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1. Posted by JJforever (Full Member, 114 posts) 10 Jun '08 21:35

Hello!

OK so my wife and I are going to Italy for 17 days in September-October this year. These are the following places we want to visit;

1. Amalfi Coast (would also LOVE to go to the island of Capri)
2. Rome
3. Sienna
4. Cinque Terre
5. Genoa??--Possibly--how is this place?
6. Verona
7. Venice

My question is how many days in each place should we spend? We have been to Rome and Venice before as well. Rome I would FORSURE want at least 3 days again though. We are flying out of Venice and we really only need 2-3 days there as well. Can you guys please help me with this one? Thanks!

2. Posted by gojanny (Budding Member, 7 posts) 11 Jun '08 04:41

If you go to Siena, so why not Florence? It's on your way.
I would not go to Genova, but there are a few places I would rather visit instead.
The plan I can think of is something like:

1. Amalfi Coast (would also LOVE to go to the island of Capri)
2. Rome - 3 days
3. Sienna - 1 day
4. San Gimignano - 1day
5. Florence - 2-3 days
6. Lucca - nice town on the way to Cinque Terre - 1 day
6. Cinque Terre - nice place for 1 day
7. Verona - 1 day
8. Venice - 2 days

[ Edit: Sorry, no promos please. ]

3. Posted by Skylarking (Budding Member, 27 posts) 11 Jun '08 12:18

You cannot miss Pisa even if it is only as a combined day-trip with Lucca from Florence. Half a day for each city is just about OK if you are pushed for time. Pisa in the morning, before the queues at the Leaning Tower get too long, Lucca in the afternoon. Each is just over an hour from Florence and about half an hour from the other.

Genoa is OK for a day-trip but has few outstanding 'sights'. I did it as a day-trip from Pisa (where I was staying for convenience sake, rather than in Florence) and it was about two and a half hours each way by train. It'd probably be about the same from Florence.

[ Edit: Edited on Jun 11, 2008, at 12:57 PM by Skylarking ]

4. Posted by Wonkerer (Respected Member, 591 posts) 11 Jun '08 16:44

Hello, I don't know all these places so I'll just give you info for those I do

Rome - 3 full days minimum, I would try to spend 4 if you can

I would try to put in Florence. Haven't been there, but have heard great things.

Having been to both, I would pick Pisa over Lucca, but would probably do it on the way from Florence to the Cinque Terre. It doesn't need a full day and if you only want to go inside one or two things it can be done in 2-3 hours. I do have to say that it's really beautiful at sunset

Cinque Terre - 1 day, you can even travel to and from somewhere close within the day and still have enough time, and while I wouldn't spend a lot of time there it's definitely a place I wouldn't skip

Cheers!

5. Posted by skihippy (Budding Member, 2 posts) 12 Jun '08 01:39

The Amalfi coast is best in about 2-3 days I think. I stayed in Sorrento from where there were beautiful views to Mount Vesuvius and also quick ferries to Capri - very easy to do a day trip there, and really worth it!

Something else that is really near there is Pompei and Herculaneum, the two excavated Roman towns from about 70 AD. If you are into early Roman history at all then it's an absolute must-see. These places absolutely took my breath away! Herculaneum is more "complete", Pompei is grander and bigger.

Florence is a great place to visit once but also a bit of a rip-off moneywise :) I would only spend 2-3 days there if you are really into art galleries and museums - for me personally one day walking around was enough (because I didn't go to any museums - the queues to those can be enormous by the way. We tried to go to the Uffizi, turned up at 8 a.m. and the queue was already 3 hours!).

Agree with Pisa and Lucca, both are so worth seeing and easily doable in a day!

6. Posted by JJforever (Full Member, 114 posts) 12 Jun '08 05:01

Thanks guys! I think I will go to Sorrento instead of Amalfi like you guys are suggesting. Seems easier to get to as well as easy access to the islands etc. Are you sure you only need one day in Cinque Terre?

7. Posted by tway (Travel Guru, 7274 posts) 12 Jun '08 05:13

Oh, but the Amalfi's so beautiful! So many places to see, so little time... ;)

8. Posted by Wonkerer (Respected Member, 591 posts) 12 Jun '08 08:45

As far as Cinque Terre goes there were 16 of us and while a few people would have liked a few more hours we also spent a chunk of the day traveling back and forth from the Lucca area. So I'd say most of one day is plenty. I'd say we were there for 6 or 7 hours and I hiked two of the four sections and saw 4 of the cities. Don't know if that gives you any more help. Cheers!

9. Posted by Skylarking (Budding Member, 27 posts) 12 Jun '08 10:43

Quoting JJforever

Thanks guys! I think I will go to Sorrento instead of Amalfi like you guys are suggesting. Seems easier to get to as well as easy access to the islands etc. Are you sure you only need one day in Cinque Terre?

Have a great time in Italy. You've picked the right time of year when the temperature is pleasantly warm, not oppressively hot. Sorrento is a good base, a popular tourist location, but it hasn't been ruined. It's a McStarBKFC-free zone and all the better for it, though there is the obligatory English pub, called ... 'English Pub'!

10. Posted by JJforever (Full Member, 114 posts) 13 Jun '08 03:23

Ok so how does this look?

1. Sorrento--3 days (with day trips to capri, Amalfi, and possibly Pompeii)
2. Rome--4 days
3. Sienna--2 days
4. Florence--2 days
4. Cinque Terre--2 days
5. Lucca--1 day
6. Verona--3 days
7. Venice--2 days

Does that look okay? PLEASE feel free to let me know if this does not sound too good!

ALSO what places in Tuscany are REALLY good to go to? I like the hill towns and I also like the rolling hills and wine farms etc. Anyone have suggestions?