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12. Posted by fraluchi (Full Member, 124 posts) 23 Feb '12 10:05

You have three weeks to spend during the main holiday season in Italy. Stay away from coastal resorts, which are overcrowded during your stint.
All destinations mentioned by you are worth your while.
Venice: a few days navigating through the canals, visit San Marcos, neighbouring islands (glass blowing in Murano; Burano).
Consider Padova, Verona and Bologna.
Find your way Lucca and Pisa, then back to Florence, depending upon your cultural desires.
The Toscana is worth a few days, including Siena. Consider visiting Arezzo and Perugia. If you travel by car, try to visit other towns such as Terni, Riete, l'Aquila before heading towards Rome.
Rome, on 15th August (Ferragosto) is so empty that you have the town to yourselves. You'll be hot those days, which is why everybody crowds the coast lines.Naples is worth visiting, but don't miss Pompei. The Amalfi coast (as well as Capri and Ischia islands) will be bursting with tourists, but are worth a try (accommodation and expense permitting)
You can tour Sicily in a few days. Take an odd "souvenir" home and pass through Corleone. There's nothing to see but the name at the village entrance and it's name relation to what Sicily became famous about.
The Etna volcano at night time is a unique experience, and the island has a rich history which may interest you.
Long distances, hot weather, lovely places: plan a few days ahead each time from the place you are staying in. Local information is essential at this time of the year.
Buon viaggio ed in bocca al lupo!;)

13. Posted by RadhaandBrook (Budding Member, 6 posts) 23 Feb '12 21:47

Thank you all for such great advice.

We have taken everything on-board and so far plan on travelling from
Venice to Florence by train where we will stay for three days.
we will then visit Lucca for a couple of days before travelling through Pisa for the day and walking up the Cinque Terre coast. staying one night in each of the first four towns. (we hear that the northern most town is a bit too commercial?)
Also is it possible to walk from one town to the next in one day?

We will then take a train from Vernazza to Genoa where we will fly from there to Naples.

We will stay in Naples for two or three days and travel down the amalfi coast for 4-5 days.

We will then train to Rome

Thanks again for all your suggestions! Look forward to a few more ;)

14. Posted by vanessa (Travel Guru, 255 posts) 24 Feb '12 01:47

Quoting RadhaandBrook

Thank you all for such great advice.

We have taken everything on-board and so far plan on travelling from
Venice to Florence by train where we will stay for three days.
we will then visit Lucca for a couple of days before travelling through Pisa for the day and walking up the Cinque Terre coast. staying one night in each of the first four towns. (we hear that the northern most town is a bit too commercial?)
Also is it possible to walk from one town to the next in one day?

We will then take a train from Vernazza to Genoa where we will fly from there to Naples.

We will stay in Naples for two or three days and travel down the amalfi coast for 4-5 days.

We will then train to Rome

Thanks again for all your suggestions! Look forward to a few more ;)

Sounds great to me!
U made good choices.
Enjoy Italy!
cheers,
v.

15. Posted by jtforum (Budding Member, 2 posts) 27 Feb '12 09:30

Here is my advice:

Venice no more that 2-3 days [ stay longer and all your money will be gone :) ]
Stay in central Tuscany for example in the Florence area from where you can easly take daily trips to Pisa and Lucca also by train.

If you really want to experience Tuscany you probably need two weeks. Also August can be quite hot so you don't really want to tour from morning to evening.
Car is a must to apreciate the smaller villages and the enchanting countryside.

After Tuscany you could take trains to Rome. 3 days are probably enought.

Sicily would take quite a long time if you really want to tour. it's probably a separate holiday.

You could go to Amalfi by train from Rome, and rent a car in sorrento, or even do without a car.

Finally head back to Rome prior departure.

-snip-

[ Edit: Sorry, no promos please. ]

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