Roman Ruins,Aosta,Aosta Valley,Italy.
The route down the mountain
Aosta street on a Sunday (everything is closed!)
We'll be travelling to Milan late April to early May and we're thinking of getting a hotel in Milan and then do a tour of nearby Italian cities. We won't be renting a car and we'll be relying on public transport.
Is Milan a good base or would it be better to choose another city like Rome to maximize sightseeing (we'll be staying there for about a week and a half)?
If we do decide on Milan, is it better to book a tour or just use the public transport to visit the cities (ie Florence, Verona, Venice)?
To take a tour in north . north-central Italy Milan is perfect, but I'd prefere to change hotel every time.
It depends on the places you like to see, but Milan is a good base to see Milan, don't think about daily sightssen of a day from Milan, nice places are not so near and consier hotel-> bus-> train station-> bus-> place -> bus -> train station-> bus-> your hotel... it's not a great deal.
Rome and Florence are in a better position and better bases because off they are beautyfull cityes... Milan in my opinion is good just for shopping (but you can find all you can find in Milan in almost all other cities)
If you like Milan it can be a good starting point for something like: Milan, Venice, Florence, Rome, Naples and it's gulf.
All the best,
From Milan you can catch frequent trains to Bergamo, which is a nice old walled city. Fine buildings, funicular railway, great views and good food.
Don't forget the night sleeper trains option.
In my opinion, the travel times to Venice, Florence and Rome are too long for a day trip from Milan (especially Rome).
I would, instead, spend a day in Milan, then take the train to Venice, stay there for three days, including a day trip to Verona, then take the train to Florence, 2-3 days in Florence, then take the train to Rome, 3-4 days in Rome.
Then, if you need to, take the train back to Milan. If you check the schedules on www.trenitalia.com, you'll see this makes more sense than trying to use Milan as a base for these cities.
Thank you everyone! Those are really great ideas. =)
They're giving us options we haven't considered.
Piazza Narbonne, 8, Aosta, Valle d'Aosta
Corso Ivrea 146, Aosta
Cret Perreres, Breuil Cervinia, Aosta
Fraz. Entreves, Courmayeur, Aosta