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Trip report: Lucca, Siena, Montalcino, Orvieto, Rome

Trip report: Lucca, Siena, Montalcino, Orvieto, Rome

Old May 7th, 2004, 09:38 PM
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Wow, what a fantastic trip report! Thank you so much...now I cant wait to return to Italy!
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Old May 7th, 2004, 09:45 PM
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Thank you for sharing, Henry. You, and Ethan, are blessed!
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Old May 8th, 2004, 06:06 AM
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Great report on a terrific trip, Henry.

Thanks for sharing.
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Old May 9th, 2004, 06:10 PM
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I think you're awsome. Thanks!
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Old May 9th, 2004, 06:28 PM
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Henry,
I was completely charmed by your report!
I look forward to doing the same thing with my grandson in a few years! ( Right now he is only seven months old)
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Great report!
One question--how was the weather in March? Specifically, was it good enough to do a lot of hiking--my husband thinks a trip is worthless unless it involves hiking or biking. I would like to go to Italy next March over spring break to take advantage of the lower airfares.
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What a wonderful report -- and what a great idea re: frescoes -- it's true and it obviously worked
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Old May 12th, 2004, 10:50 AM
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I thank everyone for the kind remarks.
RachelG,I have gone to Italy several times in March and while the weather is a crap shoot (can be rainy or cold)I have never found it to be too bad to hike as long as you have several days to do it. Be flexible and have indoor and outdoor days planned.
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Old May 12th, 2004, 05:54 PM
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Excellent--I'm looking at Tuscany.
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Old Jun 8th, 2004, 11:48 AM
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Thanks for such entertaining trip report. I am planning my first trip to Italy in October and have lots of planning to do in between now and then. Since you've made so many trips there perhaps you could give me little info. We are trying to fit Rome, Florence & Venice into an 8 night trip (flying into and out of Rome).

Am needing to find out approx. time for train travel between each city. I take it that train tickets are best purchased there. Do you know anything about some of the discount airlines, perhaps easyjet might be a good way to go from Venice back to Italy.

Thanks in advance for your feedback.
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Old Jun 10th, 2004, 10:15 AM
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rockman,
Rome to Florence takes about 1.5 hours
Florence to Venice about 3 hours
Venice to Rome about 4.5 hours
Check http://www.trenitalia.it/ for times and prices. It will take you about a half hour to get to the airport and another half hour to get from the airport to the city. Add a half hour to get your bags and an hour to show up before your flight and your time saving is diminished. If you can not fly open jaw (into Rome, out of Venice)consider landing in Rome and going straight to Florence. See Rome at the end. If I can be of any help e-mail or post.
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Thank you, thank you....that was a big help. Considering all the typos I made I'm surprised you were able to decipher my question, but you did! Bon Voyage!
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Old Jun 20th, 2004, 10:59 PM
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I really enjoyed your trip report and am so glad to see how much your grandson enjoyed it! I feel encouraged taking our 12 and 9 year-olds! I'm curious why you suggest doing Florence/Tuscany first and Rome last. I was thinking the other way around because I assume that Rome will be most exhausting for the kids, so do it first and then slow down a little in Florence and Tuscany. Please share your well-travelled insight with me on this! Thanks!
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Old Jun 21st, 2004, 12:13 AM
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Actually, the comment to do Rome last was a suggestion for another poster who was flying in and out of Rome. This would make three stops (Florence, Venice, Rome) for him instead of four (Rome ,Florence, Venice, Rome), thus avoiding packing and unpacking and traveling one day.
But to be honest I did plan to do Rome last with Ethan just because I think Rome is the most hectic. I wanted him to get used to the cultural differences in a smaller town. Little things like looking for street names on the side of building, streets that change names because the streets are circular, greeting shop owners, smaller personal space, etc. were easier to absorb in a calmer setting.
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Old Aug 5th, 2004, 01:28 PM
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Henry,

that was a WONDERFUL trip report and an amazing insight into the trip through your grandson's eyes.

Thank you...I was beginning to lose hope! I'm a travel agent and have seen a disturbing trend recently -- the jaded child or teenager, who's "been there, done that" and the "overindulgent parent" who gives into them.

It seems that not only do the parents have to bring (and pay for) the kid's FRIEND to join them (because they might be bored) but I've had parents discard or cancel trips because the kids don't want to go. I'm sorry...but at 14 if ANYONE had offered me a trip pretty much anywhere, I'd have been thrilled!

My husband's 15 years older than I am and has 2 grandkids that come over once a month for "sleepover". I can't help but notice that they seem to adapt quite well to our rules, which are different from what they experience at home, so I read your comments with interest about how your grandson would eat what was offered without complaint! Very interesting!

Regards,

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Thank you, Henry, for your wonderful detail report.
We just came from Andulicia in Spain and I wish I have your wonderful detail storytelling to share like you have.
This was our first discovery trip with our 9 year old son that he loved it so much he want every year to go to history and discover new castles and big gardens.
I was too worried that he may be tired from hours of going to churches or Al-Hambra palace.
I now have much more respect and faith in him, he never complained and loved everything.
You hit it when you said we need to share with them the interesting things and they will find it interesting.
Our son loved the stories of the histories and we had ice cream everynight.
I loved your report because I am now planning next summer for Rome, Florence and Venice.
Your report will be my footprint for things to share with our son.
Enjoyed it very much.
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Old Jan 16th, 2005, 01:38 PM
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Great trip report. Thank you for sharing!
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Henry, I hope you're still reading the threads...What is the Pyramid you mention that you drove by many times on the 271 bus? It's not EUR is it? Loved your report BTW!
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