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Italy, Cinque Terre, Rome

10 days in Italy, what would you do?

Booked a last minute trip with no real agenda. We have a group of six whose only requirements are we make it to Cinque Terres and Rome.  What would you do/where would you stay/and for how long in those places? And what else should we consider? All in our 30s, enjoy hiking, good food/wine, looking for a semi-leisurely trip.  

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top answer by
Josh from Cambridge (Massachusetts)

Cinque Terre is absolutely stunning - although quite small. There's a trail that connects all five villages which is a great thing to do, but I wouldn't plan on spending more than two days there. 

As for Rome, it gets mixed reviews. If you're really into history, then it's incredible. I've done five-six days in Rome and was more than satisfied. However, a group of six who likes hiking... I wouldn't spend more than a couple of days. 

Florence and Venice  are incredible, but more importantly, the greater wine region of Tuscany is not something to overlook. If I was going with five other friends... I'd be spending as much time as possible staying in Florence and Venice and doing daily trips out to the wine regions. 

Milan is extremely overrated in my opinion - would steer clear of that. 

Maybe consider... Rome to Cinque Terres, Cinque Terres to Florence, Florence to Venice, Venice back to Rome? 

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  1. Cinque Terre (hotel)
  2. Rome (city)
  3. Florence (city)
  4. Venice (city)
  5. Tuscany (state)
  6. Milan (city)
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Along that route (Cinque Terre to Rome) we really enjoyed Siena and a quick pit stop at Pisa. If you go a bit farther south, we loved Pompei and the charming small towns in the Amalfi area.

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answered by
Elyse from Boston

Florence!! Easy to do in a few days. Great food, wine, and people. Make sure you stay across the Arno away from all the tourist destinations. You can easily walk to anywhere you want to visit, but the best local food and wine is across the river. I recommend Piazza Santo Spirito and any restaurant in it. 

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answered by
Kaitlyn from Fryeburg, Maine

Whenever I have friends or family visit Rome, I always, always recommend my favorite gelato stop! Just a block and a half from the Pantheon: Giolitti. They have more flavors of gelato than any other place in the city, and they're delicious and affordable! We went more times than I can count, and I never ran out of new flavors to try!

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answered by
Alexis from Italy

Hi! Quick answer, I newly live in Italy and agree with Laura, except not a huge fan of Lucca...would make that a day trip and definitely spend some time in Positano and Amalfi.  

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answered by
Laura from Kansas City (Kansas)

You'll love Cinque Terre. A must-see location nearby is Lucca. I'd skip Pisa and stay 2 nights in Lucca - spend one morning riding bikes along the top of the wall (you can rent them in multiple locations, or pick a hotel that provides bikes at your disposal) and spend the afternoon walking the city. You can easily make Cinque Terre a day trip from Lucca and spend a whole day there. We stayed at La Boheme:

In Tuscany, I'd recommend Sienaas your base of operations for 3-4 nights and drive to several hilltops villages during that time: San GimignanoGreve In ChiantiMontepulciano or Arezzo are all lovely, but you can't go wrong anywhere in that area. If you're foodies, the town of Panzano in Chianti has a famous butcher shop with a celebrity butcher (I can't remember his name now, but that was kind of fun). We stayed at Hotel Palazzo Ravizza:

Consider a cooking school or even just one day of cooking - there are a number of places in Tuscany and Umbria that can accommodate a group your size. We took a walking wine tour through Siena that was wonderful:

I'll let others make suggestions about Rome. South of Rome, we loved the Positano and Amalfi Coast area, but can't make any hotel recommendations.

Have fun - it'll be a trip you'll never forget!

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  2. Siena (attraction)
  3. San Gimignano (attraction)
  4. Greve In Chianti (city)
  5. Montepulciano (city)
  6. Arezzo (city)
  7. Panzano in Chianti (attraction)
  8. Positano (attraction)
  9. Amalfi Coast (attraction)
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answered by
Esther from Tel Aviv

10 days is not a long time. I think all the other suggestions are great -- all of Italy is quite beautiful.  But if you really want to enjoy the city and the coast, then the only thing I'd add -  don't try too see it all and do it all.Since your priorities are Rome and the Italian Riviera you know where to start. Allow yourself at least two days, preferable three for Romeand at least the same for Cinque Terre and the surrounding area, and then I'd pick one more area - a great option would be Tuscany, focusing on Sienna and Florence, with some trekking (horseback riding and/or cycling) in wine country. (I love the Amalfi Coast, but you'll lose a lot of time on the road). Take your time, talk to the people and enjoy the food and wine. You'll have a great time.

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  2. Italian Riviera (attraction)
  3. Cinque Terre (hotel)
  4. Tuscany (state)
  5. Amalfi Coast (attraction)
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answered by
Mike from Thatcham


I went to Italy last summer for 9 days last year. I went to Venice, Florence and Rome for 3 days each and I would highly recommend that length of time in each place. Florence was the favourite of all locations mainly due to it being incredibly picturesque and surprisingly quiet for the time of year.

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answered by
Federico from Levanto, Italy

Ciao,  I  will  recoomend  to  saty  in  the  Cinque  Terre  area  for  at  least  3  days,  for  the  accommodation  and  other  info.  you  can  visit   ciao

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Francesco from Francavilla Fontana

Dear Liz,

I'm Francesco from Rome and I can suggest you to make a visit in my city in this way: first day you can make a tour in bike to see the most important places of Rome, second day you can visit the Colosseum and the roman forum (booking online you can skip the line):

in the thind day you can visit the Vatican and Vatican museum

In the four day I suggest you to visit the Appian way Via Appia Antica, renting a bicycle or a scooter.

About lunch or dinner I suggest you some places in wich you pay less and you eat something really good, like pastificio in Via della Croce (from 1pm) or SOLOPASTA in Via della Vetrina

Other places in wich you can have a really good pizza are DAR POETA (vicolo del Bologna, TRASTEVERE) and LA MUCCA BISCHERA Via Degli Equi, near Termini station, and PIZZERIA REMO Piazza di Santa Maria Liberatrice TESTACCIO.

For Aperitive I suggest Freni e Frizioni Via del Politeama and L'OASI DELLA BIRRA Piazza Testaccio.

To rent a bike or a scooter you can visit my website, my rental is in Via di S. Paolo alla Regola, 33 and I organize also nice tours in bike or vespa.


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  2. Via della Croce (attraction)
  3. Via della Vetrina (attraction)
  4. Via Degli Equi (attraction)
  5. Piazza di Santa Maria Liberatrice (attraction)
  6. Via del Politeama (attraction)
  7. Piazza Testaccio (attraction)
  8. Via di S. Paolo alla Regola, 33 (attraction)

answered by
John from Carlsbad (California)

Can you give us a little more information?  When are your flights and where do you fly into and out of? 

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