I am hoping to travel to Italy June 2010 with some of my best girlfriends (6 of us). We are thinking we would like to do a cooking school in Tuscany (3-5 days) but would also like to visit Cinque Terre and Florence. Looking for the most cost effective way to put this all together. Traveling from Washington D.C. If anyone has suggestions what airport in Italy would be best to fly into, what the best itenerary would be, it would be great. Thanks so much!
You will want to reserve quickly for everything you wil be in peak season and places fill fast espec for 6 persons. ck Luthansa, British Airlines but avoid Alitalia. You wil prob need to go via Germany or London then hopefully land in Florence see it. Bus it to Siena from Florence (easy)and enjoy Tuscany. You can rent a car if you want to drive around Tuscany from Avis in Siena. Drive to Santa Margarita Ligure (next town over from CT)ck car in or public transit w/ transfers to CT. Book CT asap they have limited lodging if no luck stay in gorgeous S. Marg. Ligure and ferry over to CT. Have fun I did this w/ my galfriend & it was terrific.
Darlene, do you plan on only travelling to Florence, Tuscany and Cinque Terre? How long do you plan on being there? How do you plan on travelling--train or car? If you haven't already done so, look at tour guide books at the bookstore or library. Rick's guide book on Italy is a great choice. I also like watching DVD's to get an idea of what I want to see. For cooking schools, go to the first entry on this forum "FAQ's: Answers to Frequently Asked Questions" and go to the first post by Steve. Enter "Tuscany Cooking School" in the search box and you will get a listing of posts for that subject. There are a lot of entries you can check out. I was just checking out airfares on Swiss Air. You could fly into Florence, Milan or Venice if you plan on staying up in that part of Italy. If you want to also see Rome, you could fly into one of the above cities and fly out of Rome (an open-jaw schedule) or vice-versa. You just need to decide what you want to do and see.