My husband and I will be visiting our daughter who is studying abroad in Florence. We will be traveling in Italy for 4 weeks in April, 2016. We would like to explore Florence, Venice, Amalfi Coast, and cinque terre and possible Sicily. We plan to fly into Rome and visit our daughter in Florence for the first week…Just not sure how we should plan the rest of our trip from there. Any advice you have would be greatly appreciated!
Hi Leslie, thanks for stopping by.
From a logistic point of view I would suggest.
– Rome >> Florence (from there explore Chianti, Siena, San Gimignaono, Monteriggioni, Montalcino, Pienza). I recommend renting a car. If you have enough time, consider spending a couple of days in Umbria to visit Gubbio, Assisi, Spoleto, Perugia.
– From Florence go to Lucca by train and visit this delightful town – I would spend the night there. Then by train to Monterosso, your hub for the CT. I would add Portofino and San Fruttuoso to CT (train + boat)
– From Monterosso by train to Mialn (worth a stop) and om there to Venice. Suggested stop over in Verona.
– After enjoying Venice, Volotea low cost flight to Sicily (plan no less than 1 week. Highlights: Palermo, Cefalu, Siracusa, Noto, Villa Armerina, Taormina. You should rent a car, public transports are so and so.
– Take a low cost easy jet flight to Naples. Visit the city center, then hydrofoil to capri (spend at least one night there), then hydrofoil to Sorrento. Rent a car there and drive the amazing Amalfi coast till Positano, which could be your base to visit the area. Unmissable destinations: Ravello and Amalfi. Drive back to Naples, stop in Pompei for 1/2 day visit, then drive to Rome airport (highway, 2,5 hours).