Too many places in one trip?

Old Dec 26th, 2015, 12:08 PM
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Too many places in one trip?

I'm planning my first trip to Europe...specifically Italy. I'm planning on flying into Genoa and after that I wanted to go to Venice, then to Florence, and finally Rome (which is where I will fly out of). I'm planning on being in Italy for 10-12 days. (It hasn't been set in stone.) Planning to spend about 2-3 days in each location and the day of travel, using a high speed train and leaving in the morning.
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Old Dec 26th, 2015, 12:41 PM
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Make it 12 days and it is feasible, even if a little rushed for some people.
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Old Dec 26th, 2015, 01:14 PM
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Your trip might work better if you went from Genoa to Florence, then to Venice, then to Rome. Try comparing the train schedules and see what you come up with. You might be right, but the devil is in the details.

Whether it is "too many places" depends on whether you have 10 or 12 days, how much you can stand to be on trains for any given stretch and what you want to do and see in each place. Some people plan a trip your like yours and end up feeling like they only half-saw anything. They would have been happier skipping one destination.

Other people aren't that way. Depends on what you want to do in each individual city.

It also can matter what time of year you are going. In winter, you could get slowed down by bad weather trying to move from one place to another. In summer, crowds might be so huge, or it might be so hot, that slows you down.
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Old Dec 26th, 2015, 04:24 PM
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Not only does time of year matter - but also where you are coming from. Genoa does not have any flights from north america - so that is a reasonable flight only from within europe. Otherwise most of your first day (after an overnight flight) will be spent just getting TO Genoa.

IMHO this is too many if you have 10 days and pushing it is if you have 12.

So - how many nights do you actually have in europe?

And have you laid out the trip day by day - and looked at train times - so you understand how little time you have in each place?
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Old Dec 26th, 2015, 05:17 PM
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I live not far from Genova and I visit North America all the time. When I leave North America to fly back to Genova, I'm usually home doing my laundry before noon.

The quickest routing is a transatlantic non-stop to Rome, with 2 morning flights to Genova, but transiting early morning through London, Paris or Istanbul are other possibilities for a morning arrival in Genova. Munich only has flights to Genova after noon.

If you fly non-stop from North America to Milan, most flights land quite early in the morning, and the train to Genova is under 4 hours, so you'll be in Genova in time to eat lunch.
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