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Italy with kids - lost in the wilderness of planning - please help

Old Jun 18th, 2013, 02:25 AM
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Thanks jamikins. Looks very nice. send an inquiry to Santantonio.it.

However which one you recommend, at Sant’Antonio in the country side or apartments in Montepulciano.


Meanwhile there is availability in www.appartamentialpoggiolo.it - looks nice but again no pool.
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Old Jun 18th, 2013, 10:06 AM
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vjose - i love the look of santantonio and they will baby sit while you eat at nearby restauants. Not quite as good as having an on-site restaurant but a good alternative for those with small children. with children the age of yours, I would pick the countryside as in town, they won't have the space to run around that they will need after being in Rome. then they will be nice and tired in the evening, and you'll be able to go and get a bit of peace while you eat your dinners!

BTW have you seen that you can use the search engine on the agriturismo website to select the features you want?

http://www.agriturismo.it/en/farmhouse/search
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Old Jun 19th, 2013, 01:31 PM
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annhig - link is really good. Already send few requests.

jamikins - Sant’Antonio don't have any availability on the country side.

I was trying to find a 7 seater without much luck. Hertz and Europecar have it however I would need to pick it up from Rome Airport. Is it normal for high season, It definitely seems so.

My entire plans on Tuscany depends on the rent a car. Is Rome airport is a good choice to pick up.

See my plans for Tuscany. Let me know how far I could go with these plans

Day 1 - Arrive from Rome via Orvieto. Settle down in the apartment. Explore the town(hopefully Motepulciano) and have early dinner.

Day 2 - Day trip Siena. Taking Via Cassia and return through superstrada.

Day 3 - Exlplore Val d'Orcia. Monticchiello, Pienza and Montalcino (or anything else). Stop for lunch (any suggestions).

Day 4 - Day trip to Perugia and Assisi

Day 5 - Early check out and leave for Venice via Padua.
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Old Jun 19th, 2013, 02:22 PM
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picking up from Rome airport should be ok as it's out of the city and easy to get to from central Rome either on the leonardo express from Termini or in a cab or car service [probably better for your purposes].

personally i wouldn't get too fixated about day trips. I would explore the local area the first day and take advice from hosts about what there is to see and do in the immediate area. then work my way out gradually. We usually find that we only do half of the day trips that we've planned on in any stay in Italy as it's just so nice sitting around not doing much!
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Old Jun 20th, 2013, 01:18 AM
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annhig - ok will take a taxi to Rome airport. However I asked them if I could pick it up from Termini station. Is that a bad idea.

Day trips are just a larger plan for myself to manage the expectations. We will be happy if we could do half of it or less.

I put it in a day wise order so that the experts in Fodor's like you could correct me or point to me the right places which I should not miss.(consider my zero experience in Italy)

I am yet to read a guide book on Italy. Would appreciate if you could suggest few for Rome, Tuscany and Venice.

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Old Jun 20th, 2013, 04:32 AM
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We are doing something similar with our group of 10. I am planning to pick up car at airport. I have dropped off there, never rented but it was much easier than being anywhere near the city center. You do not want to take that on! I say this as someone who loves to drive.....
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Old Jun 20th, 2013, 07:38 AM
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annhig - ok will take a taxi to Rome airport. However I asked them if I could pick it up from Termini station. Is that a bad idea.>>

probably not the best. I've never driven in Rome [where the traffic is not as bad as Florence, but pretty close] but it doesn't strike me as being a good start to the driving section of a holiday. and you still have to get yourselves to Termini. I would hire a car service to get me from my accommodation to the airport and pick up the car from there.
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Old Jun 25th, 2013, 09:22 AM
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Good day.

Rent a Car - got quotes from
http://www.car-rental-italy.net and www.kemwel.com. (EuropeCar said they can't get any)

Money wise car-rental-Italy looks better(Both are offering from Hertz).They will try to get the 7 seater from Orvieto. I am expecting a confirmation(Yes/No) by tomorrow.

Sadly most of the agriturismo.it which have pool replied in Negative in terms of availability.

I am yet to confirm any Tuscany accommodation. (Wants to make sure on the 7 seater first).

Papal Visit is not going to happen since he will be in Brazil(matching our stay in Rome).

Would like to do few guided tours.
-- "Colosseum, Forum and Palatine Hill" - one of us will stay with 2 toddlers at apartment. 3 other Adults along with my 9 year old son will go for this. Which Day/time is better for this.

-- "Pristine Sistine"

any other guided tours you would suggest.

Contacted www.walksofitaly.com, www.rome-tours.com and www.romaexperience.com - any suggestions of these
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Old Jun 25th, 2013, 02:57 PM
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>>>Sadly most of the agriturismo.it which have pool replied in Negative in terms of availability.
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Old Jun 26th, 2013, 04:00 AM
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We had Camille for our tour of the Colosseum and she was great so I hope you have her! We did the afternoon VIP tour and we lucked out because the morning tour got rained on and we had beautiful weather, BUT this was in May. I would suggest the morning tour because it is all walking in sunshine and it gets hot walking up the pallentine hill area. So, choose morning before it gets too hot! (I am thinking you are going in mid summer, forgive me if I am wrong).
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Old Jun 26th, 2013, 05:32 AM
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I can make a suggestion in Tuscany...the Fattoria Fregoli (also called Il Macchione).

It is an beautiful agriturismo with pool just a short drive from Pienza. I don't remember if there is A/C or not, but we were there in the height of summer and were not hot so either way, it was fine for us. They have small apartments with kitchens there and separate bedroom so if the kids need a nap, the adults still have a place to go. There was a lot of room to run around and they had some animals on site. When we were there, the wheat harvest was going on and we enjoyed watching the tractors from the pool. Pienza is a lot flatter than Montepulciano so maybe that would be a better place in terms of small children, but I would still recommend going to Montepulciano to see it. At the outskirts of Pienza were a gelato place and a pizza place. There was also a little food store on the outskirts as well. Breakfast is served and it included all sorts of things kids would love.

There is all sorts of info on Tripadvisor and other booking sites, but I can't get the website we used to work today (fattoriafregoli.it). Because the place was getting busy, maybe they are just using the booking sites, or maybe the server is just down today. There was a family with a young child there when we visited and they were very happy there.
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Old Jun 26th, 2013, 01:58 PM
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Kybourbon- thanks for the links. awaiting reply from them.

I guess our size(7) and days(4) along with high season and of course being late with booking is causing the trouble.

Just now www.car-rental-italy.net replied ok to pickup 7seater from Orvieto train station. One less problem now.
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Old Jun 26th, 2013, 02:36 PM
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vjose - perhaps your being able to hire the car from Orvieto is a good omen.

good luck with the accommodation hunt.
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Old Jun 26th, 2013, 03:14 PM
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I guess our size(7) and days(4) along with high season and of course being late with booking is causing the trouble.

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I'm afraid you may be correct. Many places require a Saturday to Saturday stay, especially in the high season. I think this could be the same with apartments in town. Wish I had more to offer than good luck.
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Old Jun 27th, 2013, 01:36 AM
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please don't chew the carpet when I suggest this; I know you may have thought of it already, but just in case you hadn't, have you thought of just putting your dates into Trip Advisor and seeing what comes up?

I just googled "trip advisor villas in Tuscany" put in some random midweek dates, and I got about 1000 hits.

nothing to lose!
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Goldens - THANK YOU so much for the site: http://www.roninrome.com/
It has just the kind of step by step instructions I needed for transportation. Will save me a lot of time! I'm sure the rest of the sections are just as detailed and look forward to perusing it.
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Old Jun 27th, 2013, 10:08 AM
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travelmamana - yes, Roninrome is a great resource. Sadly the eponymous writer has now left Rome but most of the info is current.
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Old Jun 28th, 2013, 03:15 AM
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Finally got a positive reply from and agriturismo

http://www.agriturismobonellinovecchio.it/ - is this a good location

http://www.sangregorioresidencehotel...4&idPagina=201 -Close to the town

www.appartamentialpoggiolo.it - looks nice but again no pool.

www.vicolodelloste.it
www.politian.com


Help me to finalise one from this list.(I cant search any more)
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Old Jun 28th, 2013, 03:35 AM
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http://www.agriturismobonellinovecchio.it/ - is this a good location? Yes if I had kids I would choose this one if I wanted a more farm visit freedom to explore etc

http://www.sangregorioresidencehotel...4&idPagina=201 -Close to the town Slightly busy road and I would describe it as "in the town" very much a hotel. I'd chose this one if I wanted to be on top on Pienza, but the place will be busy with American tour buses etc
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Old Jun 28th, 2013, 03:37 AM
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personally, i like the san gregorio hotel - it's in Pienza, with a pool, and good offers for stays of 3 nights or more.

the agriturismo has no restaurant [though I note they will prepare dinners on request] but if you want to save money, I wouldn't discount it, as there's lots to see round and about. but also only double beds, which might be a disadvantage.

as for the others, yes they look very nice, but for me, a pool would be a priority.
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