Thursday, November 10, 2011

Italy details

With the flooding in Cinque Terre, I had to switch up my itinerary. I was going to go from Milan to Venice to spend 5 days in Rome (with a day trip to Amalfi and Pompeii included), then a day in Florence, then a half day in Pisa followed by a day and a half in Cinque Terre before heading to 2 days in Nice/Monte Carlo.

The new plan had me going from Milan to Venice to Naples (via Rome) for 2 days, including a ride down the Amalfi Coast and a tour of Pompeii and a climb up Mt Vesuvius; then 5 days in Rome; then a day in Florence; then a half day in Pisa and a half day on the train going to Nice, followed by 1 day in Nice/Monte Carlo. Basically, I swapped Cinque Terre for Naples and took one day out of Nice to give to Rome.

So although I've already done all of this, for the sake of posterity (and for reference) here's what I had put together for Rome over the course of my 5 days there. I typically only had the next day's worth of stuff planned out, cutting it a bit closer than I wanted. Since my dad joined me in Milan, I had some input from him on itinerary stuff too.

This was done in 3 parts: Milan/Venice, Rome, and Florence/Pisa/trip to Nice.

Mon Oct 31 (Day 45) Milan
  • 0702-0831 Train from St Moritz to Thusis 
  • 0835-0935 Bus from Thusis Bahnhof to Bellinzona Stazione 
  • 1025-1150 Train from Bellinzona to Milano Centrale 
  • 1200 meet Dad 
  • 1300-1600 Duomo, Piazza del Duomo, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele 
  • 1600-1730 La Scala
  • 1730 La Scala roll call for tix for concert at 20:00 
Tues Nov 1 (Day 46) Venice
  • 0905-1140 Train from Milano Centrale to Venice S Lucia 
  • 1300-1800 Grand Canal Vaporetto tour, Start at Piazzale Roma, on a “San Marco via Rialto” boat 
Wed Nov 2 (Day 47) Venice
  • 0800-1200 Finish Grand Canal Vaporetto tour 
  • 1200-1900 St Mark’s area 
    • St. Mark’s Basilica 
    • Doge’s Palace 
    • Correr Museum o Accademia 
    • Piazza The Clock Tower (Torre dell’Orologio) 
    • The Campanile 
    • The Piazzetta 
    • The Tetrarchs 
    • The Doge’s Palace’s Seventh Column 
    • The Bridge of Sighs Caf├ęs on St. Mark’s Square 
  • 1800-2330 dinner, TBD 
  • 2330-0620 Overnight train from Venezia S Lucia to Roma Centrale 
Thu Nov 3 (Day 48) Naples area
  • 0645-0826 Train from Roma Centrale to Napoli Centrale (continuation of overnight ride but stay on same train) 
  • 0900-2000 drive to Pompeii, climb Mt Vesuvius 
Fri Nov 4 (Day 49) Naples
  • 0900-2000 train to Sorrento; bus to Positano, Amalfi, and Salerno for the Amalfi Coast drive; train back to Naples 
 Sat Nov 5 (Day 50) Rome
  • 0750-0900 Train from Napoli Centrale to Roma Termini 
  • 1000-1600 Vatican Museum, St Peter’s Basilica 
Sun Nov 6 (Day 51) Rome
  • Spanish Steps 
  • Trevi Fountain 
  • Pantheon 
  • Piazza Navonna 
  • Piazza Venezia & Victor Emmanuel Monument 
  • Trastavere Synagogue & Museum 
Mon Nov 7 (Day 52) Rome
  • 0900-2000 Ancient Rome 
    • Trajan’s Column 
    • Colosseum 
    • Roman Forum 
    • Arch of Constantine 
    • St Peter in Chains Church 
    • Palatine Hill 
    • Capitoline Hill 
Tues Nov 8 (Day 53) Rome
  • Cappuccin Crypt, below the church of Santa Maria della Immacolata Concezione 
  • Santa Maria della Vittoria 
  • Capitoline Museums 
Wed Nov 9 (Day 54) Rome
  • Piazza del Popolo 
  • Trajan’s Forum, Column, and Market 
  • Catacombs of Priscilla 
  • 1500-1700 Borghese Gallery 
Thu Nov 10 (Day 55) Florence
  • 0815-0950 Train from Roma Termini to Firenze SMN
  • 1000-2000 Museums & city walk 
    • Accademia (David) 
    • Medici Chapels 
    • San Lorenzo Market & Mercato Centrale 
    • Duomo 
    • Uffizi Gallery 
    • Ponte Vecchio 
 Fri Nov 11 (Day 56) Pisa, Genova, travel to Nice
  • 0805-0922 Train from Firenze SMN to Pisa Centrale 
  • 0930-1330 Pisa (Leaning Tower & Field of Miracles) 
  • 1337-1616 Train from Pisa Centrale to Genova Piazza Principe 
  • 1616-1855 Genova for dinner (sightseeing TBD) 
  • 1855-2107 Train from Genova Piazza Pri to Ventimiglia 
  • 2117-2225 Train from Ventimiglia to Nice Ville 

Friday 11/11 sucks with all the trains taking up most of the day, but it can't be helped. That's where I was going to break that up with Cinque Terre, and there's no overnight trains to Nice from anywhere in the area.

(Originally published 11/11/11 at 12:59am, Florence)

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