QUOTE(steph_444 @ Jul 20 2006, 05:06 PM)
Hey there everyone. I know there were posts previously about Italy, but I kind of wanted to ask something a little bit more detailed. I've been to Italy twice and seen some amazing places, but my mother is likely coming over in Sept/Oct. for 3 weeks to Scotland to see me, and we are planning on going over to Italy for two of those weeks because she would love to see the country after all the great things I've said about it. I've been to Rome, Florence, Lucca, Cinque Terre, Venice x2, Milan, Torino, Verona myself, so I know my way around and how to travel pretty well there.
My question is, can anyone recommend any places south of Rome or in and around Tuscany that would be nice, smaller places to see? She's not as interested in Rome, which I was a little thankful about because you could honestly spend your two weeks there seeing all the sites. I loved it, and I have suggested two days there or so just to see one or two things, but she wants to see other places as well.
We would almost certainly fly into Rome therefore I don't want to go too far north and then all the way back down south again to save some time. I've looked at Tuscany and places like Siena, Cortona, Montepulciano, Arrezo, etc. look really nice to spend some time in, but there is also Naples, Amalfi coast, Sorrento, Capri (thought I might try and dodge that place by the sounds of it - too touristy??). What about Sicily? It sounds amazing as well. Geez, there is never enough time. Can anyone suggest any worthwhile places to see or stay at? We'll likely be backpacking it mostly.
Thanks so much for the help and if anyone wants to know anything about the places I've been to in Italy, let me know!!!
Twice now I've been to a small summer resort on the Adriatic called Cattolica. It's got a long, white sand, topless beach where we rented chairs for the week for very little cost. We stayed at a pensione which included 3 generous and homecooked meals every day, and a really nice room with bath, for $40/night for the two of us! Two years later the same pensione had gone up to $50/night, but still a great bargain.
After a lazy day at the beach watching the small fishing boats come in with their catches, we'd go back to our pensione, have a shower and a glass of wine, down for dinner, then off to people watch and wander through the small stores which stayed open until 11 pm.
A bottle of local wine cost less than a bottle of water!
I loved Cattolica and would return in a heartbeat. It was an absolutely perfect place to relax.