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I've been distracted for a couple of months with other things but am now getting back to this.

We do not rent a car. We travel mostly by train and a little by bus.

You'll see why I mention this. We've been to Venice and Rome a few times each over the years.

The main focus of this trip was/is to be Umbria.

At this point I'm thinking as follows:
Arrive in Venice (this could change to Bolognia if there are good reasons). We been to Venice a couple of times but never did daytrips from there. There appears to be a fair number of opportunities from Venice. Maybe a day in Venice itself. Maybe about 4 days here.

Then onto Perugia as a base to visit reasonably nearby (within 1 1/2 hours) towns. As a base Perugia would get more time than other places. Hopefully there's enough wandering to keep us busy (on previous trips we used Florence as a base - excellent and Avignon - not that much to see though not really bad).

Then onto Rome. We could spend a day or two here but the main reason would be to go to Orvieto (and possibly one other) as a daytrip and a place from which to fly home (USA).

Probably my main concerns are with Perugia. Given that it would be a base for about 5 days, we will be spending evenings there. Is there enough in the way of sights and restaurants (gourmet restaurants are not a requirement - just reasonably good food) to keep us busy? Is it a hassle getting to/from the upper town to the train station?

I might consider going to Orvieto as an overnight "daytrip" (we did this twice from Florence with excellent results) from Perugia but I'm not sure what the advantage would be.

At this point, since airfare hasn't been booked for weeks 2 & 3 of September I'm not opposed to tearing this apart and rebuilding it if there are compelling reasons.

Thanks for comments and suggestions.

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