It is amazing how things change so fast. Just last weekend my husband and I said: We should go to Europe”. I checked our frequent flyer miles, and viola we had enough miles for two tickets to Italy. So now I am very excited. Flight and hotels are booked (feel I got a good deal on them), and now I putting out itinerary together. The only final touches that I need now (unless you feel I left something out) is transportation from/to train/airport. Some of my locations are within walking distance from the train station. I’ve been searching the forums and saving all the tips for transportation/shuttles, so I now need to review them and see what works best for us. But I’ve got 5 months to get that done. Here’s what I have for now. As you will see, we plan on relaxing when we get to Venice! This is my first trip to Europe so I am little intimidated since I will be in unfamiliar territory, but I’m sure we’ll be fine and will find our way around!
Arrive in Rome 7:55 AM :-)
Rome: 2 nights (Augusta Lucille Palace – total costs for two nights € 190 BF included)
Rome Day One: St. Peter’s (Vatican city), Castel S. Angelo, Piazza Novaona, Pantheon, Piazza di Spagna
Rome Day Two: Colosseum, Fori Imperiali, Roman Forum, Campidoglio, Capitoline Musuems and the Vittoriano
Rome Day Two Evening: Romantic (rooftop if weather permits) dinner near Trevi Fountain/Spanish Steps. After dinner, go for walk and enjoy the scenery of Trevi fountains/Spanish Steps if my feet will allow it.
Train to Florence (Rail Europe – Single Country Italy Saver Pass $177 USD per person)
Florence: 1 Night (Hotel Caravaggio – total cost for 1 night € 65.28 BF included)
Florence Day 1: Half day Chianti wine tasting/tour (€ 40 per person). Dinner at a nice restaurant (will ask concierge for recommendations).
Regarding Florence, there is so much to see and do, however, staying longer would probably frustrate me since the itinerary would be full and rushed. I love wine tasting. So I decided to just scratch the surfice and enjoy Florence by wine tasting. When we return to Italy on a future trip, Florence will definitely get more of our time.
Train to Venice (Rail Europe – Single Country Italy Saver Pass $177 USD per person)
Venice: 4 Nights (Villa Igea – total hotel cost $377.12 USD BF included)
Venice itinerary is completely open! There is a lot to see and do “outside” of the San Marco area. So we plan on buying D&K Venice Top Ten book, and touring the areas at our leisure. While, Rome for the most part seems a bit rushed, the rest of the trip I think we’ll find very relaxing.
Depart from Venice heading back to Detroit. :-(
Am I crazy for thinking I can do all of this?