If you are an avid traveler, you would have been to Italy already or at least is in your to-go list. Italy is one of the most popular destinations, it’s its cuisine, its gracefulness, the landscapes, the beaches, the cities, the history, and I could go on for hours on the reasons to visit Italy, but we don’t have hours, What I can do is help you design your journey through Italy in a 13 days tour.
You get to Italy. Land in Rome, which is where you’re going to be the first two days, take your first day to adjust to the time lag, go to bed early if you might. Some of the must-see places in Rome are the Pantheon, a tour through the Vatican, the Colosseum and Piazza Navona. Try to go to as many places as possible and get a taste of the city, but don’t rush it! You might get too tired and you still have 2 weeks to go. The third day you’re going to jump on a train to Florence, just an hour and a half away from Rome. You have the next three days to spend in Florence and Tuscany. You should spend at least one full day in Tuscany and one full day in Florence, there are many towns, and hills, views to enjoy, vineyards to visit, and of course wines to taste. To get along between the cities you could rent a car or hire a taxi driver for the whole three days.
Days 6- 12
On day 6 take a train from Florence to Cinque Terre, depending on the weather it could take you from 1 ½ hours to 3. This city is magical, along the Mediterranean coast where you can go hiking, or even biking, and go on train to the different towns in it, is definitely a must! You have two days to enjoy this city, do your best. On days 8 and 9, Oh Venice! You take a train from Cinque Terre to Milan and then to Venice, take an early train so you get to Florence in the afternoon. Cruise out to Burano and Murano, wander through the canals. The city will literally let you flow through those places that you must know! Day 10 and 11 Head to the Dolomites, this is a place where you can hike, there are plenty of trails and has an amazing view and it’s only 2 ½ hours away from Venice. On day 12 Head to Verona a canal-less Venice, you will get lost here in all its beauty and amazing gelatos.
Now begin your travel back home. But if you’ve got some extra time and money I would personally suggest exploring southern Italy, starting with Sorrento and Pompeii, continuing with Capri, adding Amalfi Coast, why not visit Salerno and then go to the “ball in the map” and visit and explore the beautiful Palermo. The best time of the year to enjoy Italy are from March to June and September to December, the weather is pleasant, and cities are not as crowded as in the summer.