Italy from North to South – four weeks efficient itinerary

The dream of my solo Italian trip is drawing nearer in April/May2016 or Sept/Oct..already planning. I wish to do most of the trip by rail,independantly and rely on day tours if required. I plan to have 4 weeks. Flights from Australia arrive at Rome,Venice and Milan.
I wish to see the following Venice (3full days), Florence (3 full days),Sienna(1night) Milan (1 night), Verona (1Day), Lake Como(2days??), Cinque Terra/Portofino (3nights), Rome (4 full days), Amalfi Coast/Positano (5Days) including a day trip to Isle of Capri and blue grotto,Naples/Pompeii(2 Days)
As my Dad was bases in Foggia in WW2 as Pilot, I would like to visit somewhere there also, but not essential.  Would you mind suggesting an order to this dream itinerary please? Any tips on choosing  some private tours that take you to arty and alternate non touristy places would be great too. I am not into Museums andCathedrals, but love scenery,modern art/street art, coffee and people watching!

Thanks so much, Debra


Hi Debra, forgive the delay in answering you (Xmas holidays!).

I think your itinerary makes perfect sense, and most of it is feasible by rail (you may need to take buses in Amalfi coast, trains only get to Sorrento.
You may probably wish to land in Milan/Venice, and fly back from Rome (or the other way round), it will save you half a day.
An efficient itinerary could be:
– Venice
– Verona (you may consider spending some time on the Garda lake – Sirmione/Peschiera/Lazise)
– Milan
– Lake Como
– Milan>>Cinque Terre/Portofino
– Cinque Terre Florence (Leave a couple of days to visit awesome Lucca and Pisa)
– Florence
– Siena (I would add Tuscany country side, especially Pienza, Montalcino, Montepulciano, Bagno Vignoni and, close to Siena, Monte Riggioni and San Gimignano) – Find a tour in Florence that suit your needs and interest
– Florence- Rome (you may consider a stop in Orvieto, it’s a train stop in the non high speed train line)
– Rome
– Rome >> Naples (spend at least 1/2 day in the historical city center)
– Naples >> Capri >> Amalfi coast
– Naples >> Rome >>Back Home
Hope this helps. Enjoy your trip to Italy.
Hello JP

Thankyou very kindly for your response. Your suggestions are excellent and I agree a Tuscan experience would be great.
I wish you a Happy 2015!

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