Italy is probably my favourite country in the whole world and if it was up to me I’d spend every summer there! I’ve had several holidays to Italy and each of them have been so special in different ways. There are countless things to do and places to visit in Italy and you cannot fit it all into one trip. But this is an itinerary for some of the best bits of Italy over a three week period.
Day 1-3 Rome
Start in this ridiculously cool outdoor museum of a city and take in everything it has to offer. The history, the food, the ancient ruins and of course the very famous buildings.
Take a whole day to explore Vatican City, spend the late afternoons wandering with a gelato in your hand and be sure to get inside the famous Pantheon, Coliseum and throw a coin into the Trevi Fountain.
Day 3-5 Florence
Jump on a train for an hour and a half and head to Florence, the city is beautiful and worth spending a few days there. I would highly recommend seeing the real ‘David’ made by the most famous sculptor to ever live – Michael Angelo at the Accademmia Museum. Go up the Church to get the view over the famous Duomo and of course over indulge in food and wine.
Day 6 Pisa
Just an hour away from Florence by train is the famous ‘Leaning Tower of Pisa’ which is a great stop over between Florence and Cinque Terre. You could either do a day trip from Florence or spend one night in Pisa.
Day 7 – 12 Cinque Terre
From Pisa, jump on a train to La Spezia which takes just under an hour. La Spezia is the gateway to the beautiful and iconic Cinque Terre villages. I would personally base myself in Monterosso as during the summer months it gets very hot and it is the only village to have a beach to cool off at. There are 5 stunning villages dotted along the coast line and you must visit all of them! Manorola and Vernazza are best seen from the hiking tracks that line the rolling green hills.
Day 12 – 14 Verona
After a few days at the beach and beautiful villages of Cinque Terre you could either hire a car and drive the 2 hour long journey to Verona or take a couple of trains which takes around 5 hours in total. Upon arrival in Verona you should visit ‘Juliet’s House’ to see the statue, the balcony and if you are really keen you can even write her a letter. Verona is truly romantic and just the most wonderful little town to stroll around in.
Day 14 – 18 Venice
To finish the ultimate Italy summer trip you can finish in Venice to save the best destination until last. Venice is just the dreamiest location and has to be seen to be believed. The gondalas, endless canals and some of the best food on offer, Venice has it all. Take time during the day to get lost, discover hidden gems and of course take in St Mark’s Square. Day trips out to Murano and Burano are must do’s as well.
After almost three weeks in Italy you won’t want to leave, you’ll only want to return to see, eat and discover more about this fascinating country.
Read more about this wonderful country on my Italy page
Check out my summer itinerary for Croatia and Montenegro as well.