10 days in Italy Itinerary

10 days in Italy Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Italy tour 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.
On the 22nd (Thu), contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri): make a trip to Piazza San Marco, contemplate the long history of Ponte dei Sospiri, then admire the landmark architecture of Basilica di San Marco, and finally snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Venice trip planner.

Washington DC, USA to Venice is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a 6 hour difference. Traveling from Washington DC in August, expect little chillier with lows of 66°F in Venice. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) to allow 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 24th (Sat), explore the world behind art at Florence Academy of Fine Arts, then take some stellar pictures from Basilica San Miniato al Monte, then don't miss a visit to Piazzale Michelangelo, and finally admire the masterpieces at Pitti Palace. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the history behind Loggia dei Lanzi, explore the world behind art at Gallerie Degli Uffizi, take in the views from Ponte Vecchio, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Florence trip builder site.

Getting from Venice to Florence by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. August in Florence sees daily highs of 86°F and lows of 64°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough 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 26th (Mon), kick back and relax at Spiaggia delle Tombe and then stroll through Spiaggia di Cavoli. On the next day, enjoy the sand and surf at Spiaggia Luisi d'Angelo and then kick back and relax at Spiaggia Di Sansone.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Portoferraio trip builder app.

Getting from Florence to Portoferraio by combination of car and ferry takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and ferry. August in Portoferraio sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 68°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Santa Maria in Trastevere and Chiesa di Sant'Ignazio di Loyola. And it doesn't end there: explore the ancient world of Colosseum, admire the masterpieces at Vatican Museums, admire the striking features of Pantheon, and contemplate the long history of Roman Forum.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Rome trip builder 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. While traveling from Portoferraio, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Rome, ranging from highs of 90°F to lows of 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can 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.