For many, a trip to Italy is a once-in-a-lifetime event. Trying to visit an entire country inside of a week is an overwhelming task. Instead of trying to "see it all," consider focusing on an itinerary that features the "best of" Italy. Visiting the major cities of Florence, Rome, and Venice, you'll find you get a genuine taste of this iconic country.
Luckily, most guided vacations cover the top sites and destinations. You can be in Rome one day and Venice the next. Taking a tour of Italy means you don't have to plan how to get to each place to see what you want. And, fortunately, if you fall in love with a specific area, you can plan your next trip to discover even more of what the region offers. Because it's true, you'll find you can never get enough of Italy once you go.
If it's your first time visiting Italy, make sure you travel through the Northern region. Often revered as one of the most romantic cities in Italy, Venice is most certainly one of the most beautiful destinations in the country. If it's not already on your bucket list, add "a gondola ride on the Venice canals." While traveling through Northern Italy, make sure you plan to visit Juliet's balcony in fair Verona, see the Alps in the Acosta Valley, do some shopping in posh Milian, and try the famous sauce of Bologna. If you get the chance, spend a day or two along the shores of any of the Italian lakes. And, of course, don't miss out on a chance to visit the beautiful coastal villages of Cinque Terre.
Traveling through Central Italy will bring you to some of the most famous Italian cities and destinations. It's been said that if you visit only a single European city in your lifetime, make it Rome. And there's much to explore and see in this eternal city. Of course, the countryside and vineyards of Tuscany are incredibly famous for both the scenery and the wine. If looking for the classic Italian experience, make sure you visit Rennasaince Florence to take in the works of some of the world's most revered artists. And, if you get the chance to explore the area a bit more in-depth, make sure you pay tribute to St. Francis in Assisi.
Been there, done that? If this isn’t your first trip to Italy, or if you’re just looking for a bit of a different flavor to your travels, Italy isn’t made up of just the big three tourist cities. You can spend a whole trip visiting only the gorgeous areas in Southern Italy. You'll want to visit Naples for some of the best pizza of your life, the Almafi Coast for the beaches and glamor, and historic Pompeii for a glimpse into Italy's past.
While there are other islands worth the visit, don't rule out Sicily if you're looking for an original island adventure. The largest island in the Mediterranean Sea is separated from the mainland by a simple 2-mile ferry ride. Delve into the rich history of Sicily in Taormina, Palermo, and Syracuse while watching the sunrise over Mount Etna. Or, take a boat ride to stylish Capri, the Isle of Dreams.