Europe Forums

Post New Topic

Recent Activity

  • How do you plan your trips?
  • Please help us learn by participating in a brief survey.
View all Europe activity »
  1. 1 What tips can you give about packing?
  2. 2 Train in Switzerland from Basel to Zermatt to Zurich
  3. 3 Experience with Earthbound Tours
  4. 4 Greek Islands (small)
  5. 5 Taking a high speed train from Rome, Italy to Venice, Italy for a day trip.
  6. 6 Trip Report Houses, Gardens & Walking in England
  7. 7 Scotland in 7 Days
  8. 8 Trip Report Azores
  9. 9 Madrid, Barcelona and .....
  10. 10 Booking trains in Europe (Venice to Chur)
  11. 11 San Francisco retirees would like to move to Paris for a year- crazy idea?
  12. 12 What's the biggest mistake you made on a European trip?
  13. 13 Climbing Ben Nevis in June
  14. 14 Cascais or Algarve?
  15. 15 Souvenirs to collect while backpacking?
  16. 16 Cotswolds cottage ideas
  17. 17 Advice on car and getting around Aeolian Islands
  18. 18 Splitting 11 days between Amsterdam and Dubrovnik
  19. 19 Bergen Hotel -- near Port ?
  20. 20 NO Luggage Storage at Padua train station?
  21. 21 Opinion on sights in Florence
  22. 22 roaming Prague...but for how long?
  23. 23 Short Trip in July
  24. 24 Barcelona to Paris - Road trip in between?
  25. 25 Planning a solo trip mostly to France, advice please!
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