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Milan Dolomites Venice 2 weeks

We arrive in Milan early September and leave from Venice. We are thinking of:
Milan 2 nights
Lake Garda 2 nights
Ortisei 4 nights Hotel Grien
Cortina or Badia 2 nights
Venice 3 nights
Should we skip lake Garda and go to Merano?
Should we stay in Badia or Cortina or somewhere else? More nights in Ortisei? Prosecco region near Venice?
We want to do some moderate day hikes (6-8 miles). Eat great food, history, culture. My husband may do some biking.
Thanks for any input.

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Milan is not worth 2 nights. Maybe 1, hit the Duomo and the area around it. get recovered from the travel and then head to Lake Garda or Verona. Depending on what you want to do. Spend more time around the small towns on the lake, a boat trip or seeing the sights in Verona is where I would decide to stay. You can then take a short trip to the other to see it. Myself, I love Verona. Lots of history, culture and great food. You seem to have plenty of days ahead of you in the mountains.
There are plenty of other towns that are beautiful and have good access to hiking. Look at the Sella Ronde area, such as Corvara or Canazei. If your husband bikes. The Sella Ronde ring is probable one of the greatest rides on earth. About 60 miles and 7,000 feet of climbing.

Interesting towns near the Prosecco region are Bassano or Asolo, but If you haven't been to Venice yet I would be going there first.

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In Milan, Leonardo’s The Last Supper also worth a visit. Definitely get reservations on-line in advance.

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We are doing a similar trip. But late July. My husband, myself, and our 3 kids (ages 10 to 18).

Venice 1 night - Should we do 2?
Trieste 3 nights
Castelbrando 2 nights - Will spend 1 day in Aviano, visiting where I lived in high school
Near Bolzano 2 nights - Should we do 3?
Limone sul Garda 1 night
Bellagio 2 nights - Should we do 3?
Milan 1 night

I'm trying to figure out:
1. Where to stay near Bolzano, in the Dolomites. I want to go to Cortina, Alpe di Siusi, up to Bressanone
2. Where to stay before we fly out of Milan
3. Where should we spend our extra nights

We like smaller towns, easygoing time, but still sites to see and GOOD FOOD. We also don't like to switch hotels too often.
I'd love any thoughts!!
Gayle

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Venice 1 night - Should we do 2?
Trieste 3 nights
Castelbrando 2 nights - Will spend 1 day in Aviano, visiting where I lived in high school
Near Bolzano 2 nights - Should we do 3?
Limone sul Garda 1 night
Bellagio 2 nights - Should we do 3?
Milan 1 night

I'm trying to figure out:
1. Where to stay near Bolzano, in the Dolomites. I want to go to Cortina, Alpe di Siusi, up to Bressanone
2. Where to stay before we fly out of Milan
3. Where should we spend our extra nights

Gayle - You might benefit from starting a new thread so you get all answers direct to your inbox. But here goes:

  1. Don't stay in Bolzano, head up t the Val Gardena. So much cooler and prettier, actually in the mountains and the Alpe di Siusi is RIGHT THERE. Bressanone is an easy day trip although once you are there you might not want to go to a city on the hot valley.
  2. Hotel Berna by Milano Central
  3. I am not clear on how many nights you have, but the Val Gardena needs at least 3, 4 is better. I would give three to Venice. Do Garda or Bellagio, not both lakes.
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Thinking we will skip Lake Garda. Where should we stay in Dolomites besides Ortisei? Badia? Is there anywhere we should visit between there and Venice?

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Check out the town of Selva in the Val Gardena. Just stunning. We stayed at the Hotel Sun Valley. An amazing hotel and quite reasonable

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Don't ever stay just 1 night in Venice and don't stay in Mestre on the industrial mainland of Venice - because Mestre is not even REMOTELY what Venice Island is.