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You have a home in Italy and have to live there for 6 months of the year. Which village/town/city would you choose and why?

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Montalcino. It's Tuscany and it's Brunello. What more needs to be said?

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Positano. No, Ravello

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Senigallia
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Bolzano. The Dolomites are the most beautiful mountains in the world. It's surrounded by vineyards. They speak German (I speak German and not Italian).
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Florence
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Max S. wrote: November 5th, 2020, 8:20 amFlorence

Yes Florence!
Great food, wine, culture, fashion and centrally located.
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R M Kriete wrote: November 5th, 2020, 8:09 am Montalcino. It's Tuscany and it's Brunello. What more needs to be said?
I've really liked visiting there the two times I've been. I think the town and wines are generally underrated around WB.

Having said that, it would be a very quiet place to live six months a year. Which may or may not be what someone is looking for.

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Monticchiello, a 4-5 minute drive from Pienza, and a quick 20-40 minute drive to numerous beautiful hillside towns, including San Quirico, Montalcino, Montepulciano, Buonconvento, Bagno Vignoni, and more, and in the heart of Val d'Orcia, the most beautiful section of Tuscany. Monticchiello itself is a cute but tiny little hillside town that happens to have one of the better restaurants in the region....For reaching a lot of places quickly, it may be the most strategically located town in Italy.

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Rome.

Quite frankly, I think I could live there.
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Great question. So many choices where you couldn’t go wrong. My first choice would be in the Veneto, either Padua or Verona. But I could also chose Sienna or Lucca in Tuscany. A small town might be too sleepy. I think as long as it a mid sized town within reasonable distance of Rome, Florence Milan or Venice for shopping culture and night life would be fine.
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Rome. Wonderful city and mere hours away by fast train to any corner.

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I would live in almost any town in Piemonte. The region is so beautiful and two of my all time favorite wines, Barolo and Barbaresco are there. The food there is no slouch either.
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KenL. wrote: November 5th, 2020, 9:40 am Great question. So many choices where you couldn’t go wrong. My first choice would be in the Veneto, either Padua or Verona. But I could also chose Sienna or Lucca in Tuscany. A small town might be too sleepy. I think as long as it a mid sized town within reasonable distance of Rome, Florence Milan or Venice for shopping culture and night life would be fine.
Yes, that's one of the appeals of Lucca and Siena -- proximity to Florence.
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lleichtman wrote: November 5th, 2020, 10:01 am I would live in almost any town in Piemonte. The region is so beautiful and two of my all time favorite wines, Barolo and Barbaresco are there. The food there is no slouch either.
I'm afraid Alba might be a little dull over the long haul. Asti has more to offer, but still is no Siena or Lucca.
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Josh Grossman wrote: November 5th, 2020, 8:18 am Bolzano. The Dolomites are the most beautiful mountains in the world. It's surrounded by vineyards. They speak German (I speak German and not Italian).
This would be among my top picks. I love the Northeast and would never get bored.

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Any of them, I'd be content.
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Rich K0rz€nk0 wrote: November 5th, 2020, 10:11 am
Josh Grossman wrote: November 5th, 2020, 8:18 am Bolzano. The Dolomites are the most beautiful mountains in the world. It's surrounded by vineyards. They speak German (I speak German and not Italian).
This would be among my top picks. I love the Northeast and would never get bored.

Treviso
Udine
Verona
Trento
Trieste
Venice

Any of them, I'd be content.
It's just amazing that there is an aerial tramway that takes you to Oberbozen. Then a trolley that takes you to other little mountain towns. Just the most bucolic place I could imagine. Then you can keep going up and do backpacking to mountain rifugios:
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Josh Grossman wrote: November 5th, 2020, 8:18 am Bolzano. The Dolomites are the most beautiful mountains in the world. It's surrounded by vineyards. They speak German (I speak German and not Italian).
Never been but currently very near the top of my list of places to visit. Quite warm as well despite being in the mountains, right?

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emile bond wrote: November 5th, 2020, 8:14 am Senigallia
Great choice, flies under the radar to most. Next time you're in the area go to Cile's Bistrot in Fano. Unbelievable food.
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Panzano in Chianti. Beautiful and very convenient to both Florence and Siena as well as both coasts.
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I really enjoyed Pitigliano and Sorano in Tuscany. The ancient Etruscan ruins were so cool to hike through--a man made slot canyon stretching for miles.

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Kelly Walker wrote: November 5th, 2020, 10:58 am Panzano in Chianti. Beautiful and very convenient to both Florence and Siena as well as both coasts.
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#23 Post by Henry Kiichli »

Before this horrible plague, we were in love with Bergamo.
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Also Barga, near Lucca.
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Ethan Abraham wrote: November 5th, 2020, 10:52 am
Josh Grossman wrote: November 5th, 2020, 8:18 am Bolzano. The Dolomites are the most beautiful mountains in the world. It's surrounded by vineyards. They speak German (I speak German and not Italian).
Never been but currently very near the top of my list of places to visit. Quite warm as well despite being in the mountains, right?
In the valley it's not much higher than Verona. Go two miles in any direction though and there are ski lifts and snow until June.

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Kelly Walker wrote: November 5th, 2020, 10:58 am Panzano in Chianti. Beautiful and very convenient to both Florence and Siena as well as both coasts.
Pre-pandemic I was actually researching where my wife and I might live in Italy for six months and Panzano was the leading contender. Convenient to lots of places, as noted, and it feels like a more substantial town than others we've considered (we're not interested in cities).

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#27 Post by David Baum »

Siena. Plenty to do there, a good train station and access to all of Tuscany. Havent been to Piemonte yet thought hat could change

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One of my friends lives in Italy half the year. He has a place in Siena. As others have said, pretty central. He's visited every department of Italy, except Sardinia, from there. I've been to Sardinia and it's probably not where I'd choose to live. When the airport feels the need to post multiple signs that forbid live pigs from being on the plane.....posting.php?mode=reply&f=1&t=174602#

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Henry Kiichli wrote: November 5th, 2020, 11:08 am Before this horrible plague, we were in love with Bergamo.
Another gem. And so near Milan, Verona and other cities.
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We've spent a lot of time in Florence and Rome and love them both. But the six months would have to exclude summer months. For warmer months, the next place I want to try is Turin. Not much love for the town itself, but I like the proximity to Piemonte and the Italian Riviera

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#31 Post by Josh Grossman »

James Sanders wrote: November 5th, 2020, 11:54 am We've spent a lot of time in Florence and Rome and love them both. But the six months would have to exclude summer months. For warmer months, the next place I want to try is Turin. Not much love for the town itself, but I like the proximity to Piemonte and the Italian Riviera
I wasn't crazy for Turin. It still feels a bit industrial and it was bombed to hell in WWII.

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#32 Post by R M Kriete »

Bellagio at Lake Como is a great choice for the summer months. I’m assuming money is no object [wink.gif]

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Kelly Walker wrote: November 5th, 2020, 10:58 am Panzano in Chianti. Beautiful and very convenient to both Florence and Siena as well as both coasts.
Agreed. Stayed in a villa overlooking the Conca d’Oro and walked the vineyard each day. Magical place.
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I can get down with the Panzano crowd. 6 months of Dario & Fontodi and then a couple months of managing gout.
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Modena. Decent sized town with fantastic food, and centrally located. Major cons is that it's not in wine country but it's a close enough drive.

For a larger city, definitely Florence.
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I lived for three years in the town of Sacile in Friuli Graves. I'd be happy to move back. Just the right size. Excellent restaurants. My grocery shop was around the corner as was my favorite gelato shop. Lots of local places to visit including San Daniele. Local festa (celebrated it's 512 anniversary while I was there) with superb food and wine. Venice was an hour away by car or train. Would go there for lunch on weekends. Lots of local wineries. Best place I've ever lived.

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Eric Ifune wrote: November 5th, 2020, 2:43 pm I lived for three years in the town of Sacile in Friuli Graves. I'd be happy to move back. Just the right size. Excellent restaurants. My grocery shop was around the corner as was my favorite gelato shop. Lots of local places to visit including San Daniele. Local festa (celebrated it's 512 anniversary while I was there) with superb food and wine. Venice was an hour away by car or train. Would go there for lunch on weekends. Lots of local wineries. Best place I've ever lived.
Gorgeous! It looks a bit like Colmar, France, which is on top of my list for this thread in France.

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#39 Post by M.Kaplan »

Probably Milan, with summers on Lake Como and/or the Tuscan Coast. Rome is my favorite big city to visit in Italy, but I couldn't imagine living there. Florence has become uninhabitable.
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Eric Ifune wrote: November 5th, 2020, 2:43 pm I lived for three years in the town of Sacile in Friuli Graves. I'd be happy to move back. Just the right size. Excellent restaurants. My grocery shop was around the corner as was my favorite gelato shop. Lots of local places to visit including San Daniele. Local festa (celebrated it's 512 anniversary while I was there) with superb food and wine. Venice was an hour away by car or train. Would go there for lunch on weekends. Lots of local wineries. Best place I've ever lived.
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Absolutely love Alba
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#42 Post by J Henson »

Serralunga d’Alba. Picturesque village. Great wine, obviously. More excellent restaurants in a 25 mile radius than anywhere in Italy. Close to 3 different international airports. And wonderful people.

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#43 Post by K N Haque »

Trieste, though Bolzano is not bad, either.
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Ethan Abraham wrote: November 5th, 2020, 10:52 am
Josh Grossman wrote: November 5th, 2020, 8:18 am Bolzano. The Dolomites are the most beautiful mountains in the world. It's surrounded by vineyards. They speak German (I speak German and not Italian).
Never been but currently very near the top of my list of places to visit. Quite warm as well despite being in the mountains, right?

Often the hottest spot in Italy. The Ora wind rises from Lake Garda, typically around 3 in the afternoon and starts pushing hot air up the Adige valley. Bolzano often reaches its high of the day in the early evening, 7 or 8pm. Easy to escape the heat if you run to the hills. The region has gotten much hotter in my lifetime, 5 decades, so this is something to con sider. On the flip side, Bolzano is often voted the most livable city in Italy. It's also fairly expensive.

It would be easy for me to say Trento for myself , it is the city of my Family, well situated between the mountains and Garda, big enough to b urban, small enough to remain quaint. I've always thought of retiring there, but as i get older I am more attracted to Verona, if for no other reason than its proximity to southern Garda were swimming in the lake is a joy, as opposed to the symbolic victory of swimming in the frigid waters of the northern lakeside towns. The intersection of train lines in Verona is a huge bonus s well, and the proximity to gorgeous getaways in every direction.
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Gregory Dal Piaz wrote: November 6th, 2020, 8:32 am
Ethan Abraham wrote: November 5th, 2020, 10:52 am
Josh Grossman wrote: November 5th, 2020, 8:18 am Bolzano. The Dolomites are the most beautiful mountains in the world. It's surrounded by vineyards. They speak German (I speak German and not Italian).
Never been but currently very near the top of my list of places to visit. Quite warm as well despite being in the mountains, right?

Often the hottest spot in Italy. The Ora wind rises from Lake Garda, typically around 3 in the afternoon and starts pushing hot air up the Adige valley. Bolzano often reaches its high of the day in the early evening, 7 or 8pm. Easy to escape the heat if you run to the hills. The region has gotten much hotter in my lifetime, 5 decades, so this is something to con sider. On the flip side, Bolzano is often voted the most livable city in Italy. It's also fairly expensive.

It would be easy for me to say Trento for myself , it is the city of my Family, well situated between the mountains and Garda, big enough to b urban, small enough to remain quaint. I've always thought of retiring there, but as i get older I am more attracted to Verona, if for no other reason than its proximity to southern Garda where swimming in the lake is a joy, as opposed to the symbolic victory of swimming in the frigid waters of the northern lakeside towns. The intersection of train lines in Verona is a huge bonus as well, as is the proximity to gorgeous getaways in every direction, and it has a convenient airport.
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KyleC wrote: November 5th, 2020, 1:52 pm Modena. Decent sized town with fantastic food, and centrally located. Major cons is that it's not in wine country but it's a close enough drive.
I might be in the minority here, but good lambrusco is quite enjoyable. I know it isn't a super serious wine, but not everything has to be super serious.

+1000 on the food. This is one of the few regions of Italy, along with Piemonte, that has truly remarkable food in my (potentially controversial?) opinion.
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#47 Post by Jayson Cohen »

If a city, Rome. If a larger town, Lucca. If a smaller town or village, Panzano is a good choice. Or Greve. I love Radda but it’s more isolated.

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Michael_H wrote: November 6th, 2020, 11:09 am
KyleC wrote: November 5th, 2020, 1:52 pm Modena. Decent sized town with fantastic food, and centrally located. Major cons is that it's not in wine country but it's a close enough drive.
I might be in the minority hear, but good lambrusco is quite enjoyable. I know it isn't a super serious wine, but not everything has to be super serious.

+1000 on the food. This is one of the few regions of Italy, along with Piemonte, that has truly remarkable food in my (potentially controversial?) opinion.
No controversy here. Gnocco fritto, Parma ham and a glass of Lambrusco is heaven on earth.
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Neal.Mollen wrote: November 5th, 2020, 2:01 pm Is this supposed to be about wine?
Since there are vineyards throughout Italy, wine could be a meaningful factor to many people on this board regarding their choices.

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Re: If only one village/town/city in Italy...

#50 Post by Michael Martin »

Bolzano. Everything you need in a town, close to great wine regions and easy access to several other countries.
It has tourists, but not as many as some of the other towns mentioned so far.

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