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Hi, I am travelling to italy early June for a 2 week trip with my family. That includes my parents, my husband and me, and my sister with her friend (both 21 years).
I would really appreciate your comments on my itinerary (hectic, but don't expect to really visit Italy again). We havens booked our flights yet.
Venice-2 nights
Lake Garda- 3 nights (want to do gardaland or another amusement park for one day)
Cinque terre- 2 nights
Rome-3 nights
Amalfi coast-4 nights.
How does this look? Are the logistics too difficult? Is there something I'm missing out on?
Please let,e know your thoughts. Thank you!

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    If this is your only trip to Italy there is no way I wold do Lake Garda (for an amusement park!), CT (for hiking) and Amalfi Coast (beach resort) for 9 days of your very limited time.

    The world is full of amusement parks, CT can be one day if you must hike the trails and while I love Amalfi Coast (but for Pompeii, Capri, etc) but as a beach resort it doesn;t measure up to most places in the US or Carib (most "beaches" are pebbles or rocks, narrow, in towns and water is blah - these are not gorgeous broad white sand beaches that run for miles with pounding waves and beautiful water and lots of water activities).

    Then you are giving yourself only 2 days in Rome and none in Florence. I would spend a lot more time in historic and artistic Italy - versus doing things you can do in a million other places.

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    Hi Abshim,

    I agree that you are trying to cram too much in - ironically that may end up with you doing and seeing much less than you'd like as you'll be eating up so much time in checking in, checking out, getting to the station, finding your hotel, etc. etc.

    let's face it, in 2 weeks you can only scratch the surface of Italy anyway so you might as well enjoy what you CAN see, and see it properly. another problem you have is the size of your party - going anywhere will inevitably take longer than it would with two of you.

    One way you can optimise your time is by doing "open jaw" flights - into one place and out of another. [look for the multi -city button on the airline website]. The obvious route is into Venice and out of Rome.

    as you have no children with you, i agree to drop Gardaland - though I love Lake Garda, there's no point in going there for that when you have so little time elsewhere. But i would leave in the amalfi - it's very lovely, june is a great time to visit, and it'll make a nice rest between Florence and Rome.

    Now the nitty-gritty - this is what I would do

    Day 1 - 3 - Venice [that only gives you 2 days, 3 would be better]

    Day 4 - Train to Florence. Stay 3 nights.

    Day 7 - Train to Naples, transfer onto local line, go to Sorrento. stay 4 nights.

    Day 11 - train to Rome. Stay 4 nights.

    Day 15 - fly home.

    have a great trip!

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