3 weeks in italy
Replies: 10 - Last Post: Jul 16, 2012 9:46 AM Last Post By: milkyway1
Jul 15, 2012 11:02 AM
Jul 15, 2012 11:28 AM
1So, um, what's on your list?
My first visit to Italy consisted of a week each in Rome, Florence and Venice, and that seemed pretty darn ideal.
Call it beginner's luck. For not trying to visit too many places in too short a time. And for not spending half my time on a train trying to "see it all."
Since then, I've been back to all three cities at least twice. And still haven''t spent too much time in them.
Jul 15, 2012 11:30 AM
2Yeah it's definitely a balance between trying to squeeze so much in. We have around 8 places on our list but definitely going to trim it down to the essentials now. How do you rate Florence?
Jul 15, 2012 12:26 PM
Jul 15, 2012 12:31 PM
4Okay, start in Venice as we are coming from Austria, then over to Verona as it looks beautiful. Next stop is Milan, although I have heard mixed reports to be honest, then to Florence and lucca, again as I have heard lucca is not too touristy, so would serve as a nice change. We then meet up with friends in Rome before heading down the Amalfi coast to finish our trip.
We like beautiful places with lots of culture but we also want sometime by the coast to relax.
Jul 15, 2012 1:17 PM
5Next stop is Milan, although I have heard mixed reports to be honest
Like with everything, it all depends on your own interests, and not other people's. You heard mixed reports, because people have different interests and expectations. Milan, beautiful it isn't to the eyes of a first- (or second, third etc) time traveller. But there are few places that can match Milan's cultural life in Italy. If you don't know what to see and do there, just skip it.
Stay in Veneto for your first week (Padova and Vicenza are also beautiful), in Tuscany for your second and Rome for your third one. I don't really see you have enough time to include Amalfi Coast, too, but I'm a slow traveller and you may enjoy a faster travel pace.
There's nothing original in the above itinerary, but you cannot go wrong with any of these places. There is often a good reason why the beaten track is so well beaten.
have heard lucca is not too touristy
You heard wrong. But this doesn't mean it's not worth visiting.
Jul 15, 2012 1:52 PM
Jul 15, 2012 3:08 PM
It is easier to help you if you state which places you have already considered. E.g. i would spend a week in Sicily but maybe you'r enot going that far south.
In any case, generally speaking, a Eurail/interrail pass is not worth the money in Itay.
Jul 15, 2012 3:12 PM
8I pretty much agree with sushi...its a bit too much for that time span.Without knowing your interests or why you chose these places,I would drop Milan and maybe Amalfi...depending on how fast you like to travel.
Jul 16, 2012 2:14 AM
I like to get a sense of time-passed when I visit these Italian towns and cities, a different era and way of life. That's why I enjoyed wandering around Venice for a week. Verona gave me the same feeling. I didn't get it in Milan -- Milan the place just didn't capture my interest, for reasons given. Someone looks for something else in the city and finds it, that's up to them. I enjoyed the museums in Florence but the city itself didn't do it for me. I don't know why -- maybe my mood that week was off.
One practical way out of this dilemma is to build flexibility into your trip.
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