I love Italy – it’s such a beautiful country and so diverse.
Have you decided where you’ll be flying in to? (Rome?)
How do you plan on getting around?
Bus? Train? Rental car?
I agree that it might be a good idea to start from the south and make your way up north…
Here is my opinion:
Venice: Very touristy, very busy, very confusing (i am usually good with maps, but in Venice you’ll just get lost at some point) … I’d still go there because it would be odd not to go.
Capri: very pretty (but also very touristy); i agree with pp go up to the top to get a beautiful view; if you go to that area you might also want to add Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius to your list; Naples is not a nice place.. it is very busy & loud… But maybe if you want an authentic feel still go there for half a day (although you’re not missing out by not going there)
Rome: a must see and there is so much stuff to experience there: colosseum, forum romanum….and it’s not far to the vatican from there
Florence -> beautiful city with lots of history and art
Verona -> you’ll find Juliette’s balcony there (Romeo & Juliette), it has a beautiful ancient arena where you could watch a opera, if you’re into that kind of thing
Places you might want to add:
Milan -> fashion capital, thus very fancy
Turin -> used to be very industrial, is a very intersting place, great combination of culture and history; i loved the Mole Antonelliana (it hosts a museum and you can go up with a transparent elevator which is very unique). Fun Fact: Mole Antonelliana is on the 2-cent-coin from Italy
Vinci -> the birthplace of Leonardo da Vinci; it is embedded in the beautiful landscape of Tuscany and hosts a museum (his birth house?) where you can learn a lot about all the things he discovered / came up with
If you wanna go see the leaning tower, add Pisa (but there is not really anything else to do).
I also like the Lago di Garda area; lago di Garda is the largest lake in Italy & you can do nice bike tours etc. there.
I also think the landscape of South Tyrol / Alto Adige in the very north of Italy is very pretty. Mountains yay! Bolzano is the capital of that part, this is where you can visit Ötzi the iceman, if you’re into that kind of stuff.