Italy is a gorgeous country spotted with ancient history, beautiful works of art and marvelous architecture. Even the hamlets in between major cities are picturesque and relaxing. No matter how you travel through Italy, you are bound to be delighted by the local culture and cuisine. For this trip, consider getting some cheap tickets to Venice, spending a few days in that beautiful city, then traveling south through Modena, Florence, Siena, Grosseto and finally Rome. From there, you can return to America in style.
Venice - 3 days
Once you've bought some cheap airline tickets for a trip to Venice, you had better remember to pack your camera. The city is full of great buildings and romantic canals. TimeOut magazine recommended relaxing with a wine tour as a great way to take the edge off your jet lag and see some sights. Once you've seen the Grand Canal and enjoyed some gelato, head to the piazza San Marco and visit the Basilica di San Marco and the Torre dell'Orologio.
Modena - 2 days
Modena is a smaller city, but it's a great place to relax after a busy few days in Venice. Stroll through the Modena Cathedral or take in an opera at the Teatro Comunale di Modena. Rent a bicycle and enjoy the countryside before taking to the open road again.
Florence - 3 days
The next major city on the itinerary is Florence. Here you can see the famous statue of David by Michelangelo and cross the medieval bridge Ponte Vecchio. There are many museums and cathedrals to explore, so be sure to plan accordingly. It's probably a good idea to hire a guide - that way you won't miss out on anything.
Siena - 1 day
As you head south, you should stop off in Siena for a rest. It's a good place to spend the night, enjoy the balmy Italian air and put your feet up. If your thirst for ancient monuments isn't quenched yet, this small city still has plenty to offer.
Grosseto - 1 day
This small town has two majors draws: Its spas and its history. If you just want to relax, head to the spa for a day tranquility. If history is more your thing, visit the archeological dig at Roselle, which is a great place for a hike.
Rome - 4 days
End your trip in the great city of Rome. Visit the famous Colosseum and ancient pantheon. Wander through the museums to see hundreds of masterpieces and view huge stone monuments. You can even take a day to leave Rome, by visiting Vatican City! At the end of your trip, head to the efficient Roman airport and return to the U.S. completely relaxed.