Fall is the best time to visit Italy, and this 10-day Italy itinerary will ensure you don’t miss any of the top sights! As a travel advisor, I send couples and families on their dream escapes—minus the stomach-knotting stress of doing all the planning themselves.
I recently created this itinerary for a couple going on their honeymoon, which will take them to three of Italy’s most-visited places: Florence, the Amalfi Coast, and Rome! Feel free to use it as a starting point for your Italian adventure or follow it to the letter for a breathtaking getaway to one of the world’s most culturally rich (and romantic!) destinations.
10-Day Italy Itinerary for Florence, the Amalfi Coast, and Rome
Florence (3 Nights)
Florence is quickly becoming one of the top vacation spots in Italy! As the vibrant colors of summer give way to the cozy hues of autumn, the city really shines. Nestled in the heart of Tuscany, I suggest spending at least three days, so that you can spend one full day in Tuscany at various wineries.
It is also a bit less crowded in the off-season, allowing you to explore the city’s iconic landmarks, such as the Duomo, Ponte Vecchio, and the world-renowned Uffizi Gallery, without the swarming crowds. This is the perfect time to indulge in traditional Tuscan dishes, paired with local wines, as the city’s numerous trattorias and osterias offer a warm welcome.
Lodging: Plaza Hotel Lucchesi, Superior Room with a view and breakfast
For a more detailed itinerary, visit our guide to spending three days in Florence!
The Amalfi Coast/Sorrento (4 Nights)
In fall, the crowds start to thin out, allowing you to explore the villages, such as Amalfi, Positano, and Ravello without being surrounded by hundreds of other visitors. Stroll along the narrow streets adorned with colorful houses, and savor the breathtaking coastal views the Amalfi Coast is known for!
Sorrento, located on the Sorrentine Peninsula, is the perfect addition to your 4 nights. This charming town offers a laid-back atmosphere and great shopping! Plus, you can enjoy the region’s famous limoncello.
Lodging: Grand Hotel Capodimonte, Premier Sea View Room with breakfast
Optional: stop in Pompeii en route to Amalfi.
Rome (3 Nights)
As the summer heat subsides, you can comfortably explore the ancient ruins of the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, and the Pantheon! Make sure to visit the Vatican City, home to the St. Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican Museums, housing masterpieces such as Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel.
You don’t have to be a history buff to fall in love with Rome! Food enthusiasts will love the city’s cuisine, from traditional Roman pasta dishes like carbonara and amatriciana to delectable pizzas from authentic trattorias. Explore local food markets, such as Campo de’ Fiori, and savor seasonal produce, including chestnuts, mushrooms, and truffles.
Lodging: Mascagni Luxury Rooms & Suites, Deluxe Room with breakfast
Estimated Total Cost: $10,500 (excluding international flights)
Tips for Traveling in Italy
Fly in and out of Rome. You can fly to/from Rome (FCO) on a non-stop flight from most large U.S. cities during the high season (May-September)
The trains are a must: Take the train directly to Florence from Rome Airport to save time
If you’re on a budget, go in November. The weather’s still great, but the crowds are thinner, and the prices are lower. Plus, the leaves change in Tuscany mid-month!
Pack for the weather. While the weather in Italy during the fall is generally mild, it’s a good idea to pack layers. Bring a mix of lightweight clothing and sweaters or jackets for the cooler evenings. Also, bring a rain jacket and umbrella just in case! November is the rainy season in most of Italy.
Be mindful of the off-season. Some attractions or restaurants may have reduced hours or be closed for renovations during the fall season. Double-check opening times and confirm any reservations you have made.
Pack comfortable shoes. Italy’s cobblestone streets can be charming but challenging to navigate! Opt for comfortable and sturdy shoes that will allow you to explore the cities and towns.
I hope this 10-day Italy itinerary has inspired you to start planning that once-in-a-lifetime escape you’ve always dreamed about! Whether you’ve just gotten hitched or you’re just looking for a romantic getaway, there’s no time like the present.
If you want to skip the planning, you can utilize Bridie Travel’s professional planning services! I’ll take care of the details so you can get swept up on the journey stress-free. Ready to get started? Contact us today!