We are planning a trip which includes Italy and France. Florence, Bologna, Lyon and Paris. Want to add either Sardinia or Corsica for 2 days. Thoughts and suggestions please.
I’ve enjoyed visits to both islands and think they are great destinations but NOT for 2 days. The travel time alone is not worth such a short visit. Since there is no public transportation network, you’ll have to depend on a rental car. Both are scenic but you will not be able to explore and absorb their uniqueness. A 2 day visit allows you to tick of the “I’ve been there” box but not much more. I spent 5 days on Corsica and 8 on Sardinia and found that I would have liked more time on both.
Ditto first response. Share your Italy plans and we can suggest somewhere with coastal beauty that you would have time for.
I would be glad to thank you. We have been to Sicily, Amalfi, Rome, Venice, Milan, Tuscany, Orvietto (thanks Rick) and all of Puglia. This trip takes us to Florence for a week (with side trips hopefully to Lucca, and a few places in Tuscany) - thenis we plan to go to Bologna as it has direct flights to Lyon. After that, Paris and a planned cruise around British Isles.
We are flexible on the front end before Paris - so we were looking to add one more destination. That is why we thought of Sardinia or Corsica. I would prefer that it be in Italy.
Are you specifically looking for coastal? Tuscany's southern coast is my favorite place in Italy. If you will be using a car, it is easy to add a visit there. The southern part of Liguria is also especially pretty--Lerici and Tellaro in particular--and that would be convenient since you are visiting Lucca.
If you just want nature and it need not be coastal, look at Barga, also near Lucca.
Otherwise, I would just add time in Tuscany, where you will of course be surrounded by beautiful landscapes.
Another vote for "neither". Too much travel time, these are large islands!
Depending on time of year (beware of peak season!), the Cinque Terre could be worthwhile for 2-3 nights, and involve far less travel.
Torino is a great place to visit. Great auto museum, Egyptian museum, food! Day trips to the Piedmont wine country is easy. Since you’re going Bologna, consider day trips to Ravello, Parma, Mugello.
Anything less than 5 days is not worth the hassle to get there. Also you need a rental car and drive around.
If you can prolong your vacation, either island is great. Corsica is more lush and rugged, Sardinia generally drier. Both are beautiful. I certainly prefer the prices in Sardinia. Corsica costs generally way more (French prices instead of Italian prices).
I want to thank you all for your input. We can see that a trip to Sardinia or Corsica should be part of a futured Italy trip, when we can spend 5 days on the island. We will look into Lerici or Tellaro or Barga - all look like wonderful locations. Thanks again all!