Italy in a Week: Our Recommendations

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From delicious local cuisine to stunning seaside vistas, Italy has so much to offer travelers. One week in Italy is plenty of time to experience the country’s best, no matter what your interests are. In this article, we offer our recommended Italy itineraries of between 5 and 7 days that will have you exploring, eating, and relaxing in all the best places. If you are planning to discover Italy in a week (give or take a day or two), you will like the list we've put together below. Enjoy Renaissance art, sip Italian wine by the seaside, or float through Lake Como on a private boat. These itineraries take care of everything, all you have to do is enjoy! 

5 days in Italy: Cinque Terre’s coastal paths

When you plan to spend 7 days in Italy, it is a must that you visit and explore the gorgeous landscape of Cinque Terre.
Walk the famous Lover's Walk path and enjoy gorgeous view of the sea with this Italy itinerary.
Day 1 Welcome to Levanto
Day 2 Walk the scenic paths and explore the seaside villages of Framura
Day 3 Walk the famous Lover's trail and explore the five charming villages that makeup Cinque Terre
Day 4 Climb the coastal cliffs of Sentiero Rosso and enjoy the magnificient views of the coastline
Day 5 Say goodbye to Cinque Terre

This walking tour of Cinque Terre and the surrounding coast will greet you with jaw-dropping views of the sea and take you strolling through picturesque vineyards and forests along well-maintained walking paths for your 5 day trip in Italy. If you want to travel and stay active, you won’t find a better walking tour than this one! You’ll get the chance to explore some of Italy’s most charming coastal villages as stopovers between scenic walks that will reveal something new around each bend, whether that’s a scenic sea vista or a cliffside castle. Each day brings new views and experiences you can’t get anywhere else. With medieval castles, hand-terraced hillsides, and lively evenings in the villages, you’ll never be bored. See tour.

1 Week Italy Itinerary: History and Architecture

A visit to Ostia, gives visitors a reflection of how Romans built cities..
Ostia Antica was the harbor city of ancient Rome, gives an insight to the lifestyle of the ancient Romans.
Day 1 Walk the ancient streets of Ostia Antica, Rome
Day 2 Tour the classic sights of Naples
Day 3 Visit the Roman amphitheater in Capua
Day 4 Discover the secrets of Herculaneum
Day 5 Relive the eruption of Vesuvius in Pompeii
Day 6 Transfer to Rome and dine in a traditional restaurant
Day 7  Indulge in all the Italian capital has to offer

Heritage lovers will adore this history and architecture tour of Italy. It begins among the ancient docks of Rome’s old port, or Ostia Antica, before transporting you to the sun-drenched cobbles of Naples. These are lined with no shortage of impressive structures, not least the royal palace. Uncover the story of Spartacus in his home city of Capua before taking in Herculaneum and Pompeii, destroyed by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79AD and only rediscovered in 1748AD. End your tour back in the Italian capital, where history and architecture go hand in hand in with excellent food and fine wine. See tour

7-day Italy Itinerary: Self-drive through Italy

When in Italy, it is a must that you visit the Amalfi coast.
Drive along the scenic views that the Amalfi Coast offers.
Day 1 Arrive into Naples
Day 2 Visit sites including Naples’ historic Castel dell’Ovo
Day 3 Follow the jet set in a day trip to the island of Capri
Day 4 Explore the ancient wonders of Pompeii
Day 5 Make an unforgettable road trip along the Amalfi Coast
Day 6 See the Greek temple in Paestrum
Day 7  Take a final look at Naples

Get under the skin of southern Italy’s biggest city with this 7-day Naples and Salerno self-driving itinerary. The birthplace of pizza, this much-ignored city has a wealth of sites stretching back centuries, and an evocative location on a stunning bay. Here you will find Capri, the island escape for Roman emperors and Hollywood superstars. It is watched over by Mount Vesuvius, which smothered Herculaneum and Pompeii in ash in 79AD. Having explored their uncovered remains, you continue on to the ravishing clifftop villages of the Amalfi coast. See a perfectly-preserved Greek temple at Paestrum before it is time to return to Naples. See tour

7 Days in Italy: East Coast of Sardinia

Experience the gorgeous beach, Cala Goloritzè, during 7 days in Italy.
Take a relaxing swim in Cala Goloritzè, one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, with the clearest turquoise water.
Day 1 Enjoy your first views around Oliena
Day 2 Follow ancient tracks through the Oliena countryside
Day 3 Marvel at the Su Gorropu Gorge
Day 4 Delight in the traditional communities of Dorgali & Cala Gonone
Day 5 Swim in the warm waters of Cala Goloritzè
Day 6 Become one with nature in walks around the Gulf of Orosei
Day 7  Say farewell to stunning Sardinia

Sardinia offers some of the most striking hiking routes anywhere in Italy. This 7-day self-guided tour beings among the weathered limestone peaks of Oliena on the island’s east coast, taking in unspoiled vistas stretching as far as the Su Gorropu Gorge. Its towering walls are a strong contrast to the quiet village atmospheres of Dorgali and even smaller Cala Gonone. Cala Goloritzè’s Punta Salinas marks your way for much of Day 5, before you round the mesmerising Gulf of Orosei for a farewell hike through the Ogliastra Mountains. See tour

Italy in 7 Days: Self-guided tour

Naples is a vibrant city with incredible historic sites to look out for.
An ariel view of Naples.
Day 1 Absorb the atmosphere in central Naples
Day 2 Naples, Pompeii or Herculaneum Tour
Day 3 Enjoy the history and natural beauty of Capri
Day 4 Take in the giant crater of Mount Vesuvius
Day 5  Follow the Path of the Gods from Agerola to Positano
Day 6 Lose yourself on the Amalfi Coast
Day 7 Make the journey back to Naples

Naples’ live and let live attitude has seen it through good times and bad. These include the destruction of neighboring Pompeii and Herculaneum 2,000 years ago, which is where you can opt to spend the second day of this marvelous Amalfi self-guided tour. Drag yourself away for the boat trip to the extraordinary island of Capri, before exploring Mount Vesuvius up close and personal. Leaving its bulk behind, you will follow an old mule track to Positano, now called – with little exaggeration – the Path of the Gods, with time to discover the Amalfi Coast’s Valley of the Mills and delightful Ravello too. See tour

An overview map of 7-day itineraries for Italy
An overview map of 7-day itineraries for Italy.

If you're planning to explore Italy in a week, it is plenty of time to see the best that Italy has to offer, no matter what your interests are. Gorge yourself on freshly made food, lounge on the seaside, or explore medieval cities or do it all! If 7 days in Italy is not sufficient and you have more days to spare, you can check our travel guide on how long to stay in Italy for more ideas. 

While these itineraries are designed to help you make the most of your Italy trip, you can always mix and match by designing your own itinerary with the assistance of our travel expert in Italy

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