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Can't Decide...Need One More Destination

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Can't Decide...Need One More Destination

Planning trip for October. So far we have bookends of Venice and Rome, with 7 days in Umbria in the middle. We want 4 more nights somewhere else before Rome. Willing to drive or train, from Umbria...suggestions anyone?

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1. Re: Can't Decide...Need One More Destination

You want a city or seaside or countryside stay?

If city, consider Bologna - incredible city with so much to offer and easy access from there to Ferrarra, Parma, Modena, etc via train but I stayed four days just in Bologna and will return to see all I missed.

But - what sort of area are you hoping to identify?

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2. Re: Can't Decide...Need One More Destination

Hi MomCat. We can't decide what we are looking for.. haha....that's the problem, or the JOY of Italy I guess. So many places that sound great. So just looking for ideas and opinions about other people's favorites. Yours is a good idea...any more details appreciated.

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3. Re: Can't Decide...Need One More Destination

And then we think, well maybe we should spend all 11 days in Umbria, where we will have time to really relax and settle in for a bit. So, opinions on spending 11 days in Umbria also welcome...will we "have enough to do"? We tend to keep ourselves way too busy on our vacations, with our only regrets being that we wished we had given ourselves more downtime.

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4. Re: Can't Decide...Need One More Destination

One more vote for Bologna. Take one day each to Ferrara and Parma. I stayed in both longer than I had planned to. Modena is still on my "wish list".

All are very easy trips from Bologna.

Especially, if you are along the high speed train line of (Venice-Florence-Rome), the train will probably stop in Bologna anyway.

When you are in Rome, do take a day and go to Naples.

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5. Re: Can't Decide...Need One More Destination

Florence.......

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6. Re: Can't Decide...Need One More Destination

I'd vote for Florence also. I have been there twice and there is still so much more to do. Wonderful place, terrific art and architecture, easy to get to/from and around.

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7. Re: Can't Decide...Need One More Destination

Thanks everyone - we are leaning, for now, toward Bologna. We spent 7 days in Florence on our first trip to Italy. Any further "Bologna" encouragement? Votes for Bologna?

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8. Re: Can't Decide...Need One More Destination

Now looking at Sorrento...so many places we'd like to see...what a lovely dilemma!

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9. Re: Can't Decide...Need One More Destination

The Lakes?

East coast around Le Marche, Urbino? (Bvlenchi can give some good ideas here)

Lucca?

We really enjoyed the time we went south from Sorrento, the cut over to Matera, Monte St Angelo on the spur of Italy, Scanno, Norcia and the stunning plain above it covered in wildflowers and backed by the snow capped Sybilline Mountains, then on the Urbino. Mostly the other tourists were Italian and we saw a very different Italy.

http://www.nickbooth.id.au/Pages/Italy.html

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10. Re: Can't Decide...Need One More Destination

I vote for Le Marche region. We stayed at a B&B there that was the best B&B I've ever stayed in and I've traveled quite a lot. Loved the area too - not nearly as many tourists.

This is where we stayed (Vento di Rose): tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g1025204-d61404…

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