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Northern Italy by Train

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A June 2005 trip to Verona by Marianne

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Quote: Milan, Ferrara, Venice, Verona, Lake Garda, and Bergamo are all easily reached by train. We stayed in budget hotels always close to the railway station. You will find detailed information how to get to the hotel in each separate accommodation entry.

Northern Italy by Train

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MILAN: I love stations, and Milan station is one of the best I have ever seen. It is imposing, huge, and full of architectural detail. Leonardo da Vinci painted his Last Supper on the walls of the church of Santa Maria della Grazie. The colours faded over the centuries, but this fresco has recently been restored. The painting captures the moment when Christ tells that there is a traitor among them. The fresco became famous because each of the apostles acts differently. Some show anger, others, shock or anger.order tickets The Skull Chapel...Read More

Hotel Arno

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Hotel | "Hotel Arno/Milan"

Hotel Arno Photo, Italy, Europe
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Hotel Arno Via Lazzaretto 17 Milan There is no shortage of hotels in Milan. Most people who visit Milan are businessmen and visitors to Milan Fair. That's why it was slightly difficult to find budget accommodation. We found Hotel Arno to be a true gem. It is a short walk from the Central Train Station and about 10 minutes on foot to the Duomo. HOW TO GET THERE (from the railway station): Leave the station at the main entrance. Cross Piazzale Duca D'Aosta. Take Via Nappo Torriani until you get to the second roundabout. Via Lazzaretto is on the right. It is the street with the tram rails....Read More

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Hotel Arno
Via Lazzaretto 17
Milan, Italy 20124
02-670-5509

Hotel San Giorgio

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Hotel | "Albergo San Giorgio/Bergamo"

Hotel San Giorgio Photo, Bergamo, Italy
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Albergo San Giorgio San Giorgio 10 Bergamo HOW TO GET THERE (from the railway station): When you leave the railway station, turn left. You are now in Via G. Bonomeli. The railtrack is on your left. Continue straight on. You will see a traffic tunnel under the rail track on your left, but still continue straight on. At the end of the road on your right is Albergo San Giorgio. It is 15 minutes on foot. The hotel is wedged in between the rail track and a busy road, and I expected it to be noisy, but it wasn't. Double glazing did the trick. WHAT THE ROOM IS LIKE: Our room was on the ground floor, and somehow it stayed cool. There is no air-conditioni...Read More

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Hotel San Giorgio
Via San Giorgio, 10
Bergamo 24122
+39 035-212043

Hotel San Stefano

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Hotel | "Hotel San Stefano / Ferrara"

Hotel San Stefano Photo, Italy, Europe
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Hotel san Stefano Via Boccanale di Stefano 21 Ferrara Location, location, location!! Hotel San Stefano is right in the centre of historic Ferrara, only 5 minutes from the Duomo. HOW TO GET THERE (from the railway station): When you get out of the station, turn right, take the second street on your left (Corso Piava), and walk past the stadium. At the roundabout, take Via Capo della Volte and turn left at Via Boccanale di Stefano. The hotel is on your right side 1 block away. WHAT THE ROOM IS LIKE: Our room was on the third floor and fairly large, which means that there is enough space...Read More

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Hotel San Stefano
Via Boccanale de Stefano 21
Italy

Hotel Giovannina

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Hotel | "Hotel Giovannina/Mestre"

Hotel Giovannina Photo, Venice, Italy
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Hotel Giovannina Via Dante 13 Mestre It is very difficult to find a hotel in Venice and almost impossible to find a budget hotel. Most hotels are pre-booked, and budget hotels are virtually nonexistent. Hotel Giovannina in Mestre was exactly what we were looking for. The town of Mestre, on the mainland, is only 10 minutes (by bus, no. 2, or train) away from Venice and an excellent alternative. HOW TO GET THERE (from the railway station): Cross the street in front of the railway station. You are now in Via Piave. Continue until you get to a very small park (just grass, some trees, and a few benches) on your right. T...Read More

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Hotel Giovannina
Via Dante 13
Venice
0039-041-926396

Hotel Alessi

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Hotel | "Hotel Alessi/Desenzano"

Hotel Alessi Photo, Italy, Europe
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Hotel Alessi Via Castello 3 Desenzano Hotel Alessi is right in the centre of the old town, just behind the harbour and lakefront. It is close to the castle. The hotel has its own restaurant, which serves home-cooked meals. Hotel Alessi is actually two houses next to each other, with lots of stairs and corridors that lead up and down. The first day, we had difficulty finding our room again. The hotel is run with German precision and punctuality. HOW TO GET THERE (from the railway station): The city centre is about 15 to 20 minutes on foot. The road goes downhill, so it is not too strenuous. Wa...Read More

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Hotel Alessi
Via Castello, n° 3
Italy
+39 30 9141980

Milan: 1-Day Itinerary

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Cimitero Monumentale  / Last Supper Photo, Italy, Europe
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MORNING: Start the day at Piazza Duomo. First admire the Duomo's façade. It is sparkling white, like it has just been cleaned. Look up and take your time to see the many statues and details. Walk around the cathedral so that you can see it from all sides. It is an impressive building and the third largest cathedral in the world. (Number one is St Peter in Rome, and number two is Seville's cathedral in Spain). It is now time to cool down, so go inside, and the first thing you will notice is the temperature: nice and cool. The second thing is the 52 pillars, each 3.50m in diameter. They are huge! When you have walked around enough, it is time to climb the steps or ta...Read More

Secret Venice

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Door Bell Photo, Italy, Europe
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There is no need to write a full journal entry about Venice, as there are so many excellent guidebooks available. I can recommend store/details.html?ProductID=27">Rough Guide, Venice and the Veneto. It is no problem if you come without a guidebook to Venice, because you can get a map and a booklet that describes ALL monuments from the Tourist Information Office at Venice Santa Lucia Railway Station. At 2.50€, it is an excellent value for the money. SOME RECOMMENDATIONS: Pay special attention to the less-obvious sights, such as doorbells and doorknobs. Look up at the ...Read More

Lake Garda and Desenzano

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Ferry boat in Desenzano Photo, Italy, Europe
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Desenzano may not be the prettiest town on Lake Garda, but it is very convenient. It has train connections to Milan and Venice and all stations in between, such as Verona and Padua. At Desenzano pier, we took the boat across Lake Garda to Sermione, which has all potential to be an attractive place: castle, Roman villa, spa, views, panoramic walk (of 20 minutes), and tiny beaches. But during the summer season, the town is full of tourists. The few streets are taken over by ambling ice-cream-eating tourists. Hotels, restaurants, bars, souvenir shops, and ice-cream-cum-pizza-slice sellers line the streets. The pizzas are deep-frozen (microwave ovens do wonders), and the ice...Read More