Where should we go in Italy?

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Where should we go in Italy?

#1 Post by alan weinberg » May 5th, 2019, 10:24 am

we want to go back to Italy and have done Venice, Rome, Florence, Pisa, and a brief drive through part of Tuscany. We’ve been to Naples and Capri. Where should we go? Why? Not wine-centric.

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#2 Post by Michael O'Brien » May 5th, 2019, 11:10 am

We really enjoyed Sicily including Messina, Taormina, Campania, and of course Mt. Etna. There are many small villages in the mountains that have some of the best small restaurants you will ever find. And of course, there is wine and spirits.
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#3 Post by Josh Grossman » May 5th, 2019, 11:46 am

We are doing Amalfi this summer and trying to figure out if I can get to Castelmezzano. If I could move anywhere, it would be Bolzano.

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#4 Post by Neal.Mollen » May 5th, 2019, 1:33 pm

Alan, I started a very similar thread last year and there were a TON of great recommendations. If only there were a search function on this board . . . .

EDIT: here it is: viewtopic.php?f=9&t=148540&p=2443046&hi ... a#p2443014
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#5 Post by Dave Sankaran » May 5th, 2019, 1:53 pm

Next up imo after that list of cities would be; Santa Margherita Ligure and Portofino and Cinqua Terra. Also the lake district.

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#6 Post by Barry L i p t o n » May 5th, 2019, 2:00 pm

The Veneto is lovely if you like Palladian villas.

Sardinia is unlike the rest of Italy - it still shows it's Carthage roots. While the Costa Smerelda is gorgeous (and super pricey), Cagliari is interesting, affordable and some of the best seafood ever.

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#7 Post by Jim Stewart » May 5th, 2019, 2:31 pm

Mmmm . . . not wine-centric? What other things have appealed to you in your previous travels to Italy and elsewhere? What makes for a good trip for you? What are some of your other interests? Might lead us to some suggestions for you.

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#8 Post by dbailey » May 5th, 2019, 3:30 pm

Dolomites. Cortina, val gardena etc etc. There’s a reason it’s a world heritage site. Breathtaking scenery, incredible food (and wine!), great hiking/biking and lots more besides. Could easily combine with lake garda or como.
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#9 Post by Neal.Mollen » May 6th, 2019, 11:54 am

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Re: Where should we go in Italy?

#10 Post by Ian Sutton » May 8th, 2019, 11:48 am

Hi Alan
Anything in particular that would make the trip perfect for you? e.g.
- Historic or vibrant city vs. attractive coastal / rural scenery?
- warmer or cooler?
- Any activities that appeal e.g. walking, cycling, train journeys, opera or other events etc?
- Any airports that make a convenient entry/exit point for you?
- Somewhere comfortable with tourists, or do you seek well off the tourist trail / opportunity to speak the language
- Anywhere you have in mind that could be paired with another location to give an intriguing balance?
- Anything else that might turn a good holiday into a great one?
- North or South (it's not at all a precise divide, but those that seek vibrant / exuberant locations might head south, whilst those seeking more well-to-do locations might head north. Don't get too hung up on the perceived divide, but people can often gravitate to one or the other)

I have a very odd choice of book to turn to for inspiration in Italy. Fred Plotkin's Italy for the gourmet traveler is ostensibly aimed at food highlights, but I think other books do that better / more comprehensively. However it's his engaging writing style and his ability to give a fine overview of what appeals about a place/region that I appreciate. Flicking through the pages of the book has helped shape many a trip to Italy. So in addition to any suggestions here, I'd recommend getting hold of a copy of that book from library or bookshop.

Anyway, let us have whatever thoughts you have about what you're looking for and hopefully we can give some tailored suggestions.

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#11 Post by Walt Hoehler » May 9th, 2019, 8:24 am

Lake Como. Amazing place. You won't be disappointed.

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#12 Post by Stephen Pepe » May 9th, 2019, 10:38 am

Alba during the white truffle season Oct.- Dec. Stop in Turin on the way. Some excellent Egyptian artifacts.
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#13 Post by RyanC » May 9th, 2019, 10:41 am

The answer to this is the same answer I'd give you if the question where "Where should I go in Europe?" or "Where should I go on earth?": the Amalfi Coast. Specifically Positano or Ravello. It's a magical corner of the world and I can't think of anywhere (save perhaps Japan) I'd rather return.

Beyond that, Como and Piedmont are strong options.
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Re: Where should we go in Italy?

#14 Post by Ian Sutton » May 14th, 2019, 3:18 pm

Hi Alan
Are you still reading this?
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Re: Where should we go in Italy?

#15 Post by Jeremy Holmes » May 20th, 2019, 9:55 pm

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