I got a few requests to post my itinerary for my Italy trip, so here it is! When I was planning my trip to Italy, I quickly learned that two weeks was just not enough to visit all the amazing destinations in Italy. I could spend forever in that country!
This was my first time in Italy so I focused on visiting the most popular cities: Rome, Venice and Florence. Another must for me was Cinque Terre since I love how colorful and cheery the cityscape looked in contrast to the bright blue ocean.
If you want to do a true Italy-only trip, it’s super easy to take the train to Milan instead of to Nice from Cinque Terre and fly back home to the US from there.
For me, a Europe trip isn’t complete without a quick stopover to Paris since one of my best friends now lives there, so we went over to Nice so I could fly to Paris cheaply. Flying back home to the US from Paris worked out perfectly with how I needed to book my flights for under $225 (with points!).
My 14-Day Italy Itinerary
|TRAVEL & MAIN ATTRACTIONS
|New York City (JFK) to London (LHR)
|Fly Virgin Atlantic from New York to London Heathrow Airport
9:30pm to 9:25am (~7 hrs)
|London (STN) to
|Explore London during quick 9-hr layover
Fly AirRyan from London Stansted Airport to Rome Ciampino Airport
6:10pm to 9:40pm (2.5 hrs)
|9AM – City Bike Tour with Top Bike Rental – Recommend!!
5PM – Food Tour with Sophie Minchilli
|2:30PM – Vatican Tour with Dark Rome Tours
|3PM – Colosseum Tour with Dark Rome Tours (not recommended, DIY!)
|Rome to Venice
|Train from Roma Termini to Venezia St. Lucia (~3.5 hrs) – 80€
(Use Sunday for longest travel day because most things are closed)
Most restaurants were closed in Venice on a Sunday 🙁
|Wake up and explore city (St. Mark’s Sq) before cruise ships Dock at 9AM!
Ate Tapas (Blog Post to Come!)
|Venice to Florence
|Train from Venezia St Lucia to Firenze Santa Maria Novella (~2 hrs) – 45€
|1PM Cooking Class with Accidental Tourist
|Museum Day – 12:45 PM Galleria degli Uffizi, 3:45 PM Galleria dell’Accademia
Buy tickets online for 10.50€ to each museum to have a shorter wait in line
|Florence to Pisa to
|Train from Firenze to Pisa Centrale (short regional train, 50 mins)
Pisa to Cinque Terre/Monterosso (~2 hrs)
There are direct trains for 23€ per ticket. We chose a time where switched trains, from Pisa-La Spezia-Monterosso with train change at La Spezia for 10€
|Hike and Ferry through 5 towns
Dinner at Billy Trattoria & watch sunset from Manarola – Recommend!
|Cinque Terre to Nice
|Train from Monterosso to Nice – had to switch trains at border of Italy and France (~4 hrs)
See notes below about our experience taking train from Cinque Terre to Nice
Lunch at Rotisserie – Recommend!
|Nice (NCE) to
|Hang out in Paris
Comment below if you have any questions about my itinerary. I’d be more than happy to help and talk Italy with you!
I’ll be following up this post with some Italy Travel Tips – but until then, enjoy some #foodporn with my Best Bites of Italy series: