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1. Posted by CraigN (Budding Member 4 posts) 5y Star this if you like it!

Hi guys!

I'm planning on travelling from the top of Italy, to bottom, throughout December, arriving in Palermo on the 30th December, in time to take in the new year, Italian style!

Has anyone done anything like this before? Any tips or advice is much appreciated! My itinerary is below. Does it look OK? Seem do-able? Are there any places to avoid, or have I missed anything really important out?

As I say, any help is greatly appreciated.

December 1st - Verona
December 4th - Lake Garda
December 6th - Venice
December 9th - Bologna
December 12th - Parma
December 15th - Cinque Terre
December 18th - Pisa
December 20th - Rome
December 23rd - Prescara
December 26th - Naples
December 28th - Cantazaro
December 30th - Palermo

Thanks! :)

2. Posted by Mario_00 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 5y Star this if you like it!

Beware of pickpockets in Naples;-)

3. Posted by mvismay (First Time Poster 1 posts) 5y Star this if you like it!

Hws Italy in Winters... whts the temps like?

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6. Posted by jhonny-bravo (Budding Member 7 posts) 5y Star this if you like it!

In the south its around 5-15 C. But in the northern Italy is too cool in December.

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8. Posted by italianblogger (Budding Member 4 posts) 5y Star this if you like it!

your itinerary is very interesting.
Can i help you with some advise?
Start in Milan and spend 3 days there, not in Verona. Verona is a beautiful city, but you can visit it in one day. Three days are so much.
Lake Garda OK: you can visit Sirmione, Lazzise, Riva Del Garda, Limone Del Garda and Desenzano. Very beautiful in winter, with christmas lights everywhere.
Venice, of course !!!
Bologna and Parma... uhm... 6 days? Maybe too much. You coulkd jump them and go at once to Cinque Terre, wonderful !!! You will be very close to Santa Margherita Ligure and Portofino.
You can visit Pisa in less than 6 hours. Then, you can visit Lucca. (why not Florence?)
Rome, of course !!!
OK Naples, but remember to visit Costiera Amalfitana. Lovely !!!
Pescara and Catanzaro... uhm.... if you're visiting italy for the first time, save your time and fly at once in sicily. Catania (Etna), Siracusa (and nearby) and Palermo (and nearby). Then visit the isles of Favignana and Marettimo.

Hope you will enjoy your time here....

Ciao !!!

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10. Posted by VintageRider (Budding Member 23 posts) 5y Star this if you like it!

I'd go in a warmer period and I wouldn't leave Tuscany out!

I'd postpone that trip, if I were you. But if you can't, then I advise you to focus on the south. Rome, Naples, Capri, Amalfi Coast.