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1. Posted by narlie (Inactive 7 posts) 9y

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Hi verybody!
This summer (the first week of june) I'm going to Italy. I've planned to go first to Venezia, then to Milan by train, and finally, to Verona.
Any suggestions fora young group of friends?
Thanks!

2. Posted by Dem (Full Member 78 posts) 9y

Well... first of all, would be much better stopping by Verona in the way to Milano from Venice. Is there a particular reason why you go to Milano instead of Verona?

Anyway, the cities are a good choice for spending a few days in the north of Italy.

Ciao!

3. Posted by narlie (Inactive 7 posts) 9y

well, I only searched flights in one travel company but now I've realized that other companies have fights from milan to barcelona for the same price as the ones from Verona. Ok, that's better!

4. Posted by dbchase53 (Full Member 88 posts) 9y

Hi Silvia,

I lived for 4 years in Padova (between Venice and Verona) and can certainly recommend some nice places to see there for a day or so. Every train leaving Venice in the direction of verona or Milano stops at Padova so it would not be out of your way to visit.

Some sites of interest:
Venice was started originally by the Padovans as a place to run to when the latest round of raping and pillaging was going on. Padova is thus a very rich town with a long history (perfect for nice buildings)

Prato della vale - second largest square in Europe

St Antonio - actually part of the vatican state, this church attracts devotees from all over the world. It is richly decorated including Donatello statues and bas relief.

Oldest botanical gardens in the world

Piazza del fruita and del herb are fine examples of Nothern italian town markets and have ensured that supermarkets have not taken over in at least this one town.

Giotto's chapel - a landmark in the history of art

best bar in italy is in padova (my local bar recently won out of 50,000 bars). You wuill have to PM me to get the name otherwise I will not be able to even get to the bar there any more! It is already crowded enough.

I hope this all tempts you.

Andy

5. Posted by amadei (Budding Member 28 posts) 9y

Hi,

well, Venice was not founded by Padovans, but by people fleeing from Aquileia (Roman town) because of Barbarians...

Anyway, Venice is definitely worth the visit. As for accommodation, the town is quite expensive. You can look for some hotels such as Hotel Al Ponte Mocenigo or Hotel Antiche Figure (even in Tripadvisor they get very good reviews).
As an alternative, look for hotels in Mestre (Mestre is the "mainland" part of Venice): it's cheaper than Venice and it is perfectly connected to Venice by train (trains every 10 minutes or so all day, 1eur the ticket) and by bus (http://www.actv.it/english/home.php).

To do / to see in Venice:
Oh well, there's plenty to see in Venice, of course! "Musts" include St. Mark, Doge's Palace, Accademia Museum, Rialto bridge, jewish ghetto... But then, I think that the best and "real" Venice is to be discovered by simply strolling around the city, better away from touristic routes. With a good city map, you can not get lost and you can experience the "real" Venice.
Usually a 3-4 day stay in Venice is considered to be enough: well, it depends on what you are looking for. If you want just the basics, the wolrd-famous part of it, then yes, 3 days are enough. If you like art and museums, well, add at least a couple of extra days (Ca Pesaro, Guggenheim Museum, Palazzo Grassi, just to name a few!)...
Another suggestion could be to take the Vaporetto (motor boat), kind of "bus service" in Venice, from Railway Station to St. Mark Square, because it follows the Canal Grande (Grand Canal) and you can admire the facades of these marvellous palaces facing the Canal, a non-stop line of 16th-18th century buildings absolutely beautiful. It costs 6 eur, I think, but it's definitely worth it!

For train timetables and costs between Venice, Verona and Milan look at http://www.trenitalia.com/en/index.html.

Lorenzo

6. Posted by will13 (Full Member 73 posts) 9y

I took the train from Venice to Milan and it was a nice ride, grap fields lined pretty much every field along the tracks throughout the trip.

I was not a HUGE fan of Milan and actually found it to be an ugly city. Venice is amazing but requires two days max. When in Venice visit the Devil's FOrest Pub :)

7. Posted by orlandoblu (First Time Poster 1 posts) 9y

Venice is sure fantastic and much evocative one, like also Verona. but Milan has truly little of beautiful

8. Posted by nevermind (Budding Member 9 posts) 9y

how long will you stop in Milan?
If you write some more details about you and your friends (your age, favourite genres, pub vs disco, ...), i can suggest places where to go and have fun ;-)
If you also would like suggestions about what to see as a tourist or specific opinions about what to choose and what instead isn't worth (if you have a list of places to see), just ask!

@orlandoblu: that's not true! of course visiting Milan after being in Venice...well...
But Mian is not a bad city, it's simply different from other italian cities.

[ Edit: Edited on May 28, 2007, at 8:57 AM by nevermind ]

9. Posted by NantesFC (Respected Member 531 posts) 9y

Is there a particular reason why you chose your route? Why not Rome-Florence? Although that would be a rushed trip in 7 days. You should definitely check out Verona and Padova on your way there. I leave for Italy in a month and I'll be making the same route except that I start from Milan

10. Posted by narlie (Inactive 7 posts) 9y

thanks everyody but I haven't been able to convince my friends and finally, it seems we are going to spend the whole week in Rome.
bye