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Forgive me if some of these are stupid questions. Just trying to figure out a few things. My daughters, ages 21 and 18 and I will be travelling in late May and early June - a girl trip!! We have 14 days on the ground. We fly into Rome and out of Venice and the itinerary is 4 nights Rome, 3 nights Manarola, 4 nights Florence, and 3 nights Venice. We have accomodations booked and except for Venice will be staying in apartments. In Venice we are in a B&B.

Here goes:

1. We are flying KLM and therefore transfer in Amsterdam before going to Rome. Can you tell me how customs will work in general, and specifically do we check the baggage all the way to Rome from our origination city or only check to Amsterdam?

If we go through customs in Amsterdam then there is nothing to do in Rome, correct?

Also we have 1 hour 25 minutes in Amsterdam. Seemed a little short to me, but I purchased the tickets directly from KLM so I guess they know what they are doing?

2. We will be using trains to go from place to place. I have been poring over the trenitalia site. It appears that I can save money by purchasing tickets in advance. Particularly on the Rome to La Spezia and Florence to Venice routes. So, if we purchase the advance ticket to La Spezia it would seem that we can easily purchase a ticket to Manarola upon our arrival at La Spezia station. Is this accurate?

3. We are considering stopping in Pisa on our way from Cinque Terre to Florence. The girls want to see the Tower and it makes logistical sense to me. Is there anything I should consider about why this might not be a good idea?

I understand that there is a place to store baggage at the Pisa station? This does mean larger luggage items and not just lockers for backpacks, etc. correct? Would you be comfortable leaving your luggage there?

The trains from Pisa to Florence seem to run often. Will we be able to see what we want to see in Pisa and then easily head back to the station and be able to purchase a ticket to go on to Florence?

OK, I'll stop there. Just the little things that I don't know and can't seem to find out that drive me a bit nuts when planning.

Thank you!

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