Italy Trip

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

Celebrating 40 years of marriage, this will be my second trip to Italy and my husband's first. We are concentrating on the natural beauty of the north, countryside, Venice & Rome, and the Amalfi Coast. Although we are comfortable driving, we are trying to avoid the ZTLs, toll roads, and congested traffic areas. Thank you in advance for any suggestions.
Day 1 - Arrive Venice
Day 2 & 3 - Venice
Day 4 - Pick up rental car in Venice and drive to Bolzano, sleep in Bolzano
Day 5 & 6 - Dolomites, sleep in Bolzano
Day 7 - Drive to Varenna, sleep in Varenna
Day 8 & 9 - Lakes Region, sleep in Varenna
Day 10 - Drive to Montepulciano, sleep in Montepulciano
Day 11 & 12 - Tuscany, sleep in Montepulciano
Day 13 - Return rental car in Chiusi , train to Naples, hire driver to Sorrento, sleep in Sorrento
Day 14 & 15 - Amalfi/Capri , sleep in Sorrento
Day 16 - Train to Rome, sleep in Rome
Day 17 - 20 - Rome
Day 21 - Fly home

2. Posted by JenniferWhite (Budding Member 22 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

Hi @susiedee, Italy is definitely a great place to celebrate 40 years of marriage (congratulations for that, btw). Your itinerary looks awesome! When I was in Tuscany, I did cool tours. I remember doing a half day wine tours in the region of Chianti, and also did some fun bike tours. Have you booked any tours or activities to do there? I can recommend you some based on your interests.

3. Posted by Borisborough (Moderator 1440 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

Quoting JenniferWhite

I can recommend you some [tours] based on your interests.

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4. Posted by UliS (Travel Guru 133 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

I would drive from Venice to Cortina take (A27) SS51 with Tre Cime di Lavaredo, then SR48 via Col di Lana to Canaczei then SS242 to St.Ulrich / Ortisei then to Bolzano. Bolzano is not the most exiting place, better stay either somewhere in the Val Gardena / Grödental (Ortisei) or in Meran / Merano or in Kaltern / Caltaro.
From Meran you can take the SS38 via Stilfser Joch / Stelvio to the Lago di Como, from the Stilfser Joch you can make also a detour to Zernetz and St. Moritz.
From Kaltern take the SS42, then the SS38 to the Lago di Como, but you can allso go via the Lago di Garda and Bergamo.
Bypassing Milano without toll roads, and congested traffic areas will be difficult, maybe via Bergamo and Cremona.
There is no need to use a driver from Naples to Sorrento, from the Napoli Centrale train station it is less then 300 meters to the Circumvesuvio Napoli Garibaldi train station with very frequent trains to Sorrento.

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

Thank you UliS for the travel routes! We will replace Bolzano with either Ortisei or Merano as you advise. We are also replacing Sorrento with either Amalfi or Positano after getting advice from other members. Grazie!!

6. Posted by Beausoleil (Travel Guru 1317 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

I was also going to suggest not getting a driver from Naples to Sorrento. Trains and buses are frequent, comfortable and inexpensive. We stayed just above Sorrento, parked our car at the hotel and used the bus.

If you have a car in Montepulciano, you might enjoy a beautiful drive to Montalcino and then on down to San Antimo Abbey just south of Montalcino. It's peaceful, beautiful and a lovely drive.

We visited Italy for our 40th too. We spent "the day" in Assisi, a favorite of ours. The view driving toward it is amazing.

Congratulations and enjoy your trip.

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8. Posted by vasnkera (Budding Member 2 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

I planned my Italy trip in 8 years, but it never came to fruition.

9. Posted by Maurizioagos (Respected Member 80 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

I'd spend a couple of more days in Rome if I were you. There are lots of things to see and do in Rome. I also add a couple of nights in Florence to your itinerary. Florence is around two hours by train from Rome.