Help plan my Italy trip!

Old Jun 20th, 2016, 01:59 PM
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Help plan my Italy trip!

Hi everyone,

I'm planning my trip to Europe for the end of July. I have two weekends and a week in between. I have booked a round trip to London, Heathrow. We will take a short flight from London to Paris to spend Thursday, Friday and Saturday. This will be my 2nd time in Paris, so I'm already familiar with what I'd like to see. I plan to fly from Paris to Italy on Sunday morning, meaning I will reach Italy in the early afternoon on Sunday. I then plan to fly back from Italy to London on Friday morning in order to spend Friday, Saturday and Sunday in London. I fly back to Canada on Monday afternoon.

This means I have about 5 days in Italy. We are a couple and want to make the most of our trip. We don't expect to see absolutely everything. I'd like some sightseeing with some decent shopping as well. We like scenic sites as well, but get bored of them quickly. Thus prefer cities where there is a lot more to do and see. We'd like to see Rome. I would like to see the Amalfi Coast or Venice. I know there are plenty of trains, but don't want to spend most of my trip travelling.

Anyone have any advice or suggestions? As well as suggestions for an efficient itinerary. I haven't booked flights into and out of Italy yet. So airports that are convenient would also be appreciated. Thanks everyone!
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Old Jun 20th, 2016, 02:27 PM
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Five days is almost no time in Italy, once you consider travel days. I'd do either Rome and Amalfi Coast (which would still be rather tight), just Rome, or maybe just Venice with day trips. Rome and Venice would be doable but would give you very little time in each city.

It would be easier if you re-visit Paris on another trip so you can add time to Italy if you really want to see more. Find an easyJet or other cheap flight that leaves from the same London airport to which you will arrive, just a few hours later, and go on to Italy the first day and fly back to London for the last few days as planned. That would give you enough time to squeeze in Rome and Venice and perhaps a few quick days to the Amalfi coast.
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Old Jun 20th, 2016, 03:58 PM
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Agree with Andrew. If you have already seen Paris, perhaps doing Italy only may be better. Then you may be able to squeeze in Amalfi coast, Rome and Venice.

Otherwise, if you definitely want to go to Paris...I would stick with Rome and Venice.

Have you considered a visit to the Vatican City? I know time is tight, but thought I'd throw it out there! It was a great place to visit!
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Old Jun 20th, 2016, 04:35 PM
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Ditch Paris.
Fly into Venice and out of Rome, or
Into Rome, visit Rome, train to Amalfi Coast, depart from Naples.

Any way to change your flights to land in London and depart from Rome or Naples. Save the time and cost of doubling back, give you nearly a whole extra day for sightseeing.
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Old Jun 20th, 2016, 05:53 PM
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agree with above that it's a short time.

either rome and amalfi (base in sorrento and spend a day in amalfi and a day on capri... or visiting pompeii. it's an historic site-- but wow!!

or... in either order, go to rome, then do a first class overnight train to venice and fly home from venice. then there's virtually no travel time lost.
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Old Jun 21st, 2016, 02:18 AM
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From Paris you can fly with they have a direct flight to Naples! They are very trustable and cheap, it's a Dutch company. Then I would stay 5 days in the Amalfitan coast, you can visit Naples, Pompeii and the beautifull coast. I raccomand you to sleep in Vietri sul Mare, because it is a stratigic place, it is the first town of the coast, but there is a train station, busses to Naples, Pompeii and the coast and you can visit Salerno, that's a beautifull place too! From Salerno (5km!) you can take also the boat into the coast or to Capri!
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