10 days in Italy Itinerary

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— 2 nights
Drive to Piombino, Ferry to Portoferraio
Portoferraio, Elba Island
— 2 nights
Ferry to Piombino, Drive to Rome
— 3 nights


Venice — 1 night

City of Romance

Virtually unchanged for the last six centuries, Venice is actually a group of islands made famous by a series of canals, bridges, monuments, piazzas, and narrow pedestrian lanes.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Tue): explore the activities along Canal Grande. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza San Marco, snap pictures at Ponte dei Sospiri, then admire the striking features of Basilica di San Marco, and finally take in the views from Ponte di Rialto.

For photos and tourist information, you can read our Venice trip planner.

Washington DC, USA to Venice is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Washington DC to Venice. Traveling from Washington DC in August, Venice is slightly colder at night with lows of 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Florence.
Historic Sites · Parks · Nature
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Florence — 2 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
On the 22nd (Thu), admire the masterpieces at Florence Academy of Fine Arts, get great views at Basilica San Miniato al Monte, then make a trip to Piazzale Michelangelo, and finally see the interesting displays at Pitti Palace. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri): pause for some photo ops at Loggia dei Lanzi, explore the world behind art at Gallerie Degli Uffizi, then snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio, then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Florence planning website.

You can drive from Venice to Florence in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Florence can reach 86°F, while at night they dip to 64°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can travel to Portoferraio.
Museums · Historic Sites
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Portoferraio, Elba Island — 2 nights

Portoferraio is a town and comune in the province of Livorno, on the edge of the eponymous harbour of the island of Elba. On the 24th (Sat), tour the pleasant surroundings at Spiaggia delle Tombe and then kick back and relax at Spiaggia di Cavoli. On the 25th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Spiaggia Luisi d'Angelo and then stroll through Spiaggia Di Sansone.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Portoferraio travel website.

Do a combination of car and ferry from Florence to Portoferraio in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in August, and nighttime lows around 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can travel to Rome.
Parks · Outdoors · Beaches
Side Trips
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Rome — 3 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Santa Maria in Trastevere and Chiesa di Sant'Ignazio di Loyola. And it doesn't end there: delve into the distant past at Colosseum, steep yourself in history at Roman Forum, admire the masterpieces at Vatican Museums, and ponder the design of Trevi Fountain.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Rome trip itinerary maker site.

Getting from Portoferraio to Rome by combination of ferry and car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and train. Traveling from Portoferraio in August, you will find days in Rome are a bit warmer (90°F), and nights are about the same (69°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly back home.
Historic Sites · Museums
Side Trip
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Italy travel guide

Landmarks · Ruins · Beaches
Italy is a land of high fashion, fine art, exquisite architecture, luxury sports cars, outstanding cuisine--and an insatiable taste for "la dolce vita." It's also home to the greatest number of World Heritage Sites in the world, making it an ideal place for your next holiday. The country boasts a varied landscape of mountain ranges, alpine lakes, and coastal towns, so it's no wonder travelers often refer to it as the bel paese (beautiful country). With so many places to visit, visitors often have a difficult time planning their itinerary. The smaller villages each feature a distinct character and a blend of architecture, art, and cuisine. In the country, you'll find countless archeological sites dating back to Roman times and beyond. The country's cities and seaside resorts are cosmopolitan powerhouses with museums, galleries, restaurants, shops, open-air markets, and pedestrian-friendly historic areas.