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16 day Italy -would appreciate feedback on itinerary

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With thanks to all who have responded to a previous posting about visiting Umbria/Tuscany, here is our revised itinerary for our entire trip to Italy in February. We're starting to plan the details, so any feedback would be greatly appreciated - haven't mapped out all the sites yet for each stop, just have notes of what we'd like to see.

Naples 3 nights – Wed. Feb 13- Friday, Feb.15
• Begin with Herculaneum Feb 13. We arrive by noon and want to be outside to adjust to time zone - neither of us jetlag too badly
• Feb 14 Pompeii/Vesuvius plus city at night
• Feb 15 Amalfi Coast plus Archeological Museum
• will purchase 3 day articard pass
• National Archeological museum W-M 9AM-7:30PM. see other city cites including Camponile at night
• Feb 16 - National museum and gallery of Capodimonte– 8:30Am-7:30 PM Th-Tues then train to Rome

Rome 3 nights – Saturday, Feb 16- Monday- Feb 18 (take night train to Orvieto on Feb 19)
• Take a 4 hr overview of highlights of Rome Tour either purchase on-site at American Express – or prebook Monumental Rome on Saturday
• 17th open to explore - going back to sites we want to spend more time on, etc - open to suggstions
• Jewish ghetto tour with Michaella 3 hr – Feb 18 at 10am
• Jewish Vatican detailed guide Vatican Tourist Office 3 hrs – Feb 19 10 am
• Appian Way catacombs of St Callixtus ?
• Will get tourist pass
• Take evening train on Feb 19 to Orvieto

Orvieto – Tues, Feb 19 and Wed., Feb 20 - 2 nights
• Arrive at night of Tuesday, Feb 19 and spend the night
• Feb. 20 Rent car in morning and drive to Pitigliano to take guided tour
• Return to Orvieto in late afternoon and visit underground historic sites and city
• Overnight Wed., 20 and leave early in morning of 21st to go to Siena

Siena – Thurs., Feb. 21 – 1 night
• Siena - Jewish quarter, synagogue w/ guide then tour rest of town; leave in morning

Florence – Friday, Feb 22 – Sun. 24 – 3 nights
• Leave Siena early to see small towns of Tuscany San Gimignano and Monteriggioni and Chianti winery on way to Florence. Drop off car and check into hotel
• Piazza Della Signoria early morning then visit Palazzo Vecchio
• Sat: Uffizi Room 2 Purchase tickets ahead – 8:15 – 6:50 Tues - Sat
• Church of San Miniato al Monte at sundown
• San Frediano after dark
• Il Duomo Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and the bell tower that is in the Piazza del Duomo
• Ponte Vecchio bridge and Bobolink Garden and Pitti Palace
• Sun morning: Synagogue and Jewish museum : Jewish Florence Walking Tours
• Sun afternoon: Galleria dell' Academia – Tues – Sun 8:15- 6:50
Leave Monday morning? later in day?

Take side tour to Pisa? don't see when it could fit in

Visit Verona on the way to Venice? Or day trip to Padua and Verona from Venice

Venice Mon., Feb 25 through – Wed, Feb 27
• Jewish ghetto
• View from Camponile San Marco and Piazzo
• Royal Palace - Segreti Palazzo Ducale tour
• Grand canal cruise
• Punta Della Dogana customs house
• Rialto Bridge
• Murano glass
• Day trip to Padua Verona?

Fly home on Thurs Feb 28.

Any thoughts welcome!! This forum is the best.

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