Over the past few years, the tourism industry in Italy has been thriving, and according to the ISTAT, it is the 5th most visited country in international tourism arrivals.

The country is truly a feast for the senses for travellers. Italy is blessed with mouth-watering cuisine, striking cities, towering mountains, pristine beaches, and ancient historical sites.

But the thousands of years of history found in Italy make it impossible to absorb in a few days, weeks, or months. The attempt to do so becomes very stressful, robbing you of the fun and excitement you planned. You need to decide what you want to explore and build your 10-day Italy itinerary around this.

A perfectly planned 10-day Italy itinerary will connect you with the joy and passion of your Italy vacation- whether that is authentic pasta and wine Italian meal in Milan, high fashion in Rome, beautiful architecture and history in Florence, or a romantic walk by the canals of Venice.

As an experienced traveller, we recommend the following action-packed and intriguing itinerary so you can enjoy the best of Italy during your holiday.

The best time to visit Italy

Well, this is a tricky question! The best time to visit Italy depends on every traveller’s preferences.

If you want to go skiing or enjoy the mesmerizing view of the snow-capped mountains in the Dolomites, you must visit this country in winter.

Are you a beach bum? Then, you must visit this country during the summer. But remember that Italy is very hot and crowded in summer.

So to explore all the country’s big cities, prefer the shoulder season (April-May or September-October).

The best time to visit Italy is either May or September.

How do I plan a 10-day trip to Italy?

Are you stressing about how to plan a trip to Italy? Take a deep breath as we are here to help you make a perfect Italian sojourn.

Once you have decided to spend 10 days in Italy, it’s time to start planning a trip to Italy. It could be fun, but at the same time will uplift your stress and anxiety. Here comes our Italy travel itinerary that will help you to enjoy the country without compromising your bank balance.

Italy Itinerary

Day 1: Rome

You can start your Italian adventure from anywhere; we recommend starting in Rome. The most affordable flights from Bookit N Go for Italy will take you to Rome.

Though the city has two airports, the prime one is Leonardo da Vinci International Airport, where most global tourists arrive.

Rome

Rome is the capital city of Italy and is well-connected with the rest of the world. It is Europe’s 3rd most visited city and attracts nearly 7-10 million tourists annually.

Rome is synonymous with art, history and culture. This incredible city is full of ancient history. You can even strike upon an ancient structure or statue while sauntering around the streets.

Places to visit in Rome

The most-visited sites include the Colosseum, the Pantheon, the Borghese art gallery, and a Vatican City tour.

You need two full days to explore some of the important sites in Rome.

First, you will be going to the Vatican Museums to explore various unique things at the Museums. Then, your next stop will be at Sistine Chapel. After spending some lovely memories in the Chapel, your next destination will be St. Peter’s Basilica. Admire Michelangelo’s famous frescoes and marvel at the grandeur of the Catholic Church.

Places to stay

Our recommendations,

  • Seven Hills Village ($30 per night**)
  • Zagara Di Sicilia ($45 per night**)
  • Agriturismo Monte Due Torri ($52.5 per night**)

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Day 2: Rome

On your 2nd day, you will explore more places around Rome. Finish your breakfast and get ready for the ultimate adventure.

Your first stop will be Palatine Hills. Once you reach there, enjoy the mesmerizing view of the surrounding hills. You will be amazed by the beautiful nature that lies around it.

After that, your next destination will be at Roman Forum. Roman Forum was the political and social centre of ancient Rome. Ramble through the ruins and discover the history of the ancient shrines, arches, and basilicas.

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After spending some time here, your next stop will be at the Colosseum. This ancient amphitheatre is one of the revered symbols of Rome.

Pro tip: Go for a guided tour to know the intriguing history of the place and imagine the spectacles that once took place there.

After enjoying a beautiful day of sightseeing, return to your hotel in the evening. Have your dinner and prepare yourself for the next day.

What to eat?

Rome is famous among food aficionados, as the city offers plenty of delicious food items. When planning a trip to Italy, don’t forget to taste traditional dishes like pasta carbonara, cacio e pepe, and gelato.

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Day 3: Amalfi Coast

Wake up early, finish your breakfast, and leave for Amalfi Coast. You can reach Amalfi by taking a train from Rome to Naples. You can take a bus, a rented car, or even a Vespa from there.  The journey is around 1 hour and 15 minutes from Rome to Amalfi.

 Amalfi Coast

The Amalfi Coast is a stunning stretch of coastline where you can relax on picturesque beaches and enjoy a perfect beach vacation. This Southern coastline of Italy is famous for its quaint towns, rugged cliffs, and immaculate waters.

Amalfi is a perfect place for beach lovers. We recommend you spend some time on the gorgeous beaches of Amalfi. Some renowned beaches could be Spiaggia Grande in Positano, Fornillo Beach in Praiano, and Marina Grande Beach in Amalfi.

Pro tip: You can rent beach chairs and an umbrella and enjoy the spectacular views of pristine beaches.

Other places to visit: Apart from beaches, Amalfi is also blessed with other note-worthy sites, including Amalfi Cathedral, Piazza del Duomo, Ravello, Emerald Grotto, etc.

Places to stay

Our recommendations,

Bandamp;B Amalfi Coast Salerno ($187 per night**)

Ambrosea Amalfi Coast ($239 per night**)

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Day 4: Florence

It is the 4th day of your Italian adventure, and now, you will hit another classic city in Italy, Florence. Take a bus or taxi to Naples, and reach Florence by train. It will take 2 hours and 30 minutes to reach the place.

Florence

Florence is the epitome of ancient art and architecture. This Italian city is known as the birthplace of the Renaissance movement. Some of the best works of Michelangelo have been kept preserved here. Florence is also home to da Vinci, Brunelleschi, Buonarroti, and Botticelli, the famous artists of Italy.

This place is also called the wine capital of Italy and is a must-visit for wine lovers.

Your first stop will be at the Uffizi Gallery, which has a vast collection of Renaissance masterpieces. You will be amazed by the works of Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, and Raphael.

The next destination will be the Accademia Gallery, where you can see the iconic sculpture of David by Michelangelo.

Now, walk up the Duomo (Florence Cathedral) to experience the panoramic views of the city.

You must be tired by now, so return to your hotel and rejuvenate yourself.

Places to stay

Our recommendations,

Agriturismo Cameli ($73 per night**)

Laghi Della Tranquillita ($77 per night**)

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Day 5: Pisa

On your 5th day, you will visit Pisa to see the famed Leaning Tower of Pisa. It will take 1 hour to reach Pisa from Florence.

Pisa

Pisa is touristy, and it attracts plenty of visitors every day. The leaning tower of Pisa has become an iconic symbol of Italy, like a pizza or a gelato!

You will be surprised to know that the tilt was intentional after architects concluded that the stories of the accidental tilt were rumors. But the ultimate fact is it is one of the world’s most stunning, unique buildings.

Pro tip: Going to the top is always enjoyable, but you must book in advance. Only 30 people are allowed to go up per half hour.

Other must-see places in Pisa include Pisa Cathedral, the National Museum of San Matteo, Pisa’s historical centre, etc.

After spending time in Pisa, you can head to Cinque Terre by train. It will take 1 hour to reach Cinque Terre.

Day 6: Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre, also known as Five Lands, is an Italian coastline region full of beautiful places and landscapes, colorful villages, a wonderful sea and, obviously, rich Italian food traditions.

The “Five Grounds” (as its name interprets) are Monterosso al Horse, Vernazza, Manarola, Corniglia and Riomaggiore, every similarly excellent and is like going to a living postcard.

Cinque Terre

On your Cinque Terre trip, spend some time in each town to know their unique charm, pros & cons, and many more.

All the towns incline down to sea level aside from Corniglia, which is roosted on top of a tall cliff. Four towns have an old-world appeal (from North to South: Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, Riomaggiore).

Pro tip: while all the towns have railway stations, mainline trains going through the Cinque Terre just stop at Monterosso station.

Don’t forget to eat gelato in every town.

After relaxing for a few hours in Cinque Terre, you can hop on the train and head to Milan. The journey takes 3.5 hours, and the cost is $ 26 for adults.

Day 7: Milan

Our 10-day Italy itinerary won’t be completed if we don’t include the name of this city.

Milan has inscribed its name as one of the popular tourist destinations in Italy due to its museums, cathedrals, operas, music, art and fashion. This city is also known for its annual Milan Fashion Week, which is organized in September.

Milan

Start your 7th day with an energetic Milan City tour.

Your first stop will be the famed Duomo or Cathedral in Milan. The exquisite interior of this breathtaking Gothic cathedral is certainly a treat for your sore eyes. Climb the stairs to the Duomo roof and walk around the amazing spires.

View the 3200 statues on the tallest spire, including the golden Madonnina, the city’s symbol.

Leonardo Da Vinci’s world-famous fresco, “The Last Supper”, is another major attraction. Spending some minutes in the Santa Maria delle Grazie, the architectural masterpiece of the 15th century, will be a memorable experience.

The next destination will be La Scala opera house, a great treat for an opera lover. La Scala, established in 1778, has housed many renowned operas and great performances by masters. The historic La Scala Museum is also very popular among visitors.

The 15th-century Castello Sforzesco is another interesting historic site in Milan. The giant citadel that served as a home for lords has many museums. Enjoy its collection of musical instruments, artifacts and Egyptian art.

No Milan trip will be completed without exploring the city’s high-end shopping destinations, including fashion outlets, boutiques, chain stores and more.

The Quadrilatero d’Oro area featuring Prada, Ferragamo, Armani, Gucci, Valentino and many more is perfect for high-end shoppers.

If you are looking for inexpensive stores, Corso Buenos Aires and Via Dante could be your choice. Enjoy shopping and people-watching in Milan’s most colorful, vibrant shopping arcade, the 19th-century Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II.

Places to Stay

  • Ostello California Hostel ($25 per night**)
  • Around The World ($61 per night**)
  • Hotel Brivio ($68 per night**)

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Day 8: Lake Como

Though Italy boasts many lakes, Lake Como (50 km long), with its two “legs”, is the most famous and one of the popular Italy lakes that you shouldn’t miss on your trip.

You can get two choices for exploring Lake Como, either take a train and ferry around the lake or rent a car. To discover the remote parts of the lake, you can just drive around it. But taking a train could be an affordable and simple option.

Lake Como

With stunning lakeside villas and a comforting atmosphere, Lake Como is one of the picturesque places in Italy.

We recommend enjoying boating around the lake, checking out all the wonderful houses, wandering the streets of Bellagio, and renting a Vespa to explore.

Other places to visit

If the day is not constrained, spend here at least two days. The place has some historical attractions, including Duomo, Como’s Cathedral, which dates back to the fourteenth century, and the nearby Broletto, originally used as Como’s town hall but later used as a theatre.

Como’s museums include the Museo Didattico Della Seta, which traces the town’s silk-making history, and Tempio Voltiano.

Places to stay

  • Lake Como Peace Lodge ($61 per night**)
  • Agriturismo La Fonte Di Mariella ($79 per night**)

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Day 9: Venice

Your Italy adventure has come to an end, and Venice will be the last destination to accomplish your Italian sojourn on a sweet note.

Venice

You must take a train from Varenna to Venice, which will take you to the city’s heart. You need two days to explore this lovely city. And this is your last train ride in Italy, so enjoy the 4 hours of journey.

There is no other place in the world like Venice. The city is a labyrinth of canals, elaborate bridges, cobblestone streets and lively squares. Explore the unique sites of this great city on foot or by Vaporetto, a network of boats which is the prime mode of transportation in the city.

After reaching Venice, go to the hotel you booked with Bookit N Go. You must be tired after a 4-hour train ride, so spend your day leisurely.

Places to stay

Our Recommendations,

  • City Of Art Venice Lloyd ($58 per night**)
  • Venice Park House ($59.5 per night**)

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Day 10: Venice

Finish your breakfast, and prepare for an exciting trip. You visit some of Venice’s best and most intriguing places on your last day.

The Grand Canal and Gondola Ride

Your day will start with the Grand Canal and the famous Gondola ride.

Venice has over 409 bridges and over 150 canals. The Grand Canal is the main water-traffic thoroughfare full of gondoliers serenading tourists and locals moving swiftly on evaporators (water busses).

Lined with more than 170 historical palazzos, the Grand Canal offers a view into the everyday life of this bustling city.

Venice

When riding in a gondola, many can’t appreciate the work that goes into each one. One side of the gondola is longer than the other to offer set the weight of the gondolier.

You can walk over the Grand Canal along 4 bridges: the Ponte Degli Scalzi, the Ponte dell’Accademia, Ponte della Constrituzione and the Rialto Bridge.

Other places
Your next stop will be the famous Doge Palace. Its unique Gothic architecture features beautiful medieval sculptures, columns and arcades. The building has been used as the home to the ruling family, a courthouse and a prison.

St. Mark’s Basilica is the best example of Byzantine architecture worldwide. The church has over 40,000 gold mosaics covering the walls and ceilings and is filled with incredible artwork.

Doge Palace

Outside is St. Mark’s Square, or Panetta, the gathering place where people can watch while sitting at one of the sidewalk cares.

Pro tip: Take a short elevator ride up the bell tower, St. Mark’s Campanile, for amazing views of the Piazza and Basilica.

St. Mark’s is also full of pigeons. You can feed them in certain areas, so look at the signs to avoid a fine.

You have enjoyed the day to the full extent, now heading back to your hotel.

Day 11

Your beautiful Italy trip ends here, and we wish you a safe journey to your home.

Conclusion

Adding as many destinations as possible to our 10-day Italy Itinerary is challenging. If you have more days, add more time to any place mentioned in the itinerary rather than adding new locations.

Exploring as many destinations as possible is tempting, but your holiday could be more entertaining if you slow down.

Visit Bookit N Go to know the latest travel offers for Italy and other European countries. The company always embraces the customers with the cheapest and most affordable fights and stays.

FAQs

How do I get around Italy?

Getting around Italy could be fun and exciting if you have the correct information. Travelling by train could be the best way to explore the country. A rail pass will allow you to ride many trains without any reservation. So, purchase a rail pass for your trip.

How many days do I need to see Italy?

Well, it depends on your preferences and budget. Two weeks in Italy could be excellent, but if that is not possible for you, ten days will be sufficient to see this country. Please check our curated 10-day Italy itinerary to make your trip more enjoyable.

What are the tips for a first-time traveller to Italy?

If you are travelling to this beautiful country for the first time, we have curated some tips for your journey.

  • Learn some basic Italian words (grazie, ciao, preggo, etc.)
  • Always validate your rail pass to avoid fines.
  • Don’t forget to try local delicacies from street vendors.
  • Carry a power adapter that goes well with the country’s charging system.
  • Never ignore the Coperto charge (a charge to sit and eat).

What is the cost of an Italy trip?

The price actually depends on your budget and travel preferences.

For budget-friendly travel, you must spend around $880-$1100. If you go for a luxurious trip, your budget may go up to $3300.