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Jun 20th, 2017, 12:54 PM
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Recommendations for a day and night between Milan and Venice

My husband and I will be traveling to Italy (flying into Milan) in September for two weeks and plan to visit Venice, already have 5 days booked in Tuscany/Florence, then most likely Cinque Terre for a couple of days and finishing up in Alba/Barolo. My question is- our first night we are looking for a must see area between Milan and Venice. I have read Padua as well as Lake Garda and Sirmione and Verona. We just want somewhere with beautiful scenery and great food to get our trip started. Not sure which of these would be best. We would either take the train or drive from Milan, so the transportation is not an issue. Also looking for which village in Cinque Terre would be best to stay in. Would most likely be 2-3 nights. Thanks in advance.
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Jun 20th, 2017, 01:10 PM
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Verona if a nice town -Lake Garda for natural scenery and Sirmione's stellar Roman ruin archeological site and nice old town but very crowded during day.

Trains would make sense since in Venice cars are obviously useless- take train to Florence and car thru Tuscany and on.

For lots on trains check www.trenitalia.com; www.ricksteves.com; www.budgeteuropetravel.com and www.budgeteuropetravel.com.

Padua is practically in Venice and some neat churches and nice town but IMO not in the league with Verona!
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Jun 20th, 2017, 01:15 PM
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Thank you! Yes, we weren't planning on driving in Venice just weren't sure whether we would take the train or drive there and then again in Tuscany.
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Jun 20th, 2017, 01:21 PM
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Take regional trains that are a bit slower than faster trains but have a flat fare that is dirt cheap - hop on any regional train with a ticket-no seat reservations even possible - airport take train to Milan Centrale then regional trains - faster trains too if want to pay much more for not that much faster - now if going Milan-Venice that is a different thing- faster trains often do not even stop at Lake Garda railheads (Discenzano or Peschiera de Garda ?? spellings).
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Jun 20th, 2017, 01:32 PM
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Near. Verona, on Lake Garda's south west side, is a lovely waterfront town, Saló that is mainly visited by Europeans. A nice place to relax, long waterfront promenade. Verona is also a good choice. Padua is an easy day trip from Venice, too close to stop there overnight.
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Jun 20th, 2017, 02:11 PM
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It really doesn't make sense to rent a car for one night that you will only need to get rid of in Venice. Unfortunately, the southernmost part of Lago di Garda is the only part of the lake reachable by train and it the least scenic part of the lake.

Consider taking a train to Peschiera del Garda but, instead of staying on the lake, take a 15 minute taxi ride to Valeggio sul Mincio, where you are likely to get the best food in a tranquil, historic setting on the banks of the Mincio river.

http://www.deliciousitaly.com/veneto...ni-of-valeggio

https://delightfullyitaly.com/2013/0...-mincio-river/
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Jun 20th, 2017, 05:26 PM
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Early or late September? How's your tolerance for heat?

I really think that Verona is easiest (train from Milan, Verona, then train to Venice). If you want a car after that, fine.

Verona is really lovely. I've been there 3 times and still feel I've missed a lot.
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Jun 20th, 2017, 10:26 PM
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If you want to stay anywhere that has charming surroundings and are traveling by train, you will need to take a taxi from the train station with your luggage. It will otherwise be too far to walk. That is true for Verona or Padova, or Peschiera del Garda if you want Valeggio sul Mincio, or if you want Sirmione on the lake you will need a taxi from the Desenzano del Garda train station to Sirmione. Most of these taxi rides will be around 15 minutes, so it is really no easier to stay in one town rather than another.
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Jun 20th, 2017, 11:36 PM
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BTW, if you decide to go to Valeggio sul Mincio, get a hotel or B&B in the part of town known as "the Borghetto." There are some lovely places to stay there along the river, amid the old water mills.
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Jun 21st, 2017, 12:30 AM
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Vicenza!
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Jun 21st, 2017, 05:54 AM
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Thank you all. And Tuscan, we live in Houston so the heat there will be mild compared to what we're coming from!
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Jun 21st, 2017, 06:50 AM
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Sirmione -Lake Garda's Bellagio would make a nice stop - if you want to experience Lake Garda -massimop's suggestion however does sound very neat.
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Jun 21st, 2017, 07:26 AM
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Another vote for Verona. Lots to see and do.
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Jun 21st, 2017, 08:27 AM
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Vicenza might be a good idea if you're only staying a day.

As for the "best" town in CT: Everyone has a personal favorite. I usually recommend Monterosso because it has decent beach and is a bit more lively than some of the other towns, but I wouldn't argue if someone recommended another town.
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Jun 21st, 2017, 08:42 AM
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Thank you Vincenzo. We were thinking Monterosso as well but weren't completely sure. I think we have decided on Valeggio sur Mincio after looking at pictures. We want to go to the castle in Sirmione and it seems like it's convenient to both there as well as Verona.
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Jun 21st, 2017, 10:27 AM
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Re Verona: a LOT depends on which hotel you choose in terms of ability to walk to it form the Verona PN rail station. There are several hotels on Via Corso and if you have rolling luggage it is a fairly easy and totally FLAT walk.

If, OTOH, you are staying at a hotel closer to the Arena and the driving-restricted zone you would be much better off taking a taxi and they are plentiful at the train station.
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If you want to see both the castle in Sirmione and the Borghetto in Valeggio sul Mincio, you can simplify your trip by staying in Peschiera del Garda. It's a pleasant, historic town. One day you can take a ferry rides to Sirmione and back for a meal or cocktails & the castle. Another day, take a taxi to the Borghetto in Valeggio sul Mincio for lunch. If you have more days, you can visit other lake towns (you mighty even visit more than one lake town on the day you also visit Sirmione, (like Bardolino or Salo if you get any early start and the ferry schedule works out).

Ifall you want most is to enjoy a very quiet pretty historic place in Italy & stroll & snooze & eat, Valeggio sul Mincio is perfect. But as a base for doing some other sightseeing, Peschiera del Garda is better for access to the lake (and not dropping too much money on taxis or needing a car).
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