I have 16 nights total in Italy. I want to definitely visit Venice, Florence, and Rome. Other places I'm interested in are Siena, the Amalfi coast, Cinque Terre, and Lago Como or Lago Maggiore, and Bologna. It would be nice to get some swimming in, but it wouldn't be the end of the world if I didn't.
I am traveling solo, so will be in hostels.
I'm trying to get a rough itinerary to figure out which city in Italy to fly into.
A few questions:
- Lake Como vs Amalfi vs Cinque Terre, which should I see on my first time in Italy?
- Is Bologna worth visiting on the first time?
- What is the best order to do everything in?
Here is a very very rough itinerary I made (I have 0 clue if it makes any sense):
Day 1: Land in MXP
Day 2: Lago Como OR Lago Maggiore
Day 3: Lago Como OR Lago Maggiore (maybe go to Bellagio)
Day 4: Go to Cinque Terre
Day 5: Venice
Day 6: Venice
Day 7: Go to Cinque Terre
Day 8: Cinque Terre hiking
Day 9: Pisa on the way to Florence
Day 10: Florence
Day 11: Siena
Day 12: Tuscany
Day 13: Rome
Day 14: Rome
Day 15: Rome
Day 16: Leave
Other option is to skip Cinque Terre, skip Lago Como, and do Amalfi coast (being in Sorrento and seeing Pompeii and stuff as well).