10 days in Italy Itinerary

10 days in Italy Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Italy itinerary planner
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— 1 night
— 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 29th (Thu): explore the activities along Canal Grande. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get to know the fascinating history of Piazza San Marco, then take in the views from Ponte dei Sospiri, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di San Marco, and finally snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Venice trip builder tool.

Washington DC, USA to Venice is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is 6 hours. Traveling from Washington DC in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Venice, with lows of 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to drive to Florence.
Historic Sites · Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Aug 28 — 30:

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 31st (Sat), admire the masterpieces at Florence Academy of Fine Arts, take some stellar pictures from Basilica San Miniato al Monte, then don't miss a visit to Piazzale Michelangelo, and finally explore the world behind art at Pitti Palace. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the history behind Loggia dei Lanzi, admire the masterpieces at Gallerie Degli Uffizi, take in the views from Ponte Vecchio, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Florence online visit planner.

Traveling by car from Venice to Florence takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Florence are 86°F, while nighttime lows are 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) to allow enough time to 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 2nd (Mon), kick back and relax at Spiaggia delle Tombe and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Spiaggia di Cavoli. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Spiaggia Luisi d'Angelo and then kick back and relax at Spiaggia Di Sansone.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Portoferraio online tour itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Florence to Portoferraio in 4 hours. Another option is to do a combination of train and ferry. September in Portoferraio sees daily highs of 75°F and lows of 62°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can travel to Rome.
Parks · Beaches · Outdoors
Side Trips
Find places to stay Sep 1 — 3:

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Santa Maria in Trastevere and Chiesa di Sant'Ignazio di Loyola. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Colosseum, explore the ancient world of Palatine Hill, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona, and don't miss a visit to St. Peter's Basilica.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Rome day trip website.

Traveling by combination of ferry and car from Portoferraio to Rome takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train. When traveling from Portoferraio in September, plan for somewhat warmer days in Rome, with highs around 81°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight 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.