10 Days in Italy Itinerary: 15 Incredible Italy Trip Ideas for Your Next Visit!

10 days in Italy will allow you to sample some of the wonderful experiences the country has to offer, from sights to food and wine. If you are like us, you’ll want to visit again and again, to explore more of Italy.

If you are planning a trip to Italy, we have several epic 10-day Italy itineraries from which to choose!

A bucket-list destination for many travelers, Italy boasts more UNESCO World Heritage Sites than any other country on the planet.

With a seemingly unending wealth of art and architecture, picturesque city and town centers, a rich history, and superb regional cuisine, Italy makes for a compelling destination for all types of travelers.

Florence Cathedral in Italy
The magnificent Duomo of Florence

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While some of our 10-day Italy itineraries are perfect for travelers looking to sample different destinations on that first magical trip to Italy, others are suitable for visitors seeking a more in-depth experience of a region or a smaller area, perhaps on a returning visit.

And we’ve got Italy itineraries you can do by train, or a mix of train and guided tours, for travelers that do not want to drive in Italy. For those that prefer to drive, we have several Italy itineraries that are perfect for road trips.

Looking to take a deep delve into the unmatchable art and architecture of Italy? Want to relax at a romantic coastal retreat? Planning to discover the amazing food and wine? You’ll find a 10-day Italy itinerary here to suit.

Let’s get started discovering the best 10 days in Italy itineraries!

“The Big 3” Italy Itinerary: Venice – Florence – Rome

The classic itinerary for most travelers taking their first trip to Italy, Venice, Florence, and Rome will sweep you off your feet with their bucket-list sights, electric ambience, and fabulous food and drink.

Ten days is a good amount of time to take in the major highlights of each of these three magical Italian cities steeped in history, art, and architecture, plus take a couple of day trips to smaller places if you so choose.

Take the high-speed train to get from one city to another, and buy open-jaw tickets if you can, to maximize your sightseeing time.

This itinerary is one of the best ways of spending not just 10 days in Italy, it also ranks as a top way to spend 10 days in Europe.

Days 1-3: Venice

The Pearl of the Adriatic may be aging, but she can still cast a spell!

San Marco from San Giorgio Maggiore in Venice, Italy
A view of San Marco from San Giorgio Maggiore

On your first day in Venice, visit the Basilica di San Marco, known for its gold mosaics, and the stunning Doge’s Palace, which used to be the seat of the government of Venice. This combined tour is an efficient choice!

Stroll St. Mark’s Square, and take in the views from the top of the Campanile. Take a gondola ride to cap your first day in magical Venice!

On day 2, start with a morning vaporetto ride of the Grand Canal. The canal looks gorgeous at sunrise!

Grand Canal Venice
Vaporetto ride along the Grand Canal

Admire the Rialto Bridge, and take in the views from the T Fondaco rooftop terrace or the Scala Contarini del Bovolo. The unique bookstore, Libreria Acqua Alta, is also nearby.

Snap photos of the Grand Canal from the Ponte dell’Accademia.

Visit an art museum: the Gallerie dell’Accademia di Venezia for pre 19th century masterpieces, or the Peggy Guggenheim Collection for 20th century art (buy tickets).

Spend the rest of the day getting lost in Venice!

On your final day, explore some of the outlying islands in the lagoon.

Start your morning with a visit to the Basilica di Santa Maria delle Salute. Then take a vaporetto from San Marco to the island of San Giorgio Maggiore, just across the lagoon, for great views of San Marco.

Later, head to Murano, where you can tour the glass museum and shop for Murano glass, and Burano, to snap photos of the brightly colored facades, and shop for Burano lace. Visit independently, or book a guided tour.

Or you can pick another destination from the many day trips from Venice you can take!

Days 4-6: Florence

Florence boasts some of the most iconic art treasures on the planet, but it also offers many spectacular viewpoints, a lively ambience in the UNESCO World Heritage historic center, great shopping, and fabulous food and drink.

Exploring Florence is one of the top things to do in Tuscany.

The Duomo in Florence, Italy
A view of the Duomo di Firenze!

On day 1, spend the morning at the massive Duomo complex. Climb to the top of the dome for jaw-dropping views, Admire Giotto’s Campanile, and gawk at the art works in the Opera del Duomo Museum.

In the afternoon, enjoy the superb art collection at the Galleria degli Uffizi, and tour the gorgeous Basilica Santa Croce. Enjoy wandering the historic center in the evening, and sample some gelato!

Doni Tondo by Michelangelo at the Uffizi Galleries in Florence, Italy
Doni Tondo by Michelangelo at the Uffizi

On day 2, head to the Accademia Gallery to see David, and tour Palazzo Vecchio and climb the Arnolfo Tower for a great view over Florence. Browse the San Lorenzo Market and have lunch at the Mercato Centrale.

In the afternoon, stroll the iconic Ponte Vecchio across the Arno River, and take in more art at the Pitti Palace. Wander the Boboli Gardens, then head to Piazzale Michelangelo (or San Miniato al Monte) for fabulous sunset views over the city.

On day 3, art aficionados have several more choices right in the city, but if you prefer to dip your toes into Tuscany, spend one day in Siena, or drive the Val d’Orcia, or explore the Chianti region. We have an article on all the day trips from Florence you can take!

Days 7-10: Rome

Rome is the most popular destination in Italy, and no wonder!

Its many historic monuments, charming neighborhoods, and delicious food and drink make for an unforgettable visit.

In 3 days in Rome, you can sample the city’s most significant sights.

View of the Forum from Palatine Hill in Rome, Italy
A view from Palatine Hill

On day one, visit the monuments of Ancient Rome.

Tour the Colosseum, walk through the Forum, with its many temples, and take in the views from Palatine Hill. Walk the Via Fori Imperiali. Also tour the Capitoline Museums and walk the Campidoglio. Take in sunset from the Altar of the Fatherland.

On day two, spend the bulk of your time in Vatican City, touring the Vatican Museums and visiting the incredible Basilica di San Pietro. Be sure to climb the dome for magnificent views.

Ceiling Vatican Museums Italy
The stunning ceiling of the Gallery of Maps at the Vatican Museums

Afterwards, explore Trastevere and take a food tour.

On day three, visit the Pantheon, and take a walking tour of the famous sights in the historic center, such as the Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, and Piazza Navona. In the afternoon, visit the Galleria Borghese, a gem of an art museum.

When to Go

Given that Venice, Florence, and Rome are the most popular destinations in Italy, we suggest visiting at the outer fringes of the shoulder seasons — early spring or late fall — for lower crowds and prices.

Even so, book everything ahead of time!

Although there’s a small risk of acqua alta in Venice and temperatures can be cold in all three cities, winter can be relaxing, without the throngs of tourists. Just pack wisely.

Getting In and Out

Fly into Marco Polo Airport in Venice and out of Fiumicino Airport in Rome.

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10 Days in Italy: Classic Northern Italy

This 10-day Italy itinerary focuses on the northern part of the country.

It includes cities for art, history, and architecture, but it also allows for time in some of Italy’s most beautiful natural areas: the Lakes and the Dolomites.

While you can do this itinerary as a road trip, you can also do it using trains and guided tours.

Days 1-2: Milan and Lake Como

Milan’s Duomo complex should be at the top of your itinerary for the city. The gothic cathedral has a magnificent exterior and a just as fabulous interior. And definitely plan on visiting the terraces: the views are gorgeous.

Duomo di Milano in Italy
The impressive facade of the Milan Cathedral

Also plan on seeing Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper and walk the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II with its glass roof and upscale shops.

On day two, take a day trip to Bellagio, on Lake Como. Be sure to cruise the lake to take in the stunning scenery!

Days 3-4: Verona and Lake Garda

Take the train from Milan to the romantic city of Verona, the setting for Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet and one of the prettiest places to visit in Northern Italy.

One day in Verona is perfect for enjoying the major sights and the city’s charming ambience.

View of Verona from the Castel San Pietro in Verona, Italy
A view of Verona from the Castel San Pietro

Tour the well-preserved Roman Arena, take in the views from the Torre dei Lamberti and the courtyard of the Castel San Pietro, and walk the streets of the historic center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

On the following day, take a day trip to Lake Garda. You can take the train to Peschiera del Garda, or to Desenzano del Garda, from where you can take a bus to Sirmione, a popular destination on the lake.

Days 5-7: Venice

Next, it’s on to Venice, one of the most iconic cities in Italy.

In two days in Venice, you can take in the major sights, and perhaps even do a half-day tour of the outlying islands of Murano and Burano.

Tour the Doge’s Palace, with its treasures of art and decorated ceilings. Visit the Basilica di San Marco, where you can view the world-famous gold mosaics. Climb to the top of the Campanile for views over the city. Stroll St. Mark’s Square, known as “the drawing room of Europe.”

Bridge of Sighs, Venice, Italy
The Bridge of Sighs in Venice

Get lost in Venice, walking to the outlying districts to experience the city outside of the touristic core. Take a gondola ride and a vaporetto ride along the Grand Canal.

On your final day in Venice, take a day trip, either to other islands in the Venetian lagoon, or to nearby Padua to see the Scrovegni Chapel or Vicenza to admire Palladio’s architecture.

Days 8-10: The Dolomites

A car is useful for visiting the Dolomites. Otherwise, you can take the express bus to Cortina d’Ampezzo, a town where you can base yourself for a couple of nights while you explore.

Lago di Dobbiaco, Dolomites. Italy
Reflections in the Lago di Dobbiaco

Alternatively, take a guided day tour of the Dolomites on day 8 and a day trip to Bologna, the foodie capital of Italy, on day 9.

In Cortina d’ Ampezzo, the town makes for a lovely wander. Check in at the tourist information office for easy walks, take cable cars to panoramic viewpoints, or visit nearby lakes like Lake Braies and Lago di Dobbiaco.

You can also plan a more strenuous hike, such as the Lago di Sorapis hike, or a longer but easier hike such as Tri Cime di Lavaredo.

On day 10, return to Venice to complete your trip!

When to Go

Summer is the best time to visit the Dolomites: the cable cars are generally open between June and September, and the ideal time for hiking here is from late June until late September.

Visit in mid to late June, or late September, for relatively good weather and lower crowds elsewhere.

Getting In and Out

Fly into Milan Malpensa Airport and out of Venice Marco Polo Airport.

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10-Day Italy itinerary: Tuscany

One of the most beautiful regions in Italy, Tuscany, especially the countryside, epitomizes la dolce vita.

The postcard-worthy scenic beauty of the rolling hills, vineyards, and olive groves, the many charming hilltop towns, and the sensational cuisine and wine will delight you.

The ideal Tuscany itinerary allows for immersion in the art, architecture, and ambience of Florence, while allowing plenty of time for soaking in the charm of the little hilltop towns, and savoring local foods and world-class wine.

Outside of Florence, a car is recommended for more flexibility, although you can craft a Tuscany itinerary with a combination of train trips and guided tours.

Days 1-3: Florence

The Cradle of the Renaissance, Florence is overflowing with art, architecture, and history. It’s one of our favorite destinations on the planet.

Basilica di Santa Croce seen from the Arnolfo Tower in Florence, Italy
A view from the Arnolfo Tower of the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence

With three full days in Florence, you can pace yourself and take in the sights, while also allowing time each day to wander the historic center and savor the ambience in the streets and plazas, as well as enjoy some leisurely meals.

Enjoy the surfeit of art in the churches and museums and climb to the top of the dome at the Florence Cathedral. Take in sunset from the San Miniato al Monte.

Enjoy a panino at All’antico Vinaio and Michelin star dining with a view of the Arno River at Borgo San Jacopo. Don’t miss gelato from Vivoli and La Carraia!

Day 4: Day Trip to Arezzo and/or Cortona

The historic hill town of Arezzo and charming Cortona can be combined on a day trip from Florence by train, or, for a more relaxed day, pick one or the other.

In Arezzo, tour the many sights that offer notable art and architecture. Climb to the Medici Fortress for stunning views!

Cortona, the setting for Francis Mayes’ Under the Tuscan Sun, is perfect for wandering. Enjoy the views from the Piazza Garibaldi, and browse the shops for souvenirs.

Day 5: Siena

Siena is perfect for exploring in one day. Its compact historic center is designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Siena, Italy
Siena is so picturesque!

Tour the magnificent Duomo complex, walk the Piazza del Campo, climb the Torre del Mangia for views, then wander the streets of this historic town that oozes charm from every pore!

Day 6: Day Trip to San Gimignano and Volterra

Siena makes a great base for exploring small Tuscan towns like San Gimignano and Volterra. Drive yourself if you have a rental car, or take a guided tour.

San Gimignano is a little hill town famous for its many medieval towers and picturesque alleys. In Volterra, a walled hilltop town, visit the cathedral, the Etruscan Museum, and the Roman theatre.

Day 7: Explore the Chianti Wine Region

Take a drive from Siena to explore the picturesque wine region of Chianti. There are numerous wineries from which to choose!

We suggest stops at Castelnuovo Berardenga for its lovely landscape, two castle wineries for tastings: Castello di Brolio and Meleto Castle, and the pretty little town of Radda in Chianti.

Day 8: Val d’Orcia Drive

Explore the super scenic Val d’Orcia on a day drive from Siena. Characterized by rolling hills dotted with farmhouses and stately rows of cypresses, the Val d’Orcia is quintessential Tuscany.

Montepulciano, Tuscany

You’ll see masses of red poppies in the spring and sunflowers in the summer. The valley is beautiful in every season, even when the hills are bare after the harvest.

Taste wine, eat pici pasta with pecorino cheese, and wander the little towns. Montalcino, Pienza, and Montepulciano are must-stops, as is the Vitaleta Chapel in San Quirico d’Orcia.

Days 9 and 10: Lucca and Pisa

Lucca is one of the prettiest towns in Tuscany. Walk or bike the medieval walls, wander the cobblestone streets, and take in the sights. Be sure to climb to the top of the unique Torre Guinigi, topped by mature trees.

In Pisa, the Field of Miracles contains not only the Leaning Tower, which you can climb for 360-degree views, but also the Pisa Cathedral, the Baptistery, and the Camposanto (the cemetery).

Leaning Tower of Pisa, Italy, at sunset
Pisa’s Leaning Tower at sunset

When to Go

Spring and fall are beautiful but busy seasons in Tuscany, so plan well in advance if you want to visit then!

Summer months can be quite hot, and while winter is uncrowded, expect shorter hours at sights and fewer things to do.

Getting In and Out

Fly into Florence Airport and out of either Pisa International Airport or Florence.

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Florence – Rome – Amalfi Coast

One of the more popular 10-day Italy itineraries, this trip allows for a good amount of time in each of Rome and Florence, followed by a slower-paced few days on the Amalfi Coast.

It’s definitely an itinerary to consider if you do not want to just day trip to the Amalfi Coast!

Days 1-4: Rome

Rome is one of the top cities to visit in Europe, with history everywhere around you.

On your first day in Rome, walk the historic center to gawk at all the famous monuments and landmarks. Enjoy people watching at Piazza Navona and along Via del Corso, snap photos of the Trevi Fountain, and pose on the Spanish Steps.

Colosseum, Rome, Italy
The Colosseum in Rome

In the evening, enjoy a food tour at one of the quieter neighborhoods for a different view of the city.

Spend day 2 in Vatican City. Visit the stunning Basilica di San Pietro and the Vatican Museums, where you can gaze up at the Sistine Chapel and enjoy innumerable other art treasures.

On day 3, tour the monuments of Ancient Rome in the morning. Explore the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill. In the afternoon, visit the Borghese Gallery, or take in some of the lovely art in the churches of Rome. Sample gelato and do some shopping!

Days 4-5: Florence

Take the fast train from Rome to Florence, the Cradle of the Renaissance and the birthplace of gelato. Arrive early, because there’s a lot to see and do in Florence!

Florence, Italy
A view of Florence

On your first day, climb to the top of the dome of the Florence Cathedral for expansive views. Visit the Opera del Duomo Museum to see such treasures as Ghiberti’s Gates of Paradise and Michelangelo’s Florentine Pieta. Also visit the Baptistery to gawk at the spectacular mosaics in the ceiling.

In the evening, wander the historic center or take a food and walking tour.

On day 2, see some of the world’s most famous art at the Uffizi Galleries and admire Michelangelo’s David at the Accademia. Visit the Basilica di Santa Croce and enjoy some shopping.

Cross the Arno River via the historic Ponte Vecchio, and take in sunset over the city, either from the touristy Piazzale Michelangelo, or from the Church of San Miniato al Monte.

Days 6-10: The Amalfi Coast

Early in the morning on day 7, take the train to Naples, from where you can take the ferry or a private transfer to Positano, which will be your base on the picturesque Amalfi Coast.

Positano, Italy
Spiaggio Grande in Positano

Spend the rest of your day wandering around Positano. There are a lot of steps! Visit the Church of Santa Maria Assunta, browse the many boutiques, and walk the pebbly Spiaggio Grande.

On day 8, take the ferry or do a boat tour to explore some of the other little towns along the Amalfi Coast: Amalfi, Minori, Maori, Cetara and more. Sadly, Ravello cannot be accessed by ferry, but if you want to visit, you can take a taxi from Amalfi town.

On day 9, you can take the ferry (or do a boat tour) to the beautiful isle of Capri. In one day in Capri, you can take the chairlift to the top of Mount Solaro, visit the Blue Grotto, and wander the towns of Capri and Anacapri.

When to Go

This itinerary works best when ferries along the Amalfi Coast are operational, generally from April through October. Since all of these places will be extremely crowded in the peak of summer, plan your visit for the fringes of the ferry season.

Getting In and Out

Fly into Rome Fiumicino Airport and fly out of Naples-Capodichino International Airport.

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The Adriatic Coast

A road trip of the Italian Adriatic coast allows you to discover quaint cities, villages, and beautiful landscapes, away from the main tourist routes in Italy.

This 10-day Italy itinerary is perfect for returning visitors looking to explore a beautiful part of the country in greater depth.

Adriatic Coast of Italy 10-Day Itinerary Map
Road trip the picturesque Adriatic Coast of Italy! (click image to open map)

Days 1-2 Ancona

Ancona is the capital of the Marche region and overlooks the Adriatic Sea. 

Here, in the 4th century B.C., the Doric Greeks built a temple to Venus, the protector of sailors, on top of a hill. Today at that site is the Cathedral of St. Cyriac, a Byzantine Romanesque style cathedral with panoramic harbor views. 

The most interesting structure in the city is the Mole Vanvitelliana, an 18th-century pentagonal fortress that was once a lazaret (a quarantine area) and today hosts cultural events.

Mole Vanvitelliana in Ancona, Italy
Ancona’s pentagonal fortress

Day 3-4 Conero Riviera

From Ancona, driving south along the coast you will encounter some of the most beautiful beaches in Italy. 

These are the beaches of the Conero Regional Park, which feature tiny white pebbles and a turquoise sea. 

Make sure to visit:

  • Mezzavalle Beach
  • Due Sorelle Beach
  • Marchesina Beach

The best base for exploring the region is Sirolo, a picturesque medieval village overlooking the sea. 

Sirolo Beach in Italy
Sirolo Beach

Days 5-6 Trabocchi Coast

The most beautiful part of the Abruzzo coast is the Costa dei Trabocchi, which runs for 60 km from the town of Ortona to Vasto. 

The characteristic features of this coast are the trabocchi, stilts on the sea that worked as ancient fishing machines (even 500 years old). 

Each of them has been run by the same family for generations and now houses a seafood restaurant.

The beaches on the Trabocchi Coast can be explored by bicycle along the cycle path built on a disused railroad.

The ideal base for exploring this part of Abruzzo is the village of San Vito Chietino.

Days 7-10 Vieste and the Gargano Riviera

Proceeding south, one arrives in Puglia. The spectacular Gargano Coast is characterized by limestone rocks that stand out against the blue color of the sea. 

The historic center of Vieste is built on a “limestone peninsula.” Get lost in the narrow alleys and among the white houses adorned with plants. 

Visit the medieval Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta (12th century) and the Swabian Castle (11th century).

Explore the beaches north and south of Vieste and take the opportunity to snorkel in the crystal clear sea.

A natural wonder you absolutely must see is the San Felice Arch, which crosses the sea at the height of San Felice Beach.

San Felice Sea Arch in Vieste, Italy
The San Felice Sea Arch is stunning!

When you need to seek refuge from the South Italian summer heat, take a day trip to the Foresta Umbra. This biodiverse forest, rich in monumental trees, has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

When to Go

The best time to take this road trip is summer, from June to August, to fully enjoy the many beaches and the crystal clear sea.

Getting In and Out

You can fly into Ancona Airport, where you can pick up a rental car, and out from Bari or Foggia Airport.

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If you want to visit one of the most authentic parts of Italy, head to stunning Puglia in southern Italy.

Puglia is the region known as the ‘heel of the Italian boot’ in southeast Italy. It has two peninsulas (the Salento Peninsula and the Gargano Peninsula) and coasts on the two seas (the Adriatic and Ionian Seas).

The capital of Puglia is Bari, but the most famous city is Lecce, nicknamed “Florence of the South.”

Puglia has spectacular scenery, fantastic food, and prime olive oil. In addition, it has some of the most beautiful beaches in Italy, pristine clear seas, endless olive fields and vineyards, and magical towns. 

Puglia road trip is the best way to explore the region. 

Puglia Road Trip Itinerary Map
Puglia Road Trip (click image for live map)

Days 1-2: Bari

Stroll the streets of the lovely Old Town of Bari, see the famous ‘Strada delle Orecchiette,’ visit St. Nicholas Basilica, and enjoy the miles-long seafront promenade on the Adriatic Sea. 

Days 3-4: Monopoli and Polignano a Mare

From Bari, head to Monopoli and Polignano a Mare. These two picturesque seaside towns are only a 25-minute drive away from each other. Choose to stay in one of them, but visit them both.

Monopoli is larger and busier than Poligano a Mare. But Polignano a Mare is cozier and more romantic than Monopoli.

Apulians prefer the beaches of Monopoli. But still, one of the most Instagrammable beaches in Italy is Lama beach in Polignano a Mare.

Both towns have fantastic seafood restaurants and lovely bars. You will enjoy both towns! 

Days 5-6: Matera

Spectacular Matera is located in the neighboring Basilicata region. Still, it is a classic stop on any Puglia road trip itinerary.

Matera, Italy
Spectacular Matera

Explore the famous cave churches, and see the filming locations of the Passion of Jesus Christ by Mel Gibson and No Time to Die (a James Bond movie).

Staying in a cave hotel in Matera is a must! 

Day 7: Alberobello

After Matera, head to Alberobello. Tour this fairytale hobbit town and sleep in a charming trullo. 

Trulli in Alberobello, Puglia, Italy
Trulli in Alberobello

Days 8-10: Ostuni and Lecce

The next morning, drive to the whitewashed city of Ostuni. Have lunch here, after touring this small but breathtaking hilltop town.

After lunch, proceed to Lecce, the final stop on your Puglia road trip itinerary.

Enjoy the Baroque architecture of Lecce: the Baroque churches, monasteries, and palaces.

Santa Croce Cathedral in Lecce, Italy
Santa Croce Cathedral in Lecce

And indulge in delicious food! Try the tria e ciceri dish, have sangria lecesse, cafe lecesse with almond milk, and sweet pasticiotto lecesse pastry.

When to Go

The best time to visit Puglia is spring, early summer, or early fall, for pleasant weather, lower crowds, and less pricey accommodation.

Getting In and Out

Fly in and out of Bari International Airport. Although there is an airport in Brindisi with limited service to London and other places, you’ll likely get better fares if you end your trip in Bari. The drive from Lecce to Bari is about one hour and 45 minutes.

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Sardinia, the second-largest island in the Mediterranean, is an ideal destination for a 10-day Italy itinerary. Its crystal-clear waters, stunning coastline, rugged landscape, and fascinating history make Sardinia a must-visit place.

Sardinia offers so much for travelers to enjoy and explore, from ancient ruins and caves to stunning beaches and plenty of natural beauty.

A road trip is the ideal way to enjoy the beauty and coastline of Sardinia.

Sardinia Road Trip Itinerary Map
Sardinia Road Trip (click image for live map)

Days 1-4: Villasimius

Start by basing yourself in Villasimius, where you can visit picturesque beaches like Spiaggia di Porto Giunco and Spiaggia di Simius.

Spiaggia di Porto Giunco, Sardinia, Italy
Spiaggia di Porto Giunco

Take a boat tour to explore the jaw-dropping coastline along the nearby Capo Carbonara Marine Protected Area and some of the best beaches in Sardinia.

Make sure to do a day trip to Cagliari, the capital city of Sardinia, exploring the historic Castello district with its narrow streets, ancient walls and impressive views of the city and sea.

Days 5-7: Olbia and Costa Smeralda

Head to the eastern coast of Sardinia, where you can visit the stunning Costa Smeralda, known for its crystal-clear waters and incredible beaches.

Costa Smeralda, Sardinia, Italy
The beautiful waters of the Costa Smeralda

Base yourself at one of the beach resorts here, and take a day trip to explore the historic town of Olbia, as well as visit the Nuragic complex of Su Nuraxi, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Days 8-10: Alghero

Travel to the northwest part of Sardinia to explore the charming town of Alghero, famed for its narrow streets, old walls, Catalan influence and stunning sea views.

Visit Neptune’s Grotto, one of the most impressive natural wonders of the island.

Stairs to Neptune's Grotto, Alghero, Sardinia, Italy
Stairs leading down to Neptune’s Grotto

End your trip with a beach day at Stintino or La Pelosa.

When to Go

The best time to visit Sardinia is from May to September, when the weather is warm and sunny. July and August are busy, so book your trip in advance.

Getting In and Out

Fly into Cagliari Elmas Airport, the main airport in Sardinia. Fly out of Alghero-Fertilia Airport, where your itinerary ends.

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The Dolomites

A Dolomites trip is a wonderful way to spend 10 days in Italy.

Not only is this beautiful mountainous region underrated, it’s actually a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is a great place for skiing, hiking, rock climbing, mountain biking, canoeing, and just taking in the scenic beauty. 

The Dolomites covers an area of 6,000+ square miles.

Spending five days in the Cortina d’Ampezzo region and five days in the Val Gardena region is ideal for covering the entire region. 

You’ll need a car for this itinerary.

Days 1-5: Western Dolomites

Start day 1 by heading to Val Gardena and the Western Dolomites, which you can easily access from Venice. Stay in Ortisei, centrally located for exploring the region.

Take the cable car up to the Seiser Alm (also known as Alpe de Suisi) high alpine plateau, where you can hike, enjoy the beautiful scenery, and sample south Tyrolean cuisine at mountain huts.

On day two, take the Ortisei-Furnes-Seceda cable car to the Seceda mountain station, from where you can walk to the lookout point to take in the views and do the ridgeline hike.

In the afternoon, head to Val di Funes for one of the most iconic photo spots in the area. The view of the jagged Odle peaks looks like something out of a fairytale! Don’t miss the charming Church of St. Magdalena.

Val di Funes in the Dolomites in Italy
Santa Maddalena Village in the Val di Funes

On day three, spend the day cycling through the Passo Gardena, or the Gardena Pass. And if you’re feeling extra ambitious, you can see if you can bike past all seven peaks here. 

You can also drive the pass if you’d rather not bike. There are many pullouts to enjoy the views, and you can walk around or hike at the top of the pass for more views.

A view from the Gardena Pass in the Dolomites in Italy
A view of the Sella mountains from the Gardena Pass

On day four, tackle the Adolf Munkel Weg to Geisler Alm and Dusler Alm. The entire loop is 9.2 kilometers (about 5.7 miles) and features spectacular scenery.

On day five, visit the Lago di Carezza, one of the most beautiful lakes in South Tyrol. Hike the short trail through the forest around the lake!

Days 6-10: Eastern Dolomites

On day 6, head to the Eastern Dolomites, where you’ll base yourself in Cortina di Ampezzo. En route, visit Lago Di Limides: it’s a short and scenic hike from the parking area at Rifugio Col Gallina. You can walk the shore as well.

On day 7, wake up bright and early to take in the beauty of Lago di Braies at sunrise! On a more practical note, the earlier you arrive, the easier it is to find parking at this Instagram-popular spot. Paddle the lake and walk the shore.

Lado di Braies in the Dolomites of Italy
The stunning Lago di Braies

Later in the day you can also visit Lago di Dobbiaco.

On day 8, enjoy the hugely popular Tri Cime di Lavaredo hike. It is a relatively easy, 6-mile hike that will take you past three of the most famous summits in the area. 

Spend day 9 visiting the stunning Lago di Sorapis. It’s a tough hike, but the milky blue waters of the lake and the stunning setting are worth the effort for experienced hikers.

Lago di Sorapis in the Dolomites, Italy
Lago di Sorapis

For visitors not looking to do the hike to Lake Sorapis, spend some time enjoying the town of Cortina d’Ampezzo, and take one or more of the cable car rides to viewpoints. Or drive to Rifugio Scoiattoli and hike around the stunning Cinque Torri.

On day 10, it’s time to bid goodbye to the Dolomites!

When to Go

If you plan on doing some of the best hikes in the Dolomites, then be sure to visit in either mid or late summer since snow can linger in the area.

Getting In and Out

Fly in and out of Venice Marco Polo Airport. Rent a car at the airport and drive to and from the Dolomites.

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Experience the best of Sicily with this 10-day road trip from Trapani to Catania.

Spend your vacation exploring historic centers and ancient castles, relaxing at beautiful beaches, and sampling mouth-watering cuisine, washed down with some of the best wines in the country.

Note: This itinerary doesn’t cover Palermo. If you are an art and architecture enthusiast, you may want to start the itinerary in Palermo, spending two nights here, and move directly from Trapani to Agrigento after exploring Erice.

Palermo is gritty, and visitors either love it or hate it. It is home to such jewels as the 12th-century Capella Palatina, Teatro Massimo, and the Cattedrale di Palermo.

Day 1: Trapani

Arrive in the historical city of Trapani, on the west coast of Sicily. The city’s wealth came from salt production in the 1800s.

Spend the day exploring the city’s historic centre, including the Torre di Ligny and the Santuario dell’Annunziata.

Take one of the hydrofoils over to the island of Favignana to enjoy some of the best beaches in the region.

Day 2: Erice

Take a scenic drive up to Erice, a medieval town perched on a hilltop with stunning views of the coast. The road is winding, with hairpin bends, but the views are epic. Or you can take the cable car.

View from Erice, Italy
A view of the coastline from Erice

Visit the impressive castle perched on the clifftop, and enjoy some delicious almond and marzipan sweets.

Sleep in Trapani.

Day 3: Marsala

Head south to Marsala, known for its wine production. Visit local vineyards and sample some of Sicily’s finest wines before enjoying a sunset stroll along the salt flats.

Sleep in Trapani.

Day 4: Mazara del Vallo

Drive to Mazara del Vallo, a charming fishing village with a rich history. Explore its historic center and visit the Dancing Satyr statue at the Museo del Satiro.

Sleep in Trapani.

Day 5: Agrigento

Head east to Agrigento to visit the Valley of the Temples, a UNESCO World Heritage Site featuring ancient Greek ruins.

Valley of the Temples in Agrigento, Sicily
Ercole Temple in the Valley of the Temples

Browse the many thousands of artifacts in the Pietro Griffo Archaeological Museum.

Sleep in Agrigento.

Day 6: Ragusa

Make your way to Ragusa, known for its Baroque architecture.

Ragusa, Italy
A view of Ragusa

Walk around the picturesque streets of the old city before enjoying some traditional Sicilian cuisine at one of its many restaurants.

Sleep in Noto.

Day 7: Noto

Tour Noto, another beautiful Baroque town. Spend some time admiring its intricate buildings before heading out to explore nearby beaches.

Sleep in Noto.

Day 6: Syracuse

Make your way to Syracuse, a city rich in history and culture. Visit Ortigia Island, home to many historic landmarks such as Piazza del Duomo and Fonte Aretusa.

Sleep in Catania.

Day 9: Mount Etna

Take a day trip to Mount Etna, Europe’s tallest active volcano.

Mount Etna in Sicily, Italy
Visiting Mount Etna in Sicily

Hike up the slopes of the mountain or take a guided tour around its base before returning to Catania for your last night in Sicily.

Day 10: Catania

End your road trip in Catania with visits to landmarks such as Piazza del Duomo and Ursino Castle. Enjoy some last-minute shopping and dining before departing from Sicily.

When to Go

The south of Sicily sees sun all year round. However, to make the most of this trip, plan on visiting between April and October.

Getting In and Out

Start this road trip in Trapani. Fly into Trapani-Birgi Vincenzo Florio Airport (TPS). Finish in the city of Catania and depart from Catania Fontanarossa Airport (CTA).

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Rome – Amalfi Coast – Sorrento

For an ideal mix of culture, cities, and stunning coastal beauty, here is a 10-day Italy travel itinerary that starts in Rome, ends in Sorrento, and offers all that travelers to Italy seek.

Days 1-4: Rome

Begin your four days in Rome with a tour of Ancient Rome: the mighty Colosseum, the historic Forum, and Palatine Hill.

Visit the Vatican: admire Michelangelo’s Pieta at Saint Peter’s and discover the many masterpieces at the Vatican Museums, including the Sistine Chapel.

Climb to the top of the dome at Saint Peter’s for panoramic 360-degree views!

Saint Peter's Square from the dome of the basilica in Vatican City
St. Peter’s Square from the top of the dome!

Wander the city’s stunning plazas, churches, side streets, and bridges. Toss a coin into the Trevi Fountain and admire the many other fountains.

Set aside a day to join a bike tour along the Appian Way to explore the catacombs and marvel at the still-standing ancient Roman aqueducts.

Days 5-7: Positano and the Amalfi Coast

From Rome, catch a train south to Naples to enjoy five days exploring the Sorrentine Peninsula and its breathtaking views across the Tyrolean Sea.

Book a driver, rent a car, or take a bus from Naples to Positano, an excellent base to explore the Amalfi Coast over three days.

Positano on the Amalfi Coast of Italy

Make the most of your stay in pretty pastel-stacked Positano with its pebbly beach by walking its many staircases. Take day trips from here along the Amalfi Coast to Amalfi Town, Ravello, or Minori, to explore, eat, and enjoy.

Days 8-10: Sorrento, Capri, and Pompeii

Next, cross the peninsula to larger Sorrento with its warrens of shop-filled backstreets.

Sorrento is charming in its own right but you can also take day trips from Sorrento to the island of Capri or to Pompeii for an unforgettable guided tour of this excavated ancient Roman city.

Via Krupp on Capri Island in Italy
The Via Krupp in Capri

While in Sorrento, consider taking a cooking class or touring a local farm to learn about and sample local produce over a memorable home-cooked meal. Shop for products to savor once you return home.

When to Go

The best times to visit are spring, summer, and fall.

However, although the weather is more reliably sunny in summer, the prices are higher, it is more crowded, and the traffic is worse, making spring or fall ideal.

Getting In and Out

To avoid unnecessary backtracking on this 10-day Italy itinerary, fly into Rome and out of Naples (arrange in advance for a transfer from Sorrento to Naples to catch your flight).

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Rome + Abruzzo

A region adjacent to Lazio (where Rome is located), Abruzzo is known for stunning natural landscapes, ancient villages, and hearty cuisine.

Abruzzo is wonderful for nature lovers, landscape photographers, hikers, history buffs, and foodies.

Combined with the incomparable landmarks and exciting ambience of Rome, this itinerary is perfect for returning visitors looking for experiences beyond the well-trodden tourist trail.

This itinerary is a road trip, so you’ll need a rental car.

Days 1-4: Gran Sasso National Park

On arrival, head for the ancient village of Santo Stefano in Sessania. Relax and explore the charming village.

In the morning, drive to Campo Imperatore, a high plateau in the breathtaking Gran Sasso National Park. Experienced hikers can summit the Corno Grande, Gran Sasso’s famous 2,900+ meter peak.

Gran Sasso National Park, Abruzzo, Italy
Gran Sasso National Park

Visit nearby Rocca Calascio, a dramatic hilltop medieval fortress overlooking the surrounding mountains.

Sleep in or near Santo Stefano in Sessania.

Days 3-6: Explore the Coast

Head for the coast, stopping to visit Castello di Roccascalegna, a 14th century medieval castle on a rocky perch. Explore the ruins and take in sweeping views of the surrounding valley.

Castello di Roccascalegna in Abruzzo, Italy
Castello di Roccascalegna

Continue to Vasto, just inland from Abruzzo’s Adriatic coast. Distinctive fishing platforms called trabucchi dot the coast: many are restaurants serving ultra-fresh seafood. Book in advance for an unforgettable dining experience.

Explore the windswept Punta Aderci Nature Preserve nearby. Overlooking the Adriatic Sea, the reserve offers pebbled beaches with clear waters, and diverse wildlife.

Punta Aderci Nature Preserve, Abruzzo, Italy
Punta Aderci Nature Preserve

Sleep in or near Pescara.

Days 7-10: Rome

On Day 7, get an early start and visit Lago di Scanno, a serene mountain lake. When viewed from the scenic trail, it is shaped like a heart!

Lago di Scanno, Abruzzo, Italy
The heart-shaped Lago di Scanno

Explore the town of Scanno or take a slight detour to nearby Sulmona, famous for its sugared almonds.

Return to Rome by late afternoon. Book a pre-dinner private walking tour of the city, or sign up for a food tour in the evening.

Planned well, Rome’s most famous highlights can be explored in a whirlwind day, or you can spread them out over two days.

The Colosseum/Roman Forum and Capitoline Museums, Pantheon and Trevi Fountain, and the Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica are prime highlights.

The Trevi Fountain in Rome, Italy
The Trevi Fountain in Rome

If you have the time, your final day is your chance to explore lesser known sights in Rome.

Take in views of Rome with locals on Gianicolo Hill, bike Borghese Park, wander the National Gallery of Modern & Contemporary Art, explore Trajan’s Forum, or take in sunset from the roof of Castel Sant’Angelo.

When to Go

Spring, from mid April on, and fall are wonderful times to do this itinerary.

Getting In and Out

Fly in and out of Rome Fiumicino Airport.

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South Tyrol Road Trip

Explore the breathtakingly beautiful South Tyrol region of Italy on this 10-day road trip.

With mountainous scenery, charming little towns and hamlets, and medieval churches and castles, this 10-day Italy itinerary is ideal for returning visitors wanting to get off the beaten path.

The itinerary is written with a different base for each night, making it a true road trip.

South Tyrol Road Trip Itinerary map
South Tyrol Road Trip Itinerary Map (click image for live map)

Day 1: Drei Zinnen Natural Park to Brunico/Bruneck

The journey starts at the Drei Zinnen Natural Park in the Pustertal Valley near the Austrian border.

Take a scenic and relaxed drive across the Italian Alps to Brunico, which is about 50 minutes away. Brunico is known for its small Tyrolean medieval old town and for the hilltop castle, which is well worth a visit.

Day 2: Bolzano/Bozen

The next morning, drive further south for an hour to the market town of Bressanone.

Bressanone is known for the enthralling castle and gardens, and its age-old history can be discovered in the museums located in the old town.

The cathedral in Bressanone, Italy
Bressanone Cathedral

Bolzano is just an hour away from Bressanone, and it’s the capital of South Tyrol.

The main highlight, besides the typical Tyrolean architecture, is the South Tyrol museum of Archaeology. In this museum, you can see the famous naturally mummified Ötzi iceman, who was accidentally discovered in 1991 in the Alps.

Day 3: Merano/Meran

Next, visit the city of Meran, where the late empress of Austria loved to relax.

Explore the roads, browse the little local boutiques, and take a stroll in the gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle.

Relax in the thermal waters in the evening, to finish the day.

Day 4: Val Venosta/Vinschgau

On day 5, drive to the Vinschgau Valley, which is about an hour and a half away. The valley is known for the iconic bell tower in the waters of Lake Resia, and the medieval town of Glurns.

Bell Tower in Lake Resia, Italy
The bell tower in Lake Resia

Days 5 and 6: Stelvio Pass and Bormio

Continue your journey over the Stelvio pass. This is a scenic drive across the Stelvio Natural Park. For four years, the pass was the war front between Austria and Italy in WW1.

Adventurous visitors can hike the next day. Relax and soak in the rejuvenating hot thermal waters in Bormio.

Day 7: Tirano

The Swiss Bernina Express train starts in Tirano: the town is right at the border of Switzerland.

Santuario della Madonna di Tirano in Tirano, Italy
The Santuario della Madonna di Tirano

Visit the town and the Santuario della Madonna di Tirano, a 16th century Catholic basilica.

Day 8: Sondrio

Sondrio is known for its historical buildings, such as the Guicciardi Palace and the Castello Masegra.

The biggest highlight, however, is the wine.

Some of the best wine anywhere can be found in Sondrio, and a wine tasting should be on the to-do list.

Day 9: Lake Como

The final day of the road trip brings you to iconic Lake Como.

Travelers will enjoy the stunning villages around the lake, and taking a boat tour to enjoy the spectacular scenery from the water.

Day 10: Depart

Drive to Milan, for your flight home!

When to Go

Late spring and early fall offer great weather and lower crowds. Summer also has fabulous weather for this road trip.

Getting In and Out

Fly into Salzburg in Austria. A short drive through East Tyrol follows before you cross into Italy. Fly out of Milan Malpensa Airport.

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Bologna – Venice – Verona

Other than Venice, Northern Italy cities often tend to get overlooked on many Italy trip itineraries.

On this 10-day Italy itinerary, experience some of the best cities in Northern Italy, and enjoy the art, architecture and history, as well as the incredible food and drink on offer.

While you can do this itinerary as a road trip, it’s also one you can easily do by train.

Days 1-3: Bologna

In 2 days in Bologna, you can take in the major sights, plus gorge on all the delicious food in this foodie paradise.

Wander around the historic center, with its many porticos (which form kilometers upon kilometers of shaded walkways) and red-washed buildings, which earn it one of its three nicknames, La Rossa (the Red One). 

Porticos in Bologna, Italy
Bologna’s porticos are a UNESCO World Heritage Site!

Be sure to check out the views from the Two Towers of Bologna, and pop by the oldest still-open university in the world, Bologna University (open continuously since 1088!).

On day three, you can pick from the many easy day trips from Bologna.

Visit Modena to sample delicious balsamic vinegar (way different than you’ll find anywhere else!) or Parma, for its delicious parmigiano reggiano and prosciutto di Parma. Both cities have lots of art and architecture to admire as well.

Days 4-7: Venice

In Venice, you’ll want to explore the area around Piazza San Marco, including the Basilica and Doge’s Palace.

Piazza San Marco in Venice, Italy
Sunrise at the Piazza San Marco in Venice

One thing you need to do in Venice is take a gondola ride through its canals, particularly the Grand Canal with its stunning view of Rialto Bridge.

For a day trip from Venice, head to the islands of Murano, known for its glasswork, and Burano, known for its lacework. Burano is also known for its colorful houses that date back to its origins as a fishing town.

Days 8-10: Verona

End your trip in Verona, a charming but often overlooked city best known for being home to the famous play Romeo and Juliet.

View from the Lamberti Tower in Verona, Italy
Verona’s rooftops from the Lamberti Tower

Of course you’ll want to pay a quick visit to Juliet’s Balcony. But after that, enjoy Verona’s other sites, like the Roman amphitheater, Verona Arena, and the Roman arch bridge, Ponte Pietra.

One of the best things to do in Verona is take in the views from above, either from the top of the Lamberti Tower, or from the courtyard of the Castel San Pietro across the Adige River.

After exploring Verona to your liking, head back to Bologna to fly home.

When to Go

The best time to do this itinerary would be in spring (March-May) or fall (mid-September through late October), to avoid the summer crowds, heat, and prices!

Getting In and Out

Fly in and out of Bologna International Airport.

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Bologna – Florence – Pisa – Cinque Terre

For a delightful delve into one of Italy’s best foodie cities and some of the country’s most famous landmarks, check out this 10-day Italy itinerary that takes you to a trio of historic cities and the stunning Ligurian Coast.

Days 1-2: Bologna

Start your trip in Bologna, a city famous for its food, architecture, and history.

Explore the historic center, which is known for its medieval towers, porticos, and piazzas. One of the best things to do in Bologna is taking a food tour to taste local specialities like mortadella, tortellini, and gelato.

Bologna, Italy
A view of Bologna’s Two Towers

Visit the Basilica di San Petronio, the largest church in Bologna, and the Two Towers, the symbol of the city. If you are up for the challenge, you can climb the 498 steps to the top of the Asinelli Tower!

The Portico di San Luca is the longest portico in the world, and you can walk up to the Santuario di San Luca for views over the city and the surrounding countryside.

Days 3-5: Florence

Next, head to the birthplace of the Renaissance.

On day one in Florence, explore the historic center, which is home to many famous museums, churches, and piazzas. Don’t forget to climb Giotto’s Campanile (or the Dome) for stunning panoramic views.

Ponte Vecchio in Florence, Italy
The iconic Ponte Vecchio in Florence

Visit the Pitti Palace and the Boboli Gardens, the former residence of the Medici family. Explore the Uffizi Gallery, one of the most famous art museums in the world, and the Accademia Gallery, where you can see Michelangelo’s David.

You can easily spend three days exploring Florence, but if you want a little variety, you can do a day trip to Siena on your last day here.

Days 6-7: Pisa and Lucca

Take a train to Pisa, home of the famous Leaning Tower.

Spend a day exploring the town, mainly the Campo dei Miracoli, where you can see the Leaning Tower, the Cathedral of Pisa, the Baptistery, and the Camposanto, the cemetery.

Take a walk along the Arno river. Admire the Iglesia de Santa Maria Della Spina and take plenty of photographs from the Ponte de Mezzo.

Arno River, Pisa, Italy
The Arno River in Pisa

From Pisa, take a day trip to the lovely town of Lucca, where the historic center makes for a delightful wander.

Walk or bike the well-preserved medieval city walls, climb to the top of the Guinigi Tower for views, and to admire the trees that grow on the rooftop!

Stroll the Plaza del Anfiteatro, and visit the gorgeous Chiesa di San Michele in Foro.

Days 8-10: Cinque Terre

Finally, take the train from Pisa to the Cinque Terre, a group of five picturesque fishing villages on the coast.

Riomaggiore, Cinque Terre, Italy
Riomaggiore, one of the five villages

Spend your first day hiking between the villages, taking in stunning views of the Mediterranean Sea. Visit the beach at Monterosso al Mare, the largest of the five villages, and enjoy a seafood lunch by the sea.

On your second day, take a boat tour to see the villages from the sea and visit the colorful houses and churches of Manarola.

When to Go

The best time of year to do this itinerary would be between April and early June or September and October. Avoid peak summer, when crowds take away from the experience.

Getting In and Out

Fly into Bologna International Airport and fly out of Pisa International Airport. The train is the easiest way to get between locations: Italian trains are affordable, comfortable, and fast.

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Veneto + Emilia Romagna

If you’re not looking for the classic Northern Italy itinerary or you’re a returning visitor to the north of Italy, then this 10-day Italy itinerary split between the regions of Veneto and Emilia Romagna is definitely one to consider.

This trip can be completed by car or by train and includes a mix of world-famous destinations and lesser-known cities. It’s perfect for travelers who want to take a deep dive into northern Italian culture, cuisine, and off-the-beaten-path destinations. 

If you want fewer bases, visit the smaller cities on day trips.

Days 1-3: Venice

Venice is home to many iconic sights such as St. Mark’s Square, St. Mark’s Basilica, Doge’s Palace, and Rialto Bridge.

Grand Canal, Venice, Italy
The Grand Canal

Also get acquainted with a couple of lesser-visited gems such as the Acqua Alta bookshop and the picture-postcard Santa Maria della Salute Church.

Visit an art museum, either the Gallerie dell’Accademia or the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, and book a gondola ride or take the vaporetto along the length of the Grand Canal to admire the architecture on both banks.

Plan a day trip to the islands of Murano, Burano and Torcello to round out your Venice itinerary.

Day 4: Ravenna

On day 4, drive or take the train to Ravenna, in the neighboring region of Emilia-Romagna.

Ravenna is home to the best mosaics west of Istanbul, and no less than eight monuments here are part of its UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Basilica di San Vitale in Ravenna, Italy
Mosaics at the Basilica di san Vitale

Spend the day visiting the Basilica di San Vitale, the Mausoleum of Galla Placida, and other sites, to gawk at the mosaics. The jewel colors and intricate details will hold you spellbound.

Day 5-6: Bologna + Ferrara

On day 5, head to Bologna, the foodie capital of Italy.

In Bologna, you can climb the city towers: Asinelli and Garisenda, stroll Piazza Maggiore, and walk its stunning porticoes.

The two Towers, Bologna, Italy
Due Torri, Bologna

After covering the main landmarks, go for a walk around the Quadrilatero neighborhood, and try the delicious tortellini or tagliatelle al ragù before visiting the MAMbo, Museum of Modern Art. 

On day 6, spend the day in Ferrara en route to Verona if you are driving, or do a day trip from Bologna by train.

In Ferrara, tour the medieval Castello di Estense, and admire the Renaissance palaces, including the stunning Palazzo dei Diamanti. Ferrara has a picturesque Jewish Quarter you can walk as well.

Day 7: Verona

Spend one active day touring the major sights in Verona.

The Ponte Pietra in Verona, Italy
A view of the Ponte Pietra

You can’t miss a visit to the famous Roman amphitheater, Juliet’s house, and the beautiful Piazza delle Erbe.

It’s also worth going for a stroll along the top of the medieval walls of Castelvecchio and crossing the romantic Ponte Pietra.

Day 8: Vicenza or lake Garda

Today you can choose a day trip from Verona: beautiful Lake Garda, or historic Vicenza, with its Palladian architecture.

Take a regional train to Desenzano del Garda or Peschiera del Garda, two lovely lakeside towns where you can spend the day walking the picturesque streets. You can also take a cruise of the lake.

If you choose Vicenza, arrive by train and walk or take a taxi to the Church of St. Mary of Mount Berico for expansive views over the city. Then visit the Villa Valmarana and La Rotonda, Palladio’s most famous villa.

La Rotonda in Vicenza, Italy
La Rotonda, Palladio’s famous villa

Spend the rest of your time strolling the city center, where you can admire more of Palladio’s work.

Days 9-10: Padua

A historic university town in Veneto, Padua has two UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the lovely University of Padua Botanical Garden, and the stunning Scrovegni Chapel by Giotto.

Scrovegni Chapel in Padua, Italy
The Last Judgment at the Scrovegni Chapel

Walk around Piazza dei Signori and Piazza delle Erbe, stop for a coffee at the historical bar Caffè Pedrocchi, and visit the medieval Palazzo della Ragione.

When to Go

The best time to visit this part of Italy is late spring or early autumn, when temperatures are pleasant and there are fewer tourists than in the peak of summer.

Getting In and Out

Fly in and out of Venice Marco Polo Airport. You can get to Venice from Venice Marco Polo airport by bus, water bus or train.

Suggested by Maddalena of Venice Travel Tips

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