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Help...first time to Italy for family of 6!

Old Mar 1st, 2007, 12:48 PM
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In Venice, we stayed at the Corte Grimini, which we loved. But alas, our rooms could truly only fit 5 people. (Think of a very elegant Embassy Suites and that's the idea of the Corte Grimani-sofa sleeper in living room, tiny room with twin bed, and main bedroom.) Most rooms probably only sleep 4, but renting 2 rooms could get expensive.

As for the Spanish Steps...we were there on June 1st - not a flower in sight, pouring rain, church above in scaffolding...not exactly our favorite place (but there is a huge McDonald's nearby if anyone is craving fries or a coke WITH ICE.)
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Old Mar 1st, 2007, 01:18 PM
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Seeing the Spanish Steps in springtime, with all the deep pink azaleas blooming (I think that's what they are) is well worth it. Not many tourists were there in early May, it seemed. Very pretty and historic staircase, but maybe not a Must See, given all the other sites in Rome. I wish we'd had time to see the Borghese sculptures.
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Old Mar 1st, 2007, 01:53 PM
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Hi, Chan - you ask for more from those of us who've visited Italy with older kids - so here goes:

THey [like us] prefered the times we stayed in an apartment, rather than a hotel. [could you not swap your Rome hotel reservation for an apartment?]

DS, then 15, loved the freedom to go out in the mornnigs and get breakfast for us - in Rome and florence there were cafes just opposite our apartments where he could go and "practice" his italian whilst buying our croissants and coffee. [mostly pointing and grunting, I think].

They loved the shops in Rome.

They loved the food in Rome.

They liked the colosseum and st. peter's.

THey even loved the churches and museums in rome. [it was DD's fault that we ended up going round most of the Vatican museum twice so she could see the egyptian mummies].

THey liked climbing the tower in florence.

they liked the markets in Florence.

They don't much like sitting in bars or trapsing round looking for restaurants. [reservations seem to work better].

they liked being consulted eg - "today we have plan A...or plan B".

They don't like it when things go wrong - as when we arrived in Rome airport and out taxi was no-where to be seen. [he was 30 mniutes late.]

Hope that helps!

Regards, Ann
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Old Mar 1st, 2007, 02:05 PM
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Also re: traveling with older children-- I traveled in Italy for two weeks with my then 20-year old daughter. (I've posted detailed trip reports about every city, from last May.) It was just the two of us traveling. She had finished a study abroad semester so had lots to show me around Italy.

There's a very active study abroad crowd in Italy all the time, especially in Florence and Rome and Bologna. Your twenty-somethings might want to connect into that scene for places they can head to on their own and find a younger scene that would be safe and friendly.

STATravel.com caters to the study abroad traveler, so you might find some leads at that website.

What a great age to be able to visit Italy for the first time! I hope you and your hubby will be able to escape alone, too!
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Old Mar 2nd, 2007, 10:05 AM
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Watch out for the last Sunday of the month when Vatican museums are free. Can we say crowds?
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Old Mar 2nd, 2007, 10:47 AM
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Thanks for the end of the Month tip! I think we better go to Rome first then because the next weekend is the end of the month.

Missypie...I can't find your "missypie italy trip report". Can you give me more info to find it?

I was able to change my flights... into Rome out of Venice! What do you all think of this itinerary?

Friday night...arrive in Rome at 6:30 pm
Saturday...Rome
Sunday...Rome
Monday...Rome
Tuesday...early to Florence/Tuscany
Wednesday...Florence/Tuscany
Thursday...Florence/Tuscany
Friday...Florence/Tuscany
Saturday...leave early to Venice for the day and night
Sunday...fly out of Venice at 10:45 am

Thanks all for your advice. Any additional input is welcome!
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Old Mar 2nd, 2007, 11:03 AM
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You won't have much time to see Venice, though, with that itinerary. Maybe you could leave Florence on Friday morning or even Friday night, instead of Saturday morning? It's really beautiful to arrive in Venice at night. You exit the train depot building, and step out to the Grand Canal for your first view of Venice, and it's breathtaking.
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Old Mar 2nd, 2007, 11:03 AM
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My trip report is entitled:

Trip Report: Missypie's Trip to Italy with Three Kids

Hopefully the search feature will function; I found it with "Trip Report Missypie".
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Old May 14th, 2007, 02:22 PM
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We (a group of 6) just came back from Venice. We really liked our apartment because it was slightly away from the crowds yet walkable to San Marco square. Just around the corner was a main street area where you can get fresh fruit and find good restaurants. Good luck!

http://www.veniceapartments.org/html/celsi1.html
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Old May 14th, 2007, 03:21 PM
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see that gamidtown is at it again!
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Old May 15th, 2007, 05:21 AM
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Sorry for giving the impression of advertising. I just got back from a great trip in Italy and thought to help.

But rather than write a special individual post for each person asking for help on Rome or Venice accommodations, I thought to just copy and paste. I can see how the repeated posts look like advertising, but rather I was just trying to help.

I totally have no commercial interest in the apartment agency or unit or owner. Just an option if you're looking to keep costs down for a large family.

Sorry to create such a hubbub with folks on Fodor! Have a nice day.
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Old May 15th, 2007, 07:13 AM
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But you posted the same thing on maybe 30 threads!
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Old May 15th, 2007, 08:46 AM
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Gamidtown, did you post a trip report? That would be the most helpful thing to do.
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Old May 15th, 2007, 09:04 AM
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Not meaning to hijack this thread from ChanB...just a quick response:

No, I haven't gotten around to a trip report. Got back Saturday midnight. Still recovering from jet lag. I was just tired at work, too hazy to do a trip report, and thought to do the copy/paste thing...whoops. Anyway, lesson learned.

I'll work to do a trip report in a few weeks (traveling again this weekend for family graduation) Thanks.
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Old May 15th, 2007, 10:04 AM
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Gamidtown, no need to apologize. If people misunderstood your well-intentioned post, we should apologize to you for just trying to help. Enjoy your graduations and post a report whenever you can.
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Old May 15th, 2007, 01:36 PM
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hi, Gamidtown,

apologies for my scepticism - 30 odd posts saying almost exactly the same thing [but mentioning slightly different agency names] did raise the odd suspicion, not only with me.

looking forward to reading the trip report in due course.

regards, ann
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