Our Italy Plan

Susanna and I are definitely going to be in Carmignano (near Florence, in Tuscany) for a week, at this villa.

We definitely plan to spend some extra time in Italy before we get to the villa, and rent a motorcycle.

We just spent the weekend mapping out possibilities, and here’s our current itinerary. There are some long days on the bike, and we need to make sure these are reasonable choices. We’re willing to have some long days on the bike, especially when bookended with light days. Plus, we will have a week in Tuscany with no riding (unless we want to). Going to be quite a whirlwhind when we’re not at the villa, though.

We pick up the bike in Milan, and then head north, stay a night in Varenna on Lake Como. We head north through the mountains to Glorenza (Glurns). From there to Castelotto for a couple of nights. From there we take the mountain road down into Venice (one of our long days).

That is our first leg, and here’s the map: Milan to Venice.

After three nights in Venice, we head to Rome, with one stop on the way (two long days both) in Assisi: Venice to Rome.

Then we take the slow route back along the coast towards Tuscany, with a stop in Grosetto (we know nothing yet about this place other than it’s next the Parco Naturale dell Maremma.

From there, we head up to our villa near Florence, spend a week, then head to Milan and home.

Here’s the overview map with directions plotted: Milan to Milan.

Are we crazy?

5 thoughts on “Our Italy Plan”

  1. Sounds ambitious. How long are you there? closer to 3 weeks.

    Brett and I were in Italy for roughly a week. one day in Venice (which for two guys was enough) didn’t spend the night there…it’s one of the most expensive places in Italy (at least on our budget’s in 1996) and small, although it was unique.

    Spent maybe 3-4 nights in Rome. Huge and wouldn’t begin to see everything.

    My favorite was Florence. spent maybe 2-3 nights.

    We took the train for transport and did a couple overnighters.

    If you have the energy to pull off all that travel then great, I’m sure the country side that time of year will be scenic. It’s tough to balance the desire to see and do as much as you can in a compressed time while still feeling like you relaxed and got a feel for some of the locations, people, atmosphere, etc.

    We were there in mid October and the weather was still very nice.

    Sounds great no matter what you decide to do.

  2. Great trip. You are going to be traveling through one of the greatest mountain ranges in Europe, the Dolomites. An awesome ride with some incredible mountain passes. There were a few ascents and descents with over 70 switchbacks each way. Hang on!!!!

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