Last Updated on January 7, 2024 by Ingrid & Alex

Put it as you might: one week or 7 days in Italy still makes for the perfect vacation in my view.

No matter how many times I go back (and I have to admit I do, at least once every year, twice if I’m lucky – and this year is one of those kinds of lucky years when apart from red Bologna, I’ll be seeing Puglia and the Amalfi Coast), I still can’t help but fall in love with Italy with every new encounter.

Whenever I visit, I normally spend just a long weekend, linking a few holidays to the weekend. But if I were to have one full week, that is 7 days in Italy here is what my perfect Northern itinerary would be.

Sure, you can do it all and see a new place daily, but I honestly think that you must take things slower and enjoy the week in Italy. That’s why my comprehensive Northern Italy itinerary won’t have you running up and down the country. On the contrary, you’ll have the time to experience the real Italy – everything I love most about this country. 

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Before we start, here is some useful information worth having for your trip, no matter where you choose to go in the end. 

Discover Cars is a great aggregator that will help you find and book the best option for renting a car during your trip, helping you save up to 70% on your car rental. They have a pretty good Cancellation policy that would give you options in case your flight or travel plans change. You will most probably need a car to get to most of these places, especially if you want to keep a schedule. Get your offers here!

Omio is your getaway to trains, buses, and flights. All in one place. I suggest using it especially for booking train tickets for Italy or Germany. Calculate your train fare here!

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Option 1: the Northern Italy itinerary bucket list destinations

Northern Italy Itinerary

Fly in: Venice

Fly out: Florence

How to get around: by train

First stop: 2 nights in Venice

No itinerary in Northern Italy should not leave unvisited one of the most iconic and romantic places there is – Venice.

Even though two nights in Venice are not quite enough, my Northern Italy itinerary would include just that.

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 however always choose to spend more time in Venice since there is plenty more to explore on day trips from here. I would include hiking the Tre Cime, seeing the famous Verona on a day trip, exploring Lake Garda, or even going all the way to Trieste. 

Useful things when planning a trip to Venice and other Venice activities

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Where to stay in Venice?

Check out the most comprehensive list of hotels in Venice or get some inspiration from the options below.

When it comes to Venice, you can always choose between the more affordable version of staying in mainland Mestre which is only a few minutes away from the actual city on the water, or living it to the fullest with a stay on the canals.

I’ll help you out with inspiration for both options, right below:

Mestre

Find your room at the best price here!

  • Chiara Lodge – only a few minutes’ walk from Venezia Mestre Railway Station, you can stay in an authentic Italian villa and live like locals, while still seeing one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

Take a look at their rooms here!

Venice

I must admit that choosing only one place in Venice is very damn hard because I can’t help but let myself be charmed by the old Italian architectural style, the views over the canals, and the perfect locations for sightseeing.

Thus, without further ado, here are just a few options to have in mind when booking your 7 days in Northern Italy itinerary:

  • Hotel Danieli a Luxury Collection Hotel – it had to be first, top of the list, just because it might be one of the most famous hotels in Venice. A few minutes away from San Marco Square and Grand Canal, the hotel has a rooftop terrace from where you can enjoy your drink with the Doge’s Palace insight. Have I convinced you yet?

Book a room at the most famous hotel in Venice!

  • Hotel Antiche Figure – not another 5* stay in Venice, but with a charming old Venetian flavor, only a few minutes away from Venice Santa Lucia train station, and a great price tag for Venice. And if you’re lucky, you’ll have a room overlooking the canal.

Book your room here!

  • Palazzetto Madonna – I just love this place! I mean what’s not to love about it? The very Italian old building on the canal, the sophisticated interiors, and the amazing terrace, are within walking distance of St Mark’s Basilica, Piazza San Marco, and the Rialto Bridge.

Find your magical room here!

Second stop: 1 night in Genoa

After two romantic days in Venice, hop on the fast train (le frecce = the arrows) and head directly to Genoa.

Book your train ticket here

I’m not including Milan in my 7 days in Italy itinerary because I have never been a Milan fan. Sorry! I just like Genoa better.

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

Extra tip: if you book the train way in advance on the Railway Europe website, you can get really great prices and get from Venice to Genoa in a few hours.

One night and one day in Genoa should be enough (if you don’t want to explore Liguria and its beautiful small villages) for one to see two of the beautiful palaces – Palazzo del Principe and Palazzo Reale, walk to the old port and maybe go in the Genoa Aquarium, climb the hill and take the whole city in from Spianata Castelletto, and maybe take a taxi up to Boccadasse.

Or even take a trip to Portofino, one of the loveliest destinations on the Italian Riviera.

Make sure to try the focaccia Genovese and Genovese pesto. You won’t find it better anywhere else!

Other things to do in Genoa

Read also: 30+ Italian gifts for Italy lovers

Where to stay in Genoa?

Genoa is not such a tourist attraction (especially for people visiting from outside of Italy), but it is still charming and you will find plenty of nice accommodation options.

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 Rooms – may 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 Genova – if 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!

  • Grand Hotel Savoia – the gem of the list, the elegant 5* hotel is everything you’ve dreamed of. Soak in a jacuzzi after a full day exploring Genoa, or just sip a cocktail on the rooftop terrace with the whole city at your feet.

Find a fantastic room here!

Third stop: 2 nights in Cinque Terre

Only 2 nights? Well, that’s all we have on this trip, unfortunately.

I would easily spend 7 full days in Cinque Terre, but with the itinerary on hand, we only have 2 days.

And trust me, if you only want to see the 5 small villages linked by a train, take a boat ride on the coast, have breakfast at Nessum Dorma, eat some of the best misto fritto there is for dinner at one of the Michelin stars restaurants, see the sunset over Riomaggiore and look at the beautiful buildings under the sunset light, 2 days are enough.

Or do it differently, but however, take at least a Cinque Terre day trip.

You won’t have time to trek the narrow roads hanging on the edge of the sea, linking the villages, but that would be a reason to come back here, right?

Other things worth doing in Cinque Terre

My complete guide to the Cinque Terre

Where to stay in Cinque Terre?

Accommodation in Cinque Terre is so vast and you have so many villages to choose from, that I cannot possibly advise you on only one place.

During our 3 days on the Cinque Terre trip, we chose an Airbnb with an amazing view of Riomaggiore, but I have to admit that narrowing it down to that one location was hard enough because there are so many amazing hotels in Cinque Terre.

But just not to say I’m not helping, here are just a few options to have in mind:

  • Affittacamere Le Giare – in Riomaggiore, meaning rooms for rent Le Giare, the place offers the best view you could have over Riomaggiore.

Check out their best prices here!

  • Ca’ D’Andrean, Manarola – with an on-site bar and a garden, this could be the perfect place to spend your evenings after the full days of Cinque Terre exploration.

Find out when they’re free here!

  • Affittacamere L’Oblo, Portovenere – I must admit that Portovenere was the best discovery and revelation we had during our trip. I loved this charming town so much that I wished we could have stayed here as well.

Find your perfect room here!

Fourth stop: 2 nights in Florence

I visited Florence while I was in Rome for a few months and I can easily say that the Ponte Vecchio is one of the most romantic (and thus crowded) places in Italy.

In two days you will 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 Vecchio, Ufizzi Art Gallery, Michelangelo’s David in the Accademia Gallery, eat a bistecca alla Fiorentina, and go wine tasting since you are in Tuscany.

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And that’s it, one perfect 7-day in Italy itinerary that will take you through some of the most iconic places in the country of love, gelato, and wine.

Other things to experience in Florence

Where to stay in Florence?

Romantic Florence is one destination not to miss. If you’re wondering where to stay in Florence, rest assured nowhere have I seen so many accommodations rated as superb, and I honestly think it has something to do with the city itself.

Thus, no matter if you choose a budget stay or a luxurious one, Florence won’t disappoint because it is enough just to step outside and you’ll feel that vibe.

But here are a few options for some hotels in Florence:

  • Relais Piazza Signoria – moments from the Uffizi Gallery and Piazza della Signoria, its terrace with views of the Palazzo Vecchio won me over.

Book a stay with them here!

Take a look at their rooms here

  • Palazzo Guicciardini – in this place you’ll feel like a museum, but you’ll still have to visit the Ufizzi Art Gallery!

Find your perfect room here!

  • Ponte Vecchio Suites & Spa – modern design in the heart of old Florence, with a jacuzzi and Turkish baths for you to relax after a long day.

Find out when they’re free here!

Option 2: the Northern Italy itinerary off the beaten path

Fly in: Venice

Fly out: Milan

How to get around: by car (rent a car ahead of time and save on the price)

If you want to spend 7 days in Northern Italy but want to skip the crowds, I’ve put together this option for an off-the-beaten-path itinerary

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This will be an itinerary for those who have been to Italy in the past or those who simply want to skip the crowds and experience authentic Italy on their trip. Some of these places have been added to my list of less known Italy destinations and my Italy hidden gems

By following this plan, you will get to see some of the most beautiful natural landscapes Italy has to offer and could include also famous towns like Venice or Milan. 

You can choose to land in Venice and depart from Milan, or the other way around.

First stop: 2 nights in Treviso 

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If you want to be close to Venice, but skip the crazy crowds, while enjoying a beautiful old town, the perfect place to stay in is Treviso. 

Firstly because it has its own airport and it will be so easy to get there. Secondly, because here you will be close to many unique destinations you will want to travel to for a day trip. 

With its historical defensive fortifications still standing today, Treviso makes for a great less known Italian destination to include during your next visit to Northern Italy. 

Day trips from Treviso:

  • Chioggia – a small town that resembles Venice a lot, but at a much lower scale. 
  • Padua home to Italy’s second-oldest university, a town that will charm you with its old center. 
  • Castelfranco Veneto – is a small old town surrounded by medieval walls, dating back to the 1200s.
  • Conegliano – drive your way towards the town of Valdobbiadene and the Prosecco Road. 
  • Belluno – with the mountains as background and a charming historical old town, this is a place you will come to love for sure. 

Best place to stay in Treviso

B&B Le tre corti – one can’t simply get a better stay than this! I cannot decide what I like most: the elegant design, the location, or the courtyard next to the river. See more here!

LA LOGGIA AL DUOMO – the rooftop terrace is what you will like most, apart from the location and the fact that you will have this whole place to yourself. Check it out here!

Second stop: 2 nights in Trieste

5 cities in Italy nobody told you about

This city adopted me for half of the year and showed me the real face of Italy.

Here is where I’ve learned how to party, love sunsets by the sea, and do aperitivo like a local.

Whenever I close my eyes and think about this place, the first thing that comes to mind is the smell of salty water and the noise of coffee mugs in the morning.

Why you should not miss it if you get the chance? Simply because you will fall in love with its magic and romance. And who doesn’t want to drink a delicious Illy coffee right in the place of origin?

Day trips from Trieste

  • Muggia – my favorite escape when I wanted to enjoy a quiet moment. Take the boat and head to the center of this small and charming town for a delicious lunch. 
  • Miramare Castle – not a day trip since you will get there by bus in less than 20 minutes, but the castle perched on the cliffs by the sea must be on your list of places to see. 
  • Palmanova – a special small town that would be more impressive looked at from the sky. That’s because it has the shape of a star. If you don’t believe me, just look at it in Google Maps
  • Grado – a charming and colorful lagoon city.
  • Duino Castle – a mix of history and nature.
  • Osmiza – simply drive around the countryside and look for houses with branches at their door. That means that you can have a local traditional meal with some delicious wine in one of these gardens. 

Where to stay in Trieste

Grand Hotel Duchi d’Aosta – an amazing option for Trieste, the 4* hotel is located in the heart of the city. Wake up and take breakfast in the square with the sun on your face and the sea in front. Check it out here!

The Modernist Hotel – A more affordable 4* hotel with an incredible design and breathtaking views from some of the rooms. Check it out here!

3rd stop: 2 nights in Bolzano 

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Stop here not only for the town in itself but also for everything that the region has to offer!

The best way to get around is by car, and you will want to include some hikes in the area in your 7 days in Italy itinerary. 

Day trips from Bolzano

  • Cortina d’Ampezzo 
  • Merano
  • Lake Resia with the underwater town showing only the bell tower
  • The whole Trentino Alto Adige region and its beautiful nature

Where to stay in Bolzano

Gloriette Guesthouse – this place! Seriously, you will be lucky to find a spare room, thus plan your stay way in advance. I saw it first at one of my Instagram friends, and I was just wow-ed,  just have a look, I bet you will be as well. Luxury and simplicity at its best, in the heart of the mountains with an infinity pool that offers the wow factor. Check out more here!

Castel Hörtenberg – yes, you’ve read it right, it’s a castle. I mean, who wouldn’t love to spend some nights in a castle at Italy’s border with Germany? A once-in-a-lifetime experience! See it here!

Last stop: 2 nights in Lake Garda

Peschiera del Garda, Sirmione Sul Garda, Gardaland the amusement park, a day trip to Verona, the Madonna Della Corona Church, are only a few of the things you shouldn’t miss while here. 

Where to stay at Lake Garda

Hotel Eden – only 100m away from the castle, with a terrace over the lake, this is a perfect 4* accommodation option. See more here!

Villa Cortine Palace Hotel – a superb hotel with a beautiful Italian garden, a pool, and a tennis court where you will feel like a royal. See it here!

Option 3: Italy for foodies

Fly in: Venice

Fly out: Florence or Milan

How to get around: by train

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The 3-rd itinerary option is another easy-to-follow that will take you through some of the most popular destinations. You can fly to Venice, and travel around by high-speed train. Fly out of Florence and you will have the perfect itinerary. 

I won’t go into too many details as far as the things to do and see in the various stops because I have already covered that above. 

Day 1-3 Venice

The trip by train between Venice and Bologna takes less than 2 hours (even 1 hour and 15 minutes by high-speed train and when you book in advance). 

Day 4 – 5 Bologna 

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. 

Day 5 – 7 Florence with day trips to Pisa and Cinque Terre

The train ride from Bologna to Florence can take as little as 37 minutes by fast train.

Option 4: the main Italian attractions

Fly in: Venice

Fly out: Rome

How to get around: by train

7 Days in Italy itinerary option 4

This itinerary might be the most common, yet the most popular because it will take you to some of the most amazing cities in Italy. 

You can fly into Venice and fly out of Rome, or the other way around. Another thing I will let you decide on is the destination where you will want to spend the most time.

I would definitely spend most days in Rome, but both Florence and Venice have plenty of activities on display to choose from. 

That being said, here is my itinerary proposal:

Day 1 – 3 Rome
Getting from Rome to Florence is easy and fast by fast train and you will be there in 1 hour and a half by fast train or a bit over 3 hours by regional train.

Day 3 – 5 Florence

The direct fast train taking you from Florence to Venice takes a bit over 2 hours.

Day 5 – 7 Venice

Option 5 – Tuscan countryside

Fly in and out of Florence

How to get around: by car or a mix of trains and organized tours

One can easily spend more than 7 days exploring Tuscany without getting bored.

Rent a car and drive along the hills and vineyards, go wine tasting, visit historical sites, and go at least for a day trip to the colorful Cinque Terre

Here are a few valuable resources you will find helpful when organizing your itinerary:

The Perfect Tuscany Road Trip – a guide packed with information for where to go, what to see,  where to stay, and how to get around Florence, Lucca, Siena, San Gimignano, and Pisa.

How to get to Cinque Terre from Florence

How to get from Pisa to Cinque Terre

I would choose to stay in Florence and go on several day trips to all the other destinations.

You can easily do day trips to some of the following amazing villages:

Photo by Mattia Bericchia on Unsplash

San Gimignano

A medieval jewel perched atop a hill in the heart of Tuscany. Often referred to as the “Town of Fine Towers,” San Gimignano boasts a remarkably well-preserved historic center that transports visitors back in time.

The town’s skyline is dominated by fourteen medieval towers, remnants of the 72 towers that once symbolized the wealth and power of the city’s feuding noble families.

Siena

Renowned for its well-preserved medieval architecture and the iconic Piazza del Campo, Siena stands as a testament to the region’s rich cultural heritage.

The historic center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a maze of narrow streets and alleys that lead to picturesque squares, medieval palaces, and Gothic-style churches.

The highlight of Siena is undoubtedly the Piazza del Campo, a shell-shaped square that hosts the famous Palio horse race, a tradition dating back to the 17th century.

The stunning Siena Cathedral, or Duomo di Siena, with its intricate facade and impressive interior, is a masterpiece of Italian Gothic architecture.

Volterra

Surrounded by rolling hills and expansive landscapes, this hidden gem boasts a rich cultural heritage that spans thousands of years.

Renowned for its well-preserved Etruscan walls and gates, medieval architecture, and Roman ruins, Volterra is a testament to the layers of civilizations that have left their mark on this enchanting corner of Italy.

The historic center, with its winding streets and medieval buildings, transports visitors to a bygone era.

The Piazza dei Priori stands as a centerpiece, adorned with the imposing Palazzo dei Priori, a symbol of the town’s medieval power.

Lucca

Nestled within Renaissance walls that have gracefully stood the test of time, Lucca is a charming Tuscan town that effortlessly combines historical grandeur with a welcoming, small-town atmosphere. Encircled by these remarkably intact fortifications, visitors can stroll or bike along the wide tree-lined walls for panoramic views of the city and its surroundings.

Lucca’s historic center is a labyrinth of cobblestone streets, medieval towers, and elegant piazzas.

The centerpiece is the oval-shaped Piazza dell’Anfiteatro, a former Roman amphitheater transformed into a bustling square surrounded by shops and cafes.

The city’s crown jewel is the beautifully adorned Lucca Cathedral (Duomo di Lucca) with its impressive facade and richly decorated interior.

Southern Italy itineraries

If you are considering going further South, I have put together 3 itineraries for Southern Italy

By following this guide you will get to see Rome, the Amalfi Coast, Pompei, Puglia (with places la Alberobello or Matera), or Sicily. 

Of course, you can always also spend one week in Sicily and drive along the island.

Other itineraries worth checking out:

Rome and Amalfi Coast itinerary – a perfect 10-day itinerary

Amalfi Coast and Puglia itinerary: 2 options designed for you

But here is an overview of some of the most important Southern Italy itineraries.

7 days Rome & Amalfi Coast

Fly in: Rome

Fly out: Rome or Naples

How to get around: by train or by car and train

With 7 days on your hands, you can see the beauty of Rome, taste the oldest pizza in Naples, and get to enjoy one of the most beautiful areas in the country: the Amalfi Coast.

First stop: 2 days in Rome

Day 1: Ancient Rome Exploration

  • Start your day early at the iconic Colosseum. Explore this ancient amphitheater, imagining the gladiator contests and events that once took place here. Book your tickets in advance!
  • Adjacent to the Colosseum, visit the Roman Forum, the heart of ancient Rome.
  • Visit the Pantheon, a well-preserved ancient Roman temple with a remarkable dome. Admire the architecture and the Oculus, a hole in the dome’s center.
  • Stroll to Piazza Navona, a lively square with beautiful fountains, outdoor cafes, and street performers.
  • Make a wish at the Trevi Fountain. Enjoy the ambiance and take some time to explore the surrounding streets.
  • End the day with a dinner in the Old Town.

Day 2: Vatican City and Castel Sant’Angelo

Spend the second day exploring the Vatican City and the Musei Vaticani.

Home to St. Peter’s Basilica, the iconic dome designed by Michelangelo dominates the skyline. The basilica’s grandeur and artistic splendor, including the renowned Pieta sculpture, captivate visitors.

Just steps away, the Vatican Museums house an unparalleled collection of artistic masterpieces spanning centuries.

As you wander through the Musei Vaticani, be prepared to be awestruck by the Sistine Chapel, adorned with Michelangelo’s frescoes, including the iconic ‘Creation of Adam.’

The museums showcase an immense array of treasures, from classical sculptures to Raphael’s masterpieces.

Navigating the vast collections may take time, but the experience is an immersive journey through the heights of human creativity and cultural significance, visiting the Vatican City and Musei Vaticani an unparalleled cultural pilgrimage.

As you can imagine, such an iconic destination is in high demand, so we recommend you book your tickets in advance.

Where to stay in Rome

When booking your stay in Rome you will have to have in mind the area for your accommodation. You’ll want to be close to public transportation, yet close to the train station not to waste time on your commute to the next stop on your itinerary. 

I would choose to stay in the Historical Center with such little time on my hands.

Second stop: 3 days in Positano

3 days on the Amalfi Coast

The easiest way to get from Rome to Positano is by train, with plenty of options linking Rome to Salerno.

The fast train takes around 1 hour and a half to get to Salerno, and costs between 15 and 20 EUR. Of course, as you can see from the below example, there are also other train options you can choose from.

From Salerno, you can take public transportation to Positano, or book a private transfer.

Day 1 in Positano: explore the village

Enjoy a traditional Italian breakfast at a local café, sipping on espresso and indulging in freshly baked pastries while soaking in the stunning coastal views.

Head down to Spiaggia Grande, Positano’s main beach. Relax on the pebbly shores, take a dip in the crystal-clear waters, or rent a sunbed for a more comfortable seaside experience. Admire the colorful buildings cascading down the hillside, creating an iconic and picturesque backdrop.

Explore the church of Santa Maria Assunta with its iconic dome, featuring a beautiful majolica-tiled dome and a Byzantine-era black Madonna icon.

5 days Amalfi Coast itinerary

In the afternoon, take the bus and explore the small town of Amalfi, or hike to Atrani.

Return to Positano for dinner with a view or a drink at the famous Franco’s bar.

Day 2: Ravello and other smaller towns

10 Days Southern Italy itinerary

Spend your second day discovering the beautiful town of Ravello.

Explore the exquisite Villa Rufolo, a historic estate with beautiful gardens, ancient architecture, and panoramic views of the coastline. The villa hosts cultural events and concerts, making it a delightful venue for both art enthusiasts and nature lovers.

Visit Villa Cimbrone, another splendid historic villa featuring lush gardens, intricate sculptures, and the famous Terrace of Infinity. The terrace offers breathtaking views of the Gulf of Salerno, creating an idyllic spot for relaxation and contemplation.

Admire the Ravello Cathedral, dedicated to Saint Pantaleon. The cathedral features a blend of architectural styles, including Romanesque, Moorish, and Baroque influences. Inside, you’ll find impressive works of art and intricate detailing.

Enjoy a leisurely stroll through Piazza del Vescovado, grab a coffee at one of the cafes, and soak in the local atmosphere.

From here, you can either go for a wine tasting tour or take the bus and visit some other villages on the Amalfi Coast such as Maiori, Cetara, or Vietri sul Mare.

Day 3: Sorrento and Pompeii

Naples and Amalfi Coast 7 day itinerary

From Positano, you can easily take the ferry or bus to Sorrento, and from there get to Pompeii.

Visiting Pompeii is a captivating journey into the heart of ancient Roman history, where time seems to stand still amidst the well-preserved ruins of this once-thriving city.

Buried and frozen in time by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD, Pompeii offers an unparalleled glimpse into daily life during the Roman Empire.

Wander through the remarkably preserved streets, marvel at the intricate frescoes adorning the walls of villas, and explore the remnants of temples, baths, and theaters that once defined this bustling city.

Highlights include the Forum, the heart of Pompeii’s civic and commercial life, the Lupanar (brothel) with its explicit frescoes, and the haunting casts of citizens caught in the ash.

Where to stay in Positano

Here is our complete guide for where to stay in Positano, but Alcione Residence is our favorite place. Find out when they’re free here!

Third Stop: 2 days in Naples

one day in Naples

Split your 2 days in Naples between seeing the main attractions in town on one of the days and going on a day trip to Capri Island on the second.

We have here an easy-to-follow guide for one day in Naples.

For your stay in Naples, choose a hotel located in Spaccanapoli, the Historical Center, or Lungomare Caracciolo. There are all better areas in town, from where you can easily get to the train station, but also to most of the important attractions in town.

And here is your guide for a day trip to Capri Island. You can book an organized tour from Naples here.

7 days Naples & Amalfi Coast

Another great option when you have already seen Rome but want to see the Amalfi Coast is to land and fly out of Naples.

Here is a possible overview, but we have a complete guide here:

Days 1 – 4 Naples

Day 5 Positano, Amalfi, Ravello

Day 6 Capri Island and sunset cruise

Day 7 Path of Gods hike + Furore + dinner at Il San Pietro di Positano

7 days in Sicily

Fly in: Catania or Palermo

Fly out: Catania (if you landed in Palermo) or Palermo (if you landed in Catania)

How to get around: by car

Visiting Sicily is a journey into a world of diverse landscapes, rich history, and culinary delights. The largest island in the Mediterranean, Sicily boasts a tapestry of cultural influences, from Greek and Roman antiquities to Arab and Norman architecture.

Here is our proposal for an itinerary for a one week in Sicily:

Day 1 – 4 Catania

Climb Mount Etna, stroll on the streets of charming Taormina, and visit Syracuse, Messina, and Ragusa.

Day 4 – 5 Agrigento

See the Valley of Temples and the Scalla dei Turchi.

Day 5 – 7 Palermo

The vibrant capital, where bustling markets like Ballarò and Vucciria offer a sensory overload of sights and flavors. Enjoy the azure waters of Cefalù’s beaches or head over to San Vito Lo Capo.

Check out the complete guide here!

7 days Amalfi Coast and Puglia

Fly in: Naples

Fly out: Bari

How to get around: by car

Amalfi Coast or Puglia

This is my favorite combination for a one week in Southern Italy itinerary because it will take you to see some of the most beautiful places in the country.

1 Day in Naples

2 Days in Positano

4 Days in Puglia – here is a complete itinerary and guide

Tour Northern Italy

When you prefer an already set up tour that would take you through Northern Italy and some of Italy’s bucket list destinations, here are a few great options offered by GAdventures. Don’t waste time and money, and take advantage of their experience.

  • Venice to Rome – spend 8 days exploring ancient ruins, history-packed towns, fresco-adorned churches, and Renaissance palaces. See Venice, Florence, and Rome in one trip, with pasta cooking classes in Florence and Venetian Mask Making in Venice. See more about the tour here!
  • Iconic Italy – have more time on hand? Splurge on a 14-day trip from Venice, through Cinque Terre, Florence, Naples, Sorrento, and Amalfi. Visit a lemon farm in Sorrento, get to taste the world’s famous limoncello, see Pompeii with an Archaeologist, and much more. See more about this tour here!
  • Want to spend more time in the North? Book the Local living in Tuscany vacation. Start from Rome and build your way up to Tuscany where you will spend the whole time exploring. Get to feel the real Italian countryside in Montepulciano, taste some of the most famous wines produced in the region, see the colorful Cinque Terre, take the funicular to Brunate, and much more. See more about the tour here!

Other tips for planning an Italy itinerary

We covered everything from how to get around Italy to anything from how to pay, tipping, or the best time to visit in our Italy Travel Planner.

Italy travel resources

  • Take the perfect pictures for your forever memories in these Instagram spots in Positano.
  • How many days are just enough for seeing Venice and living it to the fullest? I’ve been there 3 times already and I think I have just the answer you are looking for, along with all the great things you shouldn’t miss in Venice.
  • See a lot more with these fabulous day trips from Genoa.

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