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5 week Italian itinerary help needed.

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Hi we are planning another 5 week trip to Italy. We have carefully read helpful posts (Ron in Rome and Tom in San Diego) on this site, as well as Trip Adviser, Slow Travel and Frommers. We have locked down our itinerary but still have some questions. So here is hoping that some well seasoned Italian travellers can help.

Milan 16 September 6pm arrival
Apartment booked in Navigli area (4 nights).
We want to see:
Last Supper (tickets booked)
Brera Pinoteca
Ambrosia Pinoteca
Parco Sempione and climb to the top of the Arco della Pace
and the Torre Branca.
Castello Sforzesco for a Tour - Completo dei Percorsi Segreti
Navigli boat trip
La Scala museum
Cimitero Monumentale - Sunday guided tour

Questions:
1. VIP Is there a TIM shop at Malpensa Airport where we can purchase a local SIM card for our unlocked phones?
2. Is there a Navigli night boat trip (not a dinner trip)
3. Is it possible to walk from the Navigli district to the Duomo
4. The tour we have booked for Castello Sforzesco is a tour of the secret passages (underground). I read somewhere there is a tour of the walls but cannot find any information about it.
5. We will take the train from Malpensa airport to Stazione Centrale. How can we get from there to the metro station Porta Genova in the Navigli district?
6. Is it worth a shopping trip to Il Salvagete Via Fratelli Bronzetti or Mercato Fauce Via Fauche?
7. Does anyone know where there is a supermarket in the Navigli district?
8. Does Milan have a transport pass? Can this be purchased on line?
9. Does anyone know how to navigate the tram system in Milan. Is there a downloadable tram map somewhere?
10. Are there any enotecas that have wine tastings of Lombardia wines?

20 Sept Train to Genova.
B & B Il Borgo di Genova booked 4 nights.
1 day trip to Camogli
Questions:
1. Is there a user friendly public transport system in Genova?

24 September train to Riomaggiore
Apartment 5Terre booked 3 nights.

We may do a walk with Pall (trekguy) if he is available.
Otherwise the time will be spent between the five towns with some walks on the shorter Red trail walks.

Questions:
1. Any suggestions for short, not overly arduous red trail walks?
2. Does the Tourist Office have good trail maps?
3. Does the 3 day pass include travel by boat as well? How often do the boats run?
4. Any suggestions for particular times to take photographs from the boat in the evenings of any particular towns?
5. Are there any supermarkets in Riomaggiore, or should we bring provisions with us from Genova?

27 Sept - Train - Riomaggiore to Lucca
B & B Il Seminario (booked 3 nights)
We want to visit Mercato di Lucca, Museo Nazionale di Palazzo Mansi and Museo Nazionale di Villa Guinigi.
Climb the Torre, visit the Duomo , Piazza del Anfiteatro, Torre dell Oro and Basilica San Giovanni e Reparata.
1 day visiting Pistoia.

Questions:
Where can we hire bicycles for cycling along the walls for a couple of hours?
Any suggestions of things to see in Pistoia?

1 October - Train Lucca to Firenze
B & B Cimbue 9 booked for 4 nights.
We want to see the Pitti Palace, Baboli Gardens, Piazzale Michelangelo, Medici Chapel, San Lorenzo Market
, the Baptistry and climb the Campanile.
If we can make the time, we will take a bus trip to Fiesole.
Questions:
Any suggestions for taking evening/dusk photographs of Firenze from Piazzale Michelangelo?
Where do we catch the bus for Fiesole from?

4 October - Train Firenze to Arezzo
B & B Il Gran Ducato booked for 3 nights
1 day bus trip to Cortona.

7 October Train - Arezzo to Orvieto
Instituto San Lodovico - booked 2 nights.
We want to see the Duomo, Pozzo San Patrizio and the underground caves.
Church of San Domenico, Museo del Duomo, Roca Albornoz
, Walk down Via del Dolci and through the medieval quater and along Viale Corducci.
Questions:
1. Is there more than one underground tour?
i.e. is the underground tour www.orvietounderground.it and the Grotte del Funaro the one and the same?
2. Are there regular tours in English?
3. Do we change trains in Tributina for Tivoli?

9 October Train from Orvieto to Tivoli
B& B Villa d'Este - booked 2 nights.
Question:
1. Is there public transport to get to Villa Adriana and Villa Gregoriana?
2. We need to take the train from Tivoli to Rome. Do we need to change again in Tributina?
3. Is there a way of getting from Termini to Piazza Navona - public bus/metro or do we just walk?


11 October Tivoli to Rome:
Apartment Campanella Gem booked 5 nights
We will visit Castel St Angelo, St Peter's (climb to the cupola), Scavi Tour (booked)
the Pantheon (evening tour), Campo dei Fiori and Villa Borghese.

Question:
What is the best way to get to the airport from Piazza Navona area. Our flight leaves at 11pm. We probably need to be at the airport 3 hours before hand.
Is there a tour of Castel Sant Angelo?

Readers will probably think that we have missed the main sights, but we have been to Milan, Florence and Rome before and have visited the Duomos, Vatican Museum, Colosseum, Forum etc.

Many thanks in advance to anyone who can assist us.


Read more: http://www.frommers.com/community/forum.cfm/europe/italy/desperately-seeking-information-italian-trip/.0#ixzz1TU0StPaf

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