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Report 140: Italy - Second Italian Notebook-September 2003

By Doru from Toronto, Canada, Fall 2003

Trip Description: Venice, then up the River Po from Venice to Cremona (...or so we thought...), with day excursions to Murano and Burano, Padova, Ferrara, Mantova, Parma and Cremona, then on to Castellina in Chianti and parts of the Chiantigiana, ending in Florence.

Destinations: Countries - Italy; Regions/Cities - Florence, Lombardy, Tuscany, Veneto, Venice

Categories: Cruise Ship; Hotels/B&Bs; Art Trip; Foodie Trip; Shopping; Sightseeing; Independent Travel; 2 People

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Page 1 of 29: Fair Warning To The Reader

What follows is quite detailed. We document our trip impressions in this manner mainly for ourselves: time can and indeed erases details, allowing only the thick brush strokes to remain. We wish to remember the details as well, insignificant as they seem at times, hence this Notebook format. Also, it seems to us to be a reasonable manner in which to note curiosities encountered, things learned, deep personal emotions felt during trips and prompted by events, people and places, architecture and art, or things, people and events which amused us, or bemused us.

There are also reviews of hotels and restaurants, with names and addresses provided, car rental and driving experiences, airline and Customs stories, encounters in shops, cafés, and public places.

If the above is not a deterrent, please read on.

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Fair Warning To The Reader

September 1, 2003 (Monday) - Ritorno a Venezia

September 2, 2003 (Tuesday)-Venice

September 3, 2003 (Wednesday)-Venice

September 4, 2003 (Thursday)-Murano, Burano, Torcello

September 5, 2003 (Friday)-Venice

September 6, 2003 (Saturday)-Venice, and boarding “MS Venezia”

The cruise up the River Po, or so we thought…

September 6, 2003 (Saturday) – still in Venice, on board “MS Venezia”

General notes on life, booze and food on “MS Venezia”

“MS Venezia”- still September 6, 2003, still in Venice

September 7, 2003 (Sunday)-still Venice, or how to miss the Regatta Storica

September 8, 2003 (Monday)-Venice, Excursion to Murano and Burano

September 9, 2003 (Tuesday)-Excursion to Padova

September 10, 2003 (Wednesday)-Excursion to Ferrara

September 11, 2003 (Thursday) – Excursion to Mantova

September 12, 2003 (Friday) – Excursions to Parma, Cremona, what else?

Post-cruise musings

September 13, 2003 (Saturday) – from Cremona to Castellina

September 14, 2003 (Sunday) – Castellina, San Gimignano

September 15, 2003 (Monday)-Montevarchi, the Prada outlet, Radda in Chianti

September 16. 2003 (Tuesday) – A quiet day in Castellina

September 17, 2003 (Thursday) – Panzano, Greve, then packing…

September 18, 2003 (Thursday) – Florence

September 19, 2003 (Friday) – Florence

September 20, 2003 (Saturday) – Florence

September 21, 2003 (Sunday) – Florence

September 22, 2003 (Monday) – Florence-Toronto

Coda

Resources

Resources are on the last page of the trip report.

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Venice Photo Gallery

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