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Italy June 2012 Solo Female Newbie Traveler
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I’m planning a solo trip to Italy for June 2012 and am looking for suggestions for places to visit. I’m hoping to do a mix of art and history stuff (museums and free exploration); relaxing countryside, wine tasting and touring, cheese and other food eating; and relaxing and swimming at the beach activities. I’m a solo female traveler who doesn’t speak Italian (unfortunately) and won’t have access to a vehicle (so ease of access is important). I’m budgeting about $4,000 for the month and plan to stay in hostels. I’m thinking of five days in Rome, four or five days in Sorrento (and day tripping to Capri, Pompeii, and Herculaneum from Sorrento), three days in Praia a Mare (Is this worth it? Are there other beaches I should focus on instead?), five days in Florence, four or five days in Cinque Terre, and four days in Venice. I’d like to add in some specific, structured wine tasting/tour, cheese sampling/making, and glass making activities on my trip. Any suggestions for things to do, places to go, or places to stay would be appreciated. Thanks!

Here’s my rough itinerary: http://www.eurotrip….

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Rome, Sorrento, Capri, Pompei, Praia a Mare, Florence, Cinque Terre, Venice-Lido
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Never been, but Praia a Mare looks beautiful.
We stayed here in Sorrento:
Hotel Desiree
It is a budget hotel with private beach, and we liked it, but maybe you could find something else that you prefer.
One thing that you might want to consider is leaving Florence to visit smaller towns in Tuscany; even without a car there are some places (such as Siena/ Pienza, Todi/Deruta,or Cortona) you can access by train and/or bus. Just a thought.

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To piggyback Cil’s suggestion, if you have a number of days in Italy, I think Siena is a must. Wonderful little city. Touristy, but everywhere in Italy is. Its just the nature of the beast. San Giamango (sp?) is also great.

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Thanks for the suggestions. I’ll definitely try to visit some of those other cities on day trips. I’m trying to stick to $50 and under for housing each night, so Hotel Desiree would be out of my budget range but it looks nice though! Do you have any suggestions for sources for finding good but not too pricey structured activities (mostly wine tours but maybe art/history focused tours of cities or craft/cooking classes)? What about staying at a winery or a cheese farm (ideally with other people there I could befriend)? Finally, what about bringing a cellphone? I’m hoping to bring a smartphone to have access to interactive maps, but I don’t want to pay international rates. Thanks for your help-this is my first time planning a trip and I definitely need it!

I am leaving from JFK, USA with $4000 for 31 days
Rome, Sorrento, Capri, Pompei, Praia a Mare, Florence, Cinque Terre, Venice-Lido
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If you’re interested in staying at a farm, here are a few links. I’ve never done this, but really want to when my wife and I take our daughter to Italy for the first time:
http://www.italyfarm…
http://www.farmstayi…
http://www.agrituris…