Start with two days in Venice exploring its labyrinthine streets and picturesque piazzas.Tour the Grand Canal and take in headline sights such as the Basilica di San Marco and Palazzo Ducale
Next hotfoot it down to Florence to spend a couple of days feasting on the city’s celebrated treasures:the Duomo Michelengelo’s David,and the Galleria degli Uffizi
The last leg leads to Rome where you will have just enought time to tackle the star attractions:the Colosseum,Roman Forum,Sistine Chapel ( in the Vatican Museums ) and Pantheon
Naples to Sicily
Continue south for a two -day stop -over in Naples Explore its highly charged and wonderful museum,and fill up on pizza
Take a day trip from Naples to discover the ruins of ancient Pompei
Leave Naples and take some time out on the Amalfi coast.Enjoy two days of breathtaking scenary in positano.Amalfi and Ravello.If you have time ,try for a trip over to Capri
Then spend threedays in Sicily one venturing up Mt Etna,one visiting the Valley of the Temples,and one in the island’s hot -blooded capital,Palermo
Assisi to the Italian Lakes
Fly back to Rome and then take a bus up to Assisi the Umbrian birth-place of St Francis.
From Assisi,push on the Tuscany.Spend three days here,one exploring medieval Siena ,one visiting San Gimignano ,then over to Pisa to see the legendary leaning Tower.
Next head up to the Cinque Terre for some stunning coastal walking
Jump on a train and steer northwards for a blast of urban life in Milan
Finallly,hotfoot it over to Lago di Como a relaxing spot to end your tour
Arriving in Venice
Marco Polo airport Located on the mainland 12 km from Venice.Alilaguna operates a ferry service ( 15 e ) to Venice from the airport ferry dock.Water taxis cost from euro 110.Half -hourly buses euro 6 connect with Piazzale Roma .
Stazione Santa Lucia Venice’s train station.Vaporetti ( small passenger boats )depart from Ferrovia ( Station ) docks
Stazione Venezia Mestre the mainland train station:transfer here to Stazione Santa Lucia.
Venice in two days
rise early to get to Basilica di San Marco and Palazzo Ducale.Then choose betwe the Gallerie dell’Accademia or the Peggy Guggenheim Collection. On day two ,visit the Ca’ Rezzonico and scuola Grande di San Rocco before crossing the Ponte di Rialto to happy hour at Dok dall’Ava Lp26
Venice in Four days
Begin with the Museo Ebraico synagogue tour,followed by Gran Canal views at Ca’ d’Oro and the Tintorettos at the Chiesa della Madonna dell’Orto.After lunch ,cross canals to Castello’s many -splendoured Zanipolo and the Giardini Pubblici.On the fourth day island -hop to Murano,Burano and Torcello.
Return time and again to Florence and you still wont’t see it all.
Surpris-ingly small it is,this riverside city looms large on the world’s must -see list.Cradle of the Renaissance and of tourist masses that flock here to feast on world -class art.Florence is magnetic,romantic,and busy.its urban fabric has hardly changed since the renaissance,its narrow streets evoke a thousand tales,and its food and wine are so wonderful the tag Fiorentina has become an international label of quality assurance.
Arriving in Florence
Pisa International Airport Tuscany’s main international airport.Buses run to stazione di Santa Maria Novella .Buy tickets one way 5 euro online,on board or at the desk in the arrival s hall.
Florence Airport Also known as Amerigo Vespucci.ATAF operates a half -hourly Volainbus shuttle ( one way 6 euro ) to Florence bus station.A taxi costs 20 euro
Stazione di Santa maria Novella A 10 -minute walk from the historic centreFlorence’s main train station is on the main Rome -Milan line
Florence in two days
Start with a coffee in Piazza della Repubblica before hitting the Ufffizi .After lunch visit the Duomo baptistry and the Grande Museo del Duomo.Next day visit the Galleria dell’Accademia and Museo di San Marco.Later,venture across to the Oltrarno,stopping to admire the view from Ponte Vecchio and Piazzale Michelangelo
Florence in Four Days
On day three,explore Palazzo Pitti and the Giardino di Boboli.Alterrnatively,visit the city’s major basilicas :San Lorenzo,Santa Croce,Santa Maria Novella.For dinner ,enjoy good food and entertainment at il Teatro del Sale.One day four ,take s guided tour of Palazzo Vecchio, then explore the city’s artisanal shops
there are several places in the city to get information,including the following:
Airport tourist office tel 055 31 58 74
www.firenzeturismo.it via del Termine,Aeroporto Vespucci
Central tourist office
central tourist office tel 055 29 08 32
Infopoint Stazione 055 21 22 45 Piazza della Stazione
The left-luggage counter
Stazione di Santa Maria Novella ;first 5 hr euro 6 then per hr euro 0,90.Is located on platform 16
With its lyrical landscapes,world -class art and superb cucina contadina
( food from the farmer’s kitchen ),the Tuscan experience is perfectly in symbiosis with the land.And oh,the art -During the medieval and Renaissance periods,Tuscany’s painteres,sculptors and architects created world – classs masterpieces.Squirrelled away and safeguarded today in churches,museums and galleries all over the region,art in Tuscany is truly unmatched
Arriving in Tuscany
Tuscany’s principal international gate-way is Pisa International Airport.From there,buses run to Pisa and direct to Florence.
Florence also has its own ,much smaller,airport serving flights from italian and European destinations.Regular fast train rn to Florence,wich is on the main Rome -Milan rail line.Its main station,Stazione di Santa Maria Novella,is the region’s biggest and busiest
Towers of San Gimignano
Siena’s medieval cityscape is one of Italy’s most captivating : Piazza del Campo, Palazzo Comunale,Museo Civico,Duomo,Museo dell’Opera del Duomo,Casa Santuaria di Santa Caterina,Chiesa di San Domenico.
Chianti:From Florence pick up the SR222,the Via Chiantigiana,and head south to the Chianti wine country
Montalcino : About 45 km south of Siena ( take the SR2, Via Cassia).
Pienza: Laden with red wine,turn your sight east to the Val d’Orcia and Pienza
Montepulciano:The last leg leads on the Montepulciano,a steeply stacked hill town harbouring a wealth of Palazzi and fine buildings,as well as offering grandstand views over the Val di Chiana and Val dell’Orcia.
A heady mix of haunting sights,awe -inspiring art and vibrant street life,Italy’s Eternal City is one of the world’s most beautiful capitals
A trip to Rome is a much about lapping up the dolce vita lifestyle as gorging on art and culture:Strolling the city’s picturesque streets whiling away hours at streetside cafes and people -watching on pretty piazzas are an integral part of the Roman experience
Arriving in Rome
Leonardo da Vinci ( Fiumicino)
Airport Half – hourly Leonardo express trains run to Stazione termini ( one way euro 14 -30 minutes).Taxi fare to the centre is euro 48
Ciampino Airport Arrival point for Ryanair flights to Rome .Sit Bus and terravision run regular departures to/from Via Marsala outside Termini ( one way from euro 4 -45 minutes).Taxi fare is euro 30
Stazione Termini Rome’s is principal train station
Rome in two days
Start early at the Colosseum then the Paladino and Roman Forum .Spend the afternoon and evening in the centro storico,exploring Piazza Navona and the Pantheon.On day two,hit the Vatican Museum and St Peter’s Basilica
Afterwards,check out the Spanish steps and Trevi Fountain.round the day off in the Campo dei Fiori
Rome in Four days
Spend day three investigating Villa borghese make sure to book for the Museo e Galleria Borghese,and Piazza del Popolo .End the day with dinner in Trastevere .Next day ,admire classical art at the Capitoline Museum before checking out the basilicas on the Esquiline .See the evening out in boho Monti
Italy’s third largest city is one of it oldest,most artistic and most delicious.Naples’centro storico ( historic centre ) is a Unesco World Heritage Site,its archaeological treasures are among the world’s most impressive,and its palaces,castels and churches make Rome look positively provincial.
Then there’s the food.Blessed with rich volcanic soils,a beautiful sea,and centuries of culinary Know -how ,The Naples region is one of Italy ‘s epicurean heavyweights,,serving up the country’s best pizza,pasta and coffee,and many of its most celebrated seafood dishes,street snacks and sweet treats.
If travelling on pubblic transport in Naples and Campania ,you will most likely be using ticket Integrato Campania ( TIC ) tickets.readily available from newspaper Kiosk and tabaccaio ( tobacconist ),these integred tickets are valid on bus,tram,funicular,metro and suburban train services in Naples.They are also valid on regional Circumvesuviana and Cumana trains,as well as on EAV and Sita sud buses across campania.they are not valid on ferry and hydrofoil services.Ticket types and prices vary depending on where you want to travel.
The cheapest option is a corsa semplice( one trip )ticket,valid for one trip whitin on travel zone only.The biglietto orario ( multi – trip- ticket ) allows for multiple trips within a specicified time period and across any number of zones.
Daily and multi -day ticket are also available in some areas prices listed in the chapter are generally for biglietto orario tickets
the TIC website ( www.tic-campania.net ) offers a handy ticket calculator covering the entire Campania region:simply click Trova la tariffa ,type in the town of your departur in the Da box and your destination in the A box,then click Cerca
the ticket aside,many of the region’s transport companies offer their own tickets,for use on their own services only.
For example,ANM -which runs Naples’city buses ,the four funiculars,and metro lines 1 and 6 -offers a euro 1 single – use ticket.State railway company Ferrovie dello Stato ( FS ) runs the city ‘s metro line 2,offering a euro 1,20 single – use ticket for use on that metro line.
In Naples,city buses are operated by ANM TEL. 800 639525 ( www.anm.it ).there’s no central bus station,but most buses pass trought Piazza Garibaldi.
three of Naples’ funicular railways connect the centre with Vomero ( the fourth,Funiculare di Mergellina,connects the waterfront at Via Mergellina with Via Manzoni).
Ascends from Via Toledo to Piazza Fuga.
Funiculare di Chiaia
From Via del Parco Margherita to Via Domenico Cimarosa.
Funiculare di Montesanto
from Piazza Montesanto Via Raffaele Morghen.
Line 1 runs from Garibaldi ( StazioneCentrale ) to Vomero and thre northern suburbs via the city centre.Useful stops include:Duomo and Universita’
( southern edge of the centro storico).Municipio ( hydrofoil and ferry terminals),Toledo ( Via Toledo and Quartieri Spagnoli).Dante ( westwern edge of the centro storico)and Museo ( National Archaeological Museum).
Line 2 runs from Gianturco to Garibaldi ( Stazione Centrale) and on to Pozzuoli.Useful stops include:Piazza Cavour ( La sanita’ and northern edge of centro storico).Piazza Amedeo ( Chiaia) and Mergellina ( Mergellina ferry terminal).Change between 1 and 2 at Garibaldi or Piazza Cavour ( Known as Museo on Line 1).
Radio Taxi Napoli 081 – 556 44 44 www.radiotaxinapoli.it
A day in Positano
Positano’s steeply stacked houses are a medley of pastels,and its stepped streets are lined with wisteria-draped hotels,smart restaurants and faschionable boutiques
Positanos’most memorable sight is its pyramidal townscape,with its vertiginous pastel-coloured houses tubling down to the seafront.Dominating the skyline is the distinct majolica-tiled dome of the Chiesa di Santa Maria Assunta. ( Piazza Flavio Gioia ) The town’s most famous landmark,inside is a delightful classical interior,with gold-topped pillars and cherubs peeking from above every arch.Nestled between the colourful boutiques and lemon -themed ceramics shops on Via dei Mulini Franco Senesi 089 875 257;www.francosenesiineart.com
is a light and airy exhibition space showcasing life drawings,colourful surrealistic landscapes and edgy abstract sculptures by modern italian artist and sculptors