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My family and I are traveling to Italy next year and are planning to take domestic flights on easy jet and alitalia. We all have carry ons that fit about 22x14x11 but they are all soft shell which tends to make it look bulkier and Alitalia seems to require 22x13.5x10.8 measurement? We were wondering how strict are they with carry-ons?

Thanks in advance for your advice/opinion/ experience!

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I've never traveled on those airlines, however, I am a frequent traveler and know my soft shell luggage never gets checked for size even though it's 24". I even sometimes carry a huge backpack for under the seat (technically supposed to be a purse or a small laptop bag), but it fits under my seat. I've never been stopped or had anyone inquire about it. Of course, YMMV.
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With your dimensions you have provided, you will be fine. These airlines used to be very strict with luggage but after Ryanair generous luggage policy, they have all eased out a bit.
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Hello all!

My family and I are traveling to Italy next year and are planning to take domestic flights on easy jet and alitalia. We all have carry ons that fit about 22x14x11 but they are all soft shell which tends to make it look bulkier and Alitalia seems to require 22x13.5x10.8 measurement? We were wondering how strict are they with carry-ons?

Thanks in advance for your advice/opinion/ experience!
Yours is so close to size and, if soft, should fit in the metal "check your luggage" bin by the gate. We had carry on backpacks in Europe and they wouldn't let us carry on because they ran out of space. We were flying into Sicily very late at night and waited forever at the baggage area.

Where are you going? We just came back a couple months ago from a 3 week trip. Would highly recommend a night tour of the colosseum. Can get more info for you.
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Yours is so close to size and, if soft, should fit in the metal "check your luggage" bin by the gate. We had carry on backpacks in Europe and they wouldn't let us carry on because they ran out of space. We were flying into Sicily very late at night and waited forever at the baggage area.

Where are you going? We just came back a couple months ago from a 3 week trip. Would highly recommend a night tour of the colosseum. Can get more info for you.
Hi thumper! My family will be traveling to rome venice amalfi coast and then back to rome. We've never been to Italy so we're pretty excited but the luggage thing kind caught us. The night tour sounds really interesting and I would love to get your info on it Smilie. We were planning on going there during that free first Sunday admission but going in late Feb to early march not sure how crowded these places can be.
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Hi thumper! My family will be traveling to rome venice amalfi coast and then back to rome. We've never been to Italy so we're pretty excited but the luggage thing kind caught us. The night tour sounds really interesting and I would love to get your info on it Smilie. We were planning on going there during that free first Sunday admission but going in late Feb to early march not sure how crowded these places can be.

We were there at the end of Feb until the beginning of March back about 7-8 years ago. It was our only off summer trip. We started on the Amalfi coast and ended up in Tuscany. The little bit of snow left in Chianti was very pretty. We didn't go into Rome at all on that trip.

If you are self-driving the Amalfi Coast, it can be a wild ride. We speak no Italian and I remember the main road being so narrow and we encountered a tour bus. We had to stop and tilt in our mirrors and someone on the bus got off and shouted directions at both our car and the bus. We stayed in a nice hotel in Sorrento with a great breakfast.

This is the website for the night tour:
https://www.coopculture.it/en/events.cfm?id=177

In the summer, they only allow 4000 people to be in the Colosseum at a time. I don't know how busy it is that time of year when you will be there. If you go that route, getting a RomaPass or something similar makes sense. You won't have to wait for tickets - it will be one less line you will have to stand in. We did that once and it worked out great for us, but I think there may be been some changes to the pass since then.

At night, the groups are reserved in advance and are limited to about 25 people. It's a completely different experience. We reserved pretty far in advance for the end of June and a friend who went in Aug couldn't get night passes. If you can get there on the first Saturday in March, here is their schedule. It is not open at night in Jan or Feb:

Opening days
MARCH: every Saturday
APRIL AND MAY: every Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday
JUNE, JULY, AUGUST AND SEPTEMBER: Monday to Sunday (except from 4 to 10 of September)
OCTOBER: every Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday
NOVEMBER: every Friday and Saturday
DECEMBER: every Saturday

Guided tour lasts 75 minutes

Amalfi is close to Pompeii and if you have time, see both Pompeii and Herculaneum. You can get a combo ticket. Pompeii can be pretty exhausting, but Herculaneum is small and compact. Both are accessible by train although the walk back to the train station from Herc is about 10 minutes uphill.

We just came back from Rome and Venice AirBnB stays. It was my first time using AirBnB and I was very pleased with the two places we stayed. There were 3 of us and both places had a kitchen and 2 separate sleeping areas. We did a little bit of car rental here and there to get off the beaten path, but, for the most part, relied on public transportation. We were very close to Termini in Rome and to Venice Train Station-Venezia Santa Lucia. We had done a Med cruise so had some big luggage and being close to public transport was a priority.

Feel free to PM and I would be happy to share any info.
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We were there at the end of Feb until the beginning of March back about 7-8 years ago. It was our only off summer trip. We started on the Amalfi coast and ended up in Tuscany. The little bit of snow left in Chianti was very pretty. We didn't go into Rome at all on that trip.

If you are self-driving the Amalfi Coast, it can be a wild ride. We speak no Italian and I remember the main road being so narrow and we encountered a tour bus. We had to stop and tilt in our mirrors and someone on the bus got off and shouted directions at both our car and the bus. We stayed in a nice hotel in Sorrento with a great breakfast.

This is the website for the night tour:
https://www.coopculture.it/en/events.cfm?id=177

In the summer, they only allow 4000 people to be in the Colosseum at a time. I don't know how busy it is that time of year when you will be there. If you go that route, getting a RomaPass or something similar makes sense. You won't have to wait for tickets - it will be one less line you will have to stand in. We did that once and it worked out great for us, but I think there may be been some changes to the pass since then.

At night, the groups are reserved in advance and are limited to about 25 people. It's a completely different experience. We reserved pretty far in advance for the end of June and a friend who went in Aug couldn't get night passes. If you can get there on the first Saturday in March, here is their schedule. It is not open at night in Jan or Feb:

Opening days
MARCH: every Saturday
APRIL AND MAY: every Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday
JUNE, JULY, AUGUST AND SEPTEMBER: Monday to Sunday (except from 4 to 10 of September)
OCTOBER: every Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday
NOVEMBER: every Friday and Saturday
DECEMBER: every Saturday

Guided tour lasts 75 minutes

Amalfi is close to Pompeii and if you have time, see both Pompeii and Herculaneum. You can get a combo ticket. Pompeii can be pretty exhausting, but Herculaneum is small and compact. Both are accessible by train although the walk back to the train station from Herc is about 10 minutes uphill.

We just came back from Rome and Venice AirBnB stays. It was my first time using AirBnB and I was very pleased with the two places we stayed. There were 3 of us and both places had a kitchen and 2 separate sleeping areas. We did a little bit of car rental here and there to get off the beaten path, but, for the most part, relied on public transportation. We were very close to Termini in Rome and to Venice Train Station-Venezia Santa Lucia. We had done a Med cruise so had some big luggage and being close to public transport was a priority.

Feel free to PM and I would be happy to share any info.
Thanks so much you've been super helpful! I'll be sending a pm for follow up would love to hear more since we'll be self driving around amalfi coast with a base in Salerno
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