Italy trvel plan – Milan, Florence, Rome

Italy is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe. It is home to modern fashion and contemporary art. It is also a center for exploring ancient history. However, you don’t have to be an artist or a history buff to appreciate the warm, inviting country that is Italy.

This travel plan covers three major cities, starting with Milan in the North, then moving down to Florence, and then down to Rome. You could always continue South to Naples (though people who are particularly sensitive to stray dogs may be too distracted to fully enjoy Naples).

This has been a guest article written by Celine B. Roque – I plan to publish more articles by Celine in the future, so please check back often.

1. Once you arrive at the Milan Malpensa Airport, you have the option of riding metered taxis, the Malpensa Express, or bus service to get to the heart of the city. Travel time varies depending on your means of transportation. Milan is best known for its high fashion and technological inclinations. It’s a bustling Italian metropolis. But the museums and churches of Milan are also historically significant because they display the works of Michelangelo, Tintoretto, and Da Vinci. In the winter, the ski resorts of Milan become busy, which is no surprise because it is so close to the Italian Alps.

Unless they wish to explore Milan for its art history or go hiking in the mountains, most tourists feel satisfied spending only a day or two in Milan to fulfill their shopping needs.

2. Riding the train is the cheapest, most efficient way to get from Milan to Florence. Touring these two cities consecutively gives you a contrasting perspective – while Milan is busy with the latest trends and fashion, Florence remembers history through its architecture and vast art collections. There are also several medieval-themed shops that allow you to get acquainted with old art, weapons, and other artifacts.

If you’re a soccer fan, watching the Calcio Storico Soccer Games in June is the perfect event for you. The soccer players wear traditional 16th century costumes during the games, to commemorate the games played in those days. Also, don’t forget to see Michelangelo’s David at the Academy of Fine Arts. The Piazza Michelangelo is the best place in Florence to watch the sunset, and you can enjoy a quiet dinner in any of the Italian trattorias nearby.

Most people enjoy their stay in Florence for 2-3 days, and 4 days if they make a quick detour to Pisa.

3. Whether you arrive in Rome via train or a local flight, your arrival at the city is definitely worth your trouble. There are a lot of sights worth visiting in Rome, from Vatican City, the center of Italy’s religious life, to the Roman Forum, the center of the ancient Roman Empire. Make sure you drop by the Pantheon, the Coliseum, and the Roman Baths for a real taste of the life in ancient Rome. Don’t forget – take lots of pictures!

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  1. Derek says:

    This is not really helpful there was nothing in depth about the arcticle I could read almost any newspaper in the world and be able to write a review this vague. Add a lot of substance please!

  2. Greenmanor says:

    I believe James posted this for those that want to read an itinerary for ideas about travel through Italy. The information was probably enough for some. Derek should continue his research for “substance”.

  3. James Trotta says:

    The author of this article just wanted to share a travel plan. It would be a bit much if we tried to tell you exactly what to do each hour of every day.

    I agree that if you fly to Italy with nothing but a print out of this article you will be in trouble!

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  5. nik says:

    The bus into Milan was fast and also inexpensive. Aside from the center of town, a short train ride up to the lakes is a wonderful and inexpensive day trip. Once there you can make it as frugal or as opulent as you choose, plent of great restaurants and shops.

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