Before embarking from Nice, be sure to venture to the picturesque Place Rosetti to visit the cathédrale Saine-Réparate, and walk the dazzling Promenade des Anglais on the Baie des Anges.
In Santa Margherita, explore its stunning castle, built in 1550, stroll the scenic city square lined with colorful palaces, or venture to nearby Portofino, the playground of the rich and famous.
A late stay in Portovenere follows, where brightly-colored houses hug the harbor below the spectacular Castello Doria. A trip up the hill rewards with panoramic views of the Gothic-era San Pietro Church, rugged cliffs, and scenic harbor.
With an overnight in Livorno, you’ll be at the gateway to Florence’s classics—the David, the Duomo, and the Uffizi Gallery—and Pisa’s famous leaning tower. In Portoferraio, on Elba, visit Napoleon’s villas (he was exiled here for a decade), and take a cable car climb to the top of scenic Mount Capanne.
In Olbia, or “happy town,” must-sees include the medieval San Simplicio basilica, and the Museo Archeologico di Olbia, with artifacts from Roman warships and exhibits dating to the 8th century BC.
Where better to conclude your intensive Italian discovery than the Eternal City of Rome? Stay a few days to take in the most iconic sites—from Vatican City, the Colosseum, and the Spanish Steps, to the Roman Forum and Trevi Fountain. Ciao!