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Trip Report Northern Italy and a bit of Bavaria, a family trip

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We recently returned from a 4 week holiday in northern Italy and southern Germany (July 2016).
Using public transport, we followed the beaten path, so probably not much new to add, but I love reading trip reports, so here’s mine :)

I knew that I had to visit the Dolomites, so built an itinerary around a week there in July. (And it was a good time to leave Adelaide, South Australia; with our cold fronts of winter about to sweep in bringing max temperatures …13C …possible hail …20mm rain! )

Fodors was a great help, I was inspired by

http://www.fodors.com/community/europe/jamikins-and-bikerscott-in-le-marche-and-the-dolomites.cfm
http://www.fodors.com/community/europe/a-month-in-northern-italy-mountains-lakes-and-castles.cfm
http://www.fodors.com/community/europe/live-trip-report-from-the-dolomites-and-beyond-by-mrgo-msgo-daughter.cfm

………..all take great photos, links in their TR’s.

This was our first trip to Italy so mixed it up for a ‘taster’. I just played around on a map until I found an acceptably uncomplicated route using the train/ bus system. We were happy to have a ‘gentle’ trip, nothing too frenetic, with a variety of experiences. I did a quick Google map check and it looks like we travelled 1,100km in a month, not including day trips (not your typical Aussie roadtrip, that’s for sure).

Family holiday with teens (they are 16 and 19, so we are essentially travelling as 4 adults now, previous family trips to Europe and Asia). But, they are still teenagers, so their favourite pastimes are sleeping and eating. A few obvious requests – no unbearable long train rides (10hr train ride in Vietnam was not my most inspired choice), no early rises, hotel must have wi fi. We constrain costs by booking apartments or at least rooms with a kitchenette, street food and market produce to create meals. Trains are cheap in Italy and I pre purchased IC trains at discount where possible.
I love travelling as a family, the boys are great mates and we’ve had wonderful shared experiences.

ITINERARY:
Milan (2 nights), Vernazza (3 nights), Volterra (2 nights), Florence (4 nights), Verona (4 nights), Trento (1 night), Ortisei (7 nights), then to Germany…. Mittenwald (5 nights), Munich (1 night)

And here are my photos https://flic.kr/s/aHskDja7Fy

Obviously we could have seen a lot more in that time, but we like this pace. Anyone that has survived teenagers knows early mornings are not welcome, and we agreed on a ‘slow’ trip.
Also agreed on some crowd avoidance tactics, no queueing, no big museums. We prefer the outdoors, smaller towns, historical architecture, so minimised time in big cities.

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