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"Must See" villages/cities/places Northern Italy

Dec 26th, 2000, 11:01 AM
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Meg
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"Must See" villages/cities/places Northern Italy

Taking a two week trip to Northern Italy - Venice and the Lakes. Does anyone have any "must see" places we shouldn't miss? Thanks.............Meg
 
Dec 26th, 2000, 11:20 AM
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Palladian villas on the Brenta Canal - too cool for school.
 
Dec 26th, 2000, 11:49 AM
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Thank Elvira. Have often read your posts and you obviously have a great time traveling. One thing I neglected to mention. Will be traveling without a car. Any suggestions!

Thanks...............Meg
 
Dec 26th, 2000, 12:01 PM
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You can get to the Brenta Canal villas by intercity bus (you want the one that goes to Stra via Malcontenta) or by boat tours. We had our own houseboat, so we bicycled and took the bus to the villas from where we moored in Malcontenta. I'm not sure how you'd go about this, but maybe you could rent a 'commuter' boat for a day to go up the Brenta, or maybe a boat/captain for a day.
 
Dec 26th, 2000, 12:40 PM
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BOB THE NAVIGATOR
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Hello Meg, Do you have an hour? There are dozens of cool places to see, but your options will be somewhat curtailed
without a car. Let me drop a few that
will form a good starting point:
Stresa, Santa Margherita, Verona, Vicenza, Venice, Cortina. When are you
going?
 
Dec 26th, 2000, 01:38 PM
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some ideas for places to see a little bit south of the lakes region and Venice:

Urbino, in the Marche Region. Very historical, renaissance city. Also, I've heard good things about Ravenna.

In the Lake Region, my friends went to Como (Lake Como?) and bicycled there, apparently that was really neat.

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Dec 26th, 2000, 03:57 PM
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Response primarily to Bob the Navigator. Thanks for your info. I already have Verona, Vicenza, Venice and Como (Varenna and Bellagio - Lugano) on my list - don't think I'll get as far as STresa.

Tell me more about Santa Margherita and Cortina. Also, Bergamo sounds great - do you know anything about it?

While I prefer not to drive, I would rather plan the trip that way and then consider driving as a last resort.

I also consider travel a vacation and plan to change hotels 3 times in 12 nights if possible, maybe 4 times. I like to kick back and savor where I am. No need to rush from place to place and return home to need a vacation from my vacation.

Thanks for everyone's advice.

Meg

 
Dec 26th, 2000, 04:20 PM
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Meg, Well, still do not know when. It will make a difference. Santa Marg. is
your best and easiest choice for a great
coastal venue---3 km from Portofino.
Cortina, of course, is an up-scale ski
resort in the heart of the Dolomites.
My pick would depend on the season. Do you want to hang on the beach or in the
mountains?
Bergamo is a real sleeper. The main city
is ugly but the Citta Alta---the old city on the hill--is a real jewel. It is
a medieval city with fabulous artisans.
Karen Brown has a cutesy hotel she touts
that is in the middle of the old town--
I seem to recall " oro" something.

Hope this helps. Given 4 destinations,
I would do Bellagio, St. Marg., Verona,
and Venice, with day trips from each.
 
Dec 26th, 2000, 04:20 PM
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BOB THE NAVIGATOR
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Meg, Well, still do not know when. It will make a difference. Santa Marg. is
your best and easiest choice for a great
coastal venue---3 km from Portofino.
Cortina, of course, is an up-scale ski
resort in the heart of the Dolomites.
My pick would depend on the season. Do you want to hang on the beach or in the
mountains?
Bergamo is a real sleeper. The main city
is ugly but the Citta Alta---the old city on the hill--is a real jewel. It is
a medieval city with fabulous artisans.
Karen Brown has a cutesy hotel she touts
that is in the middle of the old town--
I seem to recall " oro" something.

Hope this helps. Given 4 destinations,
I would do Bellagio, St. Marg., Verona,
and Venice, with day trips from each.
 
Dec 28th, 2000, 03:24 AM
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ciao meg

if you are around lago di garda (o.k. it will be under the "hands" of germans, it's even called "southern germany") go and visit Limone, it's on the northern part of the lake and very pretty. don't miss Verona, it is a very nice city as well. The train- and bussystem should work better in the northern part of italy (they even working harder then the rest of italy) but every place there is nice. bergamo as well, even if i never was there, i know that they take very good care about the spot and the surrounding.

have fun!

christina
 
Dec 30th, 2000, 07:34 PM
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My daughter and I used Santa Margherita as a base for the coast--easy train connections to the Cinque Terre towns--you need to plan on at least a whole day to do the entire hike of all five towns. If you do go to the Cinque Terre, check to see if the reported slides have been cleared away from the paths! To get to Portofino from Sta. Margherita, you can hike, take a bus, or take a boat. It is very expensive there, but a must do for the scenery. We stayed at a wonderful pensione in the hills of Sta. Margherita called Hotel Nuova Riviera, described in Rick Steves' guide. It is a resort town and will be more crowded as the summer goes on--we were there in mid-June and it was great!
We also loved Bellagio. You can take the train from Milano to Como, then get a boat up the lake to Bellagio/Menaggio/Varenna. We had to do it as a day trip from Milan, but plan to spend more time there another time--Lake Lugano is also close by. This area is breathtaking!! And we were there on a cloudy, drizzly day! Don't miss it!!
 
Jan 6th, 2001, 08:03 AM
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As a local I highly reccomend Levanto and the Cinque Terre.
Visit the website: www.villamargherita.net
www.cinqueterreonline.com
www.ciaotraveler.com

Ciao
 

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