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Rome and Florence 9-Day Itinerary for First Time Visitors

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Planning an itinerary can be a bit stressful especially when there’s so much to see, eat and do in a country like Italy. There are museums, ancient ruins, wine-tasting, delicious Italian food and caffé, hundreds of piazzas and so much more. Nine days can give you plenty of time to explore the highlights.

Italy Colosseum Roman Forum tour

Here is my sample itinerary for nine days in Rome and Florence (including a day trip to Pompeii/Naples):

Day 1:
Check in hotel. Explore the hotel area.
Trevi Fountain, Piazza di Spagna/Spanish Steps, Villa Borghese

Day 2:
Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill
Vittorio Emmanuel Il Monument and Piazza Venezia

Day 3:
St. Peter’s Square and Cathedral
Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel
Castel Sant’ Angelo

Day 4:
Circo Massimo/Baths of Caracalla
Piazza Navona
Pantheon, Piazza dela Rotunda

Day 5:
Pompeii and Naples Day Trip

Day 6:
Campo dei Fiore (Open Monday to Saturday from 7:00 AM – 1:00 PM)
Trastevere, Basilica de Santa Maria

Day 7:
Train from Rome to Pisa. See the Leaning Tower of Pisa
Train from Pisa to Florence. Check in Florence Hotel
San Lorenzo Market, Basilica de San Lorenzo, Il Duomo, Santa Maria del Fiore, Piazza Della Repubblica, Ponte Vecchio, Oltrarno

Day 8:
Accademia Gallery
Palazzo Vecchio
Uffizi Gallery
Train back to Rome

Day 9:
Last full day in Rome (Free day). Check out hotel.
Santa Maria Maggiore Basilica

This was the original itinerary I prepared for our trip, and in reality, we had to skip a couple of places in Rome to add one more night in Florence. I highly recommend that you do this too. Florence is such a beautiful city and spending just one night is not enough. You can also choose to skip Florence (save it for your next trip to Italy) to give you more time and flexibility to explore the Eternal City.

Temple of Jupiter – Pompeii, Naples, Italy

Some of the museums and ruins are closed on either Sunday or Monday or only open up to certain hours (both in Rome and Florence). To those who want to visit the Vatican for the Angelus (presided over by the Pope) or you wish to attend the Papal Audience, check the official Vatican website for the dates.

If you are applying for a Schengen visa, you can use this itinerary as a visa requirement. Consulates usually require you to present a day-to-day itinerary because of course, they want to have an idea of what you want to do on your trip. You can omit the overnight stay in Florence (so you don’t have to reserve a hotel in Florence – another Schengen Visa requirement) and just rearrange the itinerary.

Hope this helps if you are still in the planning stages of your trip. Shoot me an email if you have any question.

Check out the rest of my trip using the links below. I have also listed some Rome Travel Essentials you can book in advance for a better travel experience.

Private Transfer between Fiumicino Airport and Rome City Centre
Shared Shuttle Bus Transfer between Fiumicino Airport to Rome Termini Station
Omnia Vatican and Rome Pass | Roma Pass
Rome Hop-On Hop-Off City Sightseeing Bus Tour
Eurail Global Pass (Flexible Days)
MyWebspot Pocket Wifi Rental – I have personally used their services before and they are great especially their customer service!

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This blog post is part of my Italy Travel Diary Series. To read about the rest of my trip, click on the links below:

Day 1: Arrival in Rome – Trevi Fountain and Spanish Steps
Day 2: Colosseum and Roman Forum
Day 3: Vatican City (Papal Blessing/Angelus) and the Historic Centre of Rome
Day 4: Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Basilica and Square
Day 5: Naples Bus Tour/Pompeii Tour
Day 6: Arrival in Florence – First Class Guesthouse/Historic Centre of Firenze
Day 7: Barberino Designer Outlet
Day 8: Accademia and Uffizi Gallery
Day 9: Last Day in Rome – Night Views of the Colosseum and Castel Sant’ Angelo

Rome Airbnb Review: Spanish Steps Luxury Apartment
Rome, Italy: Photo Gallery
Florence, Italy: Photo Gallery


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