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Italy - Best way to see Venice,Cinque Terre,Tuscany, Amalfi Coast (3 wks)

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Jun 23rd, 2009, 12:30 PM
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Italy - Best way to see Venice,Cinque Terre,Tuscany, Amalfi Coast (3 wks)

Candian: Three (relatively fit) ladies, mid-50's travelling Italy May 2010. Our tentative itinerary includes: Venice, Cinque Terre, Tuscany (drive by car)...then train to Amalfi Coast.
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What city to fly into from Canada first? Where to start from? Do not particularly want to go to the 'big' cities (Rome, Naples, Florence)....rather the smaller towns. We definitely want to do Venice, Cinque Terre, maybe rent a car and drive through the Tuscany, and then train down to the Amalfi Coast....where do you suggest staying in the Amalfi? Any suggestions would be helpful.
Renting a car? any suggestions as to where one would NOT need a car?
We are in the planning stages and really only know what we want to see....but how to go about it is the key!! All your help will be gratefully appreciated.
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Jun 23rd, 2009, 01:39 PM
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Hi SM,

>any suggestions as to where one would NOT need a car? <

You would only need a car in Tuscany.

Are you sure that you want to do the CT and the AC on the same visit?

You could substitute the lakes region for the AC.

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Jun 23rd, 2009, 06:17 PM
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I would start in Venice because departure flights from there are really early. You can get more reasonable departure times out of Rome or maybe Naples, but it would require a connecting flight.
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Jun 23rd, 2009, 06:37 PM
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You could check in to flying in to Pisa. Take the train to the Cinque Terre and back to Pisa. Allow 3 nights in CT if you like to hike. Beautiful!! Get car and head to San Gimignano, Sienna, Montapulciano, Montalcino, Pienza, etc. I would drop the car off in Rome and spend 2 days. It is beautiful and an easy city to walk. Take the train to Sorrento and use as home base for day trips to Pompeii, Positano, Capri, etc. I would NOT drive the Amalfi Coast. You can take a bus or line up a driver for a day. Train back to Rome for flight home or to Venice. We started our trip flying in to Florence and flew home (US) from Venice. Nanini
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