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1st Italy Trip, please advise on Itinerary

1st Italy Trip, please advise on Itinerary

Feb 17th, 2003, 06:18 AM
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1st Italy Trip, please advise on Itinerary

This board had been incredibly helpful! We have 2 full wks for honeymoon in late June:
Tues: Arr Milan, to Varenna (Albergo Milano)
2 nights
Train early Thursday to Padua a.m., to Venice
p.m. (Hotel Galleria) 2 nights
Train Saturday to Florence 1 night (a cheap
but clean hotel--any recs?)
Rent car on Sunday morning and drive to S.
Tuscany (stay S of Siena--agriturismo
wanted, open to ideas/suggestions)
5 days in Tuscany/Umbria, 3 nights in one place in the south, then 2 nights somewhere (San Gimignana? Lucca? Chianti?) heading N towards La Spezia. Turn in Car on
Saturday in Pisa. Train to C.Terre for 2 nights (Riomaggiore). Monday early along the coast (Genoa?), afternoon head back to Milan,
Tuesday early flight back to U.S.

Thoughts or advice appreciated, especially on Tuscan/Umbria towns, Riviera towns and car rental points/info. Thank you!
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Feb 17th, 2003, 06:37 AM
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Hi E Roz,

Sounds like you have a nice loop planned. My only comment is I think you will wish you had more time in Venice & Florence. Is this your first trip to bella Italia? Maybe eliminate one destination & add more nights - especially to Venice.

Check about picking up a car in Siena on a Sunday - they may not be open on a Sunday.

Buon viaggio!
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Feb 17th, 2003, 10:07 AM
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I would also suggest staying one more night in Venice.
Also, if you are staying in Siena, why hotels in Florence, Lucca, etc? I believe that you can use Siena as a base and either train or bus or drive to the other places.
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Feb 17th, 2003, 10:14 AM
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I'd recommend reducing the number of different places you're staying in.
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Feb 17th, 2003, 10:20 AM
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Agree with Ira. Pick a town as base and go from there. Spend more time in Florence and Venice- maybe 2 in Florence and 3 in Venice (you could always head back into Florence from Siena/San Gimi. or wherever it is you will be staying to see more if you desire). Do not miss Assisi or Orvieto.

You don't want to keep moving from hotel to hotel- very tiring and time consuming for me to be packing up every other day. You have a great trip outline which will require your energies for both sightseeing, and (since it is your honeymoon) your new spouse!
Congratulations, and happy planning!
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Feb 17th, 2003, 10:47 AM
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Thanks gang, definitely food for thought. We only want to hit a few key sites in Florence. On staying in 2 diff. places in Tuscany, it seems like pretty long drives between Assisi and Lucca. Thought we'd stay in S. Tuscany near Montalcino area and day trip around there for 3 days-even head into Umbria (bicycle 1 day) and then head N and stay near San Gimignano on our way to C.Terre. There are so many wonderful choices in Tuscany.
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Feb 18th, 2003, 06:43 AM
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