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Pleasde give me feedback on this Italy Itineray

Old Sep 22nd, 2005, 12:01 PM
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Pleasde give me feedback on this Italy Itineray

Tell me what you think of this itinerary for a family of four (with two teenagers who can't sit still). We are flying into rome and out of milan with 13 nights.
4 nights in rome (with one day to pompeii & back)
2 nights in Siena
1 night in Pisa/Lucca
3 nights in florence
2 nights in venice
and the last night in milan before the flight home.
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Old Sep 22nd, 2005, 12:18 PM
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Augsbut,

Well, you asked:

If you can squeeze one more night in Rome you will be able to see it at a more relaxed pace, and probably enjoy it better.

One more night in Venice.

I'd probably drop Pisa/Lucca, but I've never been to Lucca so maybe I'm not the best person to comment on that. Also, teenagers may not love Florence, although there are buckets of students--some HOTT ones--there.

Enjoy Italy.
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Old Sep 22nd, 2005, 12:23 PM
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I agree---drop the Pisa segment and add a nite to Venice.
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Old Sep 22nd, 2005, 12:28 PM
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I would drop the night in Pisa, add it to Florence and daytrip from there.

If you are able to give anywhere else - add a night to Venice as suggested!
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Old Sep 22nd, 2005, 01:02 PM
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Are you flying a great distance? Take into account jet lag.

I'd drop the (very long) day trip to Pompeii and go to Ostia Antica (the ruins of Rome's ancient port) instead. Also I'd drop the Pisa/Lucca day and add it to Venice. I think teenagers would like Venice more than Florence.

How are you getting around? Train or car?
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Old Sep 22nd, 2005, 01:17 PM
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I'll disagree about Pisa. Consider the interests of your teenagers. They'd probably love the Leaning Tower!
Also, I'd keep the trip to Pompeii, another activity the teenagers will probably love.
I agree about dropping a day or two from Florence and adding to either Rome or Venice.
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Old Sep 22nd, 2005, 01:24 PM
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I'd keep Pompeii as well. Sure, it can make for a long day, but totally worth it and your teenagers will love it. I'd also consider dropping Pisa and daytripping instead; its a quick and easy train ride from Florence. I'd add the extra night to Rome or Venice.

Overall it looks like a great itinerary.

Tracy
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Old Sep 22nd, 2005, 01:30 PM
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Keep Pompeii - it's a lot of history to drop and am sure kids will enjoy it.

Drop night at Pisa - there's nothing there but the tower. Day trip it instead.

Add another night to Rome - you will need it - it's a big city, a lot of walking.

Venice - 2 nights is lovely. 3 if you can afford the time. But consider the extra day in Rome more than Venice.
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I totally disagree with keeping Pompeii. It is very interesting, but you can do without it. I just spent 5 days in the Amalfi Coast and Pompeii was my least favorite day there. I am 20, close to a teenagers perspective.

Also, drop a night in Siena. It is a really cute city, but you definately don't need more then 1 day, if even a night there.

Pisa is not a city you will want to spend a night in. It's a great 1/2 day trip from Florence, it only takes 45 minutes to get there. Basically the only thing there is the Leaning Tower.

So what I would do:
4 nights in Rome, skip Pompeii if you don't feel like you've seen enough of Rome
1 night in Siena
4 nights in Florence, one day trip to Pisa
3 nights in Venice
1 night in Milan

Florence is a great city that your teenagers will definately enjoy. I just spent 5 months studying there, and can say that the shopping and food is the best in the country! Whatever you decide, do not shorten your stay in Florence!
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Old Sep 22nd, 2005, 01:40 PM
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I would not drop Pisa/Lucca. If this is a first trip for the teens, they will want to see Pisa and one of the Wonders of the World (Leaning Tower). Lucca is a wonderful city, full of charm and surrounded by walls that you can walk upon.

I would instead take 1 night off Siena and add that to Rome, as the others have said. Rome has just too many things to see and being that you are using one day to go to Pompeii, that is even less. With those adjustments, your itinerary would look like this:

5 nights Rome (1 day-Pompeii RT)
1 night Siena
2 nights Pisa/Lucca
3 nights Florence
2 nights Venice
1 night Milan
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Old Sep 23rd, 2005, 04:38 AM
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Thanks for the suggestions. I think we'll drop one night in Siena and add in another in rome. The kids want to see pompeii and the leaning tower. We'll sleep in Lucca after pisa and bike the walls the next morning before driving on to florence. Now if I can only find a good apartment in Rome...
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