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I am planning a trip to Italy from 24th May to 5th or so of June. My family will join me till 1st of June, and then I'll be travelling solo for rest of the trip.

I love mountaineering, and have been thinking of which mountains to climb, given the amount of time i'll have (4-5 days). Do you guys have any suggestions on itinerary planning? There are so many mountains in the Italian alps that I am super confused. How easy or difficult is to get to these mountains from major city centers? Will I…

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My wife and I have 2 weeks in Italy, flying in and out of Venice. We really want to see and hike some in the Dolomites for a few days. I know that early May is a bit on the early side for the weather, but it is the only time we have available, plus it should not be crowded.

We are well travelled globally, but it will be our first time in Italy. We are fit enough for almost anything, but only day hikes so we can enjoy the scenic small towns and amazing food at night.

Any cute, owner-run…

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Hi,
We are a family with kids ages 3 and 9 traveling to Italy the first week of July. We will be there 11 nights and flying into and out of MXP/Milan.

We love offbeat things, beautiful views, lush, green countryside, mountains-to-sea views, turquoise waters, castles, forts, boats, snorkeling, swimming, caves, rafts, etc.. Of course casual good food, too, playgrounds, gelato, you get the picture.

I've sketched out a rough itinirary and would love to hear thoughts on it.
1. Day one (don't want to…

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Dear Sicily's experts!

Our first journey to Sicily will take this May (first 9 days of the month).

First we tried to squeeze in Sicily in 6 days then Calabria in 4 days but I realized it would be an epic hurry and we will miss out a lot of interesting sights in Sicily (+I realized Vibo Valentino in Calabria might be a more intriguing option during June when there is option for swimming).

So I thought in early May, the east side of the Sicily can be a great option as there is more sightseeing…

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Hi All,
Appears that the Salerno-Capri ferry won't run this summer. Does anyone know any ferries that are? I checked with "Direct Ferries": they say that NLG & Alilauro are no longer operating. Really wanted not to go back all the way to Naples: any ideas?
Thank you!

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Hello,
My wife and I are planning to travel to Italy and Croatia this June. The Croatia part is the final leg where we'll meet up with family and stay in a VRBO house which is already reserved. The question how to spend the first 10 days (really net 8 days after travel time from California).

We are thinking of either Sardinia for 8 days and then on to Croatia via Rome, or Sardinia for 4-5 days and Campania wine regions (Avellino, Tarusi) 3-4 days and then onto Croatia (also via Rome).

I am…

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I am travelling to Italy this June and will be in Val Gardena - Ortisei for 2 days. I would like to do a hike in the Dolomites while there. Can anyone recommend a hike with spectacular mountain views? Where would a good trail head be to start hiking?

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My parents and I only have seven days in Sicily, and I'm aware that it's not enough time to see everything. Our flights are already booked in and out of Palermo, and we'll be renting a car. Given our interests, I have a preliminary itinerary which I know will be very aggressive. However, is it possible?

Day 1: Palermo

Day 2: drive across the island to Catania

Day 3: Mt. Etna

Day 4. Taormina

Day 5. drive to Syracuse

Day 6: drive to Agrigento (Valley of the Temples)

Day 7: return to Palermo

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hello,
I'm travelling next week to the erea of Aosta and to the beaches at Cinque terre
1)How's sleeping in a tent while hiking in Italy? is it possible to just set it up everywhere in the woods or at the mountains?
2)where can I buy good 1:50,000 maps?
3)I plan to get as high as I can with a car and then have a hike at the mountains. I know it's a cold season but I still want to find a nice place to do this somewhere north to Ivrea. any suggestions?
4)nice places for hiking at Cinque terre?

thanks…

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Train vs. Bus.
Wondering if a bus is a better way to travel between Rome and Siena since you save about an hour on travel time over the train. And it is direct no having a change. But our hotel is just a small walk to the main train station in Rome, would it be more convenient to go that route?
Looking for feedback on the busses, which company, since I see there are a couple to choose from? Are the busses as comfortable as the train would be, as we will obviously have our luggage in tow?