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A week in Italy is just enough time to explore, learn about their culture, eat delicious food, and hit all the essentials. However, it might be a bit challenging to plan out the journey, especially if this is your first time visiting. So, I am here to help you with a prototype itinerary of our own! Check out my suggestions for the 7-Day Itinerary in Italy!
Days 1-3: Florence and Rome
Most people think that a 7-day trip means seven different cities or regions. Yet, there are better ways to travel. I suggest splitting the week in a way that you can really see something worthwhile. So, let’s start with Florence!
Deemed Italy’s art capital, Florence, ranks very high among the most beautiful cities in the world. And a day and a half is just enough time for you to enjoy the main parts of it!
Firstly, you should plan your time in a way that allows you to roam around. The city is a work of art itself, and you do not need a museum to show you the genius Florentian mind or rich Renaissance background.
However, you should absolutely visit the Uffizi Gallery, one of the top art galleries in the world! See the works of Rembrandt, Botticelli, Michelangelo, and others!
Florence Cathedral is also a priority. The 15th-century fortress is an intricate combination of Renaissance and Gothic architectural styles, which will quite literally make you weak in the knees!
Rome is undoubtedly one of the most important cities in the world, so the fact that you have a day, or a day and a half, is far better than nothing! So, take a quick train from Florence to Rome, and let’s get on it!
First and foremost, make sure to hit all the touristy sightseeing spots – you might think they are overcrowded or even cliche, but all of them are actually extremely important in order to understand our history and cultural development.
So, visit the Colosseum, the Pantheon, and the Roman Forum. These sites are absolutely essential! Afterward, you could uphold a tradition and throw a coin into the Trevi Fountain. Who knows, maybe your wish will come true?
Lastly, though, pinch your arm to remind yourself that you are in Italy! Meaning you are in the original place of all of your favorite meals and desserts. So do not hesitate to visit a local Roman restaurant for the most delicious food!
Day 4: Venice
You might be surprised as to why only a day in Venice. Well, actually, many cases of traveling data have shown that Venice is a city more suitable for a day trip rather than a few-day exploration. In any case, there is plenty of time to see things!
Firstly, you should spend some time turning around St. Mark’s Square. Not only is it the most hectic and central part of Venice, but it also houses the most essential religious establishment here – St. Mark’s Basilica. Also nearby is the Doge Palace, a royal house of the wealthiest designs and interesting historical background. I suggest guided tours on both!
If the time is on your side, you could take a ride in the gondola to see the city from a different point of view.
Days 5-7: Milan
Finish off your 7-Day Itinerary in Italy strongly by hopping on a train from Venice to Milan. Many travelers apply only the stereotype that the city is extremely lavish, with posh department stores and entitled people. That is not true at all! While Milan is a prosperous city, no doubt, it still carries a significant historical background.
Start your affair with Milan by seeing Duomo di Milano or the main cathedral. The building is deemed the most beautiful architectural establishment in Europe and a runner-up when talking about the rest of the world. Starting in the 14th century, its construction lasted for over 500 years.
Another top attraction here is Galleria Vittorio Emanuelle II – undoubtedly the most famous department store in Europe! It has all of the most popular brand names, stores, restaurants, and more. People actually treat Galleria Vittorio Emanuelle II as if it were a museum!
Sforza Castle should also end up on your itinerary. One of the signature monuments in Italy, the palace is known for being a combo of several art museums, a temporary home for Leonardo da Vinci during the Renaissance period, and a filming set for HBO’s Game of Thrones!
Follow my 7-Day Itinerary in Italy as an inspiration, and apply your own desired destinations, activities, and duration, if needed! Remember to research the cities and maybe learn a little Italian before you go. Other than that, just have fun! Arrivederci!