Italy trip planning

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  1. GiorgioXT

    GiorgioXT Long timer

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    If you arrive at Misurina - and the weather is good - don't miss the ascent to Tre Cime di Lavaredo , its a toll road, but its worth it , particularly if you park and to an easy 40' hike until Forcella Lavaredo
    where you get this :
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    In Misurina, good and nice place to eat is Malga Misurina .
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  2. neil w

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    You might have an interesting time as quite a few of the higher passes (Alto Adige/South Tyrol ) are getting quite heavy snow already and are closed to bikes ,check the webcams
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    At this time snow won't last - in case just stop and wait, will melt in few hours.
  4. mach1mustang351

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    Went over SR243 to Passo Gardenia then over to SS48 and over Passo Pordui to Arrabba. I may have my numbers wrong, and there may be another pass in there. MichaelJ will be along sood to refresh me on what actually happened. Awesome riding. Some of the nicest scenery I have ever been in. Awesome morning. We left Arrabba and made a B line to the Autostrada so we could get to Venice. We decided to get a preview of the Island before we spend the whole day there tomorrow. That was also great. We are out of the mountains and doing tourist stuff now. So not so interesting for you ADV folks after today... Sorry about that

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  5. MichaelJ

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    See it before it sinks. I spent 4 years at Aviano AB about 50 miles north of Venice in the late '60s - mid '70s. Spent quite a few days there. No crowds back then. Tourists, yes, but not wall to wall. Wonderful place. Needs a week or two to really see it.

    But better one day than not at all.

    Oh yeah - you forgot to list the Passo Sella that you went over between the Gardena and Pordoi passes. It can be pretty overwhelming. :ricky
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  6. High Country Herb

    High Country Herb Adventure Connoiseur

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    That might make her grouchy by day 10. If you pass by a bicycle shop, you might consider getting her a pair of riding shorts to wear under her pants for more padding.

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    High Country Herb Adventure Connoiseur

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    I had one day there too. I spent way too many hours trying to figure out exactly where I was on a street map. It got much better once I gave up and just started walking around using dead reckoning. I loved some of the scenes with narrow streets and flower planters in the windows.
  8. MichaelJ

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    Almost every intersection will have an arrow sign saying "Per Rialto" or "Per San Marco". Hard to get really lost, but ain't it great when you do?
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  9. GiorgioXT

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    In insular Venice, getting lost is both easy and a pleasure ... the trick is looking the flow of people - better if not tourists - and follow them ... will get you out to more known places
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    Getting lost in Venice - marvellous!

    First time I went, in the early 80's, I stumbled upon an area dedicated to restoration. Pictures, frames, chairs, tables, doors, tapsestries - on and on - each shop having a slight similarity to the one next door, but after a block, completely different. And very narrow. Don't Look Now...
    It started to rain, so dived into a local restaurant and seemed to be the only tourists there. They came and added two chairs to our table so a young local couple could take lunch too. It was great having someone to chat to, and them tell us the pleasures and catastrophes of life in Venice.
  11. MichaelJ

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    I would expect no less of you. :D
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  12. nickguzzi

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    While transporting fruit in a topbox has its high moments - usually a week or so after the event - and munching on down on a warm baguette and cheese with only the mountain top for company can give a real sense of wonderment and feeling of being right with the world. Chomping your way through the menu in a decent restaurant is also one of life's great pleasures.
    Good food, fine wine and excellent company creates a bubble all its own.

    And no, not heartburn.
  13. mach1mustang351

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    Just got back to our room. Pretty good day. We were all over the place. I can totally see how you could spend weeks and weeks wandering around checking stuff out. We were pretty happy with our 1+ day go of it. I feel like we were in it, and did it. A couple pics to prove I was there

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  14. mach1mustang351

    mach1mustang351 Long timer

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    So where am I??

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    .... Okay, I made it pretty easy to guess. We decided to get a jump on the ride to Florrence and opted to take the Autostrada to get there in time to get a plan for tomorrow. I know it is a little blasphemy to say it, but the straight highway droning is still oddly soothing to me... Of course the ride through the Dolomites was better... But today was differently satisfying. We had a destination, we got there efficiently.

    Anyway, we picked up our Museum passes and went to the Ufizzi. I am not an art guy per say, but I like to look. I remember in high school and college leading about Reniassance and Medieval Art and thinking it was interesting. To see it in real life was an experience. The colors, the subtleties etc were stunning.
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  15. MichaelJ

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    4 hours of Autostrada can equal 3 days of back roading. No shame there. When you head back north from Firenze, you have a shot at a lovely road that runs over the Passo della Futa and Passo Raticosa on your way towards Bologna (if you're going that way). I did it in a rental car (sob!), but there was almost no traffic. It hooks you back into the Autostrada just south of Bologna. And the Ducati factory/museum in Borgo Paginale. Which isn't far (40 kms) from the Ferrari shrine in Maranello. I'd call it a museum, but shrine seems more appropriate.
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    We are here in Florence for another day, then heading over to Cinque Terre for 2 nights, then back to Milan. We'll see how it goes. Its been raining and we didnt bring all of out great gear in order to have stuff for walking around comfortably. We're watching weather. all good though
  17. nickguzzi

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    Over here in UK - distributor for most of the rain in Europe - we have been promised increasingly better weather from tomorrow on. Going from 13 - 14C up to 19C by the weekend. Hope you are treated to the same.

    Hope you are finding suitable diversions.
  18. mach1mustang351

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    I was off the grid there for a bit. No Wi-Fi in Cinque Terre so I just hung out on the beach, drank and watched the scenery. Fun place to wind down after the heavy pace we had the last several days. We stayed in Vernazza and took the train to Monterossa and enjoyed their beach during the day. Great way to cap off a nice trip.

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    The final number was 1636km covered in 8 or 11 days, depending how you look at it. The venice day, it never moved, same with our 2 full days in Cinque.
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