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Report 1724: Navigating Northern Italy -- The Silver for Gold Trip

By Bob The Navigator from ITALY, Fall 2009

Trip Description: Bob, his wife, and two friends spend three weeks in Northern Italy to celebrate their 50th Wedding Anniversary.

Destinations: Countries - Italy; Regions/Cities - Lake Region, Venice

Categories: Hotels/B&Bs; Vacation Rentals; Independent Travel; 3-4 people

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Page 1 of 7: Background/Planning

photo by Bob the Navigator

Susan at Burano

It was our 25th trip to Europe(Silver), our 15th to Italy, but this one was special. It was conceived to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary (Gold). So, we decided to revisit some of our favorite destinations in northern Italy and to take the time to truly savor them. Here is our three week itinerary:

Drive to Dolomites - Hotel Montana
18 SEPDepart RDUairborneUSAir/LU via Phil. & Frkt.
19 SEPArrive VCE — to aptVeniceShop for provisions
20, 21, 22 SEPSee best of VeniceVeniceSee Murano, Burano
23 - 25 SEPMore Venice delightsVeniceMeet Judy/Paul on 25
26 SEPGet car—To DolomitesCortina
27, 28 SEPDrive to Val GardenaOrtiseiDrive the Dolomite road - Hotel Grones
29 SEPDrive to EngadineGuardaDrive via Merano
30 SEPExplore EngadineGuardaSee local highlights - Hotel Meisser
1 OCTDrive to Lago LuganoSan MameteSee Soglio enroute
2 OCTDrive to Val VersazcaSan MameteSee Lugano also Hotel Stella d’Italia
3 OCTDrop car in ComoBellagioTaxi to Bellagio
4 - 6 OCTExplore best of mid-lakeBellagioPly mid-lake venues
7 - 9 OCTMore Como highlightsBellagioSee gardens etc.
10 OCTDriver to MXPMalpensaLast nite near MXP - First Hotel

Our final night in Venice we met our good friends of 60 years, Judy & Paul, for dinner. We got our car the next day and they stayed with us for the next two weeks. They too were celebrating their 50th — it just made good sense. Actually Judy was my girlfriend in the 8th grade — life goes full cycle.

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