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After Venice, Florence & Tuscany: Where to go?

After Venice, Florence & Tuscany: Where to go?

Feb 24th, 2007, 02:33 PM
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After Venice, Florence & Tuscany: Where to go?

We are planning a trip to Italy in the fall that includes Venice, Florence & Tuscany, 2 weeks so far. We will have a car and would like to extend our trip by 4 or 5 days. At this time, we do not want to go to Rome. We would rather explore the northern region of Italy. We are open to any suggestions of where to go & what to see. Any ideas?
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Feb 24th, 2007, 03:43 PM
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When in Milan, I regret not going to the Lake Como area north of Milan. Friends have raved about this district. You may consider researching this area.
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Feb 24th, 2007, 03:48 PM
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Umbria. See Assisi, Spello, Gubbio, perhaps Perugia. If you're an afficiando of St. Francis, these are a must sees.
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Feb 24th, 2007, 05:31 PM
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Cinque Terre is wonderful and unique. Lakes Como and Maggiore are jewels.
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Feb 25th, 2007, 05:49 AM
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Go north from Venice to Verona, Trento, and the Dolomites. They were even better than described in the guide books.
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Feb 25th, 2007, 12:32 PM
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The Dolomites are gorgeous, as is the coastline.

I enjoyed my long weekend in Rapallo and daytripped to SML and Portofino. Cities like Le Spezia and Genoa affored a far more authentic feel that tne the CT (which I found to be a Rick Steeves convention) and Como, which is indeed pretty but not my style.
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Feb 25th, 2007, 12:38 PM
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I am so excited by your great suggestions! I went straight to the library and borrowed books on northern Italy, the Italian lakes and the Dolomites. I have lots of interesting reading to do thanks to you who kindly responded to my post!
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Feb 25th, 2007, 02:00 PM
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Hi 2010,

My main question is, when is "fall"? "Fall" can cover about 3 months and exactly when you are going might make a big difference in recommendations!

If late "fall" - like November, I would not recommend the Dolomiti or Cinque Terre. November would be a great time to visit Tuscany, Umbria or Rome! November is low season - you could avoid the crowds, pay less and 5 days is perfect for a first trip.

Buon viaggio!
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Mar 20th, 2008, 07:34 PM
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Fall might also be a great time to visit the Amalfi coast. We're going there next month for the first time, but friends have been there twice in October and loved the warm, sunny weather.
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Mar 21st, 2008, 08:20 AM
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I haven't done this but my husband and I really want to go on our next trip to Italy in the fall --- Alba Truffle Festival. It's supposed to be a blast, with great food, and that whole Piedmont region is supposed to be beautiful in the fall.
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Mar 21st, 2008, 08:26 AM
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Personally, I'd slow the trip down and spend any additional days in Tuscany. After spending a few days in Florence, I was in San Quirico for a full week last May and would have loved another week before moving on to Venice.

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Mar 21st, 2008, 08:28 AM
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When we did Venice, Florence, Tuscany, we included a few days in Umbria and wished we had more time, it was our favorite.
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Mar 21st, 2008, 08:34 AM
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I beleive this trip is over and done with. The OP is from 2/07, and the trip was planned for that fall.
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Mar 21st, 2008, 08:53 AM
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We enjoyed 10 days at the Grand Tremezzo Hotel in mid Sept. It,s directly accross the lake from Bellagio with a boat stop if front.
Villa Carlotta is right next door to tour.
We took the boats to all the beautiful towns(Bellagio, Mennagio, Varenna, etc.) during the day, and used our car to go out to dinner at night. Our favorite restaurant of all time is about a 5-10 min. drive. "Al Velue" in the hills overlooking the lake was outstanding in every way.

The only town we did not enjoy was Como itself.







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Mar 21st, 2008, 09:11 AM
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Actually, our trip to Italy is scheduled for September/October 2008! With your help, we developed our itinerary as follows: Venice (4 nights), Bellagio, Lake Como (4 nights), San Gimignano, (4 nights), San Quirico (4 nights) and Florence (4 nights). Flights and hotels are all booked! My husband & I are so excited -- won't be long now!

Thanks again for your interest & suggestions!

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Mar 21st, 2008, 09:47 AM
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sounds great.
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Mar 21st, 2008, 10:10 AM
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Between Milan and Venice are the wonderful cities of Verona (think Romeo & Juliet); Mantova (where the Gonzaga family were to Mantova as the Medicis were to Florence--note, Mantova is Mantua in English); Parma, the food capital of all Europe (home of Parma ham and Parmesan cheese). And in Umbria, the hilltowns of Todi, Spoleto and Orvieto are all worth 1-2 day visits. Umbria is quite wonderful--less crowded than Tuscany, with equally charming hill towns.
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