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11. Posted by emmalee_71 (Budding Member 7 posts) 10y

Be sure you go to Almalfi coast. Sorrento, Ravello and Positano are excellent small towns.
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12. Posted by nikkij (Budding Member 7 posts) 10y

We went to a little town called Orvieto - have to reach by furnicular but it was really cute and we got the best gelato there. You would only stay a couple of hours at the most, but the most famous thing about the place is that there was a handkerchief that bled blood some time way in the past, and so the pope at the time had a church built there because of the miracle.

Nicole

13. Posted by busypk (Budding Member 2 posts) 10y

Hi,
I hope I can get some good advice because I need it. I am planning on visiting Italy in June 07 and want to definitely see Venice, Florence and the Amalfi coast area. We were going for 12 days. First question, is it possible to see all that in 12 days? Next, would you recommend traveling by train, renting a car or hiring a car and driver to go from one area to the other. I really appreciate any suggestions you have to share.

Pat in New Hampshire

14. Posted by nutsnbolts (Respected Member 155 posts) 10y

Quoting busypk

Hi,
I hope I can get some good advice because I need it. I am planning on visiting Italy in June 07 and want to definitely see Venice, Florence and the Amalfi coast area. We were going for 12 days. First question, is it possible to see all that in 12 days? Next, would you recommend traveling by train, renting a car or hiring a car and driver to go from one area to the other. I really appreciate any suggestions you have to share.

Pat in New Hampshire

In my opinion that is possible. I have done Rome, Florence, Sienna, Venice, Cinque Terre in 14. Side excursions along the way as well such as Pisa, San Gimignano, Lucca, etc.

The only problem I would suggest is when you go there, I would land in Venice or land somewhere near the Amalfi coast and leave at the opposite end. Then make your way down/up to your destinations. We drove and took the train in different spurts depending on what we wanted to see and have freedom in. Regardless, it is easy to get around to different destinations. Just take note the amount of hours to getting around places.

Rome to Florence = 3 to 4 hours.
Florence to Venice = 3 hours by train.
Venice to Cinque Terre = 4 hours by car.
Cinque Terre to Rome = 4 hours by train. (Amalfi is further down so I would think add another hour or so.)

If you know the distance, it's easier to see what is feasable to do.

Train Tickets are cheaper, costing roughly the following:
2nd class = 30-50 euros per couple
1st class = 70-100 euros per couple

Car rentals are more costly, roughly the following:
94 euro's per day + 40 euros to fill the car to full from empty - insurance.

If you have triple A then I suggest to go with them and book hertz here in the US to lock in the rates. Otherwise, you'll be spending more there. Triple A also has insurance covered so we didn't need to buy it.

If you need more information let me know. That's about basic information.

15. Posted by amanecer (Respected Member 203 posts) 10y

hy nutsbolt!how was your journey in italy? did everything get well? and what about driving a car here? did you have any problem? (I'm curious!):)

For Pat:
I would suggest you to fly to Venice and proceed your way down.
I don't remember if you can reach amalfi by train, and today the railways website has some problems, so I can't check. All the major cities has a railways station close to the centre, you don't need a car if you want to visit only the cities you've mentioned. You definitely need to rent a car if you wish to visit also little towns and some cities surroundings, not ever well connected by train or bus.
I quote nutsbolts for all the informations.
If you plan a more precise itinerary and have any question I can help you, although I usually can't recommend any accommodation in particular because I travel more abroad than in my country..:)

16. Posted by nutsnbolts (Respected Member 155 posts) 10y

Quoting amanecer

hy nutsbolt!how was your journey in italy? did everything get well? and what about driving a car here? did you have any problem? (I'm curious!):)

For Pat:
I would suggest you to fly to Venice and proceed your way down.
I don't remember if you can reach amalfi by train, and today the railways website has some problems, so I can't check. All the major cities has a railways station close to the centre, you don't need a car if you want to visit only the cities you've mentioned. You definitely need to rent a car if you wish to visit also little towns and some cities surroundings, not ever well connected by train or bus.
I quote nutsbolts for all the informations.
If you plan a more precise itinerary and have any question I can help you, although I usually can't recommend any accommodation in particular because I travel more abroad than in my country..:)

Amanecer:
I did receive your message, sorry didn't respond back, I'm writing a blog that will entail my experience and travels there. I didn't want to post it here. I'll let you know once complete. should be today. Otherwise, to put it simple our trip was amazing!

Pat:
Amanecer is a great help, considering she lives in Tuscany. I got most of my information from her here on travellerspoint. She can definately get more in depth information, I can only provide what I have experienced in my trip. :)

17. Posted by busypk (Budding Member 2 posts) 10y

Hi Amanecer,

I look forward to reading about your experiences. Thank you all for being so informative. I haven't a clue where to begin. It is too eary to buy plane tickets because we aren't going till the end of May 07 but I have gone online to get ideas of airlines. If we fly in to Venice can we go to Florence next and then the Amalfi coast area? I see there was a suggestion to fly in to the Amalfi Coast and make our way to Venice. I will check the planes and go there. Is there a major airport for us to fly out of or in to in the Amalfi Coast area? I am not one for prop planes, don't like to fly to begin with. We will be flying out of Boston Massachusetts. Any suggestions for a nice place to stay in the Positano or Sorrento area?

18. Posted by nutsnbolts (Respected Member 155 posts) 10y

Quoting busypk

Hi Amanecer,

I look forward to reading about your experiences. Thank you all for being so informative. I haven't a clue where to begin. It is too eary to buy plane tickets because we aren't going till the end of May 07 but I have gone online to get ideas of airlines. If we fly in to Venice can we go to Florence next and then the Amalfi coast area? I see there was a suggestion to fly in to the Amalfi Coast and make our way to Venice. I will check the planes and go there. Is there a major airport for us to fly out of or in to in the Amalfi Coast area? I am not one for prop planes, don't like to fly to begin with. We will be flying out of Boston Massachusetts. Any suggestions for a nice place to stay in the Positano or Sorrento area?

Busypk:
Venice to Amalfi or Amalfi heading north, either way it's wonderful or will work. If you fly into Venice, it's easy to get from Venice to Florence. My wife and I went from Florence and took a train to Venice. Simple enough. It's a 3 hour train ride.

Are you planning to drive or take a train? Simple rule of thumb...driving is expensive. Train is more cost effective. On the other hand, you are binded to the train schedule. Whereby taking a car, you can stop and see the little towns on either route.

I did a mix of both.

19. Posted by SuzanneP (Budding Member 14 posts) 10y

I suggest just going to a ticket website (try http://www.raileurope.com/us/index.htm) and see what's available. I would recommend starting in Venice and going downward as well; Rome is pretty hectic and if you don't have a lot of time to spend there I don't think you will regret it. What I DO really recommend is that you try to spend at least one night in a small town somewhere. Check the train schedules and see if you can stop anywhere small between Venice and your next destination; then search the small towns online and see which one appeals to you most. Italian life really is best in the countryside and small, medieval cities. The big cities are gorgeous, but they CAN get on your nerves after a while.

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