15 day trip to Italy

Jan 28th, 2017, 11:37 AM
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15 day trip to Italy

We fly in/out of Rome and would like to see Tuscany, Florence, Assisi and Cinque Terra. Fly in 3/29 and out 4/13. I would like thoughts on an itinerary and length of time in each area?
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Jan 28th, 2017, 12:37 PM
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Rome - 4 days including arrival day

Take train to Florence - 5 days
including one day trip to Siena or other Tuscan hill town- Siena is one of the best - about an hour by bus and a day trip to Assisi by train.

Train to Cinque Terre - 2 nights

Return to Rome by train.

About the best you can do to hit all those places in a relatively short time frame.

For lots on info on Italian trains - www.trenitalia.com - book your own high-speed long-distance discounted tickets online if you act early enough to get those limited in number discounted ducats- way cheaper than full fare; www.seat61.com; www.budgeteuropetravel.com and www.ricksteves.com.
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Jan 28th, 2017, 01:52 PM
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Or do Florence just itself and take train to CTerre and then at say La Spezia rent a car and drive via Pisa to Tuscany -hit a few hill towns and end up in Chiusi or Orvieto - return car and train back to Rome - if you want more of Tuscany that a day trip.
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Jan 28th, 2017, 02:53 PM
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Length of time anywhere depends on your relative interest in each place. Each person will tell you how much time they think you should spend, but none of us knows what you want to see/do, what's most important, what's less important.

Rome was not on your list of places to go, and Tuscany was the first thing you mentioned. Does that mean Tuscany is the most important part of your itinerary and that you don't plan to spend time in Rome? If so, you'll need to rent a car for a few days (or a week) and decide where you want to go. Florence and Siena are in Tuscany, but neither presents the experience of Tuscany that small towns do.

One way to go would be to pick up a rental car after you land in Rome and drive a short distance to, say, Bracciano (60 minutes) or Viterbo (90-100 minutes) for the night. Explore Tuscany for several days, spend one at Assisi, and end at La Spezia. Turn in the car and train to one of the CT towns for a couple of nights. Then train to Florence for your time there and train back to Rome. Depending on your departure flight time, you may need or want to spend the last night in Rome.

IMO, Assisi is not a great day trip by train from Florence. It's at least a 3-hour journey each way. But if you only want to see the basilica, perhaps that works for you. There are many other day trip destinations from Florence using public transportation that are much closer.
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Jan 28th, 2017, 03:44 PM
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Thanks for the question. We do want to spend time in Rome. Priorities are Cinque Terra and Tuscany. Brother suggested Assisi and Gubbio. Florence has also been highly recommended.
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Jan 28th, 2017, 04:01 PM
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I think you have a significant amount of time in this region of Italy...good for you! A thought...the cinque terre trail is partially closed, last I checked. Go to their national parks web site for more info. When we were last there we stayed in Santa Margherita, up further north towards Portofino...we enjoyed this area as there seemed to be lots of locals around, and easy trains to CT. And, you might be able to take a ferry of to the CT area instead of train (not sure at that time of year). I like PalenQ's idea of basing yourselves in Florence...so much to do in this region. And, agree about Assisi...that's located in far south-eastern Tuscany. Maybe allow a few nights stay in central Tuscany if you want to get to Assisi. Tuscany deserves an extended stay in my book. Trains to back to Rome are easy.
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Jan 29th, 2017, 02:02 AM
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An easy way to see Assisi is to go directly there from Rome, spend a night or two, and then take a direct train from there to Florence. I would not consider Gubbio, which is a city I really like, given your time constraints. It doesn't have a nearby train station, and it's really very far east of the rest of your destinations.

Assisi isn't in Tuscany, though. It's in Umbria. Gubbio's also in Umbria.

A good part of the lower trails in the Cinque Terre has been closed for over five years, due to a high risk of landslides. They won't be opening any time soon. The hillsides in the Cinque Terre were carefully terraced and planted with grape vines, which stabilized the soil. The growers meticulously maintained these terraces over the years. Now that so many of the inhabitants have turned to cultivating tourists rather than grapes, the terraces aren't being maintained as well as they once were. Someone who was born and raised in the Cinque Terre told us years ago of the risk that the land would become unstable.

The upper trails are all open; after all, there's not much land above them that could slide. You should have good hiking shoes for many of the upper trails, and be prepared for a good climb.

Here is the page that shows the trails in the Cinque Terre.

http://www.parconazionale5terre.it/E...ri-outdoor.php

If you click on a trail name, you'll see complete information about that trail.

The lower trails of the Cinque Terre begin with the number 592. Those that are closed have a red circle. The upper trails would include all of those that have a name of one of the Cinque Terre towns: Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza, and Monteroso. Trails in the same part of the list are probably also in the Cinque Terre, at least part of the way, even if they don't have a name including a Cinque Terre town.
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Jan 29th, 2017, 09:35 AM
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Fifteen days can seem like a lot of time, but you've listed several places that are not close together. Moving around takes time.

I think you need to spend some time with guidebooks and/or online travel resources to narrow down where you want to go and not just follow the suggestions of others. Figure out what you want to see/do in each place and try to estimate the time/days you'll need for your sightseeing. Then determine how long it will take to drive or train between points. www.rome2rio.com can get you started, but you'll want to verify train timetables.

Driving is fairly easy but does require some homework before you go to avoid traffic tickets, understand the city access and parking issues, documents required, etc. If this is your first trip to Europe or Italy, driving may feel daunting, and you might prefer figuring out what you could see using only public transportation which could be a lot but not everything on your list.
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