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Backpack or suitcase?

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Backpack or suitcase?

We have almost 4 weeks in Italy, travelling independently and largely by train and taking in Rome, Assisi, Florence, Venice, Cinque Terre and Siena.

Have been thinking that it will be easier to manage backpacks given stairs, narrow streets etc, but just wondering what else we should be taking into account in our decision.

Looking forward to hearing from others.

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1. Re: Backpack or suitcase?

If you can use a backpack, you can use a reasonably sized suitcase, and a well made suitcase with wheels can cope with narrow streets and cobblestones.

I admit to a personal prejudice: I've been whacked by too many backpacks on buses, trains and vaporettos.

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2. Re: Backpack or suitcase?

Sort of depends on when you are going (winter...summer, etc) & how you like to dress. Lots of shorts...a few sweaters? We like to do the 22" airplane carry-on with rollers, and the largest on the shoulder type carry-on (underwear, socks, toiletries, cameras, guide-book, etc) we can get away with. This easily takes us for 15-20 days. It's easy to handle on the train, or rolling down the sidewalk. But 4 weeks...it may be asking to much! Oh...I usually wear a blazer and slacks on the plane, and my wife wears a slightly dressy jacket and carries her raincoat on her arm. This saves packing nicer clothing and taking up needed space.

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