My wife & I r planning a 7 day mini vacation to Italy on a sort of tight budget. Places to visit. Things to see? Nice economical hotels?
We would like to know of not to be missed tourist spots in Rome and Vatican and maybe one more city. Help with nice economical hotels/apartments. Help with good restaurants etc. How about those day package tours?
So many pretty places and the country is big, you should discover 1 part at the time don't over do it .
Just try to live Italian way. Pick one region you want to see and next time you see another.
We have a house in Tuscany b/c we love it there but so many pretty places.
If you are going for the first time it's good to see big cities like Rome, Venice but if you like to see smaller towns I would recommend Amalfi or lake district . My favorite lago di Garda . You can drive around in 1 day if you like driving. do not waste your time on Naples ..... Amalfi is pretty no,questions ( but no need to go to Naples) . I can't reccomand economical hotels but I can tell you what we have seen and experimented over the last 10 years and we go to Italy twice a year.
All regions are different ...different food ...different wine ....but people are helpful and nice as long as you are nice to them. about 6 years ago
In Rome I suggest you Best Western Hotel President. I went there last January and I think it was cheap, well situated and clean, with fantastic breakfast. I think you must decide the cities you want to visit...maybe the most important (Roma, Firenze, Napoli...)...I am italian and I can confirm you that there are a lot of cities and things to see! about 6 years ago
Florence is less than two hours from Rome on the fast train, and is a beautiful, intriguing and very walk able city! You'll find some of the most important art collections in the world with masterpieces like Michelangelo's David and Botticelli's Birth of Venus, the magnificent Duomo, the suggestive Ponte Vecchio and so much more. We have great restaurants for all tastes and budgets - you can dine in high style or chow down with the locals at the local trippaio's stand!
For inexpensive hotels, try the Oltrarno neighborhood. Two reliable places: Residence San Frediano and Hotel Silla. about 6 years ago