Travel Itinerary:  Italy Itinerary 10 Days – Rome, Tuscany, Florence

Italy is on the wishlist of many travelers.  With so many beautiful places to visit, it’s tough to nail down a travel itinerary — I know from experience!  I’ve been lucky to travel all over Italy (north to south, east to west) many times.  And this is actually one of my top sample travel itineraries, which is great for first time visitors to Italy.  It combines the famous cities with history, art, and food, as well as some time in the peaceful villages of the Italian countryside.  So here is a great Italy Itinerary for 10 days in this beautiful country!

Italy Itinerary 10 Days – From My Personal Trip Experience (prices are for 2 people)!

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* PoP Travel Flight Tip:  While round-trip flights are sometimes cheaper, this is not always true.  Sometimes you can fly into one city and out of another at a great price (maybe even cheaper)!  But the true value is that you can actually save money and time by not having to return to your arrival city, especially if your route is not a circle.  This is called “open-jaw” — and we’ve done it many times.  In this itinerary, we are flying into Rome and out of Florence.  Another option is to search for 2 one way flights.

Accommodations We Recommend for Your Trip to Italy

Rome:  We stayed in a cheap hostel in Rome, it was OK but nothing really exciting or recommendable (besides a low price).  However, another hotel that is a great option is Retrome Colosseum Garden B&B — it’s moderately priced, tastefully decorated with a hip / retro theme — and it’s in a fabulous location right near the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and other major tourist sites in Rome.  The price, great reviews, decor, and location makes it to the top of our list for recommended hotels in Rome.  Overall, we definitely recommend staying in the center area — because that is where you will be spending most of your time.  You want to be able to walk and explore all the hot spots — day and night — easily from your hotel.

Siena / Tuscany area:  Castillo de Selvole – we LOVED this budget agriturismo, which is actually a working vineyard, and an old villa with separate apartments nestled among rolling countryside in Tuscany. Overall, we highly recommend staying in the Tuscany countryside — there are so many of these kind of villas / agriturismo (a kind or working farm / B&B) and they offer lots of charm, and a peaceful setting for a great price.

Florence:  PlusFlorence – this was actually a hostel in the heart of Florence, but also close to the train station.  Even though it’s a hostel, they have private rooms — ours even had a balcony over looking the city!  They also have tours, cafe, rooftop bar, indoor swimming pool and a sauna.  Great place!

Cinque Terre:  The Cinque Terre area is actually a series of villages along the Meditterranean coast, just north of the city of La Spezia.  Be careful when searching for hotels, some of them claim to be in the Cinque Terre — but they aren’t actually in the villages along the coast.  The main villages are: Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore.  There aren’t many big hotels here, mostly small B&B’s and family run apartment rentals.  One of the most picturesque villages is Vernazza – and we recommend staying at Affittacamere Rollando in Vernazza village.  It’s a great location, highly rated, and a good price for what you actually get. 

Activities & Other Expenses During Your 10 Day Trip to Italy

Hop-on hop-off bus tour

Roma Pass (for main sights)

Pompeii Day Tour

Vatican Museum & Sistine Chapel

Colosseum Ticket alone ($30)

Tivoli Villas and Gardens – UNESCO ($74)

San Gimignano Cooking Class ($94)

Chianti Wine Tasting Experience ($54)

Florence Uffizi & Accademia Museum Tickets ($80)

 

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