When you have only two weeks to spend in Italy, you just can’t see everything. You can rush and hurry to see one city per day, but you’re going to get tired soon, and most importantly, you’ll be under big time pressure. You don’t want that to happen on your vacation, do you?
Maybe the best two-week itinerary in Italy, especially if you’re a first-time visitor, is to see a few major cities. Therefore, here is the ultimate guide, and probably the best way of spending your two weeks in this beautiful European country.
Rome: 4 days
I’ve been recommended to start a Rome trip with a visit to the Vatican City. It is a country of its own inside Rome, and what you don’t want to miss there are three famous sites – St. Peter’s Basilica, the Sistine Chapel, and the Vatican Museum. It usually takes a whole day to see only these places.
It’s worth planning your travel to and from Rome well in advance, as Rome tends to be a place where you either start your Italian trip, or end it. Many people choose to travel to other places after touring Rome, such as Florence.
Plan in advance, and use a handy travel site like ComparaBUS which helps you to understand where buses and trains depart from and at what times, including travel duration and destination help. It will also share a cost with you so you know how much your trip will come to, and you can compare against other times and travel services. This is a great one to use for travel from Rome-Florence.
The day after, go and see the world’s biggest Baroque fountain – Trevi, and throw a coin there. Afterward, go for a little walk, and you’ll see the fantastic Pantheon. Almost two millenniums old, it is the best preserved Ancient Roman monument in Rome.
Save the next day for another Rome highlight – Colosseum. It is the largest amphitheater in the world, and it is impressive to visit, even though it has been damaged a lot in its two thousand years of existence.
Finally, our advice is to spend the last day in the Borghese gallery. It’s not that huge at all (two floors and twenty rooms), but everything you see there is a masterpiece. However, don’t forget to call for reservations.
Of course, you don’t have to follow these guidelines strictly. There are also specialized agencies in Australia, such as Italy Travel Connection, where you can find various routes that might suit you better.
Florence: 3 days
Florence is the next must-see stop on your itinerary. There are too many churches and museums, but all of them are very worth seeing. Our advice is to start your first day in Piazza della Signoria, and see the museum of Palazzo Vecchio and to climb the Arnolfo tower to enjoy the views.
Afterward, you can visit the magnificent cathedral and baptistery in Piazza del Duomo. In the afternoon, dedicate at least two hours for the Uffizi Gallery.
Open the next day in Piazza San Marco and visit the Accademia Gallery to see the famous David. Afterward, head back to the San Marco museum and enjoy the magnificent frescoes. After lunch, go to San Lorenzo and visit the Palazzo Medici Riccardi. In the end, take the break from churches and museums to explore San Lorenzo outdoor market.
Reserve your last day for the Oltarno area. There are many things to visit there, but what you don’t want to miss are Brancacci Chapel, Pitti Palace, and the magnificent Boboli gardens.
Venice: 3 days
Venice is an astounding, beautiful place. It is a bit expensive, but it’s worth it. You can travel to Venice from Florence via various transport methods, from buses to trains, depending on the times and costs that would for you for your Florence-Venice trip.
Kick off your first day by visiting Basilica di San Marco to see the golden altar Pala d’Oro. Right next to it is the Doge’s Palace – the seat of the political power of the Venetian Republic. Enjoy the rest of the day in the gondola ride, or walking tour in Dorsoduro.
The best way to start the next day is to visit the famous Rialto market. People also call it “photographer’s paradise”. Afterward, enjoy the beauty of Venice’s museums and churches. In the end, save some time to visit Teatro la Fenice, which once hosted Verdi, Rossini, Donizetti, and many more great composers.
An ideal next stop from Venice is Milan – the cosmopolitan fashion shopping city. You can travel from Venice-Milan affordably via bus, so do look into this and add this into your travel and timings accordingly.
Save your last day for three significant islands – Murano, Burano, and Torcello. Also, save some time for the famous Lido beach.
Milan: 4 days
Your first day in Milan has to be dedicated to beautiful, largest Gothic Duomo in the world. The rooftop views are fantastic! After a coffee or lunch, head towards Castello Sforzesco. It is a red brick castle, which was once the residence of the Sforza dynasty.
The tallest building in Milan, Pirelli Tower, is an excellent destination for the start of the next day. After that, visit the Brera Gallery, the home of Milan’s most famous art collections. Save the evening for La Scala. This opera house is a must-see destination.
Our advice for the next day would be a day trip to Lake Como. It is a peaceful place surrounded by hills and mountains. Ferries are the best way of sightseeing.
Reserve your final day in Milan for shopping. What you don’t want to miss is the Fiera di Senigaglia – the largest flea market held every Saturday along the docks.
There are too many great sights throughout Italy. However, if you are time-limited, then it’s always a priority to see the best out of the best.