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17 weeks ago, January 14th 2019 No: 1 Msg: #206393  
My daughter and I will visiting Italy the last two weeks of May. we are working on our itinerary and trying to figure out the bast places and number of days to stay in Venice, Rome, Tuscany, Florence, Amalfi Coast. We were thinking of 2 - 3 days in Rome but not sure what to do for Tuscany, Florence, and Venice. We have never been there and this is my number one bucket list to do. I have beaten cancer and will travel with my daughter so I am looking forward to this trip. How many days to you suggest in each? What special sites to see? I do know I would like to do a cooking class in Tuscany? and a wine tasting in Florence or Tuscany? Not sure how many days I should stay in each and I know it depends on what I would like to see but I am looking for suggestions. We will not have a car and will be counting on public transportation. I have been reading so much and my head is spinning. I really appreciate your help. Reply to this

17 weeks ago, January 18th 2019 No: 2 Msg: #206413  
In response to: Msg #206393 I visited all those places in Italy last September. All are on most tourists' check list so are very crowded except in low season which is getting to be only winter. I tried to find the out of the way attractions, which can be done.
The train system is good for getting between cities. I would recommend flying into Venice and then spend three nights and two full days there. Then take the train to Florence and spend three nights and two full days there. Next is the train to Rome with four nights and three full days. And finally, the train to Naples where you catch the local train to Pompeii and then Sorrento. You can take a bus along the Amalfi Coast road to Positano, staying for one night, and then to Salerno. You will be glad that someone else is driving as that road is extremely narrow and dangerous. You can enjoy the scenery. Then take a train from Salerno back to Naples and Rome, where you can spend a couple days before flying home. You should be able to fit this into two weeks. I suggest that you reserve hotels early as they fill up fast during tourist season. I used Booking.com, but there are many hotel sites. And buy an Italy guide book...it helps with planning. Reply to this

15 weeks ago, January 29th 2019 No: 3 Msg: #206470  
Hi Daiane, you need only 2 day to visit Florence! In this article <snip> there are the best places you can visit in a weekend for example. if you need more advice, feel free to contact me 😊

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11 weeks ago, February 28th 2019 No: 4 Msg: #206669  
2 -3 Days in VENICE and visit : Piazza San Marco, Doge's Palace, Saint Mark's Basilica, Rialto Bridge, Grand Canal, Bridge of Sighs, Burano, Murano, St Mark's Campanile, San Marco, Lido di Venezia, Gallerie dell'Accademia, Torcello

2 Days in Florence and visit : Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, Uffizi Gallery, Ponte Vecchio, Palazzo Vecchio, David, Pitti Palace, Piazza della Signoria, Galleria dell'Accademia, Basilica of Santa Croce in Florence, The Baptistery of St. John, The Boboli Gardens, Giotto's Bell Tower, Piazzale Michelangelo, Basilica di San Lorenzo, Reply to this

9 weeks ago, March 11th 2019 No: 5 Msg: #206737  
Diane,

I have lots of thoughts about visiting Italy. Italy is a big country and cannot be seen in two weeks. Years ago it was recommended to us to divide Italy into 3 different trips. North, Central and Southern Italy and spend two to four weeks in each section. In 2010, we spent two weeks in Central Italy doing Tuscany. In 2017, we spent four weeks in northern Italy. We are eager to return and do southern Italy.

Venice is our least favorite Italian city so far. Yes, worth seeing but two nights would do it for me. Far too touristy and crowded. As for large cities we really enjoyed Rome and Florence and I would recommend 3 nights in each. We prefer to wander the streets, museums and listen to music.

In Tuscany, we loved Cortona, Sienna and San Gimignano. San Gimignano was one of our favorites.
I would spend two nights in each of these.

We took two cooking classes in Northern Italy and did a wine tasting. It was marvelous! Hopefully, our blogs will provide some help. if you have additional questions please let us know. I'm certain you will have a marvelous time.

Dante's Paradise: Firenze - a world of Renaissance awaits
Napoleon, the grape and feasting in Tuscany
Peaceful Pienza and other Tuscan destinations
All Roads Lead to Rome

Perfecting Pasta with Parmigiano-Reggiano and Gluttony with the Grape
Ravenna, Venice and Verona: Mosaics, Water and Romance
The Lombardy Region: Lakes, Walls and More Cuisine Reply to this

8 weeks ago, March 20th 2019 No: 6 Msg: #206788  
In response to: Msg #206393 Hi, it seems a really great itinerary!
I would suggest, 2 days in Venice, 2 days in Florence with 1 or 2 day trips, 3 days in Rome (if you get bored, but I don't think so, you can always go for a day trip from there) and 2 days Amalfi Coast. In May the weather will be perfect to walk around, since it will be warm, but not too much. Plus, if you're lucky and the water is hot enough, you can dive in the sea during your stay at Amalfi Coast.
I would suggest you to book some tickets in advance, for example the Vatican Museums and the Colosseum tickets in Rome and the Uffizi Museum in Florence. So you don't have to queue for half a day.
Regarding what to do in each of the cities, I've followed these itineraries. Hope that can help.
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6 weeks ago, April 5th 2019 No: 7 Msg: #206855  
1.) When you book an overnight train, make sure you specify Mr. or Ms. on your ticket
Our last overnight train experience made for a funny story, but we don’t recommend following in our footsteps.

Scott had accidentally booked my ticket under the Mr. salutation. The employee almost did not let us on the train since all of the compartments are separated male and female (unless you book a private compartment). Even after we convinced the train employee to let us on, our bunk mate was not happy and we couldn’t communicate with him since we didn’t speak the same language!

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