Help Planning an Italy Trip - August 28 - Sept. 3rd, 2014

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  1. Traveling Momma

    Traveling Momma Silver Member

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    We’ve booked a trip to Italy this summer and would love input from the group. We're a family of three, 2 adults and a 6 year old, considering three separate itineraries:

    Itinerary #1
    We fly into Nice on August 27th and out of Rome on September 4th(7 full days of touring). We plan to spend one night with family members in Nice who own hotels on the beach in Menton and then begin our trip to Italy along the coast. We’re thinking Cinque Terra and some nice coastal areas ie: Santa Margherita, Portofino, Camogli, or San Fruttuoso, Portovenere, down the Tuscan coastline to the Natural Park of Maremma, and anything else you think we should see on our way down to Rome. We have no need to go into the cities as we've been there. We depart Rome for Chicago on September 4th.

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    Itinerary #2
    Arrive August 27th Nice and stay through 8/28 evening (no car). Leave Nice on 8/28 overnight ferry to Calvi (on Isle of Corsica). 29th, 30th, 31st (3 nights and 4 days on Corsica). Night of Sept. 1st take Ferry from Porto Vecchio to Civitavecchia arrive Rome on the 2nd and 3rd for sites (stay in Rome). Fly home on September 4th.

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    Itinerary #3
    Arrive August 27th Nice and stay through 8/28 evening (no car). Leave Nice drive to Genoa on 8/28 overnight ferry to Oblia, Porto Cervo and Magdalena Archipelago, Sardinia 29th, 30th, 31st (3 nights and 4 days). Night of Sept. 1st take Ferry from Sardinia to Civitavecchia arrive Rome on the 2nd and 3rd for sites (stay in Rome). Fly home on September 4th.

    Can anyone comment on either of these itineraries and which one may be recommended?
     
  2. ffitalia

    ffitalia Silver Member

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    Hello, I'm Italian, so I can give you some advice. The end of August beginning of September in Italy is the period at the end of vacation for many people, so there is much traffic on the roads and especially on ferries. Book any ferry in time, otherwise it is a risk that is not to find a place, largely on the weekends.

    For the first route you recommend a stop near Castiglione della Pescaia (Grosseto, Tuscany ) excellent sea and close to the Maremma, and if you want to try a great restaurant you go to the "Tana del cinghiale"(www.tanadelcinghiale.it). Before you go to Pisa and Florence by stretching a bit the way.
    In Rome, if you do not know which hotel you recommend the Hotel Parlamento (www.hotelparlamento.it) have been there a few times, a few steps away from Via del Corso (great for shopping), close to all major attractions and quite cheap.

    For the second and third tour, rent a car soon, and do not take too big models. The roads of Corsica or Sardinia are not American ones. In addition Sardinia is very nice but very very expensive.

    I really like to travel by car, allows you to see more things, so if you do not scare km to go and the traffic (it is not the American one, especially at that time of year) I would certainly recommend the first way.
     

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