Northern Italy - help!

Old Sep 15th, 2006, 03:51 PM
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Northern Italy - help!

We have never been to Northern Italy and have about 10-12 days in May, 2007. We want to see the Lakes region, land in Milan and spend a day or two there---can you suggest other areas?
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Old Sep 15th, 2006, 04:04 PM
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Hi wordsmith, did you want to spend the entire time in Northern Italy? If so there is the region of Piedmont, so lovely and with wonderful food and wine. The region of Lombardy. In the region of Veneto you could visit Verona, Padova, Asolo, Trieste, Venice of course, the Dolomites. Will you have a rental car or will you be travelling by train?

Do you like large cities, countryside etc. etc. I would suggest that you borrow some books from your local library or go to your local bookstore (if you have one) and start looking at places and areas that appeal to you. Northern Italy spans from the west to the east of Italy and has so much to offer it is hard to really make any recommendations without knowing what your interest are. Have fun researching what would appeal to you two. BTW, I love Milan!!
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Old Sep 15th, 2006, 07:32 PM
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How many lakes do you want to visit? Will you have a car?
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wordsmith, I recently spent some time in Northern Italy and loved Bellagio and Varenna which are both on Lake Como...both are incredibly beautiful towns with great views of the may also travel to Lugano in Switzerland which is less than a two hour drive from Bellagio on Lake Lugano...again a great town with lots to do....enjoy...Mikek
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You probably want to consider Venice if you have not been yet.

We spent a few days in Vicenza last year. This is basically the central town for Palladian architecture. We had a rental car so we daytripped Marostica, Bassano, and Villa Emo.
We had hoped to visit Asolo as well but did not get their.
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We spent a fair part of our trip last year in Northern Italy. Although actually Switzerland, we loved Lugano which is very Italian in flavor. Trento and Verona were charming surprises since they were only meant as stopovers on the way to the Dolomites. And, although it rained the two days we were there, what we could see below the cloud line was breathtaking. On a drive to Nova Levante, we'd pass homes and hotels with each window decorated with window boxes dripping with flowers. It was as if each were trying to outdo the other. Even with the weather, the town of Bolzano was charming and the people so friendly. The dear desk clerk even apologized for the weather - as if she had any control. We only spent one full day and two nights in Milan which was just right for us. Saw the highlights. You do know to make reservations for the Last Supper, right? And the roof of the Duomo is a must - even for someone like me who's knees go rubbery just thinking about heights.
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