10 days in Rome is a lot. You could see most of the worthwhile sites in 3 to 5 days. And there's so much else to see in Italy besides Rome!
2 days just for Florence is probably good. Pisa doesn't take long to see--it has three sites, all right next to each other--but it does take time to get there and back. I'd add a 3rd day in the area for Pisa. That will give you a little additional time in Florence.
2 days for Venice is plenty. The city itself is the sight.
That leaves with with an additional 4 days or so for other things. I'd suggest a day or two in Siena, maybe a day trip from Rome down to Naples to see its archaeological museum and Pompeii. A visit to the Cinqueterre for a couple of days could fit in there. I'm sure other posters will have additional suggestions.
Just got back from 14 days in Italy. We did 6 days in Rome, felt it was plenty of time to see all the sights, 4 days in Florence with 1 of those days we took the train roundtrip to Venice, and 4 days roaming around Tuscany - Pisa, Sienna, Cortona and Montepluciano by car. We loved Florence and Tuscany!
I think 10 days in Rome is a over kill too, if you do stay the 10 days get out and do some day trips. Like Zagarolo a 30 min train ride from Rome Orvieto, a beautiful hill town about one hour from Rome. This is a great one, Ostia Antica, a ancient seaport, there are other places that also are so much fun. If you want to see the big ruins you got Pompeii but that is a allday trip. Good luck and have fun. Hubie
Agree with other posters; 10 days in Rome is perhaps a tad long. My wife and I spent 6 days in Florence and loved every minute. Florence is a good city to use as a hub. It's easy to get to Piza for a day. Return to the hotel, refresh your batteries, and head to Sienna the next day. It is also an easy train ride to the seashore and good seafood.
Have a wonderful trip!
.Edited: 09 June 2011, 17:59
With only 14 days, travel time, and time spent checking in and out of hotels I would not "do" more than 3 locations. Rome is amazing, and after 3 visits (the last was for 3 weeks) I hunger for more. However for a first time visit, it's nice to get a taste of the major sites. Definitely add a 3rd day to Venice just to wander and get lost. Two days is good for Florence. Add 2 or even 3 day trips from Rome. Orvietto is an amazing place. Then there is Naples and Caserta. I think RW's schedule too rushed and the locations too far apart.
A way to see your trip in perspective is to take a calendar and mark off your location on each day. Note which are your travel days and look up the time it will take you to get to your destination. Add an hour or two to check out of your hotel and get to the station and an additional hour to get to and settled in your new hotel. Write the total on the square for your travel day. This will help you see how much of a "day" you really have somewhere.
I'd stay in an apartment in Rome for 10 nights. But I'd do a day trip every couple of days. It's nice to have home base and a neighborhood you can learn your way around quickly. But we don't like the packing and unpacking all the time.
To add to the list already started above, a day in Tivoli would be fun! I hear there are wonderful gardens. I hope someday to visit this area.
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