I’m not rich at all, but money hasn’t been a problem to plan on travel. God has always been the sponsor to fulfill every desire my heart has prayed and not prayed for. He is a dream granter, an impossible conqueror, the provider every soul looks for in a father, and a very lovable friend with whom you can enjoy everything.
This time, the bucket list was checked again on the Italian wished dream. What certainly made it an over the top miracle was that my traveling buddies were my Mom and sister. Two years ago, my mom left to live to another city far away from us and her life was so difficult, we couldn’t even imagine been together on such a wonderful trip years later. But a miracle happened and we were able to join Sofia’s plan to visit this beautiful country.
We planned it justa few weeks before, but were able to find nice prices on the plane tickets. Though we found good prices on hotels, they weren’t as nice as we could’ve found with a little more time to book ahead. But, still we managed to reserve on great locations, excellent service and not-so-expensive prices.
In this post I want to share three things with you. First, a postcard with a 4 day Rome itinerary you can print/save, and take with you for a trip you make to Europe and want to add Rome to your plan. Second, a full 15-day itinerary for just Italy with a check space so you can mark on the things you’ve already done. It is written according to locations and was the plan we followed, so it is possible to visit everything on the list. And third, a list of tips if this is your first time that you’ll find helpful before you travel. If you want me to send anything privately to your email, please follow the blog, and I’ll be sending an email with it.
Click on this link to see the whole itinerary—>
List on things you should know:
- For this specific train we bought the Italian train pass from Eurail for six days of traveling. You can travel six days and distribute them according to your plan; you can use unlimited distances among each day you use. For example, the day we went to Cinque Terre, we used a day of the pass for the 5 towns and to go back to Florence. DOWNLOAD the app it’s easy and needed to plan your leaving and arriving times. You’ll need to buy the pass before your trip. They don’t sell it in Europe.
- GetYourGuide is one of the best web sites you can find to book on tours and passes to skip lines on the main attractions. We bought the entrance tickets and guide for the Vatican that included the museums, map room, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Cathedral. I compared prices with Viator.com and were cheaper.
- For de Duomo at Florence, Uffizi, Pompeii, we bought them directly to the official website of the places.
- In Apple Music (and I suppose on Spotify also) you can search for free Audio Guides for most of the famous spots in Italy. I downloaded them before leaving the hotel in order to be able to hear them offline. This shapes you save a lot of money on guides. Italy has a lot of history!!! It’s crazy how many things you can find and won’t be able to retain all the information, so take a notebook with you and you can later search for information on places you found interesting.
- DON’T TRAVEL ON SUMMER. though I enjoyed a lot, it is SUPER CROWDED and SUPER HOT.
- For Florence, you will like to buy the ticket for the Duomo, cathedral, baptistery, the tower, and the museum on their website to skip lines, but you’ll need to register the day of your visit to the duomo at their offices in a automatic machine they have available. You can only use the ticket during 72hrs and the Duomo should be your last attraction to get in.
- You can buy your tickets ahead or at the ticket office for Pompeii, but PLEASE plan your visit ahead or book a guided tour. There’s a map available on their website that indicates different kinds of routes you can make at the place depending on the time you have available.
- For all the galleries I always try to make a list on the paintings I want to look at each site before I go. This way you won’t miss them, if it’s too crowded or the museum is too big to see everything and you have a tight schedule to stick on for that day.
- Castle Sant’Angelo has a half price ticket after 7pm which was perfect to see the summer sunset and night view of the city while having dinner at the restaurant.
- PLEASE BOOK A GUIDE for VATICAN it’s just to much you won’t be able to understand and enjoy anything without it.
- Taste as many gelatos as you can.
- Look for the shows happening at the Verona Arena when you’ll be visiting. I missed Evanescene #sadstory
- This wasn’t exhausting at all, but I recommend you take naps in the trains. Eat as much protein as you can, bring a bottle of water with you. You’ll be able to fill it on the many fountains available around the cities.
- You’ll need A LOT of cash,unlike other cities in Europe, they charge taxes on hotels apart and in cash at your arrival.
Hoteles we stayed in:
- Rome: Relais Esquilino ⭐️⭐️⭐️
- Florence: Hotel Toscana ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
- Verona: Art & Coffee ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
- Milan: Hotel Mozart ⭐️⭐️⭐️
- Venice: Ca’ BArbaria ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️