I fly into Ferrara on a Saturday and plan to spend 2 or 3 days around the City centre then by car to arrive in La Spezia (Cinque de Terre) the following weekend. That leaves me 4 days or so on the road. Looking at rental car delivery in La Spezia the last stop may need to be within 3 hours on La Spezia.
Any suggestions on sights to see ? On the map roughly I see Bologna Parma and others between .. I guess I'm looking for smaller authentic places rather than cities ... will have spent time in other Italian cities earlier in my trip (Florence, Venice, Rome)
Any thoughts would be appreciated
Hi Midworlder, how are you?
You can't miss Parma, it isn't so large and you have plenty of things to see(Dome, Baptistery, art-gallery, Farnese theater) and taste (parmesan, tortellini, ham). In the surroundings small villages, I suggest Fontanellato, with the masterpiece by Parmigianino, Diana's room.
A couple of links:
Going towards La Spezia, you can visit Castell' Arquato, Vigoleno and Bobbio, look for them on a detailed map.
Did you know the best way to visit Cinque Terre is by train from La Spezia (the train stops at each of them) and walking along the trail that connects them?
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Thanks ... excellent info .. I might just try some of these on the way.
I had heard about the train and understand you can get some sort of pass covering train/walking paths for a week. Does seem the easiest plan. I am booked into La Spezia accomodation for the week.
Thanks for taking the time to post
You are the welcome.
Yes, train is the best way. Consider that each one of Cinque Terre (which means Five Lands) is far from the other 5-10 minutes by train. So, for example, you can go by train to Riomaggiore, the first coming from la Spezia, then walk to Manarola and then return to La Spezia. Or even go to Monterosso, the 5th one, then returning by feet to Riomaggiore and then train again to La Spezia. Depends on how long are you going to stay in the area and from...your legs.
Always by train you could even reach Camogli and Santa Margherita Ligure
Cheers and enjoy Italy.
P.S. another great place, not so far from Ferrara, is Ravenna, the center of Byzantine art in Italy: S.Apollinare in Classe, San Vitale, Mausoleo di Galla Placidia