After Venice -- What would you do?

Old Jun 7th, 2000, 03:45 AM
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After Venice -- What would you do?

We're spending four nights in Venice in July (at the Flora thanks to many glowing recommendations on this forum). We then have four free nights before we fly to New York. What would you do with this time? The only restrictions are that we must fly from a major city and we don't want to rent a car.

Old Jun 7th, 2000, 03:58 AM
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How about Florence? It's about a 3-4 hour train trip from Venice. Siena, which is close to Florence, is also very nice. Or Ljubliana (however it's spelled!), Slovenia. I've heard that's a nice place to visit..
Old Jun 7th, 2000, 05:44 AM
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My choice would be Bellagio on Lake Como, or one of the other lake towns. It's accessible to Malpensa, without a car rental, through train, taxi, shuttle. You can take the train from Venice to Milan, then a local to either Como or Varenna. Take the hydrofoil from Como or the ferry from Varenna. If you want to know more, do a search on this forum for Como or Bellagio - there have been lots of posts about the area.
Old Jun 7th, 2000, 06:36 AM
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Why not rent a car and drive west, visiting Verona, Padova (Padua), and Lago di Garda.
Old Jun 7th, 2000, 07:25 AM
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I second the suggestion that you go to Ljubljana! It's very beautiful and compact - often described as a "mini Prague" (and it enables you to visit another country!) I think there's a regular ferry service from Venice to the Slovene coast (or maybe Trieste?). There's also a nice coastal fishing town called Piran which is bilingual Italian/Slovene - it's about 2 hours from Ljubljana.
Old Jun 7th, 2000, 09:18 AM
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My recommendation would be Florence, Florence, Florence!! It is a remarkable city with culture, quaintness & the ARNO! I cannot wait to return! I went from Venice to Florence several years ago and the train ride was so easy & quick I barely remember it! If you need any further information, please feel free to write

Old Jun 7th, 2000, 11:09 AM
richard j vicek
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Good afternoon, Momrath
Would suggest three places, a breif visit to Padua for St. Anthonys and
the Scrovengi Chapel, continue on
to and over nite (2) Verona with
a hotel near the Arena. Continue
on for (2) more nights in Bologna.
Bologna is not a favorite spot for
bus tours, hardly any stop there for
any length of time, however is a
friendly city with more than above
average food.
Rail connections to Milano are also
very good.
Richard of La Grange Park, Il...
Old Jun 7th, 2000, 11:46 AM
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I like Richard's suggestions of Padua, Verona and Bologna. Hardly anyone visits Bologna and it has a nice, but rather small historic center and some of the very best food you can find in Italy. Otherwise, you can stay north and do Verona and the lakes from the train and then on into Milan.
Old Jun 7th, 2000, 12:06 PM
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With four extra nights, you should do ROME if you haven't been there before! Makes a great contrast with Venice, and you definitely don't need a car!
My second choice would be Florence which is also great and also very different from Venice, and you also don't need a car there.
Old Jun 7th, 2000, 08:04 PM
Rod Hoots
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Just a note. Venice and anywhere but the mountains is very hot and humid in July. I would suggest the lake country.
Old Jun 7th, 2000, 10:37 PM
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I'd be heading for the hills and lakes too. Personally in July, I think Florence and Rome are best left for another trip, after 4 days in Venice. There's only so much heat, crowds and culture one can take at a time.
Why not get a 4 day Eurail pass, which can also be used on most lake steamers as well as trains, head for the Lake Como, Lugano and Locarno region and then trains through the Alps to Zurich as your departure airport.
Despite my earlier comments I would try and spend an evening in Verona though.

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