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Itinerary help after Med.cruise to Genoa,leave from Pisa. One week schedule?

Itinerary help after Med.cruise to Genoa,leave from Pisa. One week schedule?

Old Sep 10th, 2004, 06:51 AM
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Itinerary help after Med.cruise to Genoa,leave from Pisa. One week schedule?

My family is going on an 11 day Mediterranean cruise in November out of Genoa. Then we will have ONE WEEK to sightsee starting at Genoa, and leaving out of Pisa.
RECOMMENDATIONS would be appreciated; I know we would like to hit Venice and Florence. Should we rent a place for a week and base ourselves from there or just go from city to city? We are planning to take the train; is a car necessary?

My kids are 15,12 and 10 and this is an educational/leisure holiday mix. Thanks for any advice on where to go, where to stay, etc.
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Old Sep 10th, 2004, 07:34 AM
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With a week in November, train from Genoa to Venice (3 nts). Train to Florence (2 nts), train to Siena (2 nts). You could perhaps arrange a driver for a country tour outside Siena. Save enough time to see the tower and duomo in Pisa before you leave. You might just want to spend 4 nights in Florence and do a couple day trips from there. Personally, Florence was my least favorite city of the 3 majors although I would go back to see more. Very noisy even in March.

Another option would to visit Santa Margherita Ligure/Potofino. Not sure about the weather there in November.

Buon viaggio!
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Old Sep 13th, 2004, 12:24 AM
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Thanks for the input. If I did choose to rent a place for a week, where do you think would be best to base ourselves?
Thanks!
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Old Sep 13th, 2004, 04:30 AM
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Hi Fly,

You could stay in Florence for a week, but I would recommend against it.

It would be a shame to do just a daytrip to Venice. You really should spend at least one night. (2 would be better, 3 better yet).

What time do you leave Pisa?

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The weather can be iffy at that time of year, so I'd recommend splitting your time between Venice and Florence.

What time do you need to leave Pisa on the last day? If it's fairly late, you could take the train from Florence to Pisa, have a driver meet you, go to the Tower of Pisa for a few hours, then have the driver take you to the airport.

I can recommend a few drivers if this idea sounds good to you. Just post again.

Good luck, and have a great time.
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Old Sep 13th, 2004, 08:02 AM
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Thanks Ira and Dayle.
Our flight leaves Pisa at 11:15am, going to England, where we live now.
So perhaps we would need to go to Pisa the night before? Or just a quick early morning visit before the flight?

We have to stay in Genoa one night after the cruise, then we're off. Should we do Venice 2 or 3 nights? Then go to Florence for a couple if nights or should we stay in Sienna 3-4 nights and do day trips to Florence?
Any must see places, not typical? I have just started to research, so I don't know much.
THANKS!!!
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Anybody out there?? Any more ideas would be appreciated.
thanks...
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OK--November, one week, 5 people.

First, trying to corral 5 people and luggage onto trains and having to pay for 5 is not my idea of fun. So, here is what I would do.
Get a car, or a van, in Genoa and drive to a rural Tuscan base for 4 nites. Stop in Lucca enroute. Then, drop your car in Florence and spend 3 nites there--or your last nite in Pisa if the flight is early. I would stay near Siena and explore the hill towns of south Tuscany during the 4 days. A good mix of rural medieval Italy and the art of Florence. Just an idea !
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Old Sep 14th, 2004, 01:05 PM
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HI span,

Bob's advice is always well worth considering.

If you prefer not to drive, train to Venice(2 nights), train to Florence (4 nights) and take a daytrip to Siena, train to Pisa the day before your flight.

Train schedules and tickets are at www.trenitalia.com/en
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spanishfly,

I agree with Ira and Bob's recommendations except that I would stay in Lucca the last night and not in Pisa. Lucca has much nicer accomodations to offer and is only a 30 minute taxi drive from the Pisa airport.
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