Italy - 1st time visit for 40-somethings

Mar 16th, 2008, 10:16 PM
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You can beat the heat and crowds with airconditioned hotels, getting up and out early in the morning. I would suggest flying into Milan then

2 nights Varenna on Lake Como (you can get a cab to take you to this lovely small village with beautiful gardens)

4 nights Venice (in Dorsoduro area)
4 nights Florence with a daytrip to Sienna

All three art cities in 10 days is serious overkill. Strongly consider just doing two. Another alternative would be to fly into Venice (magical), spend 4 nights there, then go for three nights to Sienna (not during the Palio), with one daytrip to Florence for the David, the Bargello and the Medici Chapel, then finish with three nights in Rome.
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Mar 17th, 2008, 02:29 AM
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If you study up on the cities you are visiting, take time out in the middle of the hot day to relax indoors (thats why you want a central apt. or hotel) and literally "do as the Romans do"" you will enjoy the trip. A few articles to help you can be found on
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Mar 17th, 2008, 02:44 AM
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I too am against organized tours. I think it is the nature of these boards to attract those types.

When you travel on your own, there is a sense of discovery(even when you visit tourist meccas like the Coliseum, it seems like you find it) and that makes the trip your own.

We have taken day tours here and there in places like the rain forest in Belize where a NY'er can get lost when you run out of street signs. Otherwise do not be intimidated by the language, menus, or a new country and have a wonderful time.
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