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Suggestion For Small Town in Italy

K W
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Suggestion For Small Town in Italy

Hello Everyone,

My Boyfriend and I will be heading to Italy sometime around Christmas/New Years. As of right now we are open to suggestions as to where to go. We had discussed Positano and Cinque Terre but we are afraid that since both are tourist areas nothing will be open during the Winter months.

We are hoping to go to a small town to really experience Italian life. With that in mind, we are hoping to stay away from large, touristy cities other than flying into them. We need something relatively easy to get to and beautiful. The place should be some where that we can enjoy beautiful scenery, great food, wine and relax.

We enjoy hiking and being outside but understand that because of the weather this may not be possible. We are also hoping to avoid the snow. haha!

So if anyone can suggest a place or two or three with these qualities we would really appreciate it!

Thank you!!

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1. Re: Suggestion For Small Town in Italy

Pietrasanta?

Chiavari?

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2. Re: Suggestion For Small Town in Italy

Or what about Ortygia next to Siracusa on Sicily?

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Pienza

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4. Re: Suggestion For Small Town in Italy

Hi kw,

You might read Michelle's blog entry for that time of year in Spello

ilbelcentro.com/2012/…

She and her family just returned from living a year in the beautiful (but not touristy) town of Spello, near Assisi.

Unlike the US, Christmas is a largely religious holiday in Italy. Decidedly less commercialized. Less bling.

-Karl

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Orvieto

Or

San Gimignano

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6. Re: Suggestion For Small Town in Italy

We visited Pienza in March, 2011. It was drowning in tourists. Is it likely to be much different at Christmas/New Year?

It is, nonetheless, a lovely town.

Does the tourism around Italy generally die down in the Christmas season?

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7. Re: Suggestion For Small Town in Italy

Interesting Roadgard. We stayed a night and have visited several times and never found it full of tourists at all. Maybe the tour buses have descended or maybe we were elsewhere in the middle of the day.

…blogspot.com.au/2009/…tuscany-beautiful.html

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8. Re: Suggestion For Small Town in Italy

Cisternino or Martina Franca.

Edited: 14 October 2013, 13:04
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Desenzano, Bardolino or Riva on Garda lake.

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10. Re: Suggestion For Small Town in Italy

Thank you, Lynn B.

Maybe we just hit the wrong day. That was a one-off deal for us.