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7 Days in Italy: 11 Amazing One Week Itineraries for Italy


aerial view of Il Campo and Palazzo Publicco in Siena
aerial view of Il Campo and Palazzo Publicco in Siena


Need some destination inspiration for a trip to Italy? Here's my guide to 11 ways to spend 1 week in Italy, with 11 sample itineraries.


One week in Italy might not seem like much time. But, with some advance planning and ambition, you can definitely have a bucket list adventure.


There's nowhere more romantic (or popular) than Italy. The word "Italy" conjures visions of crumbling Roman ruins, rolling cypress-studded landscapes, and secret canals. Italy is rich in history, culture, and food. Italy's beautiful towns boast some of the world's best cathedrals, palaces, museums, and historic landmarks.


I've been to Italy many times. Italy always blows my socks off (except maybe in the uber crowded high season). I love it and am already plotting a return trip.



11 ways to spend 1 week in Italy


There's so many thing to do and see in Italy and so little time, at least for most of us. How to choose between the myriad options?


To help you get started prioritizing and give you some destination inspiration, I've picked my top 11 itineraries for spending one perfect week in Italy. Some of these itineraries include Italy's most popular cities and sites. Others give you more off the beaten path options and hidden gems in Italy.


You can pick a sample itinerary to match your own interests -- whether you want a glamorous city, historical and cultural options, outdoor scenery, or beaches. You can also combine itineraries for a 2 week (or longer) stay in Italy. And I suggest possible combinations.


Of course, you can always adjust and tweak these itineraries to suit your needs. When you've settled on an itinerary (or two), be sure to read my must know tips for visiting Italy.



the Grand Canal in Venice
the Grand Canal in Venice


11 Ways To Spend 1 Week in Italy


I'm a rather obsessed itinerary planner and I can personally vouch for these particular one week in Italy itineraries. For each 1 week itinerary, I also give you options for extending your trip, if you want to expand a 7 day itinerary into a 10 day itinerary for Italy or combine these sample itineraries.


There are essentially two ways to structure a 1 week in Italy trip. You can move around 2-3 times for a fast paced trip that checks off Italy bucket list items. Or, you choose a single base or region for a week and take day trips from there.


These sample 7 day Italy itineraries offer both options. I'd be excited to take any of these trips again.



view from the Arnolfo Tower of  Florence's Palazzo Vecchio
view from the Arnolfo Tower of Florence's Palazzo Vecchio


I've written more than 100 blog posts about Italy. I've linked some of them to the relevant Italy itinerary to help you along. Here are my picks for the best ways to spend one week in Italy:


  1. 1 Week Italian Renaissance Tour

  2. 1 Week in Tuscany

  3. 1 Week in Italy's Major Cities

  4. 1 Week in Rome + Day Trips

  5. 1 Week in Venice + Day Trips

  6. 1 Week in the Italian Lake District Itinerary

  7. 1 Week Dolomites Itinerary

  8. 1 Week in Rome + Amalfi Coast

  9. 1 Week in Northern Italy Venice to Milan

  10. 1 Week in Rome + Umbria

  11. 1 Week Milan to Rome



the iconic Ponte Vecchio in Florence
the iconic Ponte Vecchio in Florence


1. One Week Italian Renaissance Tour: Florence, Tuscany, and Venice


Tuscany has some of the world's best cathedrals, art galleries, museums. It's celebrated for its Medieval and Renaissance art. Tuscany is even regarded as the birthplace of one of mankind's greatest adventures, the Italian Renaissance.


Florence is an overwhelmingly beautiful city, the "Cradle of the Renaissance." With the best Medieval and Renaissance art in Europe, Florence is a veritable art lovers paradise.


Florence has some of Europe's best museums -- the Uffizi Gallery, the Bargello Museum, and the Galleria dell'Accademia. And some of Italy's most opulent palaces -- the Pitti Palace and Palazzo Vecchio.


READ: Florence Art Bucket List


Venice had its own Renaissance, distinct from Renaissance hotspots like Florence. Venice's artists produced images that were less religious, more libertine, and more creative. Venetian artists painted female nudes and erotic scenes, without the censure other artists like Michelangelo received.


READ: A Nutshell History of Venice



Florence cityscape
Florence cityscape


Siena is one of the best cities to visit in Tuscany for its rustic beauty, tasty food, and luscious chianti. Siena Cathedral is one of Europe's most beautiful churches. The greatest artists of the Renaissance contributed master works to the cathedral, including Donatello, Pinturicchio, Duccio, Ghiberti, Pisano, and Michelangelo.


Pisa and Lucca are also great for Renaissance art and architecture. Pisa boasts the magnificent UNESCO-listed Field of Miracles, which is so much more than just the famous Leaning Tower. Lucca is a town of a 100 churches.


READ: Tips for Visiting Pisa


In Arezzo, you can see Piero della Francesca's greatest masterpiece. It's the Legend of the Cross frescos in the Cappella Maggiore of the Church of San Francesco.



the Field of Miracles in Pisa
the Field of Miracles in Pisa


Padua is home to one of Italy's must see wonders, the Scrovegni Chapel in Padua. Wallpapered with exquisite frescos by Giotto, the chapel is one of the world's greatest art works. It's currently a candidate for the UNESCO list of world heritage sites.


Here's how to spend one week in Italy immersing yourself in the Italian Renaissance:


Day 1: Arrive in and explore Florence

Day 2: Explore Florence

Day 3: Day trip to Siena

Day 4: Day trip to Pisa and Lucca or to Arrezo

Day 5: Drive to and explore Venice

Day 6: Explore Venice

Day 7: Day trip to Padua


For this itinerary, you'll only have two bases: Florence (4 nights) and Venice (3 nights). If you have more time in Italy, itinerary # 9 has the perfect one week itinerary for taking a road trip from Venice to Milan. If you want a nature break, you could head to the Dolomites with itinerary #7.



the Bridge of Sighs in Venice
the Bridge of Sighs in Venice


Need more information about this Italian Renaissance road trip? Check out these Tuscany and Venice art and travel guides:


Best Art in Tuscany

10 Day Itinerary for Tuscany

3 day itinerary for Florence

Best museums in Florence

Hidden gems in Florence

Michelangelo Trail in Florence

Piero della Francesco Trail in Italy

Andrea del Verrocchio's Art in Florence

1 Day Itinerary for Siena

Must See Sites in Pisa

2 Day Itinerary for Venice

Guide To Padua's Scrovegni Chapel



cypress-lined road in Tuscany
cypress-lined road in Tuscany


2. One Week in Tuscany Idyll


There's nowhere more romantic in Italy than the stunning region of Tuscany. Tuscany is like a painting.


With its cypress-lined roads, golden wheat fields, and medieval hilltop towns, Tuscany offers the quintessential Italian village experience, complete with fine wine and delectable food.


I've discussed Florence and Siena above. But this Tuscany itinerary also takes you to some of Italy's most beautiful small towns -- Arezzo, Cortona, San Gimignano, Lucca, and Pisa. In these quaint towns, you'll find showstopper public squares, stunning churches, and cobbled lanes.



the UNESCO town of San Gimignano
the UNESCO town of San Gimignano

Here's how to spend one week in Tuscany:


Day 1: Arrive and explore Florence

Day 2: Explore Florence

Day 3: Day trip to Arrezo or Cortona

Day 4: Drive to and explore Siena

Day 5: Day trip to San Gimignano

Day 6: Drive to Lucca and explore

Day 7: Day trip To Pisa from Lucca


For this 1 week in Tuscany itinerary, your overnight bases will be Florence (3 nights), Siena (2 nights), and Lucca (2 nights).


More time in Italy? If you want to extend your Tuscany road trip and move at a more leisurely pace, check out my 10 day itinerary for Tuscany. It covers all the destinations on this shorter 1 week Tuscany itinerary, and more, with much more detail.



cityscape of Lucca
cityscape of Lucca


Or, head south to Umbria and follow itinerary #10. If you're ready for a city break, head to Rome and follow itinerary #4.


Need more information on Tuscany? Check out these other articles:

Must see sites in Florence

Best day trips from Florence

Guide to the Medici Palaces

Guide to the Uffizi Gallery

1 Day Itinerary for Siena

Best Art in Tuscany



the Colosseum in Rome
the Colosseum in Rome


3. One Week in Italy's Major Cities | Greatest Hits


Are you a city person? If you want to explore Italy's greatest hits, this fun one week itinerary takes you to the "big three" -- Rome, Florence, and Venice


Endlessly inspiring and ethereal, Rome is the magical mecca of carbs and ancient architecture. It's a grand showcase of Western civilization, full of Imperial pomp and circumstance. Rome has spent centuries accumulating layers of beauty, history, and romance -- just waiting for its admirers to arrive.


Begin with the Imperial tour of Rome, which includes the iconic Colosseum, Palatine Hill, and the Roman Forum. Then, move on to visiting the Vatican Museums, the unparalleled world class museums in Rome, and Rome's opulent palaces.


I've already mentioned Florence above. Your last major city stop, Venice, is the most unique city in the world.



cityscape of Florence
cityscape of Florence


It's an almost physical and mystical experience when you see Venice for the first time. The glimmering watery streets are right is front of you. Venice defies logic; it's a city that almost shouldn't exist.


READ: Must see sites along Venice's Grand Canal


Here's how to spend one week in Italy's major cities:


Day 1: Arrive and explore Rome

Day 2: Explore Rome

Day 3: Drive or high speed train to Florence

Day 4: Explore Florence

Day 5: Day trip to Siena or to Pisa & Lucca

Day 6: Drive or high speed train To Venice

Day 7: Explore Venice


More time in Italy? From Venice you can follow itinerary #9 and road trip from Venice to Milan. Alternatively, you can head to the Italian Lake District (itinerary #6) or the Dolomites (itinerary #7).



St. Mark's Basilica in Venice
St. Mark's Basilica in Venice


Need more information about this one week city-based Italy itinerary? Check out these travel guides:

3 day itinerary for Rome

Hidden gems in Rome

Best museums in Rome

Archaeological sites in Rome

Guide to the Borghese Gallery

Masterpieces of the Vatican

Rome's secret palace museums

3 day itinerary for Florence

Best museums in Florence

2 day itinerary for Venice



the Trevi Fountain in Rome
the Trevi Fountain in Rome


4. One Week Rome City Break + Day Trips


One of my favorite vacations in Italy was just spending 8 days in Rome. I didn't move my base from the beautiful Trastevere neighborhood.


I just explored Rome at slower pace and took plenty of easy day trips. You don't need a car. You can book a day tour or just hop on the train.


I've discussed Rome above. But on this Rome itinerary, you'll also visit some of beautiful towns near Rome.


Tivoli is a charming small town just a half hour from Rome. It's home to two amazing UNESCO sites: Hadrian's Villa (Roman ruins) and Ville d'Este (a Renaissance mansion with incredible gardens and fountains).



the ruins of Hadrian's Villa
the ruins of Hadrian's Villa


Pompeii is Italy's most famous archaeological site, a living museum. In 79 A.D., Mount Vesuvius erupted and buried the city in 60 feet of ash. The city was entombed and preserved for many centuries.


Beginning in 1748, archaeologists began painstakingly excavating the ruins. The ruins are a remarkable evocation of everyday Roman life.


Charming Orvieto, the capitol of Umbria, is an easy day trip from Rome. It's set high above a volcanic outcropping and chock full of medieval buildings. Nothing much has changed in this rustic fairytale town in 500 years. Orvieto's piece de resistance is its magnificent cathedral.



the ruins of Pompeii
the ruins of Pompeii


Here's how to spend 1 week in Rome:


Day 1: Explore Rome

Day 2: Explore Rome

Day 3: Explore Rome and Vatican City

Day 4: Day Trip To Tivoli

Day 5: Day Trip to Pompeii

Day 6: Day Trip to Orvieto

Day 7: Explore more of Rome and/or half day trip to Ostia Antica


Want more information about this trip? Here are some of my other articles:


3 Day Rome Itinerary

Hidden Gems in Rome

Masterpieces of the Vatican

Guide to the Vatican Pinacoteca

Guide to Rome's Palace Museums

Historic Landmarks in Italy



the Grand Canal in Venice
the Grand Canal in Venice


5. One Week in Venice + Day Trips


Another one week itinerary where you don't have to move bases is just to stay in Venice. You can enjoy the city at your leisure and take day trips from there by car, train, or ferry.


You could also base yourself in Verona the entire time and day trip to Venice and other destinations. Verona is less crowded and less expensive than Venice.


Venice is one of the world's most beautiful and captivating cities, a natural movie set. No other place looks quite like it. Venice is a medieval city built on water that shouldn't exist in real life. It's a mind boggling maze of architectural and artistic treasures.


There are so many thing to do and see in Venice. You can take a gondola ride, ogle the opulent palaces, take in some world class museums, or just wander the stunning floating city.



the colorful island of Burano
the colorful island of Burano


From Venice, you have so many day trip options. You can tour the Venetian lagoon islands of Murano, Burano, and Torcello.


You can day trip to Padua to admire Giotto's groundbreaking frescos at the Scrovegni Chapel. If you want less crowded canals, head to nearby Treviso. Treviso is an elegant little canal town, only a 30 minute train ride from Venice.


Fair Verona is for romantics and medievalists. It's a pretty Italian town full of red and peach colored medieval buildings and Roman ruins. Verona was made famous by Shakespeare's play Romeo and Juliet. Once you've made the obligatory pilgrimmage to Juliet's Balcony, you'll also want to tour the doughty Roman Arena in the Piazza Bra.



the beautiful town of Verona
the beautiful town of Verona


Ravenna was once the epicenter of the Western World, when the Byzantine Empire made Ravenna its capitol. The Byzantine rulers blanketed Ravenna's churches with gorgeous mosaics. This artistic legacy rivals Venice or Istanbul, making Ravenna a UNESCO site in 1996.


Here's how to spend one week in Venice:


Day 1: Explore Venice

Day 2: Explore Venice

Day 3: Day trip to Venetian lagoon islands

Day 4: Day trip to Padua

Day 5: Day trip to Verona

Day 6: Day Trip to Ravenna

Day 7: Day Trip to Bologna or another day in Venice


More time in Italy? Head to the Dolomites with itinerary #6 or road trip to Milan with itinerary #9.



main square in the pretty city of Padua
main square in the pretty city of Padua


Need more information about this area? Check out these Venice travel guides and resources:

2 day itinerary for Venice

Must see sites along the Grand Canal

History of Venice in a nutshell

Guide to the Peggy Guggenheim Museum

Guide to the Scrovegni Chapel

7 day itinerary Venice to Milan

Guide to the mosaics of Ravenna



Rocca Scaligera Castle in Sirmione near Lake Garda
Rocca Scaligera Castle in Sirmione near Lake Garda


6. One Week Italian Lake District Itinerary


Northern Italy is home to the seductively beautiful Lake District, set in the shadow of the Alps. Though just an hour north of Milan, this area feels a world away from the hustle and bustle of Italy's second city.

In this romantic region, 19th century villas are covered in vines and set amid stunted palm trees. It's a bliss-y area made for nature lovers.

You have several lakes to choose from and they all have their charms —Lake Como, Lake Garda, and Lake Maggiore.

Lake Como offering a heady mix of scenery, opulent palazzi, and relaxing vistas. Lake Maggiore doesn't have quite the panache of Lake Como, but still has a faded elegance.

Lake Orta is smaller and less developed, a hidden gem of quietude without the crowds. It's a favorite escape of the Milanese, who've nicknamed it Cinderella.


the gorgeous town of Bellagio on Lake Como
the gorgeous town of Bellagio on Lake Como


Here's how to spend one week in the Italian Lake District:


Day 1: Arrive in and explore Milan

Day 2: Explore Lake Como, base in Varenna

Day 3: Explore Lake Como, ferry to Bellagio

Day 4: Explore Lake Maggiore, base in Stresa

Day 5: Explore Lake Maggiore

Day 6: Explore Lake Orta, stay in Villa Crespi

Day 7. Explore Lake Orta


More time in Italy? From the Lake District, head east to Venice. Here's my two day itinerary for Venice.



the town of Stresa on Lake Maggiore
the town of Stresa on Lake Maggiore


Alternatively, head back to Milan and follow itinerary #11, which takes you on an amazing road trip from Milan to Rome.


Want more information about this itinerary? Check out these guides:

1 day itinerary for Milan

Must see sites and hidden gems in Milan

Leonardo da Vinci’s guide to Milan

How to see Leonardo’s Last Supper Fresco

Guide To the Italian Lake District



the Dolomites in northern Italy
the Dolomites in northern Italy


7. One Week Dolomites Itinerary


Italy's dramatic rocky rooftop is the Dolomites. This region of Italy offers some of the best mountain thrills in Europe. The Dolomites feature flower speckled meadows, turquoise lakes, jagged gray cliffs, and spectacular driving routes.


Here, the region doesn't even seem like Italy. It's more Austrian and German in a felt-hat-with-feathers way. The city of Bolzano is the gateway to the Dolomites. There's yogurt and yodeling for breakfast. The Dolomites are especially beautiful in the fall.


And more hiking than you can imagine. Probably the most stunning hike is Tre Cime di Lavaredo Hike.



aerial view of Trento
aerial view of Trento


Day 1: Arrive and explore Trento

Day 2: Day trip to Rovereto and Lago di Tenno

Day 3: Drive to Bressanone, stop at Lago di Carezzo en route

Day 4: Day trip to Secede

Day 5: Drive to Lago di Braies, overnight in Misurina

Day 6: Explore Lake Misurina

Day 7: Tre Cime di Lavaredo Hike


This Dolomites itinerary has three bases: Trento (2 nights), Bressanone (2 nights), and Misurina (3 nights).


The nearest airport is Venice Treviso and Venice Marco Polo. If you want to visit Venice before the Dolomites, here's my two day itinerary for Venice. After leaving Venice, you'll head to Trento, a very underrated city in Italy. Trento is frescoed and surrounded by mountains.


More time in Italy? Head to the Italian Lake District. Lake Garda is about 3 hours away. See itinerary #6.



Piazza Navona in Rome
Piazza Navona in Rome


8. One Week in Rome (or Naples) and the Amalfi Coast


This 1 week in Italy itinerary begins in Rome. From Rome, it's over 3 hours to the drool- worthy Amalfi Coast. If you've been to Rome and would rather skip the drive or train ride, you can spend you first two days in Naples instead.


Like Rome, Naples is a big city that can be chaotic. But Naples' historic core is rich and will give you a taste of the quintessentially Neapolitan lifestyle. Naples' finest attractions are its treasure chest Archaeological Museum and the Capodimonte Museum.


With its stunning scenery, hill towns, and historic ruins, the Amalfi Coast is one of the world's most scenic rides. From Sorrento to Salerno, the vistas will leave your mouth gaping and your camera's memory card full. Villas cling to cliffs and sandy coves beckon below.



the Capodimonte Museum in Naples
the Capodimonte Museum in Naples


Over the centuries, the spectacular scenery has been a siren call for the rich and famous, luring Roman emperor Tiberius, Richard Wagner, Sophia Loren, Gore Vidal, and others to the Amalfi Coast's special brand of la dolce vita.


Wedged on a ledge over the sea, the serene cliff top town of Sorrento makes a perfect springboard for visiting the Amalfi Coast. From Sorrento, you can day trip to Pompeii, Positano, Capri, and even Naples.


There's a saying that Positano "bites deep," it's so dreamy. Positano is the star of the Amalfi Coast. The town comes complete with sherbet colored cliffside homes, stunning beaches, and tiny cobbled lanes.



town of Sorrento, a great base for the Amalfi Coast
town of Sorrento, a great base for the Amalfi Coast


Rugged mountainous Capri is one of the world's most glamorous island. Capri was made famous as the vacation hideaway of Roman Emperors Augustus and Tiberius. Today, it's crowded. But even with the crowds, it's drop dead gorgeous, set on a glittering blue sea.


Pompeii is an ancient Roman town, which was stopped in its tracks by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79. Once buried under ash, the well preserved ruins of Pompeii offer the best look anywhere at what life in Rome was like 2,000 years ago.


Here's how to spend one week in Rome and the Amalfi Coast:


Day 1: Arrive and explore Rome

Day 2: Explore Rome

Day 3: Explore Rome

Day 4: Day Trip to Tivoli (Hadian's Villa & Villa d'Este)

Day 5: Train or drive to Sorrento, explore Sorento

Day 6: Day Trip to Positano

Day 7: Day Trip to Pompeii or Capri



the glamorous island of Capri
the glamorous island of Capri


Need more information for this one week Italy itinerary? Check out these guides:

5 day itinerary for Rome

Hidden gems in Rome

Guide to Palatine Hill

Guide to the Roman Forum

Guide to the Colosseum

Guide to Hadrian's Villa

Guide to Villa d'Este

Guide to the Amalfi Coast



the Colosseum in Verona
the Colosseum in Verona


9. One Week in Northern Italy: Venice to Milan


This one week road trip from Venice to Milan in northern Italy is a popular tourist route.

It's only a 3 hour drive from Venice to Milan.


But this route is dense with amazing must see medieval villages, ornate palazzos, Roman ruins, and secret hidden gems of the Renaissance. There's plenty of great destinations to explore along the way.


This northern Italy road trip begins in Venice, the starting point for your road trip. It assumes you've explored the heady attractions of the world's most romantic floating city, and are embarking to explore more of Italy.



cityscape of Mantua
cityscape of Mantua


From Venice, you'll visit Verona, a town for romantics, and Mantua, a town for Renaissance lovers. You'll also stop in Brescia and Bergamo before landing in Milan.


Here's how to spend one week on a road trip from Venice to Milan:

Day 1: Leave Venice, stop in Padua and Vicenza, overnight in Verona

Day 2: Explore Verona, overnight in Verona

Day 3: From Verona, day trip to Mantua

Day 4: Drive to Brescia, stopping in Sirmione on the way, overnight in Brescia

Day 5: Explore Brescia, overnight in Brescia

Day 6: Drive to Bergamo, explore Bergamo, overnight in Milan

Day 7: Explore Milan


Need more information for this one week itinerary? Check out these guides:


Guide To the Must See Sites of Mantua

Guide To Mantua's Te Palace

Most Beautiful Towns in Italy

1 Day itinerary for Milan

Best Art in Milan



the hilltop town of Orvieto
the hilltop town of Orvieto


10. One Week in Rome + Umbria


I've covered Rome above. Beautiful Umbria is quite similar To Tuscany. It's just as sublimely picturesque, but less crowded. You can enjoy Italy’s scenic medieval hill towns and countryside.


Charming Orvieto is one of Italy's most striking hill towns. Less than 90 minutes from Rome, Orvieto sits majestically atop a big chunk of volcanic stone amid cypress-dotted plains. As I mentioned above, Orvieto's highlight is its colorful-inside-and-out cathedral and pretty cobbled old town.


The stunning hill town of Assisi is a destination for art lovers. Because Assisi was the home and final resting place of St. Francis, it's also a pilgrimage destination. In fact, the 13th century Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi is one of Italy's best known churches.


The tiny towns of Umbria -- Spello, Spoleto, Perugia, and Gubbio -- are utterly charming. This is where you'll really get a taste of real Umbrian culture.



the town of Assisi in Umbria
the town of Assisi in Umbria


Here's how to spend one week exploring Rome and Umbria:


Day 1: Explore Rome

Day 2: Explore Rome

Day 3: Drive to Orvieto, stop en route in Civita di Bagnoregio

Day 4: Explore Orvieto

Day 5: Drive to Assisi and explore, overnight in Assisi

Day 6: Day trip to Spello and Spoleto

Day 7: Day trip to Perugia and/or Gubbio


In this one week Italy route, you'll start in Rome. For a base, you'll be in Rome (2 nights) Orvieto (2 nights), and Assisi (3 nights).


More time? Head north to Tuscany with itinerary #2.



the flamboyant Gothic Duomo in Milan
the flamboyant Gothic Duomo in Milan


11. One Week Milan to Rome Itinerary


The journey from Milan to Rome is a popular tourist route. It's only a 6 hour drive from Milan to Rome. But this well-traveled road trip route is dense with amazing must see medieval villages, ornate palazzos, Roman ruins, and sublime treasures of the Renaissance.


You start with Italy's exciting northern capital of Milan and end in Rome, Italy's ancient southern capital of Rome. Along the way, you'll visit some of Italy's most beautiful towns in northern Italy. You'll experience a near overdose of art, from Ancient Rome to treasures of the Renaissance.


With this itinerary, you'll get to visit Bologna. Nicknamed La Grassa, or the Big Fat, for its delicious food, Bologna just oozes medieval charm.


Bologna is a bit of a hidden gem in Italy. But it shouldn't be. Bologna is a historic city filled with striking architecture, beautiful piazzas, a swathe of palaces and towers, and gourmet restaurants. Eat, eat, and eat more!



the beautiful city of Bologna
the beautiful city of Bologna


Situated atop three hills, Siena is Italy's ultimate rustic hill town. Its thriving historic center, with movie set lanes cascading every which way, offers Italy's best medieval city experience.


Here's how you can spend one week on a road trip from Milan to Rome.


Day 1: Explore Milan

Day 2: Pick up car drive to Bologna and explore

Day 3: Drive to Florence and explore

Day 4: Explore Florence and optional half day trip to Pisa

Day 5: Stop in Siena en route Rome

Day 6: Explore Rome

Day 7: Explore Rome


In this busy 7 day Milan to Rome travel itinerary, you'll have three bases: Milan (1 night), Bologna (1 night), Florence (2 nights), and Rome (3 nights).



the beautiful town of Positano on the Amalfi Coast
the beautiful town of Positano on the Amalfi Coast



More time in Italy? Spend more time in Bologna, one of Italy's most underrated cities. Or, head to the Amalfi Coast with itinerary #8.


Need more information for this Milan to Rome road trip? Check out these travel guides and resources:

1 day itinerary for Milan

Must see sites and hidden gems in Milan

How to see Leonardo’s Last Supper Fresco

3 day itinerary for Florence

Best museums in Florence

Hidden gems in Florence

Must see sites in Florence

5 day itinerary for Rome

Hidden gems in Rome

Best museums in Rome