My husband and I took a nine-day trip to Italy last year, and it was one of the best trips I’ve ever been on. Italy is an amazing country and one of those countries that I cannot wait to return to.
As this was our first trip to the land of spritz, sauce, and sea-hugging villages, we decided we had to hit the Trinity – Venice, Florence, and Rome. Beyond that, we took a few side trips to Siena, Cinque Terre, Pisa, and the Chianti region. I’ve also included locals’ tips from a good friend of ours from Italy.
One of the main tips I can offer is to eat and drink by region; each part of Italy is known for a specific cuisine, and sometimes a specific drink, which all get subsequently more expensive when outside that region. Check out those tips in the “Local Flavor” section of each city.
Tuesday: depart Venice in the afternoon via train for Florence
Thursday: Day trip to Siena. Depart Florence in the evening via train for Cinque Terre
Friday: Cinque Terre. Depart in the late night via train for Pisa
Saturday: Pisa in the AM, then depart via car for wine country for the day. Reach Florence by night.
Sunday: Florence. Depart in the evening via train for Rome.
Click through to visit the specific guide for each city. Keep coming back for updates as I add new cities.
- Cinque Terre
Italylogue – written by Jessica Spiegel who spent 10 years traveling around Italy, this site has a ton of great content for structuring your trip, trip suggestions (fun, adventure, romantic), transport options, and much more.
Travels with Two – one of my favorite travel blogs. Melanie Waldman has been chronicling her travel adventures since 2008. Aside from this section on Italy, check out her other sections for some wanderlust. Follow her travel updates on Twitter @melaniewaldman.
Wandering Italy – another great resource with sections broken out by city. This site also has a compilation of great maps, travel apps, and sample itineraries.
Have a great resource or suggestion on something I missed? Leave a comment below!