One year ago, I posted a topic on here asking for help planning travel to Italy in September 2015 to celebrate my wife and I's 10th wedding anniversary.
The help I received here was valuable, and I ended up booking my trip shortly after. Then, a month after THAT, my wife and I found out we were expecting our first child. A joy and blessing, to be sure, but we didn't want to do a wine country themed trip while she was 6 months pregnant.
We cancelled, had our baby in December, and have decided to do our trip this September. So our 10th anniversary celebration on our 11th anniversary if you will.
Last year, I booked flight into milan, one night there. then train in cinque terre - 3 nights at la cabana.
then rental car, and drive to siena to stay at Aia Mattonata Relaishen for three nights, then on to florence for three nights at Golden Tower Hotel and Spa. Then, i was going to have to train back to milan to catch my flight the last day.
Well, now that I am booking again, I am hoping for the following:
Any hotel recommendations or changes recommended? I am also looking at Hotel Pasquale in Cinque Terre...we want to stay in Monterosso. Also, anyone stay at Golden Tower in Florence? Or should I look somewhere else?
Here's the BIGGIE: how do i end my trip? Should i book my return flight out of Venice or Rome instead (already been to both those places two years ago, by the way) since both cities are closer to my endpoint of Florence than Milan? (or is trekking back to Milan at the end a better idea for some reason?) Alternatively, should i pick a different airport to fly into to start my trip? Bear in mind, it takes an extra day to get to Florence or Pisa Airport from my starting point in U.S. vs other major cities in Italy. It also takes an extra of travel to return home from Pisa or Florence airports versus the others mentioned. I have to fly American Airlines because of my miles, so I am limited to them.
Was planning on spending my night in Milan at Park Hyatt, but with baby, budget for that hotel won't allow. anyone have a good recommendations for within the city of Milan, in a good area, in the 200-300 dollar (American) a night range?
Is Milan nice enough I should allot an extra night there, and take away a night from somewhere else? if so, where would you recommend subtracting a night?
Sorry for the long post - any help would be most appreciated! Thank you so much all!