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1 week in italy
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hey guys …. my friend and I have one week (possibly 9 days) to travel in Italy so were trying to narrow down places to go.  Wondering if anyone had any advice about which costal destination to choose. Naples (Capri and Pompeii), Almafi Coast, or Cinque Terre.  All of them look so beautiful, I just dont know what the difference is besides for location obviously.  Were looking for a place to do some outdoorsy stuff but also to have fun and relax. 
The other places we are thinking about visiting are Venice, Rome, Florence.  Neither of us are really into art or anything like that so would Florence be a waste of time??? Also I heard from some of my parents friends that Rome is gross???
Any advice about any of these destinations and whatnot would be greatly appreciated.  THANKS!

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Also I heard from some of my parents friends that Rome is gross???
  Never listen to your parents’ friends about Italy.  Rome is one of the most interesting cities on the planet.  However, it’s a big city and all big cities are “gross” in places.  IMO, you’ll find more “gross” in Atlanta, Miami, San Francisco, Toronto, than in Rome — I like them all.

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Agree with Oldlady.
Much has been written about Cinque Terre, Naples and the Amalfi coast here, I suggest using the Search button to see what has been said. With one week, maybe you could do a bit of Rome and a bit of the Amalfi, with a day trip to Pompeii.
You could fit Capri in there, too.

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Yes, Definately don’t listen to them.  Rome is a wonderful place.  You can find more history there than perhaps anywhere else in the world.  I’d say at least stay one day there if nothing else to walk around the city.  And even if you don’t like art just go to Florence to experience the city, see the Ponte Vecchio, etc.  It’s a great place as well.  So at least do a day in each of those cities, and maybe if you like them you can go back another time for a longer stay.  For outdoor activity Cinque Terre and the Sorrento area are great ideas.  And if you really want to be outdoorsy there are camping places all across Italy.  I stayed at these campsites in Venice, Rome, Florence, and Sorrento.  It was half the price of a hostel, they provide a nice canvas tent with two beds (or small bungalo type cabins), nice bathrooms, and a nice restaurant.  

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Dunno if i’d put toronto anywhere near the category of having gross elements in the city. Forbes recently rated it in the top 15 cleanest metro cities in the world, with 4 other Canadian cities making the cut. Just wanted to defend my town a littel , not trying to start a debate cause I have not been to rome, but rome certainly wasn’t on the list

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There are crap places in every big city, you just have to know where to look  (in Toronto, take thee to Regent Park, St Jamestown, Jane & Finch). 

However, visitors do not encounter them unless they accidently stumble upon them (as those areas certainly aren’t mentioned in guidebooks).