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Planning for next summer help please

Tralee, Ireland
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Planning for next summer help please

Hi my friend is just back from Italy on a school tour she's a special needs assistant so her time was very limited to sightsee as she was kept very busy but over the ,3 days they covered Venice Verona and gardaland at lake Garda but she suggested we go next summer and see more of that area and travel a bit over the 2 weeks any suggestions for itenerary we want to stick to that area we don't want to go down as far as Rome as we've been before any help much appreciated btw we are 2 women in our late 40s we won't be driving and we love traditional little towns and wine !! Thanks

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1. Re: Planning for next summer help please

Hi, my Northern Italy picks would be:

- the Garda lake (2-3 days: Sirmione, Desenzano, Malcesine, Riva del Garda)

- the south Tyrol wine road + the Dolomites (most beautiful mountains ever, believe me)

- Milan and Como lake

- Vicenza and the Palaldian villas

- Mantova (beautiful Unesco town) + boat trip on Mincio river (you could actually get down to Ferrara)

- Bologna + Ravenna (last imperial Roman capital) + Ferrara (renaissance jewel) - the 3 are Unesco sites

- You may get to 5 Terre, but it's going to be awfully crowded in summer town - honestly I would skip it

Then, of course, Florence and Tuscany, but that's a completely different area.

You won't be able to see all these destinations in 2 weeks, but at least you have a long list to start from.

Enjoy your trip planning



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2. Re: Planning for next summer help please

Hi...you have a nice amount of time before your trip in summer of 2019...why don’t you get an appealing guidebook and have a good read, making notes of what interests you...paper, pencil, highlighter at the ready...perhaps a yum glass of Italian wine...have some pasta dinners with your friend and compare notes....Since she had so little time in Venice, I would recommend that Venice be on the itinerary but this time with no fewer than 3 nights (2-2.5 days)..Venice needs t.i.m.e, especially in order to get off the trodden tourist paths of San Marco and the Rialto.

Venice, Bologna, Lucca, Siena are just a few possibilities, not necessarily all in the north yet quite easily visited on the efficient trains Keep in mind that there is travel time in between each change in destination and it’s always more time than the posted train schedule. Plan 1/2 day for every travel day, which means that 2 nights somewhere does not equal 2 days in the location. It is 1-1.5 days and that’s because you have to get there from your previous destination.

Be cognizant of your airports. For example—you wish to visit Venice(4N), Bologna(3N), Lucca(3N), and Florence(4N w day trip to Siena). You might fly in Pisa and train directly to Lucca, then Florence, then Bologna and finally Venice with departure from there. You will wish to be in your departure city the night before.

Edited: 15 May 2018, 04:01
Tralee, Ireland
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3. Re: Planning for next summer help please

Thank you both so much that’s a great start and great ideas you’ve been very helpful much appreciated

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4. Re: Planning for next summer help please

I think one of the most beautiful towns in Italy is Sorrento. Definitely consider it, so charming and beautiful how the towns are built into the cliff side!! :)

Edinburgh, Scotland
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5. Re: Planning for next summer help please

<<..they covered Venice Verona and gardaland at lake Garda>>

<<we want to stick to that area>>

Hi, you could easily spend the entire two weeks in the Venice/Verona/Lake Garda area. Perhaps a week in Verona and a week at one of the Lake Garda towns.

Verona is on the Milan/Venice train line as are Vicenza and Padua, so you have plenty day-trip opportunities. You can also visit Mantua by train from Verona.

Lake Garda has lots of traditional little towns dotted around its shores, and you can travel around by ferry or local bus. It also produces its own wine, Bardolino, from the town of the same name.

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