Plan things ahead. Book the trains now to save money. Fly to Rome, and stay for three days, see the Vatican, Roman Forum, City Center, Trastevere, San Lorenzo (for night life) if you are young. You can take bike tours or walking tours with -snip- or other companies. If you have time and like art take a bus and go to Tivoli. Then get your train and go to Florence, two days is good. Buy tickets in advance for the uffizi. Then you can go to Venice (I would recommend to stop one day in Verona as you go to Venice. as for my taste Verona is almost better than Milan, and if you like opera buy a ticket for the Arena). Venice is amazing, but probably it will be packed. Last go to Milan. It is very beautiful, much more trendy and fashion, but really here it depends what you are looking for: fun, friends, adventures, art, concerts? Two days are good everywhere, except for Rome! Have fuuuun!
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A start with Milan will be great a other members said, then I personally prefer Florence then Bologna, you can close the trip by spending the last days in Rome, also you can do the opposite but visiting Rome first will change everything :p
Your trip is probably manageable in 10 days but you will need to have your train times and journey times between cities well planned if you want to make the most out of the time you have in each place. The Italian cities are so full of things to see and do, and just one or two days in each one will seem so short. Train travel in Italy is great - I have great memories of training around but I do also remember lots of cancelled trains, delayed trains and train strikes. The good news is train is much cheaper in Italy than in other Central European countries! You can use www.trenitalia.it to help plan your trip.
I would recommend a quick look around Milan but travel on to Venice straight away. Venice is visually spectacular, but I found 2 days there was plenty. Florence is a beautiful city, full or art, and you need to just pick one or two museums or cathedrals as there are so so many! Definitely worth going to see the statue of David and Michaelangelo's sculptures. I found Pisa a bit disappointing but that's just my opinion. Just one day there is plenty! What I did love about there was great street-markets at the wknd where I picked up some beautiful things. Rome is the centre of the universe and it's so hard not to fall in love with it and want to stay forever. I would say spend the most time there, especially if it's your first trip to Italy. There's so much to see and do, I wouldn't know where to start! One bit of advice is go off the beaten track for restaurants and bars. Great eateries in Rome at much lower prices than the main tourist areas.
Watch for pickpockets. Unfortunately, lots of them in the cities.
Have a great trip!
Thank you all for all your valuable suggestions. I would like to re-think about the places I will be visiting after reading the posts. I am more into historical grandeur and natural beauty. Rome is a place I will love to see. Which cities are more into history and natural beauty??
Hi everybody, I'm new in this site which I'm discovering little by little it's so helpful. I am Venezuelan, but live in Italy. Recently, I've been working in a smart-tourist guide for Venice, and soon for Rome. So I can tell you, if you have little time and want to see what you shouldn't miss if coming in Italy, I would of course say Rome and Venice. If you come from Europe you can arrive directly to Milan and start your trip there, Milan is a cosmopolitan city, too large to be seen in a day, but what is worth can be seen in a day: The Dome! Come by train eastwards, don't miss Verona if you are a romantic, it is a little city and can also be seen in an afternoon (Juliette's house and Arena are must-see), don't miss Padua if are a Christian practicant (Scrovegni's chapel and The Saint's church), then arrive at Venice!
Oh sweet Venice, you will definitely need more than two days to see what must be seen. For references and suggestions go to our guide, it is quite illuminating: -snip-
There you will find a brief description of places, monuments, restaurants, traditions and best apartments to stay.
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Hey there, skv999!
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All the cities that have been quoted are beautifull but I didn't read anything about Siena. If you want to visit Toscana it could be a good alternative to Florence. One day to visit Piazza del Campo and the gorgeous medieval center it's enough