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Rome, Florence, Umbria - thanks for advice and some info

Rome, Florence, Umbria - thanks for advice and some info

Jul 2nd, 2007, 05:30 AM
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Rome, Florence, Umbria - thanks for advice and some info

Thanks for all the general and specific advice I got from this board. This is not a trip report, more a list of things I can give some information about if anyone has questions.
Travelled with husband and 2 teenage daughters, 3 nights Rome, bike trip in Umbria, 2 nights Florence, final night Rome
Rome:
Hotel Ponte Sisto - stayed here to save money and it's probably worth it. Nice hotel, great location. Our air conditioning didn't work and although everyone was sympathetic noone felt the need to do anything about it so cancelled reservation for last night and stayed at
Grand Hotel de la Minerve - pricey but worth it. Big rooms, great service, gorgeous roof bar, unbelievable location on beautiful quiet square right behind Pantheon
Guided tours - Vatican and beyond, private 3 hour tours of vatican and ancient rome. If you're going to splurge on 1 thing this is it. Both guides were fascinating and fun, our cynical teens agreed.
Florence:
Lungarno Suites - also pricey but beautiful rooms, great location, excellent service
Reserved entry at Uffizzi and Academia
Bike tour of Umbria - if people have questions let me know, it was really the best vacation we've ever had
Thanks again for all the help in plannin
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Jul 2nd, 2007, 05:40 AM
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Would love info on the bike tour. Where?, how long?, how much?, website? etc.
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Jul 2nd, 2007, 06:01 AM
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we went with bike riders, www.bikeriderstours.com. The website is pretty complete, and it was as advertised. The hotels were unique, we had suites in each, the riding was gorgeous and the van was available or not as you wanted. The guides were terrific, we had absolutely no complaints. Being in small towns that people haven't really heard of and aren't filled with tourists was a really different travel experience
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Jul 2nd, 2007, 06:53 AM
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How difficult was the ride and how long did you ride each day?
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Jul 2nd, 2007, 07:12 AM
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Riding was 20 - 35 miles each day, with stops along the way. The rides were very well planned out with clear directions on good roads, traffic wasn't a problem. There were definitely hills (hill towns in Umbria), but there was a lot of support and by the last day everyone made the 4k hill to montefalco, except our kids, who just didn't want to and that was fine too.
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