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Breathtaking Italy in 10 Days

Italy in 10 days sounds really short and it is definitely not enough time to see everything that this beautiful country has to offer. Still, in a week and a half, you can have a memorable Italian adventure where you can tick off the most important spots.

If you really have too few vacation leaves, then you have to make do and still try to see as much of the country as you can. Follow this 10-day Italy itinerary and the highlights of every city to help you plan your trip.

Days 1 and 2: Milan

Milan is a modern metropolis with a lot of historic landmarks to visit. It is also the center of fashion and culture, so shopping is a huge part of the trip to this city.

Highlights:

  • Piazza del Duomo and Gothic Cathedral
  • Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II for shopping
  • La Scala Theatre
  • Sforzesco Castle
  • Parco Sempione
  • Porca Ticinese
  • Santa Maria delle Grazie, where The Last Supper of Leonardo da Vinci can be found
  • Basilica San Lorenzo Maggiore
  • Porta Nuova and Bosco Verticale

 

Days 3 and 4: Venice

Venice is definitely a huge part of any itinerary to Italy. Even though many other cities claim to have their version of Venice, they don’t even come close to the original. A gondola ride is a must during your stay because there are more canals than roads in the city.

Highlights:

  • Grand Canal
  • Ponte Rialto
  • St. Mark’s Square and Basilica
  • Doge’s Palace
  • Gondola ride
  • San Giorgio Maggiore
  • Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute
  • Island of Giudecca

 

Days 5 and 6: Florence

Florence is where art lovers head to because this Renaissance city has so much culture and history waiting to be explored.

Highlights:

  • Piazza del Duomo
  • Cathedral and Baptistery
  • Piazza della Signoria
  • Fountain of Neptune and statues of Loggia dei Lanzi
  • Pallazzo Vecchio
  • Galleria dell’Accademia di Firenze
  • Basilica of Santa Croce
  • Uffizi Gallery
  • Arno River and Ponte Vecchio
  • Palazzo Pitti

 

Day 7: Around Florence

Take a day to explore some areas close by. You can choose between Pisa, Siena, Cinque Terra or Lucca

 

Days 8 to 10: Rome

The last stop is to the capital Rome or the “Eternal City“.

Highlights:

  • Trajan Forum and Trajan’s Market ruins
  • The Colosseum
  • Roman Forum and Palatine Hill
  • Circus Maximus
  • Vatican City (St. Peter’s Basilica and Vatican Museums)
  • Castel Sant Angelo
  • Spanish Steps
  • Trevi Fountain
  • Pantheon
  • Capitoline Museums
  • Tiber Island

If you manage to get some more time to stay in Italy, there are so many other cities to check out.

  • Naples: Known for being the home of pizza, it is the jump-off point to visit Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius, as well as the Amalfi Coast and Positano.
  • Bologna: This can also be a day trip from Florence but to appreciate the city fully, you should stay longer.
  • Sicily: The southern part of Italy is different and this is where you go to enjoy the beach. There is also Mt. Etna, as well as other historic cities.

The different corners of Italy deserve a visit because it is such a diverse country. While time may not always permit a longer stay to unravel all of its beautiful cities, you can already see quite a bit during a 10-day stay in this country.