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Italy 10 days (Rome/pompeii/florence) with my 74 year old dad

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10day itinerar w. 74 year old dad--rome to pompeii side trip ”

today, 19:35





Hello!




I am taking my dad, who is 74 and has Parkinson's Disease, on an Italy trip! He is mobile, able to walk a mile or two at a time, depending on the day, but he tires easily. I'd really appreciate some comments on this itinerary, and advice about how to logistically put together a side trip to Pompeii, which he really wants to see.




We will be traveling from Boston from Oct. 17 to October 27th.




10/18-10/23-ROME


10/23-10/24-POMPEII (&SORRENTO, CAPRI???)


10/24-10/27-FLORENCE




*As of now, I have not booked any part of potential pompeii, sorrento, capri trip--We have the florence hotel booked for this night, but ideally Id like to cancel that night in florence to stay in sorrento




DETAILED ITINERARY


10/17- afternoon leave boston




10/18- 8am arrive rome, pre-arranged shuttle to hotel near spanish steps; rest, spend time exploring area nr hotel (spanish steps, santa maria maggiore etc




10/19- breakfast at hotel, then 10:15am pick up ticket for coliseum, forum and palatine museum; rest, dinner and gelato :)




10/20- 8am- pre arranged half day vatican tour; lunch; MAYBE Castel San Di Angelo if my dad feels up to it (worth it??); dinner in Travestere??




10/21: NO PLANNED EVENTS (I'm thinking maybe appian way? or villa borghese? or capitoline museum? recommendations??)




10/22: extra day in rome? could also move the side trip here for extra day in either sorrento or florence......




10/23- check out of rome hotel; get to Pompeii somehow and do a tour; then down to sorrento n stay in a hotel there; dinner in sorrento




10/24: Capri for the day; here is where i get lost....possibilities...do a planned small group tour to pompeii, sorrento and capri, in which case we'd be ferrying it back to sorrento and roped into going back to rome. BUT It'd be nice for my dad , because it wouldnt be quite as stressful? However, then we would be doing a trip from sorrento to rome, then rome to florence all in one day. I want my dad to enjoy his trip, not be completely exhausted, and this may be too much for him. The other thougt I had was to do some sort of transfer from rome to pompeii to sorrento, then overnight, then ferry to capri, and take the return ferry from capri to naples. that way we could take a high speed train all the way from naples to florence without stopping in rome. BUT what do we do with luggage? my dad cannot lug all his things all day, and i dont think i can do mine and his...planning this trip is tougher than expected!




rest of days would be spent in florence, and we would be flying out of florence to boston at 10am on the 27th




thanks so much for any and all help...if i was doing this trip myself, or with other young people, i would be way more laid back, but its 20 times tougher with my dad...i guess this is how parents feel when they take their kids on trips!!




Happy travels!


Meg

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