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What is the best time [of year] to travel to Italy

Hi All,

I am interested in travelling to Italy for a short vacation of 1 week, along with my wife. I would be interested to know, if anyone could suggest me what is the best time to visit italy. Actually, my vacation is in month of september, so if for Italy this is not the ideal time to visit, then I may change my destination to any other country like -- Austria, France.

I am confused ..!! Now, if Italy is the destination..then what are the must see destinations there (apart from Rome & Venice and also Florence may be).

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Re: What is the best time to travel to Italy

Personally, I think September IS the perfect time to go to Italy. It's not too hot & not to cold. There aren't too many tourists and the locals are back. I'm slightly biased as I aways take my holidays in September & I'm not a beach holiday type of person.

I say Yes! Go to Italy, it's lovely in September!
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Tuscany in September is absolutely lovely !

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Re: What is the best time to travel to Italy

Thank you..!! It seems after hearing from you that September indeed is the perfect time.
I have couple of more problems. Would love to hear your insights incase if you are aware.

1. We (me and my wife) are Indian citizens. We are here on L-Permit. Since, my wife just came to Switzerland, she still not holds the permanent L-Card (has the temporary copy and would take 1 more month to recieve the permenant). Thus, can I apply for Schengen visa for both of us..?? Is it possible to apply with a temporary L-card or does she requires to take a re-enty visa to switzerland.

2. How long does the Italian embassy generally take to issue the Visa. I tried calling them, but need to keep down the phone as I do not understand Italiano. They do not reply to mails

Any ideas..??
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But remember everything is closed for business on a Sunday.

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Tuscany in September is absolutely lovely !

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Re: What is the best time to travel to Italy

Does her temporary L permit have a validity date on it? Will it be still valid upon your return from Italy?
As for shengen visa, both of you will be required to get it. The italian embassy will decide whether or not to greant the visas.



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Thank you..!! It seems after hearing from you that September indeed is the perfect time.




I have couple of more problems. Would love to hear your insights incase if you are aware.

1. We (me and my wife) are Indian citizens. We are here on L-Permit. Since, my wife just came to Switzerland, she still not holds the permanent L-Card (has the temporary copy and would take 1 more month to recieve the permenant). Thus, can I apply for Schengen visa for both of us..?? Is it possible to apply with a temporary L-card or does she requires to take a re-enty visa to switzerland.

2. How long does the Italian embassy generally take to issue the Visa. I tried calling them, but need to keep down the phone as I do not understand Italiano. They do not reply to mails

Any ideas..??
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Re: What is the best time [of year] to travel to Italy

When I finally pull my finger out and nip over the boarder, I intend to go in the deepest, darkest winter. My reasoning behind this is that it won't be full of other tourist waiting to get a glimpse of David's willy.
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Re: What is the best time [of year] to travel to Italy

Italy in September is lovely. You can still go to the beach at the
time it is not so hot. The vineyards will be in full bloom.

It should be really beautiful. I am jealous.
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Re: What is the best time [of year] to travel to Italy

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Hi All,

I am interested in travelling to Italy for a short vacation of 1 week, along with my wife. I would be interested to know, if anyone could suggest me what is the best time to visit italy. Actually, my vacation is in month of september, so if for Italy this is not the ideal time to visit, then I may change my destination to any other country like -- Austria, France.

I am confused ..!! Now, if Italy is the destination..then what are the must see destinations there (apart from Rome & Venice and also Florence may be).

Thanx
Sash
September in Tuscany is lovely - actually Italy is lovely any time of the year especially if you are into good food and wine

But Tuscany is lovely in April/May and Sept/Oct IMHO.
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Re: What is the best time to travel to Italy

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2. How long does the Italian embassy generally take to issue the Visa. I tried calling them, but need to keep down the phone as I do not understand Italiano. They do not reply to mails

Any ideas..??
I think you should be able to apply for a VISA to the UK or the NL as well and then use this to go to Italy (Schengen). Might be faster than Italy - but double check. I just know that people from Arab countries typically get their Visas in France.
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Re: What is the best time [of year] to travel to Italy

I will recommend going to Sardinia, the weather is lovely and there is a easyjet flight from Geneva-Olbia.

for visa- go to french embassy as it is the easiest and fastest way to get one (if living in french part)

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Re: What is the best time [of year] to travel to Italy

[Sorry for delayed reply]

* My wife's temporary residence permit does not reflect an expiry date. I have written to French and as well as Autrian embassies. Their main concern as it seems to me is, they want to know untill when we are allowed to live in Switzerland (untill when the residence permit is valid).
Now, the hitch is...the expiry date is only mentioned in the permenant L-Card.

* I guess, the only workaround for this is to take a re-entry permit from Swiss Immigration. That would ensure that she is allowed to re-enter Switzerland after the completion of the trip. Please, let me know if anyone can throw some insight onto this.
Anyone tried this..??

* I agree, French embassy seems to be quite prompt and co-operative. Italian embassy did not even cared to reply back to my querry.

Cheers...
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Re: What is the best time [of year] to travel to Italy

Hi,

I plan to take ~10 days to travel around Italy in the near future and was wondering if anyone had any helpful suggestions/recommendations:

We're unsure on:

- Where to start?

We'll be heading there from Zurich...

- How to travel?

e.g. rent a car in ZH and head down, or fly to Naples and car/train up

- Which places to take in? for how long?

At the moment, we're thinking Genoa 1d, Piso 0.5d, Florence 1.5d, Rome 2d, Naples 2d, San Marino 0.5d, Venice 2.5d. We've already ticked off Milan.

Again, appreciate any and all useful guidance/help/recommendations....

Thanks,
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Again, appreciate any and all useful guidance/help/recommendations....
Personally, my favorite parts of Italy are not the mainstream tourist areas. At the height of the tourist season, the main tourist attractions tend to get very busy. So I try to avoid the crowd. I prefer to go off season, and I prefer the less travelled areas, when the locals are not as hurried to get you out of their way, and you have time to actually have conversations with them, which is my favorite part of Italy, the people. Also, I find the best restaurants are the ones run by families in small towns, with a reputation to keep. The worse ones are in central tourist areas where they know they will continue to get unknowing customers whether or not they do a good job, and really just want you to move along with the crowd.
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Re: What is the best time [of year] to travel to Italy

Love Tuscany in September- although there can be massive and impressive storms. There are pasts of Tuscany which are still very unspoilt- so I shouldn't tell you about them...Our favourite is Pienza and the Val D'Orchia. There is also a great Relais and Châteaux resort in San Casciagno dei Bagni, with lots of b&bs and other simpler hòtels, with hot water spa (Fonteverde resort).

www.ilpoggio.net

will be there as usual 2nd week in September- great for horseriders too, and close to lovely Montepulciano and Montalcino for fantastic wines.
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Re: What is the best time [of year] to travel to Italy

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Hi,

I plan to take ~10 days to travel around Italy in the near future and was wondering if anyone had any helpful suggestions/recommendations:

We're unsure on:

- Where to start?

We'll be heading there from Zurich...

- How to travel?

e.g. rent a car in ZH and head down, or fly to Naples and car/train up

- Which places to take in? for how long?

At the moment, we're thinking Genoa 1d, Piso 0.5d, Florence 1.5d, Rome 2d, Naples 2d, San Marino 0.5d, Venice 2.5d. We've already ticked off Milan.

Again, appreciate any and all useful guidance/help/recommendations....

Thanks,
If you are going only to big cities, then train would be the best option. I personally love to travel by car and stop on unusual places along the way.

If you decide to travel by car, I recommend you to get a train from ZH to Milano Centrale and rent a car there (also returning it at the same place). By doing so through www.autoeurope.com I could save a lot of money.

Best time of the year is the off season: September/October or in the beginning of the Spring.

With just 10 days I wouldn't go further than Rome. Is it your first trip to Italy? If yes, spend 3-4 days in Rome, 2-3 days in Firenze and 1-2 days in Venice. While travelling to or from Firenze, you can stop by San Geminiano, Siena... You can also stop by Verona while driving to Venice... Milan one days is enough...
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I would go by car, with a GPS, and allow yourself the whim of making a left or a right to explore. The GPS will correct your path anyway. I prefer Verona to Venice, Sienna to Florence, and something like Perugia to Rome simply because it avoids the tourist crowds.

But if you simply want to go sightseeing, and see the major sites, I would consider a guided tour bus and just go along with the tourist crowds. You wouldn't have to worry about driving a car, and they'll take care of your schedule and itinerary for you.
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