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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote jmee54 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 Jan 2019 at 13:13
I get that Ken but it is Italy I want to return to and the Guzzi element is a bonus extra. If anyone has knowledge of cheaper end accommodation  I would be grateful. My plan thus far is to use the shuttle truck to Geneva, ride to Mandello, Florence, Pisa, and maybe Stelvio pass (a bit in the wrong direction) and loads of places in between. Two venues, one somewhere near the factory and the other nearer to Florence and surrounding area would be ideal.
The pillion would like somewhere with a pool, as would I if I can afford it.
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There's plenty of accommodation to suit all budgets around Lake Como Jmee - my comments regarding the Vista Palazzo were not serious!  At the top of the lake around Colico prices are much lower than Bellagio last June in a good Hotel for £100/night but there are much cheaper options.  Try Booking.com or Airbnb.
Regarding Alpine passes, I really don't recommend the Stelvio, unless it's on your bucket list.  Too busy and the hairpins are so tight that you pretty much have to stop to change direction.  For me the best route over the Alps is the Timmelsjoch Pass, which has every type of bend and a bonus of a superb motorcycle museum at the top.  It is a toll road though.  
However at the top of Lake Como, try the Splugen Pass over to Switzerland.  That's a proper old school route with very narrow road, sheer drops etc.  Just the job if you like a challenge!

Ken,
My son rented a VW Golf from Linate last June for £200 for the week.  Seems pretty fair to me.


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I went over the Spluegen on my loop, on trip to Mandello. Going up the Swiss side was great, but coming down the Italian side with drum brakes was not so good. Would do it again on a bike with decent brakes though.
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SmileSmile  I know what you mean!  The photos below are on the Swiss side of the Splugen Pass in 1981.  The "road" was quite dodgy in those days and my mate on the XT500 (with 5 gallon alloy tank) had the perfect tool for going up alpine passes.  He left me and my LM1 far behind on the ascents.  However when it came to descending his puny SLS front brake was red hot after the first few turns and he had to rely on engine braking from then on.  Gave me a chance to catch up!

Swiss 34 by Derek Wardell, on Flickr

Swiss 35 by Derek Wardell, on Flickr


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Jmee - it may be difficult to find but the Nov/Dec (#49) issue of Adventure Bike Rider has a 24-page guide on Italy, it more describes a country-long trip they took but the Spl├╝gen Pass is that author's favourite too.

As for prices, some frightening/silly figures have been mentioned. Car rental for example, I used Alamo from Pisa airport (a premium location) which is £160/week with a Renault Clio.  Accommodation, I never stayed near Mandello d/L but my wife & I spent a week at a very Italian hotel  in Stresa (Hotel Elena) in a fab location, close to Lake Maggiore & on main town square, and room rates there are £80/nt in June including breakfast (for 2) & private parking - I don't expect Stresa will be convenient for you, it's 1hr30 from Mandello d/L,  but that gives a clue to accommodation prices in June.

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