Italy or Scandinavia in late July?

Old Apr 30th, 2018, 04:03 AM
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Isabel, your pictures are magnificent. I'm going to choose my next trip based on them!
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Old Sep 20th, 2019, 11:06 AM
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Originally Posted by camileaos View Post
Isabel, wow! Thanks for the pictures!! They quickly illustrate the difference in places and I can almost feel a different vibe as well.
one good thing about Germany weíve found: airfares! Denmark isnít too bad either. Italy, on the other hand, for this time of the year, much higher airfares... so it may be a wash, after all. Certainly lots to consider!
but I totally agree with you that this trip is for the adults. We just have to make it pleasant for the kids. We all went to London together last year and it was a total blast! We saw a lot of things (without necessarily hitting all of the touristy points), went to a lot of pubs during the day and sprinkled in a lot of parks for the little ones. It was lovely! Hoping to have a similar experience.
So where did you go OP?

I went to Italy in late July this year, right in the teeth of the heatwave. Over 100 degrees in the Val d'Orcia. But bright and clear, just the way I like it.

I also visited Austria and the Dolomites in late August and early September. Beautiful but hit a lot more rainy days than I'd have liked, but this part of the world sees a lot of rain.

Been to Norway and Stockholm but not Denmark. Everyone mentioned visiting the capital cities but Norway seems to be more about the fjords and other unique terrain and landscapes. Bigger cities like Oslo and Bergen are nice but the fjords are breathtaking.

I'm weighing that for next July, visit Norway (and maybe a couple of days in Copenhagen) vs somewhere in the Alps, maybe Geneva (Lavaux), Chamonix, Annecy, Chambery.
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Originally Posted by camileaos View Post
Hello all!
We are a group of 4 adults and 3 young children who has originally intended to travel to Italy this summer and is now contemplating a trip to Denmark, Sweden, Norway area instead and would love to hear a few thoughts and suggestions.
we have 10 total, so more like 8 if we count travel time getting to and from the US, at the last week of July/first week of August. After doing a bit of research, Iím finding that Italy will not only be super busy, but also very hot! We wanted to spend time in the Basilicata area since we have been to the other parts of Italy before in separate occasions before children. The Nordic countries also seem so interesting and it would be a totally new place for all of us. Iím leaning in that direction and would plan to. Is it Italy at another time either during spring or fall season. So my question is: which area would be best to travel with children (ages 5 and 7)? We are open to doing a bit of hopping, which means spending 2-3 days in each location. Any suggestions?
I just read all the suggestions and saw the pictures from Isabel (WOW). And now I am also wondering where you end up going and how was it?
Please give us an update!!
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Old Sep 22nd, 2019, 06:01 PM
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>>So where did you go OP?<<

The thread is more than 18 months old and the OP hasn't been on Fodors since May '18. Doubt if she will be of any help
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Old Sep 23rd, 2019, 03:33 AM
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Hey all!! So sorry to not have posted an update earlier. Our crew ended up switching gears altogether and decided for a single place to stay for the week. We were having a really difficult time booking places in different towns and organizing transportation from place to place. I really think it can be done, we just needed more planning time. So we ended up going to Amsterdam!! We flew into Frankfurt (we had gotten those tickets already) and took a train. We stayed really close to Voldenpark. Amsterdam is so manageable with the younger kids. We ate at awesome restaurants, went to wonderful museum (even the kids had a blast since they have special programs for children), rented a boat and drive it ourselves in the canals, and bike everywhere! We went in a bike tour for a day outside of Amsterdam (we rode along the Amstel all the way to Ouder-Amstel) and that was just wonderful!
We are now talking about next yearís trip again (same group) and want to make it to Italy (Puglia). This time, we plan on going in late May/early June. We may stay stationary again and do a few day trips by car. Hope thatís doable!!
all of your inputs and suggestions have truly been wonderful and I really appreciate them! Thank you for checking in again!!
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Sounds like you had a great time!! thanks for taking the time to send a message. Now planning for next trip starts...
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