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Hello Fodorites, I'm planning a trip to Portugal and Northern Italy. We have 26 nights in total on the ground. I have 12 nights booked for Portugal then am planning to fly to Italy out of Lisbon to ? for 6 nights. My last 8 nights are booked in Milan (flying home from there). Planning to tour the lakes as much as possible via day trips from Milan. Would like to boat/train into Switzerland on a day/overnight trip and spend a few days in Milan as well.
For the 6 free days I was thinking about Genoa as a base to tour the Cinque terre ( maybe 1 overnight in 1 of the villages) and Portovenere. Not interested in hiking that much (bad hips!) but I really want to see this area even if just by boat. I was also looking at Turin as a base to make some day trips into the Piedmont area (Asti, Alba in particular) simply to eat and drink wine.(Would it seem excessive to have as a goal to eat something with truffle shaved over top for every meal for an entire day? ) And one other thing I would love to do is take the cable cars up Mont Blanc and down into Chamonix then bus back through the tunnel. Not sure if the French side will be running in October.
This would be from Sept. 29-Oct.4 (booked for Oct.5 and onward in Milan). We won't be driving at all and I want to minimize the amount of time hauling luggage. If we spent an overnight in one of the coastal villages we would keep our hotel room in Genoa and just pack a small overnighter.
So, is Genoa the best option as a base to tour the coastal region on short day trips?
Would 6 days there be too long?
Is it feasible to make day trips to Alba, Asti, and Courmayeur from Turin?
Split 3 nights in each or give up one?
Too many questions at once I know...thanks in advance for any and all suggestions,
Colleen

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