1st trip to Italy- advice please

Old Jan 23rd, 2006, 11:20 PM
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1st trip to Italy- advice please

2 adults, 1 teenager with 21 days to spend in Italy this May. Italy experts..what is our perfect itinerary? We have never been there and are open to anything. Would love and appreciate your suggestions as to what is realistic and what would make an unforgettable trip.Thank you
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Old Jan 24th, 2006, 05:06 AM
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Northern Itenerary:

Fly into Rome: 5 nights (side trip to Pompeii or whatever)

Then to a villa in Tuscany, with
trips to nearby towns and wineries: 5 nights

Then to Florence (day trip to Pisa): 4 nights.

Then to Cinque Terre (quaint towns), or the Lake district (views, hikes), or Bologna/Urbino region (food): 3 nights

Then to Venice: 4 nights
Fly home from venice

Somebody else can suggest a Southern Itenerary...
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Old Jan 24th, 2006, 05:18 AM
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Hi f,

>...what is our perfect itinerary? <

I haven't the vaugest idea. Your local library will have a number of travel guides to Italy that will help you to find your perfect itinerary.

You might wish to look up Italy under "Destinations".

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Your perfect itinerary is whatever YOU decide it should be. What made you decide to go to Italy? What about the country appeals to you? How can we guess what would work for you? My perfect itinerary might be automobile factory tours or biking the Dolomites or taking a two-week course in marble quarrying - would those work for you?

Suggest you get together and do some basic research and then come back here with specific questions. There are plenty of knowledgeable, helpful people here who can help you refine a trip once you have at least a few clues about what you want to do.
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Places you might visit:

-Florence (3 days minimum, unless you want to rush or donít want to see much)
-Day trip to Pisa
-Day trip to Siena (you could skip this, but it is a nice place)
-Venice (3 days include trips to Murano Ė the glass island, & Burano Ėthe brightly colored buildings and lace island)
-Assisi (2 or 3 days -very nice little town in Umbria, home of St. Francis. A nice place to relax a little. This was one of my favorite places.)
-Rome (4 or 5 days)
-From Rome take a day trip to Pompeii
-Capri for a day or two (I havenít been there but Iíve heard wonderful things)
-Milan for a day or two is an option
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We found that travelling with teens was enhanced by personal tour guides everywhere we went. They loved the structure and enjoyed learning (think of it as a flexible study tour). They loved Parma (www.parmagolosa.it, loved Rome, Venice and the shopping in Florence. My advice would be to hire guides when or if possible.
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Suggest that you get a copy of Dorking Kindersley's Eyewitness Guide for Italy, great book with lots of picture and maps, and have a family jaw jaw about which places everyone wants to go, so many facets of Italy, and then come back to ask questions about itinerary planning.
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