italy in 5 days - november

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Oct 23rd, 2015, 01:22 AM
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italy in 5 days - november

Hi, my husband and i are planning a short trip of 5-6 days in Italy during the 2nd or 3rd week of November. Our vague plan was to stay in Rome for 4days as a base and then 1 or 2days in Venice. Is this a good plan. Also can we squeeze in a day trip to the amalfi coast beaches , will we be able to take a dip ?. any other suggestions around this plan are most welcome.

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Oct 23rd, 2015, 01:48 AM
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A few days Rome and Venice can never go wrong. I'm not sure how a day trip from Rome to Amalfi could work out. It's not exactly around the corner.
On http://www.trenitalia.com/tcom-en you can arrange your train tickets from Rome to Venice (and/or vice versa). Advance reservation can get you a considerable discount.
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Oct 23rd, 2015, 03:53 AM
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Rome and Venice are fine but the AC does not really make sense. It will be much too cold - and quite possibly rainy - to go in the water - and many hotels and restaurants will be closed in the off season as are a lot of the ferries.

I'm looking at your series of posts and fear that you don;t have a realistic grasp of the weather in europe at this time of year. Strongly suggest that you look at weather averages so you are prepared for the cold weather, rain/fog, and short gray days you will be experiencing. There is no beach weather anywhere in europe in Nov/Dec - it's just too cold - and beach resorts will be mostly closed.

Also you will need proper warm clothing for the temps you will get - esp at night you can easily get temps in the low single digits. For instance, in Rome the average low temp is 4 degrees and you have a chance of 1/3 of the days being sunny. Venice will be colder and depending on dates you may also run into alta aqua - when some parts of the city flood at high tides.
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Oct 23rd, 2015, 04:38 AM
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5-6 days is really the minimum you need to see Venice and Rome, and many people would prefer to spend all that time in one of the other, perhaps doing some day trips.

it also depends on how long you have actually got - are you talking 5-6 days or 5-6 nights? if the latter, that may only give you 4 days in which case splitting your time between two places becomes even more rushed.

one way of making the most of whatever time you've got is to fly open jaw - into one place and out of the other. flying into Venice is lovely, so that might be one option you could look at. Also the best routing may depend on where you are coming from and going to - which you don't say.

Europe in December can be lovely, but you do need to take account of the weather!
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Oct 23rd, 2015, 05:19 AM
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I agree with above. It's already getting cold in Rome (live here). If you want to stay north and hit museums, stick with Rome, you'll need a couple of days minimally here to really begin to appreciate what it has to offer. And then perhaps rent a car for a day or two if you wants to see something different; Rome is also knows for their Castelli region, very scenic (Albano, Castel Gandolfo, Frascati, etc), which as long as it's not raining and not too cold, is a lovely get away from the city.

If on the other hand you're looking for the warmth and sea, head far south to Sicily; you could explore the entire island by train or car (don't suggest car is you're skiddish about driving, it can be a challenge). It's the most likely place you'll have warmth and sun. But keep in mind, even in Sicily the temperature begins to drop in November a bit and you could hit storms.

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Oct 23rd, 2015, 01:36 PM
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If you will post your entire trip with exact days, your most important interests and where you are coming from, you will get help that applies more specifically to you. I see only two posts, but about very different places.

Say what you hope this trip will accomplish to get good suggestions.

Are you planning on this November, just a couple of weeks away? If you have not traveled last minute before, then I hope not.

Are you still going to Switzerland the first week of November?

Remember, it is early winter in all of Western Europe, not good for sitting outside at sidewalk cafes unless they have those plastic tents and heaters. Days will be shorter, getting dark earlier, certainly not swimming weather!

Sicily is a fairly large island. Five days means seeing just one small area and a car would be best.
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Oct 25th, 2015, 01:40 PM
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We just spent 4 days in rome. We arrived on day one and had the taxi that picked us up from the airport show us the lay of the land so we could get our bearings. We were jet lagged so after dinner we went to sleep. We took three tours with Through Eternity tours - they were great. First day was full itinerary half day colesseum/forum/hill. It was amazing, great and exhausting. Next day was Borghese Gallery tour, then we went to spanish steps which are currently under renovation, and window shopping in the high end shopping district right there. Last day we did the indepth full day tour of the vatican and st peters which also was great. We wanted to make sure we hit most of the important stops so we forced ourselves to go to the parthanon and the trevi fountain (also under construction) It was definitely rushed and extemely tiring and we did not get to relax and just enjoy roma. hope that helps in your decision making.
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