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A Twitter-Tailored Vacation in Italy

June 6, 2009 | Posted in:

With a Little Help from My (Twitter) Friends: Vacation in Italy

Plan a trip in 140-characters or less? If someone had said this to me a couple of years ago, I would have thought they were nuts! But that was before I discovered Twitter. And now I’m hooked. Care to join me?

Anyway, back on May 30, I decided to see if this social media tool could help me plan a trip – so I decided to aim high, and sent out the following tweet:

My wife a (w/8 yr old) decided on Italy for Aug vacation, hoping new friends can help, have air but need advice for 10 days of fun?

Boy, did I get advice. Now my fellow twitophiles are helping me to develop my Italian itinerary. See their suggestions, and below that you’ll see their ideas on what our family should see and do – and in one case, even drive. Thanks again, Twitter friends!

Trip to Italy Itinerary (stopover in New York)

Decided to break the 12 nights (w/8 year old) into 2 parts, We are going to stop in New York for 2 nights, airplane 1 night, and then off to Italy (Rome arrival) 9 nights.

Family agreed that trying North and South was overly stressful going for the Northern route, first 3 days are set need to fill in the last 10, nothing set in stone, but we thought Rome would be good to do last.

Need hotel suggestions, not on a tight budget and ideas of were to sneak out to …

140 character at a time trip to Italy will be in one of my ABCNews.com columns when I get back, not tweeting the dates for obvious reasons.

  • Day One – New York Arrival, American Girl Store (shipping back home), Ground Zero, Dinner, Broadway Show Shrek
  • Day TwoNBC Studio Tour, Tickets in hand for climb to the Crown of the Statue of Liberty, Visit to Apple Store, Dinner, Possible Show
  • Day Three - Picnic/Brunch Central Park, Off to JFK for overnight flight to Rome
  • Day Four – Arrive Rome, head direct to Florence
  • Day Five – Florence
  • Day Six – Florence
  • Day Seven – Florence
  • Day Eight – Florence/Venice
  • Day Nine - Venice
  • Day Ten - Venice/Rome
  • Day Eleven – Rome
  • Day Twelve – Rome
  • Day Thirteen – Head back home midday from FCO

Notes from Tweets so Far ….

Recommended Cities:

  • Rome - Villa Borghese (surrounded by a large park kids will love); the Vatican; the Colosseum; Capuchin Crypt on the Via Veneto (lots of bones, could be scary)
  • Florence – The Duomo, shops on Ponte Vecchio, Michelangelo’s David at the Accademia dell’Arte del Disegno
  • Naples – Pompeii ruins
  • Pisa - Leaning Tower
  • Venice
  • Tuscany
  • Siena
  • Genoa

Twitter Suggestions Links & Resources

Twitter Italy Friends