Traveling for 2 Weeks Exploring Northern Italy: Ultimate Adventure Itinerary

Hello, my fellow travelers! I wanted to write about traveling for 2 weeks exploring northern Italy. But, I want to open up a little to you. I try to give as much inspiration as I can by exploring new countries, experiences, and cultures. I then try to get to the nuts and bolts of everything including how much everything actually costs. Sure, Italy sounds amazing, but if your 1-week vacation is going to cost more than you’d like to imagine, that trip could just be a pipe dream. I don’t want travel to be a pipe dream, I want to show you that you can afford the trip of a lifetime and have memories you can cherish forever. I live by this motto; Collect Memories, not Things.

Let the inspiration Begin…

Now here’s Italy! Full of life, love, and amazing food (Italy is not just Vespas and pasta). Embark with me on a two-week Italian escapade through Milan, Venice, Rome, and Florence. Discover the beauty of these iconic cities, indulge in exquisite cuisine, and enjoy seamless ItaliaRail journeys. Here’s your travel guide, complete with all the important aspects needed for you to plan your future trip.

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Milan: Days 1-3

Begin your journey in Milan, Italy’s fashion and design hub. Explore the stunning Duomo di Milano, visit Leonardo da Vinci’s “The Last Supper,” and stroll through the picturesque Brera district.

Milan is Italy’s chic metropolis, and it captivates us with its fashion-forward flair and historic treasures. The iconic Duomo di Milano, a masterpiece of Gothic architecture, graces the skyline. Explore world-class museums, such as the Pinacoteca di Brera, and indulge in delectable Milanese cuisine. Don’t miss out on the shopping paradise of Via Montenapoleone, where high fashion meets haute culture. Milan, where style meets substance.

I stayed at a hostel called Hotel Midtown. Centrally located, but it’s better for solo/backpack travelers than families. I paid USD 125 for 2 nights.

The average price of hotels: USD 220 a night, I suggest staying at the Duo Milan Porta Nuova.

Average cost of meal: $3.50-$16 a meal, per person. I suggest eating at Blue Milano

Venice: Days 4-8

No trip traveling for 2 weeks in northern Italy is complete without including Venice. Venice, Italy’s enchanting city of canals, transports you to a world of wonder. Glide along picturesque waterways in iconic gondolas, lose yourself in the labyrinthine alleys, and marvel at St. Mark’s Basilica’s Byzantine beauty. Discover the art of Venetian glassmaking on Murano Island and savor exquisite seafood in cozy trattorias. Venice is a timeless masterpiece of romance and history.

I had fun walking through the winding alleyways and bridges of Venice. It is a city that is beautiful to explore and get lost in. There are no cars in the city, so walking is the best way to get around/ You can take water taxis everywhere as well. You can also see down the canals of Venice the house entrances from the water vs. the street. I stayed at an Airbnb right on the canal that you can see here.

The average price of hotels: USD 150 a night, I suggest staying at the Ca’ Pisani Boutique Hotel

The average cost of a meal: $35 per day, per person. I suggest eating at Osteria La Zucca

Rome: Days 8-12

Rome beckons with its ancient wonders. Visit the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, and indulge in authentic pasta. Don’t forget the Vatican City. I stayed in this beautiful AirBnb right in the center of Rome. Rome should be in your planned trip while traveling for 2 weeks in northern Italy.

Also known at the Eternal City, it’s a captivating blend of ancient wonders and modern vibrancy. Its ancient history is one of the reasons I really enjoyed this city. Imagine walking around New York City, and you look over a fence to see a statue that’s been around over 1,000 years.

Explore the Colosseum’s grandeur, marvel at the Pantheon’s architectural brilliance, and make a wish at the Trevi Fountain. I threw a quarter into the fountain and made a wish *shhh, it’s a secret don’t ask* . Savor delectable Roman cuisine in charming trattorias and soak in the city’s rich history at every turn. Rome, where past and present intertwine seamlessly.

The average price of hotels: USD 330 a night, I suggest staying at Hotel Colosseum. .

The average cost of a food: USD 50 per day, per person. I suggest eating at Regoli Pasticceria, I ate here every morning before a day of exploring.

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Florence: Days 12-16

Yes! It is possible to also visit Florence while traveling for 2 weeks in northern Italy. This was my last stop in Italy before I had to fly home, and I loved the beauty of this city. I wish I had taken the time to explore the Tuscan region. Alas, I had no car and it was cold in February. Florence in its own right is just as beautiful and full of amazing restaurants to eat at. Leather in Florence tends to be about 20-30 Euros more expensive than in Rome.

Florence is Italy’s Renaissance gem, and it should be explored thoroughly. I spent time visiting the famous works of art such as Michelangelo’s David at the Accademia Gallery. It stands in all it’s glory in the center of the room on a base that’s about 10 foot high. I also strolled across the Ponte Vecchio which has small shops to purchase anything from jewelry to leather good. Make sure to explore the awe-inspiring Florence Cathedral. You’ll be able to immerse yourself in the birthplace of the Renaissance, where every cobblestone street exudes history. Florence is a living masterpiece of art and culture.

If you couldn’t tell, I’m a bit of a history buff. I stayed at a AirBnb while in Florence.

The average cost of hotels: USD 250 a night, I suggest staying at the Hilton Florence.

The average cost of food: USD 40 per day, per person. I suggest eating at Trattoria Sabatino.

Transporting While Traveling For 2 Weeks in Northern Italy

I ended up taking the train with ItaliaRail. Travel was seamless between cities with ItaliaRail, ensuring a comfortable and scenic journey. The trains travel at speeds over 200 MPH, so train rides would only be around 1 hr – 1:30 hours between each city.

There you have it, my traveling guide for 2 weeks in Northern Italy. I hope you plan on visiting soon, Italy was a dream destination for me, and I know many of you agree as well.

Tell me, have you been to Italy? What’s your favorite places to go?

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