Europe Forums

Start a new topic Change Forum
Advanced search

Italy itinerary advice - april 2013 (venice, florence, siena, rome)

Hello all!!!


I will be traveling with four friends (all in our mid 20s to early 30s)to Italy this coming April. I have been to Italy twice before and have been tasked with creating our itinerary. We will be in Italy for 12 days (not including our two travel days).

Based on what i remember from before, this is the pretty detailed itinerary that i have come up with thus far.

I am hoping to receive some invaluable advice from fodor's italy experts.

constructive critism welcome!!!!


Day 1: Venice (Wed)

o Arrive at Marco Polo airport
o Bus to Piazzale Roma.
o Vaporetto/walk to hotel
o After settling in, go back to Pizzale Roma and take vaporetto #1 length of canal, listen to Rick Steves audio guide of Venice
o stop at St. Marco square and take in the sights
o head out for early dinner
o Sleep early; get use to time change


Day 2: Venice (Thurs)

Walk along North Side today
o Bascilica San Marco. EARLY
o Ascend Campanile Tower for best views of Venice
o Doge’s Palace and Secret Itinerary Tour (reservation)
o Santi Giovanni e Paolo
o Saint George Greek Church
o Arsenale
o Dinner (ask hotel for recommendations)


Day 3: Venice (Fri)

Walk along South Side today
o Rialot Market very early
o San Giorgio di Magggiore
o Santa Maria della Salute
o Santa Maria del Frari
o Scuola San Rocco
o Walk & get “lost” today in the Dorsoduro section
o Pub Crawl for dinner


Day 4: Florence (Sat)

o Train from Venice to Florence
o Check into hotel
o Picnic lunch on stairs of San Lorenzo. PIck up food from Mercado Centrale
o Renaissance walk: Duomo (dome, museum), Bapistery, Orsan Michele, Santa Maria Novella, Piazza della Signoria, Palazzo Vecchio
o Home to rest
o Ponte Vecchio at sunset
o Late Dinner Reservations: Golden View Open Bar


Day 5: Florence (Sun)

o Medici Chapels
o Reservation @ Uffizi
o Santa Croce church
o Piazzale Michaelangelo
o San Miniato church
****need more suggestions for afternoon/evening****
o dinner in florence (ask hotel for recommendations)


Day 6: Pisa/Lucca (mon)

o Day trip to Pisa and Lucca
o Pisa: Field of Miracles
o Lucca: Bike the ramparts. see some of the churches
o Back to Florence for dinner


Day 7: Chianti/San Gimignano (tues)

o Accademia for statue of david (reservations)
o Leave Florence. Rent a car in Florence (drop off in Rome)
o Travel south through Chianti with stops in Greve, Castellina
o Over to San Gimignano to sightsee and Vernaccia
****do we have enough time to see monteriggioni??****
o Final stop ... Siena


Day 8: Siena (wed)

o Spend the entire day sightseeing in Siena
****need possible suggestions for afternoon/ early evening****
o dinner at trattoria la torre
o evening drinks at the campo


Day 9: Montalcino/Pienza (thurs)

o Day trip to Montalcino and Pienza
o Pienza: sightsee and eat pecorino cheese! (and lunch)
o Montalcino: Brunello winery tour (Ciacci Piccolomini d' Aragona)
o Montalcino: Sightsee Montalcino
o If time allows possibly see another small town
o Back to Siena for dinner/evening


Day 10: Rome (fri)

o Drive from Siena to Rome. Drop off car.
o Walk around and get acquainted with Rome
o Walk from hotel to Spanish Stairs and this area
o Spend evening near Trevi Fountain


Day 11: Rome (sat)

Vatican City
o Vatican & Vatican Museum/Sistine chapel (reservations)
o St. Peter’s Square
o St. Peter’s Bascilica
Walk around Rome and see other churches including:
o Santa Maria in Trastevere
o Santa Maria Maggiore


Day 12: Rome (sun)

Caesar Shuffle (to sightsee Ancient Rome)
o Colloseum
o Arch of Constantine
o Roman Forum
o Capitol Hill
o Pantheon


please feel free to offer any advice. i am more than willing to change anything i have planned. the three friends i am traveling with have never been to europe, so i am hoping to give them a wonderful first experience!!!!

thanks in advance!!!

No Replies |Back to top

| Add a Reply

Sign in to comment.

Recent Activity

  • Announcement:
  • Fodor's Go List 2015 Has Been Announced
    by Emily_D Fodor's Editor | Posted on Dec 19, 14 at 05:08 PM
View all Europe activity »
  1. 1 San Sebastian, Spain and where else?!
  2. 2 Three ferries to Mull
  3. 3 Euro Trivia Quiz #12 - Know Your Rivers?
  4. 4 MY OWN physique are not That attractive
  5. 5 Trip Report Finally in Italy for the holidays - installment report
  6. 6 Taxi or Tube from LHR to Gloucester Road Tube?
  7. 7 Siena - Pienza - Montepulciano
  8. 8 Airport ATMs
  9. 9 Charles de Gaulle to Gare du Nord with limitations?
  10. 10 Upgrading second class Swiss pass to first class for individual train rides
  11. 11 Trip Report Transferwise: My latest experience in currency exchange
  12. 12 Trip Report Sono arrivato a Venezia
  13. 13 American Express
  14. 14 Which european city?
  15. 15 Earthquakes in Tuscany
  16. 16 Favorite London spot for roast beef and Yorkshire pudding?
  17. 17 I lost the thread to respond about th Arles Amphetheatre
  18. 18 Dordogne or Nantes and La Rochelle
  19. 19 All Set To Go!!
  20. 20 Rome, Florence, Pisa, Cinque Terre, Venice, Florence
  21. 21 Help!! which tour company is the best for group tours in Italy?
  22. 22 Italy, mid May, 10 days, Rome + another city?
  23. 23 Trip Report 27-DAY ODYSSEY IN THE ALPS with 3 FINAL DAYS IN PARIS
  24. 24 N Ireland / Ireland driving
  25. 25 Treis-Karden 4 days and Trier 2 days?
View next 25 » Back to the top