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I give up!!! Need some itinerary help please!!

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Apparently planning a trip when you are older when you have children is much more difficult than when I was younger with just me and my husband. Planning the kids into the trip (girls 7,9 and 13) isn't the issue..it is my crazy schedule and lack of focus! I would love some advice and help (positive comments please..life is hard enough!)

Delta changed our plans on us after we had already put deposits down for accomodations so it isn't as ideal any more but we will manage. We won't be changing them ;) My husband is also accustomed to international travel and driving (we've always rented a car on our European trips)

Our trip is in mid September

Thursday morning arrival to Rome. Pick up car and head for the long drive to Lucca. Ideas for where to stop and stretch our legs? Park in the free lot and take a cab in (as suggested by the apartment owner) Rest, relax, walk around, go to the grocery store etc...go to bed early!!

Friday Pisa..will get tickets soon (my youngest isn't old enough for the tower which is fine with me..not a fan of heights) walk around town (suggestions?) head to lunch then back to Lucca...ideas for lunch? Doesn't have to be in Pisa...anywhere is fine! Afternoon my oldest daughter and I may go on a 2 hour horse ride outside of Lucca..my husband will rent bikes with the girls etc..back in Lucca.

Saturday- adventure park in Selva del Buffardello - San Romano in Garfagnana. Done around noon...ideas for lunch or afternoon excursions? Was thinking the beach or Volterra..other suggestions?

Sunday cinque Terre (my husband I were there pre kids) Drive to ? Then take the train in to Riomaggiore? Take path to Maranola (we swam there last time...still a good place?) hike to Corniglia then take the train back from there? Open to ideas..seriously I think the kids have fried my brain.

Monday morning- leave for Orvieto. Staying at a farm outside, about 10 km. Any place to stop and see on the way? Won't be in a hurry. Just laze around when we get there..swim in pool if it is nice etc...

Tuesday- Orvieto. Do the underground tour, see the duomo. Anything else we must see or do? Best place to park? Good spot for lunch? Afternoon the girls will do a cooking class at the farm and we will eat dinner there.

Wednesday- Dureta. We went there last time. I think the girls will love seeing them painting pottery. We bought some bowls last time so it would be nice to add to our collection. Not sure where to go from there? Need some suggestions please! Then relaxing back at the farm.

Thursday- take train into Rome (dropping car in Orvieto) need to make a train reservation? Arrive at station and take cab to hotel. Check in and relax for a bit. Staying at Relais Badoer. Head to the coliseum...probably do an audio tour..or look into the ones offered through there (suggestions? Don't want to do an organized tour) 5:30 pm free Rome tour then dinner (not sure where?)

Friday- Vatican (need to wake my brain up and figure this out..plan on getting there as early as possible) Lunch? Afternoon head to the cat sanctuary, walk around park..relax. Dinner??

Saturday- take car service to airport (no idea what time our flight leaves..think around 1 pm)

Nothing is set in stone...with kids we will be flexible..if we miss out on things totally fine..but want to have things we can choose to do.

Any and all help is very welcome and needed!!! Thanks :)

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