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Graduation Trip, Italy & ???? I Do Not Want To Screw This Up!

Graduation Trip, Italy & ???? I Do Not Want To Screw This Up!

Sep 4th, 2007, 01:58 PM
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Bored? Gee...my 19-year-old D and I spent more than two weeks together in Italy last summer and no one was bored for even a millisecond. And we were, for the most part, in an obsucre village in Umbria. What's boring about Italy?

If you do add a location, though, I think Paris is ideal. My kids were in Monte Carlo for about five minutes before they said "let's get out of here."
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Sep 4th, 2007, 02:30 PM
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I like the itinerary of Milan, Venice, and Paris myself. You could add in the Lac Leman area of Switzerland as suggested above. Actually I did that exactly on a(3) week trip once. Flew into Geneva, overnight train to Venice, day train to Milan, overnight train to Paris, flew home from Paris. It was near perfection.

Trips are educational for all kinds of reasons, not just what you read in a guidebook or listen tofrom some boring old tour guide

Make sure she pulls her own weight by doing daily tasks, dealing with shop keepers, making train arrangements, a phone call, a shopping list, whatever. You don't have to do everything for her.

As I've already mentioned, many 18 year olds are out their traveling the globe on their own and doing just fine.
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Sep 4th, 2007, 02:35 PM
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<this one is going to end up all shopping, coutre, hot Italian boys and Gucci vs Prada! Her radar for ALL of that is excellent>

Nothing wrong with that imo. She worked hard & saved up money for this trip, right?

I love to travel, but I don't much like museums, art, history, etc. I just like to kick around and soak in the atmosphere & drink wine in sidewalk cafes. Maybe hit a park or a castle. Shop at the grocery store. Find the post office. Things like that.

There's not a right or wrong way to take a trip. Or anything that makes a "trip" more valuable than a vacation. Again just my opinion.
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Sep 4th, 2007, 02:48 PM
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I can't add much except to agree with what others have posted- I think two weeks in Italy would be lovely. There are plenty of wonderful things to see and do.

If she is dying to see Milan, why not stay for a couple of nights? You can see The Last Supper along with the shops, and get over your jetlag before moving on to more major sightseeing.

Florence is packed with American students. Besides the museums, there are plenty of high-end shops for interesting window shopping. You could take a daytrip to the outlet malls (Gucci, Prada, Armani, etc.) You could also do a daytrip out to a smaller town or village in Tuscany, or take the bus up to Fiesole to see the Roman ruins.

Rome of course has everything and two weeks in Rome alone wouldn't be enough.

You may want to think about renting apartments instead of booking hotels. Apartments will give you more room and privacy, and kitchen facilities. I find an apartment allows me to settle in better, and provides a stronger sense of "home".

I recently rented an apartment with my family in Florence from "Sleeping in Florence". We were very happy. There is no lift and lots of stairs, but the price is more than reasonable and the apartment we stayed in was extremely clean, comfortable and well equiped. They rent by the night and by the week, and it's really an excellent budget option.


Personally, I like staying for a longer number of days in a smaller number of destinations- I myself would space the time by spending 2 nights Milan (since your daughter really wants Milan), 5 nights Florence with a daytrip to Siena, and 7 nights Rome with a daytrip to Ostia Antica.

Whatever you decide, you are sure to have a wonderful trip. Have fun planning
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