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1. Posted by jbizzle (Budding Member 2 posts) 8y

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HI! I will be traveling to Italy this summer for the first time. I currently have 24 days blocked out to travel around Italy.
I really want to see Rome, Florence, and Venice. Obviously, I do not want to spend the whole time in only those three cities. Where else do you recommend I go?

I know I can do a day trip to Pisa from Florence. What about San Gimignano I heard it is really cool but can I do that as a day trip from Florence or would it be much more enjoyable spending a night there? What about Verona? Can I make this a day trip from Venice? Or should stop there before heading into Venice? How is Sorrento? Should i go here after Rome for a day or two? All help and suggestions would be appreciated.

2. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 8y

Definitely spend a few days in the Amalfi coast. It's a quick trip to Sorrento, Pompeii, Naples, Capri, and so on. It's breathtaking! Mind, summers are rediculously hot in Italy (and even more so in the south), but there are lots of beaches i the Amalfi coast.

Enjoy your trip!

3. Posted by laurim (Respected Member 260 posts) 8y

You might want to look into the Cinque Terre. Very picturesque set of towns with many walking trails between them. I think I will do a 9 hr organized Siena/San Gimignano day trip through Viator when I'm in Florence and will stop in Pisa for a couple hours on the way to the Cinque Terre.

[ Edit: Edited on Feb 10, 2008, at 8:34 PM by laurim ]

4. Posted by NantesFC (Respected Member 531 posts) 8y

There are lots of day trips people make from the major cities in Italy. Here are the most popular examples:

(Milan) - Lake Como

(Venice) - Verona

(Florence) - Siena, Pisa & San Gimignano

(Naples) - Amalfi Coast & Capri

I would make sure that all 4 of these cities are on your list. Perhaps just a day in Naples and the rest in the Amalfi Coast. Sorrento is the most well known town and has a couple of hostels and there are also ones in Positano (Brikette) and Atrani (A'Scalinatella) which are amazing hostels. From Amalfi or Positano you can take a ferries to Capri if it's on your wish list as well as Mt Vesuvius. The Cinque Terre is a truly unique experience that will only take a few days to satisfy. I recommend the Cinque Terre walk (well, can be a bit of a trek) but you get to see breathtaking views of the coast, the 5 towns and a slight workout lol. It's something I believe that every visitor should do when they come to the 5 lands! I've had unforgettable moments in places throughout Italy but I must say my favorite Italian city must be Verona. It's based on the fact that it's compact, yet there are plenty of sites to see. It's a very beautiful city and I just had a great time there in general. This is a great city to spend a night in rather than just take a day trip from Venice. Siena, Pisa and San Gimignano are good day trip locations. Hostels are hard to come by in Tuscany and since you're travelling by yourself it's a better bet to stay rooted in Florence.

Do you have a specific start/stop point for this trip?

5. Posted by jbizzle (Budding Member 2 posts) 8y

I was thinking of flying into Rome and flying out of Venice. Would you recommend I spend a night in Verona before I head into Venice or afterwards? Which is more convenient getting to the airport?

Thanks

6. Posted by NantesFC (Respected Member 531 posts) 8y

Definitely before Venice. You'll have to go through Verona to get to Venice anyway. There are buses and trains in Mestre (Mainland Venice) that will take you straight San Marco airport.

7. Posted by jaxstar84 (Respected Member 415 posts) 8y

i can def recommend the amalfi coast... i spent 2,5 weeks on a trip from rome to pompeii and then around the coast, naples and back up to rome again..

i can recommend highly to stay at the hostel in atrani, its not the best hotel ive stayed in but ive been in FAR worse, you get a nice breakfast, with a real coffee (made however you want it) n the ppl there are really friendly. the little piazza in atrani is charming and its SO MUCH better than amalfi. its only around the corner but you escape so much commercialism.

i can also highly recommend skipping spending more than a day in capri and heading to ischia instead, its gorgeous, i loved it there!! i stayed at the ring hostel and it was easily the best hostel ive ever stayed in... they really look after you, they know your name, they drive you in this tiny little van up to their parents restaurant on the top of the hills and mamma cooks for you (try the white bean soup is amazing!) and you drink papas wine and limoncello (TRY ONE!). they sometimes take you to the hot springs at night, or out on the town... its great... theres so much to do and its a stunning place to be!

8. Posted by jaxstar84 (Respected Member 415 posts) 8y

i can def recommend the amalfi coast... i spent 2,5 weeks on a trip from rome to pompeii and then around the coast, naples and back up to rome again..

i can recommend highly to stay at the hostel in atrani, its not the best hotel ive stayed in but ive been in FAR worse, you get a nice breakfast, with a real coffee (made however you want it) n the ppl there are really friendly. the little piazza in atrani is charming and its SO MUCH better than amalfi. its only around the corner but you escape so much commercialism.

i can also highly recommend skipping spending more than a day in capri and heading to ischia instead, its gorgeous, i loved it there!! i stayed at the ring hostel and it was easily the best hostel ive ever stayed in... they really look after you, they know your name, they drive you in this tiny little van up to their parents restaurant on the top of the hills and mamma cooks for you (try the white bean soup is amazing!) and you drink papas wine and limoncello (TRY ONE!). they sometimes take you to the hot springs at night, or out on the town... its great... theres so much to do and its a stunning place to be!

if you go to pompeii its def worth it to buy a guide or a book, because otherwise you have no idea what youre looking at and some things start to look the same... its going to be HOT there so take sun cream and a hat, and a water bottle! the restaurant in the site is average (i heard) and overpriced, but you can bring your own lunch and eat it under a tree somewhere, its a nice relaxed little picnic!

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10. Posted by snowplain (Budding Member 21 posts) 8y

You could fill that time very easily travelling around Italy, it has a lot to offer and all these suggestions are good ones, but one idea for an awesome trip you could make if you're leaving from Venice anyway is the Dalmatian Coast. Take a boat ride, or drive/bus around the corner, either way it's not far, and the whole coastline down through Croatia is stunning - definitely one of the prettiest places in the world I've seen. You could see a fair bit of it even on a day trip from Venice, but 2+ would be the way to go, perhaps reaching Dubrovnik. You can drive one way and boat the other way, or take a cruise, or any combination thereof. My suggestion anyway - hope you have fun :)