I posted an itinerary a couple weeks ago. This one is very similar, but in my mind, a little fine-tuned. If anyone has comments, I would be happy to hear them. We will be in Italy Jan. 21-Feb.6, so some of our activities might depend on weather. We love hiking and being outdoors.
I've tried to include a major sightseeing activity in each day, leaving other time to walk around and take in whatever seems fun at the time.
I've researched times, how to get tickets for sights and transportation, and walking distances, etc. and familiarized myself with the map of Rome. Also studied DVD's of renaissance art and history. We usually take a more relaxed approach, but trying to get the most out of this major city has been a fun project! I've learned a lot, and appreciate all the info I've gotten perusing these forums.
I know some people think it's crazy to leave and return to Rome, but we enjoy a second visit after being away. The second visit is usually more relaxed.
Day 1 (a Monday), arrive Rome, 9:40 am
Our lodging for 4 nights will be very near Termini
Walk around possibly Capitoline Hill, some area churches such as Santa Maria Maggiore, Santa Maria Vitoria, Quirinale Church. Depending on our energy. I've chosen churches that are near our lodging to walk to. It seems reasonable to go to Capitoline Hill to get an overview of Rome.
Day 2 -
11-1:00 Borghese Gallery (tickets purchased)
Piazza Popolo with Chiesa de Santa Maria Popolo (20 minute walk east of Borghese)
5:30-9:00 Testaccio food tour (purchased)
Day 3 -
8:30-12:30 Coliseum Tour with Context
San Clemente and/or San Giovanni in Laterano (10-20 minute walk from Coliseum)
8:30 pm Auditorium Parco della Musica concert (tickets in hand)
Day 4 -
8:30-12:30 Vatican Tour with Context
Day 5 -
Bus to Siena. We can go early or late, depending on what we want to do. Spend that night in Siena. This will be a Friday night. I chose the weekend thinking Siena will be very quiet in January, and maybe more interesting on a Friday-Saturday. What do you think?
Day 6 - spend as much of the day as we like in Siena, then take the bus to Florence
Night of day 6, and days 7 - 10 in Florence. The only tickets we will purchase in advance will be for Academia and Uffizi. My thinking is that in January we can get these a day or two ahead and don't need to lock in far in advance. Is this right?
Day 11 (Thursday)
Return to Rome by train to aan Air B&B near Piazza Navona. We can return early in the day or late, depending on how we feel.
Near our B&B will be Piazza Navona, Pantheon, gallery Doria Pamphilj, Santa Maria sopra Minerva, San Luigi dei Francesi, Gesu church, Barraco Museum. We'll visit these today, and sporadically through the next 5 days as time allows.
Day 12 (Friday)
Isola Tiberina, Jewish ghetto, synagogue museum (I know it's not open on Friday, but if we switch this to another day we can do it), Trastavere
Or day trip to Ostia Antica or Ville d’este
Day 13 (Saturday)
8:00 pm Soiree Francaise at Teatro Costanzi (tickets in hand)
Appian Way by rented bike or walk, include catacombs. If the day is wretched, we'll switch this out, but Sunday is the day traffic is not allowed. We're very experienced cyclists, so this would be our choice.
Day 15 (Monday)
Isola Tiberina, ghetto, synagogue museum, or trastavere, whichever we haven't seen on another day.
Depart Rome at 6:10 am. I'm thinking that we will stay near the airport on the last night so I won't be nervous about getting there by 4 am. We will be flying home to the US via Frankfurt. We usually give 2 hours lead time at the airport. Does this seem reasonable?
Things in Rome not in the itinerary to fit in as time allows:
Thanks for any advice offered. It's really helped me to get this organized.