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Tap water is always drinkable in Italy, especially in the cities (of course, it may be a little bit different if you are talking about a cottage in the middle of nowhere). The real question is how good is that. For instance, in Rome the water has a very strong percentage of limestone and it taste doesn't very good. For this reason, several people tends to ...


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This is, for a 3+ hour drive, pretty much as easy as it can get. It's a drive 100% over Italian and swiss highways. It is also pretty much one straight line north - on the same road, with only one single fork in the road. If you print out a google navigation beforehand and stick to the road, you basically cannot do anything wrong. If you are willing for ...


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Doing Zurich to Milan in a day is totally doable, if it's worth it it's up to you. From Trenitalia site you can check the train availabilty. I looked Zurigo to Milano Centrale and the first train leaves at 07:09am and arrives in Milano at 10:50am, it costs 71€. The last train leaves from Milano Centrale at 19:10 and arrives in Zurigo at 23:21, it costs the ...


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Milano Centrale station has a [left luggage office(http://www.milanocentrale.it/en/service/detail/left-luggage1); for 9 hours the fee is €7.80. There are of course toilets (with a €1 fee), but unfortunately no shower. It seems that there is a wifi hotspot too, I can't find any information as to whether it's free. While there are hotels in Milan with day ...


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Generally speaking, http://bahn.de/ is very good to find train connections, even if you are not traveling through Germany and/or cannot book that particular route through the site. Usually, you could therefore check in advance if the train runs on the days you are interested in but it won't help in this case. The problem is not Thello's 120-day booking ...


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You have at least two options: Bus + train The nearest railway station to Courmayeur is Pré-St. Didier, approximately 6 km from Courmayeur. To get from Courmayeur to Pré-St. Didier, take a bus with SAVDA. This bus departs several times per day and takes 10 minutes. You need busline 176. It's also possible to take this bus all the way to Aosta, but it's ...


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It's not very clear what you mean with "explore the area between" since you will spend all days in cities. Anyway, since I guess it just means how to move from Milano to Roma, you have possibly two ways: Trains: on that route you can take the FRECCIA ROSSA which is a somewhat new train (for Italians standard) with wifi on board, nice seats and so on. It is ...


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The possible train solutions can be found in the Trenitalia site. Currently the cheapest train from Milan to Ventimiglia is the regional train. It takes almost five hours and costs 22.25 euros. It is possible, anyway, to find some good offers for faster trains at a price lower than the one of the regional train. These discounted seats have some ...


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New Years day is a public holiday there. So yes, many places will be closed. Indeed, many shops stay closed until the 6th, with winter sales starting again on the 7th of January. This is reflected in a post on tripadvisor: Restaraunt wise we were amazed at how many closed over New Year. I expected some would be closed on the 1st but some were ...


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This is the official tourism site and you can actually find the timetable for Chiesa di San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore: Timetable: Tue-Sat: 09:30am-5:30pm Ticket: Free entrance. Reservations are required for groups: phone to 0039.02.20404175.


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Unless Italy is going to be hit by a crazy blizzard you should not have any problem. Streets in general are in good condition, especially in the north, and they are kept clean in case of snow. Beware of the fact that winter tires or tire chains are mandatory in many roads during winter and this is especially true in Veneto where from November 15 to April ...


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As most of it is highway, you can expect normal road conditions without any problems. Unless it snowed heavily and very recently, there shouldn't be any snow on the roads and the roads are usually well maintained both in Switzerland and Italy (at least the highways). Winter tires are recommended though. To use highways in Switzerland you'll have to buy a ...


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Michael gave you some pretty common destination so I'm going to add some less touristy but awesome places around Milan. Since I love lakes I would suggest you a visit around the many lakes you can find in the area, Lake Garda being probably the most famous one. Lake Garda What to do Vittoriale degli Italiani It is where the Italian writer ...


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It depends on what you want to do. Milan is a great city that you could easily spend 5 days in. I LOVED Bologna but it's more like two days kind of thing. It's a 35 minute train ride. Florence is close to 2 hours by train and you could easily spend 5 days there. Venice is 2 1/2 hours away by train. Not sure if it's an ideal place to be for 5 days though. ...



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