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Rome 3 or 4 nights?

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Rome 3 or 4 nights?

Hi! We are going to be traveling to Italy in May we only have 9 nights. We originally planned 5 nights in Lucca and 4 nights in Rome. From Lucca we are going to visit Florence and some of the towns surrounding Lucca as well as we were considering a day trip to Cinque Terre. Do you recommend we take 1 night away from Rome and spend 6 nights in Tuscony?

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1. Re: Rome 3 or 4 nights?

Like all the other major cities in Italy - Rome, Florence, Venice, Milan - there is a lot to keep you occupied for as long as you can spare so it all depends on your interests. In a short 9 night visit you are going to have to make difficult decisions on what to miss out.

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Having just come from there, I think you're spreading yourself too thin. We had scheduled 3 nights for Rome, added two, and still didn't have enough time. A glimpse of CT without at least a full day between two nights would have been devastating. We had 3 nights and yearned for more. OTOH, Tuscany didn't seem that much different from Oklahoma. You won't gain much by spreading your time among several hill towns. Lucca is supposed to be one of the best, so settle down and enjoy it. Better to enjoy a few things than glimpse more while spending significant time on a train/bus.

So I would suggest 4-5 nights in Rome, 2 nights in CT, and 2-3 nights in Lucca. With the extra day in Rome, you could take the easy day trip to Ostia Antica (transportation less than an hour covered by the Roma Card) for an excavation which rivals Pompeii.

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3. Re: Rome 3 or 4 nights?

I, as well, think you are spreading yourself too thin. But then the "speed" of a vacation is a personal thing. What is relaxing to some people would be frantic to others.

I went to Florence for the first time this Feb. While I had a good time, I liked Rome a lot better. Rome has an awful amount to see and you will be skimming the surface by going there for jsut 3 days.

If you look on the map Cinque Terre is a long way from Florence. Hardly worth it for one day.

Maybe if you were going to Rome for just 3 days, maybe skip it entirely and go there on another trip in the future. Spend the whole time in tuscany. I spent my whole 11 days inn jsut Florence, and there were still things that we did not get to do.

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