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Bergamo and Padua: Best Atmosphere for Aimless Strolling? 3-night-Split

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Looking for guidance on how best to split 3 nights between these cities (2/1 or 1/2) to match our interests.

Which is to wander, sit outside (eating, drinking, people watching), window shop, food markets, evening passeggiata, in pedestrian-friendly lively locales. This is a third trip to Italy.

Full itinerary: 14 nights @ Late September
• Bellagio (2)
• Bergamo- City Alta (1 or 2?)
• Verona (3) - Daytrip: Mantova
• Bologna (4) - Daytrip options: Ravenna, Parma, Ferrara
• Padua (1 or 2?)
• Venice (3) – 2nd Visit.

This is the trip I am trying to design:
• Lively towns with strolling, eating, shopping opportunities.
• Little need for “sights.” Our best times/memories are strolling and observing.
• With respect to shopping, we like nice stores (no interest in high-end designer clothing): kitchen, household, food, handbags, shoes. We love to look, but rarely buy since we travel so light.

Last trip advice that helped build the above itinerary from a trip I didn't take until now:

http://www.fodors.com/community/europe/northern-italy-pedestrian-friendly-aimless-strolls-elegant-shopping.cfm

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