1-Week in Italy Itinerary: A Journey Through Rome, Florence and Venice
Arts & Culture
Italy is known for its centuries of history, art, mouthwatering cuisine and unparalleled beauty and culture. If you have one week to spend in Italy, I recommend spending time in three of Italy's most enchanting cities: Rome, Florence, and Venice. From the ancient ruins of Rome to the Renaissance splendor of Florence and the dreamy canals of Venice, you'll make memories that will last a lifetime.
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Day 1: Colosseum, Roman Forum & Trevi Fountain
Begin your time in Rome with a guided tour of the Colosseum. Stroll through the iconic arena and imagine the gladiatorial battles it once hosted. Afterward, explore the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill, the ancient heart of the Roman Empire. Wrap up your day by tossing a coin into the Trevi Fountain to ensure your wildest wishes come true.
Day 2: Vatican City, St. Peter's & Vatican Museums
Spend your second day in Vatican City, the smallest country in the world. Visit St. Peter's Basilica, home to Michelangelo's breathtaking Pietà, and take in its incredible architecture. Explore the Vatican Museums, admiring the Sistine Chapel and its famous ceiling painted by Michelangelo. Soak in the magnificent views of Rome from the top of St. Peter's Dome.
Day 3: Florence Arrival, Duomo, Uffizi Gallery & Ponte Vecchio.
On day three, hop on a high-speed train to Florence, the birthplace of the Renaissance. Start your exploration at the magnificent Florence Cathedral, aka the Duomo. Climb to the top of the dome for stunning panoramic views of the city. Wander through the Uffizi Gallery, home to priceless works of art by Botticelli, Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci. End your day with a relaxing walk along the historic Ponte Vecchio.
Day 4: Accademia Gallery, Pitti Palace, Boboli Gardens & Tuscan dinner
Day 5: San Gimignano, Siena & Chianti countryside
Spend your final day in Tuscany in its picturesque countryside. Take a day trip to the charming villages of San Gimignano and Siena, known for their medieval architecture, vineyards and delicious local wines. Immerse yourself in the rolling hills and vineyards of the Chianti region, tasting the exquisite flavors of Tuscan cuisine along the way.
Day 6: Venice Arrival, St. Mark's Square, Doge's Palace, Rialto Bridge & Venetian dinner
After a quick train ride, start your time in Venice by exploring St. Mark's Square and admire the Byzantine architecture of St. Mark's Basilica. Visit the Doge's Palace, a magnificent example of Venetian Gothic architecture and learn about the rich history of the Venetian Republic. Stroll along the Rialto Bridge, taking in the views of the city's famous Grand Canal. For dinner, indulge in Venetian aperitifs and feast on seafood at a waterside osteria.
Day 7: Murano, Burano, Gondola Ride & farewell Venice
Wrap up your trip by venturing to the nearby islands of Murano and Burano. Witness the age-old art of glassblowing on Murano and marvel at the brightly colored houses and intricate lacework on Burano. Spend the evening enjoying a romantic gondola ride through the city's enchanting canals, taking in the mesmerizing beauty of Venice one last time.
Need to Know
For more travel tips, check out Travel Advisor Jennifer Schwartz’s guide, Guide to Picturesque Picnics In and Around Rome.
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