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Italy Itinerary: See All the Musts in 2 Weeks (+Map & Planning Tips)

Italy Itinerary: See All the Musts in 2 Weeks (+Map & Planning Tips)

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

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

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

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

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

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

2 weeks in Italy itinerary including all the top places
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Take a look!

Italy itinerary map
Click on the map if you want to see it on Google Maps
 

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

Day 1: Arrival in Rome

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

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

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

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

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

Rome at night - Italy trip itinerary
The Spanish Steps in Rome are only this quiet at night or very early in the morning.
Pantheon in Rome at night - Italy
The Pantheon in Rome at night
 

Days 2-3: Rome

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

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

Good to know: Be sure to book your tickets/ tours for the Vatican and also for the Colosseum in advance!!! Both are extremely popular attractions and tickets often sell out (in high season, sometimes a few weeks in advance). Booking upfront, you’ll also immediately see if the place you want to visit is open on the day when you are there (and can adjust your itinerary if needed).

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

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

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

Trevi Fountain in Rome - must see when traveling to Italy
Trevi Fountain in Rome
Colosseum in Rome - Italy Itinerary
Colosseum in Rome
Momo Staircase at the Vatican Museums
Momo Staircase at the Vatican Museums
 

Day 4: Pompeii & Amalfi Coast day trip from Rome

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pompeii ancient city in Italy
Pompeii ancient city was destroyed after the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD.
Positano on the Amalfi Coast - Italy itinerary
Positano – one of the many beautiful places on the Amalfi Coast.
 

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

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

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

Ancient Appian Way is one of the most special places to visit in Rome
Ancient Appian Way is one of the most special places to visit in Rome!
Best views and viewpoints in Rome, Italy
Rome city views from Pincian Hill
 

Day 5: Rome to Florence & visit Florence

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

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

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

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

TIP: If you want to see as many of the musts in a short time, we recommend this popular tour that includes both – Uffizi Gallery and Accademia Gallery. Afterwards, visit the Cathedral and climb the Dome on your own or with a tour.

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

LEARN MORE: One Day in Florence

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

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

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

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

READ ALSO: Best Things to Do in Florence

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

Florence is a must in any Italy trip itinerary
Florence
Ponte Vecchio in Florence
Ponte Vecchio in Florence
 

Day 6: Tuscany day tour from Florence

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

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

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

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

Leaning Tower of Pisa should be in every Italy itinerary
Piazza dei Miracoli and the Leaning Tower of Pisa
San Gimignano and Tuscan countryside - Italy itinerary
San Gimignano and Tuscan countryside
Siena Cathedral in Italy
Siena Cathedral
 

Day 7: Cinque Terre day trip from Florence

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

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

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

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

Riomaggiore town in Cinque Terre Italy
Riomaggiore in Cinque Terre
Manarola in Cinque Terre - must see in Italy
Manarola in Cinque Terre
 

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

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

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

Day 8: Florence to Venice & explore Venice

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Venice is a must in any Italian itinerary
Gondolas in Venice
Venetian gondola ride on the Grand Canal in Venice Italy
Venetian gondola ride on the Grand Canal
Doge's Palace in Venice - Italy itinerary
Doge’s Palace in Venice
 

Day 9: Venice

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

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

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

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

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

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

READ ALSO: Best things to do in Venice

Burano Island near Venice in Italy
Colorful houses on Burano Island near Venice
Doge's Palace and St Mark's Square in Venice
The Doge’s Palace and St Mark’s Square in Venice
Grand Canal in Venice Italy
Grand Canal in Venice
 

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

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

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

Day 10: Venice to Verona & explore Verona

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

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

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

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

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

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

Verona Arena - ancient theater in Italy
Verona Arena – an ancient Roman amphitheater built in the 1st century
Verona city center, Italy
Verona
Complete guide to visiting Verona Italy
Ponte Pietra in Verona
 

Day 11: Lake Garda day trip from Verona

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sirmione town and castle at Lake Garda in Italy
Sirmione, Lake Garda
Lake Garda - Italy trip itinerary for 2 weeks
Lake Garda
 

Day 12: Verona to Milan & explore Milan

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

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

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

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

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

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

Duomo di Milano cathedral in Milan Italy
Milan Cathedral – Duomo di Milano
Leonardo da Vinci Last Supper painting in Milan Italy
Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper is one of the must-sees in Milan
 

Day 13: Milan

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

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

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

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

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

LEARN MORE: How to see the best of Milan in one day

Milan Duomo Terraces - cathedral rooftop
The terraces of Milan’s cathedral are really impressive and worth a visit!
Castello Sforzesco in Milan Italy
Castello Sforzesco in Milan
Navigli canals in Milan Italy
Navigli canals in Milan
 

Day 14: Lake Como day trip from Milan

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

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

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

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

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

Bellagio town at Lake Como in Italy
Bellagio – one of the nicest towns of Lake Como
Varenna town at Lake Como - Italy itinerary
Varenna town, Lake Como
 

Departure

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

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

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

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

Alternatively, take a look at the Interrail website (for EU residents) or the Eurail website (for international travelers) where you can find all the info about traveling in Italy by train in one place, and maybe even get a train pass for your entire trip.

Frecciarossa high speed train in Italy
High-speed trains are a great way to explore Italy, especially if you are visiting the main cities.
 

If you have more time…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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How to see the best of Italy in 2 weeks - trip itinerary including all the musts
 

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Yolanda Baez

Saturday 13th of August 2022

Hi! I am so happy that I came across your page. I am planning a last minute 16 days trip to Italy with 3 teens now in Aug. Will definitely stick to this itinerary. Should we rent a car at some point? Any Airbnbs and restaurant recommendations? Thanks!

Jurga

Saturday 13th of August 2022

Hi Yolanda, as mentioned in the article, you could potentially rent a car after leaving Venice and return it in Milan. It's really the only area in this itinerary where it could make the most sense. But it's all doable without the car too - it just depends on what exactly you are planning to do. For Airbnbs, we don't use that website, but we always rent apartments for our family via Booking.com. At this point, just see what's available for your travel dates and book asap. For restaurants, we have some suggestions for some places we liked in the detailed guides of each city/area. I usually just use Google Maps to find some nice options for dinner close to where we are staying. Often (and especially in big cities) you should reserve restaurants for dinner at least a few hours in advance, ideally a few days in advance even. The last two times we were in Italy, we either booked restaurants in advance or went to places that don't take reservations, or went to eat very early. Italians usually go for dinner around 7.30-8pm, so sometimes you can find a table if you arrive much earlier than that, but you can't even count on that anymore. In Florence, I loved La Buchetta. In Bologna - Da Cesari. In Rome - Emma pizzeria was really good. There are really just too many to mention. :) We also really enjoy taking food tours - always great with kids too. Have a great trip!

Jew

Thursday 21st of July 2022

Hi There, your Article is very much interesting and helpful. We are planning to come to Rome, Florence, Venice and Milan for 2 weeks in Dec 2022 with a 4 year old kid, will be spending Christmas and New year there but we dont know how to arrange our days trip. like which City to start do you have any recommendation?

Jurga

Thursday 21st of July 2022

Hi, where to start/end your trip depends on where you can find the best flight deals to. There are just so many possibilities. With two weeks in Italy, you could follow our itinerary exactly as it is here. On the other hand, in winter, I'd probably skip places like the Amalfi Coast and maybe also Cinque Terre and the lakes, and spend more time in towns. Although Lake Como can be nice in winter too and there are nice Christmas markets in Como town itself (not sure how long they stay open though - many close before Christmas already). Anyway, depending on our interests, you could do 4-6 days in Rome, 3-4 in Florence (can also visit Bologna from Florence for a day), maybe 2 days in Venice, and 2-3 in Milan (with a day trip to Como or so). Naples is also a nice addition to any Italy itinerary and could be quite good in winter (museums, pizza, etc. :). For getting around, take high-speed trains to travel between these towns. You can buy tickets in advance or simply at the station. Good luck!

caren

Wednesday 25th of May 2022

This has been very helpful I'm attending a friends wedding in Lake Como in September. Can I reverse this itinerary? Also, can I do this without getting on a crowded tour bus (not b/c of health reasons, but I like to be alone). Also is this safe for a single gal like myself? I'm trying to book my flight today so I'm guessing it's best to fly into Milano and leave from Roma?

Jurga

Monday 30th of May 2022

Hi Caren, this itinerary is just one example of how you could plan a trip to Italy. Of course, you can do it in any direction and can skip the places/ activities that don't interest you. You can also rent a car for (a part of) the trip and visit all these places on your own. Just in the cities, the car is really useless, so if you are planning to spend more time in any bigger city, you don't need a car there. Train travel is easy in Italy too. Italy is a perfectly safe destination and I wouldn't hesitate to visit as a single woman. As everywhere, use your common sense and you'll be fine. Happy travels!

Robin Ross

Sunday 17th of April 2022

Hi Jurga -- I just discovered your articles, they are so amazingly helpful! Thank you, and I look forward to reading a number of your articles in great detail as I plan our trip. I am trying to plan a special 40th anniversary trip for my husband and me. We have been to Italy a few times, and definitely want to go back to Rome and Florence. When we went for our 10th anniversary, we ended up spending an unplanned night in Abano Terme (we couldn't get to Venice in time). We were so interested to see all the guests wearing terrycloth bathrobes for the baths. We were thinking of going back there for our 40th, but I'm not sure it is worth the special trip, especially since we are not planning to re-visit Venice. I would love your thoughts. Also, if we do go to Abano Terme and Venice, we were thinking of then taking the ferry over to Pula in Croatia. Any thoughts or advice on that? Thanks so much! Robin

Jurga

Monday 18th of April 2022

Hi Robin, I haven't been to Abano Terme, but I definitely recommend visiting Venice if you haven't been. It's just one of those places you have to see at least once in your lifetime. Ideally, you also stay at least one night so that you can enjoy the city in the evening after the day-trippers leave and it's quieter. As for the ferry to Croatia, it's definitely possible, but the question of whether it's worth it depends on what your overall plans are. My husband did it once years ago and he said it was nice, but I haven't done it myself, so I can't comment on the experience. It could be nice if you plan to spend more time there, but I wouldn't do it just to 'tick a box' and say you've been to Croatia. And if you decide not to visit Venice, then just concentrate on Rome and Florence, and spend some more time in Tuscany - the countryside is stunning! Good luck with the planning.

Laurel

Tuesday 22nd of February 2022

Thank you so much for all of your Italy planning tips. I save all of them! We had to cancel our trip in 2020 and I’m really hoping I can convince my husband to go this year.

Jurga

Tuesday 22nd of February 2022

Oh, I hope you can make it happen, Laurel! Italy is amazing and it's always worth a trip. If not this year, then maybe the next. But at the moment the restrictions are easing everywhere and some countries in Europe have already taken away almost all covid-related measures. So traveling to/around Europe is very well possible at the moment. Fingers crossed it doesn't get worse again, but for now, we're all very optimistic about traveling quite freely this year.

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