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First draft of Italy itinerary: Am I on the right track?

First draft of Italy itinerary: Am I on the right track?

Aug 14th, 2006, 07:42 PM
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Oh my. How embarassing that I didn't know the Duomo and DaVinci's Last Supper are in Milan quot;>

Yes, I've done some searching on the weather in April. Seems up in the air -some people had great weather and others not so much.

Good suggestion about cutting back on the lakes to flesh out that Matera section....I'll have to think on it.

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Aug 14th, 2006, 07:44 PM
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Don't cut your time too short in Varenna. We enjoyed going to Chiavenna by train as an easy day trip, and I am sure that there are many other great day trip possibilities from there- maybe even a quick trip to Switzerland?
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Aug 14th, 2006, 07:44 PM
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Aug 14th, 2006, 08:02 PM
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Ah Saraho, so much to do and so little time I'm going to have to hit the books again to help me decide.

Thanks FauxStMarie - I've found the site and have bookmarked it.

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Aug 15th, 2006, 05:14 AM
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About hiking in the Dolomites in April, this quote from another thread:

>>As to things being closed in April---that is true of some of the mountain areas of Italy (Dolomites and Alps), when it is between seasons---too late for good skiing and too early for hiking and wildflowers. So many hotels in these areas close for a month or so.<<
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Aug 15th, 2006, 05:21 AM
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I also thought Matera seemed a long way to go for 1 night.

But what about Sicily ? I'd cut down on northern Italy (especially at that time of year) & spend a week in Sicily instead (e.g. 3 nights in Palermo, 1 in Agrigento, 2 in Siracusa, 1 in Taormina). You can get the train there from Naples (as I'm sure you've already found, Italy trains are quite cheap), or an overnight ferry, or maybe a cheap flight with Volare. Apart from it being beautiful & fascinating, you stand the best chance of good weather there too.
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Aug 15th, 2006, 05:32 AM
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Trento is lovely. I day tripped there from Verona last year and had a wonderful time. It's small and charming, has beautiful frescos on its buildings, interesting architecture, the Piazza Duomo is great, I enjoyed sitting there doing nothing, as I did visiting the Duomo. The town's setting is marvellous, I also enjoyed my visit to the Castello del Buonconsiglio and its Ciclo del Mesi frescoes. I would go again tomorrow if I could.

Turin has a very reasonable hostel, I stayed there 1 night back in 1997. It's beautifully located in the hills surrounding town. It's not that easy to find, though, so I suggest a taking a taxi if you'll be arriving after dark. Next month I'll be visiting again this time staying in a hotel in the centre of town, which has a weekend special of 65 Euros so it might be a good option for you.
The Hotel Urbani runs at 50 Euros on www.bookings.org and seems to be quite good, although it's next to the Porta Nuova train station which some say is a bit seedy at nighttime. Back in 97 I did walk there after dark but not for too long and it was OK.
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Aug 15th, 2006, 05:49 AM
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Hi Murphy
Sounds like a great trip and as we are having a similar length of stay in Italy next year your post has given me some help too!
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Aug 15th, 2006, 07:40 AM
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Don't be embarassed. My first trip to Europe, I thought the Parthenon was in Rome.

I have to disagree with suggestions of adding Switzerland or Sicily to your trip. Switzerland ia a very unreliable bet for April and Sicily is best with a car -- not to mention it is so far away that unless you are willing to fly (from Bari or Rome/Naples) it really robs you of time.
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Aug 15th, 2006, 08:39 AM
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Perhaps I was not clear. For the Schengen countries, and for Croatia (according to the state department web site), you do not have to apply for a tourist visa if you will be in the country less than 90 days; the (informal) visa is granted when you appear at immigration. If you will be in one of the countries greater than 90 days, you have to apply in advance.

In my youth, visas were much stricter, so I still check as to whether one will be needed. I think many people who have started travelling recently never even think of visas, as many countries have become much more tourist-friendly. Still, some countries (Russia, for example, last time I looked) do require advance application.
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Aug 15th, 2006, 09:36 AM
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Thank you everyone for your feedback and suggestions. I'm getting some great information here! I am tight on time so if I add anything it will mean cutting somewhere else. Still my first draft though - I will post another one farther along in my planning.

Clevelandbrown, I did understand your point about the visa - I misread it at first so my response was confusing sorry. It is a good reminder though, to not just assume everywhere you want to go doesn't require a visa.

Appreciate all of your help


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