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7 Day Travel Itineraries in Italy

Are you planning a holiday in Italy? Here are the best travel itineraries covering everything from the most popular destinations to off the beaten path experiences in just one week!  

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Our top itinerary ideas for a perfect seven-day Italy trip

We've picked two of the best Italy itineraries that will take you through the country's most popular destinations. They’re ideal for the first-time traveller, covering everything from Florence's ancient sites to the atmospheric canals of Venice for a perfect week in Italy.

ITINERARY 1
 

  • Rome - Marvel at the famous Sistine Chapel and Vatican Museums. View the mighty Colosseum and see the ancient sites of Rome.
  • Pisa - Visit the Square of Miracles featuring the Leaning Tower, Cathedral and Baptistery.
  • Florence - Join a walking tour to cover some of the city’s must-see sights, including the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, the impressive Giotto's Bell Tower, Ponte Vecchio and Piazza della Signoria. 
  • Verona - View the vast Roman Arena, where concerts are still held regularly each year, and stop to view Juliet's balcony (which has become a popular site for the tragic story of the Montague and Capulet family feud).
  • Venice - Admire the Bridge of Sighs, the ornate Doge's Palace, and the Byzantine Basilica of St. Mark. Spend time afterward exploring this fascinating city or take a cruise across the lagoon to Burano. 

Discover the full itinerary here: Jewels of Italy Summer 2019

ITINERARY 2
 
  • Rome - Visit the city’s world-famous sights, from the Spanish Steps to the Roman Forum, St. Peter’s Square and the Trevi Fountain.
  • Assisi - Take in the old-world atmosphere on a guided walking tour of the city, including the Basilica of St. Francis.
  • Perugia - Behold one of the grandest squares in Italy – the Piazza IV Novembre – and delight in the medieval palaces and ornate cathedrals.
  • Siena - Explore the city's narrow Gothic streets, magnificent palaces and historic Piazza del Campo.
  • Milan - View the Opera House La Scala and Vittorio Emanuele Gallery, and then visit the Duomo - this magnificent Gothic cathedral is the third-largest church in Europe. 

Discover the full itinerary here: Reflections of Italy

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Seven-day Italy itinerary ideas for budget travellers

Looking to explore Italy on a backpacker's budget? The itinerary suggestions below will take you through some of the country's top sights — like Cinque Terre and Lake Como — without breaking the bank.

ITINERARY 1
 

  • Saronno - Known for its almond or apricot kernel biscuits (amaretti) and the sweet, almond-flavoured liqueur called Amaretto, the best way to explore this city is by delving into its rich culinary and cultural heritage.
  • Lake Como - The legendary beauty of this tiny lakeside village has attracted the rich and famous for decades.
  • Lugano - Situated between the border of Italy and Switzerland, this beautiful town is both laid-back and lively.  
  • Lake Maggiore - Lake Maggiore is the second-largest lake in Italy after Lake Garda and one of the most scenic, immortalised in Ernest Hemingway's novel, A Farewell To Arms.
  • Bergamo - Get lost among Bergamo’s beautiful, cobbled streets and then hop on the funicular to see the city from a new and unique perspective.

Discover the full itinerary here: Highlights of the Italian Lakes

ITINERARY 2
 
  • Rome - Visit popular sights like the Colosseum and the Roman Forum, or go off the beaten path to discover hidden backstreets and lesser-visited gems.
  • Grosseto - Visit the friendly, laid-back town of Grosseto, where you can stroll through the beautiful piazza to see its cathedral and stop at one of its many cafes.
  • Marina di Cecina - Relax on the beach or take a walk along the centuries-old pine tree forest skirting the Etruscan Riviera.
  • Cinque Terre - Hop aboard a train to discover Cinque Terre, a cluster of colourful cliff-side villages in northwest Italy.
  • Genoa - What better place to relax than in Italy’s most colourful seaport? Explore the maze of narrow streets of Genoa’s medieval Caruggi district. 

Discover the full itinerary here: Italian Explorer 

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The Leaning Tower of Pisa and Pisa Cathedral
The Leaning Tower of Pisa and Pisa Cathedral

Seven-day Amalfi Coast itinerary ideas

These sample itineraries will help you plan your one-week Amalfi Coast vacation and make the most of your stay in one of Italy's most stunning destinations. May and September are the best times to visit, as the weather is beautiful and the summer tourist crowds have dispersed.

ITINERARY 1
 

  • Rome - Discover the most famous sites including Piazza Navona, the Spanish Steps, the Pantheon and Trevi Fountain. Don't forget to throw a coin and make a wish!
  • Sorrento - Explore the city centre and visit a limoncello shop to taste and learn how this locally-made liqueur is produced. 
  • Capri - Explore the island, relax on the beach, and take the chairlift to the top of Mt. Solaro for a breathtaking 360-degree view of the island.
  • Positano - Stroll through the town, go for a swim, and then grab a bite to eat at one of the shops selling fresh, local food. 
  • Naples - Go on an orientation walk of the city and stop at a pizzeria for a taste of some of the best pizza in the world.

Discover the full itinerary here: Let's Go South - 7 Days

ITINERARY 2
 
  • Ischia - Visit Spiaggia dei Pescatori, an idyllic beach nestled between Ischia Porto and Ischia Ponte. 
  • Pompeii - Well-preserved buildings, artwork and pottery offer a glimpse into the lives of the ancient Romans.
  • Sorrento - Try one of Sorrento's famous exports: Limoncello, a liqueur that’s produced from locally-grown Femminello Santa Teresa lemons.
  • Capri - Discover the island’s impressive cliffs and many grottos; visit the green, white and, of course, the famous Blue Grotto.
  • Procida - Visit one of the quieter beaches of Pozzo Vecchio. Located in a horseshoe-shaped bay, this tranquil beach is sheltered from the wind and waves.

Discover the full itinerary here: Amalfi Coast Sailing Adventure

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The colourful port of Capri
The colourful port of Capri
Gondola rides on the Grand Canal in Venice
Gondola rides on the Grand Canal in Venice

Italy Glossary

Popular tourist attraction
The Colosseum
Currency
EUR
Capital city
Rome
Inhabitants
60.5 million
Safety level
High

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