I know this may seem crazy but if you are going to visit Europe and only have 4 days to stay in Italy, this may help you focus on the main attractions of 4 important and really different cities.
1st DAY: ROME
Let’s start our short-trip from Rome, I decided to start from here because most of the international flights arrive here and also because Rome is the Capital of Italy.
Rome is really really hard to visit in only one day but we assure you that also lots of Italian people have never visited the whole city or went more than just once to see it better.
The first thing to see is, without any doubt, the COLOSSEUM that doesn’t even have to be described, followed by the FORUM and after that taking the “Caesar Shuffle” to visit the PANTHEON.
(Colosseo – pic credit: www.esnroma3.com)
After all this you have 2 choices: to visit the VATICAN MUSEUMS or continue your trip visiting the city centre. If you only have one day we assure you that it is quite impossible to see both the Vatican and other sights because there are loads of people visiting everything during all the year.
The FONTANA DI TREVI is also a breath-taking monument to see and from here you can walk through the streets and see the Spanish Steps and at the end of your walk you can take a break and have dinner in the atmospheric CAMPO DE’ FIORI Square.
(Fontana di Trevi – pic credit: http://www.bestwallsite.com)
2nd DAY: FLORENCE
You can never go to Italy without stopping in Florence: the cradle of the Reinassance.
The nice thing about the historical centre of Florence is that you can see it all on foot. You will find out that all the main sights are all situated in a restricted area because of the dimensions of the old walls of the city.
The first thing to see is the PIAZZA DUOMO. Starting from here you will see an explosion of architectural masterpieces: the Brunelleschi’s CUPOLONE of the Dome and the Giotto’s CAMPANILE (bell tower), from the tower you can admire a wonderful view of the city.
(The Dome – pic credits: www.turismo.intoscana.it/allthingstuscany/diari-di-viaggio/2013/01/18/splendidi-scorci-di-toscana-le-foto-di-guido-andreoni/duomo)
From here you can walk to the PALAZZO VECCHIO and visit the UFFIZI GALLERY (it is recommended to book the tickets before going, otherwise it will be really hard to get in).
Another place to see in Florence is PONTE VECCHIO, characteristic and full of world famous gold shops.
(Ponte Vecchio – pic credits: http://www.turismo.intoscana.it/site/en/highlights/Ponte-Vecchio)
You cannot go to Florence without admiring the work of leather artisans: take a bus or a taxi to South Florence (it takes only 10-15 mins from Florence to arrive) and visit Piero Tucci’s Leather Factory.
The Factory was founded in 1972 and here you can visit the factory and see the artisans creating wonderful leather goods and touch with your hands real leather! After the visit you can browse in the showroom and shop choosing from luxurious international and Italian brands or a hand crafted item created in the factory.
If you don’t have enough space in your suitcase or don’t want to travel with too many bags, Piero Tucci offers a great alternative: the possibility to order online the goods you like (you can also decide to customize a leather good with a Monogram!)
(Artisan Galli – pic credits: https://www.discovertuscany.com/typical-products-of-tuscany/leather-making.html)
After shopping you can have dinner in the restaurant next to the Shop, where you can taste typical Italian dishes or Asian cuisine.
3rd DAY: MILAN
Milan is really different from the two cities above, it is a busy and elegant metropolis, but in a beautiful Italian way.
One of the main attractions is the magnificent Gothic style DUOMO DI MILANO, beside the Dome you can have a walk in the GALLERIA VITTORIO EMANUELE II, one of the worlds oldest shopping malls.
(Duomo di Milano – pic credits: https://www.thinglink.com/scene/728519506778914817)
Walking through the gallery you will arrive in the PIAZZA DELLA SCALA, here you can visit the opera house TEATRO ALLA SCALA where the best opera singers and ballet dancers have performed their shows.
If you are interested in art & museums you can continue your tour visiting the POLDI PEZZOLI MUSEUM with Michelangelo, Botticelli and many other Masters of arts.
Just in front of the Dome you can find VIA TORINO: here you can see two of the oldest churches of Milan SAN LORENZO and SANT’AMBROGIO.
From the Dome Square you can decide whether to take the underground’s “Red Line” to go to the SANTA MARIA DELLE GRAZIE and see the LAST SUPPER by Leonardo Da Vinci (also for this attraction, make sure to book your visit well in advance.
(Leonardo Da Vinci’s Last Supper – pic credits: http://www.beniculturali.it/mibac/export/MiBAC/sito-MiBAC/Contenuti/MibacUnif/Eventi/visualizza_asset.html_626310122.html)
4th DAY: VENICE
The best way to reach Venice, in our opinion, is by train (because the train station is already in the heart of the city centre) but also going with the car or bus has its good points: you can take a characteristic TRAGHETTO or VAPORETTO (water bus) to reach the centre via water.
The most breath-taking place is without any doubt is the PIAZZA SAN MARCO with its beautiful view and the magnificent BASILICA DI SAN MARCO and its Romanesque & Byzantine architecture.
(Basilica di San Marco – pic credits: http://www.artesanalli.com.br/noticias.php?Tema=Cultura%20Italiana)
From the square you can walk to the DOGE’S PALACE (also known as the “wedding cake”) a really stunning building covered in pink Verona’s marble and Istrian limestone.
Another place to visit is the PONTE DEI SOSPIRI a bridge where the prisoners had to walk on to go from the interrogation room to the prisons.
What we really love about Venice is to walk through the small streets and bridges to reach different points of the city, and from one of the bridges you can hop on a typical GONDOLA and let the GONDOLIERE carry you through the canals. (Recently we discovered a really innovative and great service, where you can book a Gondola trip for persons with disabilities / wheelchair users by ONLUS, called project “Gondolas4all“)
An unmissable place is the PONTE DI RIALTO along the CANAL GRANDE, the most important Bridge in Venice.
(Rialto’s Bridge with Gondole – pic credits: http://www.regioni-italiane.com/ponte-di-rialto-venezia.htm)