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Planned Italy Itinerary

Is this itinerary too ambitious?
Arrive Rome
3 days Rome
2 days Venice
2 day Florence
4 days Tuscany
2 days Cinque Terre
Travel to Milan for the afternoon
Fly from MIlan home

Posted by
1127 posts

I think this itinerary is too ambitous. You will spending as much time traveling as you will in the cities. Combine in Florence & Tuscany into 1 hotel stay (possibly Siena) and do Florence as a daytrip or 2. Packing up all your stuff and checking in/out of a hotel takes a lot more time than you realize.

Posted by
1494 posts

Jonathan,

I disagree with the other poster. I think your itinerary sounds just about perfect. Everyone has different ideas about spending too much time traveling or not spending enough time in one area, but I prefer to see many places and tend to get bored if I stay in one place too long. On our last trip we did 3 days for Rome 2 days for Venice and 2 days for Florence and the only thing I would change if I did it again would be spending one day less in Rome.

Posted by
3580 posts

As a "sampler" of Italy this two-weeks itinerary sounds perfect. You will get an idea of places to return to for further exploration.

Posted by
32 posts

Our itinerary was 4 days Rome, 1 Assisi, 2 Florence, 1 Genoa (where grandmother was originally from), 2 days Lake Como area, 2 days Venice. It was perfect. We enjoyed the scenery while traveling on the train. One of our days in Rome included a day trip to Pompeii. Lake Como was a very relaxing time which we needed at that point.

Posted by
4132 posts

This is a sprint, but doable. You are setting yourself up for disappointment if you expect any of these stops (except maybe CT) to be more than a taste of what is there, especially Rome. If that's what you are after, I think this can be a satisfying trip. If you could shift a day to Rome I don't think you would regret it.

Posted by
423 posts

I believe you should modify the direction - first Rome, then Florence & Tuscany, then Venice them Milan to home. Flow very well (via train).

Posted by
241 posts

I agree with Gela. We just did fly in to rome,amalfi,orvieto,montepulciano,gaoile in chianti, florence, venice, lake garda, milan, fly out of milan in three weeks. That flows well.

Posted by
30 posts

I agree, change the itinerary. WE flew into Milan and stayed there for one night, three nights Lake Como, four nights Venice, one night florence, two nights tuscany, 3 nights rome, 2 amalfi coast, one rome and flew home out of rome.
Be sure you have all the trains reserved ahead of time, so you don't spend time figuring out schedules, etc. I made our train reservations based on which side we needed more time. have fun.Marilee