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Trip Report Navigating northern Italy--the SILVER for GOLD TRIP

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It was our 25th trip to Europe[SILVER], our 15th to Italy, but this one was special. It was conceived to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary[GOLD]. So, we decided to revisit some of our favorite destinations in northern Italy and to take the time to truly savor them. Here is our 3 week itinerary:

18 SEP Depart RDU airborne USAir/LU via Phil. & Frkt.

19 Arrive VCE—to apt. Venice

20, 21, 22 See best of Venice

23, 24, 25 More Venice delights Venice Meet Judy/Paul on 25

26 Get car—To Dolomites Cortina
Hotel Montana

27, 28 Drive to Val Gardena Ortisei
Hotel Grones

29 Drive to Engadine

30 Explore Engadine Guarda
Hotel Meisser

1 OCT Drive to Lago Lugano San Mamete See Soglio

2 Drive to Val Versazca San Mamete See Lugano also
Hotel Stella d’ Italia

3 Drop car in Como Bellagio

4, 5, 6, Explore best of mid-lake Bellagio

7, 8, 9, More Como highlights Bellagio See gardens etc

10 Driver to MXP Malpensa Last nite near MXP

Our final night in Venice we met our good friends of 60 years, Judy & Paul, for dinner. We got our car the next day and they stayed with us for the next 2 weeks. They too were celebrating their 50th—it just made good sense. Actually Judy was my girlfriend in the 8th grade—life goes full cycle.

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