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First time to Italy - Feedback on itinerary please!!


First time to Italy - Feedback on itinerary please!!

Old Nov 11th, 2010, 08:18 AM
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3 nights in Venice - You can almost stay anywhere in Venice and be centrally located since the city is so small. The closer you stay to San Marco and Rialto the more expensive the room will be and the more touristy. I recommend a hotel across from the Ferrovia called Antiche Figure. The staff is amazing and the property is beautiful. Plus, you are close to a vaporetto stop. The other nice thing about Antiche Figure is that it's easy to find anywhere in the city...just following the signs to Ferrovia!

May 30 - Train to CT - What is CT??

2 nights in florence - I spent 3 nights at Hotel Santa Maria Novella which is right on the piazza. I thought it was a good, central location. Easy walk from train station to hotel. Guide books said the area around the station is sketchy (which is true), but by the Piazza it is nice.

June 3 - Rent a car in Florence and drive to San Gim as base for 4 nights.

We explored the Chianti region and stayed in a little town called Radda in Chianti. If you are going to Greve, I would highly recommend making a stop in Radda to explore the walled village and check out the many enotecha. The restaurant at Palazzo Leopoldo is really good.

June 7 - 2 options - either drive to rome or back to florence to drop off the car and train it to rome.

I would recommend returning the car in Florence and taking the train to Rome.

4 nights in Rome - stay near Piazza Navona or Campo dei Fiori. There's no metro access but you're walking distance to just about everything including Trastevere. There is a tram stop about 7 minutes walk from Piazza Navona and from there you can access the metro to northern Rome and the Vatican.
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Ok, duh...CT = Cinque Terre. I think I would not include CT in this itinerary...go from Venice to Florence, then from Florence to Pisa then to Rome.
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Wow I'm so glad I found this thread!

DH and I will be traveling a similar itinerary in mid to late May and also planned to rent a car in Pisa and then drive to Rome after a couple nights in Tuscany. We already planned to stop in Orvieto, and dropping the car off there would be so much better. Have you had any luck finding a car you can pick up in Pisa and drop off in Orvieto?
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we have dropped off an Avis car in Orvieto, and I am quite sure there is a Hertz office, too. We just used Auto Europe, plugged in our drop-off as Orvieto, and got a car reservation. We did not choose the rental company first, just went straight to Auto Europe.
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Our train from Venice to CT went via Milan (with a change of trains in Milan). It is quite a long trip but we just regarded it as a rest day and a chance to get off our feet.

I'm glad you have decided to drop the car off in Orvieto. There are so many posts on Fodor's about people who have driven hire cars in Florence and mistakenly driven into 'no go' zones and received very hefty fines for doing so.
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I dropped a car at Orvieto's Hertz location near the train station in September, but we picked up in Siena.
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