9 days in Italy Itinerary

9 days in Italy Itinerary

Bhairav Inspirock

Make it your trip
Fly
1
Venice
— 2 nights
Drive
2
Florence
— 1 night
Train
3
Salerno
— 3 nights
Drive
4
Rome
— 2 nights
Fly

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Venice

— 2 nights

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 1st (Fri), visit Cannaregio, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo (San Zanipolo), then snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto, then explore the activities along Canal Grande, and finally admire the striking features of Ca' Zenobio degli Armeni. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Piazza San Marco, admire the landmark architecture of Basilica di San Marco, then snap pictures at Ponte dei Sospiri, and finally see the interesting displays at Doge's Palace.

For reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Venice journey 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 difference when traveling from Washington DC to Venice is 6 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 49°F, and evening lows to 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to drive to Florence.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites · Nature · Museums · Parks
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Florence

— 1 night

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): explore the world behind art at Florence Academy of Fine Arts, snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, and finally appreciate the history behind Campanile di Giotto.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Florence planning tool.

Traveling by car from Venice to Florence takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Venice in January, expect nights in Florence to be about the same, around 38°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Salerno.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 3:

Salerno

— 3 nights

Unspoilt Gem of the Amalfi Coast

While often overshadowed by the Amalfi Coast's array of quaint villages, Salerno has become one of the region's main areas for culture and entertainment, while remaining relatively unmarked by tourism.
Venture out of the city with trips to Cappella Sant'Angelo all'Ospedale (in Ravello) and Amalfi (Valle delle Ferriere & Duomo di Sant'Andrea). There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Villa Comunale, make a trip to Chiesa di San Giorgio, pause for some serene contemplation at Duomo di Salerno, and ponder the world of politics at Palazzo di Citta.

To see other places to visit and more tourist information, read our Salerno online vacation planner.

You can take a train from Florence to Salerno in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Florence in January, Salerno is a bit warmer at night with lows of 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to drive to Rome.

Things to do in Salerno

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 3 — 6:

Rome

— 2 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Spanish Steps, then steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Louis of the French. On the 8th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: ponder the design of Trevi Fountain, explore the ancient world of Pantheon, and then explore the ancient world of Colosseum.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Rome trip planner.

You can drive from Salerno to Rome in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Rome when traveling from Salerno in January, with lows around 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 6 — 8:

Italy travel guide

4.6
Landmarks · Ruins · Sacred & Religious Sites
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.