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I would like to explore Italy, I am going as a graduation gift & I'm planning early. How many days to see not only the touristy places but also the hidden gems of Italy? Guesstimate of how much I should expect to spend the whole trip? And which cities & sites should I put on my itinerary? Thank you in advance :)

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    I would skip Naples, the nicest places for me are Amalfi Coast, lake district and cinque terre,
    If this is your first time go to Venice, Rome ,Florence .
    If you like smaller towns go to Tuscany , we have a house there and just love it ! San giminiano is nice ,small medival town but there is so many of them. Will you rent a car ? If not you should stick to the bigger cities . Good luck! almost 6 years ago

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    Start with a 2 week block of time. Then it gets interesting - lots to choose from but I suggest compacting your travels to a particular region. You will be sure to get back. The first trip should include Rome, Florence, Milan, and various points along the way. Rent a car if you can do you can be flexible for stops and short detours. almost 6 years ago

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    Rome + Florence + Venice. That's all :)

    This page might help: http://www.globelink.co.uk/articles/travel-information/top-3-cities-to-visit-in-italy.html almost 6 years ago

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    We went to Italy in the spring....we drove. Ok, we went Dover - dunkirk, and stayed the first night in luxemborg. Fab place. Drove to Venice and stayed just outside for 3 nights. Just right amount of time before you get 'churched' out! Went to senegellia next. This wasn't pre planned but it was a very good find. Lovely town, great hotel right on the beach. Stayed 2 nights but visited San Marino whilst we were there. Beautiful. Went from there to Rome and stayed 3 nights in a hotel on the outskirts. Rail into Rome is excellent. From there we stayed in an agritouristic farm/guest house/winery which was absolutely fabulous. From there to Pisa, had planned to go to Florence also but hotel was terrible and we didnt stay. From there we made our way home via the Mont Blanc tunnel. Very expensive but a must! Visited monet's garden on the way home. Pretty disappointed with that.
    We made sure we only booked hotels with wifi and booked hotels online nearly every day. Took us around 18 days which was going some but husband took a bit poorly and wanted to get home.
    Finally, I hope you enjoy your trip as much as we did. almost 6 years ago

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    Verona, Bolzano and Aqua terra are great less touristy places. almost 6 years ago

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    At least 2 weeks if its your first time. Florence, venice, rome (if you want to be a tourist), and if you can go south-- SORRENTO is an absolute. The blue lagoon is down there as well. Enjoy! almost 6 years ago

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    I just got back from 5 weeks in Italy and it wasn't long enough. This gave me time to see all the touristy stuff and then allowed me to truly explore the North of this wonderful country. Rome, Florence, Venice were fabulous but my most special memories were of Cortona (look up Ivan who owns a little art shop off the main Piazza - just ask any local and they will point you in his direction). He has an Etruscan well that dates back to 400BC in his shop... He is passionate about Cortona/Tuscany and is fantastic to chat to and have coffee with. He is featured in a couple of Frances Mayes books for those of you who loved "Under The Tuscan Sun". San Gimignano was beautiful.. I wandered off the beaten track and found an ancient font... Quite a walk back up the hill but well worth it... Then Cinque Terra.... Take the ferry and do the circuit .. The Colour of the water is incredible and due to the salt content it would be hard to drown on a calm day... You just float... And the best part.... apparently no sharks!!!! The beauty is breath taking. Spend as much time along the Italian Riviera as possible and go further than just Cinque Terra. There's trains that take you everywhere you need to go, and they're cheap. Then there's Lucca.... Make sure you get a bike and ride it everywhere! Go for a horse and carriage ride with Carlos. He is fabulous!!! This is the last fully walled city left in Italy. One thing I wish I had done was Isola Capri... But that will be for my next trip. My recommendation is that you pick the must see things that you have dreamt of seeing and then just throw the guide book in your bag and wander aimlessly... I had the best adventures this way. Make sure you learn enough Italian to be polite and I found the iPhone app "google Translate" helped heaps when I wanted to have a conversation with someone who's English was as bad as my Italian... Soak it up!!!! Take your time and enjoy!!!! I loved every moment .. I'm sure you will too! almost 6 years ago

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