ITALY..... 8 days 9 nights itinerary...PLEASE help.... :-)
Replies: 8 - Last Post: Jun 19, 2012 8:18 PM Last Post By: rosearts
Jun 13, 2012 10:51 AM
ITALY..... 8 days 9 nights itinerary...PLEASE help.... :-)hi all! i am hoping some people can help me sort out itinerary for my forthcoming trip to italy. Having never been there before i am hoping to see as much as possible but at the same time have time to relax and enjoy the holiday. I am travelling with two friends in July flying into Rome early morning on day 1 and flying out of Venice early morning on day 9. We are budgeting for around 50euro max per night for accomodation but will try and get cheaper accomodation if possible.We want to stay in central places but also safe as we are three females.
Our original plan was to stay in Rome day 1,2,3,4
early train to florence on day 5, check into accomodation and spend the day exploring florence
day trip to pisa from florence day 6
day trip to siena day 7 with late train to Venice check into accomodation Venice
day 8 explore Venice
day 9 early flight home
Is this itinerary possible to complete? also would there be any way that we could fit in a trip to pompei/naples while in rome? all advise will be gratefully received.Thanks :-)
Jun 13, 2012 11:22 AM
Jun 13, 2012 11:24 AM
Jun 13, 2012 12:29 PM
Jun 13, 2012 12:48 PM
4On day 6, you spend an hour on the train from Florence to Pisa, get off at Centrale station, spend 20 - 30 minutes walking through the city to the leaning Tower, take some photos, perhaps queue up to walk up the tower if the wait isn't too long - and then what??
As to Pompeii, plan on about 3 hours travel each way from Rome - it is a long and expensive day trip. Now if you were staying in Naples for 3 or 4 days..... - or just plan it for next time
Jun 13, 2012 1:30 PM
5First priority, get a map. Understand you are traveling a lot to see those cities.
Next priority, change your itinerary. Drop Pisa. Forget Naples. 2 days Rome, next morning train to Siena on 3rdday/overnight Siena, next day train or bus to Florence 2 days, then train to Venice.
Laslty, check the airbnb website for accommodations. You can search by price.
Jun 13, 2012 8:17 PM
6With your present itinerary, you'll have to postpone that "relaxation time" for the plane trip home. Also, if anyone asks you what any of your destinations besides Rome was like, you'll have to answer, 'I don't honestly know." You'll have time to gather a first impression, but not a second.
The more time you spend in transit, the less you'll actually see--just in different places. Offhand, I can think of 4 museums in Florence with world class art in them. With your current itinerary, you'll be lucky to visit 2 of them--more likely one, if there's anything else in town you want to see that has opening and closing hours.
drop one destination. it's too rushed
Funny, I was going to suggest dropping 3.
Mike9's point about what to do in Pisa after the tower is equally applicable to Siena and it's piazza. Certainly, there are other things to do in both cities. But you won't have time.
Rome is the one destination you're doing some semblance of justice to--though 4 nights is considered a bare minimum to do so.
The majority of visitors to Venice spend one night or less. You're spending two nights, but really only one full day. That means you'll likely be doing the exact same things as everyone else who has only one day in Venice. There are areas of Venice where you can be the only tourist in sight. And areas where you can't avoid being one of hundreds, maybe thousands of tourists. Guess which areas you'll have time to visit.
There seems to be no consensus on how exactly you should scale back your ambitions. But there is a consensus that you should. Last year, I spent 13 nights combined in Rome, Florence and Venice and till didn't see everything I wanted to--in any of them. Even if you stuck to these 3, you'd barely have time to scratch the surface of two of them. Let alone "relax."
Jun 14, 2012 9:32 AM
I agree there's nothing relaxing about your plans.
Jun 19, 2012 8:18 PM
8Depending on where you're coming from, you have to consider that your first day will be exhausting, as you'll be jet-lagged. Then, besides that, you're going to be spending half your time (and money) getting from one place to another. Having lived in Rome for almost three years, and still not seeing everything, and having also spent a summer in Venice and month in Florence (as well as travelling to a lot of other parts of the country), I would say pick 2 cities and leave the others for another trip! You have to consider that 1) there will be crowds of tourists at the most famous monuments, so waiting on line will eat up your time, 2) you will need to factor getting from one place to another, not to mention finding your way around and 3) part of the experience that is so wonderful is just sitting at a cafe and soaking up the light, the architecture and the "vibe." Not to mention enjoying the food and wine (or cappuccino)!
So my advice: Venice and Florence, Florence and Rome or Venice w/ a short side trip for a day or two to Padua, Verona and/or Vicenza or Treviso...
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