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Italy for 2 weeks at the end of the year

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by GQgeek, Jun 22, 2003.

  1. chobochobo

    chobochobo Rubber Chicken Dubiously Honored Moderator

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    I was hoping to make Florence more than just a day trip - maybe three days or is that too many? I wanted to go to Milan because I wanted to go to La Scala. I was thinking of spending one night in Venice; someone had told me that staying in the island across from Venice was much better, is that right, and which island is that exactly please?

    Thanks for the hints so far. So Bellagio is the best base for Lake Como?
     


  2. leon12

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    I think you could spend more time in Florence if you really want to.. many people love it because it is such a quaint renaissance town. With so much to see in Italy, especially Rome, I feel like your time could be better spent elsewhere.

    In one day in Florence I spent a great deal of time in the Boboli Gardens, saw everything I needed to see of the Duomo, walked from one edge of town to the other, did the Uffizi/David, and shopped the Ponte Vecchio. We also stopped for lunch and a full dinner with gelato on the banks of the Arno. That was pretty close to everything Florence had to offer.

    Florence is a great "base" for trips into Tuscany to tour the countryside, but if you plan to stay within Florence proper for three days, I think you'll be bored.

    If any of you are planning on going in the fall when the weather is still nice enough to enjoy the Mediterranean, I would suggest doing Southern Italy. The Amalfi coast and Aeolian Islands in particular.
     


  3. chobochobo

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    Cheers, anyone with any accomodation recommendations for Rome, Milan, Florence and Venice please?

    Thinking of a bike ride/ day trip to Tuscany from Florence. Here I've found Residence Michelangelo, Hotel Davanzati, Palazzo Magnani Feroni.

    Around Milan, apart from La Scala and Bellagio (thinking of Hotel du Lac there), considering Cookery Lessons at Ristorante Il CAminetto.
     


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    Cheers, anyone with any accomodation recommendations for Rome, Milan, Florence and Venice please?

    Thinking of a bike ride/ day trip to Tuscany from Florence. Here I've found Residence Michelangelo, Hotel Davanzati, Palazzo Magnani Feroni.

    Around Milan, apart from La Scala and Bellagio (thinking of Hotel du Lac there), considering Cookery Lessons at Ristorante Il CAminetto.

    What kind of accomodation are you looking for in Milan?
     


  5. chobochobo

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    Well, I've been looking at the Park Hyatt Milan which is very central or the Petit Palais Hotel De Charme which is a bit further. Something of the quality of the latter is fine.

    Also, where is the best outlet shopping in Italy around those four cities please? More women's stuff than men's stuff.
     


  6. g.re

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    Well, I've been looking at the Park Hyatt Milan which is very central or the Petit Palais Hotel De Charme which is a bit further. Something of the quality of the latter is fine. Also, where is the best outlet shopping in Italy around those four cities please? More women's stuff than men's stuff.
    Well, I don't know too much about outlets. Near Milan, my city, you can find an outlet at Serravalle Scrivia (located near the Milano-Genova A7 highway) or Mendrisio, which is in Switzerland, but less than an hour from Milan by car. Also, yesterday I was near Rome and on the highway I saw a big outlet but I can't say too much about this. Have you considered in Milan the Grand Hotel de Milan? Prime location (crossroad with Montenapoleone street), maybe a bit expensive.
     


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    Re. Venice accomodation: I remember staying in the youth hostel on the island of Giudecca years ago and looking from the dorm window in the morning and seeing the amazing view across the canal. I'm sure there's a hotel on the island.

    If you visit Milan or Rome first, the appeal - shopping-wise - of Florence might be less than if it were your entry point. Having said that Florence is beautiful and easily justifies 2 a day visit. Also, as a day or night away from Florence I'd recommend Bologna (over the over-rated and clichÃ[​IMG]d Pisa, for example), Italy's food capital and only a one hour train journey from Florence.
     


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    I'm thinking of staying in some apartments - what is the general thought on these? Most of them usually have a person at the front desk like a concierge.

    Currently thinking:
    Rome 5 days, one day at the Vatican
    Florence 3 days (one of these out to Tuscany)
    Venice 2 days
    Bellagio by Como 2 days
    Milan 2 days, catching a performance at La Scala on the penultimate evening. I hear that the dress code is very relaxed now, which is a shame but does save me bringing a tux along.
     


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    Looking for a nice place to stay in Florence. Any recommendations, in the 300 usd per night region please? Thanks
     


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    One question about the trains. Is the difference between first and second class worth the price please? Thanks
     


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    Eurostar first is nice for anything over 1.5 hrs which I usually get. On Regionale trains I usually take second as mine are only short trips upto an hour. Anyhow, the price difference is rarely huge. I'd advise choosing the 'Amica' fare which offers a good deal; they're only available on ES and Intercity/IntercityPlus trains however.The website is quite easy to navigate, and in English.
     


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    Another question - will there be shops stocking Vass or Carmina in Italy please? Thanks

    Also anyone with a list of 'must do' activities in Rome, Florence, Venice, Bellagio and Milan please?
     


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    i would say save your money and stay in milano for the sales and after that look at you budget[​IMG]
     


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    i would say save your money and stay in milano for the sales and after that look at you budget[​IMG]

    There's only so much one can buy at Lorenzi, Bardelli and Marinella.
     


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    I'm just back and in short, I had a great time. Not a huge amount of shopping but some stuff to be had, no sales except in Bellagio where they're ready to close up for the winter. Some highlights (that I'll expand on when I get the chance)

    Bike trip from Florence to Tuscany countryside
    Segway tour of Rome


    I bought:
    Rome: two ties, Marinella and Ricci
    Florence: nada
    Venice: nada
    Bellagio: Loro Piana cashmere half zip, one seven fold Como silk tie
    Milan: two Sartorio Parton-whatever ties, Cashmere tops x2, and went a little mad in the Etro outlet: suit, and two casual coats.
     


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