Subject: Re: Trip to Italy - Cinque Terre / Venice/ Florence
-Hi Thanks Frances, Lucy for your comments. Yes, I guess Amalfi will have to wait for another trip to Italy. What we are planning (so far) is 3-4 days in Venice (& islands), 3-4 days Florence (& maybe Sienna) & 3-4 days Cinque Terre. In that order since we fly to Venice and fly out of Milan. We want to spend enough time in each of these areas. I am in love w/ Venice and we've been looking at pictures of Cinque Terre for years so we are probably spending a little more time in each place than most people would (but you should see how much time my husband spends taking pictures!!). I was hoping to stay in Vernazza in Cinque Terre, but I know it is touristy and it may be hard to find a hotel there. Can we travel by train where we are going? Where do I go to find out more about trains? How do I buy tickets? Buy tickets here, or there? Also, any recommendations for hotels? How do I make reservations? Should I use a travel agent? I thought about going on tour w/ Rick Steves, but after joining this group, I got excited about independent travel. I am also interested in local tours in Venice and/or Florence. Have you done that before? Thanks Maria Katz Los Angeles, CA