I am writing a fictional review of my visit to Italy, and need to write an itinerary. Where should I have gone, and how should I write it?

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readerofbooks | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

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If you need to write an itinerary, then you need a few key elements. 

First, you need to list the places you have gone in Italy. There are many great cities in Italy. So, your itinerary needs to be selective. Rome, Florence, and Venice make up a good one-week itinerary. It also make sense geographically. 

Second, you should write why you went to these cities. Rome is the the cradle of the ancient world. There you are able to see things like the Coliseum, the baths of Caracalla, Trajan's column, and much more. Also you are able to see Vatican city along with St. Peter's church. At Florence, you can see the epicenter of the Renaissance. For example, you can see the city of Giotto, Leonardo, Botticelli, and Michelangelo. And in Venice, you can see a city that is one with the sea. 

Finally, to make your itinerary more personal, you can write about the personal significance of what you saw. 

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So you have not been to Italy but you have to write and itinerary.  You are in luck because I was to Italy.  This was my itinerary.  You can find similar itineraries on other travel web-sites of tour companies that go to Italy.  I would change some of the wording by adding, deleting or combining the descriptions, so it does not appear that you just copied it from a travel brochure.  Will you also have to talk about what you saw on your pretend trip?  If you will maybe you will want to shorten your itinerary to a few locations or just Rome.  You could write about the sights your saw, the people you met and the new food you ate.  You could also make a pretend scrapbook with pictures you print from the internet with a few words that say something like:  This is a picture of the Vatican.  It was a hot day and I could not wait to get in.  I met a priest who gave me a special blessing in Italian.  (Describe the Vatican from what you read and see on the internet.)  Afterward I went to a cafe for gelato.  You get the idea.  Right? Good luck

Itinerary of Italy:  This is from my Trafalgar Tour:

Day 1 - ARRIVE IN ROME BY Plane (2 NIGHTS)
Welcome to Rome.  Spend the day relaxing or take a leisurely stroll around the city. See St. Peter's Basilica and other sights.

Day 2 - ROME SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME
Your included sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist begins at the Vatican Museums. Experience a Cultural Insight in the Vatican when you ascend the smooth and step-less spiral staircase designed by famous architect Donato Bramante. Admire Michelangelo's magnificent frescoed ceiling in the Sistine Chapel and then visit St. Peter's Basilica to see his famous Pietà. Your tour continues in ancient Rome. View the Forum and see the Circus Maximus, where chariot races were held. Visit the impressive Colosseum. There's time afterwards to explore the city on your own, or simply relax and watch the world go by!Buffet Breakfast

Day 3 - ROME - MONTE CASSINO - POMPEII - SORRENTO (2 NIGHTS)
Visit the Commonwealth War Cemetery near Monte Cassino. Your Local Specialist tells you all about the devastation caused by the eruption of Vesuvius in AD 79 during your walking tour of Pompeii. Arrive later at your hotel in Sorrento where you dine tonight.Buffet Breakfast,Dinner with wine
Corallo Authentic Accommodation/Majestic Palace/Johanna Park

Day 4 - ISLE OF CAPRI EXCURSION
Witness the intricate art of inlaid woodwork, a Cultural Insight for which Sorrento is famous. Later, embark on an included excursion by ferry to the Isle of Capri. Visit Capri Town and other sights during your tour with a Local Specialist. Spend time exploring this lovely island on your own. Perhaps consider visiting the villa of the Swedish doctor, Axel Munthe.Buffet Breakfast

Day 5 - SORRENTO - ASSISI
Assisi is a mystical town perched on the slopes of Mount Subasio overlooking the peaceful Umbrian landscape. Under the protection of St. Francis this city is still enclosed by medieval ramparts. Your Local Specialist takes you on a walking tour, which includes a visit to the Basilica of St. Francis, famous for its frescoes depicting the life of this much-loved saint. Spend time afterwards exploring on your own and shopping for souvenirs. Dine at your hotel this evening.Buffet Breakfast,Dinner with wine
Cenacolo Authentic Accommodation

Day 6 - ASSISI - VENICE (2 NIGHTS)
Today, enjoy the glorious countryside and historic architecture of the Emilia Romagna region. The area is also renowned for its cuisine such as Tortellini, Mortadella and Parmesan cheese, which you could sample during your lunch stop. Arrive later in Venice, Queen of the Adriatic.Buffet Breakfast,Dinner with wine
Grande Albergo Ausonia & Hungaria Authentic Accommodation

Day 7 - VENICE ORIENTATION AND FREE TIME
Your cruise by private launch to St. Mark's Square is magical! View the Bridge of Sighs, the beautiful Doge's Palace and the Basilica. Gain a Cultural Insight into the ancient art of glassblowing at a traditional workshop on Giudecca Island. Spend free time seeing the sights of your choice. You might like to cruise across the lagoon to the Island of Burano and enjoy a delicious seafood meal.Buffet Breakfast

Day 8 - VENICE - VERONA - MILAN - LAKE MAGGIORE (2 NIGHTS)
This morning travel to Verona, the home of Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers, to admire the Roman arena and Juliet's balcony. Cross the plains of Lombardy to Milan for a walking tour of this fashionable city with your Local Specialist. See the Duomo, La Scala Opera house and the famous Galleria. Dine tonight at your hotel.Buffet Breakfast,Dinner with wine
Simplon

Day 9 - LAKE COMO EXCURSION
Travel to the beautiful Lake Como with free time to explore or simply soak up the scenery. This evening, take a private boat to an island on Lake Maggiore for a special Be My Guest dinner experience.Buffet Breakfast,Be My Guest Dining

Day 10 - LAKE MAGGIORE - PISA - FLORENCE (2 NIGHTS)
Cross the Plains of Lombardy, the forested Apennine Mountains, and pass by Genoa to Pisa. View the extraordinary Leaning Tower before arriving in Florence, birthplace of the Renaissance. Tonight, you might like to sample some local Tuscan cuisine.Buffet Breakfast
Adler Cavalieri/Grand Mediterraneo

Day 11 - FLORENCE SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME
Your Local Specialist brings the city's rich history to life during your walking tour. View the Duomo and Ponte Vecchio and visit Piazza della Signoria. Enjoy spectacular panoramic views of Florence from Piazzale Michelangelo. Spend free time exploring or shop for high quality leather and gold.Buffet Breakfast

Day 12 - FLORENCE - SIENA - ROME
Set in scenic Tuscan countryside, visit the medieval town of Siena, famous for its exciting Palio horse race. This evening in Rome, join your Travel Director and new friends for a Farewell Dinner.Buffet Breakfast,Farewell Dinner
Sheraton Golf Parco De Medici

Day 13 - DEPART ROME
Say ‘arrivederci Roma' at the end of your memorable holiday in Italy. Transfers are available to Rome Fiumicino Airport. Conditions apply.Buffet Breakfast

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I agree with the before mentioned. Initially you should decide which parts of Italy you would like to see?visit. Italy has many attractions, but you can easily get an overview of the most popular spots in a matter of a few days. (I've done it). Here's what you can do:

If it's just a table that you need to submit, do the following...

  1. create a 5 column table in Excel or Word
  2. label the columns left to right: Day (e.g. Day 1), Place (e.g. Rome), Activity (e.g. Visit the Colosseum), Time Allotted (e.g. 2 hours)

Depending on how detailed you want your itinerary to be, you can add other columns such as mode of transportation, cost, etc.

If you need to write a detailed piece, you may...

  1. Use the first paragraph as your introductory, explaining why you decided to visit Italy and the places within it that you will see.
  2. Devote the following 2-4 paragraphs on the places you visited. Be sure to describe what you saw, the foods you tasted, the similarities and differences from your hometown, the people, the language, etc. You can label each paragraph, e.g. "Italy Day 1-3: Rome" "Italy, Day 4-5: Venice" "Italy Day 6-7: Florence." [Other places to go in proximity would be Tuscany, and Milan]
    • Rome: Vatican City, St. Peter's Basilica, The Roman Forum, The Colosseum, The Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, Fountain of Youth, Spanish Steps [have gelato, pastas]
    • Venice: Piazza San Marco, Grand Canal, Murano, St. Mark's Basilica [buy Venetian glass, eat specialty Magnum ice cream bars]
    • Florence: Accademia di Belle Arti di Firenze, Basillica of Santa Maria Novella, Duomo Square [see David, shop for high fashion]
  3. Your final paragraph should summarize your visit and state your overall opinion of Italy.

 Buona Fortuna!

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lsb14 | Elementary School Teacher | eNotes Newbie

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I agree with the before mentioned. Initially you should decide which parts of Italy you would like to see?visit. Italy has many attractions, but you can easily get an overview of the most popular spots in a matter of a few days. (I've done it). Here's what you can do:

If it's just a table that you need to submit, do the following...

  1. create a 5 column table in Excel or Word
  2. label the columns left to right: Day (e.g. Day 1), Place (e.g. Rome), Activity (e.g. Visit the Colosseum), Time Allotted (e.g. 2 hours)

Depending on how detailed you want your itinerary to be, you can add other columns such as mode of transportation, cost, etc.

If you need to write a detailed piece, you may...

  1. Use the first paragraph as your introductory, explaining why you decided to visit Italy and the places within it that you will see.
  2. Devote the following 2-4 paragraphs on the places you visited. Be sure to describe what you saw, the foods you tasted, the similarities and differences from your hometown, the people, the language, etc. You can label each paragraph, e.g. "Italy Day 1-3: Rome" "Italy, Day 4-5: Venice" "Italy Day 6-7: Florence." [Other places to go in proximity would be Tuscany, and Milan]
    • Rome: Vatican City, St. Peter's Basilica, The Roman Forum, The Colosseum, The Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, Fountain of Youth, Spanish Steps [have gelato, pastas]
    • Venice: Piazza San Marco, Grand Canal, Murano, St. Mark's Basilica [buy Venetian glass, eat specialty Magnum ice cream bars]
    • Florence: Accademia di Belle Arti di Firenze, Basillica of Santa Maria Novella, Duomo Square 
  3. Your final paragraph should summarize your visit and state your overall opinion of Italy.

 Buona Fortuna!

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