Italy in September 2021 (hopefully)

Old Feb 2nd, 2021, 12:09 PM
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A good way to start the trip might be to fly into Venice. Take a private water taxi from the airport.... which will take you up the Grand Canal... an unforgettable sight, After Venice you could visit Verona then work your way north to Lake Como. Depart from Milan.... which is also worth a few days visit,
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Old Feb 3rd, 2021, 12:53 PM
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Cool. Must be something to see.
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Old Feb 6th, 2021, 04:15 AM
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I am honestly wondering if folks from the US will even be allowed to enter Italy this year. I hope our trip in late August is going to come about. We have been vaccinated and hopefully many others in the US will be by the time our departure date arrives but I remain skeptical for some reason.
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Old Feb 6th, 2021, 05:45 AM
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I am honestly wondering if folks from the US will even be allowed to enter Italy this year. I hope our trip in late August is going to come about. We have been vaccinated and hopefully many others in the US will be by the time our departure date arrives but I remain skeptical for some reason.
Iím with you. I hope Iím wrong, but while I have plans in my head, Iím not putting down a penny until there is a lot more clarity. Having canceled 3 trips last year, Iím also skeptical and am more cautious now.
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Old Feb 6th, 2021, 07:57 AM
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I also think travel to anywhere in Europe is pretty iffy this year. I think the virus variants are a game changer...
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Old Feb 10th, 2021, 02:47 AM
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How about Lake Como and Lake Garda? A week on Lake Garda with an easy day trip into Switzerland. Then 3 hour drive to Lake Garda for another week and some time in the Tyrol region (Bolzano). Beautiful small, quaint villages are nestled on the shores of both the lakes with incredible sights, relaxation and wonderful foods and wine. From Milan airport it is easy access to start the trip on Lake Como (we prefer Bellagio, a beautiful village on the water).
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Old Feb 11th, 2021, 11:56 AM
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Lake Como & Garda sound amazing. Wished I had gone when I went there.
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Old Feb 12th, 2021, 09:42 PM
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I've traveled a number of times in Italy without driving, and even when going with my spouse he frequently prefers not to drive.
Bahn.de is a great site for train schedules in addition to Trenitalia, and of course Rome2Rio would be very helpful.

Traveling by region, we like Milan + lakes (like Como or Garda) and possibly Verona and Venice, with a side trip to Vicenza to enjoy the architecture. Easy travel by train outside of the Lakes. Can use drivers or taxis in lake regions as needed.

As mentioned, Tuscany is worth a deep dive, as is Umbria. Many would advise a car in Tuscany for the small towns, but it's doable without renting a car. However, we often rent one for a day or two. Italy has great private drivers!

In Umbria you can easily get to Perugia (substantial hill town--little mini-metro cars take you from train station to the top! Also has enormous escalators!) -- easy train trips to Spello, Assisi, and the like. Great passagiatas in these towns, and lovely Umbrian cuisine.

Personally, I think Emiglia-Romagna is a wonderful and culturally rich region -- Bologna, but also Ferrara (Pavarotti was from Modena) and most of all Ravenna -- World class, 1500 year old fabulous mosaics, a walkable ancient center, great passagiata, great food in the region, and really reasonable lodging and food prices (except in Bologna when there is a big convention in town; look at Al Capello Rosso for lodging there).

Cinque Terre have been mentioned. Wonderful region, but IME best in shoulder season.

But close to my heart is Ravello, on the Amalfi Coast. We don't drive there now (we have in the past); we have stayed in Amalfi, Positano, and Ravello and prefer Ravello. though it's up in the hills it's not nearly as vertical as Positano once you get there. You can take taxis, beautiful big, blue air-conditioned busses, and boats all around the region. We get a driver for to and from Airport, train station, etc. We have used Positano Car Service several times and they are always great. Ravello has concerts in spring, summer, and into fall (which is when we go)--in summer they are outdoors in a garden overlooking the Amalfi Coast; in Autumn they are in a 16th century chapel. From the AC you can get from Sorrento to Salerno and islands in between, as well as to Pompeii and Herculaneum, for which trips you can arrange drivers or use a guided tour.

Really, you can't go far wrong! Have a wonderful trip. We hope to get there on a re-scheduled trip in October, but will just see how things play out, and everything is cancellable. Our friends at the b&b where we stay in Ravello have said they believe they will all be vaccinated by end of summer.
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Sicily or Sardinia would be great too I guess
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There is a fair bit of difference between northern and southern Italy.
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Poditano & revello sound wonderful (not sure if I spelled it right). Wish I could go!
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Positano & Ravello
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Revello

Revello looks great! Enjoyed reading your post! The gardens and cathedral look amazing! The risotto looked delicious!
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<<Loved Venice! But maybe different now cause of the virus.>>

Venice has been very safe during the pandemic because of the difficulties of getting there and was pretty deserted for weeks on end. However it's already quite busy again which makes me reluctant to go until I've had the vaccine and so have a substantial number of other people, including the people I should like to visit there.

and it's definitely Ravello, which may be useful when you are trying to look things up.
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Venice

Have you been to Venice? Its great! I loved it!
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