This 10 Day Italy Itinerary is just a guide to help you plan your trip to Italy and help you plan how to your 10-day tour of Italy. Whether you are trying to figure out where to go in Italy for 8 days or 10, this Italy 10 Day Itinerary should be the perfect guide for you when it comes to traveling Italy. I’m sure you have stumbled upon this 10 days in Italy post and wondering where should I go? Well don’t worry, I got you and I’ve included the way to maximize your Italian 10 Day Itinerary by including all the popular destinations in a short amount of time. I guarantee this will be the best way to best way to see Italy in 10 days.
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The Best Italy 10 Day Itinerary
So you are planning an Italy trip? Whether you are looking to plan a trip to Italy for 10 days or less, well, you have come to the right place. Italy is one of the most coveted places for travelers all over the world to visit. There are a lot of things you can see during this 10-day Italy itinerary. Italy was actually one of the first countries that I wanted to cross off my bucket list and I was so happy to do it. What makes Italy great is that it is the perfect country for a first-time traveler and for your first time in Europe. Furthermore, most people love Italian food making it a great place to enjoy delicious eats, culture, and beauty all in one. This was my Italian trip and detailed 10-day Italian itinerary.
Are you planning a honeymoon in Italy? Read about this detailed Italy Honeymoon Itinerary.
how to decide where to go in Italy
Well, this truly depends on you, you can research a ton of cities or you can follow this can-do Itinerary that I have actually done. It depends on the type of traveler you are. I like to see as many things as possible during the time I am allowed to. I work full time, so making the time to travel sometimes is difficult. This is the best way to tour Italy in 10 days and visits all of the top tourist destinations within Italy making it easy for you. However, these 10 days in Italy can be adjusted to your own schedule and if you want to add or subtract some things.
If you are looking for less-traveled destinations, be sure to read this guide on hidden gems in Europe.
Major Cities in Italy
Tours within Italy
There are a lot of tours you can take within Italy. Here are some of the ones I recommend and suggest you try. These tours will help you visit all the top spots you must see in Italy for 10 days.
- A Must-Do – Rome: Colosseum, Roman Forum, Palatine Hill Priority Tickets
- See the famous Michaelangelo’s David
- Wander the beautiful Uffizi Gallery Timed Entrance Ticket
- Visit the most highly recommended tour of the Amalfi Coast Tour-from Naples
- Book Italy’s Most Popular Tour: Pompeii & Amalfi Coast Day Tour from Naples with Lunch
- Discover Milan’s popular attraction: the Milan Cathedral and Rooftop Ticket
Where you will visit in 10 Days in Italy
- DAY 1: ROME
- DAY 2: ROME
- DAY 3: ROME TO NAPLES
- DAY 4: AMALFI COAST AND POSITANO
- DAY 5: NAPLES TO PISA TO FLORENCE
- DAY 6: FLORENCE
- DAY 7: CINQUE TERRE
- DAY 8: VENICE
- DAY 9: LIDO BEACH
- DAY 10: MILAN
Be sure to check out this guide on the best places to visit in Italy.
Places to visit in Italy
Italy 10 Day Itinerary Day 1 | Rome
Rome was probably one of my favorite locations to be in. I loved seeing all the history on every street you walked on. Furthermore, public transportation was awesome, and it was cool to get lost in this city and just explore your surroundings. Rome is a must for any beginner traveling to Italy and should be added to your Italy 10 Day Itinerary, but if you want to get off the beaten path check out some of these non-touristy parts of Rome. Italy is also known for its coffee. Be sure to enjoy some cappuccinos, lattes and learn more about how to order coffee in Italy. Day number one includes visiting one of Italy’s most iconic landmarks, the Colosseum. Book your tickets in advance for the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill.
Throughout the day you will experience more of Italy’s famous landmarks like the Mouth of Truth, the Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps, and more. Don’t forget to enjoy the food and all the Gelato. As much as I love Rome, I wouldn’t suggest spending 10 days in Rome, I feel it would get monotonous and not benefit the amount of time spent there. 2 Days in Rome is sufficient enough and if you want, you can add an extra day.
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Recommended things to do in Rome
- Colosseum (I recommend getting the audio tour or download Rick Steve’s Audio Tour)
- Roma Forum and Palatine Hill
- Mouth of Truth
- Piazza Navona
- Trevi Fountain
- Spanish Steps (We ended up going the next day)
- Dinner/Gelato/Roam Around and Take in the Beautiful City
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Italy 10 Day Itinerary Day 2 | Vatican City & Rome
The Vatican is such an interesting place to discover in Rome and should be added to your Italy Bucket List. There is so much to see and it feels like a whirlwind even though it takes up a good chunk of the day. The Vatican has so much history and famous art pieces that are worth discovering. Furthermore, during your Italy Itinerary in 10 Days, I suggest you pay for a tour of the Vatican, it was helpful having a guide lead you through. Additionally, they will let you inside farther than on your own. Furthermore, your tour guide will usually provide you with a great place to eat as well. Some of the sites you will see are St. Peter’s Basilica, the Sistine Chapel, Vatican Museum, and more. Finally, we were too exhausted from day one and decided to visit the Spanish Steps after our Vatican Tour in the last part of Rome during this 10 Day Italy Itinerary.
Recommended things to do in Rome
- The Vatican City Tour
- Spanish Steps
- Drink a Cappuccino (FYI the Cappuccino was invented in Italy)
- Pizza Della Repubblica
READ: 3 Days Rome Itinerary
Italy 10 Day Itinerary Day 3 | Naples
You probably came to this post wondering how to see Italy, well one place you need to visit especially if you love pizza is Naples. Naples is a classic city that is known for the invention of pizza and has the oldest pizza shops in Italy. Naples is the place to visit during your 10 Day Italy Itinerary. This was a great place during my 10 day trip to Italy to get pizza. I honestly still think about that pizza today.
Recommended things to do in Naples
- Eat Pizza
- Eat Gelato
- Hike Mount Vesuvius
- Visit Gaiola Island
Italy 10 Day Itinerary Day 4 | Amalfi Coast and Positano
Beautiful Views, and amazing food, Positano and Amalfi are absolutely breathtaking. If we didn’t stop at these locations, I don’t think I could ever say that I saw Italy. This ultimately was my favorite part of my trip to Italy. Southern Italy was by far, more than I ever expected. It was a beautiful drive with so much personality. I am a huge water baby and love being anywhere near water, so being here made me feel relaxed like I was actually on vacation. There are so many cute little Amalfi coast towns and villages you should visit. These are the best places to soak up the sun and swim in the ocean. Additionally, be sure to eat a delicious Caprese salad. If you want to spend more days in Amalfi, be sure to read this Amalfi 4 Day Itinerary. If you have been to Italy before, then I highly suggest you take advantage and try to do a southern Italy itinerary.
The reasons you should visit the Almalif coast is because of the gorgeous views, delicious food, and its over culture. It is quite charming and the drive is absolutely breathtaking. You will see some of the most beautiful restaurants, cafes, beaches, and so much more here. The beaches are also very clean and nice to swim in, although for me being from California, I felt the water too warm for my liking.
If you don’t want to hire a tour guide to drive you, then I suggest you try doing a road trip in Italy. I would only suggest this if you feel comfortable driving in Europe. If you plan to do an Italian road trip, I suggest reading the tips and suggestions here.
If you have more time to spend in Italy, I highly suggest you go down further south to Sicily. Be sure to read more about things to see and do in Catania, Sicily.
Italy 10 Day Itinerary Day 5 | Naples to Pisa to Florence
This is the time to take the train from Naples to Pisa during your Italy Itinerary and then your last destination for the day Florence. Pisa isn’t really a great place to stay in. However, we couldn’t resist seeing the famous leaning tower of Pisa in our Italy 10 Day Itinerary. There is a bus to take from the train station to the leaning tower of Pisa. However, the line to the bus is very crowded, especially during the high travel season.
During your Italy Itinerary in 10 Days, I suggest you get a cab to cut on time. It is also easier to find the cab back to the train station as well. Be sure to pack some locks on your trip so that you can lock up your luggage when traveling in between. Additionally, we were warned many times of pickpocketers in and around Pisa so be sure to have all your backs on you locked up including your purse.
Italy 10 Day Itinerary Day 6 | Florence
Florence was probably one of the most interesting cities to be in during my Italy 10 Day Itinerary. Like Rome, there was so much to see on every street. Additionally, they have tons of street artists, handbags, flea markets, and more. If you are traveling with kids, be sure to read this detailed guide to 3 days in Florence with kids. Furthermore, this is a great location to get souvenirs and art in this city. If you love skincare, this is also one of the best places to get skincare and perfumes at Officina Profumo-Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella. It is known to be the oldest perfume shop and the architecture of the building is also very beautiful.
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Recommended things to do in Florence
- Duomo also is known as Florence Cathedral
- Take a Cooking Class, read How to Choose the Best Cooking Class in Florence
- Uffizi Gallery
- Ponte Vecchio
- Officina Profumo-Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella
- Tuscany Road Trip
Italy 10 Day Itinerary Day 7 | Cinque Terre
Cinque Terre is one of those places that I highly recommend anyone visiting Italy for the first time to visit. This should be a must on your Italy 10 Day Itinerary. You know those places you see on postcards, this is one of those places that is better than the postcard. Additionally, it is beautiful to see all of the houses on the cliff with a gorgeous view of the ocean. If you want to know how to spend one day in Cinque Terre or things to do in Cinque Terre, be sure you check out Cinque Terre, Italy – All you need to know before visiting. If you want to skip the Cinque Terre, you can easily go from Florence to Venice by train.
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If you are only looking for an Italy Itinerary 7 Days, you can stop your trip here and head to Venice to leave back home or continue the 10 days in Italy.
Italy 10 Day Itinerary Day 8 | Venice
Venice, a romantic city. This city was beautiful and is perfect to get lost in Venice. Unfortunately, it was expensive compared to other cities. Ultimately, I loved the gondola ride and traveling by water bus and because it was famously known in Italy I added it to my Italy 10 Day Itinerary.
Ultimately, the water bus gets extremely crowded during the high travel season. During your 10 day itinerary for Italy, I suggest you do more walking rather than taking the quicker routes as taking the taxis and buses can become expensive. Not to mention, this area has tons of small walkways and bridges that run over the rivers which can show you the amazing beauty of Venice. In conclusion, Venice was not really my place of choice and you can ready about Why I hated Venice, but I can not deny that it is not a beautiful city. I personally would not spend two days in Venice, Italy. If you are like me and dislike Venice, I would suggest that you escape Venice and visit Burano instead.
Additionally, if you do plan a visit and are looking to spend one day in Venice I suggest you read 24-hours in Venice.
Recommended things to do in Venice
- Gondola Rides
- Try Squid Ink Pasta
- Eat Seafood
- Piazza San Marco
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Italy 10 Day Itinerary Day 9 | Lido Island
Lido, a beautiful area has hot sandy beaches and warm water. Lido is very calming and quiet compared to the loud sounds of the tourists in the city of Venice.
Italy 10 Day Itinerary Day 10 | Milan
Milan is known as a fashion mecca! This is the perfect place for fashionistas and people who love to shop! Additionally, Milan has one of the most beautiful cathedrals in the world. If you wanted, you can actually start this 10 day Italy itinerary from Milan by just backtracking this Itinerary.
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Recommended things to do in Milan
- Milan Cathedral
- Sforza Castle
- Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
- Santa Maria delle Grazie
- Royal Palace of Milan
- Pinacoteca di Brera
Looking to extend your trip? Take a trip to Val di Non.
Best time to Visit Italy in 10 Days
The best time to visit Italy is from April to June. These months are not considered hot and will have more manageable and comfortable weather to walk around in. These months will be less likely to be filled with tourists but filled with more locals making it a better time to take a tour of Italy. However, it does not mean that tourists will be completely obsolete, just less than their busier months from the middle of June through August. If you want to know what to pack for your trip to Italy, check out this comprehensive Italy packing list.
A tip I want to give you is to travel with an open mind. There will be travelers wherever you go in Europe and sometimes the overwhelming amount of people can make your head spin especially if you are an introvert like myself. Just go with the flow. If you start to feel overwhelmed, take a break, and just enjoy some food, drink wine or water, and relax. Your Italy 10 Day Itinerary does not always have to be filled with something to do.
If you want tips for traveling as a couple, check out this guide to Italy for Couples.
Language in Italy
The language, of course, is Italian, but most people speak English unless you decide to go into less touristy areas or further into the country.
Form of Currency
Italy uses Euros as its form of currency.
How to get around Italy in 10 Days
It depends on where you are at, but Italy has a lot of great public transportation. Many of the major cities have buses, taxis, subways, and trains. The trains are more for long distances between the major cities. However, if you travel to areas from Naples to the Amalfi Coast, your best bet would be to rent a car, hire a driver, or take a bus. This will be the best way to not waste time on your Italy 10 Day Itinerary. Nevertheless, waiting for the bus will waste some of your time because of how slow it is. During the peak season for traveling, you may need to wait for several buses because the buses will fill up quickly. You can also do a Hop on and off bus tour as well, which is a great way to save money.
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Tips to save money in Italy in 10 Days
There are a lot of ways to save money in Italy which I was able to learn through my 10 Days in Italy. In Rome, there are plenty of places that are free to do which is awesome. If you visit Rome on the last Sunday of the month, the Colosseum, Roma Forum, and Palatine Hill, and the Mouth of Truth are free.
Secondly, I suggest you bring your own water bottle with you or purchase one there that you can refill. Download the drinking fountain app and you will find areas all over Rome that will provide you with free water to refill your water bottle. I found it easier to refill my water in Rome as opposed to other European cities. This made my trip super convenient during the summer months. If you are anything like me, you will want to stay hydrated and drink plenty of water. Finally, water can be expensive in Italy since you will be charged a fee at any restaurant you visit during your Italy Itinerary in 10 Days.
That is the finale of my 10-day Italian Itinerary. How you plan to spend 10 days in Italy?
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