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Anniversary trip - Milan, Lake Garda, Tuscany

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Tentative Itinerary for 2016 Anniversary trip:
July 1, 2015 –Depart Philadelphia
July 2, 2015 – Arrive Milan Linate
• 7/2 & 3 – Milan
o Accommodations – net yet booked
July 4 – 7 –
• 7/4 - Pick up rental car at Europcar in Milan Linate AP
o Drive to Lake Garda
 Stop on way at Bergamo
• Accommodations - B&B Bocca di Croce, Salo, Lake Garda
o (free parking)
July 7 – 11 – Tuscany
• Accommodations - Fattoria La Loggia, Montefirodolfi (about 20-25 minutes South of Florence)
7/11 – Pisa
• Accommodations - Royal Victoria Hotel

Background information: We are a couple in our late 50s and 60s and very active. We have been to Italy several times and are planning this trip for our 10-year anniversary. This is our first trip to Milan (although on our way by train from Florence to Switzerland a few years back, we had a short stop in Milan and decided to take advantage of this time. We hopped in a taxi and took a quick visit to the cathedral). Our flights are booked using frequent flyer miles. We are picking up a rental car just before we leave for Lake Garda and will return it at the Pisa airport.
We like to visit churches (although we limit them to those of special interest – art, history, etc.), museums, scenery, shopping, wine, food.
• On this trip I would like to
o take a cooking class
o spend some time at a natural spring such as Saturnia (but that location is too far – HD does not like to travel more than 1.5 hours from base). I read that there are natural spas in the Lake Garda area and was looking on advice on that.
o view the Last Super in Milan – it is a must and I understand advance reservations are as well
o stop at Beragmo on the way to Lake Garda.
o get advice on small towns in Tuscany would be appreciated – off the beaten path is best for us. To name a few of the towns we have visited – Certaldo, Chianti region (Greve, etc.), Montalcino, San Gimignano, Siena, Monteulciano, Pienza, Monteriggioni, Volterra, Todi, Pisa. Note that we have visited Florence several times and will take a stop to visit one or two sights that we haven’t yet seen.
o get advice on last day – should we stay in Pisa for the night since it is close to the airport or stay in Lucca, which is not much further to the airport?
All hotels except for Milan are booked. However, all were booked on Booking.com and can be cancelled/changed if there are better suggestions from Fodorites. Note that many of the hotels I saw suggested on this forum and TripAdviser were booked for the dates we wanted.
As far as making changes to the itinerary, we want to be at the farmhouse on 7/9 for our anniversary. We have been here at least 8 times, and it is my husband’s favorite place (I love it too).
I look forward to your suggestions, which are much appreciated.

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