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  1. #1
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    So I suprised my special someone with a bucket list item

    For Susan's 60th we are going to Italy. Oct 9th to Milan, Oct 16th to Dublin and back Oct 20th. Its a bit of a whirlwind trip. THe only definite is a few days in Venice ( that's her bucket list).
    Since it is Oct , tourists should be gone
    I have not been in Nth Italy in years.

    I would like some thoughts on things to do ( I know there are many of course) from folks who have been there, but bear in mind the time we have .
    Do we need a car or rely on the rails. Personally I prefer a car , no lugging of luggage.
    I have family in portofino and we have talked about going to Florence, but nothing firm!

    TIA
    Justin
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    BadAss Hooligan
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    Re: So I suprised my special someone with a bucket list item

    Quote Originally Posted by Mad Irish View Post
    For Susan's 60th we are going to Italy. Oct 9th to Milan, Oct 16th to Dublin and back Oct 20th. Its a bit of a whirlwind trip. THe only definite is a few days in Venice ( that's her bucket list).
    Since it is Oct , tourists should be gone
    I have not been in Nth Italy in years.

    I would like some thoughts on things to do ( I know there are many of course) from folks who have been there, but bear in mind the time we have .
    Do we need a car or rely on the rails. Personally I prefer a car , no lugging of luggage.
    I have family in portofino and we have talked about going to Florence, but nothing firm!

    TIA
    Justin
    Awesome trip! If you can, stay in Venice proper. In the evenings, many tourists who stay outside are gone and its a real pleasure to get lost in the side streets with no one. Many of the good restaurants are off the beaten path. Get a public boat pass, and make sure to do at least one ride at night to see the lights. The personal boat taxis are cool but very expensive. Near the train station in Venice there is a coop with very cheap good wine. St Mark's Basilica and Dodge's Palace are worthwhile, in my opinion. The Roman Guy puts on real good tours, you get a better feel for what you are visiting. We had a car for travel outside of Venice, and that is our preference but am told the train service is very good. We did take it on one occasion from Luca to Florence and did not care for it, but we did not have a first class ticket. If you drive, don't speed. *** cameras everywhere, trust me. Also be careful of the zones inside any walled city, most of them are restricted and sometimes nit well advertised.

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    Re: So I suprised my special someone with a bucket list item

    Wherever you go or wherever you are, be mindful of pick pockets. Do not carry your wallet in a rear pocket. Tell your wife to secure her wallet or purse.

    Unless things are vastly changed for the better since the mid 70's, be alert and take care.
    Speed kills..........but only the dumb and the inexperienced!

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    Re: So I suprised my special someone with a bucket list item

    My brother has traveled to Europe a number of times. They are going again soon.

    He says, take a photo copy of your passport on your outings, and leave the real one in a safe place. Don't take your wallet either. You only need one credit card, and maybe a little cash.

    I would wear a cheap watch and no jewelry. Pick pocket teams are a real deal there, so don't make yourself a worthwhile target.

    A few of my more distant relatives lost their wallets from their purses in the last few years. Lost more than a day of their trip having to get a new passport, and then fly to the next place the ship would be.
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    BadAss Hooligan
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    Re: So I suprised my special someone with a bucket list item

    Hey Justin, my wife is Italian, and we try to get over there once a year, if possible. I'm not even sure how many times I've been, but I've never had any problems with crime of any sort. That said, I'm not in the big tourist locations very often...we usually go in the summer and spend a lot of time on the beaches in Salento (spike of the heel).

    We're actually going again in less than three weeks, flying into Milan which is different from our usual itinerary. Wifey owned a restaurant on Lago Maggiore for 7 years, so we'll be visiting some friends and touring the lakes region, stopping in Venice for a day or two, and then heading to the San Marino area, where her brother lives (very near the Misano track), before driving down the Adriatic coast to spend the rest of our time on the Salento beaches.

    I personally prefer having a car, due to the freedom it gives you. I can usually get a mid-size SUV for 3 weeks for around $500-$600, so it's not too expensive. I'm really not very familiar with the transit system in Italy, because I always drive (side note - most non-budget rental cars have integrated GPS).

    The lakes region is worth spending a couple days around. The towns of Como, Stresa on Lago Maggiore, and a little lake and town called Orta are all worth visiting (just to name a few). You could also hit up Locarno, which is on Lago Maggiore but on the north end and is in Switzerland, or Lugano, which is on Lago di Lugano, if you like casinos and nightlife. If you like mountains, you can head north from Venice into the Italian Alps and Dolomites, which are gorgeous.

    Another option would be to head south, down to San Marino, which I love visiting. It's a little city-state, with a mountain-top castle where you enjoy the sunset as you eat pizza and drink beer at the top And you can buy duty-free booze. You've probably seen shots of it when they hold the race there. If you do that, then it would be an beautiful trek west over to Florence, which is definitely worth a visit, on roads that will make you wish you were on two wheels. A little ways southwest of Florence is a town called San Gimignano, which is called the Manhattan of medieval times due to it's numerous towers. Very cool.

    Here's the thing. Italy, aside from the big tourist destinations, is full of cool little towns with unique histories and architecture, food, dialects, and subcultures. I'd suggest to pick one other destination that you guys want to visit besides Venice, plan your itinerary loosely around those two areas, and then do a little research on nearby towns, nature areas if you're into that, and historical spots. That way way you'll tick one or two items off your bucket list, and you'll find some really cool places that you had never heard of, and eat great food and meet nice people all along the way.

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    BadAss Hooligan
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    Re: So I suprised my special someone with a bucket list item

    Arona, little city on the west coast of Lago Maggiore, photo taken Wednesday:

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    Isola San Giulio, in Lago di Orta, taken from the town of Orta San Giulio, yesterday:

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    And hereís a shot from the main piazza in Orta San Giulia, which sits right on the lake:

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    I pretty much want to live there. Itís surrounded by beautiful mountains and epic roads. Definitely visit if you get a chance.

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    BadAss Hooligan
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    Re: So I suprised my special someone with a bucket list item

    It's about time you did something nice for that GREAT woman. If she can put up with you and your friends ,she must be a saint.


    Great see'n you two in Suches last month


    Sounds like a awesome trip ....have fun and take lots of pictures for us.
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