Our month in Italy - 16 Oct to 17 Nov 2019 Costs & arrangements
Background : 3 week trip to Rome, Florence, Venice & Verona in Spring 1996. Desired to see some new places with only some overlap. We are an active & moderately fit mid-70s couple with extensive travel experience. Very low budget & local many years ago. Now better budget with farther & longer possibilities. Mostly retired for 20 years. RS Turkey & RoadScholar Costa Rica only tours we have taken. We started planning this trip over a year ago. Developed a working itinerary & booked air travel & rooms last Jan to Mar; trains in summer. This forum was a help with info. We try to get flight to arrive in AM; depart late AM. Location was most important room criteria; other factors used to finalize choice. Apartments (1 bedroom & kitchen) & hotels with breakfast are desired to avoid eating out early. We prefer to stay in one spot as often as possible but this trip was to include future trip possibilities, so moved more. Decision to go mid- Oct was a gamble to pit crowds vs weather - we lost. We encountered lots of both. Fortunately, because of 44 years in Alaska, rain & cold do not intimidate us.
Rooming cost: € 2,455 total or €82/night avg. Ground transportation: about €365. Food, museums & misc costs: about €48/day.
Milano: Airport bus to Centrale, metro to Cadorna sta. 3 nights in HomeAway apt with view of Castel Sforza for €312 incl taxes.
Metro to Centrale. Intercity from Centrale to Monterosso.
Vernazza: Regionale from Monterosso. 4 nights in HomeAway apt near Piazza Marconi but up serious stairs - €476 total.
Day trips via Regionale to Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia & Monterosso. Regionale to La Spezia Centrale.
Firenze: Intercity from La Spezia to Pisa, missed next train & took later & slower (3+ hrs) to Firenze SMN. 6 nights in HomeAway apt in Oltrarno near Ponte Vecchio for €400 total. Uffizi, Pitti Palazzo, Boboli Gardens advance ticket. Day trip to Pisa on Regionale from SMN - took correct train back. 131 Rapide bus from station near SMN to Siena.
Siena: bus stops in old town on hill top. Walked to HomeAway apt near Santa Caterina - 3 nights for €215 total.
Cab down to train station. Regionale to Orvieto.
Orvieto: station in new town below hill, so funicular & bus to old town atop hill. Short walk to La Magnolia BnB - 2 nights for €130. Bus & funicular down to station. Intercity to Napoli Centrale
Sorrento: from Napoli took Circumvesuviana to Sorrento. Short walk to Palazzo Tasso hotel in old town - 2 nights for €117.
SITA bus at station to Positano.
Positano: bus stop at top of town, not close to hotel. 2 nights at Positano Art Hotel Pasitea for €238. Maps showed route down a million stairs - wrong! Walk down narrow road or take local shuttle bus which stops in front of hotel. SITA bus stop is back up the hill or a long shuttle bus ride. Bus to Amalfi.
Amalfi: bus stop in harbor. Short walk into town to L'Antico Convitto hotel with nice elevator. 2 nights for €172.
SITA bus to Salerno Centrale.
Roma: FrecciaBianca from Salerno thru Naples to Roma Termini. 20 min walk from Termini to HomeAway apt near via Genova & via Nazionale - 6 nights for €395 total. Bus (never again) to Vatican for tour; metro back. Borghese advance tickets for a free Wednesday. Night bus to Termini; Leonardo to FCO for flight.