First time poster here. Apologies as I know that this has been asked umpteenth time. My wife and I are planning a three-week to Europe around mid-September and two weeks of that will be in Italy. We’ve never been to Italy before but have heard many good things about it, from friends and colleagues who have been there. Honestly, we would have loved to do all the things that they’ve done but time and money are big constraints at the moment. So a taste of Italy will do for now :-). Based on information from friends, family, travel agent and GOOGLE, a possible itinerary was provided to us. The only fixed thing is we arrive in Rome first and then have to be in Vienna after 2 weeks in Italy So number of days could be tinkered with. And we’re just catching the train to each cities.
My wife and I like nice sceneries, lakeside views, a bit of architecture, arts. We’re foodies but not much of a wine drinker :-).
Rome – 3 nights: Definitely want to see Vatican. Is the Colosseum worth seeing on the inside. Any other places (aside from Fontana Di Trevi and other touristy spot arounf Rome)? We’re thinking of doing a Rome Food Tour. Accomodation: should we stay close to where the Vatican is?
Florence – 6 nights: Use Florence as a base to do day trips to Cinque Terre, Tuscany, Lucca, Pisa, maybe Sienna. Other people suggested La Spezia. I’ve also seen Fiesola being mentioned. And it looks quite nice. Or do we base ourselves somewhere else?
Milan – 2 nights: Is a visit to Lake Como doable?
Venice – 3 nights: I think we have to do the gondola ride. Thinking of also doing a half-day tour of Murano and Burano islands.
What do you guys think? Any advice including other suggestions of places to visit and accommodations is greatly appreciated.
Thank you very much in advance.