3 Places to See on Your First Trip to Italy

March 20, 2012 · Posted in Europe · Comment 

Wondering what to see on your first trip to Italy? I recommend these three wonderful places: Venice, Florence and Rome. Those cities are the three biggest tourist destinations in Italy, and for good reason.

If all you have are seven days, I would suggest two days in Venice, two in Florence and three in Rome. In Florence you can book a Tuscany bus tour which will take you to Siena, San Gimignano and Pisa in a day. This is a great way for you to check out the Tuscan countryside (Florence is situated in Tuscany).

It is easy and fast to travel by train between Venice, Florence and Rome. You can make Rome your first destination, from there you take the train to Florence and spend your last two days in Venice. You will be spending only two hours maximum on board a train on any leg of your journey. You can also make Venice your first stop, then Florence, ending with Rome.

Italy train tickets can be booked and paid for in advance online. Do an online search for “trenitalia.com” and you will be taken to the official train website. Here’s a tip if you’re booking your train ticket online: choose the principal train station for each city, not one of the outlying stations. So in Florence you’ll be looking for “Florence Centrale” and in Rome it’s “Rome Termini”.

Get a B and B or a hotel near the train station Florence so you can walk from the train station to your accommodation (this is only recommended if you are not taking along a lot of luggage). If you want to look up recommendations for bed and breakfast accommodations and hotels, TripAdviser is a good place to do your research. If you’re thinking twice about spending two days of your travel time in Venice, don’t. Venice is a beautiful city that only a true-blue spoilsport can’t admire.

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