A few years ago, for her bat mitzvah, I took my niece to Paris. She picked the spot and I am lucky enough to have friends who live there, so we had a homey Parisian extravaganza. Now, with high school graduation just around the corner (wow, that was fast!) we are planning our next trip. Once she got into the college of her choice (!), she was able to pin down a spot: Italy. So right after graduation in May, off we go.
I have only been to northern Italy and that was in a different life, so I am figuring it is a hit-the-hot-spots tour. We already have plane tickets to Rome and back. I have learned from Steven, so I have a spreadsheet with three different itineraries to show my niece. They are basically Rome, Florence, Venice, and sometimes Sorrento/Capri. I am leaning toward a long day trip to Venice from a base in Florence, but Aunt Susie will do whatever her niece prefers.
When I travel with my niece or nephew (and mostly with Steven, too), I prefer an AirBnB because we can each have our own space and stock up on snacks or breakfast. I get that Americans are spoiled, but I am trying to avoid the places that have a sofa bed as a second bed. I don’t want to sleep on that, and I’m not going to ask anyone else to either. I will write another post on how I go about choosing AirBnBs, but for now: no sofa beds!
Maybe I am weird, but Rome has never been at the top of my list. Now that I know I am going, I am excited. Plus, I grew up in New York, so crowded, loud, frenetic, a little grimy (this was New York before it was invaded by Disney) mixed into my culture don’t bother me. In fact, I like it that way. It’s homey. All suggestions on what we can’t miss are welcome.
Florence is one of Steven’s favorite cities, so seeing it without him is a little sad, but I am sure that if we went back, there’d be plenty more to see and do. My niece has her heart set on Venice, a place I would skip, but once again, Aunt Susie will do whatever her niece desires. I think we will both enjoy Sorrento and a ferry ride to Capri. I would like to go to Pompei, and while it’s not the top of my niece’s list, I’m sure she will endure.
Oh yes, we might do a little shopping and partaking of the local cuisine.
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I know you usually prefer AirBnB, but I would like to recommend Hotel Teatro di Pompey in Rome. https://www.hotelteatrodipompeo.it/en/ It is a little gem of a very European hotel smack in between Campo de Fiori and Piazza Navona. The breakfast room (breakfast included) dates back to 55BC! There’s also a little out of the way restaurant around the corner, Pesce Fritti…Mario ate there 3 times during the week we were there.
Sounds like not only are you the best wife ever, you are also the best aunt!
Don’t miss standing on the academia bridge (it’s the wooden one) towards sunset. The Venice colors are not matched by anything I have ever seen.
Check out the safety protocols for Naples and the surrounding area.
I foresee lots of time in trains Venice to Naples (pompei, and capri) is over 300 miles and can be a train trips as long as 9 hours. It may be faster now with the high speed trains.
If you are going to Florence, take a one hour train trip to Bologna (trains from Florence to Venice all pass through and stop at Bologna) when there go to any typical Bolognese restaurante (they don’t call Bologna “the fat one” for nothing.
If you need anymore let me know