Ido's Trip to North Italy

Trip's Description
Useful Details

Day 1 - Beatiful Verona
Day 2 - Garda Lake
Day 3 - Garda Land
Day 4 - Venice
Day 5 - Flexible day & Opera
Day 6 - To Cortina
Day 7 - Averau Mountain
Day 8 - Tre Cime Range
Day 9 - To Milan
Day 10 - Last day in Milan
Day 11 - Back Home



July 31th - August 10th, 2006


Prior Reservations:
Hotels: 1090 Euro (Cheap-Mid range hotels but within the tourists season). More 100 Euro were paid early on for 2 sites (Opera and the Last Supper)

Spending Money:
Each of us spend 600 Euro in total. So the average cost was 60 Euro a day per person. We usually spend the money on transportation, average restaurants, midday snacks, tickets for various sites and few souvenirs. If you plan on buying a lot of souvenirs, clothes or just want higher standards you should bring more than 60 Euro a day.


Flights to north Italy usually land in Milan, Verona, or Venice. Most of the flights and also the cheaper ones land in Milan and that's why we took it, but the ideal flight for this particular trip is actually Verona.


I used two books for planning the trip and both of them were very helpful. The first is Lonely Planet's "North Italy". It gives wide range of activities and practical information for any interesting place such as transportation, restaurants and so forth.
Lonely Planet's book fall short in the area of full description and this is exactly the area were Eyewitness book is exceptional.  Eyewitness books provides full descriptions accompanied by pictures and stories.

Prior Preparation

I advise reserving hotels at least 2 months prior the flight. Since the popular places get really busy in high season. Additionally you should buy tickets for attraction that will be problematic or you know that it would consume needless time. Most of the reservation can be done by the internet or by phone.


Hotels are to be reserved at least two months prior the flight. I reserved them one month prior and was left with few options and high prices. In high season the hotels charge quite a lot but it's possible to find reasonable hotels for reasonable price as I did.
Most hotels include continental breakfast and you'll usually find salads, sandwiches, cheese, gems, and good pastries.
When you reserve the hotel it is important to clarify if you want a bed for a couple (double room), otherwise you'll might find yourselves in a twin room.


Out trip was based mostly on trains and sometimes buses and taxis. My trip description presents the transpiration with these vehicles.
The public transportation in Italy is very reliable and the trains are usually right on time. Many trains work 24 hours a day although their frequency in night is very low. Prior getting on a train you should mark your ticket in a special machine. The fine for not marking a ticket is 50 Euro so don't make that mistake. It is possible to buy a regional ticket from 3 to 10 days but for our particular trip it wasn't profitable.
If you plan on transporting using a car I don't have a lot to offer on the subject. From one hand you'll be a lot more agile and from the other hand concentrating on driving and directions can sometimes damage the atmosphere.


in August and July the weather suppose to be between hot and very hot. Luckily for us we following a wave of comfortable weather and we even encountered rainy days. Still I'll recommend spring for the ideal season for weather. Not too hot and not too cold when reaching the colder places.

Clothing & Equipment

In August it was comfy to walk around with short clothing. In night it is a bit chilly and warmer clothing are advised.
Rains can surprise tourists even in summer so it might be smart to carry winter clothes just in case.
The Dolomites are cold to freezing even in summer - warm clothes are a must and you should learn from my mistake. Hiking equipments depends on the type of treks that are planned. For difficult treks I recommend getting all the essentials including equipment to chain yourself to iron bars.
As long you are using public transport I suggest to keep away from bags with wheels. Sometimes the way to the hotel takes a bit time and usually the wheels tend to break more than rotate. (My Dafna insisted on bringing wheels bag and I suffered because I had to carry her bag for her).
"School bag", comfortable shoes, secured wallet for avoiding thieves. An empty bottle is very useful since mineral water is quite expansive and there are endless amount of drinking fountains that you can fill your bottle with. Maps, Books, and documentations of the trip, hotels and transport will help you guide with no troubles.

Food & Water

The Italian food is well known around the world and I think that the food is an attraction on its on. There are a lot of good restaurants and I suggest at least visiting one or two good ones. In more popular places you will find restaurants presenting their food with gorgeous pictures - stay a way from these. They aren't too bad, but their quality/price ration will never be to your favor.
Italian "junk food" is composed mainly of pizzas and ice creams which can probably be your only source of food for a whole trip. The pizzas and ices I had were some of the best I ate in my life. The pizzas style is varying from place to place, so if you weren't amazed by your first pizza just eat another one in another place.
As for water I suggest walking with 1.5-2 liters in your bag. In most cities and villages there are numerous drinking fountains and its a shame to pay for mineral water - at least in my opinion.

The Italian People

I found the Italian people very warm and nice. They are happy and talkative fellows and most of them hurried to assist any tourist so much that sometimes they strayed from their doings just for guiding you. Most of the Italian fold don't speak English properly or at all, so I advise going through basic word in Italian. Especially learn about directions and common places.