Italy in September

Could anybody recommend a lovely place to stay in Italy in September? I am thinking of treating my boyfriend to a romantic break – was thinking the Amalfi Coast or maybe the Lakes? Would like to be near water…sea or lakes, I don’t mind!

Added challenge is that neither of us likes to drive in Italy, so it would need to be accessible by train/bus, but we don’t want a busy city break, just something quite chilled.

Any personal recommendations would be gratefully received! We went to Venice last year, so hoping to explore more of Italy this year.



Sadie 17/04/13    Where to goItaly Link Report

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Hi Sadie,

There is the obvious lake Garda, which is beautiful but very touristy. Or you could try the Lazio lakes instead? Absolutely beautiful, lots of little old medieval towns to visit and they are just North of Rome, so maybe even combine it with a short city break there?

Hope this helps?


Michael Huxley 17/04/13    Link Report

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  • Hi Mike

    Oh, I had not thought of the Lazio Lakes! Thanks, will look into. I have been thinking Lake Garda…but I did wonder how touristy this would be.

    Thanks so much for your advice!


    Sadie 18/04/13    Link Report

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  • Hi Sadie,

    Italy in September is a great choice!
    Lake Garda is marvelous and in September it shouldn’t be that crowded: the major part of the German tourists come in June, July and August. The only problem I see is related to the driving part: only few towns on the Lake Garda are accesible by train (Desenzano, Peschiera).

    I have an interesting alternative for you: a small island called Burano. You could stay somewhere on Venice Lagoon or small town in the province and visit it for one day. Here is a short review of the place:

    Have a lovely week,


    NullNFull 29/04/13    Link Report

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  • You can get to the Amalfi coast quite easily by train, if you stay in Sorrento. Circumvesuviana Trains run regularly between Naples and Sorrento, and take about an hour (you’ll need to buy your ticket at a Circumvesuviana station). From Sorrento you can take day-trip boat tours to the nearby island of Capri, or go on a day minibus excursion around the stunning coastline.

    As Agata said, you can get to Peschiera and Desenzano on Lake Garda by train. Desenzano is Lake Garda’s largest town, while Peschiera is a small town with an impressive fort. Peschiera is a lovely little lakeside town, but does get very busy. However, it’s a great place to hire bicycles and explore the surrounding countryside, or move around to different parts of the lake.

    Have you considered Lake Como? On the southwest corner of the lake, trains from Milan run to the town of Como, and from there you can get a bus to the scenic Rami di Como, or the medieval hamlet of Brienno. A train line also runs all the way up the eastern shore, passing through the main town of Lecco and up through several more picturesque locations including the charming village of Varenna, and the easy-going, unpretentious little bay of Piona.

    Trains also run from Milan (via Novora) to the medieval village of Orta San Giulio on Lake Orta, further west of Lake Como. Although popular, the village rarely gets crowded, and its beauty and slow pace of life makes it the perfect romantic break destination!

    Enjoy your trip, wherever you decide to go.

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    Helen Abramson 30/04/13    Link Report

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