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Visiting Italy via land or cruise?

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Visiting Italy via land or cruise?

We are a party of 4 adults. Want to spend 2 weeks in Italy. Would like to know what month is less expensive. Should we do escorted tours or on our own? Any tips would be helpful.

Thank you in advance!

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1. Re: Visiting Italy via land or cruise?

Always cheaper and less restricting to do it on your own, there is so much information you can find to do this, on forums etc,, depends where you want to go but hard to say when is the best time re; cost,

I do not see where Cruise comes into this,

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2. Re: Visiting Italy via land or cruise?

In most of Italy, prices are much the same throughout the year.

Doing it on your own is much more flexible, and almost certainly cheaper, than an escorted tour. But you have to read guide books and make your own decisions about the places that will interest you.

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Hi my name is Shane fluent English /Italian speaker if you need a guide/advice for the Marche/Abruzzo areas just drop me a line at sbrowne96@yahoo.com

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4. Re: Visiting Italy via land or cruise?

Do it on your own and don't do a cruise. If you cruise you'll stop at a few ports and have maybe 8-12 hours to see cities such as Florence, Rome, and Naples. As far as Florence and Rome are concerned, it will take you an hour or so each way to get to the cities.

I think you'll see much more and enjoy it much more if you do it yourself and stay in the cities.

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6. Re: Visiting Italy via land or cruise?

There actually is such a thing as low(er) season in travel which lasts roughly from November through March. Christmas/New Years and February Carnevale in Venice would be the exceptions. So, lower season will mean lower airfare and hotel prices and somewhat less crowds.

On the other hand, weather may not be all that great, although a friend who is a Rome addict travels in March and November and swears that the weather is just fine, i.e., cold but not miserable. Another friend regularly travels to Venice for a month long stay from early December through early January and loves it. Go figure?

Having said the above, the four of you should be able to purchase a few good guide books (Michelin Green Guide comes to mind) and a map of Italy, and jot down what are your expectations for the two-week trip, i.e., what do you want to see, where do you want to go, how much money do you have to spend. Do this first, then come back and we can take it from there.

Having said this, there are people I know that only travel with groups and/or only cruise and, if you ask them, they will tell you that this is the only way to travel. So, the best way to do it is really in the eye of the beholder.

I would do it on my own as would the majoriy of people who post on these boards but this is certainly not a universal opinion.

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7. Re: Visiting Italy via land or cruise?

If you have any sense of adventure, don't even think of a cruise.

We do find there is a shoulder season in Italy. We were there in March of this year (our third trip to Italy) and found nearly all prices to be "soft." Hotels were easy to negotiate. Prices in restaurants were firm, but we found them to be cheaper than peak season.

Good luck, ditch the tour group and get out there on your own.

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