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Apr 1st, 2009, 01:36 PM
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It saddens me to see my list dropped to 2 cities...but Rome is a world in itself. I guess I've got to accept that.

I think Lucca should only be a day trip for us...then I can be there but without the hassle of hotel stays and missing out on something else.

So lets think how we could alter this...
If we spend time primarily in 2 cities we could do Firenze and Roma!

Day 1: Arrive in Roma Train directly to Firenze spend the day there

Day 2: Day trip to Lucca - Cinque Terre?

Day 3: Day trip to Pisa - Train to Rome

Day 4: Rome - Ostia Antica

Day 5: Rome - Collaseum etc...

Day 6: Rome - Rick Steve's 'Night Walk'

Day 7: Rome - Fly to Norway in the evening
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Apr 1st, 2009, 01:38 PM
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That's with Nights 1 and 2 staying in Florence

Is that too long in Roma? (Not that that's possible but considering our time in Italy, is it equally divided?)
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Apr 1st, 2009, 01:58 PM
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I love Lucca, i spent 2 weeks there 3 yrs ago and I'm going back for a few days this summer.

Are you very eager to see Pisa? It is interesting but I would rather spend the day in Florence.

Are you planning to take the train from Pisa to Rome, or are you going back to Firenze?
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Apr 1st, 2009, 02:05 PM
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It would depend on if we went to Pisa or not. We could spend the morning of Day 3 in Florence, Pisa in the afternoon, then take the evening train from Pisa to Rome
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Apr 1st, 2009, 02:17 PM
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The good part about this adjustment is this: you are staying in two different hotels. You may find you love Florence and don't need to go to Pisa. You may find you hate the hubbub of Rome and take a daytrip to Orvieto, or love Rome and skip the daytrip to Ostia Antica. Decisions about those daytrips can be made the same day you plan to take them, since they are local trips with frequent, inexpensive transportation options.
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Apr 1st, 2009, 02:27 PM
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So True ellenem!

I think it's important to have that 'open ended' option...
gives us some breathing room, especially if something happens or we fall in love with a certain place and want to spend more time there.

ellenem: You mentioned Orvieto...What's that like? Day trip from Rome?

Cruiseluv: What are your favorite places in Lucca? Where do you plan to return?

Everyone: I hadn't planned on going to Florence...So I have no plans for there...BOMBARD me with your ideas, restaurants and places to stay!!!
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Apr 1st, 2009, 02:56 PM
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Lucca and Pisa are only 20 minutes apart by train. I would include them in the same day by taking a train or bus from Florence to Lucca early in the morning. Travel time is about 70 minutes. Lucca historic center pretty much shuts down in the afternoon so plan to tour around in the morning, have lunch and catch a train for Pisa after lunch.

Orvieto is about an hour train ride from Rome.
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Apr 1st, 2009, 03:52 PM
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Good revision--that will work with some tuning.
Forget the CT--too far.
See both Lucca and Pisa the same day.
Search here for Florence hotels--the Peterson B&B that Ira is crazy about may work for you.
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Apr 1st, 2009, 05:51 PM
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Orvieto is a lovely hilltown in Umbria on the direct train line between Florence and Rome. There are frequent trains leaving Rome that stop in Orvieto and the ride takes about an hour. Once you arrive at Orvieto station, walk across the street and take the funicular to the old hilltop town--a bus meets the funicular to take you to the center. Beautiful duomo (main church) nice streets to wander, beautiful views of rolling green hills. There's an Underground Orvieto tour available from the tourist info office opposite the duomo that many enjoy. It's an easy town to enjoy in one day, easy to reach from Rome should you feel the need to get away. But don't skip things you want to see in Rome just to visit Orvieto.
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Apr 2nd, 2009, 07:17 AM
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So no Cinque Terre...and Lucca/Pisa in One Day.
You guys are AWESOME!

REVISED ITALY:

Day 1: Arrive in Roma Train directly to Firenze spend the day there

Day 2: Day trio-Lucca in early morning-Pisa after Lunch

Day 3: Firenze

Day 4: Rome - Collaseum and other 'Classic Rome'-Rick Steve's 'Night Walk'

Day 5: Rome - Day trip-Ostia Antica

Day 6: Rome - Day Trip-Oriveto

Day 7: Rome - Fly to Norway in the evening



How's this sound?! I like how concise it's getting...yet still open to change.

I've only gor Rick's book on Rome so I'll have to peruse this sight for tips on Florence, Pisa, Ostia Antica and Oriveto.

If you have anything on these places (or Rome) I like to hear tips straight from the Horses Mouth...

Thank you all again, Vorrei essere perso senza di te!!!
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Apr 2nd, 2009, 07:23 AM
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I like it !!! My only nit is that with only 3 days in Rome I would not do a daytrip to Orvieto. Orvieto is nice but I'd rather spend that day at the Vatican and it's museum. Unless you think you can cram that into your day 4, which I don't think would be a wise thing.

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Apr 2nd, 2009, 08:32 AM
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I don't think so either...we're not going to recognize the word 'cram' ... this is going to be a relaxed...aborbing vacation!
I think I'll nix Oriveto as I never planned on it in the first place.

I'm going to keep Ostia Antica though because that's my substitute for Pompeii...And it sounds like SO much fun to do the bike trip through there!

I'm getting excited...the more detailed the plan gets, the more real the trip seems!
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Apr 2nd, 2009, 08:59 AM
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I think that's a great move, I've been to Rome about six times and I've yet to really see everything it has to offer. Do a lot of reading up on it and you'll find a ton of things to do. For example, the following walk outined by Degas in this forum is a magnificent walk thru some of Rome's greatest churches. The San Pietro in Vincoli church is great since you'll get to see Michaelangelo's magnificent Moses up close and personal. In the Church of San Clemente you can walk down into a level of the church that used to be the city's street level in the 2nd century BC.

http://www.fodors.com/community/euro...n-churches.cfm

One of the things I've never done in Rome is visit Ostia Antica, and so I envy your getting to go there. I've found the following thread in this forum gives very detailed instructions on a visit to Ostia.

http://www.fodors.com/community/euro...ns-march05.cfm

Have a great time in Rome, I hope you'll like it as much as many on this board do.

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Apr 2nd, 2009, 09:23 AM
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Sounds good to me. I'd opt for the Vatican instead of Orvieto as well.
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Apr 2nd, 2009, 09:26 AM
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Wow! Very detailed church walk...lovely! That'll definitely be added to our list of things to choose from as 'To Dos' in Roma.

Ostia sounds fabulous..I'm glad for this because I knew little about it.

Thank you for everything gatorbill, you deserve something cool for helping me so much...But I don't know what?!
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Apr 2nd, 2009, 09:27 AM
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Thanks ellenem! You too have been a HUGE help to this whole thing...fodorites rock!
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Apr 2nd, 2009, 09:49 AM
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Well, for my help I expect you to post a great trip report when you get back telling us all the fun you had
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Apr 2nd, 2009, 09:50 AM
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I will....and I'll love every minute of it too!

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