Italy doesn’t just have one or two cities worth visiting, but several. You’ll want to visit a lot of them, but it can sometimes be hard to work out the best way to fit them all in. Below you have a rough two-week guide to how you can fit in the best Italian cities.
Days 1-3 – Milan
It makes sense to start at the north of Italy in Milan. You’ll want to spend a weekend here as that is the best time to visit as you’ll have the exciting nightlife. Try out Blue Note Jazz club on the Friday and then Alcatraz on the Saturday for the perfect, albeit expensive, weekend in Milan.
It’s the weekend when you’ll be able to see the city’s football teams, AC Milan and Internazionale, in action. The pair share the San Siro stadium, meaning that one of them is always playing at home on any given week. If you can get some tickets then head to a game. If not, then watch from a local bar with a nice cold Peroni.
Days 4-7 – Venice
Next up you’ll want to head to Venice and spend the most part of a week there. You could quite easily spend a month exploring the canals and alleyways, but four days should give you more than a feel for the Floating City.
Relax at Saint Mark’s Square in the mornings; tour the canals in the afternoons on a gondola or even a kayak (yes, that is possible!); then try out some of Italy’s top food at night in the many little romantic and peaceful restaurants that line the canals.
Days 8-10 – Florence
After Venice, head down to Florence – the centre of Italian art and architecture. There you can see the Duomo on the impressive Florence Cathedral and if you climb the 436 steps to the top you will have a fantastic view from what is the city’s highest point.
Other highlights include Michelangelo’s David sculpture, the Ponte Vecchio Bridge and the art galleries, the highlight of which is the Uffizi Gallery. It’ll be another busy weekend of taking photos and you will see some very inspiring art. This is all the perfect warm-up for the next city, Rome.
Days 11-12 – Rome
The journey between Florence and Rome is the largest so far so you may want to consider heading to the capital on the night of the 10th day, or just arrive in the afternoon on your 11th day. Whenever you do arrive, it’ll be time to get sightseeing and after a week in the more relaxing Venice and Florence there is no excuse for being lazy.
You will definitely want to see the Coliseum and the Vatican amongst many other famous Rome highlights. Although it may not be your normal thing, you should consider taking an open-top bus ride to cover as much ground as possible, not to mention get plenty of photo opportunities.
After a busy day, enjoy a nice Italian meal at one of the city’s many top restaurants before a good nights sleep. Oh-Rome.com have a range of apartments in the Italian capital where you can catch up on your Zs before going out again the next day to see everything you didn’t fit in on day one.
Day 12-13 – Naples
After another day of seeing the highlights of Rome, head along the coast to Naples where you’ll arrive at night-time, just in time for a pizza from the birth place of what has become a global favourite dish.
On the next day (the 13th of your Italian trip for those losing count already) you should head to Mount Vesuvius to see the famous volcano. The volcano is currently dormant so it is possible to visit. If you’re brave enough!
Day 14 – Who Knows?
On the 14th day, which is possibly your last, the choice is yours. If you’re flying back to wherever you call home then hopefully you’ll do so after a great two weeks. And for those with a bit more time on their hands, why not head to one of the islands?
Sicily is to the south of Naples, while Sardinia is to the west. At either island you’ll be in the perfect spot to catch a little bit more sun before returning home.