Italy Hopping In 9 Days
Day 1 - Arrive in Rome
Your first day in Rome is going to be a little bit of a bust. Depending on where you’re traveling from, the jet lag may hit you hard. It’s best to play your arrival day by ear and be flexible. Check out some of these suggestions.
Pick a nice restaurant to have dinner. Good food the first day you’re in Rome is never a bad decision.
Go on a nice walk and explore the area around your hotel.
Take a nap. Kick that jet lag right in the butt the first day you get there.
Explore your hotel. If you’re staying in a nice hotel, it’d be worth it to check out some of the amenities to help you recover from a long journey.
You’ll definitely want to get to bed early to prep for a full day tomorrow!
Day 2 - Explore Rome
When in Rome, do as the Romans do. As touristy as it seems, if it’s your first time in Rome, you have to go see the major sights. The trick is to wake up early to beat the crowd! Not to mention, you’ll get a beautiful picture with the morning sun and no crowd. Get your day started around 6:30 AM. Remember, these are just your key target points. Feel free to take the scenic route to get there or stop along the way for an espresso!
The Trevi Fountain
Climb St. Peter’s Dome - I personally don’t enjoy full tours of churches. Unless you’re really into the history and art behind it, I’d say skip a full tour and just climb up to the dome for an amazing view! Not to mention you’ll have to walk through The Vatican to get there. Tip: You could spend all day in the Vatican and at St. Peter’s Basilica, but since we’re on a time crunch, keep it moving.
Take a nap - I’m a big napper, and you started early today. Grab some pizza and head back to your hotel for a quick nap and recharge. For pizza, stop at Emma. Super yummy!
*** It should be around 2:30 PM or 3:00 PM ***
Colosseum Tour - I’m usually not a huge fan of tours but it was nice to have some background info about the Colosseum. It has some great history! Getting to skip the line with the tour was well worth it!
Dinner - With so many wonderful restaurants in Rome, it’s hard to go wrong. Just remember, dinner is usually later than the typical American dinner!
You come to Rome to see the sights, so Rome will be the most touristy you’ll be on your trip. Embrace it!
The rest of the night is up to you. If you have the energy of a young 20-year old, grabbing a drink at a cool bar is an option or you can head back to the hotel for a good night’s sleep.
Day 3 - Train To Florence
Sleep in a little and enjoy breakfast in your hotel. Pack up your things and head to Roma Termini to catch the Frecciarossa to Florence. Most hotels will have you checked out by noon, so book your train ticket for somewhere around 1 PM or earlier. It’s about a 1-hour 30-minute train ride.
Train to Florence
Check into your hotel - I highly recommend Villa Cora. It’s a beautiful boutique hotel with a stunning outdoor pool, a Michelin star restaurant, and impeccable service.
Relax at your hotel - Take some time and relax at your hotel. Again, especially if you’re staying at a nice hotel, now is the time to go lounge by the pool.
Dinner - Like Rome, Florence has endless restaurants to choose from. If you’re staying at Villa Cora, I highly recommend Le Bistrot. If it happens to be Wednesday, Villa Cora does Pizza and Champagne by the pool!
With our day and a half in Florence, it’s not doable to explore all of Florence and all of Tuscany. There’s just not enough time. So since we just came from Rome which is a big city, the next two days are dedicated to properly exploring and drinking our way through the countryside of Tuscany.
Day 4 - Wine Tour In Tuscany
As previously stated, I’m usually not a huge fan of tours. However, Fun In Tuscany is hands down the best tour I have ever taken. It’s so well worth the price and I promise, you more than get your money’s worth. Tuscany is so big and unless you really know what you’re doing, it’s helpful to have a guide. We had the sweetest tour guide for our trip and if you read all the reviews, it seems that every guide is amazing. We chose the horseback riding tour (they also have a Vespa tour) and only had one other couple with us.
Meeting point - We met at a spot in Florence. It was very easy to find.
San Gimignano - We took an hour van ride out to a very cool medieval town called San Gimignano where we were guided around and then had some private time to explore on our own.
Gelateria Dondoli - San Gimignano is also home to one of the world’s most renowned gelato, called Gelateria Dondoli. It did not disappoint
Organic Farm - We were then showed around an organic farm
Horseback Riding - We got a tour through the vineyards of Tuscany on horseback. Truly magical. You don’t need any prior horseback riding experience. The horses are so well behaved a beginner will have no problem.
Wine Tasting - We ended with the wine tasting which consisted of about eight glasses of wine (I lost count), how to properly taste wine, and a full meal. So yummy!
Fun In Tuscany not only planned the most amazing day for us from start to finish, but they were also so kind and I truly felt like I got to see so many different parts of Tuscany. It’s a must-do!
Day 5 - Train To Venice
We really only came to Florence for an amazing day in Tuscany, so the earlier you can catch the Frecciarossa, the earlier you can be in Venice! Head to Firenze S.M.Novella for a 2-hour train ride.
Train to Venice - Tip! When you arrive at Venezia S. Lucia, don’t let anyone try to show you around or carry your bags. They’ll expect to be paid. Right outside the train station is either a private boat you can take or the vaporetto. Just do your research about pricing and stops ahead of time!
Check into your hotel
Grab lunch - I recommend Impronta Cafe.
Walk around - Put on your walking shoes because you’re going to walk all over Venice. It’s the best way to get around. Check out my best Instagram locations in Venice! Be sure to stop at the following.
St. Mark’s Square
Bridge Of Sighs
Ponte de Chiodo
Go on a gondola ride
Dinner - I recommend L’Alcova Restaurant. Be sure to request to sit outside!
Head back to the hotel for a good night’s sleep. Another early morning tomorrow!
Day 6 - Murano/Burano
No need to get up at the crack of dawn today. Enjoy breakfast at your hotel and then hop on the vaporetto (water bus) or splurge on a private boat to Murano (even though it’s pricy, take a private boat at least once). Tip! Ask a few people before taking the private boat. If they know you’re a tourist, they’ll likely jack up the price. Hold firm to the price you’re willing to pay. If you’re taking the vaporetto, get on the number 12 line that departs from Fondamente Nova “A”. It leaves about every 30 minutes.
Check out the shops
Glass Blowing Museum
Pizza at Osteria al Duomo - You can go eat in the public park just down the street.
See a glass blowing demonstration
Burano - Burano is less than one square mile, so it won’t take you long to explore. Enjoy a leisurely walk through the beautiful candy-colored streets.
Take a ton of pictures!
Eat at one of the outdoor restaurants on the main canal.
Grab lunch! I recommend Al Gatto Nero.
Try Bussolà, a traditional “S” shaped cookie only made in Burano.
San Martino Church dates back to the 15th century and tips slightly to one side.
Day 7 & 8 - Travel To Lake Como
Today’s travel is a little more complicated. You’re going to take the Frecciarossa from Firenze S.M.Novella to Milano Centrale. Once in Milano Centrale, the quickest way to most places on Lake Como is by taxi. I recommend staying in Tremezzo because it’s less crowded than places like Bellagio, but it’s right across the lake from Bellagio and would make for a very easy day trip. We stayed in a beautiful hotel called Grand Hotel Tremezzo. After six days of intense scheduling and sightseeing, it’s time to relax. If you’re going to splurge on a hotel, let it be this one. Everything you could ever need for the most relaxing last two days is right in the hotel.
Days 7 and 8 are really up to you depending on how you feel. Check out these options and decide how you want to spend your day!
Order breakfast in bed
Take a day trip to Bellagio
Relax by the pool
Eat at the outdoor pizza oven kitchen
Take a drive through Tremezzo
Indulge in a spa treatment
Relax by the infinity pool
Day 10 - Head Back Home
I hope you enjoyed your trip to Italy! Ciao!
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