Tour planning is all about making good choices and balancing the things you want to do with what’s practical. This, however, is easier said than done, especially when visiting culture-rich places like Italy. With its fascinating cities, quaint villages, and small towns, surrounded by spectacular landscapes, it can be challenging to put together a trip that will cover everything you want to see and do. You need mad research skills if you want a DIY itinerary, but you can always turn to tour operators if you want something that’s pre-packaged and designed to help you make the most out of your tour. Many companies even provide customizable options, so you can include places you absolutely must see.

One of the main challenges people face when planning an Italian adventure tour is trying to cram all the places and destinations they want to see in one trip. This, however, isn’t the best way to experience the magic of Italy. Overloading your itinerary will not only lead to tight and difficult to follow schedules, but to missed opportunities to see the real beauty of Italy’s best attractions. Trying to visit more places than you can is also a sure recipe for a stressful holiday.

A good rule to follow is to take time to feel Italy’s unique rhythm—slow and steady. This is the best way to take in the sights and really experience the country’s unique culture, whether you are visiting major cities or staying in smaller villages and towns. If Rome is your absolute must-see, consider spending at least 3 days in the capital. This will give you a good amount of time to visit quintessential sites and then some. Venice on the other hand, is good for a side-day-trip, but if you can, it is also worth an overnight stay, especially if you want to experience its beauty at night.