Italy- small towns

I am travelling to Italy with my family late Sept - Early Oct. We would like to fly into Venice and fly out of Rome. We have 9 days not including travel days. We are looking for small village type touring as well as perhaps visiting some wineries and things like that. Can someone help me with a "sample itinerary" I would really appreciate any suggestions in order to get a good start planning our trip.

Posted by Laurel
Rome, Italy
2210 posts

Nine days is not long. You'll need 2 days (3 nights allows for 2 full days) in Venice. I'd suggest at least 3 days (4 nights) in Rome. So you have 2-3 days left. Park yourselves in Montepulciano or Montalcino (Tuscany), get a car and have a blast. There are some great itineraries at the Slow Travel website. On this page is a piece about Montalcino, but scroll down and look at the options on the right for Southern Tuscany. Many beautiful ideas for day tours.

Posted by Karen
Santa Rosa, CA
612 posts

We spent 3 nights in Montalcino and had a great time. The first day we just wandered around the town, explored, and stopped at several Enoteca's for wine tasting. Day 2 we visited several wineries. There's a map you can pick up at the TI that has all the wineries with phone #'s and addresses. We had a great time at Mate'. We didn't meat the owners, but the wife is from Canada.

Posted by Shelly
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
33 posts

Montecino sounds like the place to go. Thanks for the info.