Best Itinerary

We visited five cities: Milan (to see Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper), Venice (so Jen could see it before it sinks), Orvieto (a hilltop town with a great church in the middle of Italy to avoid a really long train ride), Sorrento (because Jen hadn’t been south of Rome and it was a good place to be for travel to Capri and Pompei), and Rome (because it’s the place where we’ve spent the most time so it feels familiar). We had a nice balance between north and south, big city and small town, and we enjoyed seeing some new sites while revisiting some old favorites. We also varied the pace from “dead run” to “hand appliqué.”

Although only two of us went on this trip, the award for best itinerary has to go to the one who stayed home! Steve researched the guidebooks, visited the Internet sites, and came up with the perfect Master Plan (complete with hotel reservations) for his wife and daughter. We couldn’t have done this trip (plus my usual travel schedule, plus take care of Mom) without him. He took care of the home front while we gallivanted around Italy. Are we blessed or what?!

  • Day 1: Fly to Italy
  • Day 2: Arrive in Milan. Find hotel, eat, overnight in Milan.
  • Day 3: Morning: City Tour including La Scala Opera, Galleria, Duomo, Last Supper (only way to see it without reservations). Afternoon: Walk among the spires at the top of Milan’s Cathedral. Buy pick-nick supplies for late lunch on afternoon train to Venice.
  • Day 4: Take boat down Grand Canal to hotel, eat, overnight in Venice..
  • Day 5: Visit St. Mark’s, see view from top of Bell Tower, take boat to island of Burano to see lace-making, eat, overnight in Venice.
  • Day 6: Explore Venice, take afternoon train to Orvieto, eat, overnight in Orvieto.
  • Day 7: Explore open air market, see church, train to Sorrento, eat, do laundry, overnight in Venice.
  • Day 8: Explore Sorrento, visit Pompei in afternoon, eat, overnight in Sorrento.
  • Day 9: Day trip to Capri, visit spa, chairlift to top of Mt. Solaro, eat and overnight in Sorrento.
  • Day 10: Train to Rome, visit St. Peters, eat, overnight in Rome.
  • Day 11: “Grosseria,” Spanish Steps, shopping, Pantheon, Piazza Navona, Campo di Fiori, St. Peter’s, eat, overnight in Rome.
  • Day 12: Fly back home.


Thanks also to Donata Gervasi from Avezzano, Italy for suggesting some super things to do and see!