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Falling in love with Italy again! Lake Como, Cinque Terre and Tuscany

Falling in love with Italy again! Lake Como, Cinque Terre and Tuscany

Old May 8th, 2024, 02:19 PM
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Sounds so lovely. Makes me even more anxious for my upcoming trip, although I will be in different areas, Puglia and Rome.
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Old May 8th, 2024, 03:26 PM
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Coral thanks for the great trip report, I'm glad it was such a good time. I am totally in love with Italy, it's why I keep going back over and over. Sometimes we try another place, and it's nice but.....it's not Italy.
SusanP your trip will be great-Puglia is fantastic.
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coral22, thank you so much for taking the time to write your wonderful and very helpful trip report. And thanks for the summary, too. It's very helpful! We do plan on 4 nights in Florence and 3 nights in Milan, which might include a daytrip to Bergamo. For Tuscany, we plan on 3 nights in Siena with daytrips to Pienza and San Gimignano, and 2 nights in Lucca.

I hope you had a wonderful time in London! We have friends who are there now, and they've made comments about the high cost of food! We hope to visit England and Ireland in September 2025. Gotta keep on traveling!
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Thanks everyone!
Karen, you will have a great time!
We were in Oxford, Cotswolds, Bath and London, so another trip report to follow!
We didn't find the food prices too bad, but we are used to Houston and Chicago.
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Old May 11th, 2024, 05:26 AM
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Another must do, this dessert shop in Montepulciano!
Try to sit all the way in the back, with the fabulous views of the hills
https://www.caffepoliziano.it/gallery/#&gid=1&pid=10
https://www.caffepoliziano.it/gallery/#&gid=1&pid=51
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Caffe Poliziano is not just for desserts! We've enjoyed lovely meals there... good food, charming atmosphere, great wine. It's just 5 minutes' walk from our favorite hotel (La Locanda di San Francesco), so we had only to stumble back to our beds.

I love Montepulciano! So many good restaurants...
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Thanks, Jean
We were there in the afternoon, so we didn't even look at a menu, the desserts drew us in.
I did notice later, on the site that I attached that they had pictures of breakfast offerings, good to know that you can enjoy meals there all day long!
Is Montepulciano your "go to" place to stay in Tuscany?
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We've stayed in many places in Tuscany (it's such a huge and varied region) but, other than Florence, I think we've stay in Montepulciano more times than any other.
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Oh God, I'm so happy for you. I plan to visit Italy next year. I will save this thread for the future so that I know exactly what to expect from Italian cities.

Once I was in Rome, I admired the beauty of the city and the entrepreneurial spirit of the locals
When I was in the central square near the cathedral, I was offered coffee for 20 euros, and as a beginner I bought myself this coffee. Then I went a little further and saw the same coffee for 2 euros...

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Originally Posted by coral22
We had another wonderful breakfast and headed out to the nearby Hotel Villa Cipressi. It is a sister hotel to the Royal Victoria and has a beautiful garden that we received a pass to enter. It was lovely, right on the water and they were setting up for a wedding and there were the most gorgeous floral arrangements everywhere. We continued on to Villa Monastero which we toured and enjoyed their beautiful gardens, also.

On to the ferry where we purchased a day pass and headed over to Mennagio. Coming off the ferry, there was a gas station and a laundromat, which made it feel like a more real life town. We passed the lovely harbor and stopped in an appealing spot for a quick lunch, and wandered the charming streets and enjoyed their shops. Then it was definitely time to enjoy a gelato in the town square and relax by the water. It seemed like there were a lot of families there and college students, so I wonder if it is a more affordable town to stay in. We headed back to Varenna to enjoy the balcony and freshen up for dinner.

We headed back to the ferry and aimed for Bellagio. Oh my! This is a much bigger, more bustling place with a lot more lux shops. I got a beautiful scarf there and if you enjoy shopping, you will be thrilled. We had seen a fantastic bar that we were hopeful we could get into, Terrazzo Darsena at Hotel Villa Serbelloni. It doesn't take reservations and you can only enter if there is a seat available, and they call from the guard station to check. We were in luck and were pointed in the right direction and it was fantastic. If you go, head into the hotel to use the restroom, you will pass by their huge pool and get to see the ornate, opulent lobby. This was so worth it!
https://www.villaserbelloni.com/en/o...html#image_968

We headed on to our restaurant, Bilacus. It was very good any everyone enjoyed their meal. It has a pretty garden setting and wonderful friendly service.It was a leisurely evening and we felt very pampered in our experience in Bellagio. The ferry ride home was so pretty in the dark, another great day!
https://www.bilacusbellagio.it

There seems to be a lot of inquiries on where to stay. I think Bellagio is bigger and has more to do, but also seems like a bigger crowd magnet. I thought Varenna was more charming and sedate. It depends on what kind of energy you enjoy more. We ended up being very happy we stayed in Varenna, it was more our vibe. I think if you are taking the train in, Varenna is an easier landing because it has a station in town. There were a lot of people getting off the train and hopping on the ferry with their luggage to their final destination, which would not be for me. We liked the area we stayed in because it was away from the crowds of the train and ferry, but if I arrived on either with my luggage, I would want to stay right there.

I think 3 nights was great for us. This was a great place to start, in a beautiful, restful, easy to navigate location. I know water sports are popular there, and there are some small pretty beaches and this is a place for relaxation and to soak in the beauty. It really restores your soul. But there is not a lot to do there and not that much inside. I wondered what you would do here if it was rainy or really cold. DH is not a chill kind of personality, so he was ready to move on. But we were so appreciative of this wonderful spot, it really was a dreamy experience.
Menaggio would
be more affordable except it has the Grand Hotel Victoria with prices starting @Ä1060 per night and they recently finished a massive renovation which, in my opinion as a lover of old Italian architecture, removed all of the old flavor of the interior. I donít get all the love for Hotel Du Lac. Personally as an American married to an Italian Iíd never stay there. Itís a 3* hotel but Italian 3 star. The building looks rundown and has seen better days. We just spent the day in the towns along the lake. Menaggio, Musso, Pianello Del Lario, Cremia. We did a nice passeggiata from Dongo to Cremia then had lunch at ristorante La Baia. Wow. What a fantastic early birthday meal that was! My FIL are there last year for his birthday, which is before mine in august, both Leoís, and he raves about it. It did not disappoint. Then we did the passiagata back to Musso, about 3-4 kilometers. Afterwards we went to Menaggio, around 5:30 pm for a walk around the village, but I hadnít been there since 2013. Had a drink at Cafe di Pess and then back home for dinner at the usual Italian time of 9:00. All in all a very enjoyable, and gastronomically filling three days before we head to the Cyclades.
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happy_traveler_too,
I am considering Hotel Du Lac for next year. So I am curious about your comment. So what hotels would you recommend in Varenna?
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Thank you so much for this report! I have enjoyed reading it and Inhave taken several notes!,
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