12 Day Italy Itineraries

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  1. Describe your dream 12 day Italy itinerary.

  2. We match you with up to 3 top travel specialists (travel agencies). They compete to plan your vacation.

  3. Book the trip when you are satisfied.

A custom Italian vacation is uncompromised. It stuns and inspires from its iconic countrysides and marvelous culture to the astounding testaments to Western Civilization around every corner. Embrace quintessential experiences alongside hidden gems, all with a personalized itinerary. Design your 12-day Italy itinerary with Zicasso and witness its intoxicating charm firsthand.

Sample Itineraries

Get inspired with our sample trips below. You can have any trip tailor made for your private travel. Any number of days.
Any departure date. Any experience you want.

Italy's Lakes District Tour with Cinque Terre

Italy's Lakes District Tour with Cinque Terre

12 Day Custom Tour

From $3,295

This tour is for everyone who’s ever wished for two weeks of utter relaxation; for everyone who’s ever sought out the tiny towns and hamlets instead of the well-worn tourist trails; for everyone who’s ever longed for an authentic travel experience. This is the trip for everyone for whom Italy is so much more than Florence and Venice and Rome, and it’s the trip that you’re sure to remember for the rest of your life.

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View of bridge leading up to the Scaliger Castle in Verona, Italy

Highlights of Northern Italy Tour: Venice to Turin

Highlights of Northern Italy Tour: Venice to Turin

12 Day Custom Tour

From $3,295

Peaceful lakeside villages, forests with celebrated white truffles, and bright towns overlooking the Ligurian Sea combine to bring your picture-perfect personalized Italy tour through the splendor of the north. The Italian Alps feature sparkling lakes and expansive vineyards that produce sophisticated wines. Dramatic cliffs plunge into Lake Garda while small bars in Venice offer enticing traditional cuisine. Whether enjoying everything from the rugged mountains to the quiet plains or indulging in the diverse flavors that are unique to each town, village, and city, your Northern Italy tour unveils unrivaled charm and sophistication.

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View of the fountain in the Piazza Navona in Rome, Italy

Immersive Italy Vacation: North to South

Immersive Italy Vacation: North to South

12 Day Custom Tour

From $3,295

Interweave luxury and culture, authenticity, and heritage during your custom-tailored Italy tour brimming with exclusive experiences. Wander the galleries of the Vatican with a guide before the doors open to the public, enjoy a simple pastry after witnessing the intricacies of Michelangelo’s David, explore the vast halls of the Uffizi Gallery after-hours and immerse yourself into the secrets of the Venetian Republic uncovering hidden histories akin to legend. Whether indulging in fashionable company in Milan or relaxing with a glass of delicious wine in Montalcino, your Italy vacation brings the best of La Dolce Vita’s many opulent pleasures.

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Medieval city of Matera in Southern Italy during a sunset tour

Exclusive Southern Italy Vacation: Sorrento, Matera, Ostuni

Exclusive Southern Italy Vacation: Sorrento, Matera,...

12 Day Custom Tour

From $7,195

Embrace the soul of Italy found in history, culture, and cuisine on your custom-tailored Italy that will take you away from the beaten path to explore rugged coastlines, pristine beaches, historical towns, and archeological treasures. Stretch your legs along the Amalfi Coast and expand your understanding of ancient heritage found along the peninsula dating back to the Greeks. Uncover brilliant Baroque architecture and charming fairytale homes, the splendor of Capri and the charm of contemporary caves. The distinctive spirit of Southern Italy takes you from the Tyrrhenian Sea to the Adriatic on an immersive scenic tour of villages, customs, and scenery.

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Traditional houses (trulli) in a quiet village in Puglia, Italy

Off the Beaten Path of Italy Tour

Off the Beaten Path of Italy Tour

12 Day Custom Tour

From $3,295

Authentic culture and fascinating history accentuate the beauty of the Adriatic coastline during your custom-tailored tour of Italy that will immerse you in the true beauty of the land and sea. Experience the splendor of the preserved heritage in the trulli of Alberobello and the intriguing antique design of Castel del Monte. Indulge in the flavors of wines produced in Abruzzo and rustic cuisine capturing the hearts of the Pugliese. Antique fishing methods retain their intrinsic value, and gilded mosaics in fascinating cave dwellings bring indelible wonder. Castles, medieval towns, ancient grottoes, and heartwarming locals touch on the authentic life of Italy.

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The colosseum at sunrise in Rome, Italy

The Best of Italy Tour: Rome, Amalfi Coast, Island of Capri and Tuscany

The Best of Italy Tour: Rome, Amalfi Coast, Island...

12 Day Custom Tour

From $3,547

Italy is ready to embrace you. Immerse yourself in its beauty and allow it to change you. Soak up the sun at outdoor cafés and stroll through piazzas in Rome while sampling gelato. Admire the view as you wind around the dramatic Amalfi Coast. Dive into a cooking class taught at a traditional farmhouse kitchen. Sail away to the glamorous island of Capri and take a dip in the Mediterranean Sea. Sample fine wines at scenic vineyards amidst the rolling hills of Tuscany.

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12 Days in Italy at a Glance

12 Day Italy Itinerary at a Glance

With its rich history, stunning landscapes, and delicious cuisine, it is no wonder Italy is one of the most visited countries in the world. There are so many legendary landmarks, idyllic coastlines, and historical wonders to explore, making Italy the perfect place to spend a memorable 12-day vacation.

Regions

Lombardy, Veneto, Tuscany, Lazio, and Campania are just a few of the 20 regions that make up Italy. Each area has unique characteristics, including local customs, traditions, foods, and dialects. Lombardy’s highlights include the fascinating city of Milan and nearby gorgeous area of Lake Como. The floating city of Venice is the main site in Veneto, while the Renaissance city of Florence and endless vineyards are the trademarks of Tuscany. Lazio is home to Italy’s capital city of Rome and a myriad of historical landmarks. Further down the coast is where you will find Campania, home to the thriving city of Naples and beautiful Amalfi Coast.

Climate

Italy has a Mediterranean climate, and experiences the changing seasons of Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer. The late Fall and Winter months tend to be wet and even snowy in northern regions, while the Summer months are hot and dry in most spots. Overall, the southern areas of the country and island of Sicily have slightly warmer temperatures than areas along the northern border.

Population

Italy has a large population, and is home to over 60 million people. Many inhabitants live in and around the major cities of Rome and Milan, which are both major tourist attractions as well as important business centers. Rural parts of the country and smaller regions tend to be more sparsely populated.

Religion

The predominant religion in Italy is Roman Catholicism, with over 70% of Italians identifying it as their religion. The Roman Catholic church is headquartered in Vatican City, located just outside Rome.

Language

Italian is the national language of Italy, and the language you will hear the most during your 12-day trip. Local dialects are also common, and change from region to region. You may also encounter people who can communicate in English. This is especially true in the large cities and around tourist attractions.

Currency

The European Euro is the national currency of Italy and the most common form of payment. Credit cards are also typically accepted in most areas.

Where to Visit in 12 Days

You can immerse in all Italy has to offer during a 12-day tour of the country. Two days in Milan, two days in Venice, three days in Florence, three days in Rome, and two days in Naples is a great way to break down your time. In Milan, you can explore the grand Milan Cathedral and famous La Scala Opera House. Venice provides the opportunity to discover a truly unrivaled destination through a boat ride, a walk across its historic bridges, and a tour of St. Mark’s Square. While in Florence, you can feel the history of the Renaissance come to life through the amazing artwork found in its many museums and galleries, and take a day trip to nearby Pisa to climb the legendary Leaning Tower. Just as impressive is Rome, where historic attractions such as the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Pantheon can be found around every corner. Nearby Vatican City, home to St. Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican Museums, is another site not to be missed. As you round your trip in Naples, you can visit Mount Vesuvius and the ancient remains of Pompei, as well as enjoy the gorgeous Amalfi Coast and idyllic town of Sorrento.

Best Time to Visit Italy

For the best weather, the ideal times to visit Italy are late Spring, early Summer, and early Fall. During these months you will find ideal temperatures in the 70s Fahrenheit in many locations. These times of the year also tend to be less crowded than the main Summer months. July and August are considered to be the hottest and most busy months of the year. One exception to this is the first half of August, during which many places close for vacation. This is important to keep in mind if planning a trip during this month.

Essential Experiences in Italy

Memorable experiences can be found in every Italian city and town you visit. Here are some of the essential cities and attractions you will not want to miss:

Experience Immersive History at the Colosseum and Roman Forum

The ancient sites of the Colosseum and Roman Forum provide an in-depth look into the history of the city and are amazing ruins to explore and learn about with a local guide.

Marvel at the Unique Florence Cathedral

The gorgeous Florence Cathedral is full of history and home to wonderful works of art and intricate details.

View the Epic Work of Leonardo da Vinci’s "Last Supper" Painting

Located within the former refectory of the Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan, Leonardo da Vinci’s renowned painting is awe-inspiring and a quintessential piece of history.

Explore the Beauty of St. Mark’s Square

As Venice’s main square, St. Mark’s is the perfect place to immerse in the Venetian culture and visit the stunning St. Mark’s Basilica.

Travel Considerations

Weather

Italy can be toured and experienced year round, even if the weather conditions are not ideal. However, if you would like to avoid the coldest and hottest times of the year, you should consider not traveling in the Winter months of December, January, and February, as well as the Summer months of July and August. Spring and Fall have the most pleasant and comfortable temperatures. Rain may be encountered in any city, but the rainiest months tend to be November and April. Many landmarks and attractions can still be visited in inclement weather, and there are numerous indoor options in every city as well, such as museums and churches. Your Zicasso travel specialist can help plan alternate activities for any day the weather is a concern.

Transportation

There are many transportation options available to you during your 12-day vacation in Italy. High speed trains, buses, rental cars, and escorted tours are all readily available. It is important to remember that most rental cars are manual and not automatic, and there are many hills and changing landscapes as you travel from one region to the next. When you travel with Zicasso you can rest assured all your transportation needs and logistics will be taken care of so you can relax and enjoy your vacation.

Packing

What to pack is an important consideration when traveling abroad. Regardless of when you visit, a good mix of clothing is always suggested. Clothes that can be layered, such as sweatshirts and jackets, are helpful for changing temperatures throughout the day. Comfortable walking shoes are also essential for touring and walking around cities and towns. Even if traveling during the Summer months, you should still bring shawls, lightweight jackets, and pants, as some attractions, such as churches, require shoulders and/or knees to be covered in order to enter.

Weather Considerations:

Since rain or inclement weather may be encountered during your trip, raincoats and umbrellas are good to have on hand. Hats and sunblock, as well as reusable water bottles can also be very helpful when the weather is warm.

Electrical Considerations:

You should plan on bringing a few adaptors and converters with you as Italy utilizes European standard electrical outlets. If you plan on charging and using electronics from home, such as cellphones and laptops, these will be needed.

Pharmaceutical Considerations:

We always suggest you bring ample amounts of medications and prescriptions with you when traveling abroad, especially for a 12-day trip. There are pharmacies easily accessible in most cities, such as Rome and Florence, but not all medications may be available.

Cultural Considerations

During your Italian vacation, you will find most Italians very friendly and accommodating to visitors. Besides the numerous landmarks that can be found all over the country, there are also beautiful open areas and parks for you to relax in and enjoy. Public restrooms can sometimes be difficult to find while out touring, so you should always take advantage of restrooms at museums, restaurants, and your hotel. In regards to meals, it is customary for places to close for 1-2 hours during the afternoon, which is when many Italians take a long break and head home for lunch. Italians also usually eat dinner later in the evening.

Travel Insurance

You’ve booked your dream vacation, now protect it with travel insurance. A wide range of factors can leave your vacation in limbo. Medical emergencies, inclement weather, and unexpected cancellations can cause turmoil for your trip, so in the unlikely event of a disaster, get the travel insurance coverage that provides peace of mind. To get a quote, visit our travel insurance page.

Flights Via Zicasso

Zicasso Air Desk is an international air ticketing service that eliminates the stress of finding and booking the right flights for your upcoming vacation by employing the same personalized service you can expect from planning a trip with Zicasso. Our competitive flight pricing, 24x7 Service & Support, and Complimentary Consultation of Routing vs. Pricing with an Expert Flight Specialist make finding the perfect flight for your trip effortless.

Travel Documents

When planning for your trip to Italy, it is essential to have the necessary travel documents with you. Doing so will allow you to be prepared and help ensure a smooth and easygoing vacation. Here are some of the most important documents you will need:

  • Passport
  • Airline tickets/reservations
  • Hotel reservations/confirmations
  • Pre-purchased tickets for tours and attractions
  • Emergency contact information
  • Personal medical information, including current health conditions and medications
  • Travel and medical insurance (see above section regarding this)

Your Zicasso travel specialist can provide further requirements that are specific to your trip, but responsibility always lies with the traveler to ensure that all is in order.  Travel requirements can and do often change, so it is crucial to stay updated as your trip approaches.

Finances & Tipping

Questions about tipping and finances are often on the minds of many international travelers. In Italy, tipping is not considered required in many circumstances. For waitstaff, a few euros are acceptable. Similarly for tour guides, tips of between 5-10 euros are customary depending on the length of the tour. Your Zicasso travel specialist can provide more guidelines for any other staff you may want to tip. ATM machines can be easily found in most cities, and credit cards are also widely accepted in most areas.

Safety and Accessibility of Resources

Italy ranks as one of the safest countries in Europe, so you can feel calm and secure during your 12-day vacation. Many of the country’s landmarks and attractions are closely monitored, and emergency resources such as law enforcement and hospitals are readily available if needed.

Crime Rate

In recent years, Italy’s crime rates have been declining and are overall at lower levels than many other countries. One of the most common crimes that does occur is theft, so always keep your personal belongings secure while out in public and utilize hotel room safes if they are available.

Things to look out for

Crowded train stations and busy tourist sites are some of the main places that petty thefts can occur, and tourists can unfortunately become targets for pickpocketing. Purses and wallets should always be held in front of you, and always stay aware of your surroundings.

Medical & First Aid

Hospitals and urgent care centers can be found in many of Italy’s major cities, including Rome, Milan, Naples, Florence, and Venice. Common medications can also be found in many pharmacies located in the main cities as well. In the event of a medical emergency, you should notify emergency personnel, including the local embassy, and proceed to the nearest hospital. It is highly recommended that all international travelers consult with a primary care physician prior to traveling, and this information is not intended as a substitute for personalized guidance from a doctor.

Water & Food Safety

Italy’s food is known to be safe to eat, and the country is home to some of the best cuisine in the world. The water in Italy is also safe, including water from public drinking fountains. As a member country of the European Union, Italy’s food processes and procedures are monitored and held to the highest standards. If you have any food allergies, you should discuss these with your travel specialist and keep a list of your allergies, written in both English and Italian, with you during your vacation.

Travel with Zicasso

When planning a luxury vacation, every detail matters, which is why our approach is different. We will match you with leading travel specialists who are the most qualified to make your dream trip happen. They know their country better than anyone, and each travel specialist in Zicasso’s network is among the finest travel agents and tour operators, comprising the top tier of the industry. Experience the wonder of an exceptional itinerary crafted just for you.

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