Considering Dolomites, Lake Garda Lake Como, but completely open to any suggestions. First time and looking to have a beautiful relaxing and exciting time. Any suggestions would be incredibly appreciated. Working with a mid-level budget about $5k usd for 2 weeks for a couple.
The good news - your budget will go a long way in Italy! Do you want to hire a car or travel by train? Trains are efficient in Italy and, if you want to base yourself at one of the Northern Lakes you can get around easily by water bus and train. I have been to Lakes Garda and Como and prefer Como. Towns like Varenna and Bellagio are really beautiful. If you like watersports and hiking Domaso is a great place. Other than the lakes these are my favourite places in the North: Bergamo Verona Venice Cinqueterre Parma You could realistically base yourself in a villa or apartment on Lake Como for a week to relax, travelling to other lakeside towns by water bus during the day. Checkout sites like www.ownersdirect.co.uk or www.sawdays.co.uk for accommodation. Bergamo is a good base for Lake Iseo Milan and maybe a day trip to Lugano in Switzerland
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