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Early planning for Fall 2019- Italy north & south

Early planning for Fall 2019- Italy north & south

Old Dec 13th, 2018, 04:58 AM
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Presumably you are skipping Tuscany because you have been there already....? For something a little different you could go from Bologna to Pistoia - a beautiful mini-Florence and then take the train from there to Naples. Easier than Marche and Umbria without a car.....
I also vote for Salerno, easy for the train, not touristy, nice botanical gardens. Can reccommend a great restaurant!
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Old Dec 13th, 2018, 11:25 AM
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Friends loved Salerno and Pasetum - to me the most awesome site near Amalfi Coast is just a tad by bus or train or car south of Salerno.
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Old Dec 13th, 2018, 11:36 AM
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Hi there:

I visited the Veneto in autumn of 2017 and combined it with Ferrara and Puglia in Umbria. I stated a trip report but only managed to complete the restaurants .

I adored Padua and Vicenza. THE main reason for my trip to Veneto was to visit the works of Palladio (studied architecture for a couple of years and it is still my passion). I don't drive, so I hired a guide for the day to drive me and guide me to three of the mansions along the canal. I highly recommend this! Roberta is delightful and this is her speciality. The full day was 350 Euros and we travelled in her little car, but she can arrange a driver as well.

Roberta Parlato - qualified tour guide for Vicenza, Verona, Padova and all the Palladian villas

Regards Ger
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Old Dec 16th, 2018, 08:25 AM
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Thanks, everyone! I've been a bit remiss responding to your recent suggestions as I've been overwhelming tired and emotionally drained (work as a therapist in an outpatient clinic) as I wrap up my work. Finally a little energy today as I head into my last week of work....

Ger, thank you for the recommendation of Roberta Parlato - I had seen her name a while ago and she looks amazing, though I'm a bit shocked by how much a day costs! I'm sure she deserves those rates, and I'll definitely consider her, though I'll look for alternatives as well.

PalenQ, glad to know you liked Salerno and Paestum. It's definitely in my itinerary!

Carrom, thanks for the suggestion. It looks lovely, and I'll keep it in mind. But! I've come up with some ideas for that "in-between" the north and the Naples/AC part of my trip...

Latest idea - after Bologna, either stay in Spello or Orvieto for 3 nights. We can get the train to Naples from Orvieto without making the traveling an ordeal, and we can do either of these cities with or without a car. It feels like a nice transition place. I'm especially inclined toward staying in or near Spello, so anyplace that people have stayed that they love with great views would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks for the continued suggestions -- they are much appreciated!

Paule
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