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15 days in mostly Italy! whats your opinion on my itinerary?

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1. Posted by tamar (Full Member 58 posts) 7y

Firstly, hello!

I haven't been on this site for almost 5 years, and it's still the same - love it!

I'm heading back to Italy with my hubby in November (cold but we like that), and have a few choice things we'd love to do along the way. Let me know if you think this is a good itinerary or not so great! We're thinking of going via car pretty much everywhere but a ferry trip or two might be nice!

Ok, here it is!

6th Nov: 9am - Fly into Rome from Australia
6th Nov: 11am- Fly to Frankfurt. Drive 2 hrs to Olsbrucken - spend 1 night in region.
7th Nov: Head to Strasbourg. Stay 1 night with friend. Drive 3 hrs to Lausanne in morning.
8th Nov: Lausanne - Stay 1 night. Drive 5hrs to Lake Como in morning.
9th Nov: Lake Como. Stay 1 night - Drive 4 hrs to Cinque Terre in morning.
10th Nov: Cinque Terre - Stay 2 nights. Drive 4.5 hrs to Lazio in morning.
12th Nov: Stay at Castello Proceno in Lazio for 3 nights. Day trips to Orvieto, Mt Amiata, Cortona, Le marche etc.
15th Nov: Stay in Chianti/Tuscan region - 3 nights
18th Nov: Positano - 2 nights
20th- flight - 1pm

What do you think? Too much, too little - any key areas I'm missing?

We love lakes, mountains, countryside and really don't want too much of the big city, museums etc. Hence no Florence, Venice or Rome on the itinerary!

Look forward to hearing from the experts!

2. Posted by Buzzcock (Full Member 178 posts) 7y

As you have said that you are heading back to Italy, it would be useful if you had said where in Italy you have already visited before asking whether any of us think that there are places that you are 'missing out'. Just a thought.

3. Posted by tamar (Full Member 58 posts) 7y

That's a good point - good call.

Out of the itinerary, we have done portions of:

Lazio, and small surrounding towns.
Orvieto, Mt Amiata, Cortona, Siena and for one day, jumped on a bike and rode around the Chianti region.

Last time, we spent 10 days in the Tuscan region only. But we loved it, so want to go back to some of our favourite parts, and explore some new.

Thanks!!

4. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 7y

Hm. While I can understand that someone prefers countryside over cities, I have a hard time grasping your itinerary. You're sure you're not interested in Rome or Florence? Both are beautiful in november, and why would you fly halfway around the globe, just to see Italy's scenery?

That said, I would recommend another approach.

  • Cut the part that involves Frankfurt, Switzerland and northern Italy. They're worth your time, but november is simply not the best period. In addition, there really is PLENTY to see in the countryside of Toscana, Umbria, Lazio and Marche for 2 weeks. No need to make it this complicated
  • Don't make detailed plans. Instead, rent a car and buy a good list of hotels and b&b in the region (the most authoritative is the italian Guida degli agriturismi in Italia, widely available in online shops. It's in Italian, but that not a problem because all you need to read are the pictograms and addresses), as well as a detailed map. The part of Italy you're interested in is extremely densely populated, so you can just roam around, and see where your fancy takes you. In november, you don't need to worry about places being fully booked; and even if that happens, the next one is never more than 10 kilometres away.

I almost guarantee that this type of travel will enable you to get more out of your trip. Finally, I think that Orvieto and Cortona are a very good idea, as both are real pretty (plus both have important music festivals in autumn that you may be able to attend). If you're interested, I could give much more detailed information about that region: my parents live close to Orvieto, so I know it well.

[ Edit: Edited on 09-May-2009, at 08:15 by bentivogli ]

5. Posted by Redpaddy (Inactive 1004 posts) 7y

What's your budget - or doesn't it matter??

6. Posted by tamar (Full Member 58 posts) 7y

Hi bentivogli,

Thanks for your reply!

I see what you mean.... take it easy... :-)

On the Italy end of the itinerary - yes, we are sure we don't want to see the cities! We have been through them, but we like the quiet... and besides we are looking to buy a property in a few years, and it's where we met - so yes, we're sure about that part! :-)

I have actually been looking for some festivals and things to attend, but haven't yet found anything for our period of stay - we are there from Nov 6-20.

We love Orvieto - we went a restaurant there called the Zeppelin - amazing! If you know of anything that comes up in November, that would be wonderful, thanks!

7. Posted by tamar (Full Member 58 posts) 7y

hi Redpaddy,

Our budget is mid-range I would say... For example, I would love to stay at the le sirenuse hotel in Positano, but there is no way we could afford that for a night! :-)

Most other things are fine.

Thanks!

8. Posted by Redpaddy (Inactive 1004 posts) 7y

If I was coming all that way (what a flight!!), I couldn't visit Italy without doing Pisa or Milano.... Possibly both.
That's it - no more.
Have a great trip.

9. Posted by Buzzcock (Full Member 178 posts) 7y

Pisa I have stayed in twice and would happily visit again, but tamar has said that she doesn't like cities, even small ones, so how can I recommend it? A fairly nice small town in Tuscany I have only briefly visited, but would like to stay in, is Castiglioncello, just down the coast from Livorno, so there's my recommendation.

10. Posted by Redpaddy (Inactive 1004 posts) 7y

Just a place (Pisa) I couldn't by-pass, if close-by.
The Dolomites are why I mentioned Milano. I just love Milano and The Dolomites (one of the weirdest and most wonderful mountain ranges I've ever seen) are only a couple of hours drive away.