Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: West Yorks
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If you're in Verona you should join the crowds and have a look at the alleged Juliet balcony.
On the way to Venice it might be worth detouring to Padua to see the Scrogveni Chapel and then on to the Brenta Canal, there's at least one and from memory more than one Palazzos to visit most relate to Palladio, Palladian style and are stunning in his treatment of light and shading in the decoration. I've had to touch the walls several times to convince myself whether the wall is in relief or whether its just a painting.
Not sure where you intend stopping to see Venice, when we 're not with our local friends we tend to stop at Cavallino or Punta Sabbionni and get a day or period ticket for the boats around the lagoon and Venice. Venice can take as long as you wish, the highlights can be done in a day, with all the crowds, the quieter places are a maze of back streets and canals with a new site around every corner. It's worth having a look at the Lido and at the islands of Murano, Burano and Torcello on a day trip using the ferry boats.
Moving north, Castel Franco Venetto has a nice medieval centre and a Giorgione exhibition, his colours are stunning. Villa Emo near Fanzolo has reopened and is amazing. (see Google maps)
Asolo is a stunning hill town, there is/used to be an aire at the bottom of the town. The cafe is in the centre does sensational hot chocolate. the gelateria at the castle is amazing. There are superb views over the Venetto from La Rocca both towards Venice on a clear day and to the mountains to the north. You can't take your van in to the town.
If you fancy a look at the mountains, head north to the Dolomites towards Cortina, there's several campsites, 1 or 2 should still be open. For a trip up to the sky head west to Passo Falzarego for the views, there's also a cable car to the top and the Rifugio and you can wander amongst the WW1 trenches and tunnels (if you take a torch) (Italy and Austria fought all over this area in the high mountains. Back to Cortina and head north towarsd Dobbiacco but turn off to Tre Cime at Misurina (there's a sosta here). There's a private road up to the Rifugio lots and lots of parking and no doubt a few vans staying overnight. There's a good donkey path (suitable for pushchairs etc) along the front of Tre Cime to another Rifugio about an hour or 2 away. All the way around is about 6 or 7 miles at 2300m (7000 ft) but an easy walk on a nice day.
Dobbiacco has a nice campsite at the lago, posh loos and then west to Brixen and over the Brenner into Austria (under 3.5 tonnes you'll need a special road pass for most fast roads) although you can bypass these roads)
Then its back through Germany Luxembourg Belgium to Calais. 2 days hard driving from Dobbiacco with a pass through Austria.
Have fun, family tasks stops us being in Italy at this time as we usually are. It seems strange being at home in September and early October,
If you want to look at any of these look on Google maps, search and zoom in , you'll get photos and more info