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Italy travel planning

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Italy travel planning

Hello, We are planning a 7 day trip to Italy in summer. Trying to figure out the best way to reserve budget accommodation (hotel/apt/b&b) and local trip reservations (train/bus/attraction tickets). Please let us know any recommendations regarding the potential itinerary plan provided below and any tips to keep the costs low, based on your experiences there. We have two kids between 5 and 10 yrs. Thank you. Here's a potential itinerary we are thinking about.

Day 1 Arrival in Rome in the morning; Train from Rome to Florence; Visit Florence local

Day 2 Florence - day trip to Pisa/Tuscany

Day 3 Visit Florence local; Train from Florence to Venice (afternoon)

Day 4 Visit Venice local

Day 5 Visit Venice local; Train from Venice to Rome (afternoon)

Day 6 Visit Rome (Colesium, etc.)

Day 7 Visit Rome (Vatican, etc.)

Day 8 Departure from Rome in the morning

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1. Re: Italy travel planning

I think you should reduce your trip to Rome and one other place (Venice or Florence). Your itinerary does not give you a full day in Florence. On day 5, if you want to get to Rome at a reasonable time in the afternoon, then you will probably have to forget about seeing anything in Venice in the morning. The trip is about 5 or 6 hours. Having only two train trips could also save you money, as well as the stress of dragging two young children around.

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2. Re: Italy travel planning

you could do the Rome by night tour on your last night in Rome, which will take you to some sights and will look pretty lit up at night, and this could save some time. Rome and Venice will be enough. Don't bother with Pisa..

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Your itinerary is possible but a bit rushed. I suggest you visit Florence first and only keep Pisa as an option. In fact, if you want to take a day trip from Florence, Siena is arguably the better destination.

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4. Re: Italy travel planning

Can you not fly into Venice and out of Rome? This Multi-city or open-jaws flying is usually no more expensive than in and out of the same city.

Then it becomes Venice, Florence. Rome. Still rushed but at least 2 nights (and therefore one full days) sightseeing in each city.

Realise of course that two nights in a city is really only one day of sightseing.

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5. Re: Italy travel planning

You are going to too many cities in too little time. You won't see more by doing this, you'll see less because you'll be spending so much time riding the train, etc.

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I agree, you have a time issue. Do skip Pisa and try to get an "open jaw ticket" - this will save you half day and a lot of inconvenience.

Concerning reservations:

- Booking.com is ok and covers most of the hotels, including the cheapest. Otherwise try the B&B here http://www.bed-and-breakfast-in-italy.com/

- In Venice, Rome and Florence DO RESERVE museums: queues are terrible! In Venice venetoinside.com/en/… for Vatican …vatican.va/musei/tickets/do… (note: no St Peters visits on Sunday morning, there's the Pope!), in Florence uffizi.com/galleria-degli-uffizi/prenotazion…

Venice can be really tiring for Kids, especially in Summer Time. Consider itinerary and attractions that could engage and interest also Junior travelers (such as this one http://wp.me/p3sImA-8o).

For trains: www.trenitalia.com and private competitor www.italotreno.it. Do reserve as soon as possible, you may find discounts (also family based).

Hope this helps.

Enjoy Italy!

JP

www.delightfullyitaly.com

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Thank you for your advice. Any tips on safety? Are there areas to avoid in Rome/Venice/Florence when looking for Hotels? Thank you.

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8. Re: Italy travel planning

I think museums for the 5 and 10 year old will not be a good use of your short time. The Vatican Museum is a slog for most adults.

I would concentrate on things like the Roman Coluseum, the Roman Forum, and parks like the Borghese Gardens. Ride some buses out and back when you are tired. Indulge them every so often with gelato.

The pace of this trip could cause some serious meltdowns. And not only you, but your children.

My plan would be ONE city, with trips outside if you want variety. Rent an apartment and cook breakfast there. If everyone gets tired, just take a nice midday nap in the heat, then go out in the cooler evening.

When they're older, you can go further and faster, but you may find that the slower pace of Italian life could be catching!

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In Rome, avoid the area around Termini rail station, Florence and Venice are very safe towns.

In general, given the limited time you have, try to find a hotel close to / in the areas you wish to visit (for instance: Spanish Steps in Rome, Piazza della Signoria in Florence.

JP

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