Friend cancelled his trip. Suggestions on what to see in Italy.

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    Apr 01, 2013 10:45 PM GMT
    Friend became broke so cancelled going with me to Italy and France.
    So staying in Italy only.

    Itiniery so far is Venice, Florence, Rome, Sorrento, and then a route back to Rome and don't know where else. 1 or 2 places. Any suggestions? I'll been to Florence and Rome before. So it is kind of like the book "100 places to see before you die." kind of places I'm looking for.

    I'm also flying to Dubrovnik previous to Italy. Bought a Eurail pass so travel by train.
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    Apr 02, 2013 6:23 AM GMT
    Anywhere in Italy is amazing. The places you have listed are great must sees, others off the top of my head are Verona, San Gimignano and Sienna (near to each other in the Tuscan region), Positano for sure along with a trip out to Capri. I really like Sicilly and Sardinia (if you want to island hop) but my advice if you are euro-railing it, just pick a place, head off and enjoy the ride. As for Croatia, wow, brilliant choice that country is amazing, crystal clear waters, stunning history and architecture, beautiful beaches, people and food...yep, the guys are pretty damn cute too, in short, bon voyage my friend and enjoy!!
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    Apr 02, 2013 9:52 AM GMT
    Venice is a must.
    Also the bay of Naples (Pompei / Herculanum, the Amalfitan coast, Capri...).
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    Apr 02, 2013 12:00 PM GMT
    Have to agree. Venice is a must. Loved it. The lake region is amazing to if your up that far north. Positano and Almafi coast was amazing. Cinque terra is supposed to be amazing.

    You can't go wrong with Italy. Ave fun!!
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    Apr 02, 2013 12:16 PM GMT
    Portofino and Bellagio
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    Apr 02, 2013 12:19 PM GMT
    Cinque Terre!
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    Apr 02, 2013 12:36 PM GMT
    Napoli and Herculanum are very interesting!
  • Suetonius

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    Apr 02, 2013 4:54 PM GMT
    You can see Napoli, Herculenaeum,and Pompei from Sorento - take the local commuter train. From Napoli you could take a ferry to local Islands (Procida) or Capri (ferry also from Sorento).

    If it were me,I would skip Florence (you've been there, and although old, just another Italian city) and I would rent a car for a few days, and drive to hill towns in Tuscany, basing myself for several nights at Casa Portagioia, a luxurious gay-run B&B in rural Tuscany.
    http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g729917-d258717-Reviews-Casa_Portagioia-Castiglion_Fiorentino_Province_of_Arezzo_Tuscany.htm
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    Apr 02, 2013 6:53 PM GMT
    Super. Thanks for the tips. I missed the museum with David last time in Florence. Maybe will skip now to see cinque terra or portofino from your tips
  • paduk

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    Apr 02, 2013 9:40 PM GMT
    If you want to do something off the beaten track, you could visit the region of Puglia, which is the heel of the boot.
    Must see are the town of Alberobello (which is, I think, in the 100 places you have to see before you die), Del monte castle, the city of Lecce which is absolutely stunning and the area called Salento...if you go there during the summer season you can visit the amazing beaches of Gallipoli (a small village that becomes completely gay during summer), Porto selavaggio etc
    LEt me know if you need other tips...
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    Apr 02, 2013 9:44 PM GMT
    Cinque Terre, as already mentioned. Stay in Vernazza if feasible, it's actually pretty cheap. I had a one bed room with balcony and ocean view for like 50eur/night.

    I would also recommend Orvieto with a side trip to Civita de Bagnoreggio. With a rail pass, Civita is somewhat difficult to get to.. take a bus from Orvieto.
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    Apr 02, 2013 9:48 PM GMT
    Pompei was interesting but I hear Herculean is actually better. Sorrento is a great town - best restaurant I've ever eaten at: Z'Antonio's

    Almalfi is gorgeous. Vesuvius, the usual in Rome.

    I also went beaching in Salerno...need company? icon_cool.gif