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Italy-Croatia-France: Schengen Visa Question

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1. Posted by montecarlo (First Time Poster 1 posts) 2y

Hi All!
We are travelling to Europe and we want to stay as long as we can afford! My question is about the Schengen Visa. If we were to enter Italy, stay 1 month, head to Croatia for 3 months (non-Schengen) and then return to Italy (or France, or somewhere else in the Schengen area) for 2 months that would use up our 90 in 180 days Schengen Visa limit. So, having completed the 6 month cycle can we then begin the same process again? Would we have to leave the Schengen area for 90 days again or, seeing as though we are starting fresh again, would it be just a hop out then back in?
Our current country of residence in Australia.
Many thanks in advance for any help.