Italy in two weeks

How to visit Italy in two weeks: Venice, Florence, Tuscany, Rome, Cinque Terre and the Amalfi coast. Find out the best destinations to visit if you can count on two weeks in Italy.

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Two weeks in Italy are probably the minimum time needed to give you a fair view and feeling about this wonderful country: you should be able to see many of Italy highlights and spend a decent time in each one of them.

This is a potential itinerary, based on my tastes and on a tight schedule (reasonable days in brackets). It’s based on the hypothesis you are purchasing and “open jaws” ticket,  to save valuable time. A round trip would imply at least half a day more.

I tried to use train / public transportation as far as possible, and showed (in brackets) average transfer times.

These are just ideas, with decent logistics. Days to be spent in the different places are very rough: they depends on your tastes and interests. Feel free to mix everything up, it’s your holiday!

1  Venice – (2-3 days), Ferry Boat in Venice + a lot of walking (and maybe a romantic gondola ride – clik to know more). Of course Rialto, San Marco and Palazzo dei Dogi, but also fancy Museums (Punta della Dogana) and off the beaten track walks . If you are travelling with kids, have  a look at a child oriented itinerary. On the third day visit Murano-Torcello- Burano (1 day, ferry). Main highlights, and especially San Marco church, have very long queues. To skip the line and to know more about its masterpieces, a guided tour could be a clever option. Click here for a good San Marco guided tour.

Gondola con Amorino

Where to stay in Venice:

2 – Florence (1-2 days), depending if you are keen on museums or not. Uffizi, Michelangelo’s David (in Galleria dell’accademia, the one in front of Palazzo Vecchio is a copy) , Palazzo Vecchio, Santa Croce, San Miniato, piazzale Michelangiolo, Via Tornabuoni, Palazzo Pitti, Boboli, Fiesole (20-30’ out of town). Have a look here for a one day walking itinerary.  In case you prefer a guided tour, or to skip the line in the main museum, just click here

Where to stay in Florence:

3 – Florence >> Pisa  (Lucca) >> Cinque Terre (1 day). It take a little less than 3 hours to go by train from Florence to the Cinque Terre area, via Pisa. Lucca is half an hour from Pisa by train. If you decide to visit also Lucca, you could consider spending the night in one of the two towns (I personally prefer Lucca).

4 – “Cinque Terre”. It’s worth spending 1-2 days at Cinque Terre, but should also visit Portofino and San Fruttuoso (convenient boat services/tour available). Sestri Levante, lovely little town located between Portofino and the Cinque Terre could be a good Base. Don’t use a car, parking is a nightmare. (2 days).


5 -Sestri / “Cinque Terre” – Siena / Tuscany country side. Here you could consider renting a car,  to provide you with all the freedom you want to explore this fascinating countryside. Tuscany country side >>> Rome. Chianti, Monteriggioni, Siena, MontalcinoVal d’Orcia, Pienza, Montepulciano >>> Rome. (1-2 days, even more if you like the countryside and the good food).

This itinerray assumes you rent a car, by far my suggested option. In case you didn’t feel comfortabledriving on Tuscany country roads, then you can use Florence as a hub and join Tuscany country side guided tours. Here are my recommended ones.

Where to stay in Tuscany: Monteriggioni (Siena)

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6 – Rome (3-4 days or more). You don’t want to have a car in Rome; walk + on & off buses (follow this link to reserve one with a discount). Bicycles or scooters, if you dare, are fantastic solutions!). Spanish steps, Piazza Navona, Panteon, Fontana di Trevi, Campo dei Fiori, Old Ghetto, Trastevere. St Peter (consider climbing on the Cupola) + Vatican Museum (RESERVE! queues are terrible – click here if you wish to reserve your visit with Ticketbar).

Mercati di Traiano, Fori Imperiali (including Orti Farnesiani), Colosseum, Palatino are unmissable destinations, and for this reason may be crowded. Purchasing the ticket in advance is a clever way to skip the line and to save time (click to know more).

Don’t miss Trastevere + Isola Tiberina (very lively area in summer time, funny & crowded). Appia antica + Catacombs (best by bike, you can rent one in via Appia), medieval Rome and its underground treasures.  If you are a running fanatic, don’t miss Villa Borghese and the awesome Borghese Gallery.  Villa Adriana and Villa D’Este, both in Tivoli (30 km from Rome) make a pleasant day trip out of town .

Rome_Spanish steps

Where to stay in Rome:

7 – Rome >>Naples/Sorrento (2/3 days) Train. You can sleep in Naples or, better, in Sorrento. Visit Pompei, Sorrento, Positano, Ravello, Capri. Naples is also worth a visit. You can use public transports: boat service between Sorrento and Positano is very convenient, while buses, especially to Ravello, could be extremely crowded (consider sharing a taxi with fellow travelers). Renting a car could be an option in high season, but car parks are very expensive (and driving on the costiera is an experience on its own!).

For more info about Amalfi coast visit my posts: Capri: breathtaking Faraglioni and Natural Arch walking tour and Best of Amalfi coast


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7 Replies to “Italy in two weeks”

  1. I must state that yours is a very well written blog. We spent two weeks in Italy’16 and very much followed an itinerary similar to what you have proposed. However we added Milan as our flight out was from there. We did not include CT as we had read that cramming CT to a 2 week trip in Italy would have been rather hectic. We are middle aged and wanted to take things rather laid back. Mine was a complete DIY trip and I thought I should share my experience with other first- time would be travellers to Italy. So I have started a very hands- on kind of travel blog which is almost 75% Glad if you can critique the same and hope that others will visit my blog and benefit.

  2. Hi- we are taking our 2 boys in 2018. My favorite is Venice and my husband loves the Amalfi coast. Is this doable in 2 weeks adding CT, Pisa, Pomeii and Rome?

    1. How old are your boys? Children have their own pace, and need time to relax and play, on top of visiting. By the way, you are not mentioning Florence and Tuscany, unless you have already seen them you may probably wish to spend some time there.
      So, coming back to your question: yes, you can do it:
      Day 1: getting to Venice, check in, relax
      Day 2-3: Venice and the lagoon (Murano, Burano)
      Day 4: Venice >> CT (this will take close to one day, change train in Milan)
      Day: 5-6 CT
      Day 7: CT >> Pisa (visit the leaning tower, reserve in advance!!!) Sleep in Florence
      Day 8: Florence >> Rome (1,5 hours) >> Check in, city center walk (look for my post for detailed itinerary)
      Day 9-10: Explore Rome
      Day 11> Rome – Sorrento Check in, relax (yu may squeeze Pompei in day 11 if you leave early)
      Day 12: Visit Pompei (or Capri if you already seen Pompei on day 11)
      Day 13: Visit Amalfi coast: Positano, Ravello, Amalfi (renting a car could be a good idea)
      Day 14: Back to Rome & fly home

      In my opinion, this is doable if your children are at least 8-9 and used to travel, otherwise too tiring.

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