On some level, at least sometimes, we all dream of Italy.
It’s not just the pizza and pasta, the landmarks and the icons, but it’s that quintessentially Italian way of life. A life filled with coffee and class, with culture and, um, other great things that don’t begin with the letter ‘C’…
But, seriously, Italy is one of those countries you have to visit at least once. Your life will quite possibly be incomplete if you don’t take in Venice’s dreamy waterways, Cinque Terre’s colourful villages, and Rome’s majestic sites.
And if you’re pressed for time, or just want to blitz through the country’s top spots, we have the trip for you. An 8-day Highlights of Italy trip that takes you through everything listed above, and more. Here’s a bunch of photos from an actual Intrepid tour there, so you can get a glimpse into some of Italy’s top attractions, and a destination that’s a strong contender for your very next adventure…
Day 1: Venice
A floating city of canals, alleyways and magnificence, it’s hard to put Venice’s magic into words. Meet fellow like-minded travellers on the first day of your Intrepid trip, and get to grips with this stunning place.
Day 2: Venice
It might be worth waking up early to discover the spellbinding islands of Burano (pictured just below). Catching the sunset from San Giorgio’s bell tower is also a great option, as is a quintessential gondola ride.
Day 3: La Spezia
It’s time to take the train to La Spezia, the gateway to the five dazzling villages of Cinque Terre. The journey isn’t short, but it is a very scenic one. Consider venturing on a close-by optional boat trip in the evening (focaccia bread and Prosecco included).
Day 4: Cinque Terre
Put some hiking boots on and get walking the footpaths of Cinque Terre. Today is the day to wind through vineyards and vistas as you enjoy the wonders of these pastel-coloured villages. A pesto-making class is also an option!
Day 5: Florence
Tuscany’s capital is simply captivating. Pre-book your visit to the Uffizi Gallery (so you don’t have to wait in line), or wander in awe around the atmospheric streets.
Day 6: Florence
Continue your explorations of Florence. Browse museums aplenty, taste local specialties, and consider enjoying sunset from the iconic Piazzale Michelangelo.
Day 7: Rome
Italy’s capital city is jam-packed with spectacular sights – from the Colosseum to the Trevi Fountain to the Pantheon. After walking round it all, you’ll deserve a typical, carb-heavy Italian meal (or three).
Day 8: Rome
Your trip is coming to an end, so time to tick off any last bucket list sites! The atmospheric, cobblestone streets of the neighbourhood of Trastevere might also be calling your name. Alternatively, take a day trip with Urban Adventures.
(All images taken by Cliff Bielawski on Highlights of Italy.)