So you've booked your flights to spend two glorious weeks in Italy... now what?
Planning your two weeks in Italy can be a little overwhelming. There's so much to see! I don't think there's a right or best way to experience any country, and I don't claim to be an expert on Italy, but here's how I spent 2 weeks there (well, technically 2 weeks + 1 day). Hopefully my itinerary helps you in some way when you're planning your trip!
A note before we start, we decided to land in Venice and depart from Rome so that we wouldn't have to spend time retracing our steps. I also did not drive (I was too scared to, to be honest!) so I took trains between cities.
Now, onto the itinerary! For the places that I wrote about in depth in a separate blog post, I've added hyperlinks so click on those for more information. PS. If you'd rather see this in video form, scroll to the bottom of this post!
Day One - Venice
We landed in Venice in the morning and spent the day exploring Venice by foot. St. Mark's Square, The Grand Canal, and the Basilica di Santa Maria delle Saluta were highlights!
Day Two - Florence (Piazza Del Duomo)
We took an early morning train from Venice to Florence, then spent most of the day at Piazza del Duomo, visiting the museum, climbing the Duomo, and the bell tower.
Day Three - Day trip to San Gimignano, Monteriggioni, and Siena
We joined a tour out from Florence that took us to the medieval towns of San Gimignano, Monteriggioni, and Siena. I got a taste of each of the three places, and would love to return to Siena to spend more time there.
Day Four - Florence (Galleria Accademia)
We saw David at the Galleria Accademia (and got pooped on by a pidgeon...), tried Florentine steak and had the best tasting gelato at Gelateria Santa Trinita. We also explored some other spots in Florence such as the Boboli Gardens and the Basilica Santa Croce.
Day Five - Pisa
We said goodbye to Florence and hopped on a train from Florence to Pisa to take some fun touristy photos with the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Then we hopped on another train to get to Monterosso Al Mare, one of the five fishing villages that make up Cinque Terre, where we spent the night.
Day Six - Cinque Terre
We hiked from Monterosso Al Mare to Vernazza. I highly recommend this hike - the views were spectacular! Then we explored the other villages in Cinque Terre, hopping from village to village by train. That night we took the overnight train from La Spezia to Naples (to then head to Sorrento).
Day Seven - Sorrento
We spent the day exploring Sorrento. I found that there wasn't that much to see and do in Sorrento - it has a very laid back feel to it. So we had a relaxing day there to recuperate from the overnight train.
Day Eight - Capri
We took a day trip out to Capri from Sorrento. We took a ferry from the Port of Marina Grande in Sorrento. In Capri we visited the Piazetta, Villa Jovis, and the Faraglioni. I loved Capri - I highly recommend a visit!
Day Nine - Pompeii Ruins and Villa Oplontis Ruins
We spent most of the day at the Pompeii Ruins and then headed to the Villa Oplontis Ruins. The Oplontis Ruins were very quiet (we were the only visitors there), but the frescoes are very well preserved, and you can get right up close to them.
Day Ten - Amalfi Coast
We took another day trip out from Sorrento, this time to the Amalfi Coast. You can take the SITA Bus from right outside the Sorrento train station to get there. We visited Positano, Amalfi, and Ravello.
Day Eleven - Herculaneum Ruins and Stabia Ruins
We spent a few hours at the Herculaneum ruins, and after that, we visited the Stabia ruins as well. I did not enjoy the Stabia ruins as much as Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Oplontis. At first we were impressed by the state of the frescoes, but then we noticed that many of them were actually photos of frescoes, which was a little disappointing.
Day Twelve - Rome (Piazza Navona, Pantheon, Capuchin Crypt)
We took the train to Rome and visited many of the famous (and free!) spots in the city such as Piazza Navona, the Spanish steps, Pantheon, and the Victor Emmanuel II monument. We also visited the Capuchin Crypt which was really informative and interesting. It's unlike anything I've ever seen.
Day Thirteen - Vatican City and Rome (Trastevere, Castel Sant'Angelo)
We headed to the Vatican City in the morning, visiting St. Peter's Basilica, the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel. Then we explored Trastevere, and Castel Sant'Angelo for a gorgeous night view!
Day Fourteen - Rome (Colosseum, Palatine Hill, Roman Forum)
Visited the Colosseum and the neighbouring Palatine Hill and Roman Forum. Then stopped in Tiber Island and finally to the Roman Ghetto for dinner.
Day Fifteen - Rome (Catacombs of Callixtus)
The main highlight on our last day in Rome was visiting the Catacombs of Callixtus and the surrounding area, before heading back to the Roman Ghetto for one final (and most delicious!) meal!
I also filmed some footage during my 2 weeks in Italy, so here's a video version as well!
If you have any questions about my itinerary, leave me a comment and I will try my best to answer. Happy trip planning!
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