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Nine Days in Italy

colorado
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Nine Days in Italy

My wife and I will be making our first trip to Italy. Our plan is to rent a car and drive. We want to have the option of stopping to visit or explore when we like. We are not big on tours and buses. We fly in to Rome and will spend our first night in Rome. On day two we will drive to Florence and the Tuscany area. .Our plan is to spend two days and two nights in the Florence area. On day four our plan is to drive to Venice and spend two more days and nights in the Venice area. On day six we will be driving to the Amalfi Coast and stay in Positano for three night. The last day we will head back to Rome where we will fly out the following day. Would like some advice or suggestions on the following.....

1. Are we nuts to be driving ourselves on this trip?

2. Give me two things we do not want to miss in Rome.

3. We have TWO days to explore Florence. Give us some ideas on what we should not miss. Best Restraunts. Best areas to stay. (we like too stay in 4 and 5 star hotels)

4. We have TWO days to explore Venice Give us some advice on what we need to see. Best restraunts and best hotel to stay.

5. Our last three days will be in Positano or Amalfi Coast, give us some ides on what we should see, best restraunts, best hotels to stay. Thank-you for your help!

Edited: 10 June 2014, 02:05
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1. Re: Nine Days in Italy

10 days to do all that, your nuts. Cut back and go back. Otherwise you will not enjoy it. Italy is all about culture, architecture, history, wine and food, which you cannot enjoy if you are just scurrying around like a chicken with it's head cut off. Either stick to Rome Florence and Venice which is still alot and go back to the Amalfi on another trip. And if you do those 3 areas take the train its easy and affordable. If you insist on driving then pick up your car in Rome and drop it off in Florence after visiting Tuscany.

As to hotels and restaurants and things to see, get yourself a good travel book like Frommers which will prioritize every area for you including restaurants and hotels.

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With 9 days I would pick two places. Fly into Rome then take the train to Florence or Venice. A car is not useful in any city. Or fly into Rome and head to the Amalfi coast. For every 2 nights you spend in an area you only have one day to sight see. You are underestimating travel times and jet lag.

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I agree with some of the comments.we just got back we used the fast train which is very easy and fast you can take in the countryside without the hassle of driving! the parking is the big problem in most of the towns.we had 15 days nad we started in venice and then trained it to Florence siena,rome cinque terra and amalfi coast. we needed all of the 15 days.as you have to factor in time travelling.hope you enjoy your time their its a lovely country regards geoff

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1) Yes, you're nuts to want to drive and to want to drive to all of those cities in just 9 days. You'll be better off taking the train and limiting yourself to two cities.

2) Only YOU can decide what you must not miss in Rome. Not everyone likes the same things and to ask a total stranger on a forum what you should see or not see is not a good idea. Get a guide book and start making a list of what interests you.

3) Again, only YOU can decide this. You need to do the homework and research these places for yourself. Just because I like a site doesn't mean you will too. There are hundreds of things to see and do in both Rome and Florence. As for hotels, the star rating in Italy is not the same as in the States. It does not denote quality it denotes amenities so a hotel with a bad restaurant will get a higher rating than a really good hotel without one. Base your choice on amenities, price and location...not on star ratings.

4) Please read #2 and #3

5) please read #4

You really need to do some homework for this trip. We are all different. You wouldn't ask us to tell you what you should wear so why would you ask us what will be of interest to you?

As for your itinerary, if you leave it the way it is, driving with 4 cities, you'll spend the majority of the time in the car and checking into and out of hotels. You won't be able to drive into any of the cities you mention and parking is very expensive and hard to find. You'll need to get an International drivers Permit in order to drive in Italy. The trip from Venice to Positano will take about 8 hours. That's a full day lost to travel. The trip from Rome to Florence will take about 3 hours, the trip from Florence to Venice will take about 3.5 hours and the trip from Positano to Rome will take about 4.5 hours. All of these numbers are based on no traffic and no traffic jams. This also doesn't take into account the amount of time needed to check out of the hotel, get to the car and find the new hotel once in the next city. You should also know that if you're flying out of Rome you should spend the last night in Rome to avoid missing your flight due to traffic issues.

All in all, you should cut out half of your stops and travel by train.

Donna

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