My friend and I are planning a trip to Italy the last week of July and into the first week of August. We do not have a set schedule yet, but will have about 10 days. We want to cover as much territory as realistically possible and keep our budget as low as we can.
We will be traveling on United Airlines and Lufthansa as well as the train. United flies into Rome, so that will probably be where we start out our trip (or we could also change it up and finish out our trip there). We're considering then taking the train to Florence and staying for about 2 nights. We would then leave early in the morning and spend a day in Pisa and then head to Milan for 2 nights. We could then take the train to Venice and stay for a couple of nights. We would be able to fly out of Venice and into Frankfurt on Lufthansa, and could then catch a flight on United back to the States.
My friend and I would really like to go to Pompeii, but I think it might be too out of the way. Also, I heard Naples was having some issues with garbage, to the point the food is not safe to eat!
This is a very rough draft of our plans for our stay in Italy. We are wondering if this is a good route to take. Are these too many cities to try and visit in such a short time? I would love any suggestions on how we can improve on this. Is Pompeii somewhere we should definitely try to include in our trip? I read on a post that Pisa would be nice for a day trip. Do you think it would be worth spending more time there? We also must decide how to split up our time between the cities. My friend and I have a lot of energy and we are very active, so we could really sightsee a lot in a day. We won’t be spending much time in restaurants so we can keep the cost of our trip down. Are there any cities that we did not name that we should add in or substitute for one that I listed?
Thanks for taking time to read my post and I appreciate any comments or suggestions on how we can improve our itinerary!