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Less Hot in August: help plan trip-avoiding stifling heat is one criteria..

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...in France or Italy is another but we're open to suggestions for other southern European countries.

We'll be in Amsterdam for four nights and then would like to go to France or Italy, most likely by train but if you come up with some sort of fabulous driving adventure we'd do it. We were in northern Italy (meaning Bergamo, Verona, Venice) in August three years ago and it was HOT! Like getting in the way of just thinking of moving some days kind of hot. We'd like to try to avoid this and we have no wiggle room with the month we go.

Here's what we're about: we like to walk, we don't mind driving/taking the train from place to place, we like to see different architecture (well, different than Maine), visit small museums, did I mention walk?, history, we love food but are not foodies and won't pay exorbitant prices for meals, my husband loves castles and forts.

We spent two nights in Verona and four in Venice and could have found more things to do in each if we'd had more time. We're not the day-tripper to Venice types.

But we don't want to be hot.

Could we achieve any of this in the Alps/foothills of the Alps or other mountain areas? We like to hike but I really don't want a hiking vacation. It was quite hot in Bergamo in the foothills of the foothills of the Alps.

We don't want to join the rest of Europe at the beach :) although I know it's lovely having spent a few days in Bormes-les-Mimosa, France.

Total trip length will be two weeks.

Thank you for your thoughts.

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