Italian itinerary

There are many itinerary ideas available for Italy, so why not one more? (This itinerary was for two travelers who both like history and hiking. My traveling companion had never been to Italy and had not traveled much.) Note: Italy today is not the Italy of 30 years ago; I recommend you book ahead to avoid lines. Best train prices were found when purchased at more than a month in advance and by purchasing the two tickets together.  (The basil gelato was surprisingly good.) Here is our 25-day itinerary, which worked well.

Friday, May 1

arrive in ROMA @11:05 am  This is May Day, a holiday.

Lodging: BLUE HOSTEL (4 nights)

Borghese Gallery (Timed entry at 4:30pm)

Saturday, May 2   ROMA

PrePAID 3-hr walking tour, Collosseum and ancient Rome 9-12:30



LUNCH & the National Roman Museum – Palazzo Massimo alle Terme

Sunday, May 3    ROMA
Centrale Montmartini (sculpture museum in an old energy plant)

LUNCH & Capitoline Museums (Palazzo dei Conservatori and Palazzo Venezia)

Monday, May 4   ROMA

PrePAID Vatican 3-hr tour at 9am

Lunch, & the MAXXI, (modern art museum)

Tuesday, May 5

Take train to airport Hertz reserved RENTAL CAR and drive 3 hours to ABRUZZO region.

Lunch and a wander about in Pescaseroli and onto SULMONA

B&B Sei Stelle (2 nights)

Wednesday, May 6

AM-Sulmona town market, then off to Pescocostanza for lunch & ending the day with a walk about chasm at Fara San Martino.

Mountain scenery

Thursday, May 7

CHIETI, see MUSEO Archeologico Nazional dell Abruzzo 

On to PESCARA, Lunch and see MUSEO delle Genti d’Abruzzo, art museums…

Overnight in PESCARA at the Hotel Alba (1 night)

Friday, May 8

Swim in the ocean from the city beach.

From Pescara, drive north along coast two hours to the MARCHE region.

And see MUSEO Archeologico Nazionale delle Marche at ANCONA.

Return Hertz car to Falconara Airport; taxi to Le Stazione Centrale; TRAIN to BOLOGNA

Lodging – Hotel Centrale (2 nights)

Hike to the top of San Luca; Eat all the Bolognese specialties! 

Saturday, May 9   BOLOGNA

Palazzo Pepoli &  the Museo della Storia di Bologna

-Free university museums in Palazzo Poggi

Sunday, May 10

Morning TRAIN  from Bologna Centrale, arrives VENEZIA S. Lucia. GET FERRY PASS.

Booked for Free 4pm walking tour from Campo San Geremia

Doge Palace (Palazzo Ducale)

Lodging: Foresteria Valdese Venezia (2 nights)

Monday, May 11    VENEZIA

Guggenheim Collection &  Galleria Dell Accademie
St. Mark’s Cathedral – PrePAID Voucher for two to enter at 4:05-4:15pm 

PrePAID Gondola group ride with serenade STARTS 6:30PM

Gondola rides

Gondola rides

Tuesday, May 12

Morning in VENEZIA

Afternoon TRAINS to STRESA, Lodging:  Hotel Elena (2 nights)

Check out hikes on Mt. Mottarone

Wednesday, May 13,

STRESA ….. on the Lake visiting the islands

Thursday, Mary 14

TRAVEL DAY! 4-hr TRAIN to LaSpezio and on to Cinque Terre village  of RIOMAGGIORE

Lodging: two nights of dorm beds in Ostel Cinque Terre

Late afternoon hike, Corniglia to Vernazza

Friday, May 15     CINQUE TERRE

Other Cinque Terre path sections:

– Riomaggiore to Manarola, Manarola to Corniglia, & Vernazza to Monterosso

 Saturday, May 16


Pre-PAID 11:30am-COOKING pasta & desserts CLASS with lunch

pasta making

Lodging: Academy Hostel (3 nights)

Academia Gallery – booked entrance at 4:45pm

Sunday, May 17     FIRENZE

Uffizi– booked entrance at 8:30 am

Option: two free tours at 11 (Renaissance) and 2 (Medici)

Bargello– booked entrance at 3:30 pm

Monday, May 18

Day trip to PISA by TRAINLeaning TowerTuesday, May 19

Day trip to SIENA by BUS from Firenze

Free morning.  Booked 90-min. Neighborhood Tour at 2 pm, includes gelati-making lesson.

TRAIN to LUCCA, 18:10 TRAIN option (need to purchase train tickets)

Lodging: B&B Antifeatro (2 nights)

Wednesday, May 20

LUCCA – Walk around city walls, take picnic breakfast

San Michael’s, Duomo, Piazza dell’ Anfiteatro, San Fediano Church

Concert (Italian opera-arias and duets) starts at 7:00 approx.

 at Chiesa di San Giovanni

Thursday, May 21

TRAVEL DAY!! TRAINS to Napoli Centrale via Firenze SMN to SORRENTO

Lodging:  Sorrento B&B  (3 nights) (P.S., We wish we had stayed in Napoli for first 2 nights.)

Friday, May 22

See NAPOLI including Museo Archeologico Nazionale and Tunnel Borbonico.


Saturday, May 23

Local train to POMPEII which opens 8:30 am, late lunch, and then 20 min train to HERCULANEUM which is open until 7:30pm. Pizza in Napoli?

Sunday, May 24

The SITA SUD SS163 Bus at 8am takes one hour to get to POSITANO on the Amalfi coast. 

12:30 Ferry back to Sorrento, LUNCH

One hour Commuter train to Napoli & 2 hour fast TRAIN to ROMA, final evening in ROMA

Lodging: The Beehive Hostel

Monday, May 25  TRAVEL HOME.

the world renown boot


This itinerary left enough time to be spontaneous but ensured we fit in what we wanted. Here is my reading list prior to departure.

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One comment on “Italian itinerary
  1. Avatar photo lipsticktattoo says:

    Questions Answered: The trip cost us each approximately $5,000 USD, including airfare, meals, attractions, lodging, domestic travel…everything! We used Dublin Air (economy). A recommended restaurant in Rome (2015) would be the VelaveVodetto Ai Quiriti.

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