I expect spend 11 days in Italy while and new yesar holidays. so got several questions about travel Italy, want to get information from travel expert as you.
1: whether all of shop still working while Christmax and new year holiday?
2: I just have totally 11 days, but I want to visit all of famous city in Italy, such as Rome, Naples, Florence, Venice, and pompeii as well. but my flight is arrive and departure both in Rome, so what's kind of course will be reasonable?
3: except those city what I mentioned, have any place worthy to go? and do you think I still have time visit some Island such as Sardinia or Sicanian? or go to Greece?
4: and I also want to get more detail of guidances about some tips which including transport , visit ticket ,accommodation and best restaurant.
thanks your help, your information is must very helpful for me!
Italy...there are several amazing places, you'll do good if you stick to a region or 23-4 big cities, because 11 days is not that much to see Italy.
There are some very nice spots in the coast, old towns and cities, the alpes and Dolomiti, ....
I guess the best option is train, but I'm not too sure, as I've never been there and travelled it by train.
ive been to italy a few times and i would suggest trains. if youre flying into rome then you can check it out there for 2-3 days (thats all you really need if youre in a hurry) and then head down to naples on the train, which doesnt take that long, an hour or 2. i think a day or 2 in naples is enough, and you can do a day trip to pompeii from there. if you wanted to go to an island then i suggest ischia which is about an hour or so by ferry from naples. its a gorgeous island, ht springs, spas, the restaurants are pretty cheap and the nature is beautiful. capri is a tourist jetset trap. beautiful, but expensive..
you could possibly fly from naples to somewhere further north to save you time if you wanted to see things further away like florence etc as it would take a whole day for you on the train... its doable but its not really an enjoyable holiday to be lugging your things around and moving place to place all the time. its much better to just relax and take your time and concentrate on one area.
We did Italy in 15 days, and managed to see Rome, Venice, Tuscany and the Amalfi coast (including Pompeii). It's pobably just doable in 11 days, but it'll be tight. I always prefer to stay 4-5 days in one main place to cover everything, and only Tuscany felt a little long (and by that I mean we had down time - not that it was dull!). I'd say skip the plan to see an island - the travelling you'll be doing will overshadow actually visiting things.
I agree to Jaxstar!!11 days aren't much to visit Italy...I can suggest to visit Rome first, then u can go to Naples which is about 1/2 hours by train.
From Naples you can catch the fast train (Eurostar) to Milano (5/6 hours) and from Milano going back to ROme (always by train) stopping by BOLOGNA (very nice town - plenty of students) , PISA or even better SIENA then FLORENCE and then back to ROME.
I think it's tough for only 11 days...I don't think u ll have time to visit the islands...but u can always go to Capri -it's worth it and close to teh coast -.
Don't worry about the shopping, shops are open all day long and until late, in the main cities as far as I know!!
Good luck with your trip to Italy!!
I've been to Italy on 5 separate trips, and have explored from Venice all the way down to Sicily. Italy is a wonderful place to discover. I recommend taking fast trains when heading South of Rome as Naples is a bit far. I don't believe you would have time to get to Greece on this trip. I would not spend more than 3 days in the South due to time constraints. Then head north of Rome and explore to Florence and Venice. Venice is small, so you don't need to spend more than 1-2 days there.
Hope this helps.
Thanks very much, all of were very helpful foir me, I think I should break down more detail schedule, then maybe you guys can help me check and point out some unreasonable.
one more quick question, I heard in period of Christmax almost shop and restaurant are close, so I just worry can not get food and no place allow us visit, special in 12/24 and 12/25. my flight is 12/23 arrive to Rome, so if really nothing can do in those day, will be very bad for me. so could you please help me design 12/24 and 12/25 schedule?
thanks a lot!
Q1: I don't think many shops etc will be open on Christmas day, likewise on Christmas eve which is also a big feast in Italy. You will get hotels etc open on Christmas day but if you're in a big city, it is an expensive day!
Q4: The Christmas holidays are very busy on the Italian rail system. outdooren mentioned using fast trains which will be essential for you- I would also suggest going 1st class since (a) it is only €10 more expensive than standard and (b) standard class will be packed with people - you want to enjoy your journey!