Time to visit Italy; but how to do it?

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  1. yellabelly

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    We've not taken our van to Italy yet, so next year we plan to make a start. Watching the current Gino D"ACampo and Alex Polizzi series on TV, suggests that we should also take in Sardinia and Sicily at least.

    I'm tempted to plan to "recce" the lot over an 8 week period, sort of circular tour. Probably drive down and get ferry back from Sicily to Genoa.
    We could then maybe go back and fill in the detail over the coming years.

    We've bought the D-K guide to Italy. We've been to Italy and enjoyed the food and main attractions, but would like to dig a bit deeper.
    Thanks for any advice,
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    alan b
     
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  2. suavecarve

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    Watching this thread with a particular interest in the lakes.... sort of a tour round Switzerland without going in there. PS is Italy a lot more expensive than France?
     
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    Absolutely love Italy, but not the "Armani/Ferrari" culture.... How does the working class Italian afford to live ?!? First trip was 112 degrees in Lucca in October. Two abiding memories from Florence. Firstly a 20's something lady cycling away from the centre around midday on a quiet road - singing opera at the top of her beautiful voice ! Secondly, at the campsite Panoramique overlooking the city we got used to the regular church bells. However at 6.30 pm each day the last set played went off into another apparently random tune which we came to recognise as the national anthem ! Love it ! Keep on truckin' with Toby Trux.
     
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    Attempted second trip was 57 degrees Celcius in August this year in Chiusa Klausen; we opted to return to Austria as 3 peeps in the 3 vehicle convoy were really suffering in the heat(wave). Myself ? I just loved it !!! Toby Trux, aka Crusty Jack.
     
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    You have me worried, I was thinking late May, Jun, heading home early July, would that be safe for polar bears ?

    I have cab air-con(for travelling) "Endless breeze" Fan but not air-con in the habitation.

    Mrs Moo doesn't take prisoners, makes for an unhappy camp if I haven't covered all the bases. She isn't a lounging round the swimming pool "wallah". Should I be thinking Atlantic coast instead, or is my timing relatively safe.
    I bow to your infinite experience of things Italiano. ;)
     
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    We were in garda this may. We needed the aircon on, PIC taken 17 may in sirmione

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    Just starting to get up to nice holiday temps:xgrin:
     
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    Yep, lovely!
     
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    I hope that thermometer was needing technos' attention to get it back to reality ? Surely it wasn't as hot as that for an extended spell ? I was looking forward to some DRY weather

    Milan – Northern Italy

    Month High (F) Low (F) High (C) Low (C) Wet Days
    January
    44 25 7 -4 8
    February 47 27 8 -3 9
    March 56 34 13 1 8
    April 62 40 17 4 6
    May 70 49 21 9 5
    June 77 55 25 13 4
    July 83 60 28 16 1
    August 82 60 28 16 2
    September 75 54 24 12 5
    October 64 44 18 7 8
    November 52 33 11 1 11
    December 45 26 7 -3 10

    First two figs High and low Fahrenheit, second two high and low Celsius, next figs days of rain. Thats' Italian tourist board figures. Seems to get wetter as Summer rolls on ?? I suppose that is heat induced thunder storms ?

    So who is kidding who ? You lot winding me up ? ;)

    PS I see there is an aire in Sirmione would you recommend ? Were you bothered with Mossies thatnear the water ?
     
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    Nope not winding you up, we have had 38 - 40 deg on lake Garda in July, 34 sounds quite plesant to me. Thoses figures are probably average daily & night temps it's gets a lot hotter between 12 and 3pm.
    @parknride must be a bit of a wimp needing aircon when it's only 34 deg, :xgrin:
    My daughter lives in Bangkok, 34 that's winter temps, last Easter it hit 50 deg C.:xsmile:
     
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    @lennyhb I love the temps and am not a wimp, can out sun most peeps:boxing::xangry:Needed aircon for my cat.

    @Moodybrook we stayed on camping butterfly ACSI but had to wait for a space so went on another ACSI site further up the road for a week till availability. It was hot the whole time we were there UNTIL the day we went to Verona, then....
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    We continued on through lake maggiore and into Lucerne, (expensive, amazing, worth it) through alsace and home. Hope to go back next year and carry on to Venice. We will pre book camping butterfly though. Or camping cappucine as recommended on here.
     
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    Mrs Moo wants to take in an opera there so hope we have better luck, 25th Jun, we might be toiling if it gets that hot. Thing is you really need to book and I don't think a refund would be imminent if we have to beat a retreat just because of the heat. Might be able to flog them though. I've told too many friends we are going so can't wimp out completely, will have to give it a go.
    I can handle it but Mrs is not so flexible.
     
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    Garda beginning of June was incredibly hot. Never been that hot there before.

    Look at the weather here in the UK right now, what is going on.
     
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    Two tips for Italy

    All national, and regionally owned historical sites, galleries and museums (including the most expensive like Pompey) are free to EU citizens over 65. You do need to present your passport though.

    Devote at least a week to explore the multitude of attractions around the Bay of Naples. A good way to do it is stay at the ASCI campsite at the entraance to the ruins of Pompey. It is also next door to a railway station that will take you every where cheaply on a day ticket even the ferry to Capri and bus stop for the trip down the Amalfy coast and Revello in Sorrento

    Dick
     
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  15. yellabelly

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    [QUOTE="
    Devote at least a week to explore the multitude of attractions around the Bay of Naples. A good way to do it is stay at the ASCI campsite at the entraance to the ruins of Pompey. It is also next door to a railway station that will take you every where cheaply on a day ticket even the ferry to Capri and bus stop for the trip down the Amalfy coast and Revello in Sorrento

    Dick[/QUOTE]
    Campsite Spartacus; or Zeus?
    I was hoping for that sort of suggestion; thanks Dick, sounds like worth booking that site!
     
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    It rained one day when we were in Verona too. Although it's a "bucket list" destination, I found the surroundings of Venice to be disappointing after the joys of Verona and Tuscany. We want to be there NOW !!!!!!! Keep on truckin', Toby.
     
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    if your going to venice, watch out for the tiger mosquitos, bloody massive and bite like a tiger.
    PS. venice..vastly over rated,and very expensive. Not a patch on Annecy. or even Amsterdam.
     
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    Oh interesting! Might just go back to Verona then, loved it but couldn't do it justice in the rain and I had a badly sprained ankle.
    @Glandwr that sounds good info thanks.
     
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    A better way is to stay in Sorrento. Same transport links but so much nicer for an evening walk. You have rail round to Pompeii/Herculaneum/Naples or high speed ferry across to Naples. Ferry to Capri. I assume bus to Amalfi but not used that.
     
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  20. yellabelly

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    Thanks Brian; I'll get the navigator to check the campsites.
    I fancy having a base in that area for a week or so and maybe hire a car for a couple of days.
    We are thinking of setting off in May (I'm told!) so probably middle of the month by the time we get down there.
    regards
    alan b
     
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