The Ultimate Guide: 2 Weeks in Italy Itinerary
Are you looking for the best Italy itinerary for 14 days? We’ve put together the perfect 2-week itinerary for Italy, covering all of Italy’s main attractions and some hidden gems. This Italy travel guide will help you plan what to see and do and how to get there.
Two weeks in Italy is not enough to discover the whole country. But you can see the most visited places and at least you’ll have a reason to return to this magical country.
Use our complete Italy itinerary and make the most of your trip.
- The Ultimate Guide: 2 Weeks in Italy Itinerary
- How to Spend 14 Epic Days in Italy
- How to get Around Italy
- Best time to visit Italy
- Day 1: Milan
- Day 2-3: Cinque Terre
- Day 4-5: Florence
- Day 6-8: Tuscany
- Day 9-10: Rome
- Day 11-13: Amalfi Coast
- Day 14: Venice
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How to Spend 14 Epic Days in Italy
First, choose where you want to start and end your visit to Italy.
As we traveled to Italy by Flixbus, we started our trip in Milan.
But if you’re arriving by plane, we recommend starting your trip in Rome, as flight tickets to Rome are the cheapest.
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Secondly, decide which Italian cities and popular places you want to visit.
You can easily follow our itinerary, add more days or reduce the time you spend in Italy.
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Some essential Tips for your Italy Itinerary
Buy tickets for tourist attractions and book your accommodation and tours in advance. It is highly recommended in the high season when prices are higher, and tickets sell out quickly.
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Remember, if you buy a train ticket from a ticket machine, always validate it before boarding the train!
Most cities are walkable and easily accessible by Italian trains.
How to get Around Italy
There are several ways to get to Italy, such as by plane, car, FlixBus or train.
The major cities have well-connected metro networks, and most cities are walkable.
But you can rent a bike or scooter if you don’t want to walk.
Italy Itinerary by train
The best way to explore Italy is by train. The high-speed Italian trains are fast, comfortable, and cheap.
You can buy tickets at any train station or online. During our time in Italy, we always used the Omio website to check the train schedule and buy tickets.
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Italy Itinerary by car
You can also discover Italy by car. But limited and expensive parking spaces, narrow streets, and some parts of the cities not available by car make it difficult to get around Italy.
Italy has many restricted traffic zones (ZTL), and if you drive into them, you have to pay a high fine!
You can easily rent a car in major cities or on arrival at the airports. Don’t forget to get travel and car insurance.
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Best time to visit Italy
Italy is one of the most visited countries in the world, so try to avoid the peak season, which runs from July to August. During these months, Italy is extremely crowded, tickets sell out quickly, and hotel prices are very high.
The best time to visit Italy is in the spring (March to June) or autumn (September to October), when prices are lower, there are fewer tourists, and the temperatures are pleasant. We did this Italy itinerary in early September.
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Day 1: Milan
Start your trip in Italy’s second-largest city, Milan.
Milan is one of the most underrated places in Italy, and many people skip it from the 14-day Italy itinerary. However, it is one of the places you can’t miss when visiting Italy and is definitely worth a short trip.
Milan is the fashion capital of Italy, a fantastic place with its famous boutiques and beautiful sights.
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Did you know that one of the most famous works of art in the world, the painting “The Last Supper” by Leonardo da Vinci, is in Milan?
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Finish your perfect day in Milan with a beautiful sunset and an authentic Italian dinner in the Navigli district.
If you have more time, add an extra day to your Italy itinerary and take a day trip from Milan to Lake Como.
Day 2-3: Cinque Terre
After one night in Milan, continue your Italy itinerary to Cinque Terre.
La Spezia is where most visitors to the Cinque Terre stop as it is only a few minutes train ride from the five villages.
The journey takes around 3-4 hours from Milan to La Spezia, with train tickets starting from 21 EUR.
Discover La Spezia and visit the charming Porto Venere.
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From La Spezia you can quickly reach Porto Venere by bus, the journey takes about 30 minutes.
You can buy tickets at the Tabacchi shops, and a one-way bus ticket costs 3 EUR.
Staying outside Cinque Terre is a budget option, but you can also book accommodation in one of the 5-villages.
We stayed in La Spezia, bought our Cinque Terre Cards that day, and started exploring the villages as early as possible the next morning.
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A visit to Cinque Terre, along the Italian Riviera, is a refreshing experience in an Italy itinerary.
There are 5 villages in the Cinque Terre: Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore.
Its colorful villages, panoramic hiking trails, magnificent sunsets, and fascinating atmosphere attract visitors.
Use our Cinque Terre travel guide to make the most of your trip.
Day 4-5: Florence
But before you get to Florence, take a short visit to the Leaning Tower of Pisa.
The train journey from La Spezia to Pisa takes about 1 hour and costs 9 EUR.
The iconic Leaning Tower of Pisa is one of Italy’s most beautiful attractions and should be on every Tuscany itinerary.
The Leaning Tower is located 20-30 minutes from Pisa Central Station. You can spend a few hours or even a whole day in Pisa.
From the top of the Leaning Tower of Pisa, you can see a beautiful view of the city for 18 EUR.
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Depending on when you leave Pisa, you will have plenty of time to visit some of the highlights of Florence. So don’t rush, because the next day you can spend 24 hours exploring Florence.
The journey from Pisa to Florence takes 1-1.5 hours, and the train ticket costs 9 EUR.
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Capital of Tuscany
If you stay two weeks in Italy, you can’t miss a visit to Florence. Florence is the birthplace of the Renaissance, famous for its architecture and art.
Florence is a perfect base for exploring the Tuscany region and visiting nearby cities.
It is easy to walk around as most tourist attractions are close to each other.
Stroll through the charming streets of Florence. Visit the Uffizi Gallery, see Michelangelo’s David sculpture, climb to the top of the Duomo and enjoy the sunset at Piazzale Michelangelo.
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Day 6-8: Tuscany
The best part of your Italy itinerary is exploring the Tuscany region.
Start your morning like the Italians, have a coffee with a croissant, then rent a car in Florence.
Take a short trip to Siena, which is 1 hour by car or 1.5 hours by train.
Trains from Florence to Siena run regularly from Santa Maria Novella train station and cost 10 EUR.
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The historic center of Siena is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most visited places in Tuscany.
Explore the charming streets of Siena, have lunch in Piazza del Campo and then visit the Fortezza Medicea for a fantastic view of the town.
Good to know that you cannot drive into the center of Siena. You can leave your car in one of the car parks, where you can park for 2 EUR/hour.
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After Siena, visit Montepulciano, a 1-hour drive away.
Montepulciano is a charming little town in Val d’Orcia, which was our base in Tuscany.
The best cellar in Montepulciano at Cantina Ercolani is well worth a wine tour. Here you can visit the underground wine cellars and taste the famous Tuscan wines.
Discover the Montepulciano and stroll around its narrow streets.
Tuscany offers a unique experience and a scenic road trip. A place where tourists come from all over the world to discover the famous Tuscany countryside.
The best way to explore Tuscany is by car.
Enjoy panoramic views of cypress-lined hills, taste the best wines, visit Renaissance towns and watch the most beautiful sunrise at the Terme di Saturnia.
We spent 5-days in Tuscany, which was enough time for our first visit. However, if you have more time, add an extra day to your itinerary in Italy and visit San Gimignano and Greve in Chianti.
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We traveled from Florence to Rome, which was about 3.5 hours by train and tickets start at 22 EUR. The faster trains are more expensive but if you have limited time it is worth paying more.
Day 9-10: Rome
The capital of Italy, also known as the Eternal City, is the highlight of every Italy itinerary.
Did you know that one of the seven wonders of the modern world is the Colosseum, located in Rome?
The best part of the Italy itinerary is trying the heavenly Italian food. Go to the Trastevere district where you’ll find the best restaurant in Rome, Carlo Menta. Be sure to try the pizzas, pasta, tiramisu, and gelato.
Explore the historic city of Rome, visit the famous Colosseum, make a wish at the Trevi Fountain and take a day trip to the Vatican City.
In the heart of Rome is Vatican City, the smallest country in the world. You can travel by metro to Ottaviano station and then walk a few minutes to reach Vatican City.
Tickets cost just 1.50 EUR for one-way and travel time is around 20-30 minutes.
You can visit St. Peter’s Basilica and Square, the Vatican Museums, and the Sistine Chapel.
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Day 11-13: Amalfi Coast
The Amalfi Coast is one of the most beautiful coastal regions in the world. From Rome, Milan, or Florence to Naples, you will arrive at Napoli Centrale by fast train and have several options to get to Sorrento.
The easiest and cheapest way to get from Naples to Sorrento is to take the Circumvesuviana train, which takes around 1.5 hours, and the ticket price is 4 EUR.
Once you arrive, take a stroll around the charming town of Sorrento, try the famous limoncello, have dinner and then watch the beautiful sunset.
Sorrento is not part of the Amalfi Coast. However, many people stay in Sorrento and then take a day trip from here to Capri.
From the port of Sorrento, you can easily take the public ferry, which costs 19.50 EUR for one-way and takes about 30 minutes. One day in Capri is perfect for exploring the main attractions and a boat trip around the island of Capri.
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Good morning! After breakfast, it’s time to set off on one of your best discovery trips.
Start the morning with a Vespa adventure and visit Positano, the most picturesque town on the Amalfi Coast.
The journey time by scooter between Sorrento and Positano is 30 minutes.
In Positano, you can’t miss the Spiaggia Grande beach, as it is the most photographed spot on the Amalfi Coast.
After Positano it is worth visiting the other Amalfi Coast towns such as Furore, Ravello, Atrani and Amalfi.
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Day 14: Venice
Venice is one of Italy’s most romantic cities and a must-see when visiting Italy. It is easy to get around Venice, and there is so much to see in one day.
Venice is a unique destination and the perfect place to end a trip to Italy. Spend your day walking along the canals or crossing the bridges and enjoy the beautiful sunset.
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Venice has good public transport connections to the nearby countries and has an international airport.
The next day, say goodbye to Italy and fly home or visit the Dolomites.
If you have more time, the Dolomites are well worth a visit on your Italy itinerary. You can easily rent a car in Venice and spend a few magical days exploring the Dolomites.
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The Italian Dolomites are one of the most beautiful places in Italy and the most stunning mountain destination in the world.
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We hope our Italy itinerary will help you plan your next trip, and for more tips, check out all of our Italy travel blogs.