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Suddenly have 7-10 days up for grabs in Italy or somewhere close by. Need guidance!

Suddenly have 7-10 days up for grabs in Italy or somewhere close by. Need guidance!

Old Sep 24th, 2019, 07:36 PM
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I understand, kja, and I respect you right back.

But my husband is a driving nut and could easily do this. I think I could, too, as long as the GPS was working and there was still daylight. I know we're probably not the norm, but we live in a driving-centric town. We fly 13+ hours from L.A.

I assume caseyhen and her husband will keep this issue in mind and decide what he's able to handle. He could even change his mind after he lands and sees how he feels. They could also book a private transfer for not too outrageous a cost.

One thing I will point out... If the 30 miles from FLR to Certaldo takes an hour (per google), then the average driving speed is 30 mph. That's pretty slow, perhaps stop and go.
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Old Oct 12th, 2019, 05:25 PM
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Originally Posted by caseyhen View Post

It's been awhile since I've posted here, but in the past couple of days I've learned I'll be attending a week-long conference in Certaldo Alto, Tuscany. The conference will end on Sunday, October 20th, and my husband will fly to Florence to meet me. Then we'll spend probably another 10 days or so before flying home together.

We're a retired couple, active and frequent travelers. In Italy, we've visited Venice/Florence/Siena/Lucca/Cinque Terre with side stops in Cortona, Castellina in Chianti, and Deruta--all 15 years ago. On another trip we visited Rome, then stayed in Sorrento and visited Amalfi and Positano.

We're pretty up in the air about what to do with this "found" time. Rent an AirBnB somewhere central (maybe Siena?), rent a car, and take day trips? Fly somewhere completely different, like Sicily? Maybe a flight to Croatia and spend some time there? (That one just came to me as I was writing. I think we'd both be excited to spend some time there if it doesn't add a huge amount to the air travel). We'd love some opinions. What would you do?

Time is of the essence as I've committed to the conference and need to secure our plane tickets.

Thanks so much!
As u know, flights all over Europe are cheap so lots of choices. Going south will be warmer. We’ve been All over Europe and to the Amalfi coast twice over 20 years and going again in 3 weeks. Or you can fly to Greece for a few days.
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Old Oct 12th, 2019, 07:17 PM
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Spello is a wonderful base. We spent two weeks there and didn’t find it too quiet at all, just right!
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Old Oct 12th, 2019, 11:26 PM
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To wrap this up: I’m currently grounded in Lisbon as my flight from Newark arrived just late enough for me to miss the connection to Florence. I’ll get there today, just not till much later. My husband will arrive in a week when my conference ends.

Here’s what we decided to do: he’ll join me in Certaldo Alto for a couple of nights, followed by five nights in an AirBnb in San Quirico d’Orcia, four nights in Spoleto, and the last night—Halloween!—in Florence. We’ve spent time in Florence on a previous trip and decided to make this a relaxing stay, driving around Tuscany and Umbria at our own pace. After today’s travel frustrations, I’ll be so ready!

Thanks as always for the wonderful advice.
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Old Oct 13th, 2019, 12:01 AM
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Thanks for letting us know! I hope your delay is not too bad and that you enjoy your trip.
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