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1. Posted by metoo (Budding Member 2 posts) 7y

hello i have just fond this wonderfull site and have already learn so much from it!!
me and my boyfriend are planing a trip to italy from N Ireland

we are going to be flying into mailan and out of rome we will be staying for 8 days in september
we are unsure of where to visit and how long to stay , we have been looking and train seams to be the best way to travel
please help all info welcome

here is hat i was thinking let me know

- flying into Milan 2 nights their
-by train to Venice 2 nights
-by train to Florence 2 nights
-by train to rome 2 nights

but i have seen posts about a place The Amalfi Coast is it possible to go here aswell if we cut our time short in other places

i am a bit concerened that we will be spending a lot of our time traveling , are we trying to fit too much in ? help

[ Edit: Edited on 16-Mar-2009, at 09:23 by metoo ]

2. Posted by JoyC (Full Member 99 posts) 7y

Traveling by train between Venice, Florence and Rome worked really well for me when I was there. I always traveled 2nd class as it was cheaper. I didn't really see any difference between 2nd & 1st except the price.

If you have a lot of energy and stamina and prioritize what you want to do & see in each city, I think your itinerary sounds fine. There is no way you can see everything you should in Rome in just 3 days. My priorities would be the Pantheon, Colloseum, and The Forum/Pallatine Hill for one day and the Vatican & Vatican Museum for the next. Visiting the Appian Way is well worth your time and effort. You can get there by city bus, but you'll want to spend time walking and enjoying the area. I spent an entire day there and loved every moment.

To me, 3 years is not enough time for Florence - much less 3 days. Of course you must visit the Uffizi Museum. Accademia is also a necessity as that is where Michelangelo's David resides. My favorite pastime in Florence is to simply walk, walk, walk, then walk some more. The city is a work of art in itself. You'll visit il Duomo of course... but I could go on for weeks.

You'll discover every niche in Venice if you spend 2-3 days walking around. I like to stay on Murano Island and purchase a vaparetto pass. It's more affordable and Murano is idyllic.

Have a wonderful trip!

3. Posted by Cyberia (Travel Guru 1818 posts) 7y

Rome certainly deserves more than 2 nights. You can do the other 3 places in 1 day each. The Uffizi gallery is good but you must buy tickets online before going. Queues are hours long. Do check out other online tickets where possible. Pompeii is worth a visit, not too far from Rome. Be careful of pickpockets (especially kids) at tourist sites, notably in Rome.

4. Posted by Wonkerer (Respected Member 592 posts) 7y

Okay, so my thoughts are this: If you have not bought your tickets yet then I'd just cut out Milan. Sometimes when travelling it's best to be a bit brutal. Less cities can seem harsh, but it will benefit you in the end (at least that's my opinion.) So if you were to do this, then I'd just add all of the time you would have been in Milan to Rome.

On the other hand if you have bought you tickets (or are really set on going to Milan), then I'd just do one night in Milan, two in Venice, one in Florence, and the rest in Rome. To be fair, I haven't been to Florence, but of the people I know who've gone both there and Rome, the vast majority seem to prefer to spend much more time in Rome.

I spent three full days and two half days in Rome when I was there. This was a really nice amount of time. I could definitely have spent more time there (there's an endless amount of things to do and see), but it was enough time to fit in a good visit and to feel satisfied with my visit. To me anything less than three full days would feel quite rushed.

Good luck!