Ok so my wife and I are going to Italy closer to the end of September this year. We went to Rome and Venice in 2006 and ABSOLUTELY loved it! What we want to do this year is go into the smaller villas along the coast and experience Italy at its best. I actually would like to rent a town house or apartment if I could in the Amalfi Coast or Linguria. My questions is does anyone know of a really good itinerary for doing something like this?
We are flying from Winnipeg Manitoba Canada...to Napoli or Rome Italy. We hope to visit the Amalfi Coast first, then Rome, then Tuscany (Florence etc) then Venice again, Verona for sure, and we also want to go to Swizerland for at least a couple days.
Does anyone see a problem with this or see any better suggestions? I am open to just about anything right now. I would also like to fly back home out of either Rome or Napoli again because it is cheaper then Switz.
I would LOVE some in depth advice from you guys on what I should and should not be doing. I really want to book my flights and Hostels/hotels within the next couple weeks here. Please Please help me with this whole Italy adventure.
Also advice on where to go etc in Switz would be AWESOME as I have NEVER been there....
THANKS SO MUCH GUYS!!
Joey and JAclyn
I don't think it's a good idea to visit all of those places within 2 weeks. You'll definitely want to stay for a few days along the Amalfi Coast. Perhaps you can have shorter stays in Rome and Venice since you were there only a couple of years ago. I'm not sure what you're priorities for those cities are so I'll won't comment further. Visiting Florence and the Tuscany region will take a lot of your time but it's well worth it. A week minimum is what I would personally aim for. Florence, Siena, Lucca & San Gimignano are the main targets aside from the many remote villages you'll come across if you're driving around the country side. I love Verona so I would encourage you to visit. You can spend a day or two there but lots of people skip it when they have time constraints.
Amalfi Coast (3 days)
Rome (3 days)
Florence & Tuscany (5 days)
Venice (2 days)
Verona (1 day)
That's what I would do if I wanted to visit ALL 5 of the Italian destinations (without considering travel time). You'll notice Switzerland isn't on the itinerary. It's not realistic to have time for Switzerland. You still have to get back to Naples or Rome too. While you're in Venice you should try to get out to Murano and Burano, they're lovely!
Hey thanks for your awesome response! YEah I know it might be a bit tight doing all those cities. We can skip Venice if you think that would save some time. I am also thinking that I could skip Linguria seeing as I am visiting a very coastal Amalfi Coast. This way I could still visit Switz...my wife REALLY wants to go there to see it.
Amalfi Coast--3 days
Florence and Tuscany--5 days
Does this sound a bit better?
Also we might be taking 2-4 days extra, so maybe 2.5 weeks.
Why do you stuck on those typical city destinations ? You been to Rome and Venice, do you really think these locations are Italy at its best ?
If you fligh into Napoli just stay in the south, check the Amalfi Coast with the Islands - Capri for example - jump over to the east coast hit the south and see Sicily and take a boat trip back to Napoli with a stop on the volcano islands with Stromboli and so on. A much more relaxed journey with much more real Italy to explore.
Switzerland is a journey itself. To much to see ! From Geneva and Mont Blanc to Zurich or the Engadin at St. Moritz.
If you do manage to squeeze Switzerland in, I'd suggest Interlaken (OK, it's the only Swiss place I"ve been, but it was the best vacation ever). The mountains, the scenery, the everything. Wonderful!
Personally, I don't see too much of a problem with your itinerary, seeing as you've already seen Rome and Venice. That means you wouldn't necessarily want to see the whole city again, just highlights--which leaves you more time for elsewhere.
Enjoy, no matter where you go!
As part of Tuscany I'd try to fit in the Cinque Terre (which isn't actually in Tuscany, but close) - it's gorgeous!
Thanks for all the replies so far!
I would love to see the more "Italy" side and stay south but I honestly CANNOT miss Rome. I just love this place way too much to miss it. I cant wait to see it again! In 2006 we spent 2 weeks and we landed in London, then went to Paris, then Rome, then Venice and then back to London. It was actually not nearly as rushed as I thought it would be. I would however like to relax a bit more with this trip and spend more quality time in the spots we go.
I still would like to squeeze Switz in but if it just does not work then so be it.
Any more suggestions? lol.
i would rather go to ischia than capri - its another island on the amalfi coast and IMO, better. i stayed at the ring hostel, it was GREAT! its owned by 2 brothers, and they take you to their parents restaurant up on the hill witha pretty ncie view, and you eat the food mama makes, and pappa makes his own wine and limoncello, which is SO nice... its pretty cheap and they take you out, sometimes to the thermal spas, sometimes to a bar or something... they know everyones names and talk to everyone... it was really awesome!
Ischia is nice and I too stayed at the Ring Hostel as jaxstar84. Mama and papa sure do make some delicious treats haha. Like you I have Rome in my heart. Whenever I take a trip into Europe I always stop by Rome. Not for anything in particular. Just so I can relax, ride the metro, walk the streets. You know, that kinda stuff. Love it! If you had only one city to visit in Switzerland it would be Interlaken. Make sure to have your camera batteries charged because you will be taking a TON of pictures. It's that scenic. If you're taking the train to Switzerland from Verona (closest city in your itinerary) you'll have to take a train to Milan first, then another to Switzerland. If you leave Verona early enough you can squeeze in a 3-4 hour day trip to Milan (Duomo, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, Castello Sforzesco), leave your large packs in lockers @ Milano Central, and just hop on the next train to Switzerland (usually Bern)
thanks again guys!
So this is what I am thinking...
Arrive in Napoli September 24th
Amalfi Coast--3-4 days
Tuscany(where in tuscany is best????)-4 days
Liguria????How many days? Also where in Liguria? Genoa??
I am actually still really stuck here....
I really want this to be the best trip ever but dont know where to go....I am getting depressed trying to find places to go
Anymore suggestions on where to go for a really good Italian feel trip with coastal theme?
I would also like to go to Stromboli (Volcano islands) for at least a day or two.
Can you help me out again? Thanks so much