Where to take parents in Italy?

May 16th, 2013, 06:23 AM
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Where to take parents in Italy?

Bikerscott and I are taking my parents to Italy for 2 weeks for the last week of Sept and the first week of Oct. We have the first week planned: Bologna and a relaxing week at http://www.latavolamarche.com/html/ in northern Le Marche because we loved it so much last time. After that Bikerscott goes back to work and I have another week with my parents. But I am struggling as I have not travelled in Oct in Italy. Can someone help me with ideas about where to take them?

Some constraints:

1. I dont want to have a car as I am only licensed to drive an automatic and I dont want to pay the extra for a standard and REALLY dont want to be in the car with my father driving.

2. We have already covered a lot of Italy with them: Rome, Amalfi Coast, Venice, Florence, Umbria/Tuscany, Verona

3. I would like somewhere that the weather will be somewhat decent (I have spent the last 5.5 years in London with basically no summer!)

Have thought about maybe the Lakes? Would the weather be too iffy at that time of year (I know no one can predict it...)

I would appreciate any thoughts!!

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May 16th, 2013, 06:32 AM
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Where do you depart Italy---that is key?
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May 16th, 2013, 07:07 AM
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so you are looking for good public transport, reasonably warm, but not any of the places you have been to. You are going to the Po valley and looking at your list you have done much of the rest of it.

Day trips to Mandova, Padua etc Milan, Bergamo (nice little trams in Milan)
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May 16th, 2013, 07:17 AM
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Bologna (covered walkways) with an excursion to Ravenna?
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May 16th, 2013, 07:56 AM
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We will start off in Bologna, and we fly back to London where they will stay with us for a further 1.5 weeks - so departure isnt really a big deal because we can fly back to London from pretty much any region...
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May 16th, 2013, 07:58 AM
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Bilbo - I think that is why I am struggling hahaha! Just looking for some other ideas, but maybe we will need to do a repeat of something we have already done!
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May 16th, 2013, 08:03 AM
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There's a big hole where Sicily should be.
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May 16th, 2013, 08:20 AM
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Do you think we could do justice to Sicily with 9 days? I would personally love to go to Sicily but was saving it for a time when we had 2 full weeks...
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May 16th, 2013, 08:27 AM
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Santa Margherita Ligure or Camogli? We have enjoyed both of them.
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May 16th, 2013, 08:27 AM
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Took the words off my keyboard Fra!

Sicily would be a good choice and you could just as easily base yourselves in one or two spots (Siracusa esp.) and travel by bus and/or train between those spots. Flights into and out of both Palermo and Catania are decent - provided that volcano doesn't gurgle and errupt again to disrupt things.

Otherwise, weather on the Lakes in Sept/Oct can vary from foggy in the morning to crystal skies in the day to misty rain and chilly evenings...kind of like London when I think about it!
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May 16th, 2013, 08:47 AM
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Milan and Florence are great for parents IMO. They offer plenty of sightseeing without the crazy tourism of Rome.

Also...TUSCANY!
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May 16th, 2013, 08:50 AM
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Turin is gorgeous!
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May 16th, 2013, 04:29 PM
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Sicily - fantastic architecture, food and landscape! Weather should still be pleasant. Nine days is enough time to see a lot, and it would be new to all of you.
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May 16th, 2013, 04:33 PM
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I would stay north and train to Torino fo 2 nites and then train to Stresa on Lago Maggiore and fly home from Milano.
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May 16th, 2013, 04:58 PM
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So long as it is early October, then the mediterranean coast could be very lovely provided they are ok with climbing stairs and eating mainly seafood dishes. You can take a train to Torino and include that as part of going to the mediterranean, or vice versa.
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May 20th, 2013, 02:13 PM
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Thanks so much for all the suggestions! I think we have decided on 6 nights in Piedmonte and 2 in Milan.
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May 20th, 2013, 04:20 PM
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Ah... lots of good red wine in Piedmonte.
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May 20th, 2013, 04:32 PM
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We sent a wonderful week in the Piemonte last year and can't wait to return. Great choice! Like Milan too.
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May 20th, 2013, 05:58 PM
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Can you do Piemonte without a car?
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May 21st, 2013, 12:02 AM
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Mimar....good point...we have decided to keep the car for both weeks! Sorry, forgot to mention that!
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