Last Updated on January 9, 2024 by Ingrid & Alex

Italy is such an epic destination that who wouldn’t want to see it? With breathtaking nature, history-packed cities, and delicious food from North to South, it really gets complicated when you only have 10 days in Italy

I’ve seen so many people trying to fit it all into their Italy 10-day itinerary. Making a marathon and trying to take down most of the Italy bucket list destinations in only 10 days in Italy. 

However, let me tell you a secret: I’ve been traveling to Italy for the past many years, have lived there for a while, and worked in Rome for 3 whole months. And I still haven’t seen everything!

There’s no wonder why Italy is one of the top-rated travel destinations in the world. There’s so much to see and do! 

But when you really want to feel the authentic vibes, plan for an Italy vacation that will allow you to see less, but understand more. 

I’ve seen the North, the Center, and the South, and I’m here to help you choose your perfect Italy itinerary.

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Read all the things to know when traveling to Italy for the first time

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Italy 10 days itinerary

Option 1 – Rome – Florence ( Tuscany – Cinque Terre) – Milan (and Lake Como)

10 days Italy Itinerary Option 1

Fly in: Rome

Fly out: Milan

How to get around: by train


Day 1 – 3: Rome

Day 4 – 7 Florence

Day 8 – 10 Milan

I would go for this option, especially when visiting Italy for the first time. Here is where you’ll experience true Italy and see some of the most popular destinations. 

I will go through the list with activities, the best area to stay, getting from one place to the other, and much more. However, I encourage you to check out this Ultimate Italy Tour organized by GAdventures or the Best of Italy by Intrepid Travel.

I personally always go for such a tour that would help me win time, and money in most of the cases since they have already established partnerships and make use of economies of scale, and make some economy on stress.  

Days 1 – 3 Rome

I know, only 3 days in Rome is such a short time for everything the city has to offer. I’ve stayed in Rome for 2 months and I  still have things I haven’t yet seen or done. Oh, and I’ve gone back 3 times ever since.

Besides, Rome is packed with historic sites and has so much potential for day trips. 

But when you only have 10 days in Italy and want to see as much as possible, 3 days in Rome might just be a great option.

PRO TIP: Since time is short, I recomment booking as much as you can online ahead of time. You will understand what I mean when you’ll see the huge lines at all the major tourist attractions in Italy. And who wants to waste time (and sometimes money) waiting in line, right? Imagine how many more places you could see in those minutes wasted that add up. Or you could splurge on a gelato, or great Italian meal.

Getting from RomE airport to your hotel

Rome has in fact 2 airports, Fiumicino and Ciampino. Chances are you will be landing at Fiumicino airport, but I’ll guide you in both cases.

Fiumicino Airport to Rome

By Train 

That might be a fast and easy way of getting to Rome Termini train station or any of the other train stations in Rome. However, you will need to take a taxi or public transportation to get to your hotel.

The train linking the airport to the city is called Leonardo Express and the journey is around 30 minutes.

There’s also the regional train slower option, which costs less and stops at every train station in between, thus taking more time to get you from one place to the other. 

Just make sure to book the correct ticket, don’t mistake the train, and validate your ticket before taking the train.

Book your tickets here!

By Bus

Another great option to travel between Fiumicino Airport and Rome is by taking a bus that will leave you at the Roma Termini train station. The bus option is usually cheaper but also depends a lot on the traffic.

Book your return ticket here!

By Taxi

As always, the taxi is the most expensive option, with a fixed price of 48 EUR one-way. However, when choosing a taxi you won’t have to worry about finding the hotel or struggling with the luggage on Rome’s cobblestone streets. 

By Private transfer

A lot of people usually choose a private transfer, and we go for that as well because it is the easiest hassle-free option of arriving in a city you’ve never been to before. 

Book your private transfer here!

Ciampino Airport to Rome

Ciampino Airport is a smaller airport really close to the city center. However, chances are you’ll be landing here if you travel from Europe, and if you choose a low-cost company. 

By Train

The train costs only 3 EUR and will take you to Rome Termini Station in less than 35 minutes. Also, it is useful to know that the train runs between 05:20 and 23:30.  Check out train tickets here!

By Shuttle bus

The shuttle bus is 5 EUR one-way, and will take roughly 50 minutes and I usually book your ticket ahead of time on

By Taxi or private transfer

Both options are more expensive but still more reliable. 

When taking a taxi from the airport, make sure it is an official car so you don’t get tricked. 

Book your private transfer here!

Option: Make Bologna your base camp for your time in Italy and go on some of these day trips you’ll love, that will take you both through well-known destinations, but also small charming villages without the crowds.

Things to do and see in 3 days in Rome
  • The Colosseum and Fori Imperiali – history in your footsteps! I remember seeing the Colosseum while I was working in Rome, and having to wait in line for ages because I didn’t have the skip-the-line ticket. My friends who were visiting for a weekend had it and were more inspired than me. However you choose to see them, these 2 neighboring attractions are a must in Rome.
  • Vatican City and Musei VaticaniI’ve been to the Vatican so many times and every visit was breathtaking. I remember we waited in line to climb St. Peter’s Tower and how narrow the last part was. Certainly not for the ones suffering from claustrophobia. And you cannot leave without seeing the famous Sistine ChappelBook your skip-the-line ticket here!
  • Castel Sant Angelo – only a few steps away from the Vatican and across the river from the famous Trastevere neighborhood. 
  • Walk along in Rome’s Old Town and take some pictures with the Trevi Fountain, listen to a local singer in Piazza Navona, and be wow-ed by the impressive Pantheon. 
  • Don’t miss Piazza di Spagna and Piazza del Popolo which are next to each other. And since you’re there, do some shopping via del Corso 
  • Take a food tour in Rome and taste some of the most delicious delicacies in the world. 

Read also: 30+ Italian gifts for Italy lovers

Other Rome attractions & activities

No matter if you choose to spend more time in Rome, or want to change some of my previous suggestions, there are of course plenty of other things to do and see in Rome.

  • Stroll through Villa Borghese Park and visit the stunning Villa I’ve fallen for while admiring famous artwork by Raphael, Titian, Caravaggio, and Rubensbook your skip-the-line tour here!
  • Head to the Palatine Hill and learn about Rome’s earliest settlement. See the house of Livia, and the Baths of Septimius Severus, and get transported back in time. 
  • When night falls, head to the Piazza dei Cavalieri di Malta look through the door’s keyhole, and prepare to be stunned. That’s maybe one of the most romantic places in one of the most romantic towns in the world.
  • Take a walk in the Giardino degli Aranci (Savello Park), especially beautiful during spring and offers a stunning panoramic view over Rome. 
  • Go on a bike tour to the Catacombes and Via Appia Antica 
  • Don’t forget about the Baths of Caracalla or the Terme di Diocletian – two perfect attractions for Ancient Rome passionate.

Read next: Steal this Huge Italy Bucket List!

Italian Forum_Rome

With all this, you can easily spend one full week in Rome. 

These are two of the greatest skip-the-line options I see as necessary to book ahead of time:

The Colosseum, Roman Forum, Palatine Hill Priority Ticket

Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Skip-The-Line-Ticket Entry

Where to stay in Rome

The best area to stay in while in Rome, especially when you only have a few days in the city, is in the central part of town.

However, I would always choose the Termini Station area to be close to the train, or the part closest to the Vatican.

The two are always the more affordable options and are still within walking distance to most of the popular attractions or the underground.

Check out the best hotel rates in Rome here!

Days 4 – 7 Florence

Getting from Rome to Florence is easy and can take anywhere from 1h30 to 4 hours.

Of course, the faster train is always more expensive, but I always book in advance online to take advantage of the great prices and better offers. 

Book your train ticket here!

What to do in Florence
one day in Florence

Florence is one of the most beautiful towns in the world, a place you should have on your bucket list.

Moreover, it is perfectly located so that you can take advantage of the Tuscany countryside, and even take a day trip from Florence to Cinque Terre.

Read the complete guide for what to do in Florence here!

On your first and last days in Florence, you’ll have plenty of time to visit the Florence Duomo and climb up to the top of the cupola from where you will have a perfect view over Florence, Palazzo VecchioUfizzi Art GalleryMichelangelo’s David in the Accademia Gallery, eat a bistecca alla Fiorentina.

As I’ve said for Rome, Florence is a popular city, and when you want to make the best out of your Italy 10 days itinerary make sure to book your skip-the-line tickets ahead of time. You could save on hours of waiting in queues, and can always take advantage of the mobile-friendly payment and easy cancellation if something changes with your itinerary.

Line at the Ufizzi Gallery a  few years ago

Here are some great options:

Florence Duomo Priority Entrance Tour 

Florence Palazzo Vecchio skip-the-line and secret passage guide

Ufizzi Art Gallery Priority Entrance 

See Michelangelo’s David guided tour

On the days in between, plan for:

Where to stay in Florence

I guess that no matter where you stay in Florence, as long as you choose a location close to the city center, you cannot go wrong. Florence is not a huge city, thus finding such a place shouldn’t be hard. 

Of course, staying close to the Ponte Vecchio might get pricy, but look a bit further and you’ll find great options.

Two options we really like, that come at a reasonable price for Florence and are perfectly located in the Old Town area are the Strozzi Palace Hotel and the Hotel Hermitage.

Check out the best hotel rates in Florence here!

Days 8 – 10 Milan and Lake Como

Getting from Florence to Milan by train could be anywhere around 1h15 min up to 6 hours.

Florence to Milan train options

Again, make sure to book your ticket ahead of time in order to get the best price for the quickest ride.

Book your train ticket here!

What to do in Milan

To be honest, Milan has never been such a huge tourist destination in my point of view. However, visiting a few attractions within the city, and planning for a day trip to Lake Como is worth including in your Italy 10 days itinerary.

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Here are some of the most important Milan attractions to see on your first day in Milan:

  • Milan Cathedral – the most iconic landmark in Milan, with truly impressive architecture, and a rooftop located in the Piazza del Duomo. Book your Duomo with terrace ticket!
  • Grand Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II – impressive architecture, opulence at its best! Come here for shopping or at least window shopping.
  • Castello Sforzesco – a 15th-century castle located in the middle of some luscious gardens. You should not miss it if you want to admire Michelangelo’s last masterpiece – La Pieta’. Book your tour here!
  • La Scala Opera apart from the impressive architecture, fewer Opera houses have hosted as many famous singers. 
  • Go on a guided tour and admire Leonardo da Vinci’s iconic Last Supper, a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1980, located inside the Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie. Book your tour here!
  • Take a walk in Naviglio Grande

On your second day in Milan, take a day trip to Lake Como, Belaggio and Varenna. You won’t regret it!

This is one of the most fairy tale destinations in Italy, especially when you visit during spring and catch the wisteria in bloom. The Lombardy region is packed with stunning views worth visiting!

10 day trip to Italy

Where to stay in Milan

Choose between San Lorenzo, the most romantic neighborhood; Brera, the best for sightseeing in Milan; Navigli, the best for nightlife.  

Two of our favorite options to look into are the Hotel Morfeo and Hotel Tiziano – Gruppo Mini Hotel.

Check out the best hotel rates in Milan here!

Option 2 – Rome – Naples (Procida, Ischia) – Sorrento (Pompeii) – Amalfi Coast

10 days Italy Itinerary map Option 2

Fly in: Rome

Fly out: Naples

How to get around: a combination of train and car or public transportation


Day 1 – 3 Rome

Day 4 – 6 Naples

Day 7 Sorrento

Days 8 – 10 Amalfi Coast

During this second option for an Italy 10 days itinerary, you’ll get to see some of the most beautiful places on the peninsula.

While Goethe said “Vedi Napoli e poi muori” meaning that once you’ve seen Naples’ beauty you can die because there’s nothing better in the world, I still think that Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast are far more beautiful. 

But since you’re there, why not see and live it all? Especially if you’ve been obsessed as I’ve been with the “My Brilliant Friend” trilogy. 

Even though seeing Rome on your own is easy, traveling around to Naples, Sorrento, and especially on the Amalfi Coast where roads are narrow and winding could prove to be challenging. That’s why I suggest either booking a tour or booking transfers ahead of time.

I tried to drive the Amalfi Coast last summer, and decided that’s not for me!

Besides, you’re on vacation and you should relax and enjoy the view. Do not worry about finding a parking space, or not seeing the beauty of the coast.

The first time I’ve seen Amalfi I’ve booked a ticket for a hop-on-hop-off bus from Sorrento, but that’s too short and you must stay overnight.

GAdventures has a shorter 7-day Naples and Amalfi Coast trip under their Local Living Italy category. Check it out here!

Day 1 – 3 Rome

Follow the same steps as stated in the first itinerary option.

Day 4 – 6 Naples

Naples is one place that sure gave me mixed feelings. I’ve spent more days exploring it and got to see the shabby streets, and the stunning views, but also the more posh areas of town.

You can choose to skip it, but I urge you to include it as part of your itinerary.

10 days Italy itinerary

Travel from Rome to Naples by private transfer, or by train. The commute time shouldn’t be more than 3 hours and can be as little as 1h45 by train. 

Book your train ticket here!

Book a private transfer here!

What to do in Naples

Naples is unlike anything you’ve seen before if you’ve only been to the Northern part of Italy. I took my mother for the first time in Italy here and she loved it.

However, for me, it took some adjustment to it all. 10 days in Italy should take you to the place where pizza was created, and art and history collide.

  • We’ve seen the Chiostri di Santa Chiara – and I’m only sad I wasn’t into Instagram back then, because this is one of the most Instagram-perfect places you’ll find. The inside garden of this Gothic Basilica is lined with blossoming orange trees and colorful majolica tiles. The entrance fee is only 6 EUR, so totally worth it.
  • We got lost on Via San Gregorio Armeno and were wowed by the huge variety of fish and other local products on display. 
  • Castel Dell’Ovo – rising out of the Sea on a small island, this place is hard to miss.
  • Took a walk on Lungomare, and admired the sea, Mount Vesuvius in the distance, and the posh area of Naples.
  • Castel Sant’Elmo – we climbed through the hilly suburbs and made our way to the top where Castel Sant’Elmo is overlooking Naples from above. This is a trip you must take if only for the stunning view. Another option is to take the funicular when you don’t want to climb on foot.
  • Take a street food tour and taste some of the greatest Napoletana dishes. Book your tour here!
  • Learn how to make your own Napoletana pizza during a 2-hour workshop. Book your workshop here! 

Read the complete guide for visiting Naples!

Naples from Rome

On your second day in Naples, head over to Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Mount Vesuvius and spend some time learning about the area’s rich history.  

Here are a few great tour options from Naples you should consider booking ahead of your trip:

Pompeii: Small-group tour with an archeologist

Skip-the-line ticket and audioguide to Pompeii

Pompeii Ruins & Mount Vesuvius Day Tour

Herculaneum Skip-the-Line Tour with Archaeologist

On the third day in Naples, don’t miss out on the chance to see one of the most colorful islands – Procida. Another great option is a day trip to Ischia and Capri islands

I must tell you a secret: after reading the books,  watched the “My Brilliant Friend” Netflix series just for the views from Ischia. So I wouldn’t miss a trip to that area for anything in the world!

For Procida, you can book a ferry here.

For a day trip to Ischia and Capri, book your trip here.

Where to stay in Naples

When visiting Naples for the first time, book a room in the Historic Center (Centro Storico). That way, you’ll be close to everything there is to see, and will easily travel around as well.

Another area we loved was the Lungomare, which literally means along the sea.

BW Signature Collection Hotel Paradiso is perfect for a stay in Naples, but it comes with a price tag. If you are traveling more on a budget, Daily Napoli – Lungomare is another nice accommodation option.

We chose to stay close to the Naples train station, which might be just the perfect place for your first-time visit. But I must admit I chose it because of the price, and the fact that we wanted to take also other trips from there.

Check out the best prices in Naples here!

Day 7 – Sorrento

Sorrento is magical, and I suggest spending a day in Sorrento relaxing by the sea. 

Wander through the charming historic center, Piazza Tasso, where outdoor cafes invite you to savor traditional limoncello while soaking in the lively atmosphere.

Explore the town’s historic churches, including the 15th-century Cathedral of Sorrento, and stroll along the scenic marinas.

Book a private transfer from Naples to Sorrento, or take the Circumvesuviana train. The trip takes roughly 1 hour and a few minutes.

Another option is to spend 2 days in Sorrento and take the Procida and Ischia island trip from here.

Also, you might want to check out the gelato making class in Sorrento. We all know Italians make the best gelato so why not learn their secrets?

Where to stay in Sorrento
  • Monica B & B in Sorrento – set up high on the hills above Sorrento, peaceful and quiet. With fresh breakfast and breathtaking views, they provide a shuttle to/from the main city area to the villa every couple of hours.

Find out when they are free here!

  • Grand Hotel Aminta – great Italian traditional food, beautiful pool, incredible views, and a convenient shuttle bus.

Take a look at their prices here!

Check that rooftop pool out here!

Days 8 – 10 – Amalfi Coast

Maybe the most beautiful place in the world, the Amalfi Coast is a must on everyone’s Italy bucket list! 

Choose to stay in Positano, Amalfi, or Scala or Conca dei Marini for more budget-friendly accommodation options.

Our favorite place in Positano is the Alcione Residence, Villa San Lorenzo in Scala, and Amalfi Centro in Amalfi.

Here is a potential itinerary for your 2 days on the Amalfi Coast:

Day 1 – visit Positano, Fiordo di Furore, Amalfi and have dinner with a view.

Day 2 – take the bus to Ravello and go on a wine tasting tour. Explore the exquisite Villa Rufolo with its magnificent gardens, visit Villa Cimbrone and its terrace that offers breathtaking views of the Gulf of Salerno, admire the Ravello Cathedral, dedicated to Saint Pantaleon.

Read our comprehensive 2 days Amalfi Coast guide here and plan your ultimate trip on the Amalfi Coast. Find out where to stay on the Amalfi Coast, what to do on the Amalfi Coast, and so much more!

Option 3 – Venice – Milan – Genoa (Portofino) – Cinque Terre – Pisa

10 days Italy Itinerary map option 3

Fly in: Venice

Fly out: Pisa (or Florence)

How to get around: by train


Day – 3 Venice

Day 4 – 6 Milan and Lake Como

Day 7 – 10 Genoa and Cinque Terre (Pisa optional)

This one is an itinerary that mixes both popular destinations, with one less explored one: Genoa.

It is easily done by train, and you will travel from the mountains to the sea, to colorful hillside villages, and more.

Days 1 – 3 Venice

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Venice is by far one of the most popular destinations in Italy. Preferred by couples but not only, the city on the canals is unique and attracts millions of visitors every year.

Spend the time getting lost on the many canals (allow yourself to step away from the tourist paths, and step into the real Venice), wake up early and visit the Dodge’s Palacetake a picture on the Ponte dei Sospini, enter San Marco Basilica, go at Libreria Acqua Alta, spend a fortune on a gondola ride, take home a painted carnival mask as a souvenir, and do not miss the most colorful village with its Instagram perfect houses – Burano.

You can read my easy-to-follow Venice itinerary here! It is packed with useful information from where to stay, day-by-day itineraries, how to get there, and more. 

Where to stay in Venice

If you are traveling on a budget, you will want to stay in Venezia Mestre, a different city 10 minutes away from Venice.

Cannareggio is the area around Santa Lucia train station stretching all the way to the Rialto Bridge, a bit less crowded than the city center. It is also an area packed with restaurants, shops, squares, and canals.

Castello is where you will want to stay if you like peace and quiet. There won’t be quite as many restaurants to choose from, but you will get to have a taste of the authentic Italian way of living. It is also the place to be if you are planning to go on a day trip to Murano and Burano.

San Marco and San Polo are the heart of the city, with most of the important landmarks, but also most of the crowds. As expected, these are also the most touristy and expensive places you could choose to stay in while in Venice.

Santa Croce will set you along the Canal Grande and not too far from the train station. Dorsoduro is a less-explored area where you might find value-for-money accommodation options.

Residence Poli Venezia and Al Mascaron Ridente are both great accommodation options.

Days 4 – 6 Milan and Lake Como

How to get from Venice to Milan

Getting from Venice to Milan couldn’t be easier, with plenty of train connections available throughout the day.

Choose a direct high-speed train and you will be in Milan in a little over 2 hours.

Book your ticket in advance if you want to save on the price, the closer you get to the date, the more expensive tickets become. 

Venice to Milan train
Venice to Milan train simulation from one day to the other

Follow the guide presented in the first itinerary for things to do in Milan and Lake Como, but also for where to stay in Milan. 

Days 7 – 10 Genoa, Portofino, Cinque Terre, Pisa (optional)

How to get from Milan to Genoa

Once again, trains are your go-to solution. There are plenty of options throughout the day, and depending on the train type, you can get from Milan to Genoa in 1.5 hours or less than 3 hours. Check out timetables and prices here!

My suggestion is to choose Genoa as your base camp, mainly because you will have great train connections to Portofino, Cinque Terre, and Pisa. However, I would choose Genoa also because it is a less popular Italian destination, not so packed with tourists, yet a city I found extremely charming.

You can easily fill up one day in Genoa: see two of the beautiful palaces – Palazzo del Principe and Palazzo Reale, walk to the old port and maybe go to the Genoa Aquarium, climb the hill and take the whole city in from Spianata Castelletto, and maybe take a taxi up to Boccadasse – a colorful beach that will make you think of Cinque Terre.

Thanks to its location, from Genoa, you will have plenty of day trip opportunities.

On one of the days, hop on the train and go to Portofino.

Search for “S. Margherita Ligure-Portofino” and get your ticket – it should cost around 4 EUR one way, and the ride is less than 1 hour long.

Or take the open-top bus from Genoa to Portofino and back.

On your next day, go and see the charming Cinque Terre on a day trip. Wake up early in the morning, take the fast train to Levanto, and from there, hop on the Cinque Terre Express train.

Genoa to Levanto train

I suggest you skip Monterosso al Mare and head directly to Vernazza. By train, the villages are only a few minutes apart, and most of the train stations are minutes away from the city center – with Corniglia as the exception.

Thus, I suggest you explore Vernazza, Manarola, and Riomaggiore. These are not only the prettiest villages, but they are also quite small.

On your last day, you can either choose to stay around Genoa (Camogli is one of my favorite small villages on the Italian Riviera, close to Genoa, and so underrated), or take the train and head over to Pisa.

The train from Genoa to Pisa takes less than 2 hours and costs between 11 and 17 EUR.

Genoa to Pisa train
Where to stay in Genoa

Here are only a few of the hotels in Genoa:

  • Hotel Le Nuvole Residenza d’Epoca – stepping into the lobby of this hotel you won’t feel like you’ve left Venice, even so, the rooms have an airy minimalist design. The hotel is perfectly located for sightseeing and shopping in Genoa.

Find out when they’re free here!

  • La Piazzetta Roomsmay not be a perfect choice if you are looking for a hotel, but this small 3-room place is perfectly located in the heart of Genoa.

Book your stay with them here!

  • Melia Genovaif you don’t want to step outside of your comfort zone and prefer an international chain hotel, with an indoor pool, a sauna, and a Turkish steam bath, Melia is the place for you.

Take a look at their prices here!

Option 4 – Venice – Verona – Bologna – Florence & Tuscany

10 days Italy Itinerary_option 4

Fly in: Venice

Fly out: Florence

How to get around: by train


Day 1 – 3 Venice

Day 4 – 5 Verona

Day 5 – 6 Bologna

Day 6 – 10 Florence

This is another 10 days itinerary easily done by train. However, when you want to explore some smaller villages in Tuscany, you might want to rent a car, but only for the last part of your trip. 

Days 1 – 3 Venice 

Follow the above suggestions (under itinerary number 3).

Days 4 – 5 Verona

Verona Italy

How to get from Venice to Verona

Direct trains will take you there anywhere between 1 hour and 2.5 hours.

It depends on your budget and how far along before your trip you manage to book your tickets

Venice to Verona by train

What to do and see in Verona in one day

For many people, Verona is directly linked to the tragic love affair in Shakespeare’s play. However, the city is much more than that, and at least a stop for one day in Verona is mandatory.

Even though I spent a few days in Verona and its surroundings, I think a one-day itinerary would get you around most of the important sights.

Visit Castelvecchio dating from the Middle Ages, stroll on Corso Cavour, leave on your left the marble arch known as Arco dei Gavi, or better yet cross the street and take Via Roma all the way to Piazza Bra.

Don’t miss seeing Juliet’s house, climb the Torre dei Lamberti, and go for a glass of wine, coffee, or a meal in Piazza delle Erbe

one day in Verona

Don’t forget the Arena di Verona. Built in the 1st century AD, the Arena is one of the best-preserved Roman amphitheaters in the world, standing proudly as a symbol of Verona’s rich history. The elliptical structure, capable of seating over 30,000 spectators, once hosted gladiator contests, animal hunts, and public spectacles.

Today, the Arena is renowned for its annual opera performances during the Verona Opera Festival, attracting thousands of visitors who come to experience the magical blend of music, history, and architectural splendor.

The best way to do it all is by going on a walking tour. You will not only get to see the main attractions in Verona but you will also learn about them from a local. Book your walking tour here!

Where to stay in Verona

Hotel Milano & SPA is a great option for when you want to have access to a stunning rooftop terrace with a jacuzzi overlooking the famous Arena di Verona. You won’t have to worry about breakfast, and you’ll be in the heart of the old town as well.

See prices and room options here!

Residenza Palazzo Negri is another unique accommodation option located in the heart of the Old Town. See availability here!

Days 5 – 6 Bologna

Bologna from above

How to get from Verona to Bologna 

Choose any of the train options available throughout the day. See the complete timetable here!

Verona to Bologna train

One thing is sure, Bologna is not as popular as other Italian destinations out there, but I think that’s nothing more than an injustice.

And that’s because Bologna is so worth visiting!

First of all, its streets are filled with history, unique architecture, plenty of towers, and some hidden villas. Secondly, because there’s a good part to it not being so famous: you can still find quiet corners.

Another good reason for choosing Bologna as your main location when coming to the North of Italy is because you can easily get to many of the more important Italian towns by train.

Read my comprehensive itinerary for 2 days in Bologna here for all the information you need for planning your stay in the city known for its delicious food.

One day in Bologna

Known as “La Dotta” (The Learned) for its prestigious university, “La Grassa” (The Fat) for its delectable cuisine, and “La Rossa” (The Red) for its terracotta-hued buildings, Bologna is a city of vibrant contrasts.

Stroll through the historic center, a labyrinth of medieval streets and elegant squares, where architectural treasures like the Two Towers and the Basilica di San Petronio await.

The city’s culinary scene is a gastronomic adventure, offering mouthwatering specialties like handmade pasta, mortadella, and Bolognese sauce.

Don’t miss the bustling markets like Mercato di Mezzo, where locals gather to celebrate the finest produce.

Bologna’s cultural heritage is on display in its numerous museums, galleries, and libraries, while the lively atmosphere of Piazza Maggiore serves as a vibrant hub for socializing.

Go on a Bologna walking tour and experience the authentic vibe of the city.

Where to stay in Bologna

For only one night, we suggest choosing accommodation close to the main Train Station, in the city center.

Albergo Rossini 1936 is a great option in the city center. See availability and prices here!

Days 6 – 10 Florence & Tuscany 

Florence Italy Ponte Vecchio

Getting from Bologna to Florence

There’s one good reason why many people choose to land in Bologna even if they plan to spend their vacation in Florence. And that’s because trains link the 2 cities in less than 1 hour, and have really affordable prices when booked ahead of time. 

Bologna to Florence train

For things to do in Florence and Tuscany, follow the first option of the itinerary.

Option 5 – Rome – Amalfi Coast – Matera & Puglia

10 days Italy Itinerary_option 5

Fly in: Rome

Fly out: Bari

How to get around: by car and public transportation


Day 1 – 3 Rome

Day 3 – 7 Amalfi Coast

Day 7 – 10 Puglia

Days 1 – 3 Rome

Follow the things to do and see in the first itinerary option number 1.

Days 3 – 7 Amalfi Coast (Naples, Sorrento, Positano, Capri)

Follow the things to do and see in the first itinerary option number 2.

I would choose Sorrento as a base camp and travel from there to Naples, Capri Island, Positano, Amalfi, and all the other important villages on the Amalfi Coast.

Useful guides to check out: How to get from Rome to the Amalfi Coast and your complete 7 days Amalfi Coast itinerary

Days 7 – 10 Matera and Puglia


How to get from the Amalfi Coast to Puglia

While you could go back to Naples and take one of the only 2 trains that head to Bari, that would be complicated and would take a long time.

The best option to travel between the Amalfi Coast and Puglia is to rent a car and drive there. I cover all the information, plus what to see, where to stay, and more in my Amalfi Coast and Puglia itinerary guide.

If you choose to stay in Bari and don’t stop in Matera on your way to Puglia, you might want to read everything about how to get from Bari to Matera for a day trip. 

What to see and do in Puglia
7-Day Puglia Road trip

Puglia is a captivating destination known for its stunning landscapes, rich history, and unique cultural experiences.

Here are only a few of the things you should not miss in Puglia:

Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Alberobello, famous for its trulli, traditional Apulian dry stone huts with conical roofs. Wander through the narrow streets of the Trulli District and visit the Trullo Sovrano, a two-story trullo house.

Visit Lecce, often referred to as the “Florence of the South,” renowned for its Baroque architecture. Explore the historic center, visit the Basilica di Santa Croce, and marvel at the intricate details of the city’s churches and palaces.

Monopoli Puglia

Enjoy the breathtaking coastal views in Polignano a Mare or Monopoli. Wander through the charming old town, explore sea caves, and relax on the stunning beaches.

Known as the “White City” for its whitewashed buildings, Ostuni is a picturesque hilltop town with a historic center full of narrow alleys and charming squares. Visit the Cathedral of Ostuni and enjoy panoramic views from the city walls.

Ostuni Puglia

Explore the diverse landscapes of Gargano National Park, featuring lush forests, limestone cliffs, and sandy beaches. Visit the Umbra Forest, the coastal town of Vieste, and the iconic Pizzomunno Beach.

Venture into the underground world of Grotte di Castellana, a complex of caves featuring stunning stalactite and stalagmite formations.

Where to stay in Puglia

If you want to explore the region but also spend time at the beach, you should choose to stay along the coast. Places like Monopoli or Polignano a Mare are perfect for the beach.

Many people choose to stay in Bari, mainly because that’s the largest city in the region, but also because that’s where the airport is. I wouldn’t do that because staying in Bari would place me in the northernmost part of Puglia, thus the distances for driving would be higher.

We chose to stay in Alberobello, but LocorotondoOstuniMartina Franca, or even Brindisi would make great base camps for when you want to drive around Puglia.

Option 6 – Rome with day trips – Sicily 

Days 1-5 Rome + Day trips

No matter how much time you choose to stay in Rome, you will never get bored, trust me!

However, you will want to head to the countryside and explore some other places easily reached on day trips from Rome.

We put up a comprehensive list you should check out here

Days 6 – 10 Sicily

vacanta sicilia

Hop on a plane and head over to Sicily, rent a car and follow this complete one-week itinerary that will help you see the most important places and attractions on the island.

If I haven’t convinced you yet, check out these 20 interesting facts about Sicily!

Option 7 – Amalfi Coast – Puglia

With 10 days on your hands, you don’t have to choose between seeing the Amalfi Coast or Puglia, you can see both!

As mentioned before, I have put together a complete guide with 2 itinerary options, depending on your flights. 

Option 8 – Venice + Milan & Lake Como + Florence + Rome

Fly in: Venice

Fly out: Rome

How to get around: by train


Day 1 – 3 Venice

Day 3 – 5 Milan & Lake Como

Day 5 – 7 Florence

Day 8 – 10 Rome

Option 9 – Venice + Bologna + Cinque Terre + Florence + Rome

Fly in: Venice

Fly out: Rome

How to get around: by train


Day 1 – 3 Venice

Day 3 – 4 Bologna

Day 4 – 6 Cinque Terre

Day 6 – 7 Florence

Day 8 – 10 Rome

Other FAQ

When is the best time to plan for your 10 days in Italy itinerary

I’ve been to Italy almost during all seasons, and I would always choose to go back during the shoulder season. That is, during the transitioning seasons: from March to June, and from September to November. 

You can, of course, visit Italy anytime but my tip is to avoid getting there during summer if you can. Summer gets hot, crowded, and expensive. And who wants to see Italy like that?

Getting around Italy for your 10 days

Unfortunately, there is no straight answer to this question. Depending on the itinerary you choose, you might be able to travel a lot by train, rent a car, go by boat, or have a mix of these options.

North and central Italy have a great railway system, and you will be able to go the whole way by train, without renting a car. That will sometimes save you money, and time, and you won’t have to worry about finding a parking space, paying for the highway tolls, and so on.

Southern Italy, on the other hand, is not so well connected and it would get challenging to travel around by public transportation.

Another time when it will be worth it to rent a car is when you will want to drive around the beautiful countryside in Tuscany or go hiking in the Dolomites.

If you feel confused and overwhelmed, don’t worry, each itinerary option has my suggestions for commuting. 

Driving in Italy

You might have read horror stories about driving in Italy, especially on the Amalfi coast or in Sicily. Southern Italy is well known for its inpatient drivers and for people usually not following the rules in traffic.

However, I would tell you not to worry too much, especially when you really want to see a place.

Respect a few rules and you will be ok: 

  • Smaller is better – don’t rent a big car, you will thank me when you need to park in an extremely straight space, or when you will have to drive on narrow and winding roads. 
  • Don’t skip insurance – better safe than sorry, and you will see people are not very careful when parking, thus many cars have “bruises” 
  • Know where to park – in most places around Italy, white stripes mean free parking, blue means you have to pay, and yellow is only for residents
  • Zona Traffico Limitato (ZFL) – look for the white circle with a red outline, which means that you are not allowed to enter the area or park there.

Are 10 days in Italy enough?

To be fair, I would never have had enough of this country, and no matter how long I spend there, I always wish I could stay longer.

That being said, 10 days in Italy should be enough for an unforgettable vacation. With this amount of time, you can still get to see some of the most important attractions and maybe add a few hidden gems along the way. Because there is nothing better than seeing how Italians live and having a taste of the true Dolce Vita. 

Italy travel resources


Planning a trip to Italy? Check out these 2 options for some of the best 10 days in Italy itinerary. All the Italy tips you know for traveling to Rome, Tuscany, the Amalfi Coast, and much more. Information on how to #skiptheline at places like the Vatican, Florence Duomo, and Pompeii. When to visit, where to stay, what to do, and much more. Choose to see Southern Italy or Northern Italy, but travel slow on your Italy trip, and see some of the most beautiful Italy destinations. #italy #travel

19 responses to “10 days in Italy itinerary – 7 comprehensive options & maps”

  1. Nina Bosken Avatar

    I spent my summer living and working at a summer camp in Italy. I loved it. I got to see so many places. I love that Lake Como is a part of your itinerary because it was such a breath-taking place. There’s just so much to see in Italy.

    1. Ingrid Avatar

      That’s o true! We’re also planning to go back and maybe rent a house for some time in the South and slow travel the region. Still don’t know when or where, but it’s a plan. I haven’t seen Lake Como on Italy itineraries but during Spring (and not only) it’s a paradise and should be taken into consideration!

  2. Katja Avatar

    I love Italy! Did a variation of the first itinerary and will come back to this post when planning my next trip to Italy!

    1. Ingrid Avatar

      I just love that about Italy, the fact that you can make all kinds of variations, add or remove so so many activities in the same region. I don’t think I’ll ever say I’ve seen it all!

  3. Vanessa Shields Avatar

    So many great suggestions and tips on what to see and do! I’ve been to Italy several times and there are still areas I’ve yet to see. Such a great country and somewhere I’d like to go back again soon. 🙂

    1. Ingrid Avatar

      I guess you could never see it all! I keep on going back myself and would love to move in for a few months at some point. Italy has never-ending possibilities.

  4. Attaliah Avatar

    I have been to Italy, but have never been to Sorrento, Naples, or the Almafi Coast! I cannot wait to check these suggestions out when we plan a trip to go back!

    1. Ingrid Avatar

      You should! That’s one of the most beautiful regions in Italy, even though it is so hard to choose only one since the whole country is so amazing!

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