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We Leave For Italy In 6 Days!!

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A year in the planning, and it is finally happening. I have so many mixed emotions right now; apprehension, excitement, nervousness, elation, peace, joy and outright terror that I am not only leaving my home town but my country as well!! I checked out the KLM website and there are a ton of movies and shows to watch on the way over, (we are flying out of LAX, into Amsterdam and then onto Milan.) I have heard good things about KLM as well as Air France, that is our return flight out of Rome.
So, this weekend will be all about packing, carrying the backpacks around town to see if they are too heavy, seeing the in-laws and making sure my daughters studies are all caught up.
I really don't have any questions, just needed to air out my nerves a bit. Do other people get this way before a big trip or am I just neurotic?
Also, I wanted to thank everyone who helped me over the past year in planning this trip. St.Cirq, Zoecat, BobtheNavigator and so many others really helped me put together what I hope to be a wonderful family memory.
Here is the final itinerary, just in case you missed the first bazillion posts!
October 6th arrive in Milan, a car will be waiting to take us to Lake Como, I am sure we will be exhausted!
October 7th no plans,
October 8th Train from Como to Lucerne Switzerland for the day, have to go there since we are so close!
October 9th Train to Venice
October 10th-11th soak up Venice
October 12th Train to Florence
October 13th-14th Florence
October 15th Train to Siena, pick up car and drive to San Gimigiano, (get to stay at a farmhouse that bobthenavigatior recommended, complete with cooking classes, how lucky am I :) )
October 16th-17th Visit Volterra at some point during this time
October 18th Drive to Orvieto, check out the Monster Garden on our way as well as the town that Twilight was filmed in.
October 19th Drive to Sorrento, drop off car
October 20th Day trip to Pompeii, the hotel in Sorrento is driving us to Pompeii and giving us a tour.
October 21st Hotel is taking us to Rome in morning, that night we have a night tour of the Vatican, someone on these boards mentioned that the night tour was amazing so we re-worked our schedule to fit it in, really looking forward to this night!!
October 22-26 Rome, we have a couple of tours booked during this time, but nothing too big, I just want to soak up Rome, eat gelato and enjoy!!
Thanks again for all the help, and for letting me get out some of my nervous energy....now I am off to pack!!!
Gypsygurl

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