Replies: 6 - Last Post: May 12, 2013 5:11 AM Last Post By: MTL
May 11, 2013 3:17 AM
I've seen so many posts and topics about itineraries, and people keep saying its to rushed. I get that, but it does make me doubt about my own. So, heres the plan
Fly into Bologna on the 2nd of June, leaving from Napels on 23th
3 days Bologna
3 days Florence
2 days Sienna (with a trip to some friends in the neighbourhood)
5 days Rome
2 days Naples (staying with a friend)
5 days Almafi coast
2 days Naples
I know the last part is weird, but we can only stay with my friend on weekends..
We plan to do some couchsurfing in Bologna and Sienna, and some hostels for the rest. For Rome we are actually looking for a nice appartment/studio where we can cook for ourselves. Does anyone have some ideas for that?
Our total budget is about €2400 for 2, excluding flight, but we would lake to not spend all if possible..
Oh, and we are travelling by train, but I don't want to book any in case of a change in plans.
Edited by: Maritzamap
May 11, 2013 4:07 AM
1have you read this?
That will also answer your budget question. (i think it's going to be tight- EUR 1200 for 22 days...)
The rule of thumb is divide your number of days by 3 1/2, and that's the number of places. You have 22 days- and 6 places. Seems reasonable to me.
Of course, i would never plan a day-to day itinerary for a 3 week trip. I would go to the first place, stay as long as I'm enjoying myself, and then move on... and repeat. I may end up with a trip like yours but i would not plan it in advance.
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Edited by: MTL
May 11, 2013 7:06 AM
2I did read that, thank you for writing it!
The problem is that we have so much things that need to be planned. Like the appartment, and those days with friends.. Of course we can always change it, but this is just for now to do some light planning.
Since we are doing some couch surfing (about 8 days out of 22), I hope that the budget will be a little less tight.
Thank you for your help so far!
May 11, 2013 7:23 AM
3You might be wondering what to do by the third (or even the second) day in Bologna, but there are plenty of smaller cities nearby worth a day trip such as Modena, Ferrara, Mantova etc. all just a few euros away on the regionale trains. Apart from that, and your itinerary being all towns and not much countryside, it looks like a good outline - and splurge a bit on the food in Bologna (in case you aren't aware of the city's foody fame) - you can leave the pizzas for when you get to their home Naples.
May 11, 2013 11:27 PM
May 12, 2013 12:14 AM
5we are doing some couch surfing (about 8 days out of 22)
Is that "planning on" or "hoping to"? Its an important distinction.
My understanding is that it's always easier to couchsurf solo--you're going to need a very large couch for the two you.
it's also my understanding that the best way to find a host on couchsurfing is to be a host, with a track record of positive comments--even it's it's just meeting someone for coffee or a meal or showing them around your city.
That apartment in Rome will likely run close to 100 euro/night, accounting for virtually all the money you'll save if you do find couchsurfing hosts. If you don't find hosts, you're going to have a very frugal last several days indeed.
May 12, 2013 5:11 AM
6re: Bologna: OP is flying into Bologna so the first day will be mostly wasted on arrival, checking in, etc. Having been to Bologna only once, i was presently surprised. It doesn't have the number of 'official' tourist attractions that Rome or Florence does, but it is a pleasant, fun city.
Filling 3 days would not be a problem if you make a day trip, as suggested. If you have the faintest interest in Byzantine art, Ravenna should be on top of your list of possible day trips.
The other things that stood out for me in Bologna was the walk to San Luca- 5km all through porticos
http://mraybould.wordpress.com/2012/09/21/san-luca-walk-bologna/ easily takes up 3 hrs if you walk both ways- and i enjoyed it a great deal.
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