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Walking Sticks

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Walking Sticks

My husband and I will be doing a Rome-Florence-Venice trip later this year. My knees are not their best any more, and I know that there will be lots of stairs and hills throughout the tour. I was wondering if anybody out there has taken walking sticks on a similar trip, and if they helped spare the knees. Thanks for your help.

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Most of Florence is fairly flat.

Venice is stairs everywhere. To cross all the little canals you go on bridges, most of which have a flight of stairs. My husband didn't have the best walking shoes when we were there on our honeymoon (young and healthy), and I thought he'd divorce me straightaway because he kept stopping for a rest and it made me nuts.

Rome is mixed bag, but a lot of it is hilly. Not steep hills (it's not San Francisco), but hills nevertheless. And you can count on uneven sidewalks.

I can't address the walking sticks, but there is a lot of walking involved to properly enjoy any of these places.

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If you have ONE bad leg, then yes a cane can be helpful, but if you get pain in both knees, I'm not sure a stick would be of much help: and if it's a matter of endurance, it would only help if you get one of those with a seat, so you can sit and rest when you need to. If you want to know how it feels for you, why not get one of those folding ones and try it out on a slope or steps near where you live?

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I think the OP is talking about the type of walking sticks that hikers use not just a cane. I have seen them used in an urban environment.


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