Traveling to Northern Italy, landing in Milan. Any opinions on using Verona as a homebase then doing day trips by rail?
We were thinking that it might be easier and cheaper to do day trips from Verona, then traveling and staying for a couple days in the various cities. Want to see Venice, Bologna, Como, Milan. We will be traveling in May 2010.
I've been to Verona before lovely city, make sure you go to the Opera!. We stayed in an old convent hostel just across the river from the town. We started trip in Milan, then Verona, Siena, Florence, up to village in Tuscany and Rome all in 2 weeks. I would advise you to travel around and stay in the other cities, Milan, Venice etc. You just don't get the same experience from a city unless you wake up there. I think it's best to stay 2 or 3 nights in a place too as only 1 night can seem very rushed.
This website http://www.bedandbreakfastworld.com/ has lots of B&B properties in all of your destinations. almost 8 years ago
I agree with Suzie that it is a better experience when you wake up in the town and don't have to travel a couple of hours to get there.
However Verona is a beautiful place to get to know and it is perfectly placed and is a central hub for trains. So if you would prefer to be based somewhere Verona is the place to see northern Italy
Two main travel lines going from Rome-»Munich and from Venice to Nice in France both pass through Verona.
To get to Milan (West), Venice (East), Bologna (South) or Bolzano (North) is about 1-2 hours travel on a train (depending on the type) from Verona
May is a good time to travel because it is off-peak and cooler. Italy can be a bit hot and full of tourists in the summer.
Links to know:
http://www.ivebeenthere.co.uk/places/italy/verona/tips almost 8 years ago