My 18th Trip to Italy -Northern Italy, Venice, The Dolomites, Lake Como Sep/Oct 2009
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Landing in Venice, and spending 4 days there at Pensione Accademia. Seeing the Bienale one of the days. Spening a day with our friends, Luca and Mary, who are graciously coming up from the Florence Area to meet with us. One side trip to Padua for the Scrovegni Chapel and a day in that town which is 1/2 hr from Venice. Renting a car in Venice and driving across the Dolomites, via Belluno, and the Valsugana, staying overnight at Castel Pergine near Trento. This should be a real treat as it is a 15th century castle ! Continuing our drive through the mountains via two mountain passes, Tonale and Aprica. Then down to Lake Como where we stay for 4 days in Varenna, our favorite lakeside resort, Villa Cipressi, where we will celebrate our 5th anniversary at their excellent lakeside restaurant, La Contrada. Both Lidia and Cristina may join us there. We may once again drive into Switzerland for one of the days to St Moritz, which we almost got to in 2007 but had to turn back due to a snowstorm ! Then back to Malpensa and home.