6 days in Italy – beautiful & enchanting

Italy was our first destination on our recent trip to Europe. We spent 6 days in Italy. And by all means these were very beautiful and enchanting days. They comprised of couple of days each in Rome, Florence and Venice. While we did feel, a couple of days is not enough to explore all that each of these places are to offer. Yet we tried to make the most of our 6 days in Italy. And here we bring the story of our 6 days in Italy, along with some more recommendations as per our research. We hope it will help you plan your own best 6 days in Italy. And, we would also like to hear what you would do with your 6 days in Italy, if anything, different from what we did. So, here goes the details of our trip in Italy.

Day1 : Arrival in Rome

Rome in a day | 6 days in Italy

Our enchanting 6 days in Italy began with an arrival in Rome. As our flight landed on the Rome airport early in the morning around 7:00 am. However, it was the easter weekend. And looks like lots of tourists were interested to visit Rome, the Vatican in particular. So, it took a lot of time to get through the long queue at the immigration counter. There after, we started for our hotel, Best Western Blu Hotel. And by noon we checked-in into the hotel and settled down. But we decided to take rest since we had our little daughter with us. And she definitely had the jet lag. So, did we.

So, basically we didn’t do much on this day, except going on a stroll in the surroundings of our hotel in the evening. Having said that, if you can combat the jet lag or you don’t have kids with you, you can take a hop-on-hop-off trip of Rome on the day of your arrival. Since, you can take it on your own pace and you can start anytime in the day when you feel ready for it. As we initially had planned for the same. But, couldn’t. So, otherwise, keep your day light. Also, take plenty of rest and prepare yourself for the rest of the days amongst your 6 days in Italy. Because there will be a lot of sightseeing, walking, picnic and fun things to follow on rest of the days.

We did step out in the evening though. And the streets were all inviting. With a soft cold breeze and beautiful lights all around. We strolled around the streets for a while. Finally, we went to a grocery shop nearby and did our first grocery shopping in Rome. And after that, we took takeaway meals from a nearby pizzeria.

Day2: Roaming around in Rome

6 days in Italy
Clockwise : the Roman Forum, The colosseum, Trevi Fountain and the Sistine Chapel in Vatican

On the second of our 6 days in Italy, we woke up fresh. We had recovered from the jet lag. And we were ready to start our day, exploring Rome. It began with a tour to the Vatican city. We first explored the Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel followed by the Saint Peters Basilica. It was the day before the Easter. And Vatican was busy with the preparations for the Pope to address the city. Although it was crowded. But, we didn’t mind. To see the Easter celebrations in Rome is an experience in itself. Post lunch, we proceeded to the Colosseum , the Roman Forum, the Pantheon, Trevi fountains and some more places worth visiting in Rome. Finally, we came to the Piazza Navona and sat here along the fountain to enjoy our evening. You can read the details of our one day of roaming in Rome here.

For the exact itinerary with timings and the tips on making your day more effective and efficient, read our post on Rome in a day. Upon looking at the itinerary, you might feel, we did a lot for a day. But believe me, the day we are talking about was really long. It extended from 6:00am in the morning to 9:00pm in the evening, before the sunset finally happened. And we took plenty of rest while walking around and exploring places. So, the base line is that, it is comfortably possible to cover all these places within a day in Rome.

Day3 : Rome -> Florence

On the third day of our 6 days in Italy, we started in the morning for Florence. After checking out from our hotel, we headed to the train station in Rome. From here, we boarded our train for Florence at 10:30am. And we enjoyed every bit of our first train ride in Europe while traveling from Rome to Florence today. Especially the Tuscany countryside that just stole our heart. We arrived in Florence by 12:15pm. And by noon we had checked-in into our apartment, Palazzo Dei Ciompi .

walking tour of Florence | 6 days in Italy
Mesmerizing views across the river Arno

After getting fresh, we stepped out. And to our delight, found a vegan café just besides our apartment. Upon seeing this vegan cafe, our hunger instantly became stronger. Thus, after having lunch here, we headed on our self-planned, self-guided free walking tour of Florence. And we covered a lot of sight along the banks of river Arno as a part of this trip and finally returned back to our apartment by 9:30pm at night. Thereafter, we prepared our dinner and called it a day.

Day 4: More of Florence & Pisa

Today being the fourth of our 6 days in Italy, as we woke up early in the morning, we got the feeling that our vacation in Italy was more than half way through. And this gave us an extra boost to make the most of the remaining of our 6 days in Italy. Thus, post breakfast, we started our day with an early morning self-planned and self-guided walking tour of Florence that covered places around the Duomo, Academia Gallery and other important places in the center of Florence. And in noon, we took a trip to Pisa and visited the Leaning tower of Pisa. Finally, we returned from there by night.

48 hours in Florence | 6 days in Italy
The Pisa cathedral with the leaning tower of Pisa in the background

Although we could have returned earlier. But we had taken a bus trip to Pisa. And it turned out to be a busy road pertaining to the long weekend. But, we were glad as we arrived back in Florence by 9:00pm. Since, we got to view Florence by the night. Wherein all the beautiful structures including the Duomo were glittering in the night light. Finally, we reached our apartment. Although we were suspecting if the main gates would be closed by now. Since, we had forgot our keys. But, luckily they were not. Thereafter we retired to our beds. But not before enjoying a self prepared hearty meals. Where, each one of us provided some contribution in the meal preparation. Thus making it all the more tasty and enjoyable.

Day 5: Florence -> Venice

On the fifth of our 6 days in Italy, we said goodbye to Florence and took our next train journey to Venice. We enjoyed the previous two days in Florence too much. Particularly because we stayed in the heart of the town with all the beautiful places worth visiting nearby. Also, we took our self walking tours. And we stayed in an apartment. You can read here our recommendation on how best to spend 48 hours in Florence.

Venice walking tour | 6 days in Italy

We arrived in Venice by noon from Florence via Milan. Actually, if you have a couple of more days at hand, we highly recommend you stop in Milan. Here’s a list of top free things to do in Milan. Here, our hotel, Hotel Continental, was located just 300 meters from the train station. So, we just grabbed our luggage and walked to our hotel. And after checking into the hotel, we soon headed our for lunch. We bought some slices of Pizza from the nearby pizzeria and settled near the Grand Canal, just in the backyard of our hotel, for lunch. And our little one shared her lunch with the pigeons here. She was super excited chasing them and trying to make friends with them. Thereafter, we embarked on yet another of our signature self designed walking tours, to explore Venice.

Day 6: Venice hop on hop off

Finally arrived the last day of our 6 days in Italy. Since, today was the day to explore Venice, via the means of communication that Venice is renowned for – the canals and lakes. So, we took a hop-on-hop-off tour through Venice today. And as a part of this tour, we explored Murano, Lido, the Saint Marks Square and several other lovely stops across Venice. We also had lunch and snacks sitting in one of the open air restaurants by the water. Finally, it turned out to be one of the most memorable days for us during our stay in Italy. And we enjoyed every bit of it. You can read the details of our Venice hop on hop off trip in details here in this post.

After the spectacular day in Venice, all we can say is that any amount of time spent in Venice will not be enough. The place is just magical. While we walked it’s cobbled streets. And also sailed through it’s waters. Plus we spent time exploring most of the beautiful places in and around Venice. Still, we left from Venice carving for more. And we are sure, we will be returning here once more. That will be an even slower travel than the current one. All we wish to do is sit by the beautiful canals or hover over a bridge for hours. Just seeing the lives in Venice go around as usual!

Onwards Journey : Switzerland

After having spent 6 days in Italy, that felt like 6 very beautiful days, finally arrived the time when we had to say goodbye to Italy and embark on our further journey. Although we must admit 6 days looked very less to spend in Italy. If you intend to spend more time in Italy, (And you definitely should!), check this week long Italy vacation plan. As we left Venice the next day morning and boarded a train to Lucerne. Thus, began another chapter in our Europe journey.

We spent 4 mesmerizing days in the Swiss Alps regionstaying in Lucerne as the base. As a part of this trip, we did a self designed walking tour across Lucerne. We also went to Engelberg and Mount Titlis to play in snow. And further we did a beautiful day trip each to Bern, Grindelwald and Interlaken, visiting Kambly cookie store and a cheese factory in transit. The stories will soon follow..stay tuned!!

Summary of our 6 days in Italy

Day

Things done

Timing

Day1

Arrival in Rome

Exploration around the hotel in evening

Day2

The Vatican City

8:00am-12:00pm

Lunch outside of Vatican City while on way to Colosseum

12:00pm

Roman Colosseum

1:00pm-3:00pm

Roman Forum & Palatine Hills

3:00pm-4:30pm

Pantheon, Trevi fountains, Piazza Navona

4:30pm-8:00pm

Day3

Train from Rome to Florence

10:00am-12:15pm

Florence walking tour along the river Arno

3:00pm-9:00pm

Day4

Florence walking tour covering Duomo etc.

8:30am-11:30am

Half day tour to Pisa

12:30pm-9:00pm

Day5

Florence -> Venice train

7:30am-12:00pm

Venice walking tour

3:00pm-9:00pm

Day6

Venice hop-on hop-off tour

8:30am-7:30pm

 

Florence to Pisa Tour | 6 day in Italy
A random click along the Tuscany countryside

Tips on spending 6 days in Italy

  1. Comfortable walking shoes is a must. There was not a single day out of our 6 days in Italy when we didn’t walk. And mostly we walked for 6-8 kilometers daily.
  2. Another must is a bottle of drinking water. Packaged drinking water is way too expensive. You will easily get fountains and public taps all over Italy to refill your water bottle. Keep yourself hydrated.
  3. Carry an umbrella when visiting in April-May. We did encounter the rain a few times but luckily it was not heavy.
  4. Book your accommodation near most of the sightseeing places in the old part of the cities. That way, you will save a lot on commute.
  5. If at all you have to commute, try other means like buses, trams etc. instead of taxi which is costly.
  6. Except for Rome, we always could do with walking around in Florence and Venice since our accommodation was very close to the train station and so were most of the places of our interest.
  7. Always prefer takeaway food. Slices of pizza or portions of pasta that you can get packed and eat while you explore the city. Saves time as well as money.
  8.  We would recommend apartment stay over hotel stay as it gives you much more flexibility in terms of cooking and staying as a bigger group when traveling with friends and family.
  9. Check the entrance tickets to the places of your interest and if possible book online. Otherwise, you will waste a lot of time in queue.
  10. If traveling with toddler, carry a stroller with you. Florence and Venice are particularly very stroller friendly. In Rome, the Vatican was an exception where we had to take stairs quiet a few times and it was difficult to carry the stroller along the stairs.
  11. Here’s some links to the official sites in most of these places where you can find details of guided tours, tickets, timings, etc.
    1. Rome
    2. Florence
    3. Pisa
    4. Venice
  12. Beware of tourist scams. We witnessed some like someone giving a rose to a tourist which seemed like a gift initially but then they started pestering them for a good amount of money like 5-10 euros. We plan write in details about the scams we saw in Europe.
  13. Last but very important, be aware of pickpockets. They are dominant in the crowded tourist destinations like the Colosseum, Roman Forum, Trevi Fountain in Rome, Piazzo Vecchio, Duomo, Uffizi gallery in Florence, The leaning tower of Pisa, Metros and train stations, bridges, squares and basillicas of Venice etc.

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  5. You´ve really been to the most beautiful places in Italy, I wish I could go back!

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  7. I’ve been dying to visit Italy and I definitely don’t think 6 days would be enough. (How did you even manage to get that many things done in those few short days!?) Great photos by the way, I totally got the travel bugs now!

    • Many asked that and now we are ourselves wondering if we did cover too much in too less time. But as I have been saying, those 6 days were not actually “short”. So that helped us definitely. They were really long days with early sunrise and sunset way past 8pm

  8. bruceschinkel19

    What an amazingly fun 6 days! I loved this itinerary, especially the bonus of the tips at the end.

  9. Wow this is such a comprehensive list, I’ll definitely look to this when I go to Italy. You cover the core atttractions and do a bit of different things. Would love to go to Venice!

  10. OurSweetAdventures

    This brings back so many great memories of our trip to Italy last year. 6 days is not enough to see these beautiful cities. They have so much to offer. We thoroughly enjoyed our train trips in Europe. We rode all over Italy. We also went to Lucerne and had an amazing experience!

    • Great to know that. I agree 6 days is not enough to see everything that these cities have got to offer. And yes, we do intend to return back to Italy and do what you did..a train trip all over covering the regions that we had to give a miss this time

  11. I’ve been to Italy twice, once 12 years ago and the other 9 years ago. I just don’t remember the big sites being absolutely stuffed with people! The only place I remember being like that were the streets of Venice (because there aren’t many of them, mostly canals), and the Colosseum. It’s amazing how things change, but the landscape remains the same. This is a great itinerary for anyone looking to maximize their time in Italy. Well done!

    • Thank you so much! I guess we also visited in the peak tourists season – the long easter weekend when Italy, and in particular Rome and Vatican are the world’s choice for a holiday if possible. So, we saw much more tourists around in that period. Yet, it was an experience of a lifetime to be in Rome on the easter eve

  12. I visited Italy a few times and your tips are right on-point!

    xo,
    Janise

  13. How did you manage to cover so much with a kid in the block ?It’s usually very hard with kids.Italy seems to have more cultural diversity than what I have heard about other parts of Europe.I have never been to Europe before as I am a broke unemployed college student in India but a lot of my friends have and now I know the reason why everyone spends so much time in Italy thanks to you

    • Well..that kid question has popped up several times before ever since people came to know about this trip. I won’t say it’s completely easy sailing, but yes, we did a lot of preparation and adjusted our itinerary around the kid so things were pretty fine. I have decided to dedicate a post to it..so stay tuned! It’s coming up next

  14. I love Italy so much that I will be moving there for a month in October. You have seen quite a lot for only 6 days. It’s Venice beautiful? Yes, unfortunately there are a lot of scams in Europe and you need to be careful all the time.

    • Venice is eternally beautiful. At least we found it very charming. Very helping people, beautiful atmosphere, and of course the romantic bridges and canals…

  15. Wow what a full packed 6 days!!! But I see that you covered a lot of great destinations! Italy is one of my favorite (well summer is very scorching though but still love the walk around). Thanks for the detailed IT, will bookmark this for future reference, or if someone will ask me for a good tip around Italy.

    • Thank you so much Kenneth. We tried to make the most of our time there.

  16. annalisanuttall

    I would love to visit Italy one day. It look so beautiful. xx

  17. Hop on and hop off is always a great choice to see the city all around if we have not so many days to explore the city. 🙂

    • Rightly said Tracy. It is a great and optimal way to utilize our time

  18. I was considering taking a study tour in Italy. It certainly seems charming – a very productive itinerary too!

  19. This looks like a fun trip. I would not mind taking a trip to Italy one day.
    Thanks!

  20. Italy is really a beautiful country. On my visit, i had more than i had bargained to see. It was such that we planned something different from what we did yet we felt fulfilled and longing for more time. So I can relate with your post

    • Exactly our feelings. Though we went as per our plan, still upon visiting these places, we left carving for more. We want to cover the coastal and northern parts of Italy next

  21. i so wanna go to Italy. the food it totally makes me want to be there for like a good 6 months then 6 days. the countryside looks amazing.

    • Oh..how I too want to be there for 6 months or even more..lazying around, walking randomly through those cobbled roadways and not having a single worry in the world..but alas there are other things to take care in life. Maybe one day I will be able to make this dream come true

  22. 6 days of great Rome and other places journey! Love your tips there Neha! and I agree with Sandy too, Italy is like a museum alive and out in the open waiting to be explored by many!

    • So true. Now, we are looking for recommendations to other parts of Italy so we can plan a second trip there

  23. Beautiful pictures. I always wanted to visit Rome. I hope, one day I will.

  24. Beautiful photos! I love Italy One of my favorite countries, I'm in love with Rome and Venice 😀

  25. Italy is such a beautiful place. Your pictures are simply stunning! You have some nice tips there are the end warning about scams and pickpockets. Good reminders for anywhere!

    • Thanks Stacey. A very beautiful country indeed. Longing to visit again

  26. Italy is so beautiful.. and you have written such a useful guide for travelling in Italy. Happy Travelling!!

  27. That seems like an amazing way to spend a week exploring some of the best Italy has to offer. I shall save it for my future trip to Italy and along with this I would love to spend a couple of days in Tuscany. Ever since I have watched the movie Under the Tuscan Sun, I have been dreaming of spending a few days in the countryside in Italy. Btw, how did you manage walking 8 to 9 kms each day with your little one? How about the food? I m always very skeptic about the food outside india. My son only loves traditional Indian foods and doesn’t eat any breads/pizza or sandwiches. This is the main reason I haven’t yet dared to plan a vacation outside India.

    • The little one sometimes walked, sometimes travelled in a crib and sometimes we carried her, all three of these went on in cycles. Luckily, she is very supportive when it comes to our travel and she herself enjoys the travel. Initially I was a little skeptical about this trip myself. But then it all went on really smooth. We took ample breaks in-between walking around. Coming to the food Sindhu, you get pizza slices, pasta, burgers and fries there. My daughter is a junk food crazy 😀 Although I cook pasta for her regularly at home, she really likes it. So many a times, she had pasta there. She also liked the pizza there since it was very bland, no spices at all. While on the walk, we used to buy pizza slices, or packed pasta or fries and eat while on our way. It was easier to feed her that way instead of sitting. Also, I carried packs of some ready to eat food like poha, some curries, oats etc. You can carry a very small electric rice cooker if you plan your journey and then you can cook idlis, rice, poha, upma and many other stuff in that. We also bought fruits like banana & organic milk regularly for her there. I am going to write about it in a post in details, hope that will help you plan your trip with the little one.

  28. You truly owned a great time ambling around Italy for 6 days. I like all the places that you’ve visited and there all seemed to be really fun. Your photos are really stunning as well. You have just brought me to the beautiful places in Rome by reading your blog post. Thank you so much for sharing this with us.

    • Thank you! The 6 days that we spent in Italy were no doubt very beautiful

  29. It’s amazing what you’ve seen and done in 6 days. When I go there I hope I can stay there for 1 month hahaha… Honestly, Italy is a dream and I am inspired to take the same trip as you. I think I would be the happiest if I get to go there.

    • I can totally understand that feeling. We also aspire to return there for longer duration

  30. Ahahah funny thing those are my first route in ITALY. Florence, Venice then Rome. I want to go back now.

  31. So many things to see and discover in Italy! I would love to visit this place soon! Your photographs were all stunning too!

  32. Very good itinerary . It covers all important places of Italy. The rose scam is common all over Europe. I was targetted in Athens. I saw the woman with roses nearby but in no second I found 1 in my hand. I was too shocked to react initially.

    • That’s true Indrani, we have to be really alert to beat these scammers, still at times, we can’t help it

  33. This is such a great post – I love your itinerary. I absolutely adore Rome and all of it’s amazing history! Something new at every corner!
    Kristie – you.theworld.wandering

    • I totally fell in love with Rome and then Florence and then Venice 🙂

  34. chikonahoka

    Wow! When I did this with my parents some years ago, we limited ourselves to just Rome and Venice precisely because it does seem like a lot of things to pack in just a week! The difference I think is mainly that there’s a bit more time to soak in the incredible Renaissance architecture and indulge in al fresco dining while sightseeing.

    • With parents it might feel like a hectic schedule. But I can’t imagine going to Italy and not visiting Florence. That is such a beautiful walkable city, I just loved the vibes there. Will surely return back one day

  35. You did a great job fitting all that in 6 days! we have just come back from Italy and just loved our time there. I agree with your tips about good walking shoes and bringing a water bottle. Our children were walking up to 6-8km a day. It is really the best way to explore. It is a shame about the scams. we were hassled in Venice to try and sign a petition, but I had read that it is a way to scan your credit cards in your pocket…they are becoming very crafty.

    • Oh is it…I didn’t know about the credit card scan thing. Really, the traditional ways are exposed now so seems they are coming up with more crafty and advanced ways

  36. You definitely managed to pack a lot of stuff into your days in Italy. I love seeing places but I personally have begun to slow done. There was a time when I used to be go go go. See everything you can as fast as you can. Now I drink it in. Savor it. 🙂

    • We did most of it via walking tours which were slow and really beautiful. We do love slow travel. But with full time jobs thats not always possible for us

  37. It sounds like a great first trip to Europe and you have more adventures to come. I love taking trains through scenic places, so it sounds like your first train ride was like that. Lovely that you had such a lovely experience in Italy.

  38. This is a really good itinerary with timings that is gonna make my trip more effective! And the tips are very detailed. I’m definitely gonna have some sightseeings along the banks of river Arno! Thank you so much!!

    • Thanks Maze. We will be overjoyed if the piece of information that we compiled together helps you plan your own trip more efficiently

  39. I had followed your this series of Europe trip and it is very clear that you had an awesome time. I should say you made complete use of each day and time in Italy. This post will be a great help for planing a weeks trip to Italy. I liked the tips and summary you mentioned at the end. Your pictures are grreat.

    • Thank you so much Suruchi. This is just the beginning. We are still to start writing about the next part of the trip that starts in Switzerland 🙂

  40. Sandy N Vyjay

    Italy is indeed like a living museum. The cities of Rome, Florence, Venice are artworks out in the open. There is so much of history, art, architecture and heritage in these cities. We hope to explore more of the interiors of Italy on our next sojourn, so much to experience in the countryside too.

    • We felt exactly the same. This being our first visit, we covered the main tourist favorites – Rome, Florence, Venice and Pisa. But we left carving for more of the beautiful Italian countryside and beaches. We will definitely return back for more.

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