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mstatiana Jan 8th, 2014 07:25 AM

11 days in Italy- Where do we go?
My boyfriend and I are going to Italy for 11 days. We are planning on doing 2 days in Rome and 1 day in Venice but are not sure about which other places to choose. We do not like resorts, museums, tours, and city life (Rome is the only exception). We love the water (Coastal areas), wine, food and beautiful views. Below are a few options that I've been reading up on. Which is the most beautiful and the the one we would enjoy the most? Do we have time to do 2?

Amalfi Coast- Sorrento, Capri
Cinque Terre
Ligurian coast
Lake Region
Tremitri Islands

Please help!

Rubicund Jan 8th, 2014 07:32 AM

If you only have 11 days, does this include arrival and departure days? If so, your time on the ground is quite short so you need to limit your travelling between places to a minimum so that you don't waste it.

Two days in Rome isn't enough and one in Venice is a waste of the travelling time. You need IMHO at least 3 nights in each place to do them justice. This doesn't give you time to see much else, so I'd recommend flying into Rome, 3 nights in the Lakes and then Venice, from where you'd fly home.

PalenQ Jan 8th, 2014 07:33 AM

When are you going? Time of year makes a big difference.

Off hand I'd say the Amalfi may be one of the best options given your preferences - so so much to see and do there - not only the Amalfi but Pompeii, Capri, Ischia, Paestum, ascending Mt Vesuvius to the crater

You certainly have time for one other place and each of your options could be great for your tastes - the Cinque Terre is neat but sadly overrun with tourists in summer, negating the normal romantic atmosphere but if going outside of the summer rush it can be so neat.

All of your options are neat places that will fulfill your wish list. Can't go wrong.

Are you going by train oar?

bobthenavigator Jan 8th, 2014 07:44 AM

In 11 days I would pick 3 total destinations:

Ligurian coast/CT--4

That is a full plate.

clausar Jan 8th, 2014 08:38 AM

The places that you mentioned would leave you no time at all for Greece.
You can save Greece for another visit.
Personally i find Monaco less appealing, compared to all the other places that you have listed.

mstatiana Jan 14th, 2014 03:45 PM

Thanks for your responses. I will be going the first week of May and the 11 days do include travel days.
Which is more beautiful CT/Ligurian or Amalfi/Capri?

bobthenavigator Jan 14th, 2014 03:57 PM

Hugely different !
The AC is more spectacular but also harder to get to---you may not have time. Do you have a good map?

mstatiana Jan 14th, 2014 04:45 PM

Yes I do and maybe I could take a bus or train

bobthenavigator Jan 14th, 2014 05:22 PM

Of course you can, but you will spend an entire day between going and coming, and time is what you do not have.

Read about the AC--it is really 5 destinations and takes time.
The CT is much closer and can be enjoyed in 2 days.

jamikins Jan 14th, 2014 05:26 PM

Agree with Bob. As it is you will spend a lot of precious time in transit just to get to cinque Terre. I would pick two locations nod drop that myself and enjoy the time in rome and Venice rather than in more transit given your short time frame.

TexasAggie Jan 14th, 2014 06:53 PM

Early May isn't really beach weather in either the CT or the AC in my experience. The sea is still quite cold until mid-June

mstatiana Jan 28th, 2014 06:09 AM

Thank you all for your comments. We have decided to Venice, Rome Tuscany and Sorrento/Capri/Positano.

Mimar Jan 28th, 2014 06:42 AM

Not sure how you're going to fit all those places into 11 days. More is not better, especially in Italy. Are you modeling your itinerary on a bus tour? Traveling independently is not the same, takes more time.

Are you flying into and out of Italy? If you don't already have your tickets, do an open jaws (multi-city) flight, say into Naples or Rome, out of Venice. Starting in the south where it's warmer. Such a ticket should cost about the same as a round-trip ticket and save you the time and expense of backtracking.

As a rule, in Italy you need to be in your departure city the night before you leave.

mamcalice Jan 28th, 2014 06:54 AM

SInce your 11 days includes travel to and from Italy, you really only have 9 days on the ground. You can't enjoy and experience 4+ locations in 9 days. Choose 3. Perhaps Rome, Tuscany and Cinque Terre. Fly into Rome and out of Pisa or vice versa. Or Rome, Tuscany and the Amalfi Coast, flying into Rome and out of Naples. This will be pretty rushed but 4 destinations will be chaotic.

cruiseluv Jan 28th, 2014 07:30 AM

sorry, but it sounds like a nightmare of a trip (albeit to lovely locales). You're totally underestimating the time you'll have to spend transferring from one place to the next. Good luck.

pctraveler Jan 28th, 2014 07:34 AM

I have been to Italy many times and I feels strongly that your plans are overly-ambitious. Limit yourself to three cities: fly into Rome -- 3 nights there, then to Florence (Tuscany) for 3 mights and then to Venice for 3 nights and home from there. Until you have done a trip like this, you may not realize the time that it takes to get from one city to another via train. Basically, you get up, eat breakfast, taxi/walk to the train station, buy your tickets, figure out how to use the schedule board, find the right track, get on the train and get to your destination city. Then you have to find your hotel and voila, it is mid-afternoon and most of that day has been spent traveling.

I know this because it has happened to me. So limit your destinations, and enjoy Italy. Besides, rarely does one take a single trip to Italy. It is a magical place!

annhig Jan 28th, 2014 08:25 AM

mstantia - we did whirlwind trip like this round northern Italy when we were young, but with one difference - we were driving and apart from our first stop in Venice we booked hotels as we went along and moved on when we'd had enough.

High spots? Lake garda, where we spent a night, Florence - ditto, and Venice where we spent 3 nights at the beginning. Regrets? not spending long enough on Lake Garda, or in tuscany, where we moved on too quickly.

we have rarely regretted spending longer in a place but we have regretted leaving too soon.

it can help to set out your days in tabular form:

Day 1 - arrive in ? Venice. sleep Venice.

Day 2 - Train to Tuscany [where?] arrive at about lunchtime. Check in. [by now it's mid afternoon] spend rest of afternoon exploring ?

Day 3 - Tuscany

Day 4 - travel to Sorrento/Positano [do Capri as a day trip]

Day 5 - 8 - Sorrento

Day 9 - train to Rome. arrive about lunchtime.

Day 10 - Rome

Day 11 - go home.

for my tastes you have far too much time travelling/orienting yourselves, and not enough time seeing and doing things. you could borrow a day from Sorrento and give it to Rome, but then you've only got 2 days for Sorrento, Capri and Positano.

3 places would be just about doable, but beyond that, IMO it's just too much.

mstatiana Jan 30th, 2014 07:09 AM

I think you are all right. I think I will add some days because I cant pick which cities to drop off my list! Hopefully my boss and kids won't mind. Thanks for your advice. If you have any recommended places sites/restaurants within these cities let me know.

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