While BF, MW, and I are still seriously considering doing both Italy and Ireland next year for our friend's wedding, there's a larger group of us going and most are just going to do the Italy portion.
So, I've been playing with two itineraries for them, based on getting into Rome all at the same time, and ending in Venice and/or Rome.
Wednesday: depart LA for Rome
Thursday: arrive in Rome, evening in Rome
Friday: Rome, evening with the bride!
Saturday: bus to Siena, Siena
Sunday: areas around Siena, San Gimginano, etc.
Monday: Siena, WEDDING!
Tuesday: train to Florence, walking tour of Florence
Wednesday: Florence, museums in the morning, afternoon trip to Pisa
Thursday: train to Venice
Saturday: depart Venice for LA (we would depart for Ireland this day)
same as above, except...
Friday: Venice, train to Rome
Sunday: depart Rome for LA
So as you can see, the second trip has an extra night in Italy, and an extra day in Rome.
The budgets are as follows:
Hotels: $675 (9 nights @ $75/night)
Travel: $150 (trains and buses, plus a little extra for the occasional taxi)
TOTAL (per person, based on double occupancy in hotels): $2,675
$2,675 from above, plus:
Travel: $100 for train from Venice to Rome
TOTAL (per person, based on double occupancy in hotels): $2,900
Shorty, what do you think? ;-)