tour, and Florence Food Tour

The itineraries above won’t help you see everything in Italy. In fact, if you follow our instruction you’ll actually see less of the country than most but you’ll enjoy what you do see a lot more. We all want to see everything, but rushing from destination to destination only adds stress and takes away from your overall experience. Don’t worry too much, you’re sure to return. After all, there’s always more to explore!

Find out the single biggest mistake that almost all travelers make when planning their trip to Italy and how you can avoid it.

182 Comments

  • Meenal says:

    I discovered your blog while researching for our tentative trip to Italy this June. We will be traveling with our children 7 & 14 yrs. We have already been to Rome and Venice. I wanted to know how feasible it is to combine Florence, a bit of Tuscany and the Amalfi Coast in one trip. We could fly in and out of Milan , so probably a couple of days there as well.How many days would it take to do it comfortably. We are thinking 2 weeks but we could stretch it a little. Thanks.

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hi Meenal,

      We think that two weeks is a good estimate, though more is always better 🙂 All of Italy is well connected by train, so transport shouldn’t be too much of a problem if you don’t mind spending time. You can take a fast train from Florence to Naples, then you’ll change onto a regional train from there down to Sorrento or another town along the Amalfi Coast. From Florence to Sorrento it should take you just a bit over 2 hours. Still, we suggest counting travel days as half days when budgeting your time! This way you could spend 3 days in Milan, 3 days in Florence, choose one or two towns in the Tuscan countryside for another 2 or 3 days, then spend the rest of the time down along the Amalfi Coast. Get the most of your time with guided tours. Our Tuscany Day Trip Tour parts from Florence and visits Siena, San Gimignano and Chianti for a Tuscan lunch on a vineyard.

    • Dino says:

      First timer here, very helpful thoughts.
      Why is it I have this pre conceived notion that the theft in the bigger cities is rampant
      I have heard too many stories. what are some safe guards, apparently the train is a bad place or way to travel when busy.

      also did you exchange your money there or do you pre fer to use amex or visa while abroad

  • Anne Golembeski says:

    I lived in northern Italy for four years and have visited often since. The tourist attractions are great. I went to Pisa and the Vatican Museum and the Cinque Terra. All fantastic because I had the time. If you have limited time just walk! Walk the city streets and the neighborhoods and piazzas. Don’t skip the small unknown towns. That’s where you’ll find the local festas and shops. You’ll see beautiful architecture. The best times in my experience were just walking the small villages.

  • Tania says:

    Me and my husband (30s) are travelling to Venice on Aug 15 2016. We will be staying there for 2 days. Can you please let me know what all can be visited on Aug 15th (saw St. Marks Basilica and other places is closed.) Will shops and eat-outs be opened? We are not much into history. we want to walk on the streets to find good food and get a flavor of the Venetian culture and of-course some cheap shopping if possible. Can you suggest places where we can hang around?

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hi Tania,

      Most major attractions will be closed, but there will be a few restaurants open to serve the people celebrating the holiday and for the tourists as well! We suggest taking the day to stroll the city as much as possible and get lost down the hundreds of alleyways and over the beautiful bridges. The waterbus will still be running, though probably with limited frequency, so you could consider visiting the multicolored houses of Burano while you’re there as well, which doesn’t require any museum or church visit! Have a great trip!

  • Jade says:

    Your blog is really helping me plan my trip so thank you!
    I am really struggling to narrow down the places I want to visit. I have a two week window and I would like to see Rome, Amalfi Coast, Florence, Venice & Lake Garda, do this sound doable?
    Can you also help with the travel times between the places, how long should I set aside for travelling? Thank You

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hi Jade,

      We know that it’s hard to narrow down an itinerary when there are so many beautiful places to see! We suggest sticking to places relatively nearby, and giving yourself plenty of time to explore the big cities filled with history and art, such as Rome and Florence. Another trick, is to see the city with the help of expert local guides! Perhaps our tours in Rome, Florence and Venice can help you get the most out the time you dedicate to each. For example, if you decide that there’s not enough time to dedicate to the Amalfi Coast but you’re just dying to see it, try our Pompeii Tour From Rome with Private Amalfi Coast Drive. That way with just one short day trip you can tour Pompeii and relax on your private drive along the coast. Hope to see you there!

  • Athena says:

    I am planning to visit Italy this year. I was planning for a two weeks trip and after reading this article I change my plans, I should make 1 month trip to see Italy to its full ?!!? Replanning it is ! !

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hi Athena,

      That just depends on how many places you’re planning on visiting! You can see something in Italy in 3 days just like you can one month, but you’ll have to adjust the quantity of destinations to get the best quality experience.

  • Siddharth says:

    Hi I will be travelling to Italy in July for 10 nights. I will be flying in and out of Milan. I have 2 tentative plans . Need your help in deciding between the two. 2 days Milan(including lake Como) – 2 days Amalfi and Sorrento-2 days Rome+vatican- 3 days Florence. I am missing Venice here. Now in the second itenary Amalfi and Sorrento will be replaced Venice. Need your suggestions.

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hi Siddharth,

      Personally, we think that’s a lot of traveling to do in just 10 days, and would suggest trying to stay longer in Rome and/or the Amalfi Coast. Still, we know it can be hard to decide. Tours can help you to make the most out of the time that you do have, however. For example, our day trip from Rome tour will take you on a Pompeii tour guided by an expert and for a private drive along the Amalfi Coast, helping you to see some of the area in the most efficient way possible, in just a day!

  • Really great advice! Will pass that on to all our followers.

  • On my own says:

    I had planned a trip with a friend, who unfortunately has some medical problems and won’t be able to make the trip. I’ve decided to go alone, so would love some advice on how to spend my time. I’m arriving in Naples and flying out of Barcelona two weeks later. I’ve already been to Rome, Tuscany and Florence. Since I’m going in July, I would love to avoid the major touristy places and perhaps find some quieter places to enjoy good food, beauty and history. Any suggestion would be appreciated. Oh, and is Bellagio worth a visit and the prices?

    • Walks of Italy says:

      We’re sorry to hear about your friend, but happy that you’re coming to Il Bel Paese in any case! Considering that you’re arriving in Naples, we’d suggest staying in that region or going further south. The Amalfi Coast is always worth the visit, though we can’t promise it won’t be a bit touristy already in July. If you really want to escape the tourists, head to the countryside. The countryside of Lazio is lush, beautiful, and filled with art and history. Further south in Calabria or Puglia will offer you a lot of relax with breathtaking views. Bellagio up north is a gorgeous town along Lake Como. We believe it is worth it, but considering that it’s so small you won’t need more than a day to explore the entire town. After, you can take the ferry around to Como and the many other beautiful towns along the lake. That said, it’s a long trip from Naples!

  • Todd says:

    Hi, my family & I have a 10 day trip to Italy planned in a few days. We are flying into Rome, then Florence, & Venice. We have two daughters who are 22 & 19 yrs. old. Our family usually vacations at beaches. Should we try to plan at least a partial day at some of the beautiful beaches for each city or just 1 beach destination in one of the cities? I don’t think my daughters will be overly interested in the historical aspects of Italy, but we have some planned sightseeing activities to at least see the major attractions. It would be nice to have some relaxing time on a beach, but not sure if we’ll have enough time. Please let me know your thoughts. Your blog is awesome, very helpful with great information.

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hi Todd,

      Most of Italy’s historical cities aren’t actually that near to a beach. In that case, we suggest carving out a day to head to the beach from Rome, which likely has the nicest beach nearby of the three cities. Have a great trip!

  • Christy says:

    What a great blog! Thank you so much. We are flying into Venice, and arrive in the moring, spending one night and heading to Florence. We will be in Florence for 2 nights and then Positano for three nights, and finally Rome for 3 nights. We fly out of Rome. What is the best way to get from Florence to Positano. I am thinking of taking the train to Sorrento and then the ferry.

  • Jessica says:

    Hi! I love your page, so informative!
    Question, I am flying into Milan on a wed afternoon 4:00pm and depart on Monday evening from Rome. Ideally would like to do one night Milan, two nights Florence, two nights Rome with a day trip to positano- Is this too much for such a short time? 🙁 we were also thinking of driving, but will this be much longer?
    Thank you for any help!!!

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hi Jessica,

      Yes, that itinerary does sound a little bit too packed, especially just considering transport times. It will take longer than to drive as opposed to high speed trains, but the high speed trains connect Milan to Florence and Rome easily. We suggest cutting out Positano for this trip, it’s quite a long way from Rome for just one day when there is so much transport time needed. Let us know what you decide! 🙂

  • Tom Reed says:

    my wife and I are planning a two week trip to Italy in early October for our 30th. She is Italian and never been to her Homeland. We love wine, great food, beautiful scenery and History…I hear the Amalfi Coast is nice too:)
    Venice, Florence, Rome, Naples and the Amalfi Coast are all points of interest. Considering this is our first visit to Italy and we’ll be there in early October. What do you suggest for an overall plan with rhythm?

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hi Tom,

      We suggest you scroll through the blog to get ideas for possible itineraries, or use this post to decide if you want a major cities trip, a regional itinerary or a themed one 🙂 Just be sure to not pack in too much!

  • Jessica Ray says:

    I really looking for this type of information.. Becoz i also planning for trip to italy and this article really gives me some important information which i really required such as time and duration of trip etc..

    Thanks for sharing such a great experience with us,

  • We are flying in to Naples in Mid Oct and staying for 8days. Considering a short period of time, please advise the best 3 places to stay and what are the surrounding/nearby towns best attractions.

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hi Ina,

      Sorry, we can’t recommend specific accommodations, but we often use http://www.booking.com to find hotels or B&Bs in Italy. As for nearby towns to visit, we suggest jumping down to Pompeii. Our Best of Pompeii Tour is an in-depth look into the buried city with an expert local tour guide, helping you to get the most of your visit.

  • David Loring says:

    Whoo! 2 days (nights) means one full day to explore. Not much time. I just spent 30 days doing Rome, Amalfi Coast, Puglia and Sicily. And that was too rushed. Wherever you go be selective, plan your days throughly. I used Walks Of Italy as a framework for my days in Rome. One tour each day for 3 of my days and then planned my sightseeing around the area where the tour took place. Know your limits and allow some down time. Watch out for Monday’s when many museums are closed or mid afternoons when many shops are closed.

  • Simrin says:

    Hi there! So, I’m planning my vacation to Italy and I only have 10 days, I was thinking of doing 2 nights in Cinque Terre, 2 nights in Florence, 2 nights in Venice and then 3 nights in Rome. I’m planning of travelling by train so that does seem to take a chuck out of my time since it will be travelling every second day. But does my plan seem too hectic? It is my first time travelling there so I do want to see quite a bit but I want to really enjoy my time there.

    Thanks! 🙂

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hi Simin,

      Each person has to choose an itinerary that works for them, but we’d urge you to remember that two nights usually means just one full day to explore, and maybe a half day or so that you can eek out of your travel days. You’ll be able to see the cities and towns, but perhaps not as in-depth as you’d like, especially the bigger ones like Florence and Rome. In that case, we’d suggest checking out some of our tours to be sure you see the most there is to see in the time you have. Our Florence in a Day tour takes you to all the major sights on a full-day expertly guided tour, helping you to skip the line and not waste time! We also have a Rome in a Day tour perfect for those short on time that includes the Vatican as well (a must-see while in Rome!) Let us know if you have any questions.

  • Rachel says:

    When my family travels, we tend to have that ‘see and do everything’ agenda, and it’s EXHAUSTING! I love to just take my time and see what I want to see. I’ve always wanted to visit Italy, and I’m sure there’s a lot to see and do, so I want to take my time and appreciate what it has to offer. Thank you for sharing your tips!

  • Trish Kelly says:

    Love your page,so much information.Planning a trip to Italy next year tossing around May or September . Coming from AU this is the start of my itinerary.Fly into Barcelona for a few days then
    1 Venice -3 nights
    Florence -3 nights
    Rome. -3 nights
    Naples. -3 nights
    Amalfi C– ? hi
    Sicily. — ?. From there we are heading to Athens and the Greek islands before flying home.From Barcelona could we start in Sicily and fly to Athens from Venice.Our mode of transport will be trains in Italy.Regards Trish

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hi Trish,

      Wow what a trip! Yes you could probably start your trip the opposite way, but it all depends on your flights and cost. Your preferred airline’s website will be able to help!

  • verne dagenais says:

    hi,
    My name is Verne. My wife and I are travelling to Italy for 2 wks in Sept. We were planning 2 days in Naples, 3 days in Rome, 3 days in Florence for work, 1 day in Pisa, 1 day in Ravenna, and 2 days in Venice. We were going to travel by train, Does this seem plausible to you?
    Thanks

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hi Verne,

      Yes, this does seem plausible, though you’ll certainly be moving around a lot! In fact, we’re a bit confused how you’ll have one day in Ravenna? Is it a day trip from Venice or will you be stopping over? We think a day trip from makes the most sense, that way you won’t have to transfer your luggage again and waste time checking in etc., but you can still easily visit the city. This article on Venice day trips might help you to plan.

  • verne dagenais says:

    Thanks for your reply. We are travelling from pisa to ravenna and the next day Venice. If it was you, would you go to Lake Garda or Ravenna. If not a hassle. a day trip to lake Garda from Venice sounds good.

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hi Verne,

      That depends if you prefer breathtaking Byzantine mosaics and city touring or enjoying the breeze on a ferry boat across the enormous Lake Garda. Either are doable from Venice!

  • Shirley says:

    4 of us will be on a Med. cruise in October stopping in Salerno for just 1 full day. I would prefer to travel 1 direction of the Amalfi coast by boat or ferry but with our limited time is it best to hire a private car & driver for the day? Which would be a better itinerary for the day: to go to Sorrento, Positano & Amalfi OR to go to Positano, Amalfi &Ravello? Do car & driver routes typically travel both directions on the Amalfi Coast Road or is one of the ways usually inland?
    Is it when you’re travelling from Positano to Salerno that you are driving on the side of the road closest to the ocean?
    Thank you,
    Shirley

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hi Shirley,

      We think any of your modes of transportation will work during your day trip of the area. Even public bus service runs frequently. That said, Positano, Amalfi and Ravello are a bit closer together than Sorrento and will likely be easier to see all in one day. As Italians drive on the right side of the road (like Americans) and the sea is to the west of Italy, you’d be closer to the sea going from North to South. Have a great trip!

  • Sally Lim says:

    Thank you for sharing your very interesting blog. My husband and I both in our sixtys are bringing our 2 grandsons age 7 and 10 to Rome from 18 to 28 Dec.2016.We will be staying at the Casa Domitilla hotel.
    Besides visiting theColiseum, the sites in the Vatican, the catacombs, can you recommend to us some other sites that will be interesting to young boys. We could do day trips too by train . We are coming from Australia.

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hi Sally,

      What a great trip to take with your grandsons! We think your boys will love everything Rome has to offer. The sights are incredible and the festive Christmas atmosphere is super exciting. (This post on Christmas in Rome might help you to plan more) Besides that, we’d suggest to book tickets in advance to skip the lines, plenty of ice cream despite the chill and maybe even something out there like a day of gladiator school for the little ones. Hope you have a great trip!

  • carol says:

    Hi, there will be two couples traveling for 10 days, May 2017. Flying into Rome, spending 3 days in Rome, 4 days in Florence with a day trip to Pisa and an overnight in Cinque Terre.
    Are we planning to much in a short visit?

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hi Carol,

      It all depends on your preference and speed, but we think this seems like a well-planned tour and a good compromise of time. To make your most out of your three days in Rome (which will likely include the Vatican City, we assume) check out some of our Rome and Vatican City tours, which can help you skip the long lines and save precious time!

  • Sandi says:

    Hi! Thank you for such a wonderful wealth of information! My husband and I are planning a trip in September 2017 for my 60th Birthday. We have been to Italy once before, as part of a Mediterranean cruise. This trip we would like to really experience the feel
    of Italy! We want to visit Amalfi … Positano and Sorrento ( my husband proposed in Sorrento so I definitely want to return there for a night!) We would like to go to Capri, and then to Venice. We have about 9 days. Would it be possible in that time period to include a visit to Vienna or is that too far? Thank you for sharing your knowledge and helping travelers experience this beautiful country!!

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hi Sandi,

      What a lovely idea to return to a special place for you and your husband! Keep in mind that Sorrento to Venice is a 7 hour train ride – basically the entire day! If you want to add on Vienna, you’ll add another 7.5 hours by train or a 4 hour flight (plus lead time at the airport etc.) We think it’s probably best to focus on your Italy trip and get the most out of the time you have there – maybe with an expertly guided tour or two! 🙂

  • Linda says:

    Hi,
    We are planning a 14 day trip in November 2017. I would like to stay in Rome, than travel to Venice and Sicily for about 3-4 days at each location. Does that sound feasible?

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hi Linda,

      Anything is feasible, but keep in mind that Venice is the extreme northeast, while Sicily is the extreme southwest. If you do want to do all three stops, we suggest starting at Venice and working your way down. http://www.Rome2Rio.com can help you to see the different transportation options, distance, money and time spent on each. Have a great trip!

      • Jill M says:

        I notice you often recommend starting in Venice and working south. Is there a reason for that? My thought was to start in Sicily (that being the most important stop because my husband’s relatives came from there,) and then head to Rome, Florence, and Venice. Your thoughts?

        We are thinking 10 days and plan to travel in mid October. I hoped to keep our itinerary “loose” depending on what we see in each city. How far in advance do you recommend booking your tours?

        • Walks of Italy says:

          Hi Jill,

          No there’s absolutely no reason, we just suggest to keep your itinerary linear, to avoid wasting time in transit. As for our tours, we recommend booking as soon as you know your dates, to be 100% sure you get a spot. We don’t offer tours every day of the week, so though you can still definitely keep your itinerary loose, it’s best to have at least this planned. We focus on responsible travel and giving our guests the absolute best experience. Because of this, we also keep our tours small, with few spots per tour. Have a great trip and hope to see you soon!

  • Barbara says:

    Hi,
    Thank you so much for all the information, My husband and I have plans to travel to Italy from February 18 to March 3 2017, we already have the air tickets from Miami to Venice and from Milan to Miami, also we have hotels reservation in Venice for 5 days and Florence for 3 days but we don’t know what to do or how to expend the others days between Florence and Milan, we need help in order to coordinate that leg of the trip. Thank you!!!

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hi Barbara,

      Sounds like a great trip! We suggest tours and guided day trips. Here you have the best day trips from Venice including our beautiful day trip to Verona, city of romance and love. Utilize your time in Florence well with expertly guided tours, perhaps something unique like our Florence Food Tour or Tuscany Day Trip to Chianti, Siena and San Gimignano. Then, add on a few days to explore Milan. Though many visitors skip over this more industrial city, Milan has a charm and true Italian-ness that is worth seeing, not to mention great shopping! Have a great trip.

  • Shari says:

    Hi, we are planning a 2 week trip to Italy in May for 7 people. We will be starting in Rome and traveling south to Gizzeria in the Catanzaro Region to see our grandfathers hometown. I’m guessing the best way to travel is train from Rome to Naples then rent a car to go down to Gizzeria. Any suggestions on towns to stop on the way and how many days each stop. From reading travel sites doesn’t seem like we will need to spend much time in Calabria. We will probably fly out of Lamezia airport.

  • Diana says:

    Hello! Glad I stumbled upon this site. I am planning a 9 day/night vacation for my family of 5 (parents in their 60/70s, rest of us in our 30s). We will be there from May 25 – June 2, 2017, flying into/out of Naples airport. For this trip, we’d like to visit: Rome, Naples, Amalfi coast, Capri, Pompeii, and possibly Paestum if time permits. For half of us, Rome is a repeat and for the others, they understand it’s not possible to see everything this time; they are more interested in food, scenery, people-watching, and relaxation in the Amalfi area. My initial thoughts:

    Day 1: Flight arrives in Naples @ 6:00am, take train to Rome
    Days 1-2: Rome
    Day 3: Take train from Rome to Salerno in the morning
    Day 4: Paestum or Pompeii day trip
    Days 5-7: Tour Ravello/Positano/Amalfi/Sorrento/Capri via bus from Salerno
    Day 8: Take train from Salerno-Naples
    Day 9: Naples
    Day 10: Return flight out of Naples

    1) Do you think we should use Salerno as our base in the Amalfi? Or should we consider spending a night in Ravello or Positano? It’s our first time in the Amalfi area.

    2) Between Paestum or Pompeii, which would you recommend for a first-timer? Is there time to visit both?

    3) My parents are set on seeing Capri for sure, but do not have a strong preference between Sorrento/Amalfi/Positano/Ravello, etc. if there is not enough time to see all of them. What do you suggest?

    Feedback on the feasibility of this itinerary would be much appreciated!

    Thanks,
    Diana

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hi Diana,

      Unfortunately we’re not travel agents but rather tour operators. Instead, we can direct you to some posts that might help you make up your mind. Both Paestum and Pompeii are incredible sites to visit, but both are best visited with a ton of background knowledge or a guide. Visit all the major highlights of Pompeii on a tour with our expert guides to truly enjoy your first-time visit there! As for the Amalfi Coast, you can decide where to stay and how to get around with our post on the Best Amalfi Coast Towns for Every Traveler. Have a great trip!

    • Cynthia Richards says:

      HI Diana-
      I was in Italy this past April. We stayed in Sorrento which is a 30 minute (at most) train ride from Pompeii. We stayed at Hotel Christina in Sorrento in their ‘villa’…basically a small house. Very nice.
      What we did to see the Amalfi area is hire a car/limo service to take us to Amalfi coast towns. I would not want to ride in a bus along that winding cliffside road. Plus traffic is horrible.

      Hope this helps-

      Cyndi

  • don corman says:

    Hello:
    My wife and I are retiring soon and would like to spend next Nov in Italy and we were wondering what the weather would be like then, can you still swim in the ocean? Also, would it be better to stay further south, in Sicily for example, to have better weather. Is the Amalfi coast too cold for swimming at that time? At the moment we are thinking about Tropea rather than Atrani because it is further south.
    Any thoughts?
    cheers from Montreal

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hi Don,

      The average temperature in the Amalfi Coast for November is around 12 degrees Celsius or 53 degrees Fahrenheit, so we’d say a bit too cold to swim. That said, it all depends on the year, and in places in Sicily some even take an annual dip in the sea on Christmas day! Remember, the further south you go the warmer it typically is. Have a great time in Italy!

  • Rob says:

    what is the weather like in the middle of march? planning my honey moon and that’s the only time we can both get and extended time off to travel.

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hi Rob,

      The weather in Italy varies from North to South, with it typically being warmer the further south you go. Spring tends to come to Italy a bit sooner than temperate climates in North America, but March will still typically be cool and may be wet. You can google average temperatures for March for specific Italy cities if you’d like more information.

  • Grace Ragona says:

    First of all, thank you for the wealth of information you have given me! My husband, in-laws, and I will be in Italy for a month next May/June and part of our itinerary calls for a stop in Puglia. Our problem is, since we don’t plan to drive, we would like to base ourselves in one place (we prefer not to move around since this eats into our time and we only have 7 days) and still be able to visit 3 places: Alberobello, Matera and Lecce. We also would like to stay on the coast, if possible, as we all want seaviews. Is it possible to hire a car and driver for those days when we plan to do our daytrips to the 3 aforementioned places? If so, how do I find out how to go about looking for a private car/driver/tourguide? We considered staying in Taranto since it seemed central to all 3 places but staying there would mean taking trains or buses to and from and it would be too time consuming. Bari was also considered (there were tours originating from there) but we were told by some people who’ve been there that it is not a particularly interesting or attractive place to stay in. What is your opinion?

    • Walks of Italy says:

      HI Grace,

      It’s a great idea to base yourself in one place, to not waste time packing and unpacking, checking in and out etc! Public transportation in this area of Italy can be found a bit difficult and/or lacking. Though we don’t know any specific companies that offer private drivers, we’re sure you can find services through a bit of Google researching. Otherwise, we’d suggest to consider renting a car yourselves. These areas tend to not be as trafficked as major cities such as Rome and Milan and it will most certainly be cheaper! As for where to stay, maybe some of our articles on Puglia can inspire you!

  • Denise cummins says:

    Hi I just stumbled on this site, wow. I am going to Sicily in July next year. I am staying in Syracuse for 3 nights and will hire a car. Is it an easy day trip to th Valley of the temples?
    I the. Have 3 nights free before flying from Palermo. I can’t decide whether to go to Taormina or Cefalu and have just seen a lovely beach outside Palermo, Modello. I would like a few days at beach so can you recommend one. I can either keep the car or just catch a train, any thoughts. Thank you very much
    Regards Denise from Australia

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hi Denise,

      Seeing that Taormina and Cefalu are a bit far from Palermo, we’d suggest staying in Palermo and exploring the eclectic city! Here’s our guide to Palermo, which also has some information about the city’s nearby beach.

  • Geri Ann DeRango says:

    My husband and I have been to Italy many times. I have family located in Vicenza, in the Veneto region. We will be returning in the fall, 2017, and for this trip, we would like to visit Vicenza for at least a week, then head to the Dolomites, and southern Austria. We are planning on a 3-4 week vacation and plan to fly in and out of Venice. Is it easy to travel by train and / or bus, or should we plan on renting a car? We are a little intimidated by the rental idea, but would embrace the adventure if it’s not too daunting. Which would you recommend? Also, do you have any specific Dolomite or Austrian towns that you recommend that are easy to get to and stunning? We are thinking Cortina, Italy and Halstatt and Salzburg, Italy. Looking forward to your recommendation.

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hi Geri Ann,

      Sounds like a great trip – and you’ve planned more than enough time to do it all! Brava! Vicenza is an great day trip from Veronaand easy to reach by train. The Dolomites can be a bit more difficult to manage with public transportation, however, though not impossible. We suggest using the website http://www.Rome2Rio.com to type in your start point and destination and compare all the various transportation options (price, distance and time). Though we can’t help you with Austria (we, of course, only do Walks in Italy), here are 6 of our favourite towns in the Dolomites to choose from. Have a great trip!

  • Karissa says:

    Hello,

    My wife and I will be traveling to Italy in May for two weeks. We plan on doing Venice, day trip to Verona, Cinque Terre, Florence with a day trip to Pisa, Tuscany hilltop region overnight, and Rome with day trips to Naples or Sorrento. Do you think this itinerary is plausible for two weeks? Also, in which areas do you recommend doing guided tours rather than exploring alone? Thanks!

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hi Karissa,

      The itinerary seems beautiful, but there sure is a lot of moving involved! We’d suggest cutting out Cinque Terre and maybe even the day trips from Rome. Venice, Rome and Florence are huge, important cities that deserve the right amount of time. That said, if you’re determined to see these places, we suggest taking some tours so that you’re sure to see them well. We have excellent day tours in Florence, Venice and Rome (including some special access and night tours). We even have a day trip from Rome to Pompeii and along the Amalfi Coast with a private driver!

  • Chris says:

    Hi! I am planning a trip in middle of May to Italy for 7 days possibly 10 if I can. My wife mentioned Tuscany so I would like to take her there for our 10 year Anniversary and a Honeymoon we never got to take. This is her dream vacation and want it to be the most special I can and any change in my plans if needed Id like to know including cities and days spent there. Where is the best place to book this type of trip? So the trip for 7 days would consist of Venice, Florence/Tuscany, and Rome or if I need to change this since this would be our first trip I am willing to.

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hi Chris,

      What a lovely gift! You can tour Venice, Florence and Rome in 10 days or cut out a city and explore Tuscany a bit more. Remember, the more you move around the more you’ll have to manage transportation and lose time to travel! The best way for you to get around is by train, check out http://www.trenitalia.com to see train times and prices and to book your high speed trains between the major cities. In the meantime, we suggest scrolling through our other posts to learn more about each area! Have a great anniversary!

  • Tiffany says:

    Hello,
    Great blog I must say… 3 of my girlfriends and myself(late 20s to mid 30s) are planning a one week trip to Italy in February. February 18th through the 26th. We fly into Milan and depart from Milan. We are interested in visiting Florence and Venice during our week stay. Some of the things we are interested in doing are shopping in Milan, leaning tower of Pisa, a wine/food tour, and perhaps catch some of the fashion week activities in Milan. Also one of my gf’s has heart set on on going to Cinque Terre, do you think that is feasible with our week time constraint? Is there any particular order in which city to go to after leaving Milan? Which would be the best possible mode of transportation?

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hi Tiffany,

      We suggest sticking to just three cities, rather than trying to see everything. From Milan, you can take the train to Venice and tour the city in just one day. If you do that, we suggest taking a tour to see the highlights of the city. Our Venice in a Day Tour shows the best of Venice in a single day; tour the Doge’s Palace & St Mark’s Basilica, explore the best of the city on a walking tour and enjoy a traditional gondola ride. From Milan you can also take a high-speed train down to Florence to visit for a couple days. There you can decide if a day-trip to Pisa is feasible. Trains to Pisa run frequently and are very inexpensive, so you don’t have to book in advance.

  • ANGELA says:

    Hello,
    While research for our Feb trip i i found your sight . We are going for 9 days. Beginning our stay with extended family in Valdobbeidenne in Feb. Would like to know where u think we can best utilize our time. The town is not close to Rome. But i think that is an amazing place to visit for my 11 year old. The intermixing of ancient and modern will be fascinating to him. Can u give me some ideas. Thank u

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hi Angela,

      You definitely can’t do a day trip to Rome from Valdobbeidenne! You could, however, visit cities around the area, such as Venice, Padua and Verona. If you’d like to see Rome, we suggest dedicating a few days of your trip just for Rome. The website Rome2Rio.com can help you to understand how best to move around Italy: which form of transportation to use as well as the distance, price and time. Have a great trip!

  • Justine says:

    Hi
    We will be a group of 7-10 travelling from both USA & Australia to meet up to travel Italy for 3 weeks. Some of us have been to the major towns in northern Italy. On our itinerary we must go to Sicily. We were thinking of basing ourselves in a large villa and travelling out on day trips and maybe 2 days here and there at a time. Would that be a smart way to go or do you think we’d be better off travelling to different towns every 3-4 days? I know that’s like asking how long is a piece of string, but I’m not sure if those villas exist or how to go about looking into them. The Amalfi Coast would have to be part of the trip and perhaps we fly into Rome for 2 days to see the major tourist attractions.

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hi Justine,

      Having a base is often a great solution for travelers in Italy, especially with families or in large groups, but its usefulness also depends on where the villa is and what there is to see around it. You don’t want to be traveling hours and hours each day just to have one base! To find accommodation you can look at popular home-renting websites like airbnb or homeaway, or simply begin a google search. Also, if you only dedicate two days in Rome, we suggest signing up for a tour or two to help you efficiently see the major sites – there is a lot to see and 2 days isn’t a lot of time! Our Rome in a Day tour visit the Vatican, Colosseum and historic center in one day, including the Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps & Pantheon – plus transfer! – so you’ll be able to hit the major sites with less stress!

  • Brie says:

    So glad I found your site! It has been very helpful. My husband and I booked a flight to Naples (not necessarily because we had our heart set on Naples, but because they were having a terrific deal!) but we mostly just want to visit Rome and Florence (I would also like to see a little of the Amalfi coast, but don’t know that we have time), and only have 7 days to spend. Trying to come up with an itinerary is overwhelming! Any suggestions? Thanks!

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hi Brie,

      We’d suggest looking into tours to ensure that you can see as much as possible in an efficient way that makes sense. Rome and Florence alone can easily fill up your 7 days (especially considering travel time), but if you have your heart set on the Amalfi Coast, consider our Pompeii Visit with Amalfi Coast Drive from Rome tour. A full-day tour, you can see the ruins of Pompeii with an expert local guide, then enjoy jaw-dropping views of the coastline all the way to Positano with no stress or hassle, our private driver will pick you up and take you!

  • Jackie Kerrins says:

    HI, I found your website and was wondering if you could help please. We are planing a trip to the amalfi coast from Sicily for 5 days/4 nights, not sure exactly where to start. We definitely would like to see the Blue Grotto and some kind of tour as we have no idea of what to see and do. Also some links to accommodation.
    Jackie

  • Melody says:

    Help! My husband and I would like to visit Italy October 2017. I am overwhelmed with the planning and do not know where to start. Sometimes I think we should just stay with a tour group but we enjoy driving and exploring places on our own time schedule. On the other hand we realize we could waste a lot of time figuring out all the details. We do not speak Italian and I’m afraid we will look like “those tourists” they talk about.:-) . We’re not even sure how many weeks to allow. We want to visit Sorrento, Postiano, Capri, Rome, Florence, Portofino, Verona, Venice and any other parts of Tuscany we’d be crazy to miss while there? Any suggestions on planning or amount of time to allow?

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hi Melody,

      We understand, there are so many beautiful places in Italy it’s difficult to decide! Like we suggest in this article, we’d narrow things down by either 1) time limits or 2) destination must-sees. If you don’t have time limits then you can see anything, but those sure are a lot of places on your list to see! Keep in mind that you want to travel in Italy, not transit in Italy, meaning you don’t want to spend all your time navigating trains or highways, traveling from one place to another. We’d suggest making homebases, for example one in the Amalfi Coast, from which you can take the bus or drive to the other towns along the coast and one in Tuscany. Also, tours or day tours are great ways to be sure you’ve seen everything there is to see in a city. Our tours are led by local experts and are well-planned to help you get the most out of your time in each destination! Hope to see you on one soon!

  • Guadalupe Ruiz says:

    On July, 2017, I am making a 15 days trip to Italy with my daughter, she is 23 I am 58. Following is the schedule I have prepared for this trip. Do you think it is feasible? Any suggestions would be appreciated.
    Day 1 MILAN: Santa Maria delle Grazie, Millan Catedral, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele & La Scala
    Day 2 VERONA: Casa di Giulietta, Amphitheater VENECIA
    Day 3 VENICE: Piazza San Marco, Rialto Bridge, San Giacomo di Rialto, Venetian Ghetto, Gondola ride
    Day 4 VERNAZZA
    Day 5 CINQUE TERRE: Vernaza, Manarola, Riomaggiore, Corniglia, Monterosso al Mare
    Day 6 FLORENCE
    Day 7 FLORENCE: Siena, St. Gimignano, Pisa
    Day 8 NAPLES: Capri, Amalfi
    Day 9 NAPLES: Pompeii, Mt. Vesuvios
    Day 12 ROME: Colooseum, Trevi Fountain, etc.
    Day 13 ROME: Museums
    Day 14 ROME: Vatican, Sistine Chapel
    Day 15 Fly home

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hi Guadalupe,

      It seems like an excellent trip, but very full! Though it is absolutely feasible, you’ll have to evaluate how much time you’ll be in transit and how much that time will cut into your actual sightseeing time. For example, trains from Milan to Verona take about 90 minutes and there’s another 90 minutes from Verona to Venice, meaning that you won’t have a full day in the city.

  • Jeff G says:

    My family of 4 (two teens) will be traveling to Italy for 3 weeks from mid-June to early July. We will be staying in Venice for 3 days, Florence 4 days, Lucca 2 days, Rome 4 days and Castiglione di Ravello for 6 days. This is our first overseas trip as a family, do you have any good tour suggestions in any of these stops? We are an active family and the kids love to swim – I told them Amalfi Coast is probably the best place for that.

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hi Jeff,

      What a great trip! Between our expertly guided tours in Venice, Florence, Rome and Tuscany, we’re sure you can find something perfect for you and your family. One of the best things you can do to keep boredom at bay and see as much as possible is book a tour with special VIP access, allowing you to skip the line. For example our special-access tour of the Florence Duomo including a skip the line dome climb, plus early Accademia Gallery tour or our Pristine Sistine tour where you can explore the Sistine Chapel, Vatican Museums & St. Peter’s Basilica at their most peaceful time of day with VIP entrance to the Vatican an hour before the public. Some of these include exclusive after hour tours that give you a unique look at some of Italy’s major sites, for example our exclusive after hours night tour of the crypts and catacombs of Rome Finally we’d suggest a food tour to get your teens tastebuds moving. We all need to eat, so why not explore the traditional Rialto markets in Venice, learning about local foods. After enjoy tastings of local specialties.

  • Alex says:

    Hi, My wife and self are in our mid 60’s it’s our first trip to Europe in May 17,
    and are trying to work out if we should take a tour or travel by ourselves
    We would like to visit the major attractions in Rome (hopefully a Guided tour to the lower level of the Colosseum), Florence and Venice and then travel to Switzerland Paris and on to London.
    Please advise
    Thanks Alex

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hi Alex,

      While you could easily navigate those cities and between those cities (high speed trains connect every one, if not flights for places like Paris and London), tours can be a great way to be sure that you see all the major sites in each destination. Our day tours or half-day tours are all led by local experts, ensuring that you’ll see everything in the most efficient way possible, and for sure learn something new! We have plenty to choose from in Rome, Florence and Venice, but it sounds like our VIP Underground Colosseum Tour is the one for you! Have a great trip.

  • Debi says:

    We have the itinerary set (pretty much like you suggested). But now we are looking at “excursions” most blogs I have read say we need to make reservation but we want to stay a little spontaneous. Do reservations need to be made months/weeks in advance or can we call the night before and make reservations for wineries and museums?

  • Karen says:

    Hi, what a great site! We are planning a family trip to Italy late December 2017/early January 2018. We will be flying into Venice and would like to see Venice, Bologna, Florence and Rome and if possible Cinque Terre. Do you think 10 days would be long enough. Thanks 🙂

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hi Karen,

      Thank you! We think 10 days is enough, but that you’ll be in transit quite a bit, and you might miss out on some of the sights in big hitters like Florence and Rome. We suggest cutting out Cinque Terre and saving it for your next trip to Italy!

  • Eve says:

    Hello! Thanks so much for the helpful info on your website. I am in the early stages of planning a trip to Southern Italy. I have been to the major cities of Italy before (Venice, Florence and Rome, Naples, Pompeii and Capri) but not the Amalfi Coast, which is my goal. However, I am traveling w my Mom who has never been so I was thinking of doing Rome for a couple days so she can see it and the rest of time in Amalfi Coast and Capri (which I loved and don’t mind going back!)

    The problem is, I want to go straight the Amalfi Coast. If we arrive in Rome airport early in the morning from NYC, what is the easiest way to get to Amalfi and where should we base ourselves? I don’t want to move around too much when we are in the Amalfi Coast. I would maybe stay in 2 different towns at the most. The flight from NYC to Rome is long though and not sure if my mom will have the energy to travel thru to Amalfi after a long 9 hr flight. I wanted to end the trip in Rome though, which is why I wanted to head straight south. I looked at flights to fly thru Naples instead to cut the time but it’s not better–the flights end up being longer due to stopovers. There seems to be no direct affordable flights from NYC to Naples, so I think I am stuck with going thru Rome only!

    We also went to the Greek islands a few months ago and we like quaint towns but nothing too quiet. We are ok with touristy but not too touristy (for example, we loved Chania in Crete but we did not like Rhodes Old Town in Rhodes). Right now I think we may aim to do 5 nights in Amalfi, 3 or 4 in Capri and 2 or 3 in Rome. Any suggestions on how to route our trip would be helpful for visiting May 17-29 (roughly!)

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hi Eve,

      The quickest, easiest and least stressful way would be to hire a private driver, but it will also be the most expensive by far! Most take the high-speed train from Rome Termini station to Naples, then the regional train from Naples to whichever town along the Amalfi Coast you prefer (this article can help you decide which.) Have a great trip!

  • Maria says:

    Hello,

    I am planning a trip to the Cinque Terre before going to Montecarlo. My main goal is to take beautiful pictures but I don’t particularly like long hikes. Do you know if I can get some pretty pictures even though I don’t hike too much? Also, should I hire a boat for that purpose? I was thinking of just going on the villages by train.

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hi Maria,

      We’re sure you’ll find a wealth of inspiration and photography subjects from any angle in Cinque Terre! And you can easily get from village to village by train, no problem. Have a great trip!

  • Janis says:

    Hi, love this site! I am booked for a 7 night trip to Italy in May – flying into Venice and out of Florence. I don’t want to rush and get Rome so was thinking 2 nights in Venice, 3 nights in Florence and 2 nights in Cinque Terre. From Cinque terre, I would need to go back to Florence airport in time for a 3pm flight home. Does that sound like a horrible idea? Other option would be to just have more time in Florence and explore and do tours there. Your advice would be so greatly appreciated.

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hi Janis,

      You could definitely do this itinerary, but we encourage you to calculate in travel time when seeing how much time you’ll have in each location. One day easily becomes just a half day after train time is factored in. Another option could be to cut out Cinque Terre and take a day trip into Tuscany to see something different. There are many regional trains that run from Florence to some of Tuscany’s most popular towns, like Siena, Lucca and Pisa, that are inexpensive and frequent. Or, if you prefer to explore the region with a local expert, you can try one of our Tuscany day trips. Our guides will help you explore Siena, San Gimignano, Chianti, Montepulciano, Montalcino and Pienza. Or, try a wine tasting and organic lunch among the beautiful Tuscan hills.

  • Carl Morita says:

    My wife and I are planning to visit Italy in late Sept/Oct. How many days should we allocate to city like Verona to see and experience the best of that town?

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hi Carl,

      Realistically, Verona can be seen in a day. In fact, we have a day trip from Venice to Verona that explores Verona with a local guide including Juliet’s balcony, the Ancient Roman amphitheater and the most beautiful streets & piazzas of Verona. If you’d like to take it slower, you can arrive in the morning and spend the night in the beautiful city to be able to enjoy it at night as well.

  • Ann says:

    Hi,
    Your website and blog are so complete, so exceptional, so personal and they provide such a fine service for us. I know I speak for everyone when I say, “Thank you!” I enjoy browsing every page and I plan to book a few tours with you as I complete the planning for our trip in mid-September and October, 2017.
    We have NEVER been to Italy and like a few others, we do have some time to spend but also are confused about how to approach the planning. Art, Wine, Food, Strolls, Scenic byways and small villages are all important to us, But art is most important for me; scenic byways and some relaxed days are important for my husband. We are retired and we think we can spend anywhere from 4-5 weeks in the country. We hope to spend a few hours mid-day every day, just sitting and watching people go by! Originally, we wanted to base in ONE location, and take side trips everywhere – train, buses, and even to rent a car for a day or two whenever necessary. Now we think we might have to adjust our plan to include three (not one) base. Please provide any suggestion you can. What should we keep or eliminate! Thank you.

    We were planning to fly into Milan and have 3 main portions to our trip: 1) Milan/Sta M. del Grazie – 1 day only then rent a car for a quick visit to walk the Cinque Terre on the East Shore (Varena-base 1 night only); Verona, Mantua, en route to Dolomite, Padua/Scrovegni Chapel, ending in Venice (return the car and stay in Venice for a few days (total about a week). 2) Train to Florence (or should it be Siena?), base there for 10-14 days and take the side trips/tours to the Tuscan/Umbrian countryside & Ravenna, Pisa, (Assisi, Bologna or Ferrara, too?). We thought we could take a tour or two or rent a car for a day or two to get to a few places not accessible by train & to enjoy a few leisurely days 3) Leave Florence by Train to Naples (stay 1 night esp. to eat Pizza 🙂 and see the Archaeological Museum then rent a car or take a tour for Amalfi Coast, Pompeii or Herculaneum (both if possible). Then, Train to Rome and 4) say in Rome for 5 days. I think we would then depart from Rome.

    Your thoughts and ideas would be so very welcome. Thanks again for an exceptional service & site!

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hi Ann,

      We admit, it’s a bit difficult for us to follow your itinerary, but we think with 4 to 5 weeks you could definitely fit it all in! That said, we encourage you to calculate very well the time it takes to get from one place to another. If you originally wanted to have a base and enjoy a restful vacation, now it seems you’ll be doing a lot of traveling! (For example, Varenna is at Lake Como, and Verona and Mantua are near to Lake Garda, also the Dolomites is a large region.) You’re right in focusing on a tour or two – they’re a perfect way to learn about a place from someone who knows, and to be sure to see all the main sites in each location. We think you’d especially like our day trip tours to the Tuscan countryside!

  • Lorraine Young says:

    Hi Eve. Thanks for your helpful insights on this page. My partner and I are travelling to Italy in September and will be there for 5 and a half weeks. This is our third trip – you can tell we love it! We will base ourselves in an apartment (budget to mid-range $) in Milan for the duration and then stay for a few nights here and there in other places (Genoa, Lago Maggiore, Lago di Como, Bergamo) with a few days in Switzerland as well. Our question is on the best area for us in Milan.
    We fly in and out of Malpensa. We walk for 6 or 7 hours each day, enjoying the places and people.
    We will train to other destinations, so would like to be close to the stations that allow that (Stazione Milano Centrale?).
    We love finding little, out of the way eating places the locals enjoy….having a smattering of Italian does help!
    Quiet at night for sleeping. Supermercato close or food markets – we often bring fresh food and chianti back to the apartment. Throwing in theatre and music as in both Florence and Venice we were 3 minutes walk from superb performances!
    Hope I haven’t given you too little – or too much! Thanks in anticipation of your suggestions.

  • Sally says:

    Hi thanks so much for all the helpful free advice you give. I’m planning 4 weeks in Italy in the summer and I’m thinking of the following itinerary with day trips here and there:
    Rome
    Naples
    Positano
    Cinque Terre
    Florence
    Venice
    Do you think there are any other must see places I should be visiting/ basing myself? I see so many people visiting so many more places in less time.

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hi Sally,

      You’re right, many people visit more places in less time, but we think that it’s a mistake (hence this blog post!). In any case, with these places you’ll see a huge swatch of Italy and can take day trips if you feel the need to explore more. We have excellent day trips into Tuscany from Florence, where you can explore the beautiful hill towns or go wine tasting! And when in Positano, you’ll definitely want to explore the gorgeous towns up and down the Amalfi Coast!

  • Judy Hottel says:

    Just found your sight. Planning trp, Hamburg, Germany, zurich, Florence and Rome. We fly from Hamburg to Zurich. Then train from Zurich to Florence, Florence to Rome. Must change in Milan to get to aFlorence. Booked on GoEuro. Worried about transfer. Is there easy way to find connecting train?

    I will continue to follow your blog for future references.

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hi Judy,

      The train station in Milan will have large screens at the start of the tracks for partenze, meaning departures, and arrivi, meaning arrivals. Look at the departures screen to match your ticket number to that on the screen and head to the track listed (under binari). Don’t worry about the city listed, it will always be the final destination of the train, which isn’t usually Florence, but it will stop there. Have a great trip!

  • Nancie Anderson says:

    Hello Ciao!!!! My husband and I will be in Italy from July 10-25 2017. This is my DREAM vacation but we have only 2 weeks. We arrive in Rome from an overnight flight from Toronto Canada (9 hour flight). We planned for 3 days in Rome and beyond that, we don’t know the order in which to travel to each city. The places we want to go to are Florence, Venice, Tuscany, and the Amalfi Coast (my dream spot). Is that too ambitious ? What order should we visit each area? The focus of the trip is romance, walking, eating and WINE!!!! Best way to travel to each place? How many days should we plan on in each place? What are the best places to go to in each area? Can you recommend a Parmigiana cheese making tour (VERY interested in seeing that) and can we fit one more place in??? SO many questions and perhaps you don’t have time for all of them ( I totally respect that) but ANY advice (priority question would be in what order to travel to each area and best way to do it?) is MOST appreciated.
    Grazie for all your help!!!

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hi Nancie,

      We suggest going in order from south to north, to best use your in-transit time. To add on the Amalfi Coast, why not try our Amalfi Coast day-tour from Rome? Discover the ruins of Pompeii with an expert guide, enjoy a relaxed Amalfi Coast drive and wander the streets of Positano on our small group full-day trip from Rome. As for what to see, eat and how to travel, we encourage you to explore more articles on this blog to inspire your trip – we have hundreds of articles and guides for Tuscany, Florence, Venice and Rome! We’re sure you’ll have a great trip!

  • Simran says:

    Hi, what a great site! We are planning a family trip to Italy late APRIL 2017. We will be flying into Venice and would like to see Venice, Rome, Naples and if possible Amalfi Coast. We would be flying out from Naples. Do you think 10 days would be long enough. Thanks.

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hi Simran,

      Yes, 10 days is enough but you won’t get a lot of time in any of those locations. Perhaps you can save time with efficient, expertly led tours. Discover the ruins of Pompeii with an expert guide, enjoy a relaxed Amalfi Coast drive and wander the streets of Positano on our small group full-day trip from Rome. We’d suggest 1-2 nights in Venice, 4-5 in Rome, 2 nights in Naples and the day trip from Rome to Amalfi. Have a great trip!

  • Teri says:

    Hi
    My husband and I are traveling to Italy in may for the first time. We are flying into Venice and out of Rome. Our plan is 2 nights in Venice, 2 nights in Florence, train to Naples and overnight. Ferry to Capri for 2 nights, back to Naples train to Rome for remaining 3 nights. Is this too many stops, should I drop one night in Florence and add one in Capri or Naples?

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hi Teri,

      While this is entirely doable, we suggest to calculate well the amount of time you’ll be spending in-transit during your stay in Italy. The train from Venice to Florence is about 2 hours, while the train from Florence to Naples takes about 3. This means that in some cases, more than half of your day will be used for traveling, rather than sightseeing and enjoying the town. One idea is to take a train from Florence to Rome, then enjoy our Amalfi Coast day-trip from Rome tour. In one day you’ll get an expertly guided tour of Pompeii as well as a private drive along the Amalfi Coast, but will have much more time to explore Rome and Florence. If your heart is set on Capri (we understand) you could try our day trip to Capri tour as well.

  • Jeanine Fitzmaurice says:

    I wish I saw your site before booking my plane tickets. We are a family of 5 ( 3 20’s somethings) and will be flying in and out of Rome. We have 5 days. We were hoping to see Rome, Florence, Cinque Terre and Venice. We have a lot of energy and want to make the most of the 5 days. Any suggestions? Thank you

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hi Jeanine,

      We suggest cutting a city out of your itinerary, at least. The transit time between each city alone will eat in to most of your available sightseeing time, and means that the vast majority of your short time in the country will be spent on the train. Like this article says, we’d suggest just two cities maximum if you have five days.

  • Heather says:

    Hello,

    We’re planning a trip to Italy for the 1st week of August. We were thinking of flying into Rome and spending 3 days there and were originally thinking of going on to a coastal town near Pisa after that-maybe Lerici. We’re a bit worried now for the crowds so I’m wondering if Lake Garda might be a better idea instead? We will have 3-4 days on this 2nd leg of our trip. Greatly appreciate your advice or other suggestions.
    Thanks!

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hi Heather,

      There will likely be the same crowds in Lake Garda as there would be in towns like Pisa or Lerici, so we’d say to choose whichever location you’d enjoy more! Though August is definitely more crowded, many Italians are off work starting the second week of August, so you might enjoy slightly smaller crowds comparatively.

  • Jessica says:

    Hi there, this is a super helpful blog! My boyfriend and I are spending 18 days in Italy (after a brief stint in Barcelona) and have a list jam packed of places we would like to see (as is the case with most first time Italy travellers). We would like to see Verona, Venice, Florence, Rome and the Amalfi Coast. We would be flying into Genoa or Milan, and fly out of Rome at the end of it all. Is this too many places to see, and can you recommend a feasible route? Thanks so much!

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hi Jessica,

      This sounds like a feasible plan with 18 days available – and a fun one! As for the route, we suggest going in order of location. For example, from Milan you can visit Verona, Venice, then Florence, Rome and the Amalfi Coast. Have fun!

  • Leigh Mantoni-Stewart says:

    Hi! Your site has been great. I really appreciate all the information here. My family and I will be in Italy for 12 days. I hope you can help me decide if we’re doing too much and perhaps suggest alternatives ideas. We fly into Rome and spend our first 3 nights there. We plan to take a train from Rome to Cinque Terre and spend 2 nights in Monterossa or Riomaggiori. After than we will spend 1 night in Genoa (where my grandmother is from) before driving to Montemagno to visit family for 3 nights. From there we will drive or train to Venice for our final 3 nights. Does that sounds like too much or not enough time in some of these places? I studied in Rome so I know it well and both my husband and I have been to Venice in the past but it’s the first ever trip for our 9 and 12 year olds. Molto Grazie!

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hi Leigh,

      It is a lot of travel, but the amount of time in each location seems reasonable. If you find that you or your children grow tired of training, you could potentially cut out that one night in Genoa, adding it on to Cinque Terre or time with your family instead. In any case, we encourage you to calculate your travel time. A train from Monterosso to Genoa takes nearly 90 minutes, which would definitely cut into your Genoa sightseeing time. p.s. be careful when booking trains: Monte Rosa is a mountain in the Alps, you’re looking for Monterosso al Mare – we’ve heard more than one story of travelers being sent the wrong way! 🙂 Have a great trip

  • Tom McDonald says:

    Buon Giorno, my wife and I are going to Italy September 11 to October 1. We land in Rome and leave from Venice. We were thing of Rome 5 days, Napoli/Sorrento 3 days, Florence 3days, Lucca 3 days, then rent a car and drive to/through Mantova, Modena, Milano, Verona Venice. Too busy? Your comments SVP

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hi Tom,

      Your schedule seems fine to us, until you get to the end and pass through multiple incredible cities in just five days time! While Mantova, Modena and Verona you can visit in a day each, respectively (or, if you’re really pinched for time, you could potentially split Modena and Mantova into one day) big cities like Milan and Venice need more time to truly explore. We’d suggest simply taking a day trip to Lucca from Florence; the regional train runs often and is inexpensive, then splitting up the time a bit better for the final leg of your trip. Have a good one!

  • Rene Huey-Lipton says:

    Hi. I’m taking my 17 and 14 year olds to Italy for three weeks. I think I’ve got a good schedule planned, but a couple of things are making me nervous.
    First, we land on a Friday early evening and are hoping to get to a birthday dinner near Siena that night…but I can’t find a train for the life of me. Am I just looking in the wrong places?

    Also, when I’m staying at an agribusiness hotel out in the country, but want to take the train for a day trip to Florence or someplace, what is the transport from the hotel to the train station? Are there taxis?

    Thanks,

    Rene

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hi Rene,

      That depends where you’re landing…is your plane flying into Pisa? If so, you can certainly train to Siena. Try the trenitalia website here to find transportation options. Also, many agriturismi offer shuttle services or help navigating bus lines, but it’s something you’ll definitely want to check up on before your trip, as others assume you will be coming by car and only offer parking services as far as transportation.

  • Ruth says:

    Hi,
    I stumbled across your site- great help. We are planning a trip to Italy mid September for about 2 weeks.
    We want a relaxed trip without too much hotel hopping and would like to spend time in Rome, Amalfi Coast, Florence/Tuscany. could you help with a suggested plan? We would prefer to make some place a base and then take small day trips.
    Thank you so much.

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hi Ruth,

      You could spend 7 days in Rome with a day trip to the Amalfi Coast, such as our luxury boat hopping day trip from Rome which takes you from Positano to Amalfi Town and Salerno, with limoncello tasting at a lemon orchard overlooking the Amalfi Coast. Then train up to Florence for another 7 days with day trips out into Tuscany. You can visit Siena, San Gimignano and an authentic Chianti farmhouse and vineyard for lunch on our all-inclusive Tuscany day trip from Florence. We’re sure you’ll have a wonderful trip!

  • Ann says:

    Hi…Me and my husband,together with our 18 yr old daughter will be travelling to Italy for 5 nights and would like to visit both Venice & Florence. What would you suggest as travel plan? At the moment, we cannot decide if we base in either Venice or Florence and just make a quick tour of the other city for a day, if this is possible or stay in Venice 3 night & Florence for 2 nights.

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hi Ann,

      That sounds like a fine itinerary, though we would suggest flipping it and staying in Florence three or four nights and Venice one or two. There is a lot to see and do in Florence that takes some time, including its world class museums, whereas Venice can often be explored with a little less time. Especially if you use our wonderful Venice tours to save time! You can see all the highlights and take a gondola tour in just one day, or get after-hours access to St. Mark’s Basilica! In any case, we’d suggest moving your base as you change city. High speed train can take you from one to the other in about 2.5 hours, but it’s better to not do a day trip. Have a great time!

  • Merlyn says:

    Hi,

    I just came across your website while searching for a “Budgeted” Italy itinerary and i appreciate all the information you have shared. I am planning for a solo Italy trip in October 2017 for 10 days from India. My main reason to go there is to visit the St Peter’s Basilica and the Shrine of Padre Pio of Pietrelcina located in the town of San Giovanni Rotondo (SGR).

    Rest of the beautiful places (Florence, Venice, Milan etc) are also on my list and yes i wouldn’t mind exploring them considering the days i have in my hand. It would be great if you could help me plan a good itinerary and suggest the best places to cover during my stay in italy.

    Thanks & Regards,
    Merlyn.

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hi Merlyn,

      We suggest using this blog post as a help to plan your itinerary. If you’re leaning toward the “Major Cities” trip, then we’d budget suggest choosing three of the four cities, perhaps Rome, Florence and Venice.

  • Nicole says:

    Your site is such a wealth of information!! We are trying to plan a 14 day trip to Italy late June/early July with 2 teenage girls. We have been to Italy before and are not as concerned with sight seeing. We are trying to find one place to be based where the girls can have some freedom to walk to some things by themselves and also where they may have the opportunity to meet other teenagers from Italy and other parts of the world. We are open to almost any part of the country, but we want to be within 2 hours of a larger city and are looking for a town that has European feel to it, not something that feels like it could be anywhere (some of the beach towns we have looked at didn’t look that different than ones in the U.S.). Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!!

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hi Nicole,

      What a great idea! Unfortunately, we’d have a hard time narrowing down your search for you! If you want the girls to be able to walk somewhere, you should probably exclude super small towns, as there won’t be much to walk to. Instead, maybe you can base yourself in a specific neighborhood and allow them to explore that during the day, getting the feel of “living” in a place like a local. For example, each rione (neighborhood) in Rome has its own unique character, check out our article on it to see if one attracts you.

  • Pam says:

    Very informative blog, thanks! We are planning on a trip to Italy in May. We are hoping to base ourselves on the Amalfi Coast and are keen to visit Pompeii while there. Can you tell me please, can we pick up your Pompeii tour from somewhere on the Amalfi Coast, or at Pompeii, or are we only able to book out of Rome?

  • brian gorman says:

    I am planning a two week trip May 14th -28th.Would like to stay in Umbria the first week and then fly or train to Sicily for the last week.Thinking of an Agristurismo while in Umbria any thoughts Thanks.

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hi Brian,

      Umbria is a perfect place to stay in an agriturismo – the countryside and food lend itself perfectly to a farm stay. It might be difficult to fly from Umbria to Sicily, an easier option could be to train into Rome and fly from there to Sicily. Ryanair offers budget flights to and from most major Italian cities. Hope this helps!

  • Kim King says:

    Hi~ We are beginning plans for a family holiday trip. Our kids will be 17, 20 and 23. We want to spend several days, including Christmas, in Rome. We’ll arrive Dec. 23. Where would you suggest would be a good add-on at that time of year? My husband and I have been to Florence, so would like to see a different city. We’re planning on 2 weeks. Thank you!

  • Rita Ash says:

    We are planning a 2 week trip to Italy with our 8 &15 year old to visit my mom who lives in San Vito Sullo Ionio late July 2017. This would be a first for my husband and children and we would like to see more than my small home town. We are flying into Venice and would like to travel down hitting Florence and Rome along the way, possibly Naples before settling in San Vito. We would like to spend at least 7 days with my mom, So I am trying to figure out how to time manage each city to get the most in the shortest amount of time. Any help would be appreciated.Thank you.

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hi Rita,

      What a beautiful trip! We’d suggest staying one night in Venice, two or three in Florence and another three in Rome, perhaps including Naples just as a half-day or day trip along the way from Rome to San Vito. Have a great time!

  • Stephen Balleh says:

    Fantastic insight!
    My wife and I will have 6 days in Italy in mid July. We fly into Naples and out of Venice. So we probably have already made a mistake by choosing opposite ends of the country to fly in/out of…But, to prevent us from making “the big mistake,” and still have some relaxing time, which destinations do you recommend we put on our itinerary? We enjoy eating well, sightseeing​, and easy adventures!

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hi Stephen,

      It’s not necessarily a mistake to fly “open jaws” into and out of Italy – it could even save you some transport time! That said, six days isn’t a ton of time for such a large travel distance. We’d suggest choosing one city to focus at least 3 full days on, then give Venice and perhaps Naples each another day (the sixth day we’ll count as transit time). Perhaps Naples 1.5, Rome 3, Venice 1.5, or if you’re not interested in Naples, give those days to Rome – there’s plenty to see!

  • Marina says:

    Hi
    I am planning a trip to Italy in August. I have already been to Rome Florence and Venice. This time I was planning to fly into Naples wanted to do some of the Amalfi Coast and perhaps visit my where my family was from in Calabria and then wanted to end with a visit with family who have a home in Alberobello. Was planning on 10 days. Any suggestions on an itinerary of the best route to take to fit it all in?
    Marian

    • Walks of Italy says:

      We think exactly what you detailed out sounds like a great itinerary – start from the top (Naples) and work your way down the coast, ending in Alberobello. Just keep in mind that Calabria and Alberobello are a bit more difficult to reach – your best option would be to go by car – whereas the coast is best navigated by train or bus.

  • Carla Hightower says:

    Thank You, I have found this article most helpful- I have used your advice to plan my itinerary. Maybe you could help me with a few details. We really want to see Venice- so we are planning on arriving there at around 4:30 in the afternoon- and spend 2 nights- which will really only give us one full day and 2 half days- We are foodies so we really want to experience a variety of cuisine. Any specific recommendations for our time there? After that we will have 6 days- so my next question is should we go to Rome for 6 days or split our time between Florence and Rome- or perhaps Rome for 4 days and a smaller location for 2 days? Thanks so much for your time!

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hi Carla,

      It can be tough to find good, authentic Italian food in Venice that doesn’t break the bank, but the Venetian tradition of chicchetti is a perfect solution! Explore the traditional Rialto markets learning about local foods. Then enjoy tastings of local specialties as we tour the best local restaurants on our expertly-guided Venice Food Tour with a gondola ride to top it off! As for the remaining six days, we suggest you calculate out the various travel times for all of your options to see how much time you’d truly have in each destination after transit time is subtracted. You could easily take a high speed train from Venice to Florence, and again from Florence to Rome, but you’d need to decide if it’s enough time in each place after travel. No matter what, we’re sure you’ll have an amazing trip!

  • Sharon Lake says:

    Hi there,
    Thank you for such a great site with a wealth of knowledge. My husband and I are traveling to Italy next month we got a great airline price and decided to go for our 1st year wedding anniversary. Of course we plan to use your tours to be able to see more during our short visit. We have 7 days and we were thinking of the following breakdown:

    Venice- 3 days: May 18-21(morning train to Florence)
    Florence- 2 day: May 21-23 (morning train to Rome)
    Rome-2 days: May 23-25

    But now with reading this site I’m thinking we should cut one day in Venice and give ourselves an additional day in Florence or Rome. Is this too much should we just cut out one city? Wish we had booked just one more day on the flight that would’ve help. Oh well, can’t really complain we’ll be in Italy for our 1st year wedding anniversary. So excited

    Thank you for any advice.

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hi Sharon,

      If you cut a city you will definitely see the other cities more in-depth, but we think you could cut a day in Venice and add it to Rome to at least get a taste of all three cities! Have a wonderful anniversary!

  • Rupal says:

    Hi,
    We are travelling to UK this July. We are a family of 5(parents, husband, Infant and I). We are in Europe for about 18 days. We’ve dedicated 4 days to London and want to do 2 more countries in the remaining days (14 days). Would 1 week suffice for Italy?. If so, which places should we visit. We are interested in Historic and cultural places. We travel from Australia so we have had enough experience of countryside and beaches. We aren’t too keen on those. Also to mention, we are vegetarians and do not consume alcohol. Which places would you recommend for us and how many days would suffice

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hi Rupal,

      Yes of course, one week is enough – just don’t try to pack too many cities into your visit! We suggest using the one-week option of any of these three itineraries in the post to plan your trip.

  • Elena says:

    Thank you so much for your tips – very helpful! We are planning a very small wedding in Sorrento in August or September this year (and the honeymoon on the same trip!) and all the recommendations are to wait until September, as August is too busy and hot on the coast – would you agree? Are there any particular weeks in September you’d recommend (or not recommend)? Reliable but comfortable weather is important too. We are considering either the 3rd week of August, the 1st week of September (3rd to the 10th) or the end of September. Any advice would be very much appreciated!

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hi Elena,

      If you have the flexibility, we’d also suggest to wait for the end of September for your wedding. Temperatures in August can soar in Italy – especially along the Amalfi Coast – and the crowds might make it a bit uncomfortable. For warm but more reasonable weather, wait until the end of September. We’re sure it will be beautiful!

  • Rene Huey-Lipton says:

    Hi there. I’m taking my 17 and 17-year old to Italy for 3 weeks this summer and I’m really torn between driving and trains.

    We are flying into and out of Rome and our itinerary is straight to Tuscany for a week (an old friends birthday is there). Staying in the Montelpuciano region and plan on day trips to Siena, Florence, Oriveto and Bologna. Then to Sorrento for some deep water soloing (rock climbing), capri/blue grotto, Pompeii and Vesuvius and a day up the amalfi coast. Then to Lecce for a few days of rest and relaxation before we hit Rome for three packed days and then home.

    Driving seems right until i read about parking (and driving). But then if we stick to trains (which sounds awesome) I worry about being without transport in the various areas.

    Thoughts?

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hi Rene,

      It sounds like your best bet would be a mix of driving and trains. A car is convenient in Tuscany, and depending on where you’re staying it might be almost necessary. All those towns are very well connected by train from most major cities though, so if you’re near a train station that is an option. Then, train to the Amalfi Coast and move around by bus between each of the beautiful cities. Lecce, however, is a bit more difficult to get to by public transportation (here are some of your different transportation options). You’ll spend hours getting there and back, no matter what transportation you take, but maybe a car is more reliable. We don’t think you’ll have as much of as a problem finding parking in Lecce as some of the other smaller towns on your itinerary. Have a great trip!

  • Maria Jose says:

    Hi! I’m planning a 10 day trip to Italy with my family in July. My brother and I will be in Germany during June and we plan to meet our parents in an Italian city, but I’m having trouble choosing the three cities we will visit. Originally I thought Venice-Florence-Rome would be great, but as you mention in this great post, I’ve heard Venice is not the best choice for summer. Someone recommended me to go to Pisa and Siena instead. What do you think? After our trip to Italy, we plan to fly to Barcelona and continue our vacation in Spain.
    Maria

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hi Maria Jose,

      Both options are doable in 10 days – what you choose depends on what you want. It’s the high season for all the cities, so there will be crowds as well as hot weather. We don’t think Venice is any different! If you do decide to stay in Tuscany, you’ll spend less time in transit and can visit Florence as well.

  • Pauline Ross says:

    Hi there! We are planning a 4 week trip to Italy this year, starting with 2 weeks in Venice over Christmas. We have 2 boys aged 6 and 10. Do you have any suggestions for Christmas and Boxing days when most things will be closed? And also, any suggestions of where to go to see snow from Venice? Thanks so much Pauline

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hi Pauline,

      You’ll definitely want to reserve restaurants ahead of time for both Christmas and Boxing Day, to ensure you have a place to eat those days! Your hotel can help you. Two weeks is a long time to spend in small Venice, so we suggest taking some day trips to explore the surrounding cities (See: The Best Day Trips From Venice) that are just as jam-packed with culture and beautiful sights. As for snow, head up north into the Dolomites!

  • Gary Garner says:

    staying IN Florence 3-4 DAYS THEN RENTING CAR?to drive Pisa-Carrarra- Cinque Terre THEN BACK TO FCO to head home.Is this douable? Suggestions overnite stay before heading south to FCO??

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hi Gary,

      It depends how much time you have total for each of those visits. We’d suggest using the rental car to tour Tuscany but taking the train down to Rome, as it’s faster and can take you right to the airport.

  • Daniela Mancuso says:

    Hi there, we are going to Sorrento area in July. We do not want to take an expensive private tour to Pompeii and Mt Vesuvius, Amalfi, Positano etc.

    Do the hotels offer packages once you are there? Is there a HOp On Hop Off tours available for all regions in Sorrento Amalfi Coast etc?

    We would like to go on guided bus tours or any tours that won’t be too expensiver per person since there are five of us and it can get quite expensive!

    Thank you!

  • Kate says:

    This is such a helpful blog!

    We are planning to somewhat different trip to Italy this summer.

    The rough plan is to fly into Turin and then head up the Valle d’Aosta for 3 days (likely by renting a car). Then we will return to Turin for 2 days (my husband has a conference) and then head to an agriturismo outside Florence (almost certainly by train) for another 3 days before flying home.

    Does this seem realistic? Will things in the Valle even be open? Everything online seems to centre around the winter activities…

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hi Kate,

      Yes that sounds like a great trip! Summer is high-season in the valley (along with winter) – you’ll find everything open and running! Though it’s not winter, the ski lifts are a great option if you’re interested in day hikes or quick trips to the top of the mountain for great views.

  • Elizabeth says:

    Hello,
    I’m hoping for some feedback on the itinerary I have devised so far. My husband and I are flying into Zurich, and then traveling through Switzerland and Italy for about 10 days. Here is the plan:
    Days 1-2: Grindelwald
    Days 3-4: Cinque Terra
    Days 5-9: Tuscany
    Days 10-11: Lake Maggiore/Giubiasco
    Does this look doable? We are traveling by car, so I realize we will have some long travel days but hoping that car transport will allow us flexibility and also to stop and see as we make our journey. I appreciate any thoughts or guidance. Thank you!

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hi Elizabeth,

      Yes it seems doable, depending on what days you’ll be in transit. For example, you don’t want to travel from Tuscany to Lake Maggiore on day 10, because that means you actually won’t have any time at all to tour Lake Maggiore. In fact, you might want to tour Lake Maggiore before Cinque Terre, as it’s further north, then make your way down to Tuscany. Have a great trip!

  • Jeannie Nelson says:

    Hi Pauline,

    We are flying into Milan Aug 2nd & flying out of Milan Aug 17th. So we plan on spending the last couple of days in Milan. We are renting a car and will starting the trip by either staying in Padua or Venice from Aug 2nd to Aug 5th. Would like to make a circle going down to Rome or maybe as from as Naples. Would you suggest for towns to stop and towns to stay in.

  • Kerry says:

    Hello,
    My husband and I are coming to Rome for 5 days before we join a cruise. We have never been before and would love to see and do as much as possible.There is so much to choose from! Is there a list of “must see’s”? Are there restaurants that can’t be missed? Thank you so much for this wonderful site.

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hi Kerry,

      There is a lifetime of things to explore in the Eternal City! You can browse our Rome articles to get some idea, such as this one of some of our favorite churches to visit in Rome or, better yet, check out our incredible tour options in Rome. Have our local expert guides lead you through some of Rome’s absolute must-see sights: the Colosseum, the Pantheon, the Spanish Steps, the Appian Way, the underground catacombs, the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican Museums and even a food tour and pizza making course! We hope to see you there!

  • Linda Densmore says:

    Hi- We are going to a wedding in June 26- 29 at the Borgo di Tragliata and are first visiting our other exchange student in Germany. We were planning on fling into Italy and going to the Cinque Terre for about 6 days but realize it is very touristy there at that time ( my husband is retiring right before this trip so we can come back during a less crowed time). We have been to Rome, Florence and Venice in past trips so I am thinking we would love to relax in the wine country in Tuscany and just learn about the wines and go wine tasting. Where can we be centrally located so we can learn about and visit winery’s without having to work too hard to plan this daily? Thanks

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hi Linda,

      You can base yourself in a town like Siena and then take trains out to various towns to taste the wine, or, you can base yourself in Florence and allow us to do the work for you! On our all-inclusive Tuscany day trip you will Siena, San Gimignano and an authentic Chianti farmhouse and vineyard for lunch or visit the beautiful Tuscan towns of Montepulciano, Montalcino & Pienza with wine tastings and your own private driver & luxury car on our private, full-day Tuscany excursion.

  • Thank you for the great blog ideas!

  • Floyd says:

    Thank you for the useful information on your blog! You have clearly made an impression on a lot of people, looking at the number of comments 🙂
    My wife and I are travelling from Melbourne in and out of Rome for a total of 16 days in October. I’m hoping you might be able to give us some advice? We have an idea of what places we want to see but are struggling to decide the order of our travel and number of days to spend in each place. I’d be grateful if you could suggest an itinerary and the easiest way to get around:

    We arrive in Rome early in the morning and we’re thinking of taking the earliest flight to Naples and board a ferry to Capri. Any suggestions?

    Tuscany – We want to stay at a farm or something similar and I’d be willing to try and drive around here.

    Pompeii
    Rome
    Florence
    Venice
    Amalfi Coast
    Sorrento
    Siena
    San Gimignano
    Padua – Only a day trip

    Our intention is not to rush through all of these but take the time to let it all soak in. Let me know what you think?

    Cheers!

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hi Floyd,

      We suggest you start south and work your way up, to minimize transit time. Another good option is to base yourself in a major city and take day trips from there. For example, basing yourself in Florence and taking day trips to see Siena and San Gimignano. The same with Venice and Padua. Tours are also a great way to see a lot with little stress. On our Tuscany Day Trip from Florence Tour you travel with a private driver and have an expert tour guide lead you through Siena and San Gimignano. The tour finishes with lunch at an authentic Chianti farmhouse and vineyard!

  • Megan Stanton says:

    Hi!

    My husband and I are planning a trip to Italy in October, and we love food tours. I was thinking of doing 4 days in Rome and 3 days in Bologna, but I am concerned about missing out on southern Italian food. What do you think? My husband has already been to Rome, Venice, and Florence, and I am coming to Italy for the first time.

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hi Megan,

      If you’re a food-lover, you could hardly have chosen two better cities! Bologna is known as The Fat One, for the delicious food created and celebrated there, and Rome has some of Italy’s most ancient, traditional recipes. Each region in Italy offers something different and delicious, but you have to start somewhere! In the meantime, check out our incredible Rome Food Tour with pizza-making, local market and tastings.

  • Anna says:

    Hi!
    Am planning a trip to Italy in August. Have only 8 nights/9 days.
    Intend to visit Florence/Rome/Venice/Naples….Amalfi/Capri. But after reading your blog, I think it will be too rush rush.
    Any recommendations which city to cover and which to exclude.
    Would like to enjoy the scenic beauty and experience the beautiful Italy at our pace.

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hi Anna,

      We think you’re right – that’s a lot to visit in just 8 days!! We’d cut two of those cities at least, in order to better see what you have. The choice is up to you and what are your must-sees, not to mention what airport you fly into and out of! It’s best to keep the transit time to a minimum, so if you’re in the south, choose places there, if you’re in the north, choose places there. We’re sure you’ll have a great trip!

  • David Brantley says:

    I am surprised you do not mention the Amalfi Coast, is there a reason?

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hi David,

      The purpose of the article was to suggest that most travelers try to jam in too much in too short of a time – the suggested itineraries were just meant to give ideas on how many different cities to see in one trip. The Amalfi Coast is a wonderful place to visit and can easily be inserted into any of these itinerary ideas in place of another!

  • Long says:

    Hello,

    Thanks for the wonderful information here.

    I’m planning to reach Italy on 22nd June, for a week.

    My plan is as below:
    Milan: 22 June – 24 June (2.5 days)
    Cinque Terre & Pisa: 25 June (1 day)
    Florence: 26 June – 27 June (2 days)
    Rome: 28 June – 29 June (2 days)

    I really want to visit all four places. Please let me know if I should increase/decrease half a day from any city so that I can enjoy most in each of them.

    Thanks & Regards

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hi Long,

      Obviously you can do whatever you’d like, but we’d encourage you to consider transit times as well. Changing between cities can easily take up half a day, meaning you won’t actually have two days in Florence, but rather two half days. Also, Cinque Terre and Pisa can’t be truly seen in one day. Cinque Terre is made up of five towns, and Pisa is at least a 40 minute train ride away. We’d suggest to cut out an entire city from your list in order to better see the places you do go to!

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