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Italy is one of the most culturally rich countries on earth. As the cradle if not of civilisation, then at least of organisation under the Romans (though you would not know that, travelling there now!), its rich history continued under the reign of the Popes, and in the spectacular flowering of the Renaissance and Baroque periods. It is also a country of superb food and wine, great music, and wonderful landscape. Benvenuto bello!

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Where should a family of 5 go in Italyfor their may half ferm break this year?

We are a family of 5 who enjoy a bit of activity, relaxation and sight seeing - all enjoy our food. We have been to Rome, Tuscany and Florence and down south to Puglia.

Perhaps - this year some beautiful coastal village? Not sure?

Children are will be 15,13 and 10

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I recommend Naples, it is a beautiful city. There are also many islands to go to in Greece such as Santorini. Hope this helps.

Rome is a beautiful city, in fact I was pleasantly surprised by it. It is a big city experience with many tourists etc. I personally feel to get a real feel for Italy I would recommend a few days in Florence and then head out into the Tuscan / Umbrian countryside. I am in my forties and am no longer enthralled with big cities and night life etc. I was blown away by the Italians in the smaller hill towns and countryside. You could really immerse yourself in authentic Italy to a degree there. The food is simple but fabulous, opportunities for authentic wine tastings with the actual vintners is memorable. The pace is slower, you can hear the sheep bells jingle and the church bells tolling the half hours. And the beauty - well you have to go see for yourself, you will be forever changed.


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Thanks for your reply, I'll definitely be visiting Florence and heading into Tuscany, but I don't want to visit and not stop off in Rome too.

I would suggest Florence for a few days of culture and shopping and then see and relax in some beautiful hilltowns like Montepulciano (great wine) and Pienza.



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Would that be at the expense of Rome? What would you suggest for a first trip to Italy?

Italy in 7 days?

I'd like to plan a trip to Italy next July for one week. How many cities is it feasible to see in that amount of time? Should I stick to Northern or Southern Italy? My husband & i would like to go for sightseeing, food, wine and maybe even (a little) relaxing if time permits. Would love any advice, as I don't even know where to start!!

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How 'bout checking out this article for inspiration starters:

I would say two cities is the maximum you could do in one week in comfort - if its your first time, Venice and Florence would be my choice - leave Rome for a second visit.

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