Any good suggestions of whether traveling Italy + vernice for 12-16 days is enough? Or I can add more places around Europe? (:
Have abt 12-16 days. Am thinking of going to parts of Italy (Milan, Rome etc) + Vernice. Need good itinerary and affordable and comfortably places to stay!
Traveling around Italy, is renting a car recommended? To other parts of Europe, which are the places accessible by car?
If it were me personally, I would stick to Italy. You'll have time to spend about 3 days each in Rome and Florence, maybe two days each in Venice and Milan, and then still time to go to places like Assisi/Cortona/Tuscany tour, Pisa, Cinque Terre, Naples, Verona, Lake Como, etc. You definitely won't get to see all of Italy and I don't think you'll have much time to experience much of another country.
I'm not sure what kind of accommodations you would like (hotel/hostel), but I traveled and stayed in hostels while I was in Italy, and I never had a bad experience. I would suggest using hostelworld or something similar if you are going in that route. There are usually some really good hostels within walking distance of most of the sights and night activities and within walking distance of the train station.
As for a car, unless you absolutely have to have one, I wouldn't bother and instead use the trains to get from city to city. For bigger routes (and maybe for smaller routes too), you can buy your tickets ahead of time online. I also bought my smaller, day-trip tickets the day of or the day before at the kiosk in the train stations. Super easy and convenient.
If you do decide to go somewhere else in Europe, France and Switzerland are only a few hours by train (It was about 8 hours from Paris to Milan for me), so you have those options as you go as well. I would stick to Italy though... there is so much to do and see and I wouldn't stress anything other than really seeing Italy and giving yourself a day or two extra to make your plans as you go along (maybe you'll decide you want to spend an extra day in a city or take a train somewhere for the day).
You'll also want to factor in time to eat pizza and gelato! Enjoy! about 5 years ago
Flew into Rome spent 4 days then took train from there to Chiusi where we picked up a rental car at Hertz which is within walking distance from station. Drove up through Tuscany and stayed 4 days outside of Sienna and used that as our base to see all of Tuscany then returned rental in Siena and took the train into Florence for 3 days then onto Venice by train for 2 days then train to Milan for 3 more days but made sure to take day trip to Lake Como. Viator was a good company to book tours with. Make sure to take bike tour of Florence! almost 5 years ago