Discover a dozen ways to spend 10 days in Italy. Itinerary inspiration for your next Italian adventure.

From foodie quests to cultural immersions and outdoor adventures, self-guided road trips and itineraries that are easy to accomplish travelling by bus or train – Italy has something for everyone.

This list of Italy itinerary ideas ranges from the heavy hitters such as Rome, Venice and Sicily to hidden gems and alternative coastal destinations.

With something for every interest and season, discover everything from summer island escapes to winter city breaks.

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A dozen ways to spend 10 days in Italy: Italy Itinerary inspiration

The Big Three: 10 Days in Venice, Florence & Rome

Venice, Florence and Rome by night, three of the top places to visit in 10 days in Italy.
  • Marvel at the beauty of Venice, with its iconic canals, bridges, and historic buildings
  • Discover the art and architecture of Florence, including the Duomo, Uffizi Gallery, and Ponte Vecchio
  • Explore the history and culture of Rome, including the Colosseum, Vatican City, and the Trevi Fountain
  • Indulge in delicious Italian cuisine, from Venetian cicchetti to Tuscan steak and Roman pizza

Begin your journey in Venice, a city renowned for its iconic canals, historic architecture, and delicious food. Take a gondola ride, visit the stunning St. Mark’s Basilica, and explore the Rialto Market for some of the freshest seafood and produce in Italy.

Sample the famous Venetian cicchetti, small plates of delicious food often enjoyed with a glass of local wine. Stay at the Hilton Molino Stucky Venice, especially if you are visiting Venice with kids, as it offers a rooftop pool, a spa, and a kids club.

After three days in Venice, travel by train to Florence, the birthplace of the Renaissance and a city filled with art, architecture, and history. Visit the iconic Duomo, climb the tower for stunning views of the city, and explore the Uffizi Gallery to see some of the world’s most famous works of art.

Sample some of Florence’s famous foods such as bistecca alla Fiorentina (Florentine steak) and lampredotto (a type of tripe sandwich), and indulge in gelato from one of the city’s many gelaterias. Stay in Villa Cora, a charming villa with an outdoor pool 2 kilometres from the centre of Florence.

Continue your journey to Rome by train, the eternal city filled with history and culture. Visit the Colosseum and Roman Forum to learn about ancient Rome, and explore Vatican City to see some of the world’s most important artworks, including the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica.

Make a wish at the Trevi Fountain, and indulge in some of Rome’s iconic cuisine, such as cacio e pepe (pasta with Pecorino and black pepper) and pasta alla carbonara (pasta with eggs and Pecorino). Stay in Villa Agrippina Gran Meliá, a luxurious 5-star hotel with a pool in central Rome.

Travel by train between Venice, Florence, and Rome, which are all connected by Italy’s excellent rail network. Within each city, you can explore on foot or use public transportation (buses and trams).

When to go: The ideal time for this itinerary is during the shoulder seasons of spring (April to May) and autumn (September to October), when the weather is mild and the crowds are thinner. There are several festivals and events that you can plan around, such as the Rome Film Festival in October.

Recommended by Jo from World Wild Schooling

Italian Island Adventure: 10-day Road Trip in Sicily

Three iconic destinations to visit in Sicily in 10 days - Syracuse, the Valley of the Temples and Palermo.
  • Hike to the top of Mount Etna
  • Explore the old city of Ortigia, Syracuse
  • Wander the ancient Greek and Roman ruins at the Valley of the Temples
  • Eat delicious Sicilian food in the markets of Palermo

Start your 10-day Sicily road trip by flying into Catania, renting a car at the airport, and driving to Taormina where you will spend your first three nights. Take one day to explore the charming seaside town of Taormina and another day to visit Mount Etna, Europe’s most active volcano.

On day three, head to Catania, Sicily’s second city, then drive on to Syracuse where you’ll spend the next three nights. In Syracuse, you’ll have a chance to explore the Neapolis Archaeological Park and walk the old streets of Ortigia.

On day five, take a day trip to Noto and enjoy the stunning baroque architecture, then on day six, check out of your Syracuse hotel and drive to see the Mosaics of Villa Romana del Casale. From the mosaics, make your way to Agrigento for the night.

Day seven serves up another Sicily highlight as you explore the Valley of the Temples. In the afternoon, drive on to Palermo where you’ll spend the remainder of your trip.

On your first day in Palermo, visit the Norman Palace and the Palatine Chapel, resplendent in gilded Byzantine tiles. Take your time to wander through Palermo, visiting the many artisan boutiques and the city’s trio of churches: The Church of San Cataldo, Church of Santa Maria dell’Ammiraglio, and the Chiesa di Santa Caterina d’Alessandria.

For your second day in Palermo, consider a city walking tour or a tour of the Ballaro Market. This market is also a great place to grab a delicious lunch of Palermo specialties, such as a spleen sandwich. End the day with a trip to the Palermo Cathedral.

On your last day of this Sicily road trip, finish in Palermo with a tour of the Massimo Theater and a visit to the Inquisition Museum. Then it’s time to head home, flying out from the Palermo airport.

When to go: The best time to visit Sicily is during the fall or spring when temperatures are cooler and crowds are smaller. The summer months are crowded and extremely hot. Winter can also be a good time to visit Sicily, although many sights close for the Christmas and New Year holidays. 

Recommended by Tamar from World by Weekend

Culture, Cuisine & The Coast: 10 Days in Emilia-Romagna

Mosaics in Ravenna, a hilltop village in Emilia-Romagna and a traditional ham.
  • Sample Modena’s award-winning balsamic vinegar, Bologna’s rich ragù (it’s never bolognese here), and Parma’s prosciutto
  • Discover the mesmerising mosaics in Ravenna 
  • Explore the medieval core of San Marino, one of Europe’s smallest and prettiest micro-states

On this 10-day Italy itinerary across the Emilia Romagna region, you’ll flit between five impressive UNESCO-listed attractions and savour the region’s revered gastronomy. 

Start your trip with three nights in Bologna, the regional capital. Già Baglioni is a fab heritage stay. Spend two slow-paced days marvelling at the city’s sights such as the iconic Two Towers (book tickets to climb), Bologna University, the oldest in the Western world, and the UNESCO-listed porticoes leading to the Sanctuary of the Madonna di San Luca.

Sample traditional dishes at Trattoria Anna Maria – the ragü is sublime – or more modern takes at out-of-city FICO (Eatly), a vast foodie theme park. If you’ve still got an appetite, book in for one of these Bologna foodie tours and gorge on more delicacies.

For your third day in the city, combine two of the most popular day trips from Bologna into a gourmet outing by train. Start with a balsamic vinegar tasting in Modena, then visit Parma to join a Parmigiano Reggiano factory tour and sample local prosciutto

On day four, head to medieval Brisighella (one hour drive, 90 minutes by train and bus), where a laid-back day of wooden-beamed streets and enchanting countryside views from clock towers and castles awaits. Spend the night at the charming Hotel La Rocca, or continue to coastal Rimini.

Day five can be spent tanning on Rimini’s Adriatic Coast, known for lively beach clubs and parasols, or seeking out the city’s history. The Malatestiano Temple (Rimini’s hulking cathedral) and the 2nd-century Domus del Chirugo archaeological site are worth a visit. For lunch, try Brodetto, a delicious fish stew.

On day six, start early with a short ‘international’ 40-minute drive or direct bus to San Marino. Clinging to the slopes of Mount Titano, the natural setting is as splendid as the medieval capital’s core. Stated to be the world’s oldest republic – founded in the 4th century – a handful of quirky museums tell its stories. Stay overnight (Hotel Titano is characterful) for a sublime crowd-free sunset and Sammarinese cuisine dinner.

On day seven, head to Ravenna (a 90-minute drive or bus and train via Rimini) to explore the city’s eight UNESCO-listed 6th-century buildings. Don’t miss the Byzantine-style mosaics at Basilica of San Vitale or Chiesa di Sant’Eufemia, nor the domed magic of Battistero Neoniano. Book a central heritage hotel for two nights, such as Albergo Cappello, to maximise your time.

Finish up in the UNESCO-listed Renaissance city of Ferrara on day nine (70 minutes by car or train); Castello Estense and the archaeological museum are standouts. Then, the next morning, it’s a quick trip back to Bologna or Venice for onward travel.

When to go: With food being a huge focus, this itinerary works year-round, though spring and autumn are most tempting thanks to fewer crowds and milder weather. Events and festivities you could plan a visit around include San Marino’s Medieval Day, usually in late July; opera season in Bologna, which runs from October until June; or Notte Rosa, Rimini’s coastal celebration marking the arrival of summer.

Recommended by Dan from Dan Flying Solo

The Best of Southern Italy: 10 Days in Naples, Amalfi & Sorrento

Naples, Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast, a 10 day holiday in Italy.
  • Explore the birthplace of Pizza
  • Visit the jet-setting island of Capri
  • See the picturesque seaside towns and villages on the Amalfi Coast
  • Visit the oldest known amphitheatre in Ancient Rome

Home to some of the most historical and ancient towns in Italy, the south offers an ideal blend of history, culture, cuisine, and picturesque locations.

Start off with two days in the bustling city of Naples. The city is well connected to the rest of the country and is easily accessible by plane, car, train, and even by ferry. Known for its edgy street life and historical attractions such as the Royal Palace of Naples and Castel dell’Ovo, you won’t run out of things to do. In-between all the exploring you must take time out to indulge in some authentic Neapolitan pizza.

On day three, take the train to Pompei Villa dei Misteri. This archeological site is one of the best ways to get a glimpse of ancient Roman daily life. Highlights of a visit include the Gladiator Barracks, the Forum Baths, and the Amphitheater.

Next up is the gorgeous Amalfi Coast. Take a bus from Naples to the town of Amalfi. From here you have the option of staying in any of the picturesque villages like Positano, Atrani, Vietri Sul Mare, and Ravello. Spend your days soaking up the sun on one of the beaches or taking a boat tour along the coast. 

On day seven, continue by train to the charming coastal town of Sorrento where you get the opportunity to explore lemon groves, narrow streets, and views of Mount Vesuvius.

On day nine, Take the early morning hydrofoil to Capri from Sorrento’s port. While this glamorous island is not known for its cheap island vacations, it offers stunning natural beauty, world-class shopping, and the Blue Grotto.

Conclude this trip with a ferry ride from Capri to Naples as an excellent ending to the best of Southern Italy.

When to go: The best time to visit this region is during the shoulder seasons of April to May or September to October. During this time you get to experience pleasant weather with fewer crowds and minimal rain.

Recommended by Rai from A Rai of Light

Italian Outdoor Adventure: 10 Days of Hiking, Biking & Kayaking in the North

The Dolomites, Cinque Terre and Tuscany in Italy.
  • Experience the grandeur of the Italian Alps by hiking in the Dolomites
  • Hike and kayak in Cinque Terre
  • Bike through the Italian countryside in Tuscany

The beautiful natural areas of northern Italy can be enjoyed in a trip focused on outdoor adventure. Hiking in the Dolomites, hiking and kayaking in Cinque Terre, and biking in Tuscany all fit perfectly into a 10-day trip.

Start in Venice and take a rental car or the bus to the mountain town of Cortina d’Ampezzo. This magnificent destination is the perfect base for day hiking trips in the Southern Dolomites.

Regional buses can drop you off and pick you up from the many trailheads nearby. For a bit more adventure, a hut to hut overnight hiking trip allows you to wake up in the heart of the Italian Alps. Huts offer delicious food and your favourite drinks. The Tre Cime di Lavaredo Circuit is a jaw-dropping loop trail around massive Dolomite peaks.

After four days of spectacular alpine beauty, head to Cinque Terre on the Italian Riviera. Hiking between the five seaside villages yields vast ocean views. You’ll traipse through vineyards, old forests, and past colourful houses that cling to the cliffside trails. The train connecting the old fishing villages makes returning to your starting point easy.

To see the colourful villages by the sea, rent a kayak on the Riomaggiore waterfront. Explore caves and deserted beaches by paddling to the east of the town.

The final three days of your adventure is spent biking through the stunning scenery of Tuscany. Drive to the medieval town of Montepulciano to use as a starting point. Rent a bike here and take the scenic back roads to the historic towns of Monticchiello or Pienza, famous for its pecorino cheese. An e-bike rental will make the rolling hills easier while you guide past grape arbours and lines of cypress trees.

When to go: Early summer or fall is the best time for this itinerary, as the weather is mild and there are less people on the hiking trails.

Recommended by Karen of Outdoor Adventure Sampler

The Green Heart of Italy: 10-day Road Trip Through Umbria

Umbria's countryside, with wineries and plane trees. The perfect destination for a 10 day road trip in Italy.
  • Wander the atmospheric streets of Assisi, following in the footsteps (literally) of visiting pilgrims
  • Take part in the fall wine harvest at a local vineyard
  • Marvel at the Marmore Waterfall en route to Spoleto, the second highest in Europe
  • Join an Italian cooking class and learning how to make proper pasta

Umbria is a wonderful region of Italy and perfect for an Italian road trip. Within an hour of leaving Rome, you’ll be in the luscious Umbrian landscape of olive groves, vineyards, dense forests and rolling hills.

Start in Spoleto, often overlooked in favour of its famous neighbours, and a true hidden gem. Nestled in a beautiful wooded setting, Spoleto’s independent nature has allowed it to thrive and progress as a town in its own right rather than a tourist hot spot. Here you’ll enjoy a more authentic experience than you will find in many of Italy’s more well-known tourist destinations.

Next is Assisi, the birth and final resting place of St Francis of Assisi. A beautiful medieval hill town with geranium-filled streets, charming piazzas and panoramic views, Assisi is a must-see in Umbria. Wreathed in history and religion, the magnificent Basilica di San Francesco, perched on its rocky crag, draws pilgrims and tourists from across the globe.

Move on to Perugia, the capital of Umbria known for its medieval defensive walls, ancient university and impressive Gothic cathedral. From here, it’s an easy drive south to the wine country and Orvieto, a dramatic hilltop city with a 13th century Duomo and an underground Etruscan cave network that’s over 2,500 years old. 

When to go: Known as ‘il cuore verde d’Italia’, the green heart of Italy, Umbria is best visited between April and June for wildflowers, trees in bud and warming temperatures. From September to October, the countryside comes alive with the grape harvest and the bounty it brings, and food festivals are held in every town and village.

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Trulli & Chill: 10 Days in Puglia & the Gargano Coast

A trullo house in Puglia, the coastline and a village on the Gargano Coast in Italy.
  • Discover the beauty of Bari
  • Walk amongst the trulli houses in Alberobello
  • Go beach-hopping in Vieste
  • Spend the night in a traditional Italian farmhouse

Bari is the gateway to Puglia, served by an airport that receives plenty of flights (especially during the tourist season). Another option is to fly into a larger airport (such as Rome) and hop on a train or bus.

Plan to spend two days in the city so that you can check out both the Old Town and the New Town. The Old Town is home to beautiful churches, such as the Basilica of San Nicola and the church of San Sabino, the imposing Bari Castle, and small, narrow cobbled streets.

Its promenade, the Lungomare Nazario Sauro, stretches for about 1 km from the harbour to the Parco per Cani and is fantastic to burn off those calories after you’ve indulged in the local staples: focaccia barese and orecchiette. iH Hotels Bari Oriente is a great choice if you are looking for some pampering, which is close to the train station, the Old Town, and the beach.

On day three, plan a day trip to Alberobello. Whether you choose the bus or the train, this charming place is within easy reach of Bari. Spend your time walking among the trulli, getting lost in the alleyways, and stopping to take a lot of photos.

Make your way back to Bari and hop on a train to Foggia. Then continue by bus to Vieste. If you prefer to drive, this is the leg of the trip that would benefit most from having your own transportation.

Spend the rest of your time in Vieste. The city is small, yet there is plenty to do. And if you love spending time on the beach, you’ll be spoiled for choice. While there are plenty of camping sites tucked away in the mountains, you will want to stay close to the beach. B&B Pizzomunno e Cristalda Rooms are close to the water, right in the middle of the town, and offer great views.

Allow for a day to explore the Old Town, getting into all the nooks and crannies. Visit churches, grab some souvenirs, and stop for a pizza with a view! Especially if you visit in summer, do spend a day at the beach. Spiaggia di San Lorenzo, Spiaggia di Castello and Spiaggia di Vieste are the most popular to check out.

On day eight, it’s time for another day trip. Hop on a bus or rent a car and head to Peschici. Another charming seaside town, with gorgeous beaches, a very interesting castle, a lovely Old Town, and exquisite gelato shops! Another option for a day trip is Manfredonia. It is also home to an imposing castle and a beautiful promenade.

Spend your last day in Vieste at a farmhouse. You’ll be delighted with a (very) long lunch. Pecorino foggiano and Caciocavallo Podolico are two of the local cheeses to enjoy. Enjoy dipping freshly baked bread in the local olive oil infused with herbs. Eat your way through various seafood, pasta dishes, and sweets.

When to go: Puglia is a year-round destination. However, certain times of year offer a chance to be immersed in the local culture and traditions. Travelling around Christmas means visiting Christmas Markets and witnessing Presepi Viventi (live nativity scenes). In August and September, Vieste in Love brings a variety of performers and local artisans to Vieste’s streets. And if you want to eat a lot of focaccia, a local staple food, head to Bari in February.

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Easy Italian Winter Getaway: 10 Days in Milan & Turin

Turin and Milan in winter.
  • Visit the Duomo di Milano (Milan Cathedral)
  • Tour Turin’s UNESCO-listed royal residences of the House of Savoy
  • Try typical regional dishes, including Risotto alla Milanese (Lombardy) and Gnocchi al Castelmagno (Piedmont)
  • Enjoy local Christmastime events

Although many travellers choose to spend a short weekend in cities such as Milan and Turin, 10 days will allow you to enjoy them more slowly. Dedicate a full five days to each.

Start in Milan, the city of contrasts, where internationally famous art museums and impressive medieval cathedrals stand alongside dozens of luxury boutiques, high-end restaurants, and trendy cocktail bars.

On your first three days, focus on the city itself. Visit the awe-inspiring Duomo, one of the largest cathedrals in the world, marvel at the architecture of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, wander around the canal district Navigli, see Da Vinci’s ‘Last Supper’, and stroll through the lovely Brera neighbourhood to admire the incredible art collection at the Pinacoteca di Brera.

In December, Milan is not only beautifully decorated, but it also hosts several big Christmas markets, including one near the Duomo and another surrounding the Sforza Castle, which is also worth visiting. Be sure to buy panettone, a traditional Milanese Christmastime cake that has become popular all over Italy.

On day four, take the metro to Fiera Milano, an event venue just outside the city that hosts a huge artisan Christmas fair with thousands of stalls selling products and food from all across the globe. On day five, take a day trip by train to the lovely lakeside town of Como or book a guided tour of Lake Como.

Continue to Turin, located only a 1-hour train ride from Milan. This city feels much more authentic and much less touristy, making it an ideal destination. Being the capital city of several kingdoms ruled by the House of Savoy, including the unified Kingdom of Italy, this royal city is also a symbol of Italian liberty. The dynasty’s palaces and villas in Turin and Piedmont are listed as one UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Apart from a day trip to the Savoy’s Palace of Venaria and Castello de La Mandria, there are plenty of things to do in Turin in four days. From visiting the Palazzo Reale and the jaw-dropping Egyptian Museum to wandering Europe’s largest open-air market and exploring the iconic Mole Antonelliana building (housing the world’s tallest museum), you’ll never get bored.

Being the birthplace of solid chocolate and the aperitivo tradition, sampling sweets like gianduiotto and cremino, as well as enjoying Italian happy hour, is also a must-do.

When to go: While both Turin and Milan can be visited throughout the seasons, the festive look they wear in December, along with the Christmas markets and other events that take place, make winter a special time to visit these northern Italian cities.

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Secret Beaches & Pristine Parks: 10 Days in Italy on the Adriatic Coast

The mountains and waterways of the Trabocchi Coast, the perfect offbeat destination for 10 days in Italy.
  • Explore the Adriatic seaport of Ancona
  • Swim at blue flag beaches on the Trabocchi Coast
  • Discover Majella National Park, a hidden gem in Italy

One of the most underrated parts of Italy is the Eastern Coast or Adriatic Coast. You have surely heard of the unspoiled beaches of Puglia and the islets in the Venetian Lagoon, two very popular destinations on the Italian Adriatic coast. But I bet you don’t know the regions in between, namely Marche and Abruzzo. With a 10-day road trip, you can discover the hidden gems of the East Coast, including some of the most beautiful beaches in Italy.

Ancona is the capital of the Marche Region in Italy and is located on the Adriatic Sea. The city features a number of masterpieces of art and architecture, including the Cathedral of St. Cyriac, Mole Vanvitelliana, and Piazza del Plebiscito. Ancona also has a street art neighbourhood in the Capodimonte area, which has become famous for its murals. Despite being a port city, the sea is clean, and the city is much underrated.

Dedicate at least two days to Ancona, then head south to discover the Conero Coast in the Marche region. You will need at least three days to explore the area.

The Conero Regional Park in Le Marche is a beautiful promontory with beaches surrounded by woods and turquoise sea. The most beautiful beaches in the area include Mezzavalle Beach, Due Sorelle Beach, Urbani Beach, and Spiaggia del Frate, all of which offer spectacular sunrise views. Visitors can also explore charming villages with extraordinary sea views, such as Sirolo and Numana.

Head further south along the Adriatic Coast and arrive in Abruzzo. This region in southern Italy is famous for its genuine and flavorful food, as well as its blue-flag beaches. The Trabocchi Coast, which stretches 60 km from Ortona to Vasto, boasts 100% blue flag beaches, such as San Vito Chietino, Fossacesia Marina, and Punta Aderci Beach.

These beaches have crystal-clear waters, and the area is named after wooden pilings used by fishermen. Today, trabocchi houses mouthwatering seafood restaurants like Trabocco Punta Fornace. 

The small city of Ortona is also worth visiting for its beautiful sea view and delicious gelato at Giogoloso, an excellent Sicilian gelato shop.

After visiting all these beaches, you may be craving a change of scenery. Get ready to discover one of the most off-the-beaten-path national parks in Italy, Majella National Park.

The Majella National Park in Abruzzo is just a 45-minute drive from the Trabocchi Coast and offers a cooler mountain climate for walks and hikes. Visitors can explore small mountain villages, nature walks, and hidden treasures like the Hermitages of San Bartolomeo and the Hermitage of Santo Spirito. The Orfento Valley and Cusano Waterfall are also worth a visit, with traditional mountain dishes available at Osteria del Belvedere in Roccamorice.

When to go: The best season to enjoy this trip is summer. You will find that compared to other coastal regions of Italy, the Adriatic Coast is not too crowded even in high season. I recommend starting your trip from Ancona. 

Recommended by Lisa of Travel Connect Experience

Summer in Lombardy: 10 Days in Milan, Lake Como & Bergamo

The spires of Milan Cathedral, Lake Como and Bergamo.
  • Experience the busy fashion capital of Italy
  • Soak up stunning lakeside scenery in Como
  • Walk the charming streets of Bergamo

This 10-day Northern Italian Lombardy road trip starts in Milan and visits Lake Como before culminating in Bergamo. Spend two nights in Milan, enjoying some of the events on offer as well as the top sights to see, which include the Duomo (and rooftop!), the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, the Sforzesco Castle, museums, and more. 

From Milan, drive up to Como and stay the night. Como is a lovely little city with a cute market, boutique shops and a funicular to Brunate for stunning views. 

From here, drive to Menaggio for two nights, stopping at the many little villages along the way. A suggestion here is to visit the beautiful Villa Carlotta. Here you can also enjoy a day trip via boat to Bellagio, the famous village opposite.

From Menaggio, drive all the way up to Gera Lario and back down to Varenna. There are dozens of picturesque spots and restaurants along the way, and it’s worth stopping off even for just a coffee. The northern part of Lake Como is less touristy, perfect for those wanting to escape busy areas. Stay two nights in Varenna for some relaxation and a taste of Italian village life.

Lastly, travel to Bergamo in the south. Still within the Lombardy region, it is a great little city full of welcoming ambience, cobblestone streets and cosy restaurants for late nights out. For a bit of luxury, stay at Mercure Bergamo Centro Palazzo Dolci in the city centre.

When to go: This itinerary is to be done in either spring or summer if travelling by car. It can be done with a local bus too.

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Cities of Northern Italy: 10 Days in Venice, Verona & Bologna

Verona, Venice and Bologna, three beautiful cities in the north of Italy to visit in 10 days.
  • Explore Venice at a slow pace
  • Have your Romeo and Juliet moment in Verona
  • Take a food tour in Bologna, Italy’s foodie capital
  • Visit artisanal workshops to see how delicacies such as balsamic vinegar and parmigiano reggiano cheese are made

Start in Venice, the Queen of the Adriatic. You can fly into Marco Polo Airport on the mainland and then take a water taxi into the historic centre, where you will spend three days taking in sights such as the Doge’s Palace and St. Mark’s Basilica, along with a trip to the smaller islands of Murano and Burano.

On day four, visit the historic university town of Padua, easily accessed by train if you are not driving. You can do it as a day trip from Venice to avoid moving bases too frequently. In Padua, don’t miss the Scrovegni Chapel, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Next, take the train or drive to Verona, the setting for Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’. Wander the pretty historic centre, admire the Roman Arena, and enjoy the views from the Lamberti Tower. You can see the highlights of Verona in one busy day.

On day six, take a day trip by train to Vicenza, where you can admire the architecture of Andrea Palladio, who designed many beautiful villas as well as buildings in the historic centre.

The following day, take the train or drive to Bologna, the foodie capital of Italy, where you will base yourself for the rest of your visit. One of the best things to do in Bologna is take a food tour. Also climb to the top of the Asinelli Tower for sensational views, and walk the many porticoes.

On days eight and nine, take day trips by train to smaller cities in the region. You can visit Modena, the home of the world’s best balsamic vinegar, Parma, known for its ham and Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, or Ravenna, home to fabulous Byzantine mosaics.

When to go: From a weather perspective, this itinerary is great for spring and fall, when you will also avoid the peak summer crowds.

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