hi, new to TP. my wife and i are so excited to get to italy but would love some advice from locals.
our basic plan is fly into rome 22 jun then out of venice on the 2 july. ( i know not long enough!)
thinkin 3 days in rome then down to naples for a day, then pisa,florence for a couple of days then finishing in venice. would like to see siena and bergamo but unsure we can do it justice.we are hoping to buy rail tickets so travel im told is quick.
any advice to steer us clear of annoying tourists and into friendly locals welcome. we have flights booked but nothing else yet. if anyone would like to offer hospitality that is planning a trip to New Zealand we would repay any help double.
couple of key points - i read the bugs are bad and my wife's bites swell up bad - any product reccomendations?
the time we are coming, any thing to avoid / not to miss in the way of events?
we are on a budget so if you have one tip thats not in the guide books ?
i want to buy my wife a momento to always remind her of our trip, to save me searchin every shop, what would a late twenties girl appreciate?
anyone reading this and planning a trip to NZ , ask me ill be glad to help you back.
have a good one -thanks.
A week in Italy! Sounds like heaven! I have to say... your itinerary sounds too ambitious. You will be spending a lot of time on the train rather than enjoying the country itself.
I'd suggest this:
June 22: arrive Rome
June 23: Rome
June 24: Rome
June 25: Rome
June 26: train to Florence
June 27: Florence
June 28: Florence
June 29: train to Venice
June 30: Venice
July 1: Venice
July 2: depart Venice
For trains: take the EuroStar. It isn't the cheapest option, but it is the most direct and the fastest.
Are you backpacking? Doing hostels?
Or interested in apartments? Small hotels?
Stay in the city -- in all three cities. Don't waste precious time coming in from the suburban areas just to save a few Euros. Have you checked Venere.com for booking accommodations? They are excellent. Some of my favorite places to stay have come through Venere.
It will be hot. They've already had record heat in Rome this month, so plan for that. You will want to plan your days for a nice siesta in the afternoon.
I've never had trouble with the bugs, but if they are a problem, the pharmacists are very helpful in Italy. They will be worst in Venice -- but that depends on the weather there, too.
Book your museums in Florence ahead of time. You can go to the ticket office at the Uffizi Gallery and book tickets for the major museums in the city all at once. That way you won't waste time in line.
PS: take my book with you!
Angela K. Nickerson, travel writer
A Journey into Michelangelo's Rome (Roaring Forties Press, 2008)
A few random thoughts. Pisa, while nice isn't necessary. I'd include it, but you could probably do it as part of a travel day. Really only need half a day/a few hours. As far as accommodation in Rome I'd try the Beehive. It comes highly recommended by a lot of folks around here. As far as things to do in Rome, definitely hit up the Baths of Carcalla and avoid the Crypt di Balbi. If you want any advice on churches send me a Pm and I can give you a bit more info. Don't go to the Vatican on a Saturday and if you need to go on Monday, go in the afternoon. Hope this helps a bit! Oh, and while not my style, Italian leather boots seem to be coveted by many Cheers
There's not much you can do to avoid the tourists in those cities as you're traveling during peak tourist season. The mosquitos are quite bad in Venice that time of year and some bug repellant will go a long way. Be prepared for the heat. Take out time during the day to relax and recover. Most of the other suggestions I would make have been stated already. If you want to go to the museums in Florence and don't reserve in time you'll be waiting for 3 hours @ the Galleria D'accademia (David) and up to 2 hours at the Uffizi gallery. It'll seriously take up your entire day waiting in those ridiculous lines.
Rome-Florence-Venice is all you can do with a week in Italy. Pisa is doable since it's so close to Florence and doesn't take too long to explore. When in Venice visit the islands of Murano and Burano. If you're staying for 2 days you'll have time
thanks guys, so good to hear from you.
i think wise advice that we are trying to see to much so prob will cut down although we are not ones to stare at art museums for hours so shuld see a few other things.
so anyone add to the naples advice about the current garbage situation. affect our visit?
thinkin of having to skip that even though we wanted to see pompeii.
we are just going to take hand luggage on the plane so easier to walk around too. i have heard there is limited washing places for clothes so best to wash in sinks? true / false
just wish italy was closer to new zealand the more we learn about it so we could have longer there.
thanks will keep reading and chat soon.
My partner and I live in Sicily, can't believe that you haven't included the Gem of the Med in your tour. Anyway tips on dealing with the Mozzies as my girlfriend also reacts badly to those bites. We use either tea tree oil, witch hazel or good old sicilian lemons as all those natural products should reduce the swelling and help to ease the pain.
We have moved from the Uk and live in the heart of the Madonie National Park in the midst of Sicily so are experts in fighting off the beasties,
Have a great trip and if you fancy diverting to Sicily have a look at our website www.siciliangems.com for info on sicily.
Rather than making a very long trip to Pompeii, take the train 30 minutes outside of Rome to Ostia Antica. The archaeological park is phenomenal. The ruins are well preserved, and one stop further on the train: the beach! That isn't to say that Pompeii, Naples, and the rest of Italy aren't gorgeous! They are! But you have limited time. And, frankly, I like Ostia better than Pompeii.
Hand luggage sounds great! I've never had trouble washing clothes -- either at laundromats or at washing services. Both are relatively cheap. Just ask at your hotel or in your neighborhood.