8 days in Italy

Apr 4th, 2015, 02:00 PM
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8 days in Italy

My husband and I are flying into Milan on May 9th in the morning and leaving on the afternoon of the 16th. We are trying to figure out the cities that we should travel to while in Italy and how long we should stay in each. We definitely want to spend at least 2 days in Venice. Is that enough? Should we spend a day in Verona? Should we go to Florence? Is one day in Milan enough? Should we go to Lake Como? Thank you for your help!
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Apr 4th, 2015, 02:44 PM
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It depends on your interests. Have you been to Italy before? I would recommend picking up a guidebook or doing some research on Italy and deciding which places are your priorities.
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Apr 4th, 2015, 02:59 PM
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Yes. These places are all in Italy, but in some ways, they are each very different.

What attracts you about each of them?

If you are art and architecture lovers, you could easily fill your seven nights in Venice and Florence. If it's natural scenery your after, maybe Venice and a town mid lake on Como. If you spend a little more time in Venice, you can take a trip out to Burano and Torcello.

Again, it's all about your interests.
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Apr 4th, 2015, 04:10 PM
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As the others have pointed out the answer to each question is "yes, or no, depending" - - but basically whatever you do I'm sure it will be really enjoyable.

If I were flying into Milan on the 9th and leaving on the 16th I would go straight to Turin for two nights, then train to Modena for one or two nights, then head out to Lido for three. But that's because I've been to Venice 15 times already, and never to Modena, and Turin only once but loved it. You'd be better off asking people who've never been to Italy what you "should" do than people who already love all of it and can't make up their minds very well themselves either, when the best answer anyways is "all of the above". Do what sounds interesting for you, with comfortable travel times.
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Apr 4th, 2015, 04:43 PM
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In that short time I would see 2 of my top 3 destinations in Italy---after 17 trip---Venice and Lago Como. Perhaps your last day in Milan as well. Have fun !
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Apr 5th, 2015, 01:48 AM
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" We definitely want to spend at least 2 days in Venice. Is that enough? Should we spend a day in Verona? Should we go to Florence? Is one day in Milan enough? Should we go to Lake Como?"

Impossible to answer, if we don't know your interests.
As a general rule, do what YOU like to do and not what OTHER PEOPLE want you to do.
Load down guidebooks and other infos (there are endless sites in the web) and decide YOURSELF.
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Apr 5th, 2015, 03:25 AM
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If it were my first time in Italy I'd steer clear of Turin, I might not even go into Milan, but I might pop by Bergamo on my way to Lake Como, Verona or Venice.

For my first time I'd aim for two nights in Venice as a min. Partially because the place is a little tricky to learn to get around and because the best times, for me, are walking around just after dawn or after 9pm when all the schleps from the fat boats have gone home.

Given that you have so little time I'd try for only 2 bases.

You do need to decide on town or country, Tuscany, for example, is really a country visit that happens to have a few cities in it.

You also need to know if you will be car driving or train taking, for a first timer I might use the train, unless I wanted to do lots of countryside, in which case hire a car just for that bit.

If you come from a country where trains are not the norm for transport, then rest assured Italy works well with them. Have a read up on seat61.com on how the trains in each European country works and obviously focus on Italy.

I suggest you get hold of the Rough Guide to Italy and choose 2 to 3 destinations that will do for you in May.
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Apr 5th, 2015, 05:39 AM
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I've spent MANY days in Verona while attending opera perforances and while I agree that knowing the interests is important there is NO WAY with that short a period of time I would waste a single day of it in Verona as compared to both Venice and Florence. Let's face it, people GO to these three places for basically the same reasons: architecture, history, art, and the basic ambience regardless of other interests.

it is UP TO YOU but spend that would-be Verona day someplace ELSE and go to Verona on your second trip to Italy.
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Apr 5th, 2015, 06:58 AM
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If you're flying into and out of Milan, I'd probably train to Varenna on Lake Como, spend a few days there, train to Venice for, say, three days, then train to Milan and spend a day there seeing the sights, and then fly out the next day.

Hopping all over to Turin, Modena, Verona, etc., wouldn't be my choice, given the circumstances you describe.
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Apr 5th, 2015, 08:21 AM
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IMO, Italy one of the best train system for travel if your are constrain because of the time.
If I was you, as soon as you arrive take a train from the airport to Venice for 2 nights, train to Florence for 2 nights, train to Rome for 2 nights, and spend last day in Milan close to the airport. You can do the Milan sight seeing in a day.
Enjoy !
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