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Travel Itinerary

by ellykelly

We are traveling to Italy From May 24 -June 4. We arrive and depart from Rome.
Since we arrive early Sunday, I was thinking
Sunday- Monday to Lucca
Tuesday-Thursday- Florence
Friday-Sunday Cinque de Terre
Monday-Tuesday Rome
What are your thoughts?
Any bike tours we could take?
What would be the cost of a guide for part of the time?
Hotel suggestions would be helpful.

Re: Travel Itinerary

by royalempress

Your Itinerary looks good to me although I'm others will modify it.

Hotels that we have stayed in and enjoyed are;
Cinque de Terre - (Levanto) Garden Hotel- inexpensive, great location, friendly

Lucca - Villa Romantica, N. Barbantini, Location outside the walls but entrance only across the street. Small hotel, very nice rooms, air cond. and a nice pool. They also have bikes that they loan out.

Florence- Hotel Mario's, small hotel, very nice rooms, very good breakfasts, location only a few blocks from train station.. Via Faenza 89

Roma - Hotel La Residenza- Via Emilia, 22, A very nice small hotel, not expensive considering the quality of the hotel. Wonderful breakfast, very deluxe, honor bar, great location. For a little extra they will pick you up at the airport

Re: Travel Itinerary

by kathymof

I might put Lucca and Cinque Terra side-by-side to avoid some backtracking but other than that it looks very doable. Have a great time.

Re: Travel Itinerary

by nicolaitan

Friends stayed at La Residenza in Rome - very very pleased. Nice peaceful location.

Itinerary - perhaps to cut travel time put the Cinque Terra before Florence rather than after.

Re: Travel Itinerary

by Beausoleil

Many museums close on Monday. You may want to check the particular museums you want to see and modify your itinerary for a "must-see" for you.

Have a great trip.

Re: Travel Itinerary

by susancs

Torre di Bellosguardo in Florence is an absolutely beautiful place to stay. The hotel overlooks all of Florence and just beautiful.

Go to to buy museum tickets to avoid standing in line for hours. Your time will be better spent enjoying art and enjoying the city than standing in queue. Best thing I ever did.

Re: Travel Itinerary

by nomadNY

hey, i think your itinerary sounds pretty good. i just did the same thing...10 days in four different parts of italy...

The only place i wished i had had more time was Rome. there is so much to see and it is such a big beautiful city. I was surprised by how much i liked it. But i managed to enjoy it and soak it in with 2 well-though-out days!

Cinque terre -loved it! i spent 3 whole days there and loved every second of it. I divided the main 5terre hike into 2 days, spent time in the sun and the sea...and then on the third day did the hike up from Vernazza on trail 8 (8a-8b) -see the local maps -and it was beautiful it takes you to the highest ridge with amazing views and very FEW people. breathtaking...and a bit more challenging for the hiking obsessed.

Florence -definitely rent bikes! i fortunately had one to borrow from a friend there. i spent 3.5 days biking and wandering all over was marvelous. :)

Travel Tips for Florence

The David statue by...

by sniem

The David statue by Michelangelo Buonarrotti. The statues original location was on Piazza della Signoria, it was removed from there to protect this marvelous piece of art. Actually the statue was badly damaged during riots when Michelangelo was still alive. Someone through stones out of one of the windows of the Palazzo Vecchio and one arm broke off, it was 'glued' on again by Michelangelo itself. You can still see the crack in the marble when you visit the original in the Academia. This is really a must, the copy is nice and you get a pretty nice impression of it but it can by far not be compared with the beauty of the original. I've been in there about 10 times and can never get enough of looking at it. If you want to avoid standing in line to get in, go after 6 p.m. then the big german, japaneese etc. groups are gone and you get in pretty fast. I miss just everything when I'm not in Florence. My friends, the food, the wine, the beautiful sculptures, paintings and buildings, shopping, going out, the weather..
..I could just keep on going with this list for ages.

A rowing club on the Arno

by Bigs

There is a rowing club right next to the Ponte Vecchio so you have a very scenic rowing location. But it´s a private club so no tourists will get a boat here.... Only a short distance on the Arno can be rowed, as there are two weirs after a few meters in each direction....Maybe that´s why they have such a rowing boat on the jetty!!!

San Lorenzo Food!

by Jmill42 about Mercato Centrale

Staying in the San Lorenzo area for my friends wedding meant that we were a short walk away from the Mercato Centrale. We made good use of this every morning! With meats, cheeses, croissants, and every other imaginable fresh produce, we ate well in the mornings. The food is cheap, fresh and served by lively individuals every morning. Not to be missed!! Fruit
Baked Goods
Anything really... Cheaper than in supermarkets, and much fresher!

Driving in Florence

by sunchasers

I wouldn't really recommend driving in Florence. There is parking on the Oltarno side right next to the river. Driving isn't so difficult, it's just high level of traffic and the signs that will cause problems. Signs are very small and as soon as you see a sign telling you to get into another lane, it's already too late. I'm just thankful that my driving experience in Florence was not on a weekday during peak traffic hours....I have a feeling I would have had problem then.

Touristy place but good food

by mpileggi about Antico Fattore

Delicious Crostini Toscana (liver pate nice and warm and creamy); veal scaloppini with porcini mushrooms in a gravy/sauce and parsley; fried battered zucchini flowers. Small bottle of white wine; bread. With my coupon from their Internet web site I received a cute small ceramic plate to hang on the wall at home in my kitchen, which has the restaurants name. I was also given a small bottle of red wine. This place was evenly mixed with Italians and tourists. Nice interior with block arches, old pictures, B/W, and drawings done in pencil. 31 Euros for my meal and wine.


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