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ItalyItinerary breakdown....how does this sound?

ItalyItinerary breakdown....how does this sound?

May 2nd, 2003, 08:34 AM
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If you are staying for 15 days and are going from Rome to Florence, then at least a stop in Siena is a must must must.
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May 2nd, 2003, 08:59 AM
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I've said it before, I'm a slug. It sounds as though you travel a lot, so you will probably be back. I travel with a group of between 5 and 7 (depending on how many children and sons' girlfriends I have with me), I like to save money, I like to travel often, I always assume I'll be back. I like to have a relaxing vacation. I like to get to really know people and areas. I hate to feel rushed. With all that said:

* I rent weekly apartments. They are cheaper and you set some roots. I have spent one week in Rome (felt very rushed, no day trips), one week in Florence (felt very rushed, did 2 full day trips to Siena and one to the beach). We are doing 17 days in Venice at Christmas. We've rented an apartment for the entire time which made the lodging very cheap. We will do a day trip or two. I just rented a house in Umbria for next summer. One house for the month of June. So I have a different viewpoint than the other posters.
If I was going for two weeks, I would do one week in an apartment in Venice and one week in Rome... or one week in either and one week in a house in Umbria or Tuscany. I tend to do the country house on the first week - its a relaxing way to get use to the time change and then visit the city the second week. And in the city, I like a more residential neighborhood (like Trastervere in Rome), than a tourist neighborhood.
If weekly rentals fit anywhere in your trip, I have used www.vrbo.com and www.rentvillas.com with good results.
I know it sound like I'm in my nineties, but I'm 45 (and a member of the "slowfood movement")!
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May 2nd, 2003, 10:01 AM
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