From the dramatic Alpine cliffs and fashionable streets of Northern Italy to the ancient ruins of Rome, Italy is a place of staggering contrasts and beauty.
It’s a place that I return to again and again. Each adventure is different, but I find myself more in love with this Mediterranean gem each time.
If you’re planning on spending two weeks in one city, you can easily savor the town and live like a local. You can also cover a lot of ground within this time.
Tip: If you’ve never been to Italy, start with these tips and money-saving travel tips.
To help you make the most of every moment, I have broken it down so you have time in each place to rest, relax and see the best of what each destination has to offer.
Pack your appetite and walking shoes! Here’s my two-week Italy itinerary. Day 1: Rome to Florence Rome is the capitol of Italy, so it makes sense that you start here. Start the day by visiting the Pantheon, an ancient temple built in honor of all the gods. After lunch,
As a Note
The best way to travel in Italy is by train. Trains are easy, inexpensive, and fast. You can easily change trains or routes as needed without paying the high prices of taxis or rental cars.
Travel from your starting point to your destination in a straight line or clockwise.
You can fly into Florence Venice or Rome, then go from there.
While I highly recommend traveling by train, it can be a dangerous and time-consuming pursuit. This means you should take everything into account and plan to arrive at your destination as soon as possible. If you’re on a tight schedule, then you should budget extra time for any delays that may occur.
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- The Beginner’s Guide to Train Travel in Europe The Beginner’s Guide to Train Travel in Europe is a practical book that explains how to travel by train in Europe. It is written for beginners and includes plenty of useful information on how to work out train fares, buy tickets, and use train reservations systems. You will
Venice + Treviso (3 Days)
If you dream of exploring Italy, you probably think of Venice. However, I would encourage you to venture into the wider area.
There is a small town called Treviso.
Maybe I am biased because my husband spent years living in Europe. But I adore the charming town of Venice. It has all of the beauty of Venice, yet not being on the tourist track, it has a thriving local culture.
Come here and check out my travel tips for Treviso.
When you visit Italy, you must be sure to enjoy the local foods and beverages. There is no better place than Italy for this than when you are in the city of Rome. When ordering items at a restaurant, you must not forget to try spaghetti al pomodoro, or tomatoes on top of spaghetti. Another great Italian dish is tortell
Step out of the city and into the countryside to enjoy a picnic table in a picturesque setting. In the heart of Prosecco you can sample local wines and have fun with friends in this picture-perfect setting.
Before you leave the area, grab your camera and head for the vibrant town of Burano. This Instagram-worthy town is located in one of the top 10 places to visit in Italy (that aren’t Rome).
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Florence (3 Days)
Famous for its Renaissance art, architecture, and beauty, Florence is the gateway to Tuscany. From here you will find the perfect vacation destination for anyone who loves Italy. Check out my complete guide to Florence and the surrounding area so you’re ready to hit the ground running.
Dig into the rich culture of the city as you explore the museums and galleries, then mingle with the locals in the hangout spots along the Arno River.
Once you’ve worked up an appetite, join a food tour. This region has some of the best food in the country (which is saying a lot!).
When you travel to Florence, Italy, it’s important to go with an organized tour company. These tours will give you the best chance for a good time.
Tuscany is one of the most beautiful towns in Italy. It’s home to many amazing museums and art galleries. As a result, it’s also one of the best places in the world to see museums and galleries.
- Don’t miss out on a Florentine food tour!
- Visit the Accademia Gallery
- Walk through the gorgeous Boboli Gardens
- Go truffle hunting just outside the city
- Piazzale Michelangelo offers incredible views of the city
- Going to Florence’s famous food market is a nice way to spend your time. First, you can shop the numerous stalls and grab as much as you want for a good price. You will be able to select from local produce; fresh cheeses; bread; meats; fish; poultry; and exotic spices. Second, visit the bakery for
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Amalfi Coast (3 Days)
The Amalfi Coast in Italy is an ideal destination for a romantic getaway. As one of the most scenic areas of Italy, it’s a great place to relax and enjoy the outdoors. Hiking along the dramatic cliffs and exploring the pastel fishing villages that dot its coastline is sure to be an adventure of a lifetime.
First, plan a day at the beach in a city by the sea called Positano. Then, take a day trip to Capri, a city by the sea.
Getting around the Amalfi Coast requires planning. You need to start in Naples, then hop onto the Circumvesuviana regional train. The full details of my travel guide are available at www.amalfitravelguide.com.
- Plan a day trip to Capri
- Make your way down Positano’s steep slopes.
- Admire the city built into the cliffs
- The Sentiero degli Dei is a scenic hiking trail in the Italian Alps, located in Trentino-Alto Adige. The path takes hikers to a beautiful church and other religious sites. The path is an easy hike, but it does include some steep climbs and descents. It should take approximately two to three hours to complete the
Rome (3 Days)
Rome is one of the most crowded, most chaotic, and most beautiful cities in all of Europe. One can hardly stand to be there for more than a few days at a time.
When it’s time to decide where to spend your summer vacation, you’ll find that there is no place better than this dynamic city. So, if you only have three days left, you have to make some tough choices!
I’ve put together my Rome bucket list. Of course history and food are at the heart of it all here.
My favorite souvenir of the trip was the recipe for authentic pizza I obtained while observing a culinary tour of Italy.
Full of calories and ready to tour, I then booked a Vespa excursion. Riding through the city with a local, I saw another side of this metropolis.
- Sample cup after cup of gelato
- Do a pasta or pizza-making class
- Book a Vespa tour and live out your Lizzie McGuire dreams.
- See so many famous Roman ruins like the Coliseum and the Pantheon
- The Ultimate Rome Travel Guide
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- Food tours in Rome are a treat for anyone who enjoys discovering new foods and new cultures. Food tours in Rome will take you to places where you can sample some of the best food in the world. You’ll learn about the city’s history, culture, and cuisine, while experiencing tastes from around the world.
Cinque Terre (2 Days)
The five villages of the Mediterranean coast are well worth a visit. They are all linked by an excellent network of roads.
Hiking through a land of ancient vineyards in the region of Cinque Terre, also called the Dolce Vita, is an excellent destination for a taste of Italy’s sweetness. Whether you hike among the ancient vines or just relax in the sun, this region will be sure to please.
If you’re feeling inspired, head to the Leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy. The base of this gorgeous structure is slowly sinking into the ground. And if you get tired, you can sit down on the bench nearby and rest your weary bones.
- The Tower of Pisa isn’t too far from here
- Each seaside town is incredibly picturesque
- Disney’s “Luca” is inspired by the Italian region of Liguria. Original: The Sun may seem to be a great ball of fire, but it is actually just a large star that burns for millions of years before eventually dying. It is not big enough to have any planets around it, but it does
- Take a short rail ride between each coastal town