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Driving thru Dolomites to Verona, is there something not to be missed? Lunch at a fun restaurant? Unusual gifts from the area??

Driving thru Dolomites to Verona, is there something not to be missed? Lunch at a fun restaurant? Unusual gifts from the area??

Old May 20th, 2000, 10:42 PM
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Driving thru Dolomites to Verona, is there something not to be missed? Lunch at a fun restaurant? Unusual gifts from the area??

I have heard lots about the beauty of the Dolomites. Will be driving through in mid June from Munich and plan to stay perhaps in Verona on the way to Orvieto. Is this a good plan? I have heard much about the charm about Verona.
Along the way I don't want to miss something a particularly nice experience in a restaurant or something only found in this area. Any one have some ideas to share. I can hardly wait to leave, just wish I didn't have to endure getting ready to go ie. pets, work, etc... Planning is the fun part and this forum is such a wonderful thing! Thanks for sharing...
 
Old May 21st, 2000, 06:29 AM
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Hi Diane, we recently returned from that area,Verona is beautiful so the Dolomite, to give you a simple advise follow the Old Dolomite Road , (48) ...and get a good book for the best places along this road. Karen Brown 's Italy recommends several little places to stay in this area.
In Verona I can recommend one very nice restaurant and it is not expensive:
Ristorante Greppia
Vicolo Samaritana 3, 045 8004577
Closed MOnday, it is a few yards from the main pedestrian street, Via Manzzini, and also close to the Gelateria Manzzini.
It is located in what was the old courtyard of an old hotel, but what is good there is the food. Excellent food and good service.
Something not to be missed is San Zeno in Verona.
WE stayed near Garda , by the lake which is so beautiful, if you wish to visit the Lake I could recommend you too some side trips, being Sirmione one of them.
I envy you, ...have a great trip.

 
Old May 22nd, 2000, 08:32 AM
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Can anyone suggest a good restaurant in the Val Gardena/Ortisei area?Also,I will have a day on lake Como ,can anyone suggest the top 3 or so must sees for the day?Thanks,Wil.
 
Old May 22nd, 2000, 12:50 PM
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Should there be no stalls (possible in the vicinities of Munich and over the Brenner Pass into Italy), the FAST drive from central Munich to Verona should take some 4:30 hours. The fast route from Verona to Orvieto should demand some 4 hours more.

The drive on the divided Autoroute is very scenic from just north of Innsbruck to just south of Bolzano (a stretch of about 150km, that may be covered in about 1:40 hours).

I don't think you'll have time to stretch your drive in both pieces: Munich-Verona and Verona-Orvieto. Once you appear to be interested in the Dolomites, I'll assume that you'll drive to Orvieto the fast route (possibly with no stops whatsoever).

The first decision you'll have to do concerns how much time are you going to set aside to visit Verona and at what time do you wish to reach Orvieto.

If you think that it'd be ok to leave Verona after lunch, you may consider a longer drive from Munich (arriving later in Verona). A full morning in Verona would enable you to visit the mentioned Z. Zeno's church (a must), the Arena and Castelvecchio (with its Picture Gallery). On arrival, eventually in the mid afternoon, one may visit the Piazze dei Signori and delle Erbe and eventually the Scaligeri tumbs.

If you decide to spend more time than the minimum required from Munich to Verona you'd have a couple of choices:

a) to spend a couple of hours in Innsbruck; or

b) to take a "slow" route once you've crossed the Italian border; you may take the Autoroute till Chiusa and then drive into Val Gardena (taking S242 dir), passing Ortisei, Selva di Val Gardena, over Passo Sella, then west on S48 to Canazei, and S241 to Vigo di Fassa and Lago di Carezza into Bolzano. You may then retake the Autoroute to Verona. This would add some 2 hours driving time to the fast route but it'd certainly be worth it.

In Verona we like the 12 Apostoli for dinner and the fixed menu in the Veronantica for a quick lunch. Should you decide to visit Innsbruck, this is the headquarters of Swarowski lead cristal (though it may be found just about everywhere in the world). The South Tyrol is renouned for its linen tablecloths ... but I only know a couple of very good stores in Brunico, a bit out of your way (one alternative to your drive through Ortisei, etc, would be to get off the Autostrada at the Italian border and drive on the secondary road to Vipiteno, Fortezza, into Val di Pusteria to Brunico and back to Bolzano, etc).

Paulo

 
Old May 22nd, 2000, 01:13 PM
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The best restaurants in the area are in Val Badia. The La Perla hotel restaurant in Corvara is one of Italy's best. One other in all gourmet lists is the La Siriola in San Cassiano. Both are pretty expensive. In Ortisei you may try the Adler (we only had a relatively quick lunch there). Once we also had a nice lunch in a restaurant in Passo di Gardena (don't remember the name).

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Old May 22nd, 2000, 01:57 PM
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We did a similar route; ours was from nearby Venice to Munich. Basically we got on 47 at Padova (Padua), crossed the Dolomites and stopped in Trento. It was a brethtaking ride for more than one reason; it was gorgeous scenery and a little scary as well, specially when it started raining. Trento was a nice stop (then again, it is Italy after all...). At Trento, I remembered that we had hard time finding a restaurant open around 2pm. We even asked this street policeman who pointed us in the right direction. This restaurant had an excellent menu with tons of dishes made out of apples! Imagine us coming from New York, this was quite a pleasant surprise. I even tried this special meat dish cooked in apple cider. Just exquisite! The restaurant was called Chiesa on Via San Marco. We did got there borderline closing time for lunch, so be aware.

Another word of advice, estimate the time, but prepare for twice the estimate. On 47, if you get behind a slow truck or car, your time is out the window. Also, I am so partial to Assisi as far as my favorite Italian town. No words to describe. You have got to get to Assisi, Dianne.
 
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Is this the real Paulo??
Let us know. We've missed your in depth reports on Siena and Italy in general.
Paulo, is this really you. if so, welcome back.
 
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