Please give itinerary advice if I am being realistic.
Taking myself 58, my mother 85 (great shape and first time in Italy), and daughter 25 (ALL VACCINATED) for 2 weeks early October. Have a united/luftansa business flight Chicago to Venice via short layover Frankfurt. Reserved all hotels - refundable.
Renting a car (automatic) at Venice Airport driving to PADUA for 3 nights. One day spent going to village of Velo D'Astico (north of Vicenza - 1 hour car trip from Padua) - the village of my great grandmother. I have an Italian genealogist I have been emailing and arranged one day tour of town. After Padua (staying near St. Anthony Basilica) driving car back to Venice Airport and taking vaporetto to Venice Hotel for 2 nights.
Then high speed train to Florence for 4 nights (staying at previous Rick Steves tour hotel) and then high speed train to Rome for 4 nights (staying near St. Peter's). Hoping to get into Papal Audience then flying home.
Do I reserve high speed train ahead or is it necessary? (schedule not online until 6 weeks? before)
How far in advance to reserve ? Scrovegni, Vatican Museum, Colosseum, Uffizi, Etc. ? How crowded now?
Would love to go to Cinque Terre for a day (without mom) from Florence, but maybe crazy?
What do I need to do to prepare? Already did EUdPLF, ? can't download COVID VAC cards until 48 hours?
No Green Pass for US citizens yet?
It will change before October. Praying Italy and US stay open,
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