ITALIAN ITINERARIES – ITALY IN ONE WEEK
DAY 1 – ITALY IN ONE WEEK (ROME ITINERARY)
Check into your hotel, set you bags in your room and then head out for your first day of adventure. On your way to your first stop, grab a cappuccino from a local café and enjoy the morning wine of Italy. First, head towards Michelanelo’s Campidoglio where you can look out over the Roman Forum and ancient Rome. After taking some time to capture the beauty of Rome, continue waling along Vie dei Fori Imperial, seeing the remains of the Imperial Forums. This route will take you directly to the Colosseum. Take the rest of the day discovering the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill (west of the Colosseum). You can also take a quick walk to the North of the Colosseum and see the Golden House, where Nero once lived. At the completion of your first day stops by the Church of San Pietro in Vincoli where you can see Michelangelo’s statue of Moses.
DAY 2 – ITLALY IN ONE WEEK (ROME ITINERARY)
After a good night’s rest, head over to Vatican City to spend most of your day. Start at St. Peter’s Basilica where you can get a good look at Michelange’s dome. Spend most of your morning here exploring and capturing this beautiful place. After lunch head over to the Vatican Museum and see one of the world’s finest collections of art and antiquities, ending at the Sistine Chapel. The Sistine Chapel is a must see when you’re in Rome – take your time to absorb the rich message it conveys. Although, this may sound like a few items, you will be ready to call it a day but if you still have a little energy left stop by the Castel Sant’Angelo. Finish your visit to Rome with having dinner at one of its various outdoor restaurants; you won’t regret it!
DAY 3 – ITALY IN ONE WEEK (SIENA ITINERARY)
Today you’re going to head 143 miles North of Rome into Siena (the second largest city of Tuscany). Once you arrive in Siena, check into your hotel and hit the streets. The first place to visit will be the Piazza del Campo, which is the main plaza with various sites. Here you will visit the Museo Civico and the Torre del Mangia. This is a bit of a climb to the top but it will give a breathtaking view of the city below. Don’t forget your camera! After this walk over to the Duomo and spend a few hours visiting the surrounding sites. You will see the Museo dell’Opera Metropolitana and the Battistero. On your way back to your hotel, grab a bite to eat and people watch and journal.
DAY 4 – ITALY IN ONE WEEK (FLORENCE ITINERARY)
Get up early and drive from Siena to Florence (it’s only 21 miles). Your first stop should be the Uffizi, where you can spend the entire morning. Next head over to the Museo dell’Opera del Duomo (do this before seeing the Duomo). Adventure to the top of the Duomo and get a great view of Florence. After capturing the view of the city, head over to the Attistero San Giovanni and the Campanile di Giotto. On your way home you can stop in the Galleria dell’Accademia which houses the world-famous statue of David by Michelangelo. Take a stroll along Ponte Vechhio and watch the sun set. Bella!
DAY 5 - ITALY IN ONE WEEK (FLORENCE ITINERARY)
Spend your morning observing the works of art at the Palazzo Pitti, on the bank of the Arno and then head to the Giardini di Bobli. After you have lunch, cross over the river to see many sites from the Renaissance including the Cappelle Medicee. Wind down your day with a visit to the Basilica di San Lorenzo and the Palazzo Vecchio, where you will find lots of art. Kick off your shoes and have a good night sleep. Your tour is almost over – you’ll need the energy!
DAY 6 - ITALY IN ONE WEEK (VENICE ITINERARY)
Prepare yourself for another early morning drive from Florence to Venice (about 165 miles Northeast). You will arrive by taking the vaporetto on the Grand Canal to your hotel. Make sure you don’t let this experience pass you by, but take time to concentrate on the magnificence of this city. Once you’re checked into your hotel stop by the Piazza San Marco for a cup of coffee. Once your done at the café you can visit the Basilica di San Marco, which is at the front of the plaza. After visiting the basilica go to the Palazzo Ducale and take the Bridge of Sighs. Climb the Campanile and get a city view at the top. You will be able to see the entire city and the lagoon. Take advantage of the waterfront restaurants for dinner.
DAY 7 - ITALY IN ONE WEEK (VENICE ITINERARY)
Today you explore the best art Venice has to offer at the Gallerie dell’Accademia and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection. Go shopping on the Rialto Bridge and buy some souvenirs before your trip comes to an end. Stop by the San Rocco to see some of its great art and finish your day with dinner on the Lido. Take one last glance at Italy before you pack up to head home.
Touring Italy in one week will be packed and will require a lot of energy. Be prepared to walk and preserve. It is worth every bit of it. Don’t worry about what you won’t be able to see, just concentrate on what you did see. Italy isn’t going anywhere - come back again to experience its wonder and magic.
By Joey Papa