1 Month in Italy

Hi there,

I am thinking of taking a month off and exploring Paris/Rome/Venice.
I know there is a high speed train between Rome and Venice so I'll look into that but in terms of flying from Sydney, should I start with Paris or Rome/Venice?

Does the following look okay? I have removed Paris altogether and will focus on Italy for the month. I am hoping to go from North to South but not sure if I am pushing it??

Rome 4 nights
>>> Rome to Florence via train 1.5hrs
Florence 5 nights
>>> Florence to Siena via bus 1.5hrs
Siena 2 nights
>>> Siena to Milan
Milan 2 nights
>>> Milan to Venice?
Venice 4 nights
>>> Venice to Sicily via plane
Sicily 4 nights
>>> Sicily to Naples via overnight ferry 8 hrs
Naples 5 nights
>>> Naples to Rome via train 1.5hrs
Rome 4 nights

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!!

Comments

  • If it was me, I would start in Paris. Think there would be more flights as well, but haven't checked this. Air China has some great deals - mid $800's, but not great connections ie 15hrs in Beijing, so not advisable if want a quick flight.

  • +3 votes

    Umm, not Paris right now. Riots. Shut downs. Let the dust settle.

    • don't forget to take a yellow hi-vis vest!

    • There would be plenty of ways to avoid the riots. I would like look at air bnb and use the Carte D’musee. Getting around Paris is easy with the metro.

      Rail travel in Europe is really good.

      • +3 votes

        Pretty hard to get around closures of tourist attractions like the Eiffel Tower and The Louvre, but I suppose you have pull. France deployed 89,000 police to try and maintain public order. Sane people would not be choosing now to go.

  • I caught trains from France to Venice and that felt like a looooong way. The "Fast" train to Rome is much nicer experience than the usual cross country ones!

    Don't stay in Venice long, I found it a real letdown. If you go during the warmer months, definitely make your stay short! If you are going in the colder months though, it is a bit more surreal and much less packed.

  • +2 votes

    Paris is a mess! Riots, terrorists, etc. I would not want to go there.
    I saw a video where they had a truck spraying manure onto buildings,
    and another video where those yellow vest people swarmed police attacking them in large numbers.

  • you would be best flying between those destinations as the time/cost would be significantly better. Train is good where the eurostar goes but for further reaching places particularly to venice it is going to take a long time and flying would be better. Rome is nice but i would only spend 4 days there, florence is much better imo and tuscanny is beautiful.

    • I would still investigate the train times/costs Vs flying before I went the flying option. Mostly the trains leave from the centre of the cities and you don't have to deal with long security queues; no transport to airport costs or hanging around the airport time. Trains are also much nicer to travel on than the planes. There are also a number of high speed trains that travel through Europe. All things being, roughly, equal I would go the train option every time.

  • If this is your first trip:

    Fly into Paris, Charles De Gaulle.
    7-10 days in Paris
    Fly into Venice via Paris' Orly Airport (especially if you are staying south of the Seine)
    2-3 days in Venice
    Train to Florence (2hrs)
    7-10 days in Florence (includes side trips to Pisa, Cinque Terre, Sienna, Bologna)
    Train to Rome (1½hrs)
    5-7 days in Rome

    or if you are skipping Paris, add days for Lake Como + Milan, and Naples + Amalfi Coast.

    • Thank you so much! Yes based on the comments above, I may skip Paris.
      I have a whole month and it's actually stressing me out having to plan this trip which is why I appreciate your sample itinerary, it is very helpful!

      • Good itinerary. If you aren’t sure about Paris there is always south of Paris, Versailles, Loire Valley, etc rent a car to drive around. However, the skip Paris suggestions are also excellent. I would add in Pompei and Sorrento. If you are looking at Tuscany then consider renting a car, the best way to travel to the smaller towns. Train travel in Italy is good.

  • Quick update:

    Does the following look okay? I have removed Paris altogether and will focus on Italy for the month. I am hoping to go from North to South but not sure if I am pushing it?? Any comments will be greatly appreciated!!

    Rome 4 nights
    >>> Rome to Florence via train 1.5hrs
    Florence 5 nights
    >>> Florence to Siena via bus 1.5hrs
    Siena 2 nights
    >>> Siena to Milan
    Milan 2 nights
    >>> Milan to Venice?
    Venice 4 nights
    >>> Venice to Sicily via plane
    Sicily 4 nights
    >>> Sicily to Naples via overnight ferry 8 hrs
    Naples 5 nights
    >>> Naples to Rome via train 1.5hrs
    Rome 4 nights