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10 Day Italy Itinerary

Hi Everyone, We are going to be traveling to Italy this month and wanted to get advice on an itinerary. We are keen on covering Rome, Florence (Pompeii, Pisa, Cinque) & The Amalfi Coast (Naples?). Not sure about Venice, we arent too keen on it, but are willing to rethink if people feel 'Its not to be missed!' :) Looking for a more relaxing but interested in the key sights! Arrival in Rome - 25th 3pm Departure from Rome - 6th morning Oh! We also have a 3 year old baby with us! :) Thanks for your help!
Chintu

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Are you going to be renting a car or using trains? Are you saying you are leaving in a few weeks and have no reservations at all or any itinerary planned?
I tend to travel spontaneously, but usually if I am going to less touristy places. With Rome, Venice, Florence and a toddler you should think about some hotel reservations. A little more info would allow people to help you and make some suggestions for hotels, etc. that might be family friendly. Do you want mid-priced hotels or need a lot of ammenities? If you really want relaxing I would consider a small Tuscan village with some day trips to the touristy places. You could rent a car and travel at your leisure in the countryside and take a bus to the busy cities.

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Thanks Terry! Since this was more of a last minute trip for us, as I had a business trip there as well. So decided to combine it. So more information here - 1. Hoping not to rent a car ; but open to it, but am thinking of trains only
2. Would prefer family friendly hotel; but not picky on amenities Chintu

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Last minute trips... love them! As for hotels in Rome I actually stayed in a Holdiay Inn as it had a pool and I had a child with me (might work for you) One of them had a shuttle to the airport which was helpful. Train from Rome to Florence was easy but I don't remember details. I would think Pisa would be a good day trip with a child as there was a nice open grassy area where she could play... probably by bus from Florence. I would say either Venice or Amalfi Coast will be a little challenging with a toddler, but if it were me I would choose Venice just because it's Venice. You could also take a boat trip to Burano for a little variety and less crowded. With the number of days you have I would think Rome, Florence & Venice would be a full schedule. If you can fly into Rome and out of Venice. If you prefer a village you could stay in San G or Sienna and take a day trip to Florence for a change of pace. As much as I love the Sea I would probably advise you to skip the CT and Amalfi this time, or give up one of the others. I assume you will still be working around naps, so actual time to do stuff will be limited. Have a great trip... and Italians love babies and you will find lots of attention given to your child!

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With only 10 days, it's best to limit yourselves to 3 places. A stroller will be a challenge some of the time . . . cobblestones, narrow sidewalks, steps (Rome is very hilly, Venice is up and down bridges). Pompeii is very difficult walking in many parts - impossible with a stroller. Instead of Venice, I suggest you go to Verona, lots to see and pretty easy walking. It's one of my favorite places in Italy.

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I answered this question for you on the Trip Advisor forums. I think you're trying to see too much in too short a time. With 10 days I would stick with 2 cites with a day trip from each. You say you want a relaxing trip, visiting 7 cities in 10 days with a three year old won't be relaxing nor will it allow you to visit the main sites. I would suggest you slow down and see more of fewer cities. Donna

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I have to agree that you are trying to take on too much. I don't know anything about the trains since we live here and drive but we do have similarly aged kids. If your child has energy, staying in Naples (not downtown!) would be nice as you could travel to hike Mt. Vesuvius and burn some of his energy, hop a tour bus down to Amalfi coast and have him pick beach glass/tiles from Vietri, then head to Positano or Salerno for a nice stroll around town. Also in Naples there is Caserta Palace and grounds that you could spend a whole day in, but I'm not sure how you would get there.
Pisa is great and an hour driving away from pisa is Lucca where families love to rent family bikes and bike along the city walls. I have to say my friends who have gone to Rome have raved about hop on hop off buses (and if your boy hasn't done one yet, they generally can be the highlight of the tour for them)