For centuries, Italy has drawn people in search of culture, history, and their own slice of the good life. Not many countries can compare with its architectural and historic monuments, art traditions, beautiful scenery, and amazing array of food and wine. Consistently ranking among the world’s most popular tourist destinations, Italy’s unfailing cultural and historical charm continues to attract increasing numbers of visitors. Its varied landscape offers endless possibilities for actively enjoying the outdoors, from walking or biking among vineyards, fields, and pine forests in Tuscany to hiking the well-groomed paths of the Cinque Terre, to exploring the mighty and majestic Dolomites.
To get a proper sense of what Italy has to offer, you will need at least two weeks and there are many possible itineraries based on the logistical details and on your particular interests and preferences. First-time visitors and those having a week to spend usually focus on the three must-sees – Rome, Florence, and Venice, to soak in their overwhelming range of historical and cultural sites – from the Colosseum and the Vatican museums, to the Renaissance treasures and art collections of Florence, to the Grand Canal and Piazza San Marco. With a few more days to spare, you can add-on one or more days of walking along the rocky picturesque coastline of the Cinque Terre.
Alternatively, if you are lucky enough to have two or more weeks, a good option would be to split your time between Northern Italy where you can explore Milan and the Lake Como before moving on to Venice and the Veneto, Florence, walk between the charming villages of the Cinque Terre, and finally, bike through the enchanting Tuscan countryside. Continuing south with a few days in Rome, you could then end your trip in Naples, see Pompeii’s ruins, and walk or hike the Amalfi coast. Time permitting, why not take the overnight ferry from Naples to Palermo and spend a few days exploring Sicily and walking its rugged, but scenic trails?
Looking to plan a bespoke itinerary or a small group tour of Italy? Contact us and we will help you choose the best option!
More on travel to Italy from our blog: