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Old Aug 8th, 2014, 07:37 PM
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It is never to early to start "looking", ladydem! My first trip was planned 7 months out and that, these days, doesn't seem like enough time.

You can browse some guidebooks at your library or big box book store. Those might also help you "visualize" where you want to go.

I love Venice and think the kids would also enjoy the "differentness" of it. The masks in the windows, the very colorful buildings, the pigeons in San Marco.. one or two days would be great!

If you are on a budget, consider planning the trip around the airfare. For instance, many first-time travelers don't realize how inexpensive inter-country travel can be in Europe.

You might be able to get cheap round-trip fare to Milan or Frankfurt. Even Paris. From there, tickets from Paris-Venice and Rome-Paris could be substantially less than what you'd pay for hometown-Rome and Venice-hometown.

My daughter and I found great R/T fares to Paris, and then (because we planned so far in advance) were able to find cheap fares on Ryan Air and Easy Jet to get to Venice and back to Paris from Rome. Less than €30 per person per trip! (This also works from the US-side. If I can find a great fare from Houston or Austin [I reside near Dallas], then I'll consider driving down the 3-5 hours to take advantage of it.)

So, don't limit your "in" and "out" airports. (This past spring, I found it cheaper to fly home from Florence than Venice or Milan, so ended my trip in Florence to take advantage of the fare.)

You will all have a great time, I'm sure. Please note that if you are going to Venice, make sure to have Off towelettes- there can be mosquitoes that time of year.

Buon viaggio!
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Old Aug 8th, 2014, 08:24 PM
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Lake Garda would be a good choice..or to still see some of Venice and be on a beach, stay on the Lido in a beachfront hotel and take boats into Venice. It would the kids a break.
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