This is my first post so here goes...... I'm a novice traveller to europe and plan to travel to Italy in the month of Nov (9 Days ) would appreciate if u guys can guide me on the foll
Planned route - Milan - Venice - Florence - Rome ( milan would just be transit stop to venice )
Can u suggest alternative interesting out of the beaten path locations ???
Hotels - Can u suggets good ( meaning clean serving decent food) centraly located hotels that range between Euros 60-80 per night ( double room )
Best inter city mode of travel :
When you're in the Florence area go to Pisa/Lucca. Everyone knows Pisa for the leaning tower, but few know of Lucca. Pisa's only interesting for about an hour. Get off the train, head kinda straight/left, and see all the leaning stuff. Check out the cheesy touristy stands then head back to the train. Lucca is only about 30 minutes away and is really cool. It's an old walled city. You can rent a bike and ride around the walls for a bit, and there are a bunch of towers you can climb and get some good views. There is a hostel there. I forget what it's called, but it's in the Rick Steves book. Look for a chuch with a big mosaic of Jesus on the outside. From there you can head to Rome. I've heard good things about Sienna, which I believe is between Florence and Rome. Don't worry about going to Pompei. If ruins are all you're after it's too far away. Go to Ostia Antica instead. You get pretty much the same thing and it's only about 30 minutes outside of Rome. Take the Metro to the Piramide, get off the train, and look for the one that says something like Lido di Ostia and follow to Ostia Antica. It's good stuff. And when in Rome it's probably best to find a hostel that isn't right next to Termini (the main train station). Also, Florence is boring and you can see it in a weekend.
november is starting to get really cold, no snow yet but the odd sprinkle up north. Expect showers in Milan, Venice and florence. At least all the heavy tourist crowds are gone. Average 10-12 °C by day and 5 °C at night.
dont leave out verona before you get to venice, it has far more character than milan. Maybe stop off at Bologna on your way to Florence for the food.all the suggestions from erik are sound.
cant help you there but try the accommodation section of this website. Milan Venice and Florence hotels can charge exorbitant prices even out of tourist season just because they are tourist meccas.Well Milan isnt but it likes to think it is.
best mode of transport
rail. pretty efficient, cheap and faster than buses. check out thisfor times and prices. they aren't as restricted by the weather whereas the roads can get closed.