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Italy During Easter

by /bio/malba220 »

Hello! My husband and I just booked our first trip to Italy for April 19th-26th (so excited!). We’ll be arriving in Rome on Saturday morning. I know that because of the Easter holiday some of the sites will be closed. Does anyone have a sample iternary that takes this into consideration? One suggestion I received was to wait and visit the colosseum on Monday so as to avoid weekend vacationers/crowds and perhaps visit the Vatican museum the following Tuesday. Our goal is to visit Rome, Florence and Venice during this time. Any suggestions would be so appreciated ????

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RE: Italy During Easter

by /bio/chuck-cleveland »

As far as Florence and Venice go, you might inform us what is of interest to you and your husband. Regarding Rome, when we had a guided tour of the Vatican Museum, it took two hours and the last stop was the Sistine Chapel. That was our primary interest in taking the tour, but I don't think you can go there before the tour arrives. If you're not in a tour, there may be more flexibility. The good news is there is no charge to enter the Basilica, but there will almost certainly be a long line. A few years ago the charge for the Vatican Museum was about 20 euro each, but it may be more now, especially at Easter.

Seeing Italy's Big 3 is a common goal, but you'll have a rushed schedule. You might consider seeing Rome and Florence this time and Venice on a later visit. Florence has a good bit to see by itself, but you can also do day trips to Pisa, Siena, Cinque Terre, and Assisi from there. If that's a possibility for you, you might check CAF Tours and Ciao to see if their tours interest you.

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RE: Italy During Easter

by /bio/road-crazy »

Are you arriving on the 19th and departing the 26th?  If so, you have two less days than you think you do.  You will lose half your arrival day to getting through the airport, to your hotel, frreshened up, and oriented, and then you may be too tired/jet-lagged to do much sightseeing - for sure, don't plan on "serious" sightseeing, such as going to a museum, which are hard to benefit from if you're groggy.  And separture day will be entirely devoted to departing.

 

If you arrive the 19th and depart the 27th (not the 26th), you have 7 1/2 days, and you will be visiting Rome during one of its busiest times, when it won't be possible to breeze through the major sights due to crowds.  You don't really have time for three cities.  Choose Rome and Florence, or Rome and Venice, depending on your interests.  You might also want to consider a day-trip from Rome (I'd recommend Orvieto, a gorgeous medieval town on a strikiing hilltop) or from Florence if you choose there (I'd recommend Siena, another medieval hilltown, or you could visit Pisa for the famous tower).

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RE: Italy During Easter

by /bio/malba220 »

Well I would say that we're most interested in seeing the colosseum, the Sistine Chapel and Michelangelo's David. I'm sure there are other sites that I'm forgetting but those are the ones that stand out the most. I've never traveled this far from home so I want to make the most of it. I will definitely look into the tours you mentioned. Thanks for the suggestions!

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by /bio/malba220 »

We will be landing in Rome on the 20th and leaving Rome on the 26th so yes we'll unfortunatly have less time to see the sites. I am a teacher so we're taking this trip during my spring break. I think we'll focus on Rome and Florence. I have an idea of what we can do on Monday the  22nd (Colosseum) and Tuesday the 23rd (Vatican Museum). Wednesday to Thursday we'll explore Florence (Uffizi Gallery and Galleria dell'Accademia). Any suggesstions for what to do on Sunday? 

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RE: Italy During Easter

by /bio/chuck-cleveland »

Getting tickets in advance for either or both the Accademia and Uffizi is crucial during your time in Florence. Assuming you want to see them on separate days, you might schedule them around these other possibilities: 1) the domed Duomo (Cathedral), which is the focus of the historical district of Florence - the inside isn't special, but the front, with it's three shades of marble, is; 2) Pitti Palace and Boboli Gardens; and 3) Florence for Foodies, which is a 4-hour tour of food places in downtown Florence. The only potential problem is that it yakes place between 10 and 2 (more or less).

If you'll go to www.tourvideos.com, you can obtain a lot of information about Rome, Florence, and other places in Italy. Despite not having a lot of time, you should be able to identify what you most want to see this trip

Our hotel scheduled all our tours for us, so you might see if where you're staying will make those arrangements for you. If not, people here can assist you.

Foodwise, two of our favorite restaurants are Buca Mario and Le Fonticine. I think they both open for dinner at 7:00, and a reservation should be obtained.

This process can be intimidating, especially at Easter, but make your choices soon and lock down as much as you can. The Frommers gang will help you along the way.

 

 

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RE: Italy During Easter

by /bio/chuck-cleveland »

oops - takes place, not yakes place.

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RE: Italy During Easter

by /bio/boogie6868 »

We were in Rome for Easter weekend two years ago.  Apologies if this was covered by one of the other responders.  We were able to get into all of the sights that we wanted to.  The only one closed was the basilica.  We had a guided tour for our Vatican visit which was Easter Saturday.  I would recommend that if for no other reason than to skip the line which was insane.  Our guide told us the basilica is closed for all of Easter weekend.  We really enjoyed the Good Friday services on Palatine Hill.  The crowd is wonderful and it is a very cool experience with the flaming cross.  It's the only time we have been to Rome so have no frame of reference for crowding but we didn't find it to be difficult to get around, get into places to eat or see any of the monuments.  For Easter we walked until we found a church (which isn't hard to do) and went in to take the service.  Have a great trip!  

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RE: Italy During Easter

by /bio/bodirogabajic82 »

Hi, there! Italy is for sure one of the wealthiest parts of the world. There is a lot of museums, galleries, and plenty of famous architecture you should discover with your family. And, yes, Easter time is just a perfect moment for discovering Italy. There is a real bunch of cities which are beautiful and tourist friendly. Rome, Venice, and Florence are cities you truly must see. Why I adore the Eternal city? That city is full of different stories from the past, and there you can find some very well trained kid-friendly guides for your children.  We like The Colosseum tour for kids, guided by Kids tours of Rome. Great dishes, fantastic landscapes, and monumental creatures guarantee you the perfect family time during Easter there. 

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RE: Italy During Easter

by /bio/malba220 »

Hello again everyone! So my husband and I took your suggestions. We’re visiting Rome and Florence only (don’t want to rush to try to squeeze in Venice), booked guided tours for the Colosseum (Monday) and the Vatican museum (Tuesday), and prebooked train/museum tickets to la accademia and uffizi gallery (both on Thursday). Any suggestions for a fairly low key Wednesday? Also, should we exchange dollars for euros before our trip or wait until we arrive? Starting to feel a little overwhelmed so any advice is much appreciated ???? Thanks!

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