Since Italy and Netherlands are two comparatively easier countries for Pakistanis in terms of Schengen visa process; let me show you how you can plan an amazing vacation in Italy on your own.
Whether you plan on traveling to Italy solo, with your partner or family, here’s a suggested itinerary for spending 8 days in Italy, which covers all the Italian jewels spread throughout the southern Amalfi coast up to Venice.
Things to Do and See on Your Vacation in Italy
Day 1 Rome
Morning: Kickstart your day with the Rome Big Bus city tour.
- There’s a bus tour almost every 10-15 minutes from every tourist attraction of Rome, starting from 9 am till 6 pm.
- It is the cheapest and the most convenient way to explore Rome, which is overflowing with tourist attractions. No matter how long you extend your stay in Rome, you can only see all of it with a hop on hop off bus tour. This way it is easier to decide whether you want to spend time at the attraction or not.
- Classic route bus ticket is somewhere around 27 Euros/adult and 18 Euros/children.
Evening: Drop off somewhere near the Trevi Fountain or the Spanish steps.
- Have dinner at any nice nearby street cafe
- If you wish to take pictures without the crowd at Trevi fountain then you should wake up the next morning by sunrise and reach there as early as possible.
Day 2 Rome
Morning: Early morning around 6 am (if possible) visit the Trevi Fountain and climb the Spanish steps. [that is the only time you’ll find it uncrowded]
Afternoon: Visit the Colosseum and Palatino Hill
- Take a group walking tour
- Don’t worry if you have kids in strollers or partners in wheelchairs. There is a lift inside the Colosseum that is especially for these people, however, it’s better if your kids can walk on feet if they can, because of the uneven floor.
Evening: Villa Borghese
- Beautiful park with lots of attractions for kids
- Have dinner and enjoy panoramic views of red-roofed Rome at Casina Valadier Restaurant outdoor dining are, located at Pincio Promenade inside the park.
Day 3 Positano
Either you can take a day trip from Rome to Amalfi coast/Positano or stay a night in whichever town suits you best. Leave for Naples via train as early in the morning as possible. We suggest taking the 6 am train to utilize your day if you plan to stay the night in Amalfi/Positano.
Morning: Soak in the breathtaking views of Positano’s small sepia-shaded town and the deep blue sea
Afternoon: Take a cruise to the Emerald Grotto and the Amalfi coast
Evening: Walk down to the black pebbled beach and enjoy one of the best European romantic sunsets of your life [do take a lot of pictures and enjoy Mediterranian seafood dinner with a view]
Day 4 Rome
Morning: Get back to Rome and aim for the Vatican tour by midday
- If you’re not much of a museum person, just visit Saint Peter’s Basilica
Afternoon: After the Vatican tour, have lunch at roadside cafes, eat some delicious Gelato and head for Pantheon
Evening: Roman Forum
Day 5 Florence
Morning: Early morning train to Florence. Aim for seeing Florence Cathedral (Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore) after checking in your hotel
Afternoon: Galileo and Leonardo Da Vinci Museum
- The museums are honestly not kid-friendly at all
Evening: Head for Piazzale Michelangelo to catch the sunset with the beautiful red-roofed city view from above
- There are beautiful street cafes and restaurants where you can enjoy supper/dinner with the view.
Day 6 Florence – Pisa
Morning: Leave for Pisa by train/bus. Both take about 1 hour to reach.
- It is advisable to buy the tickets to climb the tower of Pisa ahead of your visit, online (which is for 18 Euros).
- The early you reach, the fewer people are in your pictures against the tower 🙂
Afternoon: Uffizi Gallery Florence
Evening: Spend your evening shopping souvenirs/jewelry and roaming on Ponte Vecchio (stone bridge above the river)
- If you have a love for bridges, you’ll enjoy the views for sure
Day 7 Venice
Morning: Gondola Ride
- It’s really hard to resist taking a boat ride through the canals of Venice, therefore check this one off the list as soon as you reach.
Afternoon: Doge’s Palace/Guggenheim Museum of Modern Arts
Evening: Spend a romantic evening at the Rialto Bridge and explore the busy market for souvenirs and foodstuff.
Day 8 Venice
Morning: Climb up the bell tower; Campanile De San Marco to see the romantic city of Venice from above
Afternoon: Head off to Saint Mark’s Basilica and be amazed by the mind-blowing works of art and architecture inside
Evening: Grand Canal cruise of Murano, Burano, and Torcello
- Drop off at Murano for seeing the beautiful works of stained and molded glass at Murano Glass Museum.
- Keep your camera ready for Instagram worthy shots of the colorful houses by the canal at Burano island.
Things to Eat in Italy for Muslim Travelers
There are a few Arabic, Turkish, Indian and African Halal restaurants in Rome and other big cities, but I would highly recommend trying Italian and Mediterranean meatless/seafood, pasta, cheese ravioli, pizza, and fresh salmon sandwiches.
Try different slices of Italian bread; my favorites are herbs and olive, pesto Focaccia and Bruschetta.
Also, don’t miss eating mouthwatering Italian Gelato every day, especially their signature Pistachio flavor. And of course macarons from Laduree and other local shops.
If you’re still missing desi food then log on to Halal Zabiha for good restaurants.