Italy is home to much of the world’s greatest art, ancient ruins, incredible coastlines, fabulous food and beautiful people. Italy is an extraordinary place to visit. This 10-day itinerary directs travelers through ago-old canals, 10,000 foot high mountain ranges, the largest lake in Italy, a walled city, and the capital, Rome.
R-tinerary has been to Italy and we want to help you journey through this spectacular county.
With these plans, we lay out the “must-see” parts of Italy. We visit Venice, the city of no roads, just canals. Watch as the gondolas steer boats through the tiny canals. Look in awe at the mosaics throughout St. Mark’s Basilica. And enjoy cicchetti plates and Pasta Con le Sarde.
Next visit Otzi, the Iceman. A well preserved natural mummy of a man who lived over 5300 years ago. Enjoy tasting local wines throughout the markets in Bolzano.
Then, drive further north to the Dolomites. Spying some of the most beautiful mountains landscapes anywhere with vertical wall, sheer cliffs and high density of narrow, deep and long valleys. Hike to huts for a well earned rest and perhaps a cold beer or coffee.
See both sides of the largest lake in Italy, known for its crystal clear water. Hike above the lake for a magnificent panoramic view. All while challenging your legs to the 400-iron stairs along the route. Walk through a castle entering Sirmione on the southern part of the lake. And marvel at the views.
Then drive to the walled city of Lucca. Learn how to make homemade pasta with porcini mushroom sauce from a renowned chef. Bike through Tuscany ending at a winery and olive grove, dining on a traditional Italian lunch. Finally, see the masterpiece of Michelangelo, David. Learn about the arm falling off, graffiti on the statues leg, and jealously among other artists.
Travel to Rome and visit the Vatican with a private guide. See the Sistine Chapel and tour St. Peter’s Basilica. Eat pasta until your heart is content. Learn the stories of the men and animals at the Coliseum. Additionally, marvel at the art in the Borghese Gallery.
Because there is so much to see and do in Italy, it is hard to know where to start. We have done the work, so you can have the fun!