I am visiting for 9 days in February, and I am flying in and out of Rome .
Because I am also leaving from Rome, I am not sure if this limited time provides an opportunity to travel outside of Rome, as I am doubling the travel time o the return trip.
I suppose I could “train” to Florence or Siena for a day and back, but not too much more.
Hi Tim, thanks for stopping by.
The amount of sights you can fill into your 9 days depend more on your travel style than on transportation, since main touristic spots are easily reachable by high speed trains: 1,5 hours to Florence, roughly 3,5 to Venice, 1 to Naples.
So 9 days could be enough for the “classical” Rome-Venice-Florence itinerary (I woudl visit them in that order, Florence is on the Rome-Venice railway – have a look at my site for the Italy in one day itinerary:http://delightfullyitaly.com/italy-in-one-week/
That said, if you count to come back to Italy (and thus don’t need / want to see everythink in one shot), you may want to indulge in Rome and in Florence + Tuscany, visiting Siena-San Gimignano, Pienza, Lucca as day trips from Florence). In February you could expect sunny but fairly cold days.
Hope this helps. Enjoy your trip to Italy!