From Venice to Rome – A 14-day trip around the major cities of central-northern Italy.

Are you planning a trip to Italy but you don’t really know from where you could start? Well, this is our suggestion for a perfect tour around the beautiful homeland of art and food!

3 days discovering Venice

To start your trip we suggest fabulous Venice. Elegant, romantic, precious, funny and colourful… these are the best adjectives describing the Italian city of love! Venice is the city of old bridges, squares, canals, carnival and even more!

During your stay don’t miss out on visiting the St. Mark’s Square, St. Mark’s Basilica, Bridge of Sighs, Doge’s Palace and Rialto Bridge. We suggest you to go to the Rialto Market to pick something that you can cook in your apartment! Nothing is better than living like a local during your vacation. Moreover, don’t let the opportunity to eat in local restaurants slip away. You must taste the Baccala mantecato, Bigoli in salsa, Fegato alla Veneziana,  Risi e bisi and the famous Tiramisù. We strongly recommend you to go the Osteria alle Testiere to have a real Venetian mealNaturally, you can’t leave Venice before a ride on the famous gondola which drives the tourists around the fascinating city. Read our guides to get the best from your trip!

Choose your apartment!

In Venice, the possibilities are numerous with over 200 apartments distributed in 7 different districts. Here we’ve selected 2 lovely apartments for you:

Elegant and charming apartment in the San Marco district for 3 guests. The location is the perfect base from which to being exploring Venice.

Spacious, elegant and beautiful apartment  for 7 guests located in the district of Castello, one of the most characteristic areas and authentic atmospheres of the whole city of Venice.

How to reach Milan?

Once you have visited Venice a great option is to visit Milan! To get to Milan you can travel by car or by train. We suggest you the second option! This way you’ll avoid to be stuck in the traffic and your trip will be fast and even more comfortable!

The main station in Venice is “Venezia Santa Lucia”, located in the Cannaregio district. The train takes 2:35 hours to reach “Milano Centrale” and prices start from €37, 50. We recommend you to reserve your seats using the Trenitalia website  in order to avoid nasty surprises.

3 days discovering Milan

As soon as you step out of the train, you’ll see how Italy can be different within only 3 hours of travel. From Venice and its old canals and bridges, you’ll be catapulted into a different atmosphere with which Milan boasts. Fashion, design and technology are the best adjectives describing one of the most famous fashion capitals in the world.

In Milan you should visit the Duomo square, the theater “La Scala”, the Sforza Castel, the Arch of Peace and many other attractions. Moreover, you must walk around the Columns of San Lorenzo that you can find in the city center and which are part of the few remains of the ancient Roman colony.  The food is also fashion in this Italian fashion capital! You can’t miss the classic Risotto alla Milanese which is often nicely paired with Osso Buco, a slowly roasted veal shank.

Moreover, to live your Milan experience as best as you can, we suggest you to have the famous “Aperitivo” before dinner. The locals use to do it almost every day! Before leaving, don’t forget to go shopping! Milan is the Italian symbol of fashion. Read our Milan travel guide and live your days in Milan like a local.

Choose your apartment!

For your stay we’ve selected these two apartments:

Apartment for 3 people 10 minutes from Central Station.

Delightful loft for 4 people near Piazza Venezia.

How to reach Florence?

The best way to get to Florence is by train. From “Milano Centrale” to “Firenze Santa Maria Novella” the train will cost you about €50 and it takes just 1:40 hour. Book your ticket earlier on the Trenitalia website and travel in tranquillity .

4 days discovering Florence

Florence is known as the cradle of the Renaissance and you’ll fall in love with the city just after few steps in the centre. It is the city of art for excellence and boasts attractions as the Duomo, the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, “Piazza della Signoria” and “Palazzo Vecchio”, the Baptistery, and the beautiful “Campanile di Giotto”.

Once in Florence, you must eat the famous Bistecca Fiorentina and the popular Pappa al pomodoro, a simple dish of bread, oil, garlic and tomato sauce with spices. We suggest you to go to Trattoria Mario, here you can taste the best Fiorentina of the city. Don’t forget to walk on the famous “Ponte Vecchio” before leaving, walking across is like going back in time. Don’t miss our Florence city guide to get the most from your trip!

Choose your apartment!

Many of our apartments in Florence are located in beautiful historic buildings and staying in one of them is definitely a great way to enjoy this unique place in Italy. Here we’ve selected 2 apartments for you.

Cosy apartment for 2 guests situated on the third floor of a beautiful building in Florence’s historic centre.

Wonderful apartment for 6 guests! Opposite Brunelleschi’s master piece and the true symbol of the city – il Duomo (the Cathedral).

How to reach Rome?

As for the other cities, the best way to reach Rome is by train. You can reach the station “Roma Termini” in 1:30 hour and the price starts from €43. Take a look to the Trenitalia website and book your ticket online.

4 days discovering Rome

Finally you’re in the oldest Italian city, the Eternal Rome! Since it is the last stop of your trip, you could stay here for more than 3 days… and we strongly recommend it! As it is known, Rome wasn’t built in a day and it’s worth a long visit to discover every single secret. The greatness of Rome is closely linked to its history, culture and monuments.

The major attractions are the Colosseum, St. Peter, The Castel Sant’Angel, Piazza Navona, Piazza di Spagna and Trevi’s fountain. But Rome is more than just fabulous monuments! You must taste the real Italian Spaghetti alla Carbonara, Spaghetti alla Amatriciana and naturally Pizza! For a romantic dinner go to the Trastevere district and lose yourself in its little streets. Walking around is like coming back in time! Read our Rome city guide and don’t miss out anything!

Choose your apartment!

To make your trip unforgettable, we’ve selected 2 apartments in which you could stay in Rome.

Elegant apartment completely renovated in 2012 for 2 guests. The predominant colour is white, which combined with the beautiful wooden ceiling beams offer a warm and cozy ambience.

Elegant loft apartment for 6 guests completely refurbished in 2013. Decorated with quality pieces, the parquet flooring and exposed roof beams give the apartment a unique and special feel.

14 days is too much for you? Do you prefer a shorter trip? Did you know that from Venice to Florence it’s just a 2 hours trip and prices start from € 22,50? So, you can jump from the Venetian canals to the cradle of the Renaissance and from there easily to the Eternal city.

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At GowithOh, we are an enthusiastic team of self-confessed Europhiles who are passionate about travel. We especially love the variety of city breaks possible in Europe, from the historic UNESCO heritage cities like Prague, to the more cosmopolitan beachside destinations like Barcelona. We love discovering the hidden gems in different cities and sharing them with our fans so everyone can benefit and enjoy the perfect city break in Europe.