We’ve been planning our trip to Italy for a couple of months or so now and will be visiting Rome and Florence in the fall, with day trips to Naples/Pompei (from Rome) and Siena/San Gimignano/Chianti/Monteriggioni (from Florence).
We’ll be in Italy for 11 days, which is the sweet spot for Chris and I – we start getting antsy for home at around the ten-day mark – don’t ask me why.
Below is our itinerary and as most Europe flights from North America, we’ll be taking an overnight flight which has us landing in Rome midday local time. I’m unable to sleep on a plane but try to stay awake until night-time (local time) to adjust to local time as quickly as possible.
We’ve booked our hotels, as well as the tours linked below. We’ll be buying the Roma Pass (unlimited public transportation and free entry to 2 museums) and the Firenze card (free entry to museums).
- Day 1: Arrive in Rome: Walk/Explore, Pantheon, Piazza Navona, Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps.
- Day 2:
- AM: Vatican tour (skip the line) for Vatican museums, St. Peter’s and Sistine Chapel
- PM: Castel Sant’Angelo
- 5:30pm: Roman Food Tour – progressive tour that stops in various spots in Rome for food and wine tastings.
- Day 3: Day trip to Naples and Pompei – tour
- Day 4:
- AM: Ancient Rome and Colosseum tour (skip the line/beat the crowds)
- PM: Domus Romane di Palazzo Valentini (with all the “old” stuff planned, this looked like a cool option for something different – it combines ruins with virtual recreation to show what a roman villa would have looked like, as well as a basilica and WW2 bunker).
- Day 5:
- Rome to Florence by train
- AM: Accademia museum
- PM: Santa Maria Novella church and museum
- Day 6:
- AM: Duomo, Baptistery, Campanile (Bell Tower)
- PM: Pitti Palace and Boboli Gardens (probably have lunch in the gardens)
- Day 7: Day trip to Siena, San Gimignano, Chianti (lunch at Tuscan winery), Monteriggioni midieval fortress
- Day 8:
- AM: UIffizi Gallery
- PM: Palazzo Vecchio, Mercato del Vecchio, Ponte Vecchio, Santa Trinita, Loggia del Lanzi, Santa Croce
- Day 9: Free time in Florence for shopping, exploring, and visiting anything we ran out of time (or energy) to visit previously.
- Day 10: Free time in Florence
- Day 11: Depart
So excited to see the art and ruins, eat amazing food, drink fabulous wine and get lost in the side streets of Roma and Firenze. Ciao!! 🙂