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.
Alternatively, if you are in Italy in the first half of February, you could spend a couple of days in Venice and enjoy the renowned Carnival
Hope this helps. Enjoy your trip to Italy!