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Help/Suggestions - Italy 11 night itinerary - 1st Timers

Old Jan 24th, 2013, 12:28 PM
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Help/Suggestions - Italy 11 night itinerary - 1st Timers

Below is the draft of our itinerary. I welcome all suggestions and/or comments:
3/4 8am Arrive in Roma – Open day to explore Trevi, Piazza Navona, Spanish Steps, Pantheon
3/5 AM Underground Colosseum guided tour, Palatine Hill, Roman Forum
PM Explore Trastevere

3/6 AM - Guided tour of Vat Museums & Sistine Chapel
PM – Guided tour of Necropolis, St. Peter’s & climb Michelangelo’s Dome

3/7 Private limo tour of Pompeii & Amalfi Coast

3/8 AM - Train to Firenze
PM – Uffizi Galley & Renaissance Walk

3/9 AM – Galleria dell’Accademia
PM –Mercato Centrale, Basilica & Piazza di Santa Croce, Piazza della Repubblica

3/10 Bus to Siena

3/11 Wine tour in Chianti

3/12 LeCascine’s Market, Other side Arno, Piazzale Michelangelo, dinner in Oltrarno

3/13 AM – Train to Venezia
PM – Explore St. Mark’s Sq & Basilica & Grand Canal

3/14 AM – Doge’s Palace Secret Itinerary tour
PM – Getting lost & gondola ride

3/15 Flight home

Thank you!
Bonnie
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Old Jan 24th, 2013, 12:33 PM
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Sounds like a lovely trip Bonnie - leaving plenty of time for gelato and vino stops! March 7 is going to be a LONG day and be sure to bring Dramamine or similar medicine if you are at all prone to motion sickness!
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Old Jan 24th, 2013, 12:38 PM
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Lots of gelato and vino are on the top of my list. Thank you for the helpful dramamine tip.
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Old Jan 24th, 2013, 12:54 PM
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You are going to see a lot. Enjoy! It's a terrific place to visit. I echo ekc's comment on the 7th. That's a lot to see; and the roads are curvy. We've been to Pompeii several times, and still haven't seen all of it.
You seem to have reservations for tours in advance, which I think is good. We enjoyed the Underground Colosseum tour several years ago. Wear comfortable shoes as there are lots of steps to climb.
Near the Spanish Steps, there is a little shop that sells terrific leather gloves. Same as the ones in the airport shops that claim to have the cheapest prices...not so! This little shop is cheaper by quite a bit.
If you haven't made reservations for the Uffizi, do so before leaving. The advance tickets will save you several hours waiting in line.
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Old Jan 24th, 2013, 01:16 PM
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"SanCrz" Thank you for the helpful hints, especially about the gloves & comfortable walking shoes. I actually completed all of the reservations today. All I have left to do is research restaurants.
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Old Jan 24th, 2013, 02:55 PM
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Nice itinerary. If you have a smart phone, check out the apps, Parla Food and Eat Rome. Also trip reports by LowCountryIslander, she has good information/reviews about restaurants in Rome.
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Old Jan 24th, 2013, 02:57 PM
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I would do the gondola ride before getting lost.

have a great trip.
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