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Please Help! 12 Days In Italy mid-October

Please Help! 12 Days In Italy mid-October

Old Jun 18th, 2012, 05:41 PM
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I am using "hills and roads" tours to drive us from Florence to Rome. They will do wine tour and sightseeing on the way. Have booked car and driver for the day. Seemed a good way to combine a winery tour with a day of travel and saves lugging bags on the train. Just a thought.!
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Old Jun 18th, 2012, 07:04 PM
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Absolutely add another day to Venice. It is not a place to rush and see, but rather a place to experience.

Unless you are nuts about Renaissance Art and plan day trips, cut Florence to three days and give a lot more time to Rome.

Since you now have 14 days on the ground, unlike others, I actually would pick another place to spend a couple of nights, perhaps Bologna or some town in Tuscany. I agree that Umbria is lovely and Assisi is very special, but it is a bit easier to reach several towns in Tuscany from Florence. I mention Bologna because of your interest in food.

So might look more like this
Venice: 2 &1/2 days, 3 nts
(only if you are arriving early. If you are ariving late in the day, add another day and nt to Venice)
Bologna: 1 & 1/2 days, 2 nts
Florence: 3 & 1/2 days, 4 nts (One day trip, wine tour, etc.)
Rome: 5 & 1/2 days, 6 nts (day trips possible)

or

Venice: 2 &1/2 days, 3nts
Florence: 2 & 1/2 days, 3 nts
Siena or another Tuscan city: 2 & 1/2 days, 3nts (wine tour or cooking class one day)
Rome: 5 & 1/2 days, 6 nts (day trip possible to Orvieto, Ostia Antica, etc.))

I figured half days beause of travel and check in time.

With 14 days, this leaves an extra day for you to add wherever you might like.

Extra time in Venice would be great because you will have some jet lag and there are great, easy day trips from Venice (Vicenza, Padua, even Verona), if you are really "done" with Venice in two days.
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Old Jun 19th, 2012, 01:13 AM
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was in Italy last month- here's how we did it: Venice, 5 nights; Bologna, 3 nights (day trip to Ravenna); Rome, 5 nights. Loved it all!

I did book our train tickets ahead, some of the fares were quite good- like the 9eu mini fares on one of the legs.
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Old Jun 19th, 2012, 01:59 AM
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It can be stressful to catch trains and reach hotel and then just spend two nights in any particular place. If you were driving, that might be a different matter.

Since you say you have 16 days, I am assuming you have 15 nights' accomodation, I always like to plan according to night stays because of accomodation. I would plan my holiday as follows, taking into consideration that you prefer to stay the longest in Tuscany (Florence being a city in the region of Tuscany):

Venice 3 nts

Bologna 3 nights - taking a day trip from there to Rimini or Ravenna, (maybe a visit to Mosaics or Italy in miniature park in Rimini, there is even a nice big Aquarium in the vicinity which my kids loved) or even a visit to a coastal town in the border of Le Marche - last December we were in Rimini and in half an hour's drive we went for lunch in Pesaro in Le Marche. Alternatively you can base yourselves in a hotel in Rimini. We did this and stayed in a hotel on the coast with lovely beach views in Rimini called Terminal Palace Hotel. It is a newly-opened hotel, email directely to hotel if interested so they might give you a good deal, especially since you are going out of season. We were there only for 2 nights, so sadly we did not manage to also fit in Bologna, but it is on my toplist. That is why I would suggest you stay in this region for 3 nts.

Florence 5 nights - you can do a couple of day trips from there to visit Siena or San Gimignano or Volterra or Pisa and a day for wine tasting or cooking class at an agriturismo in the amazing counryside. Bear in mind that Florence is a very busy city, always packed with tourists, it was so even when we visited in December, so you might consider basing yourself in another town and city in Tuscany and going for a day to Florence. But if you prefer to find accomodation in this beautiful city to spend more time there, then of course it is up to you.

Rome 4 Nights and spend your days sightseeing in Rome - or maybe, if you prefer not to stay all the time in Rome, take a day trip to Orvieto or Ostia Antica.

Catch plane back home from airport in Rome

But I guess each to his own preferences.
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Old Jun 19th, 2012, 05:55 AM
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Lots of advice here . What is important is for you to make your final decision based on what you like the most while traveling. Some people love big cities, but to do an entire vacation in cities when you love beautiful scenery with rolling hills, vinyards, etc.....you may want to factor that into your itinerary.
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