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Mar 2, 2009 11:19 AM

8 Days in Italy in July- Rome, Florence, Venice

My husband and I are spending 3 nights in rome, 3 in florence and 2 in venice in July.. It will be first time there. I understand this is a touristy time of year to go and we definitely want to avoid traps, so I want to plan ahead and make sure we going to the right spots. We are in our late 20's, and costs aren't really an issue, although we tend to like low-key charming places that aren't very stuffy or formal. It seems as if a place is in a guide book, its already going to be overhyped and touristy, so I was hoping to get some recommendations from you all.

We are staying near the Piazzo del Popolo in Rome, near Ponte Vecchio in Florence, and in Dorsoduro in Venice. We will probably want to be by our hotel 1 night, and venture into different areas (hopefully walkable) the other nights. We are not picky eaters (although quality is important) and really want to get an authentic feel of the areas. Thanks.

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    1. Search this board as Rome, Florence and Venice are the most posted cities in Italy. You will find tons of recommendations in all price range, neighborhoods, casual as well as more formal, etc. I would not simply dismiss good guidebooks as these are probably the most well researched cities.