I have been planning a trip to Northern Italy in my head for over 10 years; the romantic towns I would stroll through, the home-made limoncello I would drink and decadent gelato that would chill my belly. Finally, all the stars have aligned, meaning that I actually have some time and a little "extra" money. Holy crap…does that ever happen? I made a sweet deal with my mother so she will watch our restaurant while we are living la dolce vita and all I have to do is take care of her dog while she's vacationing in Mexico.
I clean up some dog poop and then get to live out my Northern Italy itinerary dream? What a deal!
Though we will only have 10 days for this Northern Italy itinerary, I assume they will be amongst the most memorable of my life. I am a planner, and have already spent countless hours on research, my husband has joked that I will spend more time planning this trip than we will actually be in Italy. But, for me, that is a huge part of the excitement and I love to find a great deal! I booked our flight from Northern California to Florence at www.expedia.com and got what I considered to be a screaming deal, $800 each RT. It was so reasonable because we will be vacationing during the non-peak time, March 15th – March 25th. I checked the ticket prices for the next week and they jumped up to $1000. I have no problem leaving a week earlier to save 400 bucks…more shopping money for me!
The average weather in Florence, Italy in March is 59/39. Ouch, a little chilly for this warm weather lover, but I will be sure to bring scarves, hats and gloves.
Here's the abridged version of the Itinerary (extended to folllow):
Day 1: Travel
Day 2: Florence (1/2 day)
Day 3: Florence
Day 4: Florence/Venice
Day 5: Venice
Day 6: Venice/Cinque Terre (Monterosso)
Day 7: Cinque Terre (Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza)
Day 8: Cinque Terre/Pisa/Siena
Day 9: Siena & San Gimignano
Day 10: Siena/Florence
Day 11: Arrevederci Italia!!!