Hi everyone. My husband and I went to Italy in 2018 and I planned the whole trip using RS books and this forum. It turned out great and I was so thankful to have many aspects of the trip planned before arriving in Italy. I want to thank all of you for sharing your experiences and wisdom.
Next year we plan to visit our AF son in England and do some traveling while there. He will likely be able to join us for at least part of our trip.
I’m hoping to get some advice on where to go given the time we have, what to do, when to go, etc.
The trip to Italy was doable at the time, but we aren’t getting any younger so I wouldn’t want to overbook ourselves this next trip. For Italy (15 days) we took backpack suitcases (and plan to do the same this trip unless it looks like we will just drive everywhere) and started by flying into Milan due to cost. From there we took the train to Venice for two nights, then to Florence for one (had most of two days there). Then took the bus to Siena and picked up a car in Siena same day (not enough time in Siena). Drove to Tuscany and spent three nights at an agritourismo (this was awesome!). Drove to Sorrento, dropped off the car, spent two nights and day tripped to Capri. The next day took train to Pompeii and then on to Rome (would not recommend the Circumvesuviana to anyone). Spent three or four nights in Rome and then flew home.
I would prefer a more relaxed trip this time. I’m hoping to expand this trip to 2 1/2 weeks, but we would spend 15 days at a minimum.
We love to hike, bike and roam around towns where you can pop into the churches and experience amazing views and authentic culture/food, but we also enjoyed the cities in Italy. They were so spread out with low buildings in the old city centers that we didn’t feel like we were in a city. We don’t enjoy massive crowds or feeling penned in.
We’ve talked about driving around Scotland and England and then taking the train to France and then onto Amsterdam (suggested by our son), but after reading some of the posts on England I’m wondering if we ought to stick to the UK. We do hope to get back over the following year to maybe visit Germany, Austria and northern Italy.
Our son doesn’t really like Paris, but I’ve heard the countryside in France is very beautiful. He also said one day in London will probably be enough for us.
I would love some thoughts from people who have been there/done that.
Should we consider going in the spring or fall? I want to avoid the summer.
We went to Italy in the spring (late March/early April - before Easter week- and it was perfect. ) A little chilly at times but not too many people. We were told by the locals that we chose a perfect time before the crowds descended upon Italy.
Thanks so much for any advice you can give. Happy traveling!