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Italy on a budget for first timers
Stunning city and a great starting point to the rest of Italy. No where near as busy or crowded as the other big cities. We had four days here and would go again to start our next Italian adventure.
Lovely hotel with spacious rooms in a nice quiet location. Either walk or tram everywhere from here. Comfy beds and a nice breakfast. Not the cheapest, but very affordable and good overall.
Beautiful city, but do yourself a favour and do not go in peak season. So crowded will distract from the beauty and atmosphere. Also summer is terribly hot and being in the bottom of a valley the heat is trapped making it worse. We spent four days here and loved every minute of our time. Loads to see and do. Cinque Terre is a must do day trip froze here also Pisa.
Basic, but great location. Very budget friendly too.
Italian rail travel, fantastic and cheap. BUT, can be confusing. They tend to change your seat allocation without informing you and some cities have multiple stations for departure. Google prior to leaving home to double check otherwise keep asking until you are sure it is all sorted.
Beautiful, relaxing and a holiday within a holiday. This region is a favourite of European holiday makers, but not that well known to outsiders. Como is more busy, but Riva is a small town with lovely atmosphere and a laid back attitude. Perfect mini break and only 4 hour by train to Rome.
Very friendly and very well priced. Basic, but spacious. A nice walk to town and only across the road from the lake. Perfect really for families, groups, couples or budget conscious travellers. Free bikes for use and also free laundry fasciities too.
Avoid peak season at all costs. However a stunning, busy and wonderful city. Four days here would cover most of the must see highlights. A big tick off the bucket list and so very happy to see this stunning, but busy city. Beautiful!
Lovely day trip from Milan and well worth doing. Not an expensive trip either as the highlights are the old town, the view and history. All free! Stop in the new city near the station & buy supplies for a picnic up the the top (2nd funicular) near the castle.
This is heaven. Did an organised day trip and best bet to see as much as possible first time, but research and think about making this area a mini break on your Italian tour. A MUST see destination.