It goes without saying there is never a bad time to visit Italy. From the south with its beautiful sunbathed beaches and towering cliffs to the north with its gorgeous lake district and flowing canals, to Tuscany with its unmatched wine regions and quaint Italian villages, there is something in Italy for everyone. Many clients will prefer our “North/South” itinerary trips throughout Italy which is our specialty. This directional routing from the South to the North or North to the South works perfectly as it allows you to see and experience all the country has to offer and still fly home direct to the Unites States. This method of seeing Italy also avoids any backtracking so you don’t lose any of your valuable days in this wonderful country!
Pretty much year-round, but avoid the summer months if crowds of tourists bother you, especially in small towns like Florence and Cinque Terre. Try April/May and September/October for the best times to visit, largely devoid of crowds and good weather throughout.
Night 1: Arrive Milan and spend 1 night in the city getting adjusted and seeing the amazing historical sites such as the Duomo and Galleria. Spend the evening in Navigli enjoying dinner as the waters of Milan’s only canal flow by. Catch a drink or enjoy the nightlife at any of Milan’s fabulous night clubs and bars. Should art be your desire, be sure to book far enough in advance to get an exclusive viewing of Da Vinci’s Last Supper.
Nights: 2/3: Head north on a short 40 minute ride to beautiful Lake Como and spend the next 2 days relaxing and taking in all the natural beauty that Northern Italy has to offer. Hike, Swim, Sunbathe, or just have a Negroni as you watch the boats slowly sail by. Warning: You may feel a little like George Clooney as you sail the waters of Lake Como in your private motor yacht.
Nights: 4/5: Head over to Venice to enjoy 2 nights taking in all the sites of this magical city. Spend your days (and nights!) cruising down the grand canal or wandering the cobble stone streets in one of the world’s most iconic and beautiful destinations. Hop a gondola and glide under the Bridge of Sighs or head to dinner on one of the many water taxis. There is so much history in one place that 2 days will simply float right on by.
Nights: 6/7: Next stop is Florence, the fairy tale city that has barely changed since the heyday of the Renaissance. Florence, like many other cities in Italy offers world-class art, dining, and is frequently revered as one of the most beautiful cities in Italy. Be sure to check out the leather district for some amazing hand-made leather goods. Tip: Avoid Florence during the summer due to crowds, instead go in September/October or April/May for great weather and less crowds.
Night: 8-10: Finish up in Rome and check off the rest of your “must-sees”. From the Roman Coliseum to the Spanish Steps, there are few cities in the world that contain so many iconic and historical important sites as the capital city of Rome, often called The Eternal City. Rome is the center of Italy for many and cannot be missed on a first trip to Italy!