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Golden nuggets of knowledge like this will help make our vacation so much more memorable, thank you for your guidance, we'll be delighted to stop off & do as you recommend

Here's a weblink about this for anyone interested, some great scenic photos.

Great St Bernard Pass - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Guys

Have you any recommendations on where we should travel once we leave Maranello to continue our tour to the South of Italy?

I was thinking of heading towards Florence, Siena, Rome, Naples & the Amalfi Coast & down to Sicily.....

But you may know of other places that we must see ???

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Here's a couple of videos of a 458 driving a few of the Passes I'll be on....reminded me in parts of Western Scotland.

http://youtu.be/J2b41ACtX7E


https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=_NGpDmWNqh4

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That is going to be one epic trip. By the way, the best entrecôte I ate on that particular trip was in the first town on the Italian side of the St Bernard pass.

We drove into Torino to see what a typical, large industrial Italian city looked like. It reminded me of pics of NYC in the early 1900s; the laundry was strung between buildings and across the streets to dry. Quite a sight to see.

We stopped in a local grocery store to buy some wine, cheese, and bread for a picnic lunch by a nearby river. We asked the store manager if he sold a corkscrew to open the wine (sign language conversation).

He took our bottle, went into a back office, and returned with an open bottle and two wine glasses and sent us on our way.
Amazing!

You may want to pack your own corkscrew and wine glasses. And a cheese board and knife.

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Al - happy my forthcoming epic trip is bringing back these lovely memories for you, where did you visit whilst you were in Italy?

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Stayed outside of Turino (Turin) and visited towns on the Italian side of the alps. Made our way to Mont Blanc and Chamonix, a few days in Geneva, then on to Lichtenstein, Augsburg (Germany), Bourgogne and then Paris and Versailles before heading home.

The nice part of flying into Geneva for many of our trips was renting a car on the FR side of the airport v CHF to avoid car drop off charges at De Gaulle. BTW, whenever we traveled we only made car and airline reservations. We'd wake up each day and go exploring a new venue, and if we liked the village or town, would stay two nights.

I love the fact that all the hotels have star ratings. Never stayed in anything less than 3 stars and always asked to see the room first 👀
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Great adventurer attitude Al & something Id always have done prior, but I need to be a tad safer, as not only is its the height of the tourist season, my wife developed severe food allergies several years ago & that brings its own complications along on any of our trips, couple that with us taking wee Stiggy (Hamish) & its just much simpler to do as we now must do.

All of our hotels will have free 24 cancellation periods, so if we want to enjoy somewhere for longer or somewhere else instead & providing we cancel the hotel 24 hours in advance there's no penalty, so for me its an all round win-win

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Understand Peter. I also learned that reservations are a must in May.. Ask me how I know.
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Turin is very nice, would recommend you and your better half go for a dinner at my family there
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Turin is very nice, would recommend you and your better half go for a dinner at my family there

That's very kind of you Nick, thank you

Ive heard there's much more car related things to enjoy there than just the old Fiat Factory, but to date I don't know what, is the city worth a visit?

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I found it to be a quintessential Italian city with all the attendant charm -- not your typical tourist destination. Wikipedia lists some city attractions. I like to take the road less traveled at times.
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Thank you Al, great feedback as usual

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I'll have to read this whole thread later but you are in for a cracking trip Pete.

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That's very kind of you Nick, thank you

Ive heard there's much more car related things to enjoy there than just the old Fiat Factory, but to date I don't know what, is the city worth a visit?
Are you joking?!

They have some of the best brothels in the region!

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Are you joking?!

They have some of the best brothels in the region!

Id say that's priceless, but it wouldn't be!

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In Milano, look up Bronzino House.

In Alba, we always stay at Brico di Cogni (La Morra)
Livio and Claudia will treat you like family.
I garantee you will not want to leave.

Quartopiano in Modena is a lovely place to stay.
And I wouldn't go to Modena, or northren Italy for that matter, without a visit to Antika Moka. Sandro and his mother make some of the best food on the planet.

I'll write out some more later today.


David, cooooeeeey, David......

Im still waiting on the 'some more later today'

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David, are those navy brothels or local restaurants?

http://www.wikisexguide.com/wiki/Turin

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and then we'll head south & take in Pisa, Florence, Venice, Rome etc...
Two ideas for you while you are in this part of Italy.

Siena is a charming city and well worth a visit. Even better if you can time your visit to take in the Palio - the traditional races around the Piazza del Campo in the centre of Siena that take place twice a year in July and August. See Home - Il Palio di Siena

Depending on your / your wife's musical tastes, every year for one night only (but two this year, to celebrate the 10th. anniversary - 2nd. & 4th. August), Andrea Bocelli hosts an open air concert in a natural amphitheatre (the Teatro del Silenzio) just outside his home village of Lajatico (about 40 minutes' drive from either Pisa or Florence). We have been every year for the last six years and it is a wonderful event with an unique atmosphere. Teatro del Silenzio - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

You may already know this, but if you are intending to visit the Uffizi while in Florence (and if you haven't been there before, you really must), you can avoid the queues (which can be horrific) by buying your tickets on line in advance - you then just turn up at your appointed time and go straight in - takes about 5 minutes instead of an hour or two.

Have a great trip!

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John - huge thanks for these recommendations, I'll definitely add them in if its at all possible. Can you recommend good places to stay if I can make them work?

Our entire trip pivots around the date Im taking my wife on her 1st Ferrari Factory Tour as she is an avid Ferrari F1 fan, so I have 2 date options for July & over this weekend I'll settle on one & plan the rest of our trip around it. I'll try to take in everyone's recommendations, with the exception of Capos brothels in Turin, dirty, dirty boy!

This will be a trip of a lifetime for us, as apart from the Italian Lakes area, Portofino, Milan & Verona the rest of Italy is a journey we've yet to discover together. So I really do appreciate all of your recommendations guys, please keep them coming!

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John - huge thanks for these recommendations, I'll definitely add them in if its at all possible. Can you recommend good places to stay if I can make them work?
I can't help with Siena, I am afraid, as each time we have visited, we have been staying in Lajatico as our base for touring the region - Pisa, Florence, Lucca (another place you ought to think about putting on your itinerary - fabulous old walled city, you may have seen it on Top Gear a couple of years ago), Forte dei Marmi (fashionable seaside resort, beaches etc. and all the best shops for Her Indoors to max your credit card) and Siena are all about an hour's drive. I imagine that accommodation in Siena gets fairly booked up around the times of the Palio

Lajatico is only a small village with no particular attraction other than once a year at the time of the concert, so what few places there are to stay in the village tend to be booked solid as soon as the date of the concert is announced. In any case, we have always stayed for one or two weeks, so rented a flat for our visit. There is, however, a very nice hotel just outside Lajatico - we have never stayed there, but always eat in the restaurant at least once or twice during our stay, which must say something good about it, and the rest of the place looks fairly decent, so that might be a possibility, see Azienda Naturalistica La Vallata | Lajatico

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