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Jan 16th, 2013, 08:45 AM
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Bologna, Florence, Campiglia and Rome

This is my second attempt to come up with an itinerary ……please give me feedback.
My husband, teenage daughter and I will spend a few days in Italy. We have been before and have visited the major sites……this trip is to hit those places we want to see again, soak in the culture and the language (our Italian is pretty decent) and take yoga classes with and expert that lives in Campiglia Maritima.

Here is our itinerary……does anyone have pointers for Campiglia? Or what to see as we drive from Florence…..cooking classes in the area?

April 20 – Arrive in Bologna from London
April 21 – Explore Bologna all day
April 22 – Train to Florence– Explore Florence in the afternoon.
April 23 – Explore Florence
April 24 – Rent a car and Drive to Campiglia
April 25 – Yoga classes in Campiglia, visit Etruscan sites in Populonia?
April 26 – Train to Rome
April 27 – Rome – Coliseo, Foro Romano y Capitoline Hill
April 28 –Rome – Mass at the Vatican – Explore
April 29 – Travel to London (evening)

THANKS!
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Jan 16th, 2013, 09:19 AM
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You'll probably have to drop the car off in a town larger than Campiglia, so I suggest Viterbo with a stop in Tarquinia for its Etruscan museum and tombs.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/mksfca/...th/4201819164/
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Jan 16th, 2013, 11:15 AM
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Depending on how much driving/exploring you want to do and how much you want to see Tarquinia, you could also drop the car in Grosseto which has faster, more direct train service to Rome than Viterbo does.
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Jan 16th, 2013, 02:42 PM
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April 25 is a national holiday in Italy, and this year it falls on a Thursday. It creates the possibility of heavy traffic on Friday (and to some extent on Wednesday night as well).

Campiglio Marittima is so close to San Vincenzo, where there is a train station, I would be tempted to take the train from Florence to San Vincenzo and take a taxi from there. The train ride from Firenze is 2.5 hours, with a switch in Pisa. By the time you get a car rental office and do the drive, it is roughly equivalent. Your yoga instructor's office should be able to confirm the availability of taxis at the San Vincenzo station at the likely fare for the 15 minute ride to Campiglio Marittima. (For 3 people with luggage, it will not be much.)

If you don't actually have lodgings in Campiglio Marittima as part of your yoga seminar, consider staying right in San Vincenzo. It is not Italy's most glorious beach town, but you can probably find a nice hotel and a very un-touristy local ambience and good seafood. Look on booking.com.

From San Vincenzo, it is a 3 hour train ride to Rome. It would give you extra time in Rome to just enjoy Rome in addition to sightseeing.

If you'd rather to rent a car to go sightseeing, book early and if you want to see Tarquinia, it makes sense to me to drive there, and then drop off the car at Rome's airport, which is less than an hour's drive south of Tarquinia, and which is open all the time for car rental drop-offs and has train service to Rome every 30 minutes.
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Jan 16th, 2013, 05:57 PM
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Great suggestions!!!!!

Any ideas for my family to stay busy in Campliglia? They are looking for cooking classes or bike rentals.....I did not find much. Is Campligia nice for walkingnaround and finding some good food?
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Jan 16th, 2013, 08:21 PM
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Why not ask people who live there, like the staff at the yoga place you're going to.
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Jan 17th, 2013, 04:42 AM
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It's popular to bike along the Etruscan coast and you could stay in a hotel on the coast that either give bikes to their guests or have ones to rent, and have bike tours

http://www.bikehotelstuscany.com/hotel_en.asp

http://www.bikehotelstuscany.com/sch....asp?idArea=41

http://www.turismo.intoscana.it/into...338776437.html

Or if you have a car, I think if you stay in an agriturismo like this, then you could arrange in advance for a cooking lesson for your family.

http://www.santuberto.com/index.php

You can read about Campiglia Marittima here:

http://www.abctuscany.com/livorno/ca...tima/index.cfm

http://www.toscanaviva.com/Campiglia..._Marittima.htm
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Jan 17th, 2013, 05:08 AM
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hey there!I'm just back from Rome so can give you some advice on what to do when you're there. As i cam see from the itinerary you are planning 3 days there which is how long I was there for with my best friend - obviously with it being such a big city we tried to find the cheapest solution which was invest in a travel card for the 3 days and found this , the omnia vatican and rome card http://www.romeandvaticanpass.com/- it was definitely worth the money - we got to see everything we wanted! have a great time!!
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