7 Days in Italy: week long itineraries for Italy

Bologna. Photo: Shutterstock
Bologna. Photo: Shutterstock

Are you ready for an unforgettable week in one of the world's most captivating countries? Italy is brimming with treasures, but crafting the perfect 7-day journey can be daunting. Don't fret; we've curated eight exceptional itineraries to ensure your Italian escape is a delightful adventure!

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Itinerary #1: Italian Cities of the Renaissance

Unearth the wonders of Italy's Renaissance cities with this itinerary tailored for first-time Italy explorers. Rome, Florence, and Venice await, promising a trio of bucket-list experiences.

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Day One - Arrival in Rome 

Kickstart your journey in the eternal city of Rome. Begin with a visit to the awe-inspiring Vatican and the Sistine Chapel. Later, wander through the Centro Storico, a district brimming with iconic landmarks like the Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, and the Spanish Steps. 

Follow it up with a delightful Italian meal. In the afternoon, lose yourself in the art and beauty of the Galleria Borghese, but don't forget to explore its enchanting gardens before enjoying your evening reprieve.

Day Two - Rome's Ancient Sites 

Rise early on your second day to immerse yourself in the rich history of Rome. The Colosseum and the Forum Romanum are unmissable attractions that harken back to ancient times.

Day Three - Florence Beckons Catch 

an early train to the enchanting city of Florence. Spend the afternoon meandering through the charming streets along the Arno River, taking in the iconic Ponte Vecchio.

Day Four - Florence's Art and History 

Delve deep into Florence's historical core on day four, ensuring you visit its top museums like the Uffizi and its renowned churches, including the majestic Duomo.

Day Five - Tuscan Countryside Detour

 If you have an extra day to spare, venture into the picturesque Tuscan countryside from Florence. Explore the enchanting hilltop town of San Gimignano, a true gem.

Day Six - Venice Beckons

 Hop on a train to the ethereal city of Venice on the sixth day. Spend a leisurely afternoon navigating its labyrinthine streets and winding waterways.

Day Seven - Farewell to Italy

 On your final day in Italy, rise early to explore the majestic Doge's Palace and stroll around the iconic St. Mark's Square in Venice.

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Florence's Duomo. Photo: Shutterstock

Itinerary summary

Here’s an overview of this 10-day Italy itinerary:

  • Days 1-2: Rome & Vatican

  • Days 3-4: Florence

  • Day 5: Tuscan countryside

  • Days 6-7: Venice & Departure

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Itinerary #2: See the wonders of Rome and the Amalfi coast

Unveil the seductive elegance of Italy with this enchanting itinerary, which leads you from the ancient streets of Rome and Naples to the vibrant colors of the Sorrento Peninsula and the breathtaking Amalfi Coast.

Naples panorama with Mount Vesuvius. Photo: Shutterstock

Day One - Arrival in Rome 

Your journey begins in the captivating city of Rome. Waste no time and embark on a bus tour to discover the Eternal City's treasures.

Day Two - Rome's Timeless Charm

 Start your day early with a tour of Rome's most iconic landmarks, including the Spanish Steps, the magical Trevi Fountain, and the awe-inspiring Pantheon.

In the afternoon, venture into the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel. Continue your exploration by visiting St. Peter's Basilica, where Michelangelo's masterpiece, La Pietà, awaits amidst stunning mosaics and architecture.

Day Three - Rome's Ancient Heritage 

On the third day, dive into Rome's rich history by exploring the Colosseum and the Forum up close. Wander along the ancient Via Sacra, leading you to the Capitolium and Venice Square.

Day Four - Naples and Sorrento 

After three nights in Rome, head south to the captivating city of Naples. Dedicate a day to exploring its historic heart. Find respite in the beautiful gardens of the Santa Chiara Covent and savor the world-renowned Neapolitan pizza.

Transfer to the coastal gem of Sorrento and treat yourself to its celebrated seafood for dinner.

Day Five - Island Escape to Capri 

On the fifth day, embark on an island adventure by boarding a boat from Sorrento port to the enchanting island of Capri. Explore the charming village of Anacapri atop Monte Solaro.

Return to Sorrento, where the evening holds more delights.

Day Six - Pompeii's Time Capsule 

Explore the incredibly preserved ruins of Pompeii on day six, a testament to the city's ancient past. In the afternoon, indulge in a stroll through Sorrento's charming boutiques while savoring the town's famous limoncello.

Day Seven - The Amalfi Coast by Sea

 On your final day, set sail on a boat trip to absorb the mesmerizing beauty of the Amalfi Coast from the serene sea.

Amalfi coast. Photo: Shutterstock

Itinerary summary

Here’s an overview of this 10-day Italy itinerary:

  • Days 1-3: Rome

  • Days 4-6: Sorrento (including day trips to Naples, Capri, and Pompeii)

  • Day 7: Amalfi Coast boat tour

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Itinerary #3: Taste top food and wine in Tuscany

Embark on a tantalizing 7-day Tuscan journey that marries the pleasures of food and wine. Alternatively, purchase this enticing itinerary in eGuide form from our shop.

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Day One - Arrival in Florence and San Gimignano 

Your adventure commences with a flight to Florence, the heart of Tuscany. Establish your base in the medieval hill town of San Gimignano. Spend your first afternoon immersed in the captivating atmosphere and architectural wonders of this charming town.

Day Two - San Gimignano's Treasures 

Continue your exploration of San Gimignano on day two, visiting the awe-inspiring Duomo di San Gimignano adorned with stunning frescoes. Savor the flavors of Tuscany during a leisurely lunch.

Day Three - Wine Tasting Experience 

The third day transports you to a Tuscan vineyard for an immersive wine-tasting experience. Delve into the grape-to-glass production process, accompanied by a traditional Tuscan lunch perfectly paired with wine. Learn the art of food and wine pairing while relishing Tuscan salami, cheeses, and truffle lasagne.

Day Four - Montepulciano's Wine Secrets 

On day four, immerse yourself in the world of wine with a visit to Montepulciano. Explore a renowned vineyard, gaining insights into its history, philosophy, and winemaking techniques. Dive deep into planting, pruning, cuvée selection, fermentation, and aging. A tasting session featuring eight wines will leave you informed and inspired.

Day Five - Chianti's Beauty 

Day five unveils the delights of Chianti as you visit another vineyard amidst picturesque countryside adorned with olive groves and vineyards. Indulge in local delicacies.

Day Six - More Wine or Siena Excursion

 On day six, you can choose to visit another local vineyard for further wine adventures or embark on a day trip to the captivating town of Siena, renowned for its culinary offerings.

Day Seven - Farewell to San Gimignano

 Your immersive Tuscan journey concludes with a leisurely walk around San Gimignano, savoring the sights and flavors one last time with a delightful Tuscan lunch.

Chianti and italian antipasti. Photo: Shutterstock

Itinerary summary

Here’s an overview of this 7-day Italy itinerary:

  • Day 1: Arrival in Florence, transfer to San Gimignano.

  • Day 2: Explore San Gimignano.

  • Day 3: Visit the local vineyard for lunch and tastings.

  • Day 4: Excursion to Montepulciano, overnight in San Gimignano.

  • Day 5: Explore Chianti, return to San Gimignano.

  • Day 6: Vineyard visit or a day trip to Siena, last night in San Gimignano.

  • Day 7: Morning stroll, final Tuscan lunch, departure.

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Itinerary #4: Explore the enchanting Italian lakes

Immerse yourself in the enchanting beauty of Lake Garda, Como, Lugano, Maggiore, Verona, and Milan on this self-drive adventure designed for nature and culture enthusiasts alike.

Milan from the rooftop of Duomo. Photo: Shutterstock

Day One - Milan Arrival and Exploration 

Your journey commences in Milan. Upon arrival, pick up your rental car and spend the afternoon leisurely exploring this vibrant city.

Day Two - Milan's Charms 

On the second day, delve into Milan's top attractions. Be sure to visit Piazza Affari, the captivating San Satiro Church, and the iconic Duomo. Then, set your sights on the tranquil shores of Lake Garda for a relaxing evening.

Day Three - Lake Garda's Southern Charms 

The third day beckons you to explore the charming towns along Lake Garda's southern shoreline. After a peaceful night by the lake, venture to Verona on the fourth day, renowned for its romantic ambiance. Cross the Adige River for a breathtaking view before continuing your journey to Lake Como.

Day Five - Discovering Lake Como 

Upon arrival at Lake Como, explore the town of Como itself. Visit the medieval old town of Cortesella and marvel at the white-marbled Gothic Duomo. Take a boat ride from Como to the enchanting town of Bellagio.

Day Six - Lake Lugano's Splendor 

Drive to Lake Lugano on the sixth day. Revel in the stunning landscape, replete with Venetian-style villages and abundant opportunities for hiking and mountain biking.

Day Seven - Lake Maggiore's Charm 

Your final stop on this 7-day Italian odyssey is Lake Maggiore. Spend the night and discover the captivating town of Stresa, as well as the Borromean Islands. These islands, famed for their palatial villas, lush parklands, and unique flora, have captivated luminaries like Ernest Hemingway.

Lugano. Photo: Shutterstock

Itinerary summary

Here’s an overview of this 7-day Italy itinerary:

  • Day 1: Arrive in Milan, collect rental car, overnight.

  • Day 2: Milan tour, drive to Lake Garda, overnight.

  • Day 3: Explore Lake Garda, overnight.

  • Day 4: Drive to Verona, tour, and drive to Lake Como, overnight.

  • Day 5: Discover Como, boat to Bellagio, and overnight Como.

  • Day 6: Drive Lake Lugano, onward to Lake Maggiore, overnight.

  • Day 7: Explore Lake Maggiore and Borromean Islands, and return to Milan.

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Itinerary #5: Soak up Sicilian scenery and locations from The White Lotus

If you're captivated by "The White Lotus" and yearning for magnificent scenery, ancient culture, and adventure, then this 7-day Sicily itinerary is tailor-made for you.

Taormina ancient theater with Mount Etna, Sicily. Photo: Shutterstock

Day One - Taormina Arrival and Exploration 

Embark on your Sicilian journey as you arrive in Taormina, your picturesque home for the week.

Day Two - Leisure in Taormina or Beach Bliss 

On the second day, leisurely explore the charming town of Taormina or opt for a refreshing dip in crystal-clear waters at one of its beautiful beaches.

Day Three - Conquer Mount Etna and Savor Wine 

The adventure unfolds on the third day with a thrilling hike up Mount Etna, offering breathtaking views as your reward. Later, indulge in a wine-tasting experience at Planeta Sciaranuova Winery.

Day Four - Ancient Greek Theatre and Scenic Vistas 

Day four takes you to Taormina's Ancient Greek Theatre, a marvel carved into the rocks of Monte Tauro. Marvel at the vistas of Mount Etna and the Ionian Coast.

Day Five - Noto and Marzamemi: Cultural Immersion 

Immerse yourself in cultural magic on day five with visits to Noto and Marzamemi. Noto, a jewel of Sicilian Baroque, is a UNESCO Heritage Site resembling an open-air museum. Marzamemi is a charming fishing town with Arabian influences.

Day Six - Culinary Exploration 

Discover another facet of Sicilian culture on the sixth day with a guided tour of a local market followed by a hands-on cooking class.

Day Seven - Relax in Taormina 

 On your last day, relax in the enchanting atmosphere of Taormina or bask in the Sicilian sun on one of its beautiful beaches. This Sicily itinerary blends scenic beauty, ancient wonders, and cultural experiences, promising an unforgettable journey inspired by "The White Lotus."

Noto's basilica. Photo: Shutterstock

Itinerary summary

Here’s an overview of this 7-day Italy itinerary:

  • Day 1: Arrive in Sicily, and explore Taormina.

  • Day 2: Leisure day in Taormina or at the beach.

  • Day 3: Mount Etna visit, wine tasting.

  • Day 4: Explore Taormina's Ancient Greek Theatre.

  • Day 5: Visit Noto and Marzamemi.

  • Day 6: Take a cooking class in Taormina.

  • Day 7: Relax in Taormina or at the beach before departure.

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Itinerary #6: a family trip to the Italian and Swiss lakes and mountains

Are you seeking a refreshing family adventure? Look no further than this unforgettable journey through the Italian Lakes and Swiss mountains.

Zermatt town and Matterhorn mount in Switzerland. Photo: Shutterstock

Day One - Milan Arrival and Exploration 

Your adventure begins by flying into Milan, where you'll embark on a guided tour of the city's key attractions, including Piazza Affari, San Satiro Church, and the Duomo. After a delightful lunch, set your course for Lake Como.

Day Two - Lakeside Bliss in Como

 On the second day, immerse yourself in the charm of Como town, with visits to the captivating Piazza Cavour and the medieval old town. Alternatively, opt for a leisurely boat tour to revel in breathtaking views of the lake.

Day Three - Island Elegance or Alpine Splendor 

Day three offers a wealth of options. Embark on a boat tour to the enchanting Borromean Islands, home to elegant villas and gardens, or venture to Monte Brè, renowned for its sun-soaked summit and panoramic vistas of the Valais Alps.

Day Four - Zermatt and the Majestic Matterhorn 

Transfer to Zermatt in Switzerland, where you can ascend the majestic Matterhorn by cable car and relish Europe's highest viewing platform.

Days Five and Six - Zermatt Adventure 

The following days in Zermatt are all about adventure. Explore hiking and biking trails, and ascend to the Blauhard upper station via cable car or mountain railway to discover five picturesque lakes.

Day Seven - Lucerne's Golden Round Trip 

On the sixth day, make your way to Lucerne and embark on the Golden Round Trip to Mount Pilatus. This captivating journey includes a boat ride, cogwheel railway, aerial cableway, and panorama gondola. Delight in a chocolate-tasting experience and meander through the picturesque city of Lucerne.

Day Eight - Swiss Farewell 

Conclude your 7-Day Italy Itinerary with an unforgettable dinner featuring cowbells, yodeling, and traditional Swiss cuisine. Spend your last day exploring Lucerne before heading to Zurich for your return flight.

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Itinerary summary

Here’s an overview of this 10-day Italy itinerary:

  • Day 1: Arrive in Milan, city tour, and transfer to Lake Como.

  • Day 2: Explore Como town or take a Lake Como boat trip.

  • Day 3: Visit Borromean Islands or Monte Brè.

  • Day 4: Travel to Zermatt, ascend Matterhorn.

  • Day 5: Explore Zermatt's lakes or bike ride.

  • Day 6: Transfer to Lucerne, Golden Round Trip to Mount Pilatus, chocolate tasting, Lucerne exploration.

  • Day 7: Further explore Lucerne, transfer to Zurich for your flight home

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Itinerary #7: Feast from Bologna to Rome

Calling all food lovers! If you're eager to explore Italy's top attractions while indulging in its culinary delights, this seven-day food-themed itinerary is tailor-made for you. With stops in Bologna, Parma, Florence, and Rome, get ready for a delectable journey through Italy.

Bologna's two towers. Photo: Shutterstock

Day One - Bologna: A Foodie's Paradise 

Your gastronomic adventure kicks off in Bologna, renowned as one of the world's ultimate foodie cities. Spend your first afternoon wandering through medieval streets and soaking up the vibrant atmosphere of Piazza Maggiore. Don't pass up the chance to join a food-themed walking tour, where you can sample the region's famous cheese, tortellini, and mortadella.

Day Two - Parma: A Taste of Emilia-Romagna

 On day two, embark on a day trip to Parma, nestled in the heart of Emilia-Romagna. Here, you'll have the pleasure of savoring Parma ham and parmigiano-reggiano while exploring the town's charming streets. Before leaving, stock up on picnic supplies at the Farmers' Market on Piazza Ghiaia.

Day Three - Florence: Art and Cuisine 

Hop on a train to Florence, where a world of art and delectable cuisine awaits. You can opt for a food-themed walking tour or dive into the city's exceptional museums. On day four, set out on a day trip to the Tuscan countryside, where you'll visit a vineyard for wine tastings and explore the captivating city of Siena.

Day Five & Six: Rome: The Eternal City Beckons

 Day five sees you boarding a train to Rome from Florence. Spend your afternoon uncovering the gems of the Centro Storico and exploring the city's top attractions. On day six, dive into Roman culinary traditions with a cookery experience or another food-themed walking tour. Make sure to visit the Galleria Borghese and its enchanting gardens to soak up outstanding art.

Day Seven - Rome: History and Culture 

On your final day, kickstart your morning with a visit to either the Vatican and Sistine Chapel or the Colosseum and the Forum Romanum, immersing yourself in Rome's rich history and culture.

Prosciutto di Parma. Photo: Shutterstock

Itinerary summary

Here’s an overview of this 7-day Italy itinerary:

  • Day 1: Arrive in Bologna, a food-themed walking tour.

  • Day 2: Day trip to Parma.

  • Day 3: Train to Florence.

  • Day 4: Day trip to Tuscan countryside and Siena.

  • Day 5: Travel to Rome, and explore Centro Storico.

  • Day 6: Rome cookery class, more sightseeing.

  • Day 7: Rome sightseeing.

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Itinerary #8: culture and adventure around Trieste

Embark on a 7-day journey through the Adriatic Gateway, from the allure of Trieste to the heights of San Giusto, exploring captivating destinations and hidden gems along the way.

Trieste panorama. Photo: Shutterstock

Day 1: The Adriatic Gateway - Trieste's Allure 

Your adventure unfolds in Trieste, a city gracefully perched by the Adriatic Sea. Begin your exploration at the heart of the city, in Piazza Unitá, and meander through the historic center and along the scenic seafront.

Day 2: The Opicina Tram and Miramare Castle 

Embark on a captivating ride aboard the Opicina tram, ascending to the limestone karst plateau. Follow an ancient fisherman's path on a shorter walk, leading you to the mesmerizing Miramare Castle Park.

Day 3: Slovenia Beckons - Lipica Stud Farm 

Cross the border into Slovenia on the third day to visit the renowned Lipica Stud Farm. Tour the vintage stables and immerse yourself in the tranquil ambiance of oak groves and lush meadows.

Day 4: Nature's Canvas - Rosandra Valley Reserve 

Journey to the Rosandra Valley Nature Reserve, accessible from the village of Bagnoli. Traverse ancient salt roads, meandering through landscapes of awe-inspiring beauty along the Rosandra River. Ascend to the summit of Mount Stena in the secluded village of Botač for panoramic vistas.

Day 5: The World's Largest Cave - Grotta Gigante 

On this day, venture to Grotta Gigante, the planet's largest cave. Delve into the Grand Caverna on a guided tour, or choose the more adventurous 4-hour speleo expedition.

Day 6: Croatian Charms - Pula's Roman Heritage 

For a shift in scenery, voyage to Pula in Croatia on day six. Explore this historic port town renowned for its Roman amphitheater and indulge in the savory delights of Istrian cuisine.

Day 7: San Giusto's Heights - A Fond Farewell 

On your final day, ascend San Giusto Hill for breathtaking vistas and explore the 15th-century San Giusto Castle, a fitting conclusion to your 7-day sojourn.

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Pula's amphitheater. Photo: Shutterstock

Itinerary summary

Here’s an overview of this 10-day Italy itinerary:

  • Day 1: Arrive in Trieste.

  • Day 2: Explore Trieste's karst plateau via Opicina tram.

  • Day 3: Day trip to Lipica Stud Farm in Slovenia.

  • Day 4: Visit Rosandra Valley Nature Reserve.

  • Day 5: Explore Grotta Gigante.

  • Day 6: Day trip to Pula, Croatia.

  • Day 7: Climb San Giusto hill, savor your last moments in Trieste's beautiful squares

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