Advice on my Itinerary - too busy or?

Old Jan 23rd, 2006, 05:03 PM
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Advice on my Itinerary - too busy or?

May 18th - IAD Washington DC to Milan
May 19th - Arrive in Milan and train to Venice
May 19th-21st- Venice
May 21st-24th - Rome
May 24th-26 - Visit family in Parma & Florence
May 26th-May 28th - Cinque Terre
May 28th-May 29th- Milan
May 29th- Back to DC
 
Old Jan 23rd, 2006, 05:20 PM
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Hi eurotravlr, we all have different travelling styles of course but your itinerary would not work for me.

Figure May 19th is pretty much just arriving and getting to Venice. If you are leaving for Rome on the 21st you will only have one full day in Venice on the 20th.

Getting to Rome on the 21st and getting to your hotel, settling in etc. will not leave a lot of time that day. And if you are going to Parma and Florence to see family on the 24th you will really only have the 22nd and 23rd to enjoy Rome. And so forth.

I assume you are planning on travelling the entire trip by train?

With ten nights in Italy I would spend them in Northern Italy and Parma and Florence.

I would save Rome, Cinque Terre for another trip. You will have jetlag, you will be spending most of the trip rushing from one place to another etc. Each change of location means packing up again, unpacking, checking into the hotel, checking out of the hotel etc. etc. And if you are travelling the entire time by train you have to figure the time to get to the station etc. And don't be surprised if the train is late..it happens.

Just my thoughts for what they are worth.

How fun to visit family in Parma and Florence. Personally I would give a few more days for that. You don't have to spend every moment with them but it should be fun to have a bit of time to discover the cities they live in. Best wishes.
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Old Jan 23rd, 2006, 06:06 PM
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I agree with LoveItaly. So much of the charm of Italy is being able to slow down and enjoy it. I certainly would spend more time in Venice--it's a truly magical place.
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Old Jan 23rd, 2006, 06:09 PM
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doesn't work for me either. Either skip Venice or Rome or the CT. If you haven't booked the airfare yet, you can fly into one major city and fly out of another, backtracking wastes a lot of time.
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correction, I shouldn't have said 'either',it's not a choice of skipping one among two, it's among three.
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'twer, me, I would skip the CT. I've been there, and I am not sure why this place seems to stay at the top of people's lists. Nice scenery and food. No art, history, galleries, etc.

Have you previously been to any of the places on your itinerary? If so, maybe you want to skip the return visit this time. If not, I would have to pick something to skip; too busy for me. I would be exhausted and too much time would be spent getting from place to place.
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Old Jan 23rd, 2006, 06:31 PM
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Been with all the 3 major cities before, but this time I will be with a friend and actually acting more like a guide. The reason for the trip around is because of the cheap airfare, you can't beat $415.00 RT from DC to Milan. The CT trip is more like for my own curiosity. This is the only place that we did not explore on my last trip. I might just skip Venice and go from there? Any advice?
 
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