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Help with Italy Itinerary


We will be in Italy for 7 nights 8 days first week of july and we are looking to do following:

Day1 : Arrive from switzerland by train to Cinque terre. Reach by 3pm. Do the hike
Day 2: Leave to Florence around noon. Evening in florence
Day 3: See one museum and walk around. Leave for naples in the evening (should we base in naples or Sorento)
Day 4: Vesuvius Pompeii day trip from Naples.
Day 5: Ferry to Capri or bus ride to Amalfi coast or Naples sightseeing.
Day 6: Early morning train to Rome. Coliseum and nearby places. Stay near Coliseum if possible.
Day 7: Vatican
Day 8: Flight to London in the afternoon.

We are traveling with 2 kids (6, and 12 and both of them love hiking, nature, walking, biking) So we want to do Cinque terre hike and mt. Vesuvius hikes. Because of young children we want to do less of museums and art.
Looking at the train schedules, our itinerary looks doable. But in reality, will it be too hectic?
I feel that Amalfi coast might be similar to Cinque Terre. Not sure about Amalfi coast bus ride as it may take hours because of crowds on road. And we prefer to be walking than sitting in a bus. So leaning towards staying in Naples. Is it reasonable?
We have yet to book train and accommodation as well as buy tickets for attractions like pompeii, coliseum, uffizi. Is it too late?
Can you suggest a good bike ride that we can do with our family either in rome , capri or naples area?

Any suggestions will be very helpful. Thanks in advance.

Posted by
4105 posts

This is way too much! You have 6 1/2 days, just about enough time to do two locations.

Do you really think you can hike one of the CT trails after an eight hour train ride?

Do either north or south. Cinque Terre + Rome or Amalfi Coast + Rome.

If you do the CT, try to base in Monterosso. There's a beach for the kids. Also has the most restaurants.

With a young family, I'd think Sorrento would be a better base. There are some nice hikes in the area.

Posted by
8171 posts

You should really reassess your trip. The distances you propose are great, and the trip will be a big blur. Most experienced travelers are traveling slowly--and seeing more.
Rome by itself is a 4 day minimum city. Florence is a 2-3 day minimum city.
And whenever children are on a trip, it is best taken slowly.
Skip the Amalfi Coast and the C/T as there are so many other important sights to see in the cities.
Italy is a place with so much culture, food, history and art that need to be taken in.

Posted by
898 posts

Definitely too much. You are basically giving yourself mere hours in each place. You’ll spend most of the time traveling, and that is no fun (especially with kids.) Limit yourself to two places, maybe one night in a third if that makes sense. I’d suggest Florence for three nights and Rome for four. That’s two cities with loads of things to see and do, and easy day trips if you so desire.

Posted by
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Thank you so much all of you. I will remove naples/amalfi from our plan. A day in CT, 2 days in Florence and 3 and 1/2 days in Rome.
Your feedback has helped me a lot.