My husband and I are taking his parents to Italy next july or august. We are thinking tuscany, rome, and one other place...maybe venice. we have 7 or 8 days to be in italy. Does anyone have any suggestions on where to stay, what other area we should visit? What should we see in each of the places we go? Basically we just need some advice on what to do. Should we rent a car from place to place or take a train. Just any advice would be great. Thanks.
Apparently August can be very hot and Italian cities close down as the locals go on vaacation. This would also mean Italian holiday locations would be busier too. Weather wise, we were there in April this year & it was quite nice but July should be better.
I would suggest for 7-8 days, to limit yourself to one area
If you or the parents have not been to Italy before it will all be new so do justice to the place(s) you select by limiting travel and take it easy.
You can easily spend 1 week in Rome alone. I suggest get an appartment & absorb the Roman sights and experiences. Appart from the obvious attractions in Rome itself, you can take day & 1/2 day trips to Tivoli & the surrounding areas like Appia Antica (catacombes) and Ostia Antica. The latter, is a good substitute to Pompei and within the metropolitan Rome rail network.
Also Sunday is market day in the Trastevere area which is easily accessible in central Rome. This was a huge market and a good place to buy anything including leather goods.
If you are really keen, maybe a day trip to Florence by bus or rail from Rome.
You should be able to find a suitable appartment on this web site.
In Rome, try to organise a visit to the Scavi (excavations) under the Vatican. This requires booking & payment. Do this asap but 3-4 months in advance to ensure acceptance. (google - scavi vatican.
I agree with maba that you should probably focus your trip, but I suggest going to Florence and exploring from there. Florence in itself can take a lifetime to see, but the people are much friendlier than the Romans, I found. From there you can take day trips out into the Tuscan countryside, visit vineyards, hit Siena and San Gimignani, and go up to Fiesole to watch the sun set over Florence. It's also an easy train ride to cinque terra for some of the most incredible beaches in the world. If you'd like specific resturant recommendations, or specific "not to miss" sights feel free to PM me. What a great present to give to your husbands parents! If you wan't a tour guide, I'm available.
[ Edit: Edited at Jul 2, 2006 8:30 PM by Bwaybaby10 ]
In addition to what everybody said You might want to stay as close to the termini station in Rome since everything will be close by. I dont think you should rent a car since parking will be a hassle. You should take trains/ buses to move...Make sure you cover the vatican city/ Spanish steps/ Fonta de terri..
Didn't you post an identical thread some weeks ago?