Wow, so many choices! 12 days in the spring to northern Italy. Can't decide what would be better for a family of 4, 2 adults and 2 boys 10 & 14. Main interests are architecture, ruins, art, and antiquities. Not afraid of public transport. Need input on two choices:
One: Fly into Milan Thursday. Stay to Monday am. Explore Milan and take a half day trip to Lake Como. Rent car Monday am, see friends in Brescia until Wednesday. Drive to Venice. Check out Verona and Padua on the way. Wednesday pm to Monday in Venice. Turn in car. Leave Monday.
Two: Milan from Thursday to Saturday am. Train to Lake Como until Monday am. Train to Brescia to Wednesday am. Train to Verona one night. Thursday am train to Padua one night. Friday am train to Venice until Monday when we leave.
What would be more engaging for the boys, Milan or Lake Como? Is it realistic to travel by train to each city and are the main sites walking distance, or at least an inexpensive taxi ride? The only reason I have us staying the night in Padua and Verona each night is we dont want to drag around the bags while touring. Would it be better to go straight to Venice and do half day tours to those cities? So sorry about the long post and so sorry if you've already answered one of my many other posts :0 Just want to enjoy our shorth time there!