The Classic 2-3 week Italian Trip

Dec 10, 2019
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Squeezing all the highlights of Italy into a 2-3 week itinerary is a challenge, but it's doable.

Start in Rome, where 4-5 days should see you pretty much absorb all the must-sees from this home to 2,000 years of incredible art, culture & architecture. By the time you've sauntered through the Roman Forum, the Colosseum and St Peter's you'll have plenty of time to just wander round the streets of Trastevere to sample the food and the living museum that is the Eternal City.

Where to Stay in Rome

Great Tours Around Rome

don't forget to....

...explore the Piazzas, especially the must see Piazza Navona & Campo de Fiori

...tick off the Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain & the Pantheon

...check out the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore


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A side trip (or day trip) to the south provides the perfect opportunity to experience two very unique highlights of any trip to Italy - the very reflective ruins of Pompeii, and Naples, the home of pizza. Or, if Roman ruins and Renaissance gardens are more your thing, a day trip to Tivoli takes in Hadrian's Villa and the sublime Villa d'Este.

Heading north, Florence provides a wonderful base to explore Tuscany & beyond. After 2 -3 days of indulging your Renaissance art fetishes in the many galleries and the Duomo, and wandering both sides of the Arno several times, head out into the countryside. Gothic Siena and medieval San Gimignano are a great contrast to Florence, and open-air architectural masterpieces well worth a day of exploration.

Where to Stay in Florence

Great Tours around Florence & Tuscany

don't forget to....

...explore the Southern side of the Arno

...go shopping on the Ponte Vecchio

...visit as many of the amazing smaller churches in addition to the Duomo