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Barcelona/Rome/Florence/Amalfi: Have We Bitten Off More Than We Can Chew?

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Wow! Great to be back on these forums. We've spent the last decade focusing on the States, Canada, and the Caribbean with my 11 year old and now it's time to head over to the other side of the pond. We have 12 to 14 days to play with although my husband is leaning more toward twelve what with his work obligations etc. He **might** be able to be persuaded to go for the full two weeks with some cajolery ;)

So...My parents have both turned 70 this year and are celebrating this milestone by graciously treating us to my son's first European vacation. We are in the VERY preliminary stages of planning and have explored lots of options. Getting to Europe from NYC at a reasonable rate is critical. Initially, we wanted to use Meridianna/Eurofly and just use the full twelve days in Italy (fly from our hometown of NYC into Naples and work ourselves up north for our outbound flight from Milan) but their limited flight availability did not work. We are now working with a plan that would have us fly non-stop to Barcelona (one of our fave cities and it was the best price to get us to Europe from NYC) and give us three full days to explore the city and then fly to Rome (my son's whole sixth grade History curriculum was ancient Rome so this is a MUST) on Ryanair where we would stay overnight and then first thing in the morning drive to Amalfi. We'd spend a few days exploring the coast, drive back to Rome with a stop in Pompei and then have a few days in Rome one of which we'd use to take the train to Florence (there is no way we can be in Italy and not visit my husband's favorite city in the world! Don't even think of suggesting we eliminate this!) We would then fly Ryanair back to Barcelona and then on to NYC. All of these are places we've already been and will most likely return to, however we just want to give our Little Man a taste, a bit of an overview. What do you think of this itinerary? Keep in mind that we have been to all of these places before and the sole purpose is to really just get my son's feet wet in Europe, to pique his interest. And of course to eat tons of gelati, pasta and pizza! And have the added bonus of tapas and paella in Barcelona ;)

The other option would be instead of spending the first few days in Barcelona, heading to Rome etc and saving Barcelona for the way back since we need to be there for our return trip to NYC. Nothing in stone yet thus far. Would you work this out differently?

Grazie Mille in advance for your insight,
Lisa

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