7 days in Italy Itinerary
7 days in Italy Itinerary
Start: New York City
— 2 nights
— 2 nights
— 2 nights
End: New York City
Sun, Aug 1 - Sat, Aug 7
Rome — 2 nights
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): ponder the design of Trevi Fountain, explore the ancient world of Pantheon, make a trip to Piazza Navona, then make a trip to St. Peter's Basilica, and finally contemplate the long history of Colosseum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue): don't miss a visit to Spanish Steps, explore the world behind art at Vatican Museums, and then steep yourself in history at Roman Forum.
For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Rome online tour itinerary planner.
New York City, USA to Rome is an approximately 13-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a 6 hour difference. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from New York City in August: highs in Rome hover around 90°F, while lows dip to 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to take a train to Florence.
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Florence — 2 nights
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, enjoy breathtaking views from Campanile di Giotto, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, then make a trip to Palazzo Vecchio, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of The Baptistery of St. John. Here are some ideas for day two: take in nature's colorful creations at The Boboli Gardens, don't miss a visit to Piazzale Michelangelo, then explore the world behind art at Florence Academy of Fine Arts, then contemplate the long history of Basilica of Santa Croce, and finally admire the masterpieces at Pitti Palace.
To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Florence trip site.
Getting from Rome to Florence by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Traveling from Rome in August, Florence is little chillier at night with lows of 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to drive to Venice.
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Venice — 2 nights
Virtually unchanged for the last six centuries, Venice is actually a group of islands made famous by a series of canals, bridges, monuments, piazzas, and narrow pedestrian lanes.Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Doge's Palace, snap pictures at Ponte dei Sospiri, then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza San Marco, then take in the views from Ponte di Rialto, and finally explore the activities along Canal Grande. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy breathtaking views from St Mark's Campanile, admire the landmark architecture of Basilica di San Marco, then explore the world behind art at Peggy Guggenheim Collection, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute.
For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Venice online travel route planner.
You can drive from Florence to Venice in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Venice can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can fly back home.
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Italy travel guide
Italy is a land of high fashion, fine art, exquisite architecture, luxury sports cars, outstanding cuisine--and an insatiable taste for "la dolce vita." It's also home to the greatest number of World Heritage Sites in the world, making it an ideal place for your next holiday. The country boasts a varied landscape of mountain ranges, alpine lakes, and coastal towns, so it's no wonder travelers often refer to it as the bel paese (beautiful country). With so many places to visit, visitors often have a difficult time planning their itinerary. The smaller villages each feature a distinct character and a blend of architecture, art, and cuisine. In the country, you'll find countless archeological sites dating back to Roman times and beyond. The country's cities and seaside resorts are cosmopolitan powerhouses with museums, galleries, restaurants, shops, open-air markets, and pedestrian-friendly historic areas.