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I know Lake Como is out of the way but I still want to GO!

I know Lake Como is out of the way but I still want to GO!

Jan 4th, 2009, 02:05 PM
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"Actually the Florence part was for me because I knew the best shopping was there."

An hour north of your agrotourismo is a very high shopping mall called "The Mall". It is just north of Incisa and has discount shopping for many Italian fashion houses. This site gives you the list
http://www.intuscany.net/guides/the_mall.htm. Also Prada has a very large discount store a couple of miles south of Incisa, the place is called Space.

After your comment about the adventure of driving I would rent a car for everything except Rome and Venice.
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Jan 8th, 2009, 01:34 PM
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hi, rfbk50,

actually we preferred Rome to Florence for shopping. this may be something to do with the area we stayed in which was full of interesting little shops and workshops. also some of the shops in Venice are fascinating - really individual. Florence tends to have more of the shops you'd find in every high-street, though I did find a lovely bag shop [can't tell you where, sorry] with reasonably priced bags I'd never seen anywhere else. and the market was great for scarves.

but I'm sure you'll find lovely thing everywher, once you get even slightly off the beaten track.

regards, ann
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Jan 8th, 2009, 07:48 PM
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In early Sept 2006 DH and I spent 5 nights with car on the Sorrentine peninsula. We stayed in Castellammare di Stabia as we had a free suite at the Crowne Plaza. It was a bit out of the way, so we had decided we would be best off with a car.

We drove down from the Rome airport and we had a blast zipping all over the place. We were able to visit the smaller villages at the end of the peninsula and in the hills, as well as the better known towns such as Positano and Amalfi.

Mid September was not high season, but not low either and the only trouble we really had (besides a car scratch from a parking ramp - but the rental company never even commented on it) was one early evening when we were up in the high hills and the clouds started lowering.

True, you need to be a good, confident driver but my hubby really is. Parking was a bit dear once or twice ( I hate to pay for parking) but in the big picture not much of an issue. We like the freedom a car gives us.

In the interest of full disclosure, we did get lost for an hour or so in Naples by making a stupid mistake, but came away with a great trip story so it was well worth it The drive from Rome was easy and we did mostly in the dark. In June you will have nice long light. Just get good directions to the hotel!!
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