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Offline Rustychain

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Your favourite place in Italy...?
« on: July 14, 2018, 11:39:30 PM »
I remember this question being asked back on the old forum & remember there being some very interesting answers.

So, I thought I'd resurrect it & ask the question myself this time; where is the BEST / your favourite place in Italy...?

Campo Imperatore? Piazza Of Miracles in Pisa? Central Florence? The whole Napoli / Vesuvius / Pompeii / Capri / Amalfi thing? Rome / Vatican City?

The options are almost endless. Venice, Siena, Sicily... That's enough suggestions.
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Offline rometony

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Re: Your favourite place in Italy...?
« Reply #1 on: July 15, 2018, 08:23:48 AM »
Took a trip to ischia last year which we really enjoyed, just we had had more time to explore the other islands

Offline GeordieBorn

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Re: Your favourite place in Italy...?
« Reply #2 on: July 15, 2018, 12:34:43 PM »
Easier for me to say the places/things we have seen that disappointed us and even then I guess in many ways it is/was down to having prior high expectations. So top of the list would be Pisa and close to it Florence (much prefer Siena). Despite being here quite some time now we have hardly spent any time in Pescara just looking around, normally been there on business. What Iíve seen does not make me want to see more. Trouble is my ďgardenĒ here is probably my favourite place and I canít see there being anything out there Iíd like better.

Offline malifax

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Re: Your favourite place in Italy...?
« Reply #3 on: July 15, 2018, 02:16:49 PM »
Not seen too much but did like the Dolomites aera. Now we have our place in Gessopalena I agree its the view from our garden and terrace.

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Re: Your favourite place in Italy...?
« Reply #4 on: July 16, 2018, 12:33:21 AM »
I love Trieste, a beautiful city, on the sea and backed by mountains. It has the most magical castle and the best ice cream in the world. Iím very biased, itís where I have many happy childhood memories.

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Re: Your favourite place in Italy...?
« Reply #5 on: July 16, 2018, 06:16:20 PM »
Locally, the place I really like is Campo Imperatore and the surrounding area, especially Rocca Calascio. Always great for a walk and/or a hike, always take visitors there.

Further afield, Ferrara is a favourite place of mine. It's a stunning city with so much to see and do and not the crowds like other more famous cities. The music festival at the end of August/beginning of September has to be one of the best festivals I have been to.

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Re: Your favourite place in Italy...?
« Reply #6 on: July 18, 2018, 08:28:42 PM »
Some interesting replies there. Thanks to Levi & Brush Strokes for their suggestions... Trieste I was aware of but had never really thought about. I looked into it & it looks absolutely lovely, so thanks for the tip. Likewise Ferrara.

I agree that Campo is magical; I love it at any time of the year but I think late Oct might be my favourite; still nice & warm but with those gorgeous autumn colours. We've walked there for hours at that time of year & seen nothing but sheep & dogs. Plus the odd hare, viper or chamoix!

But Geordie being disappointed by Pisa & Florence?  ??? I know we're all different & like different things but I find that amazing. By chance we had a week in Tuscany just last month & I found both cities to be stunning (again). For us, Tuscany is one wonder after another; we did Florence, Pisa, Lucca, San Gimignano, the MotoGP race!, Lake Trasimeno and Assisi. It was amazing.

Pescara isn't a "great" city but then it was practically flattened during WWII so I think it can be excused.

We've done Ischia (like rometony) & Capri & loved them both but only really saw a snap-shot of each island. The high speed ferry is a great experience by itself!
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Offline Cassius

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Re: Your favourite place in Italy...?
« Reply #7 on: July 19, 2018, 12:48:47 PM »
I think the problem with Pisa and Florence is that both of these cities, like Venice, are really victims of their own success - just too many people trying to see the same things...... (that said they are popular favourites because of their beauty).

Slightly off the beaten trail, we really like Bolzano, great architecture, shops and walks. Agree that Assisi is wonderful (if touristy). Locally, we really love Lake Scanno - just the right size to walk around.


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Re: Your favourite place in Italy...?
« Reply #8 on: July 19, 2018, 09:05:46 PM »
Abruzzo is top of the list. Worked in Pisa and lived in Viareggio some years ago and top of my list in that area is Lucca

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Re: Your favourite place in Italy...?
« Reply #9 on: July 19, 2018, 09:13:36 PM »
Sitting on my steps in Pettorano with a coffee watching the sun rise.
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Offline Mike E

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Re: Your favourite place in Italy...?
« Reply #10 on: July 21, 2018, 08:28:51 AM »
Just got back from two weeks at our house in Civitella Casanova and the view down to the sea from the front, up to the mountain at the back and the peace and quiet make it our favourite place. We had a trip to Ravello and Positano while we were there and both are beautiful particularly when the tourists leave in the evening and the views are all unobstructed.(we are not tourists of course)

Last year we went to Capri and once away from Capri town there are lovely walks round the cliff path which is not full of tourists but deliver wonderful views.

San Gimignano and Sienna also great but I agree can get very very busy and Venice is always a favourite but donít go in the summer if you want to see anything. I feel sorry for the residents who must have a difficult time then just to exist.

Pescara I agree is not spectacular but it is improving with some quite stylish bars and cafes but our own little village is for us the perfect antidote to modern life with real people working mainly hard and very welcoming. Not much goes on and Villa  Celiera close by seems to have more Festes than we do as we hear the fireworks at 8.00am announcing the start of festivities quite regularly.

 Missing it already.