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Old 09-05-2010, 06:44 PM
 
Location: A Thousand Miles From Nowhere
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Or for those of you who hav'nt been yet but will some day. Me and Grandma are looking to go some day soon. It will be a one shot deal. It won't be a thing where if we miss out on a spot or a city we can always say "that's ok, we'll get there or see that next time", 'cause there won't be a next time!

So with that in mind, where in Italy would you go? What would be your recommendation for some absolute, must go to, must see spots in Italy if you were to only go once?? Length of visit would be most likely 8 or 10 days. Thanks for any suggestions!
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Old 09-05-2010, 06:46 PM
 
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Rome, Venice & Florence.
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Old 09-05-2010, 10:06 PM
 
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too easy, as the other poster mentioned. You can do Rome, Florence, Venice, and Naples in 8 days with no problem. Plane flight to FCO then the train to Roma, Firenze, and Napoli.

Easy.
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Old 09-06-2010, 06:43 AM
 
Location: on an island
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Rome, Venice & Florence.
These three.
It depends what you like (food? architecture? art? history? people-watching in a piazza? breathtaking views) but those three places offer everything.
Rome deserves 3 days, Venice 1 or 2, Florence at least 2.
Then choose between two days of Siena and/or another Tuscan hill town, or the Amalfi Coast (consider Pompeii).
Try to go for the 10 day trip, because travel time can eat up your vacation.
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Old 09-06-2010, 07:19 AM
 
Location: S.W.PA
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These three.
It depends what you like (food? architecture? art? history? people-watching in a piazza? breathtaking views) but those three places offer everything.
Rome deserves 3 days, Venice 1 or 2, Florence at least 2.
Then choose between two days of Siena and/or another Tuscan hill town, or the Amalfi Coast (consider Pompeii).
Try to go for the 10 day trip, because travel time can eat up your vacation.
I agree with this- especially the Tuscan Hill Town part. I might even suggest La Cinque Terra ( Porto Venere etc.) just outside of Bologna. Venice is like what you would expect- good to see if you haven't ever been there, but it might be tough on Grandma - you have to lug your stuff around on foot and on/off the boats.
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Old 09-06-2010, 08:59 AM
 
Location: Bike to Surf!
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Agree with other posters:

Rome (3-4 days), Florence(2-3) days (with a day trip to Pisa), and Venice (2 days).

If you are ambitious, I'd also try to hit Naples; beautiful, fun town. Very different from northern Italy.

I didn't like the Tuscan countryside much, but it was October and rainy when I went. Might be more fun with better weather and a car.
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Old 09-06-2010, 05:27 PM
 
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I'd vote for a day trip to Pompeii and Monte Casino. Pompeii is fascinating and if you are a history buff, served in WWII, or know someone who was in Italy during the war, Monte Casino will bring tears to your eyes.
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Old 09-06-2010, 08:56 PM
 
Location: Beautiful Pennsylvania / Dull Germany
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I have already been to Rome, Venice and Florence and can only agree to the other posters. 10 days would be the best solution imho.
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Old 09-07-2010, 05:17 PM
 
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One of my mom's friends is currently on a Rick Steve's 10-day Italy tour with her daughter & new son-in-law and having a blast. She highly recommends them if you're looking for a pre-packaged deal with guides & accommodations.
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Old 09-07-2010, 05:41 PM
 
Location: Austin
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Or for those of you who hav'nt been yet but will some day. Me and Grandma are looking to go some day soon. It will be a one shot deal. It won't be a thing where if we miss out on a spot or a city we can always say "that's ok, we'll get there or see that next time", 'cause there won't be a next time!

So with that in mind, where in Italy would you go? What would be your recommendation for some absolute, must go to, must see spots in Italy if you were to only go once?? Length of visit would be most likely 8 or 10 days. Thanks for any suggestions!
It depends on your interests. If you are a big city person, then go to the big cities.

If not, then I recommend you check out Cinque Terra. It is a wonderful group of five villages on the northwest coast. There is nothing like it in the rest of the world. I call it the land that time forgot.

I would also tell you to go to Venice. Yes, it's full of tourists but it is so different from any other city. Just don't go in the heat of the Summer.

And finally, I highly recommend Tuscany. The small villages, wineries and countryside are charming.

Italy is one of my favorite places.
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