Tuscany, Umbria and Northern Italy

Dec 26th, 2004, 10:52 AM
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Tuscany, Umbria and Northern Italy

We will be beginning our trip in Pisa mid April and have 2 1/2 weeks to travel. Ive been to Rome and Florence and would like to spend time in Tuscany, Umbria and Venice (2 nites), vegging out before flying out of Milan. I would defineately like to see Cinque Terra, Assisi, Siena, San Gimigiano, Spoleto, Luca, Todi, Gubbio and Spello. We will be renting a car for this portion of the trip and taking the train for the rest.

I'm looking for suggestions of scenic "must see" towns. Im also wondering if I have time to see Lake Como for a couple of days? Any suggestions? I can figure out an itineary once I whittle down what I want to see but its so overwhelming as everything I read sounds so wonderful.

Thanks in advance for your input.
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Dec 26th, 2004, 12:36 PM
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>>>. I would defineately like to see Cinque Terra, Assisi, Siena, San Gimigiano, Spoleto, Luca, Todi, Gubbio and Spello. <<<<<

Add in Volterra*, Sant Antimo Abbey*, Montalcino*, San Quirico, Pienza**, Montepulciano*, Monticchiello, Pitigliano, Sorano, Perugia**, Orvieto*, plus a dozen other small but interesting villages in Tuscany & Umbria. The stars** are the "must sees".

>>>Im also wondering if I have time to see Lake Como for a couple of days? Any suggestions?<<<

Stay in Stresa on Lake Como the night before you depart from Milan. It's quite easy to get to the airport from there.

Stu Dudley
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Dec 26th, 2004, 12:41 PM
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Almost forgot - add in a full day to wander through the beautiful Val d'Orcia (the area south of the road between San Quirico & Montepulciano). It will be breathtaking in April with all the green winter wheat blanketing the hills.

I have a 20+ page itinerary for Italy, with several drives through this part of Tuscany described. E-mail me at [email protected] if you want a copy.
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Dec 26th, 2004, 01:02 PM
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That will be a fun challenge but doable--assuming 18 nites in Italy.
Since you start at Pisa, I would begin at the Cinque terre. You can easily do 5 destinations in that time--perhaps:
Cinque Terre--3
Tuscany base--5[near Siena]
Umbria base--3[near Assisi]
Venice---3
Lago Como--3 [Varenna by train]

Sounds like a nice trip. Good luck !
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Dec 26th, 2004, 05:19 PM
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Thanks Bob & Stu.....so much to do and so little time
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Dec 26th, 2004, 06:07 PM
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Stu, appreciate your informative posts. I notice you are new to Fodors. Those here will welcome your experiences and recommendations. I would like a copy of your 20+ pages of itineraries and will e-mail you separately.
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Dec 26th, 2004, 07:01 PM
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Todi and Gubbio are lovely little towns and well worth seeing. And when you are in Assisi visiting the Basilica, take the extra time to see not only the church but the lower chapels, which I think are far more beautiful and spiritually moving, especially St. Francis' final resting place.
 

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