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Italian Vacation

My husband and I are planning a trip to Italy for early September 2013. We don’t want to rent a car and will be using trains and/or buses for our travels.

We would like to rent an apartment in Genoa for 2 weeks and do some day trips to Milan, Portofino, Savona, Cinque Terre and any other nice towns around there.

Concerning Cinque Terre, I would like to know if a one-day visit is enough. If not, we could rent a room for one night.

After the two weeks in Genoa, we would take the train to Rome and stay for another week.

We have been to Venice and Florence, so we are not looking to go there.

Is our plan to stay in Genoa good or should we stay in another city?

Can we do a one-day visit to any of the Lakes?

We are planning a ‘’stress-free’’ vacation, we want to take our time to enjoy.

Any comment and suggestion is welcome !

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1. Re: Italian Vacation

Genoa is a lovely city, spectacularly situated between hills and the sea, and with lots to see and do www.turismo.comune.genova.it/spip.php?lang=en

However it is not at all a tourist city in the way that Venice and Florence are - it's a major port and a commercial and administrative centre which attracts very few long-stay tourists, and has some twentieth century architecture and road-building that do not necessarily enhance its visual appeal.

Some people would love it, but many would be more attracted by the potential of a long stay at a smaller Riviera resort nearby, such as Santa Margherita Ligure.

Milan is OK for a day-trip from Genoa at 1.5 hours each way on the train, but to get to lakes Como and Maggiore it's typically an extra hour each way, and Garda is much too far.

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Thank you for your reply. If we were to stay in Santa Margherita, is Genoa the closest airport ? Is it easy to get there from the airport ? Would it be easy to visit other towns around by train or bus.

We could stay one week in Milan, one week in S.M. and then go to Rome. We still have not bought our plane tickets, so our plans can change :)

Thank you !

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I suggest you the following:

Arrive to nice airport ( France) stay in a wonderfull town called BORDIGHERA ( best places in town il villino or villa elisa) move by train to cinque terre stay in moneglia (hotel villa edera) and from here visit 5 terre you should stay here between one and three days! Than move to Milan ! Milan is an amazing city you should not miss it ( Genova is a nice place but not a tourist place ) stay in this city 2 days and visit " last supper " of Leonardo da Vinci than take the train and in three hours you ll be in Rome the most beautifull place... Rome is an open museum ... Art is all around! Enjoy

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Genoa is the closest airport to Santa Margherita Ligure.

From the airport, there are buses …genova.it/uploadedfiles/depliant_volabus_20… to Genova Brignole train station, from where there are frequent Regional trains to SML taking 30-40 minutes at €3.40 (plus a few non-stop Intercity trains taking 20 minutes at nearly twice the price). Or get a taxi from the airport to Genova Piazza Principe station.

For trains from anywhere to anywhere in Italy, see www.trenitalia.com - click the British flag at the top for English, and use a date this week to see all trains and fares.

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In two weeks in Genoa you should find at least a day to go to Turin. It is a very beautiful and interesting city, quite different from Genoa, although it is almost totally ignored by tourists.

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6. Re: Italian Vacation

Thank you all for your help. Maybe we will rethink our plans. I am going to look for one week in Milan, one week in the Genoa Region (in town or in SML) and a week in Rome.

Thanks again :)

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