Looking for suggestions or critiques on this 10 day itinerary for summer 2020 with my wife and kids ages 5 and 7. I posted before another potential itinerary a few weeks back, but took the advice of this forum and decided to leave Switzerland for another trip when kids are older.
For this trip, I am certain we want to see Venice, as a city with "rivers fro roads" intrigues my kids and was my favorite when we visited nearly 15 years ago. The other stops are interesting to me since Ive never been to lakes region or Tuscan countryside (have been to Florence though). We'd like to use the trains as much as possible and avoid driving...but i might consider it in Tuscany if you can convince me. I'm not too interested in Rome or Florence itself--too crowded and museum centric for our tastes. again, maybe when kids are older. For now I want to experience some new places, embrace natural beauty, and have the kids get a taste of a new culture. so here's what I'm thinking:
- Fly into Milan (arriving from USA after long trip), head Straight for lake Como region, staying in Varenna for 3 nights to explore the region and relax.
- train to Venice, stay for 3 nights (Already found an awesome airbnb apartment right on the canal with exceptional views)
- train to Florence/Tuscany for 3-4 nights. I would love to stay in Volterra, but may be difficult unless we rent a car. Given the distance of this region from the major airports, we would probably have to spend the last night in a hotel near Rome or Milan airport, unless anyone thinks its feasible to make it direct to airport from such a remote locale? Alternatively, if Volterra is not a realistic choice, we could stay in Florence and just take local bus to visit the hill towns and countryside.
- fly out of Rome or Milan (AM flight to USA)
I appreciate your comments, critiques, and suggestions!