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It was so hard to pull it on those old cobblestone pavements. So i say backpack is better. If you put 'backpack' in the Search field above, you should get some other posts and some specific makes and models of the hybrid backpack to consider.
I travel with an Eastpak cabin size 2 wheel roller bag, a small day pack size backpack and a sort of specialised bungee cord thing that lets me attach the day pack to the roller bag. Most of the places I have visited in Europe have ordinary pavements sidewalks and have have spent very little time pulling my bag across cobbles. People on the London forum are are always worried about "cobbles" but it isn't an issue here and while you may find some cobbles on a street with tourist attractions, you really are not that likely to need to go down those streets between the railway station and the hotel, and there are no pavements.
I do have a 4 wheel bag that I use sometimes to carry papers for work, but I don't find it as useful for travel. When I used it on trains and the underground it needs to be put on its side so it doesn't take off down the carriage Something visitors carrying huge hard sided bags seem to forget on the Piccadily line from Heathrow and the two wheel bags seem lighter and more stable. I very rarely need to carry my bag and when I do, hoicking it up on my back would be more trouble than it would be worth.
I tried a combination bag but found it less useful than one or the other. The pull was a soft cord which made the bag less easy to pull than the stiff handle of the usual bag. When I have a long weekend, I bring only a medium size backpack but for anything longer, I stick to my two wheel cabin size bag. I also found on Amazon a medium size very light bag with a sleeve that slides over the pull handle of my ordinary bag. You haven't said whether your travel is all by train except for the arrival and departure flights or if there will be some local flights. If you do intend to catch local flights , please check the luggage rules of those airlines.
They are very strictly imposed and the consequences of being over the limit are expensive. Venice was the ultimate luggage menace.
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We arrived very early and sat on the train station steps watching people with a variety of luggage trying to cope with the long shallow station steps, the vaporetto, the bridge - I will admit to a smug grin with my travel partner realizing our back packs were a sane solution. However, older back makes it less of an option. I agree with Leagle about the 2 wheel vs 4. I think you get more internal room with 2 wheels than 4 and just seems to work better.
I have just purchased a new 20 inch and will use that with an older style 'cabin bag' that has the velcro sleeve to fit over the suitcase handle my allowed personal item ; but in the OP's case, I would aim for one piece of luggage. Oh, Gem, you also want to consider minimizing the number of zips on your luggage as they should all be locked or not used.
Hiking back packs have way too many external pockets making security more difficult. Most real backpacks are long and narrow. Better to fit your back but not to max your carry on dimensions. The carry on type packs often aren't that great to carry. May not have a hip belt or a good chest belt or any of other nice features of a true pack. A case you can just wheel.
A pain up the steps but if you keep your eyes open you can some times avoid the steps. Where do you find these luggage forwarding services? Very helpful info Leagle, thank you.
And yes a good tip indeed, I do that on all my travels, it really does lighten the load. I'm planning on using the 30l backpack as my one and only daypack. I agree with the good back support, multi pocket backpack, although I'll be carrying around my heavy tech like DSLR and tablet around all the times, I don't want to risk losing them. One thing I realized is that either way I ll still have to check in luggage for my flights because I can't have 2 carry on baggages and if I bring my large backpack the dimensions exceed the dimensions allowed for carry on.
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