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1. Posted by dee23 (Budding Member 42 posts) 9y

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Hey

I am planing a trip to Italy in June. I have a one-way flight booked ito venice on 4th June, i would like to see as much as possible!
I'm Interested in Florence, Amalfi Coast, Sorrento and Rome. I would like to take it easy for a few days on the beach!!
Any recommendations, advice etc would be much appreciated.

Thanks

D

2. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Hello Dee

If u just booked a one way flight, then fly out, from another city.
U could travel around, by train, then u would see the scenery, while u are in the train.

Mel

3. Posted by dee23 (Budding Member 42 posts) 9y

Yes that's what i was thinking! Maybe flying out of Rome. Have you ever been to Italy ?

4. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Yes, I have been to Italy twice.
:)
Mel

5. Posted by dee23 (Budding Member 42 posts) 9y

where did you visit? What cities do you recommend seeing? Also i really want to chill out for a few days on the beach..do you know of a good location ?

6. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

The first time, I was there, for 3 weeks.
I went to Pisa, Rome, Naples, Catania,
and Bologna.
The second time, I was only there for a day. I went to Venice.
I will go to Naples again, in May, for a couple of days.

Venice, where u are flying into is certainly a good choice. The old town is such a beautiful, and unusual place.

I am not much of a beach person, so I dont know where to find the best beaches. I did however, go swimming in Catania, in the sea. I dont think there was sand. Just some big rocks, to jump into the sea from. I think u could chill out, anywhere in Italy. Just hang out at the local cafes.

7. Posted by dbchase53 (Full Member 88 posts) 9y

I suggest the following for two weeks: Broadly a week in Northeast Italy and then a week in central Italy

Week 1

Fly into Venice (probably via London or Frankfurt). Either take a hotel in Venice or in one of the lovely towns (such as padova) not too far away. Padova is pretty well positioned as a base to see everything around.

Things to do and see:

Venice (Incomparable. In mid winter it is magical - cold (of course) but misty and a photographer's delight. You will avoid the excessive crowds of the Summer. You will still lose your way though - everyone does!)

Lake of Guarda and the Dolomites (Could well go off for an overnight stay in the mountains - arguably the most beautiful part of the Alps around Alpi di Siusi and Cortina)

Spend some time in Padova, Vicenza, Verona (the setting for Romeo and Juliet) or any of the other typical NE Italian towns. The area has a very rich history; subsequently the towns are attractive.

Week 2

Head South (by car or train - 2 1/2 hrs) to Florence and the Appenines - Do not miss Michelangelo's statue of David in Florence - in many people's opinion (and mine) the best statue ever carved. Although it seems very simple the more you look at this carved figure the more impressive it gets. You begin to even be able to discern the veins under the skin. When he unveiled this statue to the world many admirers poured forth praise for his carving skills. Michelangelo however simply said that when the huge block of marble arrived at his workshop he could already 'see' the fugure inside. All he (humbly) had to do was remove the excess marble to let the rest of the world see it!

Travel on to Rome (1 1/2hrs by train). Once the greatest city in the world this remains one of the most beautiful and romantic of cities. You will find yourself wandering through streets and squares and suddenly coming upon 2000 year old buildings like the Pantheon (my favourite).

You will need a whole morning to see the Vatican museum and the Sistine chapel and another hour or two to climb to the top of St Peter's cathedral (the centre of christianity and the largest religious building in the modern world) and admire the interior. Again don't miss another fantastic carving by Michelangelo.

You must see the Collosseum and the Fontana di trevi also (before you come try to watch the 'old' film 'La Dolce Vita' (means the good life). The Fontana di Trevi features in a famous scene.

Rome is also a great place to shop and eat.

Head South once more to Naples and from there travel to Positano. This coastline (the Amalfi Coast) is one of the most beautiful and spectacular in the world. We got married in Positano!

That should be enough to get your research started.
All the best

Andy

8. Posted by dee23 (Budding Member 42 posts) 9y

Thanks Andy,

Some really good advice there! I will definitely consider visiting Positano, it's sounds beautiful!

Dx

9. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Quoting ajbeurope

Fly into Venice (probably via London or Frankfurt). Either take a hotel in Venice (Incomparable. In mid winter it is magical - cold (of course) but misty and a photographer's delight. You will avoid the excessive crowds of the Summer. You will still lose your way though - everyone does!)
Andy

Hello Andy

Are u talking, about the old town, of Venice, being magical, in Winter? I thought everything would be flooded and Venice would not be nice, at that time of year. But if u recommend it, I will go next Winter, if i get a good priced ticket.

Mel

10. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 9y

Quoting dee23

Thanks Andy,

Some really good advice there! I will definitely consider visiting Positano, it's sounds beautiful!

Dx

I'll second that! We stayed in Praiano (the next town over) and the whole coastline is simply breathtaking. You won't regret going out of your way to visit!