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We are taking our parents for a long awaited trip to Florence and Rome. Like always, this is the forum that I turn to for help. I would need help with buses, trains, restaurant recommendations...and in getting my head around the itinerary.

Just a little background…my parents are 70 and 64 and the kids are 35. My parents are kind of active, however would find walking three - four hours in a day a bit of a stretch. Unlike our previous trips we would have to use a lot more taxis and public transport.

18th October: leave from London to Pisa (in Pisa at 9:15am)

Take a taxi from Pisa airport to the Field of Miracles. We plan to spend about an hour there and then take a taxi back to Pisa station.

- There are couple of places that we can get the train from- the airport and the station. Which would be better. Is it better to pre-book the tickets and stick to that. Or should we leave it for the last minute?

I was checking the 11:32 train on trenitalia and it mentions two stations for the same time for the train to Florence, what does that mean?

We have booked in for a night at Hotel Casci in Florence after reading its reviews on trip advisor. The plan is to be there by 1:00.

Is there a place around Hotel Casci where I could get good slices of Pizza/ paninis? We would like to get a quick meal.

We have the reservation at Academia for 4:30. My parents would rest for a couple of hours. I on the other hand am hoping to go to the Medici Chapels. I have been to Florence twice before and absolutely LOVE IT!!! However in both my trips I haven't made it either to the Medici Chapel nor the Pitti Palace.

I am hoping for a quick trip for a couple of hours and be back by four to pick up my parents.

We plan to spend a couple of hours in Academia and then take a taxi to Piazzale Michelangelo for the sunset. - if someone could give me an approximate idea about how much our taxi rides would cost...that would be great. Do we fix beforehand...or do we use metered taxis?

We would then like to go for dinner. We are looking to spend about 75-100 euros for the three of us. Also we are all vegetarians -so restaurants specializing in sea food are out...anything else is good. I had read amazing things about Restaurant called Leo on this board and tried looking for it last time we were in Florence...however it seems to have closed down.

19th October:

Rick Steves audio walk of the city - it is two hour walk...which is quite good. Last time we were in Florence we had taken the three hour Artviva - Original Florence Walk and can't recommend it enough. However for my parents I thought that an audio tour would be better as they can do it at their own pace.

We plan to go the Pitti Palace after the walk (if my parents are up to it).

I have read great things about Trattoria Tre Soldi- both on Trip advisor and through a friend...however it seems a little far from the main city. Is it worth the trek...or can we find similarly great options for lunch...closer to where we would be going?

How is Osteria del Cinghiale is quite close to Pitti Palace and might work for us, if we decide to go there.

19th afternoon we plan to take an afternoon train to Rome and be in Rome by 4:00.

Our Apartment link:

We have had very good communication with the owner till now. She has been extremely gracious and we are really looking forward to our stay here. I was extremely keen to get an apartment close to Piazza Navona and something with an elevator and two bathrooms. This apartment looks perfect for our needs.

For 19th evening we have an 20:15 appointment for Vatican by the night. Last time we were in Rome we chose not to go with the night tour because we felt that it would not cover a few things we wanted to see. However for my parents who can't continuously walk for hours on end...I thought this would be perfect...and they seem to agree. Also it would give us an opportunity to do both the day and night tour.

We need to get a quick dinner- maybe Pizza for this night. Is there anything near our apartment where we could get a quick pizza from?

20th October:

We wanted to keep the morning free to relax and walk around buy some groceries.

We have a 2:00pm reservation at Armando Al Pantheon. Have read it being recommended by quite a few posters here and it seems like a great place. Can't believe it they have a separate vegetarian menu!!

We then have a 5:00pm reservation at Borghese. This is probably my favourite museum and I can't wait for my parents to see.

We are hoping to get some things from the market and cook at home tonight. After dinner we plan to go to the Trevi fountain if my parents are up to it. Or just G and I would go.

21st October:

We plan to visit the Colosseum/ Forum and Palentine Hill today. However my parents can probably just visit the Colosseum as they may not be able to go up and down in the forum. Last time we did regret not getting a tour for Ancient Rome. Now the problem is that my Husband and I were hoping to take the 1:30 pm tour with Context Rome. My parents can't do a four hour tour. Our tour would cover Colosseum- and my parents would want to go to for that but not the rest. I don't know how we do this.

Go to Castel Sant'Angelo for sunset views over the city.

Any restaurant recommendations for today would be really welcome.

22nd October:

The plan is to do the Rick Steves audio tour of the Pantheon in the morning. We then plan to visit St Peters sometime during the day.

We would again need restaurant recommendations for today.

We are looking to spend around 50-60 euros for lunch and about 100 euros (without drinks) for dinners. If we can get one special restaurant recommendation that would be great.

Please let me know if you think this itinerary would work. Should we get the Roma pass? Are there easy links to public transportation from where our apartment is? If yes, are there any buses that would take us to the Vatican, trastevere area, Colosseum etc . Is there a website where we can look at the bus time tables?

We would welcome suggestions for anything that you feel might make our trip better.

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