New Years in Northern Italy

Jul 12th, 2014, 12:22 PM
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New Years in Northern Italy

We are thinking about going to Northern Italy with 2 of our grand daughter for New Years.
We will be flying into Milan and renting a car. We are trying to find a good central location to stay for 5 or 6 days in order to show them Northern Italy and Switzerland. We were thinking about Bellagio or Como or possibly Lugano as a good place to stay.
Any thoughts or has anyone done this type of trip?
Thanks for your help.
BruceRhonda is offline  
Jul 12th, 2014, 12:36 PM
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I haven't been to that area of Italy but I would check the weather for that time of year...
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Jul 12th, 2014, 12:41 PM
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I honestly think most of those places will be freezing and deader than doornails. Plus, renting a car puts you at the absolute mercy of weather -- which means you might get paralyzing snow conditions that will force you to stay put some place you didn't plan to be.

If you prefer snowy small towns to exciting art cities, pick some ski resorts in the Dolomiti or Switzerland. But for a great sampler of Northern Italy, I suggest Verona and Venice, or if your grand daughters like sophisticated urban style, Torino and Verona. Go by train, not car.

It is possible that Lugano is a great place for New Year's. I don't know. I've never been.
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Jul 12th, 2014, 03:53 PM
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When we stayed on Lake Como the owner of our apartment told us that the lake is often foggy in the winter. Wither go to a ski resort as Sandralist suggested or another area of Italy in the winter.
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Jul 12th, 2014, 09:48 PM
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Bellagio is never a good location for going around as every trip starts either with a ferry passage or a long drive through winding and sometimes narrow roads. The most central place to go around is, sorry, Milan, that has the best railway links.

Lakes are often foggy in winter, but really all northern Italy is mostly foggy in winter - when it is not raining. If you choose a city as a destination you may have some activities to do in fog and rain - visiting museums, churches, shopping, dining. Lakeside destination will be much deader.

Not sure Lugano is a great place for New Year's. It is not a particularly festive little city.
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Jul 14th, 2014, 05:02 AM
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Thank you for all of your input and suggestions. I guess that we will have to choose another option.
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