Drivie Zurich to Venice

Feb 12th, 2005, 08:05 AM
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Drivie Zurich to Venice

We are taking a bicycle trip from Venice in July. We arrive by air in Zurich in the am 4 days before the trip gathers in Venice, and are considering driving for two days leisurely (if possible) to Venice.

Has anyone driven from Zurich to Venice? Recommendations on a route, and stop over?
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Feb 12th, 2005, 08:25 AM
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Galvin,

Overnights in Appenzell, Innsbruck and Cortina d'Ampezzo would make for a great trip IMO. Easy driving and great scenery.

Unfortunately, I imagine that the drop fees for the car rental will be very high...

Hope this helps,
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Feb 13th, 2005, 04:50 AM
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There are so many wonderful options. You could stop over in the Italian Lake district. Visit Como, Mennagio, Bellagio as well as Lugano and Ascona.

You could also explore through the Engadine and then, south into Italy. We esp. liked the drive through the Val Mustair. You cross the border into Italy at St. Glorenz which is a very charming town. Wind your way through the Dolomiti then.

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Jan
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Feb 13th, 2005, 04:58 AM
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Oops...it's not St. Glorenz. It is Glorenza and it is part of the Val Venosta. Here is a blurb on it from www.dolomiti.it .

Glorenza
The Alto Adige town with a unique character.

With its 850 inhabitants, Glorenza is the littlest town in Tyrol and in Italy too, but it can boast an incredibly compact structure.
Walking round Glorenza, with its historical buildings, its porticos, its churches and patrol walks, mean to plunge in a living past, and travel backwards into time, go back to the Middle Ages.
The partition walls of the town, with their round corner towers call to mind the war periods and the sovereign policy, to say nothing about the period when Glorenza was the obliged passage in the trade of salty almonds among southern Germany, Austria and Lombardy.
Originally a village, in the years 1291-1294, Glorenza was given the merit of "civitas" by the ruler prince of Tyrol Maynard II. The most flourishing period was in the XIV and XV centuries.
Interesting to see are the ruins of the village of the XII century still well preserved, the porticos of the XIII century and the old fortifications, the elegant buildings of the XVI century and the partition walls of the Renaissance period still intact.


We loved the Val Mustair, but it is off the beaten path.
Cheers,
Jan
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Feb 14th, 2005, 06:28 AM
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to Andre and Jan--
Surely do appreciate the replys. Yes, I know I will suffer severe drop fees on the rental car. any preference from experience regarding rental companies?

Jan, thanks for the info on Glorenza. It appears so far that there asre no hotels in the town, correct? I am looking at Merano as a place to spend the night on the way to Venice.

Our bike trip from Venice goes north into the Dolomites, ending in Brunico.

New Italian territory for us.

Very grateful for responses.
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