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Italy Itinerary Help

I am going to Italy the first time and wondering if anyone had ideas on where I should go. I arrive in Venice the morning of 3/14 and depart Rome the morning of 3/23. I'm thinking Venice, Florence (with day trip to Lucca and Pisa), Rome, and the Amafili Coast. I also think it would be awesome to go to Cinque Terre. There is a lot I want to see but I don't have much time. Anyone have ideas?

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Based on the fact that you have about nine days for your trip, I would most definitely reduce the number of destinations. You'll need to plan very precisely, and I doubt you'll have time to see all the places on your list.

In the same circumstances, I'd probably structure things along these lines:

Mar. 14 - arrive Venice (jet lagged, but try to get some touring in that day)

Mar. 15 - Venice (buy train tickets & reservations if required from travel agent near Piazza San Marco - details listed in the Italy book as I recall)

Mar. 16 (morning) - train to Florence - don't forget to validate tickets in yellow machine prior to boarding train (if you're interested in visiting the Uffizi and/or Accademia, ask your Hotel if they will help with reservations at the time you book your room - visit one of the Museums that day).

Mar. 17 - either more touring of Florence or day trip to Lucca / Pisa - I'd suggest focusing on Lucca as I'm not sure the extra travel time to/from Pisa is an efficient use of time when you're on such a tight schedule).

Mar. 18 - Florence touring (buy P-P tickets & reservations if required at Firenze SMN station as well as tickets from CT to Rome)

Mar. 19 (morning) - train to Cinque Terre via La Spezia (choose which village you want to stay - plan your touring well so that you don't waste any time.

Mar. 20 (afternoon) - train to Rome (choose direct train to Roma Termini, very easy trip -suggest staying in Termini area as it makes getting around easier).

Mar. 21 - Rome touring (again, research your touring well so that you don't waste any time).

Mar. 22 - Rome touring

Mar. 23 - take Leonardo Express from Termini to FCO (about 30 min. trip).

There are no doubt many ways this could be arranged, but this is what I would do. I normally pack Italy Guidebook along, so that I have it available for reference.

Happy travels!

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Good advice from Ken: you have only 9 full days, 8 if you don't count your first day (arrival, jetlag, etc). Even at 9 days, it's not feasible to do the 7 destinations you list in the 8 to 9 days you have.

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I think Ken is right on with his advice with one other thought.Stay 2 days in Florence and add day in the CT.Then stop in Pisa on the way to LaSpezia.That way if you arrive in the CT late in the day you have a full day to visit the 5 towns.

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Consider using the The Original Walks of Florence. They are an excellent English language walking tour company. I have been to Italy many times and love their tours. Very informative. The website is

There is also an excellent walking tour company in Rome- website Their group tours are limited to around 12, but the truth is we never had more than 5-7 in any tour we did with them and my last trip to Rome was in JULY- hello tourism central. So March should be perfect for low numbers. We took their tour of the Vatican with one other couple. Imagine- 4 people with a guide who had a photographic memory for anything she could read. It was incredible, just like a private guide we hired for the day.