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Itinerary ideas for solo 20-something woman

Itinerary ideas for solo 20-something woman

May 7th, 2010, 09:02 AM
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Itinerary ideas for solo 20-something woman

Hi everyone,

I studied in Florence for a semester a couple years ago, and I am thinking of making my third(!) trip back to Italy since then. Apparently, like many people on this forum, I just can't get enough.

In my semester there and during subsequent trips, I have seen Florence, of course, some other famous Tuscan towns (Sienna, Pisa, San Gimignano), Rome, Naples/Pompeii/Amalfi coast, and Cinque Terre (just for for two days).

I'm looking for ideas for my next trip, probably in mid-to-late September for 10 days or so. I positively have to go to Florence--I still haven't seen everything there I want to see--and to Venice, because, well, I've never been. I will fly open-jaw, probably into Rome and out of Venice.

What places can you recommend that are roughly between Florence and Venice? I will not be renting a car, and as my post title says, I'm a young woman who will be traveling alone. I like to visit museums and I enjoy art and architecture, but for me the magic of Italy is just BEING there. Thanks!
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May 7th, 2010, 09:06 AM
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Bologna, Padua
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May 7th, 2010, 09:11 AM
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Florence to Bologna.
From there you can visit Ferrara, Parma, Modena, Ravenna, possibly Mantua, Cremona.
All by train. Then tootle along the railway line to Padua and end in Venice.
Maybe not all of the above in 10 days, but some of them!
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May 7th, 2010, 09:24 AM
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I suggest Verona. Read up on it. It has a lively social scene plus a lot of lovely architecture, a Roman arena, great wine, wonderful strolls and shopping. Easily reached by train.
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May 7th, 2010, 10:14 AM
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I really appreciate the suggestions so far. Gertie3751, may I ask how you might suggest dividing my time? Are you saying Bologna would be a good base for visiting perhaps a couple of those towns?
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May 7th, 2010, 10:26 AM
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Yes. We used Bologna as a base and go the train every day to Ferrara, Parma, Ravenna, Modena. It saved moving hotels too much. I think we did an overnight in Mantua.
Or you could try Bologna to say Verona then go to Vicenza, Padua and Venice.
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