The most incredible 10 day Italy itinerary to fall in love with the country
Italy is by far one of the most amazing countries to visit and we have vacationed on a 10 day Italy itinerary on three separate occasions.
With so much to see and do in the country, we’ve crafted the most incredible 10 day Italy itinerary that will highlight all of our favorite places as well as our favorite places to indulge in local wine, beer and spirits!
A bucket list destination for many travelers, Italy is one of the top-visited countries with so many things to see, do and, of course, taste.
Delicious Tuscan wine, romantic gondola rides through Venetian canals, staggeringly beautiful houses on the Amalfi coast, and ancient civilizations in Rome (and everywhere, really) await you in this “Bel Paese”, which is Italian for ‘beautiful country’.
This guide is going to give you suggestions for planning your own 10 day Italy itinerary with links to our in-depth guides on each place. No matter where you pick to travel, every Italian town and city has something magical to offer.
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Planning a 10 day Italian itinerary is both exhilarating and exhausting, as you will soon realize there are thousands of options for what to do.
If this is your first trip to Italy, then we suggest starting with the top 3 places to visit: Rome, Florence, and Venice.
These three locations were on our first 10 day trip to Italy and it will give you an impressive snapshot of how beautiful and diverse this country is. Each of these locations in Italy are world-renowned for various reasons.
If you are looking for specific activities on your trip (for example, a tipsy day touring the Tuscan countryside or exploring an active volcano in Sicily), then you might want to shift your planning to involve some of those activities!
On our second trip to Italy, we used Rome as a hub (cheaper flights from the U.S.) and explored south to Naples, the lost city of Pompeii, and the Amalfi Coast. This type of 10 day Italian itinerary was a dramatic shift from our first 10 days in Italy.
The coast brings an air of drunk romance and awe-inspiring history that we have yet to experience anywhere else in the world (except Paris).
On our third 10 day Italy itinerary, we couldn’t resist another trip to Florence (as it’s spectacular), and it was just as vivacious as the first visit. We also traveled to some lesser-visited regions, including Florence’s nearby neighbor, Bologna, and the island of Sicily.
This type of 10 day Italy itinerary will really make you feel like a true Italian! Ciao Bella!
This is an almost-impossible question to answer because everyone travels so differently. But budgeting for a trip to Italy starts with where you want to go and what you want to experience when you are there.
Like to see all of the tourist attractions (likely more expensive)? Or like to live like a local (likely less expensive)?
Many of Italy’s cities have city passes that incorporate many of their main attractions into one flat fee. In addition to this often being a better deal overall, these passes sometimes even allow you to skip the ticket lines all together.
Rome, Florence and Venice all have city passes that you can purchase and depending on how many of the attractions you are looking to see, it will probably save you a good bit of money on purchasing individual tickets (savings on tourist attractions means more booze purchases).
Italy on a budget is definitely doable. You just might have to sacrifice that swanky meal one night in favor of a wine and cheese night. That doesn’t sound so bad, does it?
We’ll be honest, we tend to book our lodging, transportation, and even some activities before arriving so we don’t need to limit our experiences (i.e. food and booze) while we are on the ground.
Not only does this help spread out the money spent over a few months, but you can go with a clear idea of budget and where you will have the chance to spend the money.
Depending on where you are planning to go on your 10 day Italian itinerary, the best way to see Italy in 10 days will be by train or plane. In some itineraries, it may be more effective to fly instead of taking the train.
Since you only have 10 days, you’ll want to spend a big portion of that time exploring, drinking and eating rather than being stuck in a train or in an airport.
If you are opting to do our first suggestion to visit the top 3 places of Rome – Florence – Venice, this is what we believe is the best way to maximize your 10 day Italy itinerary.
There is no right or wrong way to visit them. You can go:
- Rome – Florence – Venice – Rome
- Rome – Venice – Florence – Rome
There are pros/cons to each, but we typically like to go to the farthest point away (in this case, Venice) and work our way back. If you want to experience Rome first, then run the below in reverse!
We want to give you 3 different 10 day Italian itineraries to use as a reference with this guide.
All itineraries below assume you will fly in and out of Rome.
Option 1 for first timers
Give yourself 3 days to soak it all in before jetsetting to Venice. Keep reading below to see how to get around to these locations.
- Rome – 3 days
- Venice – 2 days
- Florence – 3 days
- Rome – 1 day
Option 2 for coastal destination (either romatic or historic)
This itinerary assumes you have been to the big 3 places in Italy and are looking to dig deeper into the historical sites such as Pompeii or the luxurious such as the Amalfi Coast.
- Rome – 1 day
- Naples – 1 day
- Sorrento and Pompeii – 4 days
- Amalfi – 3 days
- Rome – 1 day
To see how to spend time in each desintation, go to the section below!
Rome to Venice via Plane
If you opt to start your 10 day Italian itinerary in Venice, but have to fly through Rome first, we’d highly suggest staying in the airport and catching a plane to Venice right away.
Most Italian domestic flights are significantly cheaper than domestic U.S. flights, and range from $50 to $150 one-way (sometimes even cheaper depending on airline).
The flight time up to Venice is relatively quick too, usually only around 1 hour and 15 minutes.
Heading to Venice right away saves you the hassle and cost of getting to and spending a night in Rome.
Venice to Florence Via Train
The high-speed train runs daily from Venice to Florence and takes around 2 hours. We suggest using the train because you don’t need to go through security at the airport so the time in the train station is less.
You can arrive 30 minutes before your train departs and not waste as much time sitting around waiting.
Italy has an incredible train system that can get you to many places in the country with ease. The train stations are laid out to easily navigate and booking a ticket is pretty seamless either at the station or online.
Similar to airlines, the Italian trains have different classes of seats so depending on where you sit, tickets can range from $15 to $70. Price also depends on any peak, rush-hour prices and how far in advance you’ve booked. Book in advance to save money.
Florence to Rome via Train
The high-speed train from Florence to Rome is around 1 hour and 30 minutes and can range from $15 to $60, again depending on your seat/class and how far in advance you booked your ticket.
Rome is a massive city, rich with historical landmarks and attractions. When we were planning a trip to Italy for the first time, we weren’t sure how many days to spend in Rome, but found we covered most of the top attractions in 3 days in Rome.
Rome acts as a great hub for your 10 day trip in Italy, especially if you are flying in from outside of the country.
On all three of our 10 day Italian itineraries, we flew in and out of Rome since there are typically more flights available which means prices aren’t nearly as expensive.
More money in our pockets means more money to spend on wine, cheese, and gelato!
We have a complete 3 days in Rome guide that would be easy to fit into any trip to Italy in 10 days!
When planning a trip to Italy in 10 days, Florence is no doubt a top destination. Known for housing Renaissance art and architecture, Florence, the capital of the Tuscany region, is centrally located in Italy.
As previously mentioned, we have been to Florence twice and depending on your love of art or how long you want to spend winery hopping in Tuscany, you would want 2 to 3 days in the city when planning out your 10 day Italy itinerary.
Top highlights of our trip include: watching the sun set over the city from Piazzale Michelangelo, wine tasting at a local wine bar, and falling deeply in love with all of the art that the Renaissance era gave us.
Check out our Florence in 2 days guide to help you make the most of your 10 day trip to Italy.
Venice is one of the most romantic cities we’ve ever been to. The way the city is situated around waterways creates a unique charm that we’ve never experienced anywhere else. For your trip to Italy in 10 days, we’d suggest 2 days in Venice.
It’s important to know that getting to Venice via plane or train will require a boat or car/bus ride. As the city of Venice is essentially a group of hundreds of small islands, there is only 1 road into and out of the island.
We opted for a boat ride (which we boarded right from the airport), which was a truly magical way to enter the city and we HIGHLY suggest it.
Other things to note about Venice: you will get lost — several times. It’s a bit disorienting how the roads and alleys weave every which way around the water.
But, the best news is that Venice is a collection of islands linked by bridges. So no matter how lost you get, you can only go so far. Unless you like swimming.
If you remember nothing else from this post, remember that getting lost in Venice is a right of passage and is an absolute-must. It will save you a heaping amount of time panicking and arguing with your travel companion.
Take a deep breath and enjoy being lost in a city composed of over 400 bridges and 150 water canals.
Be sure to read our detailed guide for 2 days in Venice itinerary here.
If you are considering Naples for your 10 day Italy itinerary, then you absolutely must consider going to Pompeii, Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast.
If that is the case, we suggest only staying 1 day in Naples, because the other places we just listed are incredible.
The 2 things you must do in Naples: visit the National Archaeological Museum of Naples (which includes numerous artifacts from Pompeii) and eat pizza.
Before we talk about museums, let’s talk about food (it’s more important anyways). According to history.com, “the modern birthplace of pizza is southwestern Italy’s Campania region, home to the city of Naples”. Because of this, we rank it on our list of top things to do in Naples. No Italian vacation is complete without pizza, but it’s so important to try it in Naples!
Ok, now onto the museum. Pompeii was rediscovered in 1748 and there are portions still being unearthed today.
We suggest visiting Pompeii before doing the museum as King Charles III moved a large portion of Pompeii relics, artifacts and key discoveries to the National Archaeological Museum of Naples.
It’s hard to explain, but going to Pompeii and then to the museum gives you a well-rounded perspective of this ancient city.
Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Mount Vesuvius
Due to Sorrento’s location, we opted to take day trips to Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius. If you can plan accordingly, make an effort to visit Herculaneum too. We missed it and based on what we’ve read and have been told, it’s worth the effort to go.
Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius can be done in a combined 1-day excursion. The train from Sorrento to Pompeii is only about 30 minutes.
If you are visiting in the summer, get to Pompeii when they open (be there before they open) and plan on anywhere from 3 to 5 hours in the morning walking around the ancient city.
The heat in Italy is no joke and there is nowhere to hide within the ruins. Take PLENTY of water.
We purchased an excursion in the afternoon to hike Mount Vesuvius. Emphasis on the word hike. There are 2 ways to get to the top and both require a minimum of a 20-minute hike on the volcano to get to the rim. Also of note, there are NO bathrooms. If we haven’t lost you yet, it’s worth the adventure.
We opted for the 4×4 vehicle to get us to the starting point of the hike. While it was neat, we wouldn’t suggest it. Take the bus option. It might be more crowded, but it was an easier (and less bumpy) journey than the 4×4 option.
Until we write our post on how to visit, we suggest reviewing this post here.
While we didn’t make it to Capri, if you have the time (and money) it’s definitely worth the visit. Known for its rugged coastline, luxury hotels, and designer shopping, Capri is a top destination for the wealthy.
Capri is also famous for the Blue Grotto, a cave nestled in the jagged rock where the sea shimmers an electric blue throughout an underwater cave.
There are two options to get to Capri: ferry boat or a private boat rental. The ferry to Capri is accessible via a short walk through Sorrento.
The Amalfi Coast is considered the crème de la crème of Italy’s southern coastline. Known for production of limoncello from the Amalfi lemons, these small towns are perched in between cliffs along 25 miles of shoreline.
The houses and buildings seem to cascade over one another, creating a maze only accessible to pedestrians.
There are 13 towns within the Amalfi Coast, but one of the most well-known stops is Positano.
If we could do it again, we’d have spent a night in Positano, with a day trip to the town of Amalfi. We underestimated the sheer beauty of Positano and robbed ourselves of a day here. If we had to do it again, we would spend an entire day in this spectacular seaside town.
If you are looking to dive deep into the Mediterranean, look no further than Sicily. At the tip of Italy’s “boot”, Sicily is the largest Mediterranean island and boasts warm and sunny weather, beaches, an active volcano, and an upcoming and epic wine region.
On the western edge of Sicily is Palermo, the capital of this Italian Island. From royal tombs, palaces, and Byzantine structures, this city is a great stop to take in the history while enjoying the warm breeze from the western coast.
On the eastern edge of Sicily is Catania, an ancient port city that rests at the foot of a large active volcano, Mount Etna. The volcanic soil is so rich in minerals that it’s a great place to grow grapes and is home to over 70 wineries.
While visiting the medieval forts, amphitheatre, and churches are great, it’s worth the expense to see the volcano in person and experience its juicy wine first hand.
Check out our guide for What to do in Catania.
Overall – Planning you 10 day Italy itinerary
We’ll be the first to say it, any 10 day Italy itinerary will open your mind to this romantic country through sights, food, or incredible wine!
With a deep history (and grape vines), Italy has its own unique blend of history, romance, and grape juice that leaves you wanting more and saying “amore” (Italian for love).
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