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  1. #1
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    Default Winter Holiday: A Family of Four Generations

    Greetings from the Philippines. Our family compose of my 90 year old mother, three siblings, our 7 children and my 4 year old grandson are planning a trip to Central Italy. This is our third winter holiday in Europe. My mother cannot walk for long so we will bring her wheelchair and walker. This is our planned IT:
    Dec 27, 2017 Arrive in Rome and stay in the center like near the Trevi Fountain/Spanish
    Steps/Plaza Navona. Check our surroundings for restaurants and groceries.
    Dec 28. Join a tour around Ancient Rome
    Dec 29. Join a tour around the Vatican
    Dec 30. My mom wants to go to the shrine of Padre Pio/ or join a tour to Pisa or
    Lucca or Asissi
    Dec 31. Attend Sunday mass,rest and wait for the New Years Eve
    Jan 1, 2018. Attend New Years Day mass and transfer to Florence. Stay in the center
    Near the Duomo or Uffizi so my mom will not have difficulties. Check
    surroundings for restaurants and groceries because everything will be
    closed
    Jan 2. Walk around Florence and museum
    Jan 3. Walk around Florence, museum and cross the river for the Petti Palace and
    garden
    Jan.4. Rent two vans that will fit 14 adults, one child and all our luggages.
    Leave for a 7 day countryside base in Chianti or be based in Siena.
    On the way pass an Outlet?
    Jan 5. Go around Siena whole day
    Jan 6. Go around Southern Tuscany ( Montepulciano,Fienzi, Montalcino?)and mass
    For my mom will turn 91 years old
    Jan 7. San Gimignano whole day and Sunday mass
    Jan 8 Chianti full day. This is a Monday and maybe not a good idea to go around
    because many museums will be closed? Should we just rest and enjoy our
    based?
    Jan 9. Pisa and Lucca if if did not do it earlier?
    Jan 10. San Gimignano if we did not do it Jan 7 or another place
    Jan 11. Leave for Rome and pass Umbria? With rented vans?
    Jan 12 Rest or join a Pompai tour?
    Jan 13. Flight back home

    Pls comment on my IT. My concern is how my mom will be able to go around in the Tuscan small town which are uphill and far from the parking. What is needed to get a diisability card to park and not to line up for tickets in museums etc. where is the best place to be used as base, accommodations, what is special for these dates, how cold will these places be, suggested tours and what to avoid.

    This will be the first time I will be doing this with a big group. Want it to be flexible and easy. No rush but with a bit of structure.
    Hope someone can advise me. Thank you so much.

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    Buongiorno,

    you have a lot going on for this vacation. I have taken your schedule and made a few modifications to give you a bit more downtime (which I think will be very important) and to have you still visiting and enjoying A LOT of Tuscany. I tried to modify things to max from time visiting place but descrease your time driving.


    Dec 27, 2017 Arrive in Rome and stay in the center like near the Trevi Fountain/Spanish
    Steps/Plaza Navona. Check our surroundings for restaurants and groceries.

    Dec 28. Join a tour around Ancient Rome

    Dec 29. Join a tour around the Vatican

    Dec 30. My mom wants to go to the shrine of Padre Pio (check out tours, but keep in mind this is could be a very long day!)

    Dec 31. Attend Sunday mass,rest and wait for the New Years Eve

    Jan 1, 2018. Attend New Years Day mass and transfer to Florence. Stay in the center
    Near the Duomo or Uffizi so my mom will not have difficulties. Check
    surroundings for restaurants and groceries because everything will be
    closed

    Jan 2. Walk around Florence and museum

    Jan 3. Walk around Florence, museum and cross the river for the Petti Palace and
    garden

    =>> Add a day to Florence and take JAN 4 to visit Pisa / Lucca (get a driver to take you and include a wine tour)

    Jan.5. Rent two vans that will fit 14 adults, one child and all our luggages.
    Leave for a 7 day countryside base in Chianti or be based in Siena.
    On the way pass an Outlet visit Chianti, of drive the via dei Setteponti

    POSSIBLE ACCOMMODATIONS:
    https://www.chianti.com/chianti-bed-...-argenina.html
    http://www.discovertuscany.com/siena...ontanelle.html
    http://www.discovertuscany.com/san-g...-bibbiano.html
    http://www.discovertuscany.com/siena...in-poggio.html
    http://www.discovertuscany.com/tusca...ear-siena.html
    http://www.tuscanyaccommodation.com/...-marciano.html


    Jan 6. Go around Siena whole day


    Jan 7. Go around Sunday MASS - maybe at one of the convents or monasteries in Southern Tuscany after Mass, Down time Cooking Lesson for the whole family ?? Many of the Accommodations I suggested can help you with this
    http://www.discovertuscany.com/what-...-maggiore.html
    http://www.discovertuscany.com/monta...nt-antimo.html

    For my mom will turn 91 years old


    Jan 8. Montepulciano, Pienzi, Montalcino (Full day so you will want a bit of relax from yesterday)


    Jan 9. Arezzo / Cortona would make a great half day trip - you don't want to over stress everyone


    Jan 10. San Gimignano / Monteriggioni -- make it a short day with some downtime. For example, leave late besides you will want some time to pack for your departure tomorrow.


    Jan 11. Leave for Rome and pass Umbria visit Assisi/Perugia or you could visit Orvieto

    Jan 12 Rest or join a Pompai tour? (your choice...but I would suggest rest and last minute shopping)

    Jan 13. Flight back home

    Buon Viaggio,

    Donna Denise

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    Hi Donna Denise thank you so much for your suggestion. Can you recommend a driver/guide for our:
    1) airport to the hotel
    2) tour classic Rome
    3) tour Vatican
    4) transfer from Rome to Florence via Orvieto
    5) transfer from Siena to Rome via Asissi
    6) transfer from hotel in Rome to the airport
    Thank you so much again.

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    Buongiorno,

    I would really like to be able to help you in Rome - but I am not familiar enough with the area down there to be as helpful as I would like.

    As for a transfer you can try contacting the above driver for a quote:

    Simone
    +39 334 705 3211 (What's App)

    essemazzini@gmail.com

    Buon Viaggio,

    Donna Denise

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