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Italy - Florence, Venice, Rome and Positano by Car, am I crazy?

Italy - Florence, Venice, Rome and Positano by Car, am I crazy?

Jun 26th, 2013, 11:49 AM
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We were posting at the same time. $2000 for ten days for two people = $100 per person per day, which for me would cover museum fees, food, and shopping. If you're a foodie or a shopper or a museum junkie, you may need to up your budget. People's spending on those sorts of things varies a LOT.
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Jun 26th, 2013, 11:50 AM
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$2,000 for me and one other person for food and random costs.

Thanks for the break down of costs! Love that!
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Jun 26th, 2013, 11:51 AM
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Ok, great! Thanks! I'll probably over indulge in food while I'm there. haha
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Jun 26th, 2013, 01:40 PM
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>>>Otherwise, you can negotiate the trains/buses and spend some time in Siena/San Gimignano, <<<

Another option is to book a day trip from Florence with one of the many companies that run them. Here's one example:


I've been to the Amalfi coast in late March before and had good weather. Of course there is no predicting weather, but during the day short sleeves were fine. At night, you needed a jacket. The lemons were already huge on the trees and many things in bloom.

I do think with the short amount of time you have, it's easier to reach Venice/Florence/Rome. The coast is a bit out of the way and more travel time.
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Jun 26th, 2013, 03:35 PM
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Definitely take the train between cities, you'll be able to relax, watch the scenery and check out your map of the next city.
Florence is very walkable end to end, and you can do a day trip by either public bus or a day tour (charter bus and tour guide) to see some of the smaller Tuscan towns i.e. Siena, San Gimignano.
Rome is my favorite city! The historic center is very walkable. So much history! Yes, see the Colosseum, visit the Vatican Museum and stare up at the ceiling in the Sistine chapel.
Do all the touristy things but give yourselves time to sit in a cafe with an espresso or glass of wine and listen to locals, watch the daily market in Campo di Fiori, or a Piazza.

You may want to look at 'open-jaw' - fly into one city and out of another so you don't waste time and money back tracking.

You can download podcasts of a night walk across Rome (Rick Steves) and an across town walk of the sights in Florence.
Get a good map and a couple of guidebooks. Do a bit of research to maximize your time and interests.
Have fun planning!

I'm also in SC, visited Italy twice last year. Can't wait to go back!
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