We are taking our first trip to Italy (20yr anniversary) we are taking a Costco package, (incredible price) but planning on detouring from the package and adding stops. can you please review, provide advice & answer questions.
Dates: Oct. 5-15
1. Rome: 2days - figure this is a must; just do the highlights. Q: 1. Recommendation on quaint dinner spots, more local the better
2. Florence: 4days - have hotel for 4days but plan to detour 2days to Cinque Terre and book a hotel there. We specifically picked Florence on the Costco package b/c I want to detour to Cinque Terre. This is my dream part of the trip.
Q:1. Do we just take a train from Florence to CT? 2. Should I book a hotel now or when we get there? I also want to do Sienna or some rolling hills wine day trip, would I take a day trip to the winery from Florence? I've also heard about some great bike trips in that area. any recommendations? We are not really into art or museums (but will do b/c we are there) so Florence is just a holding spot to visit the other parts of that area.
3. Sorrento: 2days - it comes with a day tour of the Amalfi coast, 2nd day just chill.
4. Venice: 2days - recommendations?
Thanks for your help! Super excited, but super nervous too that i'm going to complicate things trying to detour off the preset package route. (but again, the price was so low it was cheaper to do this way than to book alacart.)