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Inside Italy ideas

by /bio/laenright »

My husband and I will be traveling to taly and staying there May1-17 2019. (Not including flight days) We are flying in and out of Milan and will have a rental car. This is our 4th trip together and we have driven the entire country several times. This will be our longest trip. We have been to Rome, Venice, Milan, Amalfi coast, Tuscany and Umbria. We will go to some of the same areas again. I am looking for suggestions of off the beaten path ideas, charming towns etc. We like to stay in different types of hotels and have stayed in a castle, abazzia etc. This trip I want to stay in a trulli home, agritourismo and albergo diffuso as well as anything else that might be of interest. We hike and love food and cultural events like small music events and will go to Ravello (one of our favorites). He likes to cook and we have done a cooking class that we enjoyed and would do another. Any suggestions of places, hotels, events, experiences would be appreciated!

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RE: Inside Italy ideas

by /bio/chuck-cleveland »

Florence is hardly off the beaten path, but if you'd consider 2-3 days there, my dear wife and I would recommend Florence for Foodies. It's a 4-hour tour of food establishments, all of which are in the heart of the historical district. For that matter, that location also houses the hotel we'd recommend - the Helvetia and Bristol. Price-wise, it's on the high end, so that might be your spluge stay. The famous sights of Florence are nearby, including shopping.

Though you mentioned driving throughout the country, my final suggestion, visiting the Cinque Terre, makes more sense if you went with a tour group from Florence. CAF offers a day of hiking between the five villages, while Ciao goes to three of them (with the only walking being the vertical climbing from the seashore).

Hope you have a wonderful trip.

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RE: Inside Italy ideas

by /bio/retzep »

One place outside of Milan that my family visited last summer was Pavia, the capital of ancient Lombardy. Today it's a quiet college town basically and is beside the Ticino river. St. Augustine of Hippo is buried in the St. Pietro in Ciel d'Oro church.

It had its heyday mainly in the early Middle Ages but today the vestiges can be easily seen in the form of unique architectures and styles. We've been to Italy many times but somehow this place struck me as a unique place and if you like medieval history you'll find much to see here.

It's not far from Milan and you might consider stopping in Pavia for a day visit, or staying there for an evening, on the way down to Tuscany.

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RE: Inside Italy ideas

by /bio/frvrtrvlng »

If I was you I would make my way to Lake Como and visit the area around it. For instance, Varenna stunned me with its bright color houses, castles, views of mountains and the lake, and the vibrant atmosphere near the coffee places, so I would highly suggest including it to your itinerary.

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