6 Days in Italy in JULY: Pompeii/Amalfi Coast or a Northern region?
Replies: 6 - Last Post: Jun 17, 2012 10:08 PM Last Post By: co_wink
Jun 15, 2012 12:50 PM
However, I've read a few things about AC in July that are causing me to re-think things:
1: temp will be hot but beaches are more for looking than for swimming (is this accurate?).
2: expensive and bad traffic in high season
3: AC towns are BEAUTIFUL but there's not much in the way of "sites" and (I'm extrapolating here) there's not much to do at night. I'm not looking for a big party scene, but it would be nice to have some lively center to go out for a drink at night.
How real (and/or true) are these concerns? Until a day ago I was totally set on doing AC (every time I look at a picture I laugh at myself for having "concerns" about going there), but I keep thinking of a recent trip to Sydney at New Years... I have been many times and love the city, but I feel bad for anyone whose only experience of Sydney is over New Years...it just gets way too crowded and makes for a bad experience. Doing the AC when its bustling sounds great..but if its going to be like Sydney around New Years I'd probably want to save it for another time. If I did opt for a different region, I would probably want to do Venice/Mantua/Padua or Venice and train down to some Umbria.
Edited by: co_wink
Jun 15, 2012 2:51 PM
1I really think it's a matter of preference. Personally, I much prefer Amalfi coast.
1. Not sure what you mean by this. If you are going to swim, who cares about the beach? That being said, I didn't like the beaches I've seen around Positano. Mostly just people lying on the beach with rows of umbrellas and lounge chairs. Yuck. I found some rocky coast and went swimming there. The weather... it'll be hot practically everywhere in Italy, and the beaches are still nicer than those around Venice. I was in May, so I can't tell how crowded it is in July.
2. The traffic is bad, but I mostly used trains, so I didn't have problems with that.
3. You have Pompeii, Herculaneum, Caserta Palace, Naples has a lot of historic heritage, Paestum... You could climb Mt. Vesuvius or just enjoy the nature around it. Yeah, Amalfi Coast is not the party capital of the world, but that doesn't mean nightlife doesn't exist. There are quite a few bars, pubs etc. in these towns. Heck, just buy the drink and go to the beach!
Jun 15, 2012 9:25 PM
2Yes...it will be hot.30° or more.Could well be even hotter in the north....unless you are in the mountains.And the beaches are not great...the beach scene described above is fairly common all over Italy in summer.
The trafffic is bad as well......as for expensive,that depends on you.What is expensive for you?
As #1 says there are plenty of historical sites around,and there is also nightlife...lots of pubs,especially in Naples but also in places like Sorrento there are bars etc.Its not really a clubbing place (unless you have a car and know where to go).
Jun 16, 2012 12:40 PM
3#1, there are beaches and swimming, but they're not gorgeous, more like what you'd see on a lake, and they're small, and getting to them involves buses (Sorrento) or hundreds of steps (Positano and Atrani).
#2 - absolutely true. If only they could ban bus tours, it might be more bearable.
#3 - Positano has a famous club, Music on the Rocks.
Jun 16, 2012 12:42 PM
4After lots of deliberating I've decided to save Naples-Pompeii-Amalfi for another time and do something in northern Italy where the temperature will be a little milder and traveling may be less expensive.
Now the question is what to do...
The trip will be mid-late July, we will be coming from Barcelona and have 6-8 days to spend before leaving for Stuttgart Germany. Geographically, an itinerary in northern Italy or southern France makes most sense. Ideally, I'd love to fly into a major city that has plenty to see in itself, and then a coastal or lakeside destination and some small cities or towns with great attractions within a 1-2.5 hour train ride.
To toss out some very rough ideas:
1. I thought of flying into Milan and traveling (by train?) across to Venice, stopping at some places like Mantua, Lake Garda, Verona, Padua on the way. We would visit only 1 of the 2 cities (Venice, not Milan) in order to have plenty of time to see the other places...but the idea was to fly into and out of larger airports wtihout having to do any back-tracking. My 2 big questions with this itinerary are: being inland in July, will it be hot with no breeze? and second, is this doable by train..and if so is it best to get pass?
2. Fly to Venice, spend a few days, do some day trips..possibly Trieste and back? Are there any great towns/sites to see on the way to Trieste?
3. Fly to Milan, spend a few days in the city and then go to Bergamo and The Lakes (anyone have suggestions for top destinations in the Lakes..or what area to stay in?).
4. Open to suggestions - I'd love to hear about an itinerary/trip that meets the criteria
Jun 17, 2012 5:42 AM
51. The weather in this area of Northern Italy in July is tipically hot and stuffy and with no breeze except for the occasional thunderstorm. If you fly in Milan and then catch the train you can easily visit the southern part of Lake Garda, Verona and Padua, which are on the main railway line to Venice, Mantua is a little more hard to reach but you can get there by train or bus. I myself live in the area and try to stay here as little as possible in July - e.g. going to the mountains or to the lakes every weekend.
2. Trieste is very beautiful but far less visited than other cities in Italy. Between Venice and Trieste there is the great historic site of Aquileia with wonderful mosaics. In Trieste the Grotta Gigante (an underground cave) deserves the visit, and so do the caves of Postumia in Slovenia (a very short trip from Treiste).
3. Bergamo is a little known gem, a perfectly kept medieval upper town overlooking the modern lower town. On the lakes the weather is more bearable even at the height of summer and there are plenty of beaches, clean waters and boat rides. Lake Como is the most famous, Lake Garda the most Mediterranean looking, I can recommend the smaller, less known Lake Iseo, with stunning views and a large, inhabited island in the middle.
Jun 17, 2012 10:08 PM
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