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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote chgobride Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 2/24/2006 at 10:49am

When I went, we did it all on our own. Our air (obviously), hotel and rail passes were booked before we left. We relied on word of mouth and travel books for hotel reccomendations. I can't remember exactly the type of rail pass we bought. It was something like 10 first class trips that had to be accomplished in 30 days. The travel books (and websites) all detail your options.

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Hi bride2be,

DH was able to use our Delta miles and book an "open jaw" ticket - flying into Venice and out from Rome two weeks later. It was so nice to be able to do this since it meant no "backtracking" - so you might want to ask your miles programs about if they allow this, if you plan to use miles anyway. Only downside is that we do have a few layovers because our dates were pretty firm and not a lot of wiggle room to see about getting better/fewer connections. We even have an overnight in Paris on our way back, but really that is cool by us since it's going to be the night we were engaged there two years before so we'll stay up all night and just take in the city - so a happy coincidence there.  But the tradeoff with those inconveniences (layovers and not a lot of wiggle room on dates) was that our tickets came to 99 bucks each (you pay taxes or some sort of usage/security fees, everyone has to regardless of using Delta miles anyway I guess). Not bad to have plane tickets to Italy for under $200 - I'll take it anyway! Our domestic legs are on Delta and our international is with their partner, Air France.

As for hotel bookings: so far I've been using Rick Steves Italy 2005 (2006 I do not think is out yet but you might want to check now) and looking online at the websites of his recommended 2- and 3-start more budget places. I then would send out friendly inquiries to the hotel owners via their sites, or using their reservation location system if they had that for the dates we needed to check availability. A nice part to the RS books is that Rick puts the names of the proprietors in his publications along with any other friendly "tips" (ie cash might get a discount, using his book as referral might get a better rate etc.), so you can be a little more cordial and know-how when writing to the places the first go-around (even if the names are now different, I think it's a nice touch to be personable - it's a pretty friendly country and these are family-run places for the most part anyway that we were looking at). So far, in just a month of having our plane tickets, we have booked our Venice and Rome hotels. Places required a credit card for deposit but are not charging anything in the event we want to pay cash upon arrival (which both places offer slight discount if we choose to). Next is to find a place for a night or two in Florence - but as for the rest, we're going to wing it and travel via car through the countryside of Tuscany! Adventurous huh? We'll see how it goes anyway!

I do not think we're getting a rail pass. Our only trips will be Venice-Florence, then Florence to Rome. The rest of the time we're either going to be in a car in the country going small town to small town (winery to winery is the tentative plan if we get hooked up with a distributor here that a friend of ours knows), or on foot in the larger cities themselves just hanging out and soaking it all in.

PS - we did this kind of travel planning also when we went on a two-week Paris-Germany trip back in 2003, so we're more DIY when it comes to travel you could say (vs all-inclusive or via an agent or package). I think it just depends on your style and time you're willing to take to research it out, cause if you have time to look, really, it is a heckuva lot of fun to plan a big, cool trip like this yourself. :)

HTH - please share your tips as you continue to plan your trip, too!

Have fun and good luck!

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Thank you so much for all the info!  I will look into rick steeves and also try to find more time to DIY!  I appreciate all the feedback.  And, krissss10
 lucky you with the winery hookup!  I can't wait to drink the vino over there myself.  :-)
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