Family Travels
Europe Trip 2007
Things to Do -- Places to See
Lessons Learned
***Pack light when traveling by train....stations have a lot of stairs
***Have hotels in Florence book your museum reservations and it  
will save you hours of standing in line
***Be careful driving in Tuscany....park outside of town and walk in.
Road are narrow beyond compare, one way, and turn into staircases
***Hire a private driver for the Almalfi coast to get the most out of the
experience...if you are worried about driving off a cliff or hitting a bus,
you won't enjoy the drive
***Flying is sometimes cheaper that trains.  We flew from Rome to
Venice and saved about 10 hours in train travel and it cost less
***Pisa is worth about 3 hours...and we didn't even bother with the
tower.  
***Book a tour group at the Vatican to avoid long lines....or TRUST
US....arrive after 3:00 pm
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                     How We Traveled
**By Train --  Almost the whole way.  
**Arrive Nice, Train to Cinque Terre, used local trains there
**Train from CT to Pisa to Florence
**Rented car in Florence to drive to Tuscany
**Drove to Orvieto to turn rental in....
and took train into Rome to avoid that driving headache
**Train from Rome to Naples to Sorrento
**Private Driver for Almalfi Coast Tour
**Private Driver to get from Sorrento, to stop at Pompeii
and arrive at Naples
**Plane flights from Naples to Venice-saved money & time
**Flew home from Venice
For our 5th trip to Europe we decided to
focus on Italy.
We had visited the Cinque Terre on a day
trip, Spent 3 nights in Venice, and Mom and
Dad had been to Rome but the kids had not.

We spent our whole vacation in Italy,
completely traveling by train.
We rented a car for our few days in Tuscany
so we could get into the small villages.

Rome was so much better than Mom and
Dad remembered...we had almost crossed
it off our list -  we are glad we took the kids.

Venice - which we love- was so much fun
again....still want to go back for more.
                       Highlights
                   The whole trip was highlights.
The only thing you could leave out was Pisa
*****Cinque Terre--a must do.
*****Florence is a joy.  We needed more time here.
*****Venice
****Tuscany
***Coleseum, Forum...
***Don't miss Rick Steves' Campo dei Fiori Walk
Tour
*****Almalfi Coast
**Pompeii

Don't Do.
Don't wasted much time in Pisa.  Spend less than three
hours... the photo ops are fun...the street shopping is
better than the tower.  We took the train in, stored our
luggage at the station, took a taxi to see the tower, and left
again by train to the much better destination of Florence
                        Try New Foods
***Cour Seleya  At Queen Theresa stall....Fresh Socca (chick  
pea flat bread) and her Pan Bagnat (nicoise) sandwiches.
***Real Pizza...Brent's favorite--Pesto Pizza in Cinque Terre
***Pesto anything in the Cinque Terre
***Melon and Procuitto in Florence
***Gelato -- anywhere and anytime
                 New Adventures to Try
***Hike the cliffs of the Cinque Terre
****Stop for a swim in the Mediterranean Sea
***Shop the Rialto Bridge for Venetian Glass jewelry
Italy
Arrive Nice, Enjoy Dinner at Cour Seleya market
Spend day in Old Nice at the Cour Seleya market, exploring the old town
A couple hours at the beach and a nice dinner at Cour  Seleya
Leave Nice by train and Arrive Vernazza Cinque Terre
Early local train to Riomaggiore, picnic breakfast as we hiked the cliffs to Manarola
Tour vineyards, Swim the med.  Dad and Brent go Scuba Diving
Amanda and Mom go to Monterrosso for lunch and shopping.  Dinner in Vernazza
Leave Cinque Terre by train.  Arrive in Pisa.  Pick up Erica at airport.  
Train to Florence, Stay at Hotel Pendini
Early start with reservations for Accademia to see "David", visited Mosaic museum
Toured Duomo, Walked the streets. Shopped. Ate gelato and people watched
Early start with reservations for Uffizzi, Visited Perfumerie of Santa Maria Novella
Shopped, dinner, more gelato
Rent Car and Leave  for Tuscany...Home base of Montepulciano at Mueble Il Riccio
Visited Pienza, Montalcino and the Abbey, and the Baths
Visited Cortona, Volterra, San Gimignano, and dinner in Siena
Day trip to Assisi, St. Fransis Basilica
Leave Tuscany, Drive to Orvieto to turn in rental car, Train to Rome Coleseum, Roman Forum  
Nighttime walk from Campo dei Fiori to Piazza Navonne so see  Parthenon and Trevi Fountain
Day 2 in Rome Arrive at Vatican  and visited the museums and the Sistine Chapel, great lunch
buffet, shopping  Nighttime Dolce Vita walk from Flaminio to Spanish Steps
Train to Naples/Sorrento   Took a break at the cliffside pool
Explore Sorrento  and lemon groves late afternoon and dinner
Almalfi Coast tour by Monetti family --visiting Positano, Almalfi, Ravello, Pasteum
Early start, Visit Pompeii, Fly from Naples to Venice
Venice All day...no museums or sights...just shopping, relaxing, eating
Fly Home from Venice
Nice, France to Cinque Terre, Italy
Pisa, Florence
Tuscany, Rome
Sorrento and Almalfi
Venice