Perfect Italy itineraries

Italy itineraries

Vacation blueprints for your trip to Italy so you can get the most out of your trip, no matter where you want to go and how much time you have

Most popular Italy itineraries

One week
• Insane Whirlwind: Italy's Greatest Hits in 1 Week
• Sane Whirlwind: The best of Italy in 1 Week
• The Big Three in 1 Week—Rome, Florence, Venice
• The 1-Week Tuscan Classic
• 7 days of hilltown gems

Two weeks
• Insane Ultimate Whirlwind: The Best of Italy in 2 Weeks
• Insane Whirlwind: Italy's Greatest Hits in 2 Weeks
• Sicily in 10 days
You only have a week or two and want to see everything, right? Impossible—but we can certainly help you try, with suggested itineraries for all tastes and time constraints so you can follow your interests and passions and get the most out of your precious time in Italy.

Whom these itineraries are for

Some people want an easy-to-follow blueprint for their trip. Others just want a sense of how much they can squeeze into limited vacation time.

Even if you don't want to follow an full itinerary, at least take a glance at one or two to get a sense of the practical matters to take into account when planning your own Italy vacation (and check out the "Planning your days" summary of tips).

What these itineraries are like

The patented perfect itineraries currently come in two types: Insane (see everything humanly possible; come home exhausted) and sane (see most things; come home feeling like you actually had a vacation).

There are a variety of handy dandy prefabricated itineraries of both varieties for one-week and two-week trips that visit different combinations of destinations and regions designed to suit your own dream list.

We also have city itineraries—detailing how to spend the perfect 1, 2, or 3 days in each of Rome, Florence, and Venice—to help you cobble together your own trip.

Please take a minute to read how to use these itineraries, which explains some of the shorthand (including the difference between "sane" and "insane") and contains tips on making these trips work for you.

» City itineraries

» One-week itineraries

» Two-week itineraries

Tips & links

Don't overplan

I will freely admit to being as guilty as anyone of this, but: Please try not to overplan your trip to Italy. That's a two-fold plea:

  1. Plan everything, but don't feel compelled to stick to the plan. I think it's a fine idea to work out all the details of what you plan to do—if nor no other reason than it will help you get a handle of what you are able to get done, and start making the hard choices of what you have time for and what you should leave for the next trip to Italy. (Always assume you will retrun!)

    But then do not book absolutely every second in advance (that leaves no room to adjust things as you go to accommodate changing interests, sudden festivals, or unexpected invitations), and please do not attempt to stick to the schedule if it turns out to be overly ambitious and startrs making you miserable.

    Rememeber Clark W. Griswold, the Chevy Chase dad in the Vacation movies, always bound and detemrined to get to WallyWorld come hell or dead aunties? Yeah, don't be that guy. No one in that family was having any fun.
  2. Don't try to pack too much in. A vacation is not meant to be all about checking sights off a list or dashing from place to place to fit in as much as humanly possible. It's about enjoying yourself.

    So do that. Enjoy yourself. Take a hint from the Italian concept of la bel far' niente—the beauty of doing nothing—and take a break from the sightseeing every once in a while.

    Leave some time to stop and sip the cappuccino.
Consider a tour

I'm all for planning your own trip‚ and this website is set up to help you do just that—but some people might just as well prefer to leave all the planning, logistics, transportation, lodging, and gathering of information to the professionals and simply sign up with a guided tour.

Nothing wrong with that. Just take my advice and choose a tour that emphasizes small groups over large crowds, local transport over big tour buses, and fun cultural experiences over sightseeing checklists. You'll have a better time, and probably spend less for it. Here are a few of my favorite tour companies who emphasize just that.

1-5 days

1-2 weeks


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