Slideshow: My Way Italy, Day by Day

  • Piazza San Marco in Venice, Italy

    My Way® Italy in 13 Days, Day by Day

    Not a group tour person? Enjoy the freedom (and savings) of independent travel — but with Rick Steves' Europe handling all your hotels and transportation. Our My Way® Italy vacation starts by following a route that connects Italy's must-see sights — from Venice to Lake Como, the Cinque Terre, Florence, Assisi, and Rome. We'll take care of all the logistics hassles so you can focus on choosing your own sightseeing priorities and pace. Hop aboard this slideshow preview of our My Way Italy in 13 Days adventure!.

  • Venice Grand Canal

    Day 1: Welcome to Italy

    Welcome to Italy! Today is a great day to simply get lost in Venice (remember, it's an island), exploring the alleys and cruising the canals. We'll meet at our hotel at 5 p.m. for a group get-together. Your tour manager will give an overview of the days ahead, answer your questions, and offer a quick orientation to our neighborhood. Then you're free for dinner on your own.

  • Day 2: Exploring Venice

    The entire day is yours to experience the Byzantine majesty of St. Mark's Basilica, the formidable Doge's Palace, the masterpiece-packed Frari Church, maybe take in a church concert, waltz on St. Mark's Square, or pub-crawl your way through this unique city.

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    Day 3: Lake Como

    This morning we'll say "ciao, Venezia" as we meet up with our bus and drive to Lake Como. Along the way, we'll stop to grab lunch before arriving at our final destination, where you'll have plenty of time to explore its romantic promenade, tiny harbor, and narrow lanes.

  • Varenna (foreground) and Menaggio, Lake Como, Italy

    Day 4: Cruising Lake Como

    All you'll need is a Lake Como ferry pass and you'll have the entire day free to explore the villages and waterways of romantic Lake Como, including elegant stops like Bellagio. Hike up into the alpine foothills for unforgettable vistas, or take an hour-long train trip to Milan for a day of city sightseeing.

  • Manarola (Cinque Terre), Italy

    Day 5: Italian Riviera

    Today's destination is the Italian Riviera, home to the cliff-hugging hamlets of the Cinque Terre, pastel beach towns, and stylish resorts. We'll arrive late this afternoon, with plenty of time to enjoy the pleasant eateries and ambience of our seaside town.

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    Day 6: Exploring the Cinque Terre

    Ahh, it's time to take a "vacation from your vacation" today in our Mediterranean getaway. Pick a Cinque Terre village and spend your day exploring the stairways and alleyways, sunning yourself on the rocks, or sipping a cappuccino and catching up on your journal at an outdoor café. Or, if you're looking for lots of exercise, fresh air, and panoramic views, start your day early and hike the cliff-side paths that connect the towns. For dinner tonight, enjoy what's local and fresh: the seafood and the "best pesto in Italy."

  • Day 7: Florence and David

    This morning we'll drive to Europe's cultural capital, Florence. This afternoon is yours to explore the Renaissance city, including Brunelleschi's magnificent cathedral dome, Ghiberti's Baptistery doors, and other creations that helped define this world-changing era. You could even take time to visit the Accademia Gallery and marvel at works of sculptural genius: Michelangelo's rough-hewn Prisoners and his greatest masterpiece, David.

  • Day 8: Renaissance Florence

    Today is yours to devote time to the breathtaking Renaissance art of the Uffizi — home to the finest collection of Italian paintings anywhere — including works by Leonardo, Botticelli, Michelangelo, and more. Or you could stroll across the delightfully medieval Ponte Vecchio and visit several of the city's art-filled churches and museums, browse the colorful markets, and find a special trattoria for dinner on your own.

  • Tuscany, Italy

    Day 9: To Assisi

    Today we'll venture into the heart of magical Tuscany, stopping for several hours to poke around the quiet lanes of a friendly hill town. This afternoon we'll make a modern-day pilgrimage to the beautifully preserved hill town of Assisi, the hometown of St. Francis.

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    Day 10: St. Francis' Assisi

    In a time of unprecedented church wealth, St. Francis inspired a refocused spirituality through poverty, humility, and the beauty of nature in Umbria. You'll have all day to experience the beautifully frescoed Basilica of St. Francis, and wander through (and wonder at) this charming town and its surrounding hills.

  • Day 11: La Dolce Vita Rome

    This morning we'll get an early start as we make our way from Assisi to Rome, with a quick stop for lunch along the way. Arriving at our Rome hotel this afternoon, you can enjoy dinner at the outdoor café of your dreams, then celebrate la dolce vita Roman-style with an after-dinner stroll through the floodlit heart of the city, lacing together lively campos, classy piazzas, and splashy fountains. Don't forget to sample some refreshing gelato along the way!

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    Day 12: A Day of Roman Roamin'

    Rome is the grand finale of our trip, packed with historical riches, cultural delights, and an infinite supply of wows. Today, aided by Rick's audio tours, you could follow the footsteps of emperors through the Roman Forum, Colosseum, and Pantheon. If the Renaissance is more your speed, the immense St. Peter's Basilica (home to Michelangelo's sublime Pietà) and the sprawling Vatican Museums (home to his mind-boggling Sistine Chapel) are a metro or bus ride away. It's your final night in Rome, so get out and make it special. Salute!

  • Day 13: Tour Over After Breakfast

    It's a breeze to reach Rome's airports by taxi or train. Your tour manager will help you with any post-tour planning, leaving you well prepared for the road ahead. Grazie e ciao!

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