One Week Italy Itinerary
Welcome to the One Week Italy Itinerary!
Heading to Italy for a week and plan on spending some time in the three major cities of Venice, Florence, and Rome? Well this one week Italy itinerary will have you covered as you make your way around all the different sites and attractions throughout the country. It is perfect for a first time visitor who wants to get a taste of what Italy has to offer (and of course get a taste of the amazing food along the way!).
Before diving into the itinerary be sure to check out the Helpful Tips section to get you prepared for your trip to Italy. If you plan to stay longer in the country you can also check out the other longer itineraries I put together that build off of this one.
Two important notes before diving in:
1) I have set up the itinerary to leave early in the morning when going from one city to the next. You can keep it as is, or you can also easily take a later evening train the night prior to avoid the early wakeup. Whatever travel style works for you!
2) The itinerary is set up so you fly into Venice, before training throughout the country and ultimately departing from Rome. So if you do decide to go with this itinerary, just note it would be easiest to fly in and out of two different cities (and not round trip to Venice).
Take a look below at where each city falls on the map. The northern most point is Venice, where you will begin you trip as you make your way down the country going through Florence and onto Rome, where you will finish up. I have also pinned down Siena, which makes for an easy day trip during your time in Florence.
The One Week Italy Itinerary
Now lets get on to the actual trip! The following is a detailed breakout of the daily attractions and activities on this 7 day itinerary. Feel free to scroll through and click on any more in depth posts along the way.
Day 1 – Venice
For the first two days of your Italian adventure you will be wandering the great city of Venice. The great thing about some of the major cities in Italy is the incredible experience of just walking through and getting lost in them. You will find yourself roaming cobblestone streets and taking in great views throughout the whole trip. Venice however is a bit different than probably any city you have been to before as it comprises of a winding maze of canals, streets and squares.
I put together a list of some of the best places to visit in Venice for you to learn more about the city and how to get yourself around. Below are the attractions you can choose to visit on your first day in Italy:
1. Piazza San Marco
2. St Mark’s Basilica
3. St Mark’s Bell Tower
4. Doge’s Palace
5. Peggy Guggenheim Collection
6. The Grand Canal
7. Ponte di Rialto
8. Taking a Gondola Ride
If you have some extra time feel free to just start walking around the streets, alongside the canals, and over bridges. You will pass by plenty of picture worthy spots where you will be able to just relax and enjoy the scenery. Enjoy a nice Venetian dinner before calling it a night and getting ready for day 2.
Some highly rated and valued hotels to choose from:
Day 2 – Exploring Venice Part II
On your second day in Venice you will be able to venture a bit further out of the main island area through the Venetian Lagoon to the islands of Murano, Burano and Torcello. The first is known for its glass blowing, the second for its lace making and very colorful buildings, and the third for being where the history of Venice all began. For everything you need to know about these islands check out our day of Exploring Murano, Burano and Torcello.
Day 3 & 4 – Travel & Explore Florence
After two days of exploring Venice and its surroundings it is time to make your way to the Venice train station where you will begin your journey to your next destination of Florence – a city filled with incredible museums, art galleries, viewpoints and gardens. The train ride to Florence should take approximately two hours and you can check the schedule as there should be plenty of trains heading there at all times of day. Try and catch an earlier train so you arrive in Florence by mid morning time and you will have at least a half-day to explore the city. Check into your hotel and grab some lunch before setting out for the remainder of the afternoon.
To get the most out of Florence go ahead and take a look at our Two Days in Florence Travel Guide that can help plan your couple days in the city. Here is a breakout of all the different sites the guide goes over:
(1) Accademia Gallery (The David)
(2) Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore
(3) Duomo Climb
(4) La Basilica di Santa Croce
(1) Piazza della Signoria
(2) Palazzo Vecchio and/or (3) Uffizi Gallery
(4) Ponte Vecchio
(5) Boboli Gardens
(6) Piazzale Michelangelo
Recommended hotel options for your time in Florence:
1) Hotel Paris
Day 5 – Day Trip to Siena
After two days of exploring the city of Florence, its time to take a day trip out to Siena. To get to Siena is pretty simple – make your way to the bus station in Florence (which is right next to the train station), and after a 90-minute ride or so you will end up in the city center around Piazza Antonio Gramsci. There are plenty of busses that make the route and you can buy tickets when you get there or to play it safe head to the bus station the day before to purchase tickets for an exact time.
Once you arrive in Siena you will be greeted by a beautiful walled old city full of hilly winding streets, plazas and home to the famous Palio race (held on July 2nd and August 16th). If you happen to be in Italy during one of these dates you can definitely check it out, however it will be absolutely packed with people!
The main square here (and where the Palio is held) is Piazza del Campo – a unique and historical sloped piazza, where you will find plenty of restaurants and coffee shops in the vicinity. Sitting at the base of the slope is Palazzo Pubblico, the town hall of Siena. You can visit the museum that sits inside here and also have the chance to climb the Torre del Mangia bell tower. Climbing the 400 or so steps to the top is quite the experience as well as the amazing view you will get from above.
After taking the bus ride, roaming the streets and plazas, and climbing to the top of the city throughout the morning, you can find a nice restaurant around the area as you enjoy the city around you. Up next is the Siena Cathedral – an amazing piece of architecture with huge striped columns and arches throughout. You will find detailed mosaics and other types of artwork as you walk through the complex. Besides for the Cathedral there are some other smaller places to visit right around the area including The Baptistery of San Giovanni ,The Crypt , and The Museo dell’Opera.
You will also want to give yourself some time to just enjoy the city, walk around, and get some shopping in. Once you have had enough time in Siena, take the bus back to Florence and call it a day.
Day 6 – Travel to Rome & Vatican City
It is time to head to the capital of Italy – Rome. There are plenty of trains all throughout the morning that will take you the 90 or so minutes south. Try and get into Rome earlier than later so you will have more time to enjoy the city. After checking into your hotel and grabbing some lunch it is time to already visit another country – Vatican City! For an in depth guide about this experience check out our writeup of Visiting the Vatican.
For highly rated hotels with great location & price, check out these for your stay in Rome:
Take a look at some Italy guide books to better prepare you for your trip
Day 7 – Rome Part II
To begin day 7 of Italia you will make your way all around the city of Rome. You will make stops at The Colosseum, Roman Forum, Palatine Hill, Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps and more! To get a better understanding of everything to do check out our One Day in Rome Itinerary.
Unfortunately your one week Italy itinerary is now coming to an end. The easiest option here is to take a flight out of Rome on the night of day 7 or first thing on day 8. Hope you enjoy your trip to Italy. Have fun out there!
Head over to our Italy itineraries and guides page to check out some more helpful posts, and feel free to comment below with any questions!