Scott and I visited 3 extraordinary regions in Italy a few summers ago. (Tuscany, Amalfi, and Rome) We flew in and out of Rome, drove to and spent 4 days in Tuscany, then down to Amalfi for another 4 days, and ended our trip with 3 days in Rome.
I typically spend a long time planning an itinerary. (Thank God for the internet!) I’ll watch documentaries. Read travel guides. Peruse through Trip Advisor. And dialogue (mainly via email) with locals and/or tour guides, hotel managers, etc.
The goal being to plan an itinerary that is rich in experience, yet gentle on the wallet.
So, if you need to work with a limited time frame and/or a budget, I think this itinerary (mainly illustrated in photos) may give you some ideas on how to plan your own trip to Italy!
So, let’s begin with the Amalfi Coast. I recommend staying in Positano. And, if you are coming here after a few days in Tuscany (as we did), it’ll take about 6 hours by car. So, be sure to stop in Naples or Sorrento, for pizza and a Limoncello. This drive will take you along a spectacular coastline that is both exhilarating and spectacular. Just please watch out for those crazy mopeds zipping by with a death wish!
-Minimum 3 Full Days (We spent 4, as we wanted to spend a full day in Capri!) -Accommodations: Hotel Poseidon I wouldn’t stay anywhere else! We stayed in the Funny Room as it offered an extraordinary terrace and view! -Make sure to visit: Positano, Ravello, Amalfi and/or Capri.
So, here is my favorite kind of date! Spending the day at a beautiful beach. Maybe doing a little shopping. Getting freshened up and pretty. Then, having a romantic dinner, with the one you love, somewhere with spectacular views!
Although we wish we had more time, we spent a half day in Ravello. I want to go back! This is a great place to shop for pottery bowls. Our favorite restaurant, Cumpa’ Cosimo! And, you can watch an Italian Orchestra, outside, with the breathtaking backdrop of the sea.
Capri is amazing! If you only have one day to visit, I’d recommend spending at least the first half of your visit on the water. Capri is known for it’s extraordinary coastal spectacles! We treated ourselves to a private tour. Courtesy of Gianni’s Boat Tours! The BEST!
-3 Full Days (The absolute minimum!) -Accommodations: I can’t really recommend a place to stay in Rome. Scott stumbled upon a great deal at the Waldorf Astoria. The best part (since I required so much down time to rest) was that everything at this hotel is soooo comfortable! Especially the beds by the pool! SCORE! -Must See Sights: So, we did not book any excursions in Rome. I’m going to share what we did, in photos.
This pilgrimage began en route to Rome (from Amalfi). We stopped in Pompei, along the way. Which successfully wore us out, by the time we collapsed in our hotel in Rome!
Well, I hope you liked the pics! Scott and I are doing a Mediterranean Cruise, next. Stay tuned for itineraries for Venice, Istanbul, Mykonos, Athens, Barcelona, and Toulon, France! You better start packing, now!