Italy itineraries: 10 day trips

Taormina in Sicily. Photo: Shutterstock
Taormina in Sicily. Photo: Shutterstock

Italy is a classic travel destination — and for very good reason. One of the most beautiful places in the world, the Stivale is a diverse destination that deserves repeat visits. So how to make the best of your ten days? Below, you'll find eight distinct 10-day Italy itineraries, offering a variety of ways to make the most of your 10-day stay in Italy.

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Itinerary #1: The captivating culture, cuisine and countryside of Piedmont

Explore Piedmont, nestled between the French and Swiss Alps, over ten delightful days. Start in Turin, a cultural hub with a stunning skyline. Then, delve into the countryside around Alba for wine tastings, culinary classes, and scenic mountain vistas. Discover Piedmont's culinary and natural wonders.

Turin panorama. Photo: Shutterstock

Day 1: Arrival in Turin

Touch down in Milan and embark on a scenic transfer to Turin, where your gastronomic adventure begins. Turin is renowned for its Baroque avenues, opulent palaces, and rich artistic heritage.

Day 2: Exploring Turin

Set off to explore Turin's elegant streets on foot, discovering the city's many treasures.

Day 3: Electric Biking

Day three introduces you to a guided e-bike tour, allowing you to traverse the city with ease.

Day 4: Royal Heritage

Immerse yourself in history as you explore the Egyptian Museum and Royal Palace, a testament to Turin's regal past.

Day 5: Journey to Alba

It's time to bid Turin farewell and make your way to Alba, in the picturesque Langhe region. Stroll through the town's charming medieval streets, and let the ambiance sweep you away.

Day 6: Cooking Class and Wine Tasting

Experience the art of Piedmontese cuisine with a hands-on cooking class and indulge in a wine-tasting extravaganza at Azienda Agricola Wine Estate.

Day 7: Langa Hike

Day seven invites you to a serene hike through the stunning Barolo hills, concluding with a well-deserved treat – coffee and Moscato wine.

Day 8: Barbaresco and Medieval Charm

Discover the allure of Barbaresco's exceptional red wines and explore the medieval villages of Nieve and Barbaresco.

Day 9: Alba's Culinary Delights

Unearth more of Alba's treasures, including the late-Gothic Duomo and the bustling Via Vittorio Emanuele, where local delights await.

Day 10: Farewell to Piedmont

Bid a fond farewell to Piedmont as you journey back to Milan, cherishing the memories of this gastronomic odyssey.

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Barolo town in Piedmont. Photo: Shutterstock

Itinerary summary

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

  • Days 1-4: Arrive in Milan, transfer to Turin, explore the city on foot, and visit the Egyptian Museum and Royal Palace. Overnight in Turin.

  • Days 5-9: Transfer to Alba, enjoy a cooking class and wine tasting at Azienda Agricola Wine Estate, hike Langa, take a wine tour of Barbaresco, and do sightseeing and shopping in Alba. Overnight in Alba.

  • Day 10: Transfer to Milan.

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Itinerary #2: Fascinating Southern Italy - Naples, Sorrento and Capri

Embark on a captivating journey through Southern Italy. On this 10-day itinerary, you will explore the charming Amalfi Coast, the allure of Capri, Naples' culinary delights, and Pompeii's ancient history. Southern Italy offers a diverse blend of coastal beauty, gastronomic pleasures, and historical wonders to discover.

Naples with Mount Vesuvius. Photo: Shutterstock

Day 1: Naples - The Gateway

Begin your southern Italy exploration in the lively city of Naples, nestled by the Bay of Naples. Spend your first two days uncovering the heart of this vibrant city. Immerse yourself in its historic streets, soak in iconic sites, take leisurely strolls along the seafront, and indulge in the delectable world of Neapolitan street food.

Day 3: Pompeii - A Glimpse into the Past

On the third day, venture to the awe-inspiring ruins of Pompeii, frozen in time by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. Continue your journey to the coastal town of Sorrento on the fourth day. Explore its enchanting streets and savor its culinary delights on a private walking tour.

Days 5-6: Picturesque Positano

The next two days are dedicated to exploring the postcard-perfect town of Positano. Wander through its winding streets, bask in the sun on its stunning beaches, or set sail along the coast to discover hidden coves and the historic town of Amalfi.

Days 7-9: Luxurious Capri

Experience the luxurious charm of Capri during the following three days. Enjoy the freedom to explore the island at your leisure, visit its charming towns, and relish panoramic vistas from atop its cliffs.

Day 10: Farewell to Southern Italy

Wrap up your remarkable journey with a private transfer and hydrofoil ride from Capri to Naples' Capodichino Airport. Depart with cherished memories of your unforgettable adventure in southern Italy.

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Capri island. Photo: Shutterstock

Itinerary summary

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

  • Days 1-3: Arrive in Naples, explore the city, and visit Pompei & Vesuvius. Overnight in Naples.

  • Days 4-6: Transfer to Positano, enjoy leisure time at Positano Beach, and take a boat tour along the Amalfi coast. Overnight in Positano.

  • Days 7-9: Arrive in Capri, relax, and explore the island with guided tours. Overnight in Capri.

  • Day 10: Transfer to Naples.

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Itinerary #3: Discover gastronomy in Tuscany and the Amalfi Coast

Embark on a sensory adventure with this remarkable journey. From savoring the delectable flavors of freshly made Italian cuisine in Naples to soaking in the breathtaking vistas of the Amalfi Coast, this trip promises to engage all your senses. As you travel from Florence to the Amalfi Coast, you'll immerse yourself in the scents, tastes, textures, and sights of Italy.

Florence Duomo. Photo: Shutterstock

Day 1: Florence - The Gateway to Flavor

Your adventure begins with a private transfer to your Florence accommodation. Waste no time and dive into the city's treasures.

Day 2: Chianti's Vineyard Vistas

On day two, set off for the captivating Chianti Wine Region. Hike through rolling vineyards and lush olive groves, immersing yourself in the Tuscan landscape.

Day 3: Tuscan Cooking Masterclass

Day three is all about culinary immersion. Join a hands-on cooking experience in Florence and uncover the secrets of Tuscan cuisine.

Day 4: Montalcino's Medieval Charm

Discover the renowned Montalcino area on day four. Embark on a full-day tour, exploring medieval villages and wine cellars. Savor a multi-course Tuscan lunch that will leave your taste buds singing.

Day 5: Naples - A City of Flavors

Travel to Naples on day five. Dive into a guided tour that unveils the city's authentic charm and rich culinary traditions.

Day 6: Pompeii and Vesuvius Adventure

Day six is a journey back in time as you explore the ancient city of Pompeii. Learn its fascinating history and enjoy a sumptuous 3-course lunch. Hike to the summit of Mount Vesuvius for breathtaking views.

Day 7: Positano - Coastal Bliss

Transfer to Positano on day seven and let the coastal beauty captivate you. Enjoy leisurely hours exploring this stunning town.

Days 8-9: Amalfi Coast Extravaganza

Days eight and nine are dedicated to the enchanting Amalfi Coast. Embark on a coach tour that unveils picturesque vistas, charming towns, and optional hikes along the famous Path of the Gods trail.

Day 10: Farewell with Flavor

On your final day, bid adieu to Italy with a private transfer to Naples Airport, carrying with you unforgettable memories of landscapes, culture, and cuisine that defined your extraordinary journey.

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Amalfi coast. Photo: Shutterstock

Itinerary summary

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

  • Days 1-4: Arrive in Florence, explore artisan shops, hike in the Tuscan countryside, and enjoy a cooking class and food tour. Overnight in Florence.

  • Days 5-6: Transfer to Naples, explore the city's street food, and visit Pompeii and Vesuvius with wine tasting and lunch. Overnight in Naples.

  • Days 7-9: Transfer to Positano, explore the Amalfi Coast with a hike along the Path of Gods and a boat trip to Capri. Overnight in Positano.

  • Day 10: Transfer to Naples and depart.

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Itinerary #4: Exploring Venice, Florence, and Rome: A 10-Day Italian Adventure

Explore Italy's top three cities, each distinct and essential. Glide through Venice's enchanting canals, wander Florence's Renaissance streets, and delve into Rome's historic depths, all in one captivating journey.

Grand Canal gondola trip in Venice. Photo: Shutterstock

Day 1: Venice - The Serene Start

Arrive in Venice and be welcomed by a private driver who'll whisk you away to your hotel. Your first day is yours to explore Venice at your leisure.

Day 2: Venetian Wonders Unveiled

Day two kicks off with a delectable breakfast before a comprehensive city tour with a private guide. Venice's treasures await your discovery.

Day 3: Islands of Venice - Murano, Burano, Torcello

On day three, embark on a motor launch trip to the enchanting islands of Murano, Burano, and Torcello. After the island adventure, depart for Florence on a scenic train journey.

Day 4: Florence - The Renaissance Heart

Day four begins with a guided tour of Florence's iconic sights. From the Duomo to Piazza della Repubblica and Pitti Palace, you'll immerse yourself in Renaissance grandeur.

Day 5: Pisa and Lucca Excursion

Day five takes you on an excursion to Pisa, where you'll marvel at the Leaning Tower. Afterward, explore the charming town of Lucca before returning to Florence for an evening at your leisure.

Day 6: All Roads Lead to Rome

Hop on a train to Rome on day six, where the Eternal City beckons. Your guided tour of Rome's famous landmarks unfolds on days seven and eight.

Day 9: Roaming Freely in Rome

Day nine is yours to explore Rome independently or partake in optional activities that pique your interest.

Day 10: Farewell to Italy

On day ten, after breakfast, a transfer to the airport awaits as you bid Italy a fond farewell.

Colosseum. Photo: Shutterstock

Itinerary summary

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

  • Days 1-3: Arrive in Venice, explore the city with a walking tour and boat ride, then take a boat tour to Murano, Burano, and Torcello. Overnight in Venice.

  • Days 4-5: Travel to Florence and tour the city's famous sights, including a visit to Pisa and Lucca. Overnight in Florence.

  • Days 6-9: Transfer to Rome and explore the Eternal City, including the Vatican. Enjoy a day of self-guided exploration. Overnight in Rome.

  • Day 10: Depart from Rome.

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Itinerary #5: Southern Italy delights

South Italy beckons with its vibrant cliffside villages, rich cultural heritage, inviting azure waters, and wonderfully preserved ancient cities. Discover this captivating region firsthand through an exhilarating journey.

St. Peter's square in Vatican. Photo: Shutterstock

Day 1: Rome - The Eternal Arrival

Touch down at Rome International Airport and transfer to your hotel in Rome. Spend your first two days exploring the captivating beauty and history of the Eternal City at your own pace.

Day 3: Naples - Gateway to the South

After breakfast on day three, board a high-speed train to Naples. Dive into the city's rich history, from magnificent palaces to winding streets, ancient churches, and mysterious underground passages on a guided tour.

Day 4: Naples - A Day of Leisure

Enjoy a leisurely day four in Naples, immersing yourself in the vibrant atmosphere and flavors of the city.

Day 5: Pompeii and Herculaneum - Ancient Echoes

Day five takes you to Pompeii, where the remarkably preserved ruins of an ancient city await your exploration. Continue to Herculaneum for another archaeological marvel.

Day 6: Mount Vesuvius and Sorrento - A Day of Contrasts

Day six begins with a visit to the infamous Mount Vesuvius, offering panoramic views of the region. Later, tour the picturesque town of Sorrento.

Day 7: Capri - Island Paradise

On day seven, set sail for the captivating island of Capri. Marvel at its dramatic rock formations, enchanting caves, and vibrant culture.

Day 8: Amalfi Coast - Scenic Splendor

Day eight is dedicated to the stunning Amalfi Coast, where you'll visit picturesque towns and soak in breathtaking coastal views.

Day 9: Sorrento and Return to Rome - A Journey's End

Enjoy a relaxing morning in Sorrento on day nine before taking a train back to Rome. Transfer to your hotel and take time to reflect on your remarkable journey.

Day 10: Departure - Arrivederci Italia

On day ten, savor a final breakfast before being transferred to Rome International Airport for your onward flight.

Ruins in Pompeii. Photo: Shutterstock

Itinerary summary

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

  • Days 1-2: Arrive in Rome and enjoy a free day for exploration. Overnight in Rome.

  • Days 3-4: Transfer to Naples, explore the city, and have a free day. Overnight in Naples.

  • Days 5-6: Visit Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Mount Vesuvius before transferring to Sorrento. Overnight in Sorrento.

  • Days 7-8: Take day trips to Capri and the Amalfi Coast from Sorrento. Overnight in Sorrento.

  • Days 9-10: Return to Rome and depart. Overnight in Rome.

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Itinerary #6: A perfect Sicilian Itinerary: a 10-day island adventure

Nestled in the Mediterranean, Sicily, a picturesque island located just south of Italy's mainland, was once the epicenter of the ancient world. Today, its meandering coastal highways, enchanting villages, and postcard-worthy landscapes create the perfect backdrop for a car-driven exploration.

Piazza Pretoria in Palermo. Photo: Shutterstock

Day 1: Taormina - A Glimpse of Sicilian Beauty

Arrive in Sicily and check in at your Taormina hotel. Spend your first day exploring the charming town or relaxing on its diverse beaches.

Day 2: Taormina Beach Bliss

Day two offers a chance to unwind on Taormina's pristine beaches and soak in the crystal-clear waters.

Day 3: Aeolian Islands - Panarea and Stromboli

Set sail for a guided trip to the enchanting Aeolian Islands, with stops at Panarea and Stromboli, where you'll experience the magic of a sunset tour.

Day 4: Palermo - Capital City Discovery

Drive to Palermo, Sicily's vibrant capital, on day four. Take the afternoon to explore its bustling streets and historic treasures.

Day 5: Erice, Trapani, and Segesta - A Journey through Time

Day five leads you to the medieval town of Erice, the Sea Saltpans of Trapani, and the ancient city of Segesta, where history comes to life.

Day 6: Agrigento - Temples and Treasures

Discover the Roman Villa of Casale and embark on a guided tour of the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento on day six.

Day 7: Ustica Island - A Hidden Gem

Day seven invites you to explore the small island of Ustica with a panoramic tour and boat trip, uncovering its hidden wonders.

Day 8: Catania - Gateway to Mount Etna

Drive to Catania on day eight and check in at your hotel. Enjoy leisure time in Catania, known for its proximity to the mighty Mount Etna.

Day 9: Mount Etna - Nature and Flavors

Day nine leads you to the Sapienza Refuge on Mount Etna, where you'll witness recent eruptions, explore the Wild Craters, and indulge in delicious tastings at an organic farm.

Day 10: Departure - Farewell to Sicily

On the final day, drive to Catania Airport to drop off your rental car. Bid farewell to the stunning island of Sicily, filled with unforgettable memories.

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

Itinerary summary

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

  • Days 1-2: Arrive at Catania Airport and relax at Taormina Beach. Overnight in Taormina.

  • Days 3-4: Explore the Aeolian Islands and transfer to Palermo for free time. Overnight in Palermo.

  • Days 5-6: Visit Segesta, Erice, Trapani, Agrigento, and Piazza Armerina. Overnight in Palermo.

  • Days 7-8: Enjoy a day trip to Ustica Island and transfer to Catania. Overnight in Catania.

  • Days 9-10: Explore Mount Etna and depart from Catania. Overnight in Catania. 

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Itinerary #7: An Italian dream trip: Rome, Sicily and the Amalfi Coast

Prepare for a 10-day journey through the heart and soul of Italy. Your adventure commences in Rome, where you'll delve into the depths of ancient history and master the art of Italian cuisine. Continue to Sicily, where Baroque architecture and the mighty Mount Etna await, before concluding your Italian dream amidst the enchanting Amalfi Coast and captivating Capri.

Noto's basilica. Photo: Shutterstock

Day 1: Arrival in Rome - Eternal City Awaits

Touch down at Leonardo Da Vinci International Airport and prepare for an incredible journey.

Day 2: Rome - A Treasure Hunt in the Eternal City

Embark on a treasure hunt through Rome's storied streets, guided by your private treasure map.

Day 3: Rome - Art, Culture, and Cooking

Spend your day exploring Rome's artistic and cultural riches, with an afternoon dedicated to mastering Italian cuisine in Campo de' Fiori.

Day 4: Catania, Sicily - A Flight to Baroque Beauty

Fly to Catania, Sicily, and explore the city with a guided tour. Uncover the Neapolis Archaeological Park and the enchanting Ortygia Island, then savor a delightful dinner in Syracuse.

Day 5: Noto - A Baroque Gem

Day five is dedicated to Noto's exquisite Baroque architecture, including a visit to the stunning cathedral and Palazzo Ducezio.

Day 6: Modica and Ragusa - Chocolate and Baroque Wonders

Start with a chocolate-making workshop in Modica and then embark on a guided walking tour through Ragusa's Baroque marvels.

Day 7: Mount Etna and Bronte - Volcanic Beauty and Pistachio Delights

Explore Mount Etna's volcanic craters and enjoy tastings at a prestigious wine cellar. Then, learn about pistachio farming in Bronte and indulge in delightful tastings.

Day 8: Naples - Gateway to the Amalfi Coast

Fly to Naples, your gateway to the Amalfi Coast, on day eight.

Day 9: The Amalfi Coast - Breathtaking Scenery and Coastal Charms

Day nine is a full-day adventure along the picturesque Amalfi Coast. Visit Ravello's famed gardens, hike through the Iron Valley to Amalfi, and explore the charming town.

Day 10: Departure - Arrivederci, Italy!

After breakfast, transfer to Rome's airport on day ten, bidding farewell to your remarkable 10-day journey through Italy.

Villa Rufolo in Ravello. Photo: Shutterstock

Itinerary summary

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

  • Day 1: Arrival and transfer to Rome. Overnight in Rome.

  • Day 2: Rome treasure hunt adventure. Overnight in Rome.

  • Day 3: Campo de'Fiori cookery class. Overnight in Rome.

  • Days 4-5: Fly to Sicily, explore Syracuse and Noto. Overnight in Syracuse.

  • Days 6-7: Transfer to Modica, chocolate tasting, Ragusa tour, and visit Mount Etna and a pistachio farm. Overnight in Favara.

  • Days 8-9: Fly to Naples, transfer to the Amalfi Coast, and explore the coast and towns. Overnight in Praiano.

  • Day 10: Departure from Rome.

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Itinerary #8: Dive into Apulia - cuisine & culture

Explore the beautiful region of Puglia in Italy on this 10-day itinerary. Uncover the riches of Apulia with a rental car, from Gargano to Salento. Puglia offers treasures like Lecce, Bari, Taranto, Ostuni, Polignano, and Alberobello.

Alberobello. Photo: Shutterstock

Day 1: Arrival and Bari's Cultural Charms

Your adventure kicks off with your arrival at Bari Airport, followed by a day to explore the elegant Murat district and the historic heart of Bari Vecchia at your own pace.

Day 2: Castel del Monte and Culinary Delights

Journey to Castel del Monte, a captivating fortress, before returning to Bari for an enticing guided street food tour, immersing yourself in local culinary wonders.

Day 3: Ostuni & Alberobello - Picturesque Towns 

Explore the picturesque towns of Ostuni and Alberobello, known for their unique charm and cultural significance.

Day 4: Beach Bliss and Cultural Heritage 

Enjoy a leisure day on the captivating beaches between Polignano a Mare and Monopoli, where stunning coastlines meet rich cultural heritage.

Day 5: Guided Trekking at Torre Guaceto Reserve

 Nature takes center stage as you embark on a guided trek through the enchanting Reserve of Torre Guaceto, immersing yourself in its natural beauty.

Day 6: Taranto - Steeped in History 

Drive to Taranto, a city steeped in history, with its ancient core and strategic location offering fascinating insights.

Day 7: Sea Adventure in Taranto Marina

Embark on a thrilling boat tour in Taranto Marina, exploring the Ionian Sea and the possibility of encountering dolphins and whales.

Day 8: Lecce's Art and Cuisine 

Journey to Lecce, renowned for its art and historic allure, and savor its culinary delights during a street food tour.

Day 9: Orecchiette Cooking Class

Immerse yourself in the culinary traditions of the region as you learn to craft orecchiette pasta under the guidance of a professional chef, complemented by tastings of local products and beverages.

Day 10: Journey's End and Departure

As you return to Bari Airport on your final day, take a moment to reflect on the incredible experiences gained during this unforgettable journey through the heart of Puglia.

Ostuni white town. Photo: Shutterstock

Itinerary summary

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

  • Days 1-2: Arrival in Bari, explore the city, and drive to Castel del Monte with a Bari street food tour. Overnight in Bari.

  • Days 3-4: Drive to Ostuni and Alberobello for walking tours, then enjoy a leisure day at the beach. Overnight in Bari.

  • Day 5: Guided trekking at Torre Guaceto Natural Reserve. Overnight in Bari.

  • Days 6-7: Drive to Taranto, explore the city with a boat tour to Taranto marina. Overnight in Taranto.

  • Days 8-9: Drive to Lecce, take a street food tour, and enjoy a cooking class to learn to make orecchiette pasta. Overnight in Taranto.

  • Day 10: Drive and departure from Bari.

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