Trying to make the most of our Italian vacation
February 12, 2012 3:45 PM Subscribe
Planning a trip to Italy and Barcelona in May... tentative itinerary inside. Are we trying to see too much?
My wife and I are planning a trip to Italy and Barcelona for the last half of May. We will have 15 days of vacation not counting two days of travel to and from the U.S. We thought it would be nice to get feedback on our travel plans from people who have been to Italy before, especially about the Barcelona portion of our trip. We really want to see Barcelona and I'm not sure when we will have another chance to come back, but we feel like the extra plane flights will add a lot of stress to our vacation. Here is our current tentative itinerary:
Days 1 - 3: Rome
Day 4: Fly to Barcelona
Days 5 - 6: Barcelona
Day 7: Fly to Pisa, then take the train to Cinque Terre
Day 8: Cinque Terre
Day 9: Leave Cinque Terre in the afternoon for Florence
Days 10 - 14: Florence, with possible days trips to Bologna, Siena, Lucca, and/or Venice, depending on what we feel like doing when we are there
Day 15: Florence in morning, train to Rome in afternoon where we will stay overnight so that we can catch our flight home the next day
When we were first planning this out, we were thinking we would have four days in Barcelona, but I'm guessing the flights are going to eat up most of days four and seven. Is it silly to throw Barcelona into the mix? I would really hate to miss it though! We looked into doing a flight from the U.S. to Rome, then a return flight from Barcelona to the U.S. to cut down on travel time, and the tickets are $1600 per person compared to $900 round trip to Rome - so that's not really an option.
What would you do if you were planning our trip?