Italy Itinerary Reality Check Needed
Replies: 3 - Last Post: Jul 7, 2012 11:02 AM Last Post By: sophotec
Jul 6, 2012 9:53 PM
Italy Itinerary Reality Check NeededBonjour! I have not been to the parts of Italy that I am visiting and wondering if I am too optimistic on my itinerary. Can Italy's subject matter experts let me know if the following is about right, or what you suggest I tweak if anything? Also, how far is Levanto from La Spezia, as I found a hotel in Levanto but will pick up my car in La Spezia?
Sept 29 - Flying into Milano (that is set)
Oct 1 - Train to Cinque Terre (Sleep in Levanto)
Oct 2 - Visit Cinque Terre
Oct 3 - Pick up car in La Spezia and drive through Viareggio for lunch and into Lucca (1.45 hour)
Oct 4 - Day in Lucca, drive to Sienna at the end of the day (2 hours)
Oct 5 - Day in Sienna, drive to San Gimiano at end of the day (1 hour)
Oct 6 - Day in San Gimiano, drive to Bucine at end of the day (40 min)
Oct 7 - Cooking Class in Bucine (near Arezzo)
Oct 8 - Drive around Chianti
Oct 9 - Drive around Montalcino
Oct 10 - Drop the car in Arezzo and take the train to Firenze
Oct 11 - Firenze
Oct 12 - Firenze
Oct 13 - Express train from Firenze to Rome - Fly out at 13:30 (that is set)
Also thanks for any tips and tricks, much appreciated!
Jul 7, 2012 2:43 AM
Here's what I do as general strategy ..
I've taken car trips where I hop from town to town. It can be done, I just don't have any illusions about what can be done (whether one can do Sienna in a day). I spend a day somewhere and do what I can in that time. You already have a couple of loosely planned "drive around" days. You could, for example, drop either or both of those if the earlier days give you the inclination to stay longer somewhere. Or keep everything as it is .. it's your trip to enjoy and make the best of.
Jul 7, 2012 6:48 AM
2If you must have a car in Lucca and Siena make sure your hotel provides car parking, otherwise you'll be driving round town hoping to find somewhere that isn't (a) isn't miles from your hotel and (b) extremely expensive. Both cities have a Zona Traffico Limitato - which basically means no cars unless you have a permit (which is not easily obtainable). Regret I can't remember the parking situation in San Gim but think you have to park outside the city walls - again worth checking what hotels offer.
The drive from La Spezia to Viareggio is underwhelming. If you can find somewhere to park, it might be worth dropping into one or two of the smaller towns on the way such as Forte di Marmi. Incidentally your estimated driving times are a bit ambitious (or perhaps you've hired a Ferrari??). Also, it seems a pity when you'vve allocated time to exploring parts of Tuscany in the car that you've not found time to include Volterra and Colle Val d'Elsa between Lucca and Siena.
Arezzo is well worth a half day - annoyingly the cathedral has a really long siesta - but it is an interesting town, more than just somewhere to drop the car off.
On your last day, leave time for a long walk at Roma Termini station - quite possible 10 minutes or so - from the train arriving in from Florence (usually around about platform 6 or 8), and the train to the airport. The airport train usually leaves from platform 24, which means you have to walk the full length of platform 23 first, which is of course, both healthy and envigorating with your luggage!
Jul 7, 2012 11:02 AM
3I would stay in Rome last night, you should stay by the airport at 10.30, it means that you must leave florence at least at 7.30 am, better if 6.30
(3 star Hotel)
From US$101.20 per night
(3 star Hotel)
From US$118.26 per night
(5 star Hotel)
From US$513.22 per night