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beach and mountains in Italy with kids and without a car

May 3rd, 2013, 07:58 AM
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beach and mountains in Italy with kids and without a car

We'd like to spend 3-4 weeks in Italy in May/June 2014 with our 2 young children (and likely several grandparents once they realize we're going to Italy!). We are interested in nature (short hikes and boat trips to see wildflowers, marine animals, birds, etc.), and in experiencing cute Italian towns, but less interested in museums because we'll have a 4 year old and 1 year old with us. We are looking for an area where we can stay in one or two towns and do day hikes and day trips from the towns, rather than changing hotels frequently, and where we do not need to have a car. We thought that going to the maritime Alps and then the coast somewhere south of Genoa could be our best option. We have been to Cinque Terre and loved it off-season, but we are also open to new coastal areas. We are also open to other parts of Italy, such as the Dolomites near Cortina, or the Lakes district, but no where that would be really hot in June.

Any suggestions for where to go?
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May 3rd, 2013, 08:17 AM
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No where that would really be hot in June at least late June would be anything south of the Po River probably - depends on what you mean by really hot - the average temp hi in Florence in July I think is in the 90s and humid - seaside towns of course will be cooler.

The Lake District would be sweet - still not quite high season there - Lake Garda is a good one - beaches on the southern end of this fjord-like lake - Garda Land is a very popular theme park for younger kids so they have something - boats go all around the lake so you could spend a few days there.

From Lake Garda move up to say Cortina d'Ampezzo a town in the Dolomites that I stayed in and loved - a town big enough for something kids would like as opposed to quiet villages with nothing but solitutde. You can reach Cortina easily by train and bus.

These two areas I would leave to the end of your trip and go south first before it really heats up - the Italian Riviera Levante is a great place with a string of beach towns that make good bases with great train service - visit Genoa to the north or places like Santa Margharita and Portofino to the south.

Santa Margharita would also make a sweet seaside base - a nice old town that is still an active fishing port - watch the day's catch being unloaded, etc.

Trains are the best way between cities and places you may be going - check out www.trenitalia.com for Italian schedules and also these IMO superb sites - www.seat61.com; www.budgeteuropetravel.com and www.ricksteves.com - kids that age always go free on trains I believe.
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May 3rd, 2013, 08:44 AM
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I cannot envision doing that type of scenario with 2 young kids without a car. If you do decide on the Dolomites then you may not want the Cortina area---too far east to see the best of that region.

The Dolomites and Lago Garda would be a nice combo. You could get by without a car at Garda.
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May 3rd, 2013, 09:33 AM
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It's a 5 to 6 hrs train and bus ride from Peschiera del Garda to Cortina d'Ampezzo, change at Padova and Calalzo.

For a hiking area where you don't need any car for sure, look at Lake Lugano: trains, cableways and buses up to the alps full of red rhododendron flowers (end May) every 60 min or so.

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