Rome, Venice, Italy Travel Itineraries
You would find that I have tried to include short itineraries
(less than one week) rather than long ones. The reason for that
is, you need more careful planning if you have less time on
hand. So, I have tried to give you some idea of what is possible
in the number of 'minimum' days I suggest. If you are planning
for many days stay, you can do much more (and spend more!)
If you want to visit Italy, I would suggest following two itineraries
(one below and one travelogue). Even though I travelled to Italy
from London, even if you are reaching Italy from other country,
same itinerary is still valid. So even if you see references
to London / England, you can still take ideas from this itinerary.
is a long country to travel from North to the
South. From East to the west its relatively
shorter. So the idea to cover more places is
to 'fly in' to a northern airport (Milan / Venice)
and 'fly out' from a middle/southern one (Rome
would save your time to go back to your 'fly
in' airport. E.g. If you decide to use Venice
to fly in and fly out as well, you would have
to travel back from Rome to Venice wasting few
hours of time. See travel planning tips for
0 - Travel from London (or your
home country) to Treviso or Venice. What I have
seen is if you are travelling by one of the European
'no frill' airlines, you often get better deals
to travel to Treviso. It's a beautiful town only
half an hour by train from Venice. There are frequent
train connections between Treviso and Venice.
So its as good as staying in Venice.
But if you want to stay in Venice, renting a holiday apartment would be a great choice, as this gives you a lot of independence and freedom.
1 – Venice St Marks and Piazza, Ducal Palace,
One of the islands (Lido)
a water bus for the day that’s valid for
the islands as well.
Take vaporetto water "bus" at the
Santa Lucia train station and head straight
to St Marks and Piazza. Piazza San Marco is
the heart of Venice. Try to reach there early
morning before boatload of tourists start arriving.
is a large piazza surrounded by magnificent
buildings. It has some very expensive cafes.
If do don’t want to spend 15+ euros on
a coffee, buy a cuppa from one of the cafes
in the lanes next to the square.
haven’t seen so many pigeons at one place
in my life. It dwarfs Trafalgar square and Las
Ramblas main square in Barcelona in the number
of pigeons. I couldn’t imagine pigeons
sitting on my head and shoulders, but if you
fancy that just hold some pigeon food in your
hand and you’ll have a good time. It’s
a different story that you may embarrass yourself
afterwards if they pigeons do what I saw one
doing on one of the tourist’s head J.
But hey, you are a tourist, you are allowed
to do silly things once a while.
on to Doges Palace (Ducal Palace) in the square
itself. It first housed Doge Sebastiano Ziani.
The original castle was destroyed in 976 during
an uprising against Doge Pietro IV Candiano.
doesn’t look anything great from outside.
However, once inside you can admire the detailed
sculptures and layout of the palace.
Take the water bus and go to one of the islands
– I went to Lido. Enjoy the beach. Travel
back from Lido. If you fancy, take a gondola
ride. Negotiate the price first.
2 - Grand Canal, Churches, Bridges, Museums.
Grande , Venice's Main Street: If you
take water bus #1, it stops everywhere. For
a quicker tour, take the 82 (express).
from the Grand Canal is unique (I wouldn't say
its extraordinary). The beauty of Venice in
my opinion is in its uniqueness as a city and
its history, art and culture.
wouldn't like the idea of staying in a house
surrounded by water and having to take a boat
your way, visit few Bridges - Rialto which Venice
is famous for, Academia's Bridge. Go to St Mark's
to visit Campanile of San Marco. It was built
in the 9th century. Then it served as a watchtower
and lighthouse protecting the city from enemy
fleets. Its 98.6 meters high and is a good place
to see Venice from above.
some of the places to your liking from the list
Basilica della Salute, San Barnaba's Church,
Church of Santa Maria, Church of S.nt Lucy
Scuola Grande di San Rocco, Peggy Guggenheim
Museum, Galleria dell' Accademia, Museum of
18th Century Venice
3 - Travel from Venice to Rome on a train in
the morning, reach Rome by noon. Visit Vatican
in the late afternoon / evening.
Vatican is within Rome itself and is well connected
by public transport. BEWARE of women with children
approaching you for money while her accomplice
relives you of your wallet. BEWARE in public
transport. DON'T go out alone in the dark lanes.
I have heard several stories from fellow tourists.
If you search the Internet, I'm sure you'll
find loads more.
in the crowded bus that goes to the Vetican.
There is nothing to be scared off, however you
need to be careful in Rome. Use your instincts
and common sense. Buy insurance.
4 - Rome
best way to see Rome is walking and the official
hop-on-hop-off bus from just outside the Roma
Termini train station.
Beware of touts who would try to sell you cheaper
private tours. I’m afraid Rome is a doggy
place when it comes to frauds.
What to see:
2. Roman Forums
3. Piazza Navona
4. Trevi Fountain
5. Spanish Steps
7. Piazza Venezia
8. Castel Sant'Angelo
9. Campidoglio/Capitoline Hill
While technically it is possible to see all
these in one day, some of these you’ll
have to skip from going inside some attractions
as queues would eat up lot of time. So I suggest
keep day 5 as well to cover some of above.
5 - If you are not able to
see all the places listed above on day 4, see
the rest today. If you are travelling with small
children, I recommend the official Rome hop-on-hop-off
bus over the subway.
you are still left with time, visit one of the
Don't forget to eat on one of those roadside Pizzerias.
They are more authentic than what you can get elsewhere
in the world, they are cheap and its fun to sit on the
pavement as the world goes by.
would love to visit Italy again only to eat loads of
Pizzas and Pasta.