Italy in one Week: how to get the most of your trip to Italy if you only have one week available. Discover Rome, Venice and Florence Must Sees.
Are you really sure you want to see Italy in one week? Italy deserves much more time than that!
However, if this is the only time you can allocate to your trip, IMO you should limit your visiting ambitions to no more than three cities (so you won’t spend all your holiday on a train!). Rome, Florence and Venice are by far the top destinations and they are conveniently connected by high speed trains. You may also decide to choose only one or two of these three cities and spend more time there. In that case, refer to “Italy in 3 weeks” for more complete itineraries.
The “Italy in one week” itinerary is based on the hypothesis you are purchasing and “open jaws” ticket, to save valuable time. A round trip would imply half a day more. “Reasonable” time you may spend in the three cities is indicated in brackets.
1 – Rome (2-3 days)
Try to stay in a hotel in the very city center (such as Piazza Navona / Spanish steps) to save transportation time. An On & Off bus could be a good idea, at least to give you an overview of the city. A guide / organized tour could also help you making the most of the few days.
On day one, visit Trinità dei Monti (aka the Spanish Steps), Piazza Navona, Pantheon, Fontana di Trevi, Campo dei Fiori, Fori Imperiali, Palatino, Colosseum. Have your dinner in Trastevere. The day after, Visit St Peter + Vatican Museum (RESERVE! queues are terrible). After that, you may have a tour on a On & Off bus in the afternoon (click here to reserve your On & Off bus). If you still have one day, try an off the beaten track tour in medieval Rome or in the old Ghetto.
In case you are not interested in the Vatican museum, you could try to squeeze a day tour to Pompei (here you can find one)
Where to stay in Rome:
- The Hotel la Lumiere, a delightful hotel hidden a few blocks away from the Spanish steps, in posh via Condotti (click here to learn more)
2 – Florence (1-2 days, depending if you are keen on museums or not)
Have a walking tour and visit Uffizi, Michelangelo’s David (in Galleria dell’accademia, the David in front of Palazzo Vecchio is a copy) , Palazzo Vecchio, Santa Croce, San Miniato, piazzale Michelangiolo, Fiesole, via Tornabuoni, Palazzo Pitti, Boboli. On the second day, if you are not a fan of museums, you could go by bus to Siena (o rent a car, so that you could also have a look at Chianti area on your way back).
Where to stay in Florence:
- The Grand Hotel Cavour: lots of atmosphere and history for this fascinating hotel located between Santa Maria del Fiore and Palazzo Vecchio. The roof bar will seduce you (click here to know more)
3 –Venice – (2-3 days), Ferry Boat + a lot of walking.
Of course Rialto, San Marco and Palazzo dei Dogi, but also fancy Museums (such as Punta della Dogana) and off the beaten track walks (have a look at my posts).If you have a third day, visit Murano-Torcello- Burano (1 day, ferry).
Where to stay in Venice:
- The Foscari Palace: enjoy a room on the Canal Grande, just in front of Rialto market (click here to know more)
- The Hotel Pausania: a charming hotel in the off the beaten path Dorsoduro Neighborhood. Live Venice just like locals would do (click here to know more)
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