Would like to know more about Rome, Florence, Venice, Sienna and Milan. Basically I'll have about 10-12 days in summer, would like to know how I should arrange my trip and and precautions to take.
Heard a lot about how dangerous Rome can be, just want to know the general sensing from fellow travelers as well.
Well, we travelled through Italy last spring by car. We booked our hotels online nearly daily depending on our itinerary. Venice, (3 days) stayed just outside at locanda zabotto, campagna. Great location, just outside Venice and we travelled in each day in the bus. Going back again we'd prob stay on lido which is an island in Venice. Rome, (at least 2/3 days) fab place. Try the open top bus tour, not the cheapest cos they don't have as many buses so you may have to wait to get back on. It'll allow you to get your vibe rings. Go o castel Angelo. Brilliant place. If you're over 60, take your ID and you'll get in free (bus pass or something). Felt pretty safe there, but like anywhere, beware of pickpockets. I'm soooo careful but had a bag which was OVER my shoulder, zipped at the front, unzipped and my wallet taken in Naples (2days) If you're not driving, I'd stay in the city. Our hotel was in a very dodgy area. Train travel was inexpensive. Piza 2 days) was beautiful and unexpected. Senigallia 2/3 days) was a beautiful town with a fab beach. What about San Marino (1 day) if you're in that area.? In fact, there's tooo much for your 10 days so decide what you want to see most and head in that direction. Have a fab hol. Message me if you want more info. almost 7 years ago
I'd pick a region and explore that rather than try to do too much. You can always go another time for another region which I've done having returned to Italy perhaps 7 times over 25 years.
My suggestion, cliched as it might be, would be Tuscany! Hire a Vespa and explore. We did this out of Sienna in 2000 - lots of little hilltop towns and the obvious tourist places like Florence, Sienna and San Gimiano (which is FULL of tourist by day but empties at night). almost 7 years ago