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9 Days in Italy at Christmas/New Years...Help!

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9 Days in Italy at Christmas/New Years...Help!

I'm taking my niece to Italy for 9 days at Christmas/New Years. She's 19 and never been to Europe. I need help deciding where to take her so that she experiences the awesome historical sites AND gets a feel for real Italian culture.

We're spending 3 days in Rome but I'm torn between heading north to Tuscany or south to the Pompeii/Positano/Capri. I also want to factor in some down time to just stroll and explore. I hate trying to fit in as much as possible and feeling rushed. We fly in 12/26 and out 1/5.

Thanks for the help!

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1. Re: 9 Days in Italy at Christmas/New Years...Help!

My vote is florence and Siena...so much to see ...

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2. Re: 9 Days in Italy at Christmas/New Years...Help!

You are traveling during a time that many hotels are closed in the southern part of Italy and the weather will limit the things you can see south of a Rome. If you go up to the Tuscan region there will be more to see. Rome is more fast paced then Tuscany is very laid back which is a great combination IMO. You'll also still be able to see the Christmas markets and decorations!

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3. Re: 9 Days in Italy at Christmas/New Years...Help!

I would go to Tuscany. The winter really isn't the best time of year to visit southern Italy. I think you'll find plenty to do in Tuscany. You can easily take the train to many smaller towns and just wander the streets soaking it all in.

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4. Re: 9 Days in Italy at Christmas/New Years...Help!

So, it's not worth it, at all, to venture south? I visited Tuscany 4 years ago at Chtistmas and enjoyed it very much. Just wanted to show my niece the diversity of the country's scenery. But I hate to waste my time going South if everything is closed. Was thinking of using Sorrento as a base. Not worth it?

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5. Re: 9 Days in Italy at Christmas/New Years...Help!

Sorrento and Naples are beautiful at Christmas/NYE. I had the best New Year's of my life in Naples - fireworks the length of the bay from Sorrento to Pozzuoli and it went on for over half an hour. Sorrento is not closed - just quieter and in my opinion, it has a lovely atmosphere. Naples has the famous presipe (nativity) street of San Gregorio Armenio where artisants sculpt and craft hand made nativity scenes. The churches are also absolutely beautiful.

There is no way 'everything is closed' as people still live there. Positano is certainly quiet but some shops and restaurants are still open.

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6. Re: 9 Days in Italy at Christmas/New Years...Help!

"I'm torn between heading north to Tuscany or south to the Pompeii/Positano/Capri"

we did the Pompeii and Capri because we had less time overall and wanted to see specific things in those places.

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7. Re: 9 Days in Italy at Christmas/New Years...Help!

I have also been to Florence for 10 days in 2009, and that was great. The hill towns in Tuscany will have the same problems as Cpari and Positano, in that a lot of restaurants and lodging will be closede.

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8. Re: 9 Days in Italy at Christmas/New Years...Help!

Thank you for your post. I think we're going South, after all! It appears there is still plenty to do and see for our time frame. I have always loved traveling to Europe during the holidays because it's quieter. I've just never visited a beach area in the winter. It still should be a great adventure!

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