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Best 10 day Italy Itineraries

Are you looking to book a ten-day holiday in Italy? Here are the best travel itineraries covering everything from the most popular destinations to off the beaten path experiences. 
 

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Itinerary ideas for ten-day Italy trips

We've picked two of the best itineraries that will take you through Italy's most popular destinations in ten days. These are perfect for the first-time traveller, covering everything from Rome’s ancient sites to the atmospheric canals of Venice. 

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  • Rome - An ancient city that has seen the rise and fall of entire empires, there is no shortage of historical architecture to feast your eyes on in Rome.
  • Orvieto - Prepare for one of the most spectacular sights in Europe on the way to Orvieto, a city perched dramatically atop a sheer vertical volcanic rock.
  • Venice - Every visit to Venice should include a gondola ride as well as a trip further out into the lagoon to visit Murano and Burano.
  • Florence - A cultural and political focal point during the Renaissance, Florence is endowed with a huge variety of important buildings and famous artworks.
  • Siena - Characterised by its gorgeous architecture and picturesque main square, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is best known for its legendary Palio horse race that takes place twice per year.

Discover the full itinerary here: Taste of Italy

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  • Venice - Some of the city's most popular sights include Doge's Palace, the Piazza and Basilica di San Marco and the Bridge of Sighs. Take the Vaporetto (water bus) over to the island of San Giorgio to climb the bell tower for the best view of Venice.
  • Cinque Terre - Venture out on the footpaths of Cinque Terre, a region of Italy famed for its coastline and pastel villages. The footpaths that run between the villages were once the only way to travel in the region, and take you through olive groves, vineyards and on to idyllic vistas.
  • Florence - Start with a visit to the Galleria dell'Accademia where you can see Michelangelo's famous statue of David. Stop by the Uffizi, one of the world's oldest art galleries, or walk up to Piazzale Michelangelo, which is set on a hill on the south bank of the Arno River to take in beautiful views of the city. 
  • Rome - See some of the iconic sights such as the Colosseum and Arch of Constantine, the Forum, the Victor Emmanuel Monument, the Pantheon, Spanish Steps, Via Dei Condotti and Piazza Venezia. 

Discover the full itinerary here: Highlights of Italy

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Ten-day Italy itinerary ideas for budget travellers

If you're looking to explore Italy on a backpacker's budget, here are two great itinerary suggestions that will cover some of the country's top sights without breaking the bank. 

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  • Rome - See the most famous monuments of Rome, starting with the Trevi Fountain before moving onto the Pantheon, Piazza Navona, Castel Sant'Angelo and finally, the imposing Vatican City. 
  • Florence - Visit the leather market, the beautiful Ponte Vecchio, and Florence's jaw-dropping cathedral; then, head to one of the city’s lively squares and finish the day with an Italian aperitivo.
  • Milan - Start by visiting the most impressive landmark in the city, the Duomo, and then continue onto the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, an elegant 19th-century shopping arcade. Once the sun sets, head to the city’s nightlife hub: the Navigli.
  • Lake Como- Set against the foothills of the Alps, prepare to be amazed by the beautiful, dramatic landscapes in this region.
  • TurinEnjoy an orientation walk next to the Roman Quadrilateral, Piazza Castello and much more.

Discover the full itinerary here: Italy Escape

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  • Rome - Kick-start your time here by visiting the seat of the Catholic Church, the Vatican City. Join a sightseeing tour that covers the Vatican Museums, St. Peter's Basilica, and world-renowned artworks such as Michelangelo's statue, the Pietà. 
  • Sorrento - Journey south to the Bay of Naples and stop in the nearby coastal town of Sorrento. This is a great jumping-off point if you want to visit Positano and the Amalfi Coast. 
  • Assisi - Largely unchanged since the 12th century, Assisi’s highlights include St. Francis's birthplace, including the medieval ramparts and the Basilica of St. Francis. 
  • Venice - Admire the Bridge of Sighs, the ornate Doge's Palace and the Byzantine Basilica of St. Mark. 
  • Pisa - After Venice, travel south to the famous town of Pisa. Explore the Square of Miracles, featuring the Leaning Tower, Cathedral and Baptistery. 

Discover the full itinerary here: Italian Scene 2019 2020

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The Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi
The Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi

Itinerary ideas for a ten-day food and wine tour of Italy

Sampling the country’s top culinary delights is one of the best ways to explore Italian culture. If you’re dreaming of a culinary trip through Italy, the itineraries below offer inspiration for a trip that focuses on the country’s renowned wineries and fresh, local food.

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  • Montefioralle - Visit the fortified hilltop village of Montefioralle, considered the most ancient 'borgo' in Chianti, and then head to a local vineyard for a wine tasting.
  • Radda - Walk through local woodlands to admire the famous emerald vineyards valleys. Afterward, taste the highly-acclaimed Chianti Classico at a local winery.
  • Siena - Explore the city’s museums and stunning Duomo, or simply relax in one of the many outdoor cafés in Piazza del Campo. Learn about Tuscan wines during a fun, interactive course at the Tuscan Wine School.
  • Florence - Visit the magnificent city of Florence, the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance, with an enormous wealth of historical sites, museums, galleries, churches and architectural delights.
  • San Gimignano - Explore this top sites in this beautiful town, from the Palazzo Comunale to the Pinacoteca and the Torre Grossa.

Discover the full itinerary here: Chianti Walking & Wine

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  • Venice - Enjoy a gondola ride under the bridges of Venice and along the Grand Canal, exploring winding canals, ancient mansions and magnificent public buildings.
  • Modena - Visit a producer of traditional balsamic vinegar, where you can taste a range of vinegar samples and enjoy a light lunch. 
  • Florence - Take a walking tour of Florence, including a visit to the Academy of Fine Arts to admire Michelangelo’s David.
  • San Gimignano- Discover the walled medieval town of San Gimignano. Visit a Tuscan farmhouse and learn about local wine and oil production techniques. Afterward, enjoy a rustic lunch featuring the region’s wine and produce.
  • Rome - Go on a walking tour of the historic centre to see iconic landmarks including the Spanish Steps and the Trevi Fountain. Visit the Roman Forum and the ancient marvel of the Colosseum.

Discover the full itinerary here: Taste of Italy 2020

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Itinerary ideas for a ten-day trip in Northern Italy

Enjoy Northern Italy's breathtaking regions by exploring its cities, landscapes, art and food. The Italian Lake District is a popular destination, and you can also cross the border into Switzerland to tick another country off your bucket list. 

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  • Lake Maggiore - Lake Maggiore, surrounded by the Lepontine Alps, overlooks small villages, 19th-century villas and unique gardens whose beauty is recognised and appreciated throughout the world.
  • Como - Como is a city of culture and the Old Town features elements from its Roman and medieval past, as well as religious buildings and palaces.
  • St. Moritz - Drive to the world-renowned Swiss mountain resort of St. Moritz. Marvel at the scenery of the Alps, from monumental glaciers to steep gorges and magnificent mountains.
  • Menaggio - Take a look at some of Menaggio’s lovely little churches: San Stefano, San Giusto and San Carlo, which features a beautiful bell tower.
  • Parma - Since Ancient Roman times, the city of Parma has been considered Italy’s gastronomic capital — so get your taste buds ready to experience a wealth of culinary delights.

Discover the full itinerary here: Bellissimo Italy

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  • Saronno - Well known for its almond biscuits (amaretti), and for producing the almond-flavoured liqueur called Amaretto, you can satisfy your sweet tooth in this town.
  • Lake Como - Lake Como is only a short drive from Saronno, so head here next and take a cruise to Bellagio, known as 'The pearl of Lake Como'.
  • LuganoTravel across the border to the Swiss city of Lugano which is often dubbed the 'Monte Carlo of Switzerland'.
  • Lake Maggiore - Lake Maggiore is the second-largest lake in Italy after Lake Garda and one of the most scenic. 
  • Verona - Travel to Shakespeare's romantic Verona where you can stroll through the town and take in sights such as the Roman Arena and Juliet's Balcony. 

Discover the full itinerary here: Highlights of the Italian Lakes

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Itinerary ideas for a ten-day trip in Southern Italy

If your dream Italy trip includes postcard-perfect villages and beautiful beaches, head south. You can explore this area in just over a week while enjoying the region’s delicious cuisine and sun-kissed landscapes. The sample itineraries below cover some of Southern Italy’s must-see destinations, including the gorgeous island of Sicily.

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  • Sorrento - Explore the gorgeous old town hugging the coastline, or go on an excursion to the famous Isle of Capri, where you can explore ancient Roman ruins and stylish piazzas.
  • Alberobello - Enjoy an orientation tour of the region's famous trulli houses. These beautiful 14th-century whitewashed stone huts have iconic conical roofs and are specific to the Itria Valley. 
  • Taormina - Relax on Sicily's beautiful beaches,or explore the island's quaint towns. The town of Taormina itself is one of Italy’s most popular summer destinations, perched on the side of a mountain and offering medieval churches, a castle and Greek amphitheatre.
  • Cefalù - Stroll around this historic town that boasts some of Italy’s finest beaches. 
  • Palermo - Go on a walking tour to see the Piazza Indipendenza, Porta Nuova, and the Cathedral of Palermo.

Discover the full itinerary here: Highlights of Southern Italy & Sicily

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  • Cassino - From Rome, visit the Commonwealth War Cemetery in Cassino to commemorate those who died here in the WWII battle; then, view the Benedictine Abbey, originally founded by Saint Benedict in the 6th century.
  • Pompeii - Go on a walking tour of the excavations buried for centuries under a layer of volcanic ash after Mount Vesuvius erupted. See such sites as the Gymnasium, the Temple of Apollo and the impressive Basilica. 
  • Agrigento - Visit the Valley of the Temples - the finest Greek sanctuary in Sicily. See the splendid Temple of Concord and the Temple of Juno overlooking the sea.
  • Erice - Explore this famous hilltop medieval town in western Sicily with its cobbled streets, Norman castles and stunning views of the sea, salt pans and wooded hillsides. Take a walk to the ruins of Venus Castle with its Balio Gardens. 
  • Palermo - See Palermo's Opera House and the Cathedral. Travel to the town of Monreale for views of La Conca d'Oro and explore the magnificent 12th-century Norman Cathedral.

Discover the full itinerary here: Southern Italy and Sicily Summer 2019

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The Trulli houses of Alberobello
The Trulli houses of Alberobello
Sunsets in Burano are the stuff of fairytales
Sunsets in Burano are the stuff of fairytales

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