Five days in Italy can be enough to explore the country's culture and history. Whether you're interested in the ancient streets of Rome, cycling through the famous wine region of Tuscany, or taking a day trip from a base in the north or center of Italy, there are plenty of activities to enjoy. According to the book “Europe for Dummies”, the suggested two-week itinerary for Italy includes one day in Venice and Florence, three days in Rome, and other destinations. My friend and I recently visited Italy for five days and managed to make the most of it.
We started in Milan, taking the local subway and exploring the shopping areas, Duomo, and Cuomo. We then took the train from Milan's Stazione Centrale to Venice and Florence. We booked tickets on TrenItalia or Italotren websites and returned to our base at night. Although it's winter, it is possible to visit Rome, the Amalfi Coast, and the wineries of Tuscany in 10 days.
There are great day trips available in Florence, Venice, and Rome with special accesses and night tours.