Four Weeks in Italy – The Plan
Four weeks in Italy! Yep, that’s the plan. After a few days in München to attend my cousin’s wedding, we are hopping the train to Italia for four glorious weeks.
There is a direct train from the Hauptbahnhof in downtown Munich that has a direct connection to Venice, and we are going to be on it! The train runs through the scenic Brenner Pass.
As we roll through the glorious Alps, we will be able to take advantage of the elegant waiter-service restaurant car. Sounds like a darn near perfect sensory experience to start our four weeks in Italy, don’t you think?
Below is a video of the route through the Brenner Pass:
First Stop – 3 Days in Venice
There is so much to experience in Venice that some people may not think that 3 days is enough, but there is only so much we can take when it comes to struggling with crowds. As we are early risers, we will probably hit some of the biggies, like Campanile di San Marco on St. Marks square to catch the early light over the city.
St. Mark’s Basilica, and the Doge’s Palace are certainly on the list. And, just to be clear, we aren’t the type to make a strict time table to follow. That is so not us.
We are much more the wandering around and getting “lost” type.
One of the three days will be dedicated to exploring the outlying islands like Murano and Burano. The one thing that I am struggling with is the idea of taking a gondola. It’s just so… “touristy”!
What do think? Should we, or shouldn’t we cough up the dough for a gondola ride? What’s after Venice?
Next stop on our four weeks in Italy? Verona.
Just a stone’s throw from Venice, about an hour by train, apparently, is Verona. Yes, that Verona for all you Romeo and Juliet fans. But, we are going to stop in for a short visit because its wealth of Roman ruins, and laid back ambiance.
After our enjoying all that Verona has to offer, it’s time to grab a car and brave the Italian roads. We need to go hang out with George and Amal at their place on Lake Como. (Much rolling of the eyes.) I cannot wait to to spend 3 or 4 days on Lake Como.
Following our stay at Lake Como, it will be time to move ourselves over to the west coast of Italy to take in the rugged coast of the Italian Riviera. Cinque Terre means the ‘Five Lands” and consist of five villages: Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore.
Pisa, Lucca, Siena, Tuscan Hill Towns, and Florence
To wrap up our four weeks in Italy, we will take in some of the smaller hill towns of Tuscany along with the larger towns of the area, of course. Like everyone else we have to see the Tower of Pisa and see what we can do to save it.
But, it’s the smaller towns of the Tuscan hills that really draw us. Can’t wait to take in the cypress-lined driveways and places like San Gimignano, Volterra, and Montepulciano just to name a few.
Wait, Wait, Wait!
I can already guess the responses that we’ll get to this post of our planned four weeks in Italy. “But, what about…..? And, “You can’t miss……”
All I can say to that is, next trip. Italy isn’t going anywhere!
Ciao, for now, everybody!
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