If you ask your friends where they recommend visiting in Italy, you’ll probably get a mix of suggested destinations. Some will say that you can’t miss the ancient city of Rome, some will recommend heading south for the views, and you may (often) hear that the lake region is worth a visit (or two).
With so many options available, it can be overwhelming and difficult create the perfect Italy multi centre itinerary. That’s why I’ve put together some suggested itineraries to help make the decision that little bit easier!
For the First Timer
Rome and Sorrento
Your first visit to Italy should have a bit of both city and coast. Take in Rome, the Eternal city and the epitome of all things Italian. You’ll experience the energy of an Italian city while seeing world-famous sights (and maybe the Pope too)! Then hop on the train and head south to Sorrento, where you can dip your toes in the Mediterranean, sip Limoncello, and enjoy the town’s incredible sea views.
A visit to Rome and Sorrento will be just a taste of what Italy has to offer, but it’s a great start!
For the Wine Lover
Tuscany and Umbria
Can’t imagine being in Italy without having a glass of vino in your hand? Then plan on heading to Tuscany and Umbria. These world-class wine regions have plenty to offer for wine connoisseurs, including family run wineries where you can taste their creations and restaurants that cater their dishes to the regional wine offering. Add the quiet countryside with rolling hills covered in vineyards and you’ve got yourself the perfect wine-filled holiday.
For the Foodie
Bologna and Florence
Bologna is known as “La Grassa”—which translates to fat—because of its foodie roots. The entire region of Emilia Romagna is considered the gastronomic capital of Italy, so you can bet that the capital will be a great representation of that. Be sure to read our list of must-try foods in Bologna before visiting.
Florence is a lesser known foodie retreat because visitors have to do a bit of searching to find the specialities. Whenever you bump into a local, be sure to ask them where their favourite food spots are, and they’ll tell you where to find the best Bistecca Fiorentina or Ribollita.
For the Romantic
Verona and Lake Garda
Verona is considered a city of romance thanks to Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, which was set in the city. Avid romantics can even visit Juliet’s Balcony (it’s not the real one, but close enough!) and leave a love lock on the nearby gate. The city is also host to many famous operas, so why not catch one in the outdoor Roman amphitheatre?
Lake Garda has plenty of intimate cafes, picnic spots overlooking the Alps, and an atmosphere that lets both couples and singletons alike relax and enjoy the moment. Also, many of the hotels in the area have thermal spas—what could be more romantic than getting pampered together in Italy?
For the Culture Buff
Rome, Florence and Venice
There’s no shortage of art, history, architecture and culture in Italy’s three most popular cities. In fact, you’d need WEEKS in each destination to see everything they have to offer a culture lover. Do some research before you go to find the lesser-known (and therefore less crowded) museums, galleries and sights—we’ve listed 5 hidden gems in Rome to get you started.
Which multi centre itinerary do you think is right for you? Let us know in the comments.