QUOTE(sarahsue79 @ Sep 28 2009, 03:51 PM)
Hello All~ I am looking for some help. My husband and I will be leaving our home in Halifax N.S, Canada and heading to Italy for my 30th birthday. My husband is also in his early 30's however has a very serious heart condition, so when travel planning I always need to make sure that we are within a 40 minute drive to a large hospital. We are planning on dividing our trip into 3 areas.. Maybe 5 days in Northern Italy, 5 days central and 5 days on the Southern coast. I am looking for some ideas for where to base ourselves. I will be looking for condo rentals so we can pick up some groceries. I love beautiful small towns and would love any help that you can offer me. If you have an old itinary feel free to send it my way. I am really looking for 3 different cities to base ourselves!! Tell me your favorites!! They must be romantic, fairly small and coastal is a bonus
Sarah & Shane
Halifax N.S Canada
Hello Sarah & Shane,
I explored Italy from Naples up to Venice during a week with my friend, the Amalfi coast is beautiful we didn't stop just took the drive along it but it is breathtaking if you can add it into your trip - there are lots of little villages along if you wanted to stay. For me Florence was the surprise of the trip we loved it and spent an extra day there. Another area I loved was Siena with its medieval square and walled centre. A word of caution, we hired a car and drove for the complete week, a year later we started receiving traffic violations, first notifications from the hire car company and then from the police - this cost us €700! They all related to Rome, there were four incidents apparently we spent one night there and spent an hour looking for parking, I can only think that we went down a restricted zone for residents only so please becareful if driving into this city centre, its a mistake I won't make again.
Our Itinerary was to fly to Rome, drive to Naples we spent a day at Pompei, drove along the Amalfi coast back up to Rome. From Rome to Siena and then on to Florence where we took a day out over to Pisa and the coast. Then we headed to Verona which was reminiscent of Rome but without the hassle factor of parking! Our last stop was Venice before we flew back.
Have a wonderful trip, I'll definitely be going back to explore more of Italy but will be avoiding Rome in the future