Continue the route by car, now in the Chianti region, famous for its wines. In the afternoon you will arrive in Florence and you will have time to stroll through its historic center. Book a hotel to spend the night in Florence. For dinner we will recommend a real gem: a local restaurant, very good and cheap.
The route continues this day to Venice. For this, you can continue with the rental car but we recommend you to go by train (in the Detailed Route we will give you the website and directions so you can book it without problems). Upon arrival you will have time to visit St. Mark’s Square and surroundings. Overnight in Venice.
Recommended route to stroll through the most emblematic neighborhoods of Venice: San Polo, Dorsoduro and Santa Croce. Night in Venice. We will recommend several local restaurants, especially to try the “cicchetti”, Venetian tapas bars very famous among the locals but unknown to most tourists!
This route starts in Rome and ends in Venice, because this way the round trip flights will be cheaper for you. You can always do it the other way around, following the directions of the Detailed Route in the opposite direction.
Lecce has an unmistakable style. With its monuments, which date back to Roman times and, above all, the extraordinary 17th century buildings with the characteristic color of its local stone that tends to blond. The atmosphere is lively and sparkling. During the day, you can spend hours in the sun on its beaches, which are just a few kilometers from the city. At night, the old town will welcome you with its elegant and timeless narrow streets and, of course, its delicious restaurants.
It was the cradle of the Renaissance and the world capital of art in the 15th century. It has one of the most important historical centers and some of the most famous museums in the world. Surrounding it is one of the most emblematic and characteristic landscapes on the planet. Everything in Florence is spectacular: from the stores to the streets that lead to the hills immediately behind the most touristic areas; from the most genuine and popular neighborhoods, which emerge just outside the historic center, to the monuments that express its soul.
There are many incredible attractions in the capital of Italy, located in the central region of the country. You can start by visiting the Colosseum, which is the symbol of Rome and one of the most visited monuments on the planet. Be sure to visit the Roman Forum, which is located very close to the Colosseum, the Pantheon, St. Peter’s Basilica and to throw a coin in the Trevi Fountain.
Although known as the capital of fashion and shopping, Milan has much more to offer. Start by visiting the Milan Cathedral in Piazza del Duomo, which is the historic center of the destination. You should also visit the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, considered one of the most beautiful galleries in Europe and the Sforza Castle, which is located in the center of the city and houses several museums.
One of the best things to do in this southern Italian city is to eat and there you will find the best pizza in the world. So be sure to try the typical Neapolitan pizza of Naples. Take the opportunity to visit the historic center of the city, walk along the famous Via San Gregorio Armeno and visit the Piazza del Plebiscito, the Galleria Umberto I, the Cappella Sansevero, the Castel dell’Ovo and the Castel Nuovo.
My first contact with Italy was in 1994 and in 2008 through two organized trips with a very similar itinerary. Here you can read my travel diaries and first impressions. We visited the following cities:
One of the best ways to get to know the country is to drive along its roads. Italy has a large network of freeways and most of the secondary roads are in an acceptable condition. Speed limits are 50 km/h in town, 90 km/h on secondary roads, 110 km/h on main roads and 130 km/h on freeways. However, be careful how Italians drive! They don’t usually look through the rear-view mirrors and don’t usually respect the safety distances.
The train is also a very good way to get to know the country. It is recommended to book in advance and online to get interesting discounts through the official website Italiarail. There are also special fares for senior citizens and children under 26. There are many direct services and sleeping cars that connect the main cities without the need to change trains.