Italy trip...please help!

Old Apr 12th, 2005, 12:09 PM
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Italy trip...please help!

Hi all,

I have posted in the past month regarding a trip to Italy I am planning with my boyfriend in November. Initally, we were going to Italy and England but he just informed me that he would like to just go to Italy for about 2 1/2 weeks. We both agreed that there is enough to see and do in Italy for that time period.

My inital plan was to make the trip for 5 days in Rome and 5 days in Florence/Tuscany. I want to use Florence as my home base for 5 days and rent a car (or guide) to tour around Tuscany.
For the last four days, I was thinking of trying to plan a small mini trip to the Italian or Swiss Alps for some snowboarding. My boyfriend and I love snowboarding and figured this would be a good preseason start to our favorite sport! However, I have no idea where a good ski resort is, how to get there, the general logistics, etc. Any thoughts???

As always, thanks for your help and insights!
Tina
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Old Apr 12th, 2005, 12:15 PM
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Hi tina,

Is there a reason you are leaving out Venice?

2.5 weeks is 17-18 days.

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Old Apr 12th, 2005, 01:01 PM
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Venice is a must for an 18 day trip to Italy, even if you have been there before. You can snowboard at home, but only in Italy can you see Venice!
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The 2006 Olympics will be in Italy (in Feb.) Nov. might be a tad early for skiing but you might what to check out the Olympic venues. Also, In Val D'Aosta area: La Thuile and Champoluc. In Lobardia area: Chiesa Val Malenco and Madesimo.


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I hear that November is not a good time to visit Venice. Is that true?
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I was in Venice in late Oct/ early Nov 2004.
Pros:
1. Weather is still mild (compared to Chicago). Needed only a light jacket /blazer.
2. Crowds are greatly reduced. This to me is a huge plus.
3. Prices are great.

Cons:
1. Aqua alta - this generally means that you should avoid the San Marco and Rialto areas from about 9 to noon/1-ish.
2. Some attractions close earlier than in peak season (but thats true for Rome and Florence as well).

Don't miss Venice. Its pros out wiegh the cons.
Have fun
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I would do some serious checking on snow conditions. Some friends of mine got the brainstorm to go skiing in switzerland for an early Thanksgiving trip - and found out there was little snow available except on the highest mountain tops, many trails weren;t open and some of the resorts weren;t even open yet.
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