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Italy from end of Jan to beginning of Feb

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Hi everyone,

I am happy to join the forums finally, though I've been reading a lot here and I very appreciate everyone's comments!

We are planning a trip to Italy for about 10 days, from end of January to beginning of February (2016).

We are looking for colorful towns to wander around their streets, their markets, absorb their views.

Venice and Verona are two of the towns we'd like to visit.

I can't seem to find other towns that aren't that far away, though we'd rent a car if needed.

I thought of Florence, but looking at the photos taken there, it looks pretty mono-colored where the grayish concrete dominates.

I read that Garda lake surrounding towns are quite abandoned during the winter, or perhaps I was missing something?

Are there similar towns as Venice and Verona which you could recommend?

Thank you very much.

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