Are you looking for a way to explore Italy in just five days? Look no further! With four nights of hotel accommodation, you can experience the best of what Italy has to offer. From the ancient streets of Rome to the famous wine region of Tuscany, this comprehensive guide will help you make the most of your five days in Italy. On the first day of your tour, you'll arrive in Siena, a walled city known for its impressive Palazzo Comunale and Siena Cathedral. Here, you can admire medieval frescoes painted by Ambrogio Lorenzetti and Simone Martini.
After a delicious dinner at your hotel, you'll travel to Florence, a paradise for art lovers. On a guided tour, you'll visit Piazza della Signoria, where a copy of Michelangelo's “David” can be found at the entrance of the majestic Palazzo Vecchio. You'll also stop at Piazza della Duomo to see the city's famous cathedral, with its iconic dome designed by Filippo Brunelleschi. On the third day of your tour, you'll travel from northern Florence to Bologna, the culinary capital of the Emilia-Romagna region.
Here, you can sample some of Italy's most famous dishes such as pasta sauce and cold cuts that bear the name of the city. You'll also visit Palazzo Re Enzo and Palazzo del Podestà, two luxurious palaces. The fourth day of your tour will take you to Rome and the Vatican. With only four kilometers between them, it's possible to visit both cities in one day.
Explore the Vatican Museums before the general public arrives without waiting in line for tickets. Witness masterpieces created by Raphael, Bernini, Michelangelo and many more, plus a visit to the Sistine Chapel and St. St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City.
On your fifth day in Italy, you'll travel to Venice for an incredible 3-hour guided tour. Walk along the infamous Bridge of Sighs that connects to the New Prisons and discover St. Mark's Basilica and the Ducal Palace. If you want to explore emblematic places accompanied only by your friends or family, choose a private tour option.
Your visit to Italy wouldn't be complete without a visit to Pompeii. Take a guided walking tour with an archaeologist and choose a private or small-group tour that includes skip-the-line tickets so you don't have to worry about waiting in long lines. Discover all the fascinating stories of your archaeologist as you explore the remains of Roman ruins. Finally, on your last day in Italy, we recommend you visit Milan - the city of fashion. All the main attractions are scattered close to the city center, meaning that one day will be enough to explore them all.
To save time and avoid wandering around Milan on your own, we recommend taking a guided tour. Choose to visit Milan Cathedral with access to the terraces on a private tour or in small groups. So much to see, so little time! To help you get started, I've listed my best places to go in Italy and my plan for your best three-week trip. Of course, not everyone has jobs or lifestyles that allow for a three-week trip, so make a plan prioritizing according to your interests and tastes. If you are passionate about Renaissance art, stay longer in Florence. Exploring Italy's mountain cities could take a week.
If you are looking for mountains, take routes to the Dolomites. And if you've always wanted to climb the Leaning Tower of Pisa - now's the time!.