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Northern Italy Itinerary Planning - Need Experts Advise Please!

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Northern Italy Itinerary Planning - Need Experts Advise Please!

We’re planning a trip to Northern Italy this September. We’ve traveled extensively through-out Europe but have never been to Northern Italy. We have been to Venice and the Cinque Terre and do not want to include this in our 16 day trip. I’m also leaning to not stay in Milan.

Here are some of my thoughts. I’d appreciate help to try and figure out how long to stay in each area, hotels and any other useful driving information to make the best driving loop tour.

We, my hubby and me, will have a car for the duration and are use to European driving. We will have 16 full days to sightsee and drive. We have always booked our car with Auto Europe in the US. I know it will be expensive.

Emilia-Romana - Never been and are BIG foodies. Thinking of flying into Bologna and staying for 3-4 nights with day trips to Parma and Modena. Hotels, Day Trip Info?

Verona - Lago di Gardi region - Not sure to stop in Verona on the way to the Dolomites or stay over-night.

Dolomites - Bolzano and the Great Dolomite Road. Where to stay in this region and for how long. Definitely want to do the drive!

Dolomites to Lake Como Region - Looks like the SS42 may be a scenic way to go.

Lake Region - Best central location Bellagio? How long to stay?

Piedmont Region - Would we have time to include this area? Turin, Bra, Alba and Asti look interesting, but don’t want to push it.

Frommers includes Cremona, Mantua and Bergamo in their two week tour, but I’m not sure how to add these towns to our loop. Plus we can always go back in the future.

Fly out of Milan (Linate Airport seems to have the best connections through Paris or Frankfort).

I have my guide books and plenty of your trip reports to read. As always your input is very much appreciated. Thank you in advance.

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