Post # 1
DH and I are in the early stages of planning a trip to Italy — we’re looking at 7-10 days over there. Best places to visit in a short trip? We’d like to fly into Rome and spend a few days there, but also make it to Naples and a few other cities. Where are the best cities to go? Don’t miss sites to see?
Post # 2
If you are heading south, I highly recommend Sorrento. I loved the fresh limoncello, the lemon trees, the views of the water, and the small town shop feel (with the free limoncello samples). We also did Pompeii in between one stop another, so if you enjoy history at all then it is worth a few hours to visit. Sadly, I haven’t made it to the north of Italy, but I have heard cinque terre is fascinating.
Post # 3
If you are going for 7-10 days, do 2 cities; 3 at the absolute most. If you try to cram in any more you will end up spending most of your time travelling, rather than actually enjoying the country.
We did a twin-centre last year, with 4 nights in Rome, and then 6 in Florence, and spent our last day in Pisa and Lucca. For us that was perfect; we saw everything we wanted to without being too rushed.
Post # 4
With 7 to 10 days and Rome + Naples on the list there really isn’t time for more bases. In 7 days, you could do 5 nights in Rome with a day trip to Orvieto or Florence. Then take the train to Naples, ferry to Capri (if going May-October), sleep in Capri 2 nights, ferry back to Naples for 1 night and fly home. In 10 days you could stay 3 nights in Capri and 2 nights in Naples (or vice versa, depending on your interests).
What month? What are your interests? Are you only interested in cities & major sights of would you like some relaxing down time? Are you interested in spending any time on the water? Countryside?
My advice is to pick 2 (or 3 MAX only if 10 total days-which means 11 nights) bases that are not more than a 2 hour transit time away from eachother. If you opt for just 2 bases then pick a day trip or two that is within 1 hour trasit time.
In contrast to the pp regarding already going south I would suggest Capri over Sorrento. Sorrento is the only place I’ve been to so far in Italy that I would never return to. I greatly dislike it. Everyone has different t favorites.
Post # 5
If you’re going to Rome, may as well make it to the Amalfitan coast for a couple of days. So romantic! If you like hiking, set aside a day and hike the Path of the gods there.
Post # 6
Personally I would focus on one area of Italy, Rome being pretty central. I love the northern part (Tuscany and the Lakes): you have plenty of culture (Florence), beautiful landscapes, amazing food… Something for everybody!
Post # 7
I know a “Count” who has converted his family palace from the 1500’s into a bed and breakfast in the Umbrian countryside if you want to stop by for a day. It’s beautiful- I did not want to come home. PM me for details if you are interested!
Post # 8
If you’re going to Italy PLEASE go to Florence! It was our absolute favorite city ever. Beautiful but smaller…great art/museums, amazing food and wine…ugh I want to go back! We also did Rome for 4 nights (I found it really overwhelming) and we stayed in the Tuscany countryside for a few nights. Florence though was my favorite by far!!!
Post # 9
We went to Florence and Como a month ago and both places were gorgeous and amazing in everyway. I particularly fell in love with Como. It is right on Lake Como and the edge of the alps surrounds it. There are all these cute little towns you can only take boats to (Bellagio is the most common), and so many craftsman of all kinds selling their work. We did a lot of hiking and it is weird that you can feel like you are in a the most remote place on earth, and then walk 20 feet and there is this restaurant out of nowhere with people inside that you had no idea how they got there. It is just magical that way and the food is amazing. I’m usually insanely stressed and I was so calm- just the most peaceful place I’ve ever been to.
Florence was gorgeous too. More touristy and more musuems and such. The town is all about their art.
Post # 10
Thank you all for the advice! We’re looking at going in late February for DH’s birthday (yes, it will be cold, but we’re okay with that!)
Based on all the ideas here, I have a lot of research to do!
Post # 11
Venice!!! I can’t believe no one has suggested it. We went to Naples, Florence, Rome and Venice and Venice was by far our favorite.
Post # 12
If you are from a warm climate February in Italy might strike you as cold, but if you are from a cooler climate, you may find Italy in late February quite pleasant, especially if you travel further south. Late February will mean smaller crowds, which is a huge benefit. I have led group trips to a lot of cities in central and northern Italy, so if you decide to go north of Rome I am happy to provide whatever perspective/advice I can.
Post # 13
Thanks! I grew up in New England and we now live in the DC area, so it’s not too much of a warm climate. It looks like the average is the mid-to-high 40s in Rome that time of year, which is easily doable.
Post # 14
We went to Venice Florence sorrento postiano and Rome all in 10 days. Out of all these places. Are you going to bring bag pack? I highly suggested bringing bag pack instead of suitcases in Italy because it make transit so much easier. We took the train between different cities and they are all relatively close to one another. Venice and Florence are must see on the list. I didn’t expect to love Florence so much but it ended up to be the most beautiful city out of all. It is a bit detour to go to sorrento and postiano. But the unique view and coast side experience is worth it.
Post # 15
I also agree with PPs and recommend Florence; it is beautiful. It’s not so far away from Pisa either, if you wanted to see the monuments there.
I’ve not been yet but my family all have and rate it very highly – and that’s to Venice. Though with your already busy schedule you probably wouldn’t have enough time to fit it in!
Have fun in Italy. If you’re a food and wine lover like me, you’ll have an even better time 😉