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Please help deciding on Italy itinerary

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Please help deciding on Italy itinerary

Oct 2011 will be our first trip to Italy. I was all set for 12 nights, fly into Venice for 3 nights, train to Florence for 2 nights, train to Sienna for 1 night then train to Rome 6 nights and then to states from Rome. We have to request vacation time at work and now Im having second thoughts. While we do not mind a fairly busy schedule, since this is trip is new for us I do not want it to involve too much traveling. Would we be better off spending 10 nights and limiting our intercountry travel? I was thinking of flying into Rome for 5 nights, train to Florence for 3 nights, train to Sienna for 1 night and then back to Rome for a night with quick access to airport for flight back home. Any opinions greatly appreciated

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1. Re: Please help deciding on Italy itinerary

Well, there's pros and cons both ways--pros, you have 12 days, and they are all wonderful places, seen in a logical order. Cons-you will be doing a lot of time unpacking, packing, checking out, on the train, checking in again, etc.

I suggest you post this in the Rome, Florence, and Venice forums to get better feedback.

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2. Re: Please help deciding on Italy itinerary

12 days in Italy is always 2 days better than 10 days. You won't regret spending as much time as you can.

My one thought would be to consider staying in Florence 3 nights and doing a day trip by bus to Siena. That would save one day of lugging suitcases and changing hotels.

If you can afford to take the fast trains then it is not that much time spent on travel. Do NOT skip Venice - it is wonderful and unique.

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3. Re: Please help deciding on Italy itinerary

Siena is about an hour by bus from Florence. I would not change hotels for one night but would choose one or the other as your base.

12 nights is better than 10 - it is a long flight and I stay as long as possible to maximize the value in terms of cost and time.

With 12 nights I would fly into Venice and spend 3 nights, head to Florence for 4-5 and spend the remainder in Rome. This gives you time for a day trip from both Florence and Rome.

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