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Trip to Italy #267241
10/28/2021 10:45 AM
10/28/2021 10:45 AM
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new jersey
joe9090 Offline OP
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We (husband, myself and 2 grown kids)are planning a trip to Venice, Florence, Rome with a day trip to Pompeii and Then to Paris and Normandy. Plan is to go the end of June into July for 2 weeks. My husband and I have been 4 times (last trip in 1990). So much has changed. Do I have to make train reservations between cities from home? Do I have to book tickets to attractions in advance? I'm a bit overwhelmed as before we just booked air and hotels and did our day to day thing.

Would like to do an ABNB in Rome so we can do laundry. Any help with that would be apprectiated.

Sorry for all the questions. Looking forward to all your suggestions.

Carolyn

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Re: Trip to Italy [Re: joe9090] #267301
10/29/2021 05:58 AM
10/29/2021 05:58 AM
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Hi Carolyn... No need to book train tickets way in advance. I would leave everything until around a month out and then see what the covid situation is. You'll get cheap tickets a month out and there'll be more certainty.

Re: Trip to Italy [Re: joe9090] #269681
11/23/2021 08:43 AM
11/23/2021 08:43 AM
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Just booked VERBO places in Venice,Florence and Rome. Hope we made good choices. Booked based on reviews and locations. Hope that works out. Never did that before.
Carolyn

Re: Trip to Italy [Re: joe9090] #269687
11/23/2021 09:16 AM
11/23/2021 09:16 AM
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Carolyn, we use VRBO and AirBNB a lot and can't think of one terrible experience? We pay close attention to the photos and reviews, we prefer places with a lot of current reviews, but have taken chances with few reviews. We like the properties with a lot of quality pics to get a feel for condition and layout. Example...If a property has 2 bedrooms and the owner only posts pic of one, the coffee pot, the couch and 10 pics of town scenes they lose my attention and I don't consider them. If we can get the actual address we'll google map the street views. A decent cancellation policy is always a plus. We want to travel abroad asap, still waiting for covid to run its course, hopefully this summer travel will be simpler.

Re: Trip to Italy [Re: BEERMAN] #269750
11/24/2021 07:47 AM
11/24/2021 07:47 AM
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Thanks so much. We did the same but always nervous to press BOOK because we have never done this before. Looking forward to sharing this trip with our grown up boys. They are planning the adventure and my husband and I are along for the food as we have been to Italy 4 times before. Our last trip was in 1990. LOL

If I think of more questions (which I'm sure I will) i' will post. Thanks so
much.

Carolyn

Re: Trip to Italy [Re: joe9090] #269814
11/24/2021 06:58 PM
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Stayed in a great Airbnb in Florence a couple years ago. If you want info I can do some digging


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