Northern Italy in May?

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  1. Chockswahay

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    @Judgemental @hilldweller Hi Chaps, my plan for mid April to Mid June is coming together. You two in particular I know have plenty of experience in Italy.

    We are thinking about whizzing down there from Calais then getting stuck in. We will also 'do' bavaria on the way back (via Austria?)

    Oh.. and the Dolomites :cautious:

    Do you have any sage advice please regarding routes, what NOT to miss, and maybe any other guides apart from 'Lonely Planet' and Camperstop Europe.

    As you know (?) we like outdoors stuff, cycling. fishing, sightseeing and 'eating in' :rolleyes: oh and of course WINE :wine:

    Any thoughts chaps?
     
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    this toll free route to Garda from other thread which passes through Bolzano where you can turn left for Dolomites. Honestly you must eat out in Italy...criminal not to!lol

    "we go to Italy/lake garda every year in the summer, either via switzerland or germany/austria. After a week in Alsace headed to Lake constance for a few nights then down to Fussen, and take the non-toll route through Austria via Reutte and Nessereith (Fernpass), and then to Imst, Landeck, Pfunds, and Nauders for the Reschenpass. Then Merano, Bolzano. down west side of Garda (avoid right side of lake - tight tunnels!!!)"
     
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    Sort of depends where "north" ends.

    One May, 3 years ago, we were driven south to Riccioni before we got warm dry weather. By the time we turned round we got good weather through Germany.

    This year, the MotoGP race is near Florence and last week in May, it had better be good or I'll be doing my Everly Brothers impression.

    After race we'll be on Garda first week in June.

    Not to miss ? So much. But surely to stand in the Forum of Rome and think you are walking in the footsteps of Ceasar. Then the Colosseum, what a feat of engineering. Herculaneum just amazing. Florence beats Rome apart from the two sites mentioned. A truly total Italian experience on a manageable scale.
     
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    I am desperately trying to persuade hubby to go to Italy, but we are time limited with full time jobs and he doesn't want to spend half the holiday driving
    Realistically, how long does it take to get down there without being stupid? Happy to do 6 hours in a day if need be, but not consecutively
    We did the Fern Pass in February return from Austria skiing and it was great, amazing scenery, really beautiful, and road in brilliant condition (not on way down, snow storm, so stuck to motorway with gobox)
     
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    you got a name? link dont work
     
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    Sorry, this tablet wouldn't copy the full Web address. I'll go and fire up the PC.
     
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    Right, PC now up to steam. Try this
    http://www.italymagazine.com/featured-story/dannunzio-and-il-vittoriale-degli-italiani-poets-fantasy
    We stayed at Desenzano del Garda when in the motorhome. Smallish pitches but we managed to get our 6.5m + trailer on one over looking the lake. Convenient for Desenzano and Sirmione. Sirmione has the Roman ruins at the end and it's interesting watching the locals in their sunday best finery promenading on a Saturday night. Can get the bus from Desenzano into Venice or Verona.
     
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    approx 1200 miles without looking? so 2.5 days can do it if pushed, I have done this on a return....
    quickest route is probably via switzerland. early evening tunnel, stop at Tournai Aire. next night Alsace region somewhere, then you can get straight through Switzerland and Milan and be at Garda that day, dependent on traffic obviously. Timing everything especially with gotthard tunnel (night a good move) and depends what time of year as well. so two sleeps can do it..but missing so much in the way. but if needs must!

    @TheTwoOfUs. sorry cant help with that, have visited all the lakeside towns more or less, but thats new to me...we normally stay near Salo
     
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    Wasn't asking about it, I was recommending it.;)
     
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    Thanks peeps............ we are booked and on the way in April (V excited:D)
     
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    :Ta2:will need to do a bit of persuading. we normally catch the evening tunnel, and this time made it all the way to Arlon for sleeps. It may just be do-able
     
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    Just looked it up on Google Earth, we stayed at Camping San Francisco Village at Desenzano del Garda.
     
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    We too have booked the tunnel for PM Weds 20 May stoping over night just the over side then set off early using Swift-Kontiki toll free route to Switzerland, hoping to make it with only 1 night stop some where on route then 1 night in Switzerland then 1 night northern Italy before heading for Venice for a week, the off to see some friends in The Marche for a few day, then Florence for 3 or 4 days before working our way back to catch an early train on Thurs 11 June, we too are very excited. (y)
     
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