Have 3 free days in Italy....

  • Import

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    May 01, 2016 4:33 AM GMT
    Going to Italy in May. The Amalfi Coast in particular. Starting off in Naples and going to see Pompeii and Mt. Vesuvious. Going to Sorrento, Postiano, Amalfi, and taking a cruise to the isle of Capri.

    Is there anything I'm missing that I should absolutely see. I've given myself about three floater days where I don't have anything planned and wanted to leave open for when I find something fun as fuck to do.

    I'd be interested in hearing from people that have maybe been there? Any suggestions as to what else I should do? I was thinking of maybe taking a train to Rome and trying to see some of the sights? Maybe doing something cool like paragliding? idk.
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    May 01, 2016 6:12 PM GMT
    See Herculaneum, which you may already have on your list as part of Pompeii, and do take the trip to Rome if you've time; it takes just under 2.5 hrs. 1-way by train. My go-to travel books are the Rough Guides, and their 2016 edition for Italy just came out and is available on Amazon. It's going to be guiding me around Liguria and Lombardy later this month. Safe travels!
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    May 01, 2016 7:19 PM GMT
    I personally enjoyed Milan, especially if you have three days to spare. Pompeii is more of an older city, as is Rome and most of the major Italian destinations. Milan is the more "modern" city, with skyscrapers, shopping malls, etc., and is also the fashion centre of Italy. Here is where you will find more of the young and hip crowd. Don't get me wrong, you still get a sense of the historic times with the architecture. Be sure to check out the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, one of the world's oldest shopping centres.

    Also, you have the Navigli neighbourhood, which is where you can find a lot of art galleries, shoppes, bars, etc. This is the area in which one of the two remaining canals run through the city.

    You also have Sforza Castle, which was built in the 15th century. It is home to quite a few art museums within, but is a beautiful complex.

    Enjoy your trip mate, and watch out for peddlers whom offer to take your picture (with your camera or phone), and then demand that you pay them. They love to prey on visitors. icon_smile.gif

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    May 01, 2016 7:20 PM GMT
    I was there last fall and had a fantastic time. The Amalfi Coast, Pompeii, Sorrento and Capri are all amazing and unique places to visit.

    While Naples has a few great sights, otherwise it is a dirty, poorly maintained high crime city (be sure to go to the Archeological Museum in Naples to see the ancient artifacts from Pompeii).

    If you have 3 extra days, they would definitely best be spent in Rome, an amazing city just a short train trip away.

    Enjoy the adventure.
  • OHCanon

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    May 01, 2016 10:31 PM GMT
    Agree with the trip to Rome, if time. Positano is just amazing. Loved it. From there, you could do a day cruise to Ravello. It's a very scenic and nice town on the Coast that doesn't seem to be so much on the tourist trail. From Positano, we also cruised to Capri for a few nights. It's very much "Rodeo Drive" but you can escape that, if you want, for beach, hiking, etc. Enjoy!
  • BuckheadMan

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    May 01, 2016 11:00 PM GMT
    Ravello is one of my favorite hill-top towns on the Amalphi Coast. Wish I were going ... have a great time!
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    May 02, 2016 8:06 PM GMT
    Import saidGoing to Italy in May. The Amalfi Coast in particular. Starting off in Naples and going to see Pompeii and Mt. Vesuvious. Going to Sorrento, Postiano, Amalfi, and taking a cruise to the isle of Capri.

    Is there anything I'm missing that I should absolutely see. I've given myself about three floater days where I don't have anything planned and wanted to leave open for when I find something fun as fuck to do.

    I'd be interested in hearing from people that have maybe been there? Any suggestions as to what else I should do? I was thinking of maybe taking a train to Rome and trying to see some of the sights? Maybe doing something cool like paragliding? idk.


    Definitely see Rome.

    Another idea would be to go to Paestum, near Naples, if you can. Incredible Greek ruins there—rivaling anything you'll see in Greece—and one of the most beautiful, homo-friendly paintings on the planet:

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    Or, take a trip to Sicily. It's unbelievable in spring.
    Segesta_en_Primavera.jpg
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    May 02, 2016 8:16 PM GMT
    You definitely have to spend some time in Rome , i would suggest you to spend those 3 floater days in that wonderful city .
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    May 03, 2016 5:29 PM GMT
    GTPSean saidwatch out for peddlers whom offer to take your picture (with your camera or phone), and then demand that you pay them. They love to prey on visitors.


    Somehow I can't picture Import as the gullible tourist type, but that's always good advice. And the pickpockets in Rome are among the best in the world. On the flip side, violent crime (including mugging) is very low there.
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    May 04, 2016 1:12 AM GMT
    Corriamo said
    Import said
    Paestum-MusDiverGraveBox.jpg

    Allora, quei bei ragazzi! Mille grazie per questo imagine, che non l'ho visto mai.Puoi mi informa della alcune gay bars in Genova e Milano, dove visitero nel Giugno? Grazie ancora!
  • badbug

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    May 04, 2016 6:29 AM GMT

    I heard Rome has some history to it, haven't verified that fact myself though.

  • Edepic

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    May 04, 2016 4:27 PM GMT
    In Rome check out:
    - newly discovered Bronze Age settlement on Palatine hill (a few feet from Caesar Agustus's birthplace)
    - Basilicata San Clemente (across from Colosseum) with the first Roman church in the basement, a temple of Mithris in the sub basement, and very early Roman buildings in the sub, sub basement
    -find a list of the Caravaggio paintings scattered through out city... He is one of the best
    -Enjoy a different flavor gelato every day!
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    May 04, 2016 5:50 PM GMT
    badbug said
    I heard Rome has some history to it, haven't verified that fact myself though.

    Just a bunch of crumbling monuments built by dead white men. Go to Bari and help "refugees" sneak into Italy instead; they're the only ones who really matter. Or so I've heard.
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    May 07, 2016 12:09 AM GMT
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    Definitely see Rome.

    Another idea would be to go to Paestum, near Naples, if you can. Incredible Greek ruins there—rivaling anything you'll see in Greece—and one of the most beautiful, homo-friendly paintings on the planet:

    Veduta_di_Paestum_2010.jpg

    Paestum-MusDiverGraveBox.jpg

    Or, take a trip to Sicily. It's unbelievable in spring.
    Segesta_en_Primavera.jpg
    Wow, that looks really cool and interesting.
  • 6packabs

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    May 23, 2016 8:59 PM GMT
    What great posts, you guys. I'm planning travel time to Italy, and this is a helpful thread. Thanks.
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    May 28, 2016 6:49 AM GMT
    Now that May is just about over - how was your trip? Where did you go no your free days, and how did you like Italy. Just seeing this thread now, as I was in Italy most of May myself.
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    Jun 03, 2016 8:14 PM GMT
    HikerSkier saidNow that May is just about over - how was your trip? Where did you go no your free days, and how did you like Italy. Just seeing this thread now, as I was in Italy most of May myself.

    Thet trip was amazing! On my free days I went to Rome and crammed a lot in. I clocked walking one of the days over 11 miles. Truly one of my favorite European cities. Loved Rome. The people, the food, the arts and history-- everything. Beautiful city and beautiful weather. Saw all the major attractions plus some. Every single corner I turned there was a new sight to behold and love. Explored a large portion of Rome and the Vatican, which was also extremely beautiful and interesting.

    Spent 2 days in Napoli (Naples)....which was cool too. Definitely not as nice as Rome, but had it's charms nonetheless. Very cool just to be there, tho prob my least favorite place, but still pretty cool city.

    Also spent a week on the Amalfi Coast in Furore, Positano (which is stunning), Ravello, Atrani, and Amalfi...Also, did the walk of the gods, beach. Spent a day on the isle of Capri. Italy did not disappoint. Truly loved it. I'll post pics soon to hopefully inspire others to go. I can't say enough good things about Italy. It's like Disney World for adults. The wine, the food, the sites, the history, the European charm, the people, the everything. I have to cover the northern part of the country next as I didnt make it to Florence or Milano.

    Fuck America. I love Italy now. (heart emoji)
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    Jun 04, 2016 5:47 PM GMT
    The last 2 times, I stayed entirely in Tuscany - mostly in rural and hilltown areas.

    Lake Como is also a great place to travel around unhurriedly - taking daily ferry trips to nearby towns.
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    Jun 05, 2016 3:09 AM GMT
    Do you speak Italian?
    Some? None?
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    Jun 05, 2016 7:46 AM GMT
    Good to know! I will be there in July for 7 days, mostly around Rome, and 2 days in Venice.
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    Jun 07, 2016 4:30 PM GMT
    __morphic__ saidGood to know! I will be there in July for 7 days, mostly around Rome, and 2 days in Venice.


    Be prepared for hot weather.
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    Jun 08, 2016 1:49 AM GMT
    __morphic__ saidGood to know! I will be there in July for 7 days, mostly around Rome, and 2 days in Venice.

    As I left in early June and the weather was beginning to heat up noticeably from when I arrived in mid to late May.
    Keep us posted on how your trip went.
  • Tanooki89

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    Jun 24, 2016 3:37 PM GMT
    I live on the Amalfi Coast. If anyone else is going to come here let me know icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jul 22, 2016 3:38 PM GMT
    HikerSkier said
    __morphic__ saidGood to know! I will be there in July for 7 days, mostly around Rome, and 2 days in Venice.


    Be prepared for hot weather.

    So I came back from holidays 2 days ago, one week in Italy - Rome, Florence and Venice. I didn't expect it to be so hot. I would suggest not going to such areas during the month of July and August, if you are planning to stay outside. The heat takes a toll on you. I had planned to go to Pompei also, but due to the heat, I skipped it.

    The last few days were cooler. It was a fun trip. The only thing I hated most was the Rome's public transportation. It's a joke in the name of public transportation.
    Italy has a affordable high speed rail though.
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    HikerSkier said
    __morphic__ saidGood to know! I will be there in July for 7 days, mostly around Rome, and 2 days in Venice.


    Be prepared for hot weather.

    So I came back from holidays 2 days ago, one week in Italy - Rome, Florence and Venice. I didn't expect it to be so hot. I would suggest not going to such areas during the month of July and August, if you are planning to stay outside. The heat takes a toll on you. I had planned to go to Pompei also, but due to the heat, I skipped it.

    The last few days were cooler. It was a fun trip. The only thing I hated most was the Rome's public transportation. It's a joke in the name of public transportation.
    Italy has a affordable high speed rail though.


    There's a reason the Italian middle upper middle class (and anyone who could afford it) has always spent as much time as they could in the summer in the mountains or at the beaches. Even the Romans tried to be away from Rome in the summer.