Italy and Croatia 5-week itinerary

Italy and Croatia were two destinations we were incredibly excited for!  Here is how we planned our Italy and Croatia Itinerary.

Our trip to Italy and Croatia began with a flight into Rome.  We were in Rome for only 3 hours before we got onto a bus and headed south to Naples.  (Bus ride length: almost 3 hours)

Naples

In Naples we spent 2 nights.  We visited Castles, the historical center and ate some of the. best. Italian. food. ever.  We wish we had booked an extra night here in order to visit Pompeii since it is so close! Oh and of course, to eat more food. 

We then took a ferry from Naples to Amalfi. (ferry ride length: almost 2 hours)

Amalfi Coast

We spent a total of 6 nights on the Amalfi Coast.  We spent 3 nights in the town of Agerola and 3 nights in Vietri Sul mare.  We saw the most breathtaking cliffside views and the prettiest coastal towns, took some sun and swam in the sea, and ate the best lemon sorbet.

From the town of Salerno on the Amalfi Coast, we took a bus to Bari on the eastern Italian Coastline.  (Bus ride length: 4 hours)

Bari

We spent 4 nights in Bari and took advantage of that time to visit as much of the eastern coastline as we could.  We visited the beautiful white town of Ostuni, as well as the amazing seaside town of Polignano a Mare.  We wish we could’ve added a whole week along the eastern coast since it is so undiscovered and there are so many amazing places to visit.  Definitely somewhere we plan to return!

From Bari, we took a bus to the town of Ancona. (Bus ride length: 6 hours)

Ancona

In Ancona, we only spent one afternoon.  We came to this town for the sole purpose that this is where we would be taking our Italy to Croatia ferry.  It is an overnight ferry and we got to Ancona at about 3 p.m. so we had just enough time to get some food, walk around the main shopping street and get ready for boarding.

Just as the sun was setting, our ferry left the port of Ancona to head towards Split, Croatia.  (Ferry ride length: 11 hours)

Split

We got to Split at around 7 a.m and we had until 4 p.m before we would be getting on another ferry.  A few hours in Split was plenty of time for us to walk around the town, visit the Game of Thrones store, get some food and sit on the waterfront promenade.

We then took a ferry from Split to the island of Braç. (Ferry ride length: 1 hour)

Braç

We spent 3 nights in the town of Bol on Braç island.  We swam in the clearest water in Croatia, ate some amazing food and saw the most beautiful sunset ever.

After Braç, we jumped on another ferry and headed to the island of Hvar. (Ferry ride length: 1 hour)

Hvar

We spent 3 nights on Hvar and could’ve spent another 10 easily.  Amazing stone architecture, nightlife, restaurants, outdoor gyms, and beaches are what await you on this island.

After Hvar it was time to head back to the Croatian mainland, and to the city of Dubrovnik. (Ferry ride length: 3h30 minutes)

Dubrovnik

We spent 2 nights in Dubrovnik.  Being big Game of Thrones fans, walking the Dubrovnik wall and seeing many set locations was definitely a highlight we will not soon forget.

After Dubrovnik, it was time to head back to Italy.  We took a flight from Dubrovnik to Milan. 

Milan

We spent 3 nights in Milan.  Milan was probably our biggest surprise of the entire trip.  We had very little expectations and we were mainly just going to visit some family, but it turned out to be a city we absolutely love and cannot wait to go back to!  From the architecture, to the restaurants, the nightlife, the museums, the cathedrals and the overall atmosphere, there is something there for everybody!

After Milan we hopped on a bus and headed over to Venice.  (Bus ride length: 5 hours)

Venice

We spent only 2 nights in Venice and in our opinion, it was enough to see all the highlights, although it is possible to spend a whole week here enjoying the beauty and the history all around. 

From Venice we took the train to Cinque Terre.  (train ride length: 6 hours)

In retrospect, if you can find affordable flights from Croatia to Venice, it is more time efficient to fly to Venice and then head over to Milan and finally to Cinque Terre.

Cinque Terre

 We spent 3 nights in this gem of the Italian Riviera.  We fell in love with the laid-back atmosphere, the beautiful towns and the amazing food.

After Cinque Terre, we took another train to Florence.  (Train ride length: 3 hours)

Florence

We spent 3 nights in Florence and it is definitely one of the most beautiful cities we have ever stepped foot in.  Incredibly beautiful and surprisingly affordable, it is an absolute must on any Italy itinerary.

After Florence we headed to our last destinations: Rome.  (Train ride length: 2 hours)

Rome

We spent 3 nights in the historical center that is Rome.  Absolutely love everything about it and we know we will definitely be going back one day.

There will be blog posts coming about all these destinations in much more detail soon!  We absolutely loved this part of our trip and can’t wait to share it all with you!  If you have any specific questions you would like answered, feel free to share them in the comments below!

Lots of Love,

Ben and Bianca

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