Q – Alfred P. of Shanghai, China writes: My wife and I and our 2 daughters (ages 8 and 15) are trying to plan a trip to France and Italy. For lodging, we would consider a hotel, or a home exchange, but have no idea how to arrange for one. We are trying to decide what areas and attractions to visit in these countries and whether we should drive or take a train to get from place to place.
A – We received your request for information for your family’s trip to France and Italy. To begin, I’d like to suggest you do some research on our site and read some stories that may help you in planning an itinerary, as both France and Italy have lots to offer.
On the homepage at www.familytravelforum.com, in the lower left box is entitled “Popular Tags.” Please click on “france” and “italy” for a list of stories throughout the site on these countries. Please let us know what most interests you, and we can help you to plan an itinerary.
Regarding lodging, check out these articles from our website:
“International Home Exchange: Global House Swapping“
“Mi Casa, Su Casa: Home Exchanges“
“A Home of Your Own in Italy“
“Italian Villas for Your Euro Road Trip“
“Welcome to Our Chateaux“
As for what areas and attractions to visit in Italy, you should definitely consider Milan, Rome, and Venice. Here are some tips… Milan is home to one of the most famous artworks in the world – Leonardo Da Vinci’s Last Supper painting. Because it is such a popular attraction, you should reserve your Last Supper tickets in advance to avoid disappointment. The most convenient way to explore Rome, especially since you will be with two children, would be on a hop on hop off Rome bus tour which stops at all of the must-see attractions in Rome. Venice is a unique destination, and it should really be included in any trip to Italy. While you’re there, your daughters will love exploring the city on a Venice gondola ride.
Regarding train travel, look at:
“FAQs: European Train Travel“
“Railing Across Europe with Kids in the Caboose“
Once you have had a chance to review this material, please let us know what other information or details you need and we will be happy to offer more specific information.
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