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Old Dec 23rd, 2015, 09:11 AM
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Pick a different kind of itinerary that takes you to experiences you want to have.
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Old Dec 23rd, 2015, 09:25 AM
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Here's an idea for you for February in Itay:

Instead of flying to Rome, fly to Naples and go to Sorrento. It will be the height of the lemon season, and your chances of it being sunny are just about as good as it gets for February in any country you are going to. If it is sunny, you can also take a bus from Sorrento to see the spectacular Amalfi coast.

To make that trip work, it would be really good if you cut Brussels and Florence out of your itinerary.

So your trip would then be Amsterdam>Paris>Sorrento>Rome>Venice
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Old Dec 23rd, 2015, 12:45 PM
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Just one thing to consider: weather.

February is winter all over Europe. Odds are high that you have bad weather whereever you are - heavy rain, mist, fog, even snow.

When you are in cities, bad weather is not really a problem. You can go into museums and strolling through town is possible even if the weather is bad (with an umbrella).

But I consider it as highly risky to travel several hours back and forth for a destination which works only if the weather is fine. This was the reason to warn you to go to Lake Como and it also applies to Amalfi Coast. Chances are high that you don't see any mountains at Lake Como in February because they are in clouds. The gardens are barren in February. Lake Como is a typical summer destination. But do what you feel you must do. It is your decision. I will go skiing in February.

The towns of Tuscany are o.k. if the weather is bad, also Venice.
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Old Dec 23rd, 2015, 02:17 PM
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I would not rate the odds as high for bad weather on the western coast of Italy. Around Sorrento, they will have started picking lemons. The odds not equivalent to the rest of Europe, or even the rest of Italy for heavy rain or snow.

I lived in Italy for some years, and after mid-February, snow has never hit the western coast. If the days are sunny, you can often eat lunch outdoors. If you do get a rainstorm in Sorrento, you can easily go to Naples to the museums.

On the other hand, many of the towns of Tuscany can get snow after mid-February, especially the hill towns like Siena and San Gimignano, which don't have a lot to do indoors. And Venice can get significant flooding in many parts of the city, or snow. However, there are places to see indoors all over town, so even when parts of Venice are underwater, you can see something in another part of town.

It could snow badly enough the day or days you want to go to Lago di Como that you will be unable to get there.

But if I really wanted to go to Lago di Como instead of other places, I would. However, I would probably not lock in a plan to spend the night there.

I am very sympathetic to your desire to do something different for at least part of your trip rather than continuously go to cities and visit historical, artistic sites. It would be great if you wanted to skiing -- that would be easy! Or maybe go to some hot springs/spa? Or a cooking class?
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Old Dec 24th, 2015, 09:26 AM
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Thanks All...I am increasing a couple of days....1 in florence and 1 in rome..

So its now

India-->Amsterdam-->brussels-->paris-->Naples-->Amalfi Coast(Sorreto)-->Rome-->Florence-->Venice-->India

Hope its fine..
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Old Dec 24th, 2015, 02:26 PM
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Hope its fine too, and hope it is a lovely trip. I am not clear if you are spending time in Naples or just flying to Naples airport and moving immediately to Sorrento. But I don't think you should stay in both places. Pick one or the other.

Hoping you have the best possible weather -- but make sure you look at the forecast on the internet before you pack to make sure you have warm clothes if you need them, especially good shoes that stay dry and warm.
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Old Dec 25th, 2015, 03:05 AM
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Thanks Sandralist for all your advice..
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