Italy 10 day vacation suggestions?

posted 3 years ago in Travel
Post # 2
3238 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2018

Ahhhhh lucky! I’ve never been to Italy but my parents went not too long ago, and their favorite city by far was Florence. I’ve heard that from lots of other people too!

Post # 3
81 posts
Worker bee

I’m going in July for 10 days; we are doing Rome, Positano, and Capri! I’ve chaperoned a school trip to Italy before; we did Venice, Florence, Assisi, Verona and day in Rome. This time around I definitely wanted to do the Amalfi coast!

Post # 4
1547 posts
Bumble bee

I love Tuscany and Cinque Terre the most but the lakes area and Dolomites are great too. I’ve never been to the Amalfi coast though and it looks incredible. You could split up your time and do something like 5 days Tuscany and 5 days Amalfi Coast. 

Post # 5
291 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2018

I went on a 10 day school trip to Italy when I was 15, we did:


Florence – stayed a few days there and went to local places. Florence is gorgeous! Also very romantic.

Rome – stayed even longer there, did all the Rome sights, went to the Vatican and did day trips in the surrounding area. It’s nice, but very busy.

Sorrento – stayed there for several days. Spent one day in Pompei (recommended) and one day on Capri (also recommended).


I loved Sorrento so much I’m going there for my mini-moon in March. Fiance has also been to Italy before too, also on a school trip (Florence and Rome – although, bizarrely for a Catholic school, not the Vatican). He didn’t visit the Naples area though, so it’ll be new to him and we’ll do lots of things I didn’t do 14 years ago.

We’re staying in Sorrento for a week. We plan to spend a day in Pompei, a day in Naples, visit Herculaneum and to go to Capri for a day. There are other islands near there, plus the Amalfi coast to visit. Really looking forward to it. We want quite a relaxed trip, and lots of good food.

If you’re happy to do a bit of travelling, in 10 days you could easily see quite a bit of the country.

Post # 6
1312 posts
Bumble bee

I love Naples and Amalfi Coast the most.  In a scenario where I had to choose just one area that I could ever return to in Italy that would probably it.  My husband loves the Bologna area.

Post # 7
703 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

If you definitely want to go to Rome and Venice, I’d pick them as the base and do day trips out from there, at most add another place like Florence or Naples. There’s so much to see but the real joy in Italy is getting lost in the streets, or spending hours over a carafe of wine in the sunshine.

Post # 8
498 posts
Helper bee

We are going next month! Rome florence and Venice! 

Post # 9
469 posts
Helper bee

I agree with @ukbea. I’ve been three times, and I certainly think it’s smart to pick bases. Florence is a fantastic base, and you can visit Siena, Verona, Cortona, even Venice from here. Though Venice is fabulous, and I’d recommend staying there as well.

Positano is magic. Like, hands down, one of my favorite places in the world. It takes a bit to get to, so I don’t know that I’d advise it for a ten-day trip unless you went straight from Rome there, but at some point, go. So worth it.

Keep in mind your travel days, even though train travel is good, it takes a bit. Travel days end up being kind of a wash for me.

Day 1: So depending on what time you fly in, find where you’re staying, check in, rest a bit, you may or may not have time to explore.

Days 2-4: Depends on what you want to see in Rome. Vatican alone can take up an entire day. Do you want to see the Colosseum, Pantheon, Spanish Steps? Do you want to visit Pompeii? That’s a day trip.

Day 5: Travel to Florence. Check in, etc. Walk around, check out the markets.

Day 6: Duomo, lunch, Santa Maria Novella (great old pharmacy turned to perfumes and lotions, if you like that sort of thing)

Day 7: Boboli Gardens (beautiful) with half day trip somewhere

Day 8: Day trip

Day 9: Return to Rome if you fly out?

Day 10: leave

You can see why you wouldn’t want to switch accommodations more than that based on this. Another idea may be to stick to a region. Rome, Pompeii, Naples, Sorrento, Positano. Or fly into Milan and do Venice, Cinque Terre, etc.

Hope this helps! I adore Italy and can’t wait to go back again.

Post # 10
14 posts

Definitely don’t skip Florence! I studied abroad there and it was my favorite place (visited Venice & Rome as well). The best place to eat there is called La Giostra. If you go make sure that make a reservation online before hand and order the Pear Ravioli, it’s to die for!! Also climbing the duomo was awesome and so was the all day tour we took from Florence all through Tuscany for wine tasting. If you have any questions DM me! 

Post # 11
711 posts
Busy bee

I agree with the PP about Florence! Definitely worth a stop, and it is close to Tuscany which would be nice for wine tasting and exploring. Cinque Terre is beautiful and worth a stop. The towns are much quieter and more “off the beaten path” than Positano and the Amalfi Coast. Although, Positano is a must see in my book, especially on a honeymoon! Venice is a pass for me… Very touristy and not very authentic like some other regions in Italy.

Post # 12
1312 posts
Bumble bee

Wow I couldn’t disagree more that cinque terre is is off the beaten path or quieter than the amalfi coast or that Venice isn’t authentic.    

Different strokes i guess!

Post # 13
432 posts
Helper bee

Florence is a must see to me. When you think about “Italian Countryside” you are thinking about Tuscany/Florence. San Gimignano is an adorable old walled city in Tuscany, we loved our days there! Sorrento is also amazing, and we enjoyed Positano. Capri is beautiful, but we were there over the winter holidays so almost nothing was open so we ended up  just sitting in a park watching nature and sitting on the beach for a while. Nice, but it would be better if anything had been open!!

Venice was our least favorite place, it is expensive, crowded,stinky, dirty and not friendly. But I am not really a big city person in general so that didn’t help. We were there in the off season but it was still just crowded, I can’t imagine what it would be like if it were full tourist season and the canals are hot. The Doge’s Palace was interesting, as was the jail connected to it. We ddin’t get to go but I have heard good things about Burano, which is one of the islands in the lagoon, to get seafood. 

Pompei is INCREDIBLE. Totally worth the trip. We are huge history nerds but it really is amazing to walk into these rooms that have 2000 year old mosaic and freso on the walls and floor. Also, its super fun to snicker like teenagers at the… rather descriptive paintings left in the ancient brothels. 

Rome is also amazing, we did the most “tourist-y” stuff there but there is a reason that stuff is popular. Go to the Vatican, even if you aren’t Catholic the art and history is amazing. All the ancient Roman stuff is totally worth it too. Book tours for these ahead of time! Otherwise you stand in line forever. It is worth the extra cost to get to waltz past the line and be the first people in. We got in to the Sistine Chapel in the first tour group and it was amazing to actually be able to see stuff and wander, not shuffle like penguins with the masses. 

I went, many many years ago on a trip in the Alps and partially included the Italian Alps. It was gorgeous but much more “Alpine” in scenery and culture than “Italian” if that makes sense. Lovely, but I would pick somewhere like Rome, Tuscany, or Amalfi before them. 

Rick Stevens has book guide/a website that have lots of tips, suggestions and plans for visiting places, both over all and specific cities. We have found he usually has great suggestions for things that are less touristy.

Post # 14
15148 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Here’s what we did before: 

But with just 10 days, based on our experiance there I’d say

  1. 3 nights in Sorrento with day trips to Positano (fullish day), Pompeii (full day), & Vesuvius/Herculaneum (half day). Explore positano at nights
  2. 3 nights in Rome
  3. 2 nights in Florence – one to Cinque Terre (full day tour) and one to explore florence
  4. 2 nights in Venice
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