Short breaks - Italy

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  • RedSparrows 28 Jun 2013 12:23:00 24,284 posts
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    I want:

    Sea
    Hills
    Incredible food
    not too hot (can be any time of year, so off-season in hot places is fine - 25C is about 'hot' for me, 35C is bordering on unbearable)
    Most likely travelling late Summer-Winter
    Preferably north, but open to south
    Suitable for a short break
    City AND/OR country
    The moon on a plate

    Tips?
  • Syrette 28 Jun 2013 12:23:41 44,268 posts
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    Blackpool?

  • TheSaint 28 Jun 2013 12:25:59 14,833 posts
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    I would stick to the lakes rather than the coast in northern Italy. Bellagio or somewhere similar around Lake Como.
  • Armoured_Bear 28 Jun 2013 12:26:13 11,931 posts
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    Lake Como.

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  • Deleted user 28 June 2013 12:33:18
    Rome? Or is that too mainstream for EG?
  • Trowel 28 Jun 2013 12:38:18 18,072 posts
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    Sorrento and the Amalfi coast - if you've got the cash.
  • freddymercurystwin 28 Jun 2013 12:53:48 525 posts
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    Where can you fly from, that often has a bearing on where you can get to.
  • Mr_Sleep 28 Jun 2013 13:29:32 17,389 posts
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    I loved Florence but that doesn't really have the sea.

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  • Dirtbox 28 Jun 2013 13:39:33 79,216 posts
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    Sicily is the only place that really ticks all the boxes.

    Apart from the heat.

    Florence apart from the sea.

    Edited by Dirtbox at 13:40:02 28-06-2013

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  • Dirtbox 28 Jun 2013 13:40:40 79,216 posts
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    mowgli wrote:
    Rome? Or is that too mainstream for EG?
    Too shit.

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  • Tonka 28 Jun 2013 13:42:50 21,360 posts
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    Trowel wrote:
    Sorrento and the Amalfi coast - if you've got the cash.
    This.

    Stay here.

    Sorted.

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  • AcidSnake 28 Jun 2013 13:47:12 7,298 posts
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    Late summer/winter is a bit vague though...Sicily does stay hot a hell of a lot longer than the rest of the country but the closer you stay to summer the more it's too hot...

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  • Jeepers 28 Jun 2013 13:50:53 13,316 posts
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    Dirtbox wrote:
    Sicily is the only place that really ticks all the boxes.

    Apart from the heat.

    Florence apart from the sea.
    Agreed. Cheap as chips as well.
  • Jeepers 28 Jun 2013 13:51:27 13,316 posts
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    Altho' you might want to think about going in September if really hot weather isn't your thing.
  • Mr_Sleep 28 Jun 2013 13:52:04 17,389 posts
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    Oh and I should point out that when I was in Florence the heat topped out at around 40 degrees.

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  • TheSaint 28 Jun 2013 13:54:09 14,833 posts
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    Sorrento ticks most of the boxes with the only real downsides being Naples and the fact the 'hill' is an active volcano.
  • Mr_Sleep 28 Jun 2013 13:59:16 17,389 posts
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    Yeah, Naples is a bit of a hive for scum and villainy from what I understand.

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  • Dougs 28 Jun 2013 14:07:18 69,537 posts
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    I heard that is it's attraction though! If you don't mind slumming it a bit and go with the flow
  • Salaman 28 Jun 2013 14:15:06 19,623 posts
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    Somewhere near the 3 lakes up north. Lago di garda, et all.
  • IronGiant 28 Jun 2013 14:16:11 4,620 posts
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    Lake Como and Lake Garda are stunning.
  • AcidSnake 28 Jun 2013 14:22:02 7,298 posts
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    Lake Maggiore is the best!...Also because it's where I live...

    If you've got kids though there's a fairly large amusement park on Lake Garda...

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  • wobbly_Bob 29 Jun 2013 23:20:54 1,898 posts
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    IronGiant wrote:
    Lake Como and Lake Garda are stunning.
    +1 lake Garda, it's stunningly beautiful and the northern end is very hilly. There is a trip you can get into the mountains but I forget what it's called.
  • superdelphinus 30 Jun 2013 00:01:08 8,127 posts
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    Tuscany near the coast somewhere
  • TarickStonefire 30 Jun 2013 12:09:04 3,451 posts
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    Actually I've got a week at the end of sept, start of oct that I'd like to spend somewhere like Italy so this is a good thread! Sorrento sounds good but that stuff about Naples being a dive put me off.

    Also neither of us can drive, do you need to be able to drive?

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  • TarickStonefire 30 Jun 2013 12:11:04 3,451 posts
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    Lake como area isn't that really expensive?

    Never been. Better have a look.

    Also tempted to just wait till the Sunday and book a flight somewhere based on whats cheap for the Monday, but the thing is I am not built to cope with the stress of having to find somewhere to stay when we get wherever we go, so I need to plan it really...

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  • RedSparrows 30 Jun 2013 13:12:52 24,284 posts
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    Thanks guys. Perhaps Sicily in winter? Shall look it up!
  • macmurphy 30 Jun 2013 13:18:00 999 posts
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    My wife's frm Catania. It might be a little hot in Summer but I was cracking a tshirt even in January. Beautiful place.
  • Tonka 30 Jun 2013 19:43:09 21,360 posts
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    @TarickStonefire just don't spend any time in Naples. (although do spend one night just to eat at that pizza place I can't remember the name of Google it)

    No need to drive at all. Excellent local trains and buses will sort you out for no money. There are a handful of lovely villages to stay in and then there's Pompei.

    Do it

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  • von_Doll 30 Jun 2013 20:19:10 2,117 posts
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    Does Sardinia count? You can get flights to Cagliari for pocket lint nowadays.
  • Bremenacht 30 Jun 2013 20:57:45 19,665 posts
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    Is Rome really not worth a weekend? I'd like to see the Basillica some day.
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