(Closed) Italy Vacation

posted 4 years ago in Travel
Post # 2
154 posts
Blushing bee

If you are heading south, I highly recommend Sorrento. I loved the fresh limoncello, the lemon trees, the views of the water, and the small town shop feel (with the free limoncello samples). We also did Pompeii in between one stop another, so if you enjoy history at all then it is worth a few hours to visit. Sadly, I haven’t made it to the north of Italy, but I have heard cinque terre is fascinating. 

Post # 3
6415 posts
Bee Keeper

If you are going for 7-10 days, do 2 cities; 3 at the absolute most. If you try to cram in any more you will end up spending most of your time travelling, rather than actually enjoying the country. 

We did a twin-centre last year, with 4 nights in Rome, and then 6 in Florence, and spent our last day in Pisa and Lucca. For us that was perfect; we saw everything we wanted to without being too rushed. 

Post # 4
1150 posts
Bumble bee

With 7 to 10 days and Rome + Naples on the list there really isn’t time for more bases.  In 7 days, you could do 5 nights in Rome with a day trip to Orvieto or Florence.  Then take the train to Naples, ferry to Capri (if going May-October), sleep in Capri 2 nights, ferry back to Naples for 1 night and fly home.  In 10 days you could stay 3 nights in Capri and 2 nights in Naples (or vice versa, depending on your interests).

What month?  What are your interests?  Are you only interested in cities & major sights of would you like some relaxing down time?  Are you interested in spending any time on the water?  Countryside?

My advice is to pick 2 (or 3 MAX only if 10 total days-which means 11 nights) bases that are not more than a 2 hour transit time away from eachother.  If you opt for just 2 bases then pick a day trip or two that is within 1 hour trasit time.

In contrast to the pp regarding already going south I would suggest Capri over Sorrento.  Sorrento is the only place I’ve been to so far in Italy that I would never return to.  I greatly dislike it.  Everyone has different t favorites. 

Post # 5
1178 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2017

If you’re going to Rome, may as well make it to the Amalfitan coast for a couple of days. So romantic! If you like hiking, set aside a day and hike the Path of the gods there. 

Post # 6
743 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Personally I would focus on one area of Italy, Rome being pretty central. I love the northern part (Tuscany and the Lakes): you have plenty of culture (Florence), beautiful landscapes, amazing food… Something for everybody!

Post # 7
584 posts
Busy bee

I know a “Count” who has converted his family palace from the 1500’s into a bed and breakfast in the Umbrian countryside if you want to stop by for a day. It’s beautiful- I did not want to come home. PM me for details if you are interested!

Post # 8
919 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

If you’re going to Italy PLEASE go to Florence! It was our absolute favorite city ever. Beautiful but smaller…great art/museums, amazing food and wine…ugh I want to go back! We also did Rome for 4 nights (I found it really overwhelming) and we stayed in the Tuscany countryside for a few nights. Florence though was my favorite by far!!!

Post # 9
2521 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

We went to Florence and Como a month ago and both places were gorgeous and amazing in everyway.  I particularly fell in love with Como.  It is right on Lake Como and the edge of the alps surrounds it.  There are all these cute little towns you can only take boats to (Bellagio is the most common), and so many craftsman of all kinds selling their work.  We did a lot of hiking and it is weird that you can feel like you are in a the most remote place on earth, and then walk 20 feet and there is this restaurant out of nowhere with people inside that you had no idea how they got there.  It is just magical that way and the food is amazing.   I’m usually insanely stressed and I was so calm- just the most peaceful place I’ve ever been to.  

Florence was gorgeous too.  More touristy and more musuems and such.  The town is all about their art.  

Post # 11
1309 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

Venice!!! I can’t believe no one has suggested it. We went to Naples, Florence, Rome and Venice and Venice was by far our favorite. 

Post # 12
1987 posts
Buzzing bee

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JiminyCricket :  If you are from a warm climate February in Italy might strike you as cold, but if you are from a cooler climate, you may find Italy in late February quite pleasant, especially if you travel further south. Late February will mean smaller crowds, which is a huge benefit.  I have led group trips to a lot of cities in central and northern Italy, so if you decide to go north of Rome I am happy to provide whatever perspective/advice I can. 

Post # 14
166 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

We went to Venice Florence sorrento postiano and Rome all in 10 days. Out of all these places. Are you going to bring bag pack? I highly suggested bringing bag pack instead of suitcases in Italy because it make transit so much easier. We took the train between different cities and they are all relatively close to one another. Venice and Florence are must see on the list. I didn’t expect to love Florence so much but it ended up to be the most beautiful city out of all. It is a bit detour to go to sorrento and postiano. But the unique view and coast side experience is worth it. 

Post # 15
206 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2017

I also agree with PPs and recommend Florence; it is beautiful. It’s not so far away from Pisa either, if you wanted to see the monuments there. 

I’ve not been yet but my family all have and rate it very highly – and that’s to Venice. Though with your already busy schedule you probably wouldn’t have enough time to fit it in! 

Have fun in Italy. If you’re a food and wine lover like me, you’ll have an even better time 😉

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