Europe Forums

Post New Topic

Recent Activity

View all Europe activity »
  1. 1 Milan/Venice/Florence in October?
  2. 2 Charming hotels in Paris, please help.
  3. 3 Help on ancient history route
  4. 4 Italy in January?
  5. 5 Switzerland in October
  6. 6 Please help: Swiss Pass/Lucerne/Engadine?
  7. 7 Paris - Top Foodie Eats? Staying near Le Marais
  8. 8 2 days in Lugano area
  9. 9 Charming Balcony Hotel in Le Marais?
  10. 10 Trip Report Scotland & UK: 2 weeks with Sheep & Cows
  11. 11 Tuscany First Time
  12. 12 Dordogne for 6 full days in early September itinerary for comment!
  13. 13 Short Trip in Spain taggin along work trip
  14. 14 Trip Report This Pirate goes to Penzance, and then on to the land of Fire and Ice
  15. 15 Recommendations
  16. 16 Searching for a restaurant in Le Marais for Sunday lunch in August
  17. 17 PORTO (???) combine with Galicia??
  18. 18 Sicily in 3 Weeks
  19. 19 Trip Report 3 Weeks in Sicilia!!
  20. 20 Language course in Trieste, Northern Italy
  21. 21 Paris- restaurant
  22. 22 4 Days in Europe! Paris, Lisbon, or...?
  23. 23 4 nights in Provence, advice
  24. 24 Iceland car rental agencies
  25. 25 Day Trip to Capri: Advice Needed
View next 25 » Back to the top

Itinerary Plea - 14 nights, first trip

Jump to last reply

I'm planning our first trip to Italy - "our" meaning myself, 13 yr old son and possibly husband. Dates are firm - mid March, and coming from one night in Paris (quick dr. appt.), flying from Paris to save time. 14 nights sounds like a decent amount of time, until you look at all the places you want to see! Priorities are food, neighborhoods, atmosphere with a reasonable amount of art and churches. Son has way more interest in Italian food than Italian art, and I don't want to make this a Bataan death march of churches.

My thoughts so far are:
Fly into Venice. 3 nights.
Train to Florence. 2 nights (more to get a taste for it than to see every single thing; hence only 2 nts.)
Train out of Florence, pick up car someplace manageable. Would like to see Siena, Montalcino, not sure what else. 4 nights roaming around?
Then to Rome - drive part way, hop on a train? 5 nights Rome?

I'm somewhat bothered by only going to the obvious places, but since this is a first trip, I think perhaps this approach works best? I skipped Cinque Terre because we are not hikers. At all. We love trains and boats, though. I'm sad to miss Amalfi, but am thinking that's a second trip - Amalfi, Puglia, Sicily, etc.

Would greatly appreciate input on all of the above - am I on the right track, wrong track, too much time, not enough, best way to attack Tuscany, etc. I find we have the best time when we wander around and only do one or two monuments/museums/cultural things per day. In Paris, we like sitting in cafes and watching all the dogs go by, and in Scotland we loved driving around Skye, baaing at the sheep! Sad, but true.

Thank you in advance for any advice you can offer. Realize the weather might not be great, but will do almost anything to avoid crowds and oppressive heat.

11 Replies |Back to top

Sign in to comment.

Advertisement