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Milan, Parma, and...?

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Sep 22nd, 2016, 10:27 AM
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Milan, Parma, and...?

Hello. We're taking a 5-night trip to Italy in a few weeks and figure we can add one more town to visit. Where would you go and why? We're looking for a small(ish), walkable town, ideally with a lot of charm and a very good restaurant or two. (Note: We've been to the Lakes region, Bologna and Modena already. Not so interested in the Riviera.) Maybe Cremona or Mantova? What do you think?
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Sep 22nd, 2016, 10:32 AM
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Ravenna?

Also check where you could easier train TO from Parma as a day trip so you don't have extra unpacking. Enjoy!
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Sep 22nd, 2016, 10:42 AM
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Without a doubt Mantova!
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Sep 22nd, 2016, 11:16 AM
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Yes Mantova is great - love the lake

Cremona I liked but it was not nearly as nice IMO as Montua.
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Sep 22nd, 2016, 11:47 AM
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PalenQ - love the lakes

Also -

Great food - mostarda (different to that from Cremona), cheeses including primo sale and grana padano fresco, tortelli (di zucca), sbricciolona etc.

L'Aperativo - great bars offering a spuntino before dinner

La Gazzetta di Mantova - the oldest newspaper still in production which once a week has a detailed list of commodity prices which is so extensive is almost unique throughout the world. Anyone who has read the Gazzetta will know this.

Immense culture - from the Palazzo Ducale to Palazzo Te and so on.

Everything within walking distance.
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Sep 22nd, 2016, 12:13 PM
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Are you just looking for more suggestions, or did you not like the info you received on your other thread?

http://www.fodors.com/community/euro...lease-help.cfm
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Sep 22nd, 2016, 12:20 PM
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Jean - well said
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Sep 23rd, 2016, 10:12 AM
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Thank you, Nochblad, for your thoughtful reply. Mantova it is!

Jean, I didn't mean to sound dismissive of your suggestions in an earlier post. The focus of my search has changed slightly (small, walkable town), plus that conversation went a little off the rails.
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Sep 23rd, 2016, 12:21 PM
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I was just in both Cremona and Mantova this summer ( 2nd time in Mantova) and agree Mantova is much more interesting. I am in the process of writing a trip report and will hopefully get it up next week. In the meantime here are the photos of both towns

http://www.pbase.com/annforcier/cremona
http://www.pbase.com/annforcier/mantova
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