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Help fine-tuning plans: Venice, Bologna, Tuscany, Rome

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I can't believe I'm finally leaving on my trip next month! Thanks to all of you, I feel comfortable with my big picture itinerary, and am now fine-tuning the day-by-day in each place. To recap: My husband and I are in our 30s traveling just the two of us, flying from the US arriving into Venice on Friday, April 26. 2 nights Venice, 4 nights Bologna, 3 nights Pienza, 5 nights Rome, departing on Friday, May 10. We love food and wine, are less interested in art museums though want to see the biggies, are thrilled to just people-watch in cafes, enjoy beautiful scenery and experience the joy of being in a different culture. We are exhausted parents of a 1.5 year old (taking this trip before contemplating adding another child!) with expectations of returning, so are leaving out many, many things in order to sleep in on some mornings and have time to laze around! I briefly went to Rome, Florence, and Cinque Terre in college - my memories are more of partying and sleeping on a CT beach than anything else - and my husband has never been, so for all intents and purposes, please consider this a first-timers' itinerary.

I will add to this post for each destination...let's start with Venice!

FRIDAY, APRIL 25
-Arrive 1:40pm into Marco Polo airport
-Pre-booked shared water taxi to Ai Tagliapetra B&B near San Zaccaria waterbus stop
-Fight jet leg, attempt to stay awake by walking around, perhaps meander to St. Mark's Square just to get bearings or "get lost" for the first time
-Early dinner somewhere close to hotel, early to bed

SATURDAY, APRIL 26
-Rick Steve's self-guided walking tour from St. Mark's Square to Frari Church, stopping at Rialto Market along the way
-Rick Steve's self-guided Grand Canal vaporetto tour
-Late afternoon (attempting to miss crowds), visit St. Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace, perhaps go up Campanile
-Casual dinner, stopping for cicchetti wherever it looks fun
-If up for it, catch some evening music in St. Mark's Square with a cocktail

SUNDAY, APRIL 27
-If we missed anything on yesterday's list, do it now
-"Get lost" perhaps in Dorsoduro neighborhood where we could have lunch
-If we have time and/or feel like it, visit Guggenheim or Accademia
-Catch train to Bologna around 4 or 5pm

Venice is the place where I know we have too little time, but alas, we cannot add another night. So with the idea that we will return, I have left out many things such as a trip to the lagoon islands and the Correr Museum, plus we will skip one or both of Guggenheim and Accademia. Our priority for Venice is to recover from jet lag in a beautiful place, mostly walking around enjoying the wonder of a canaled city. Meals are intended to be more casual in Venice because we are doing a lot of nice restaurant meals in other locations.

What are your thoughts on my plans, keeping my goals and interests in mind? Do you think I should book a tour or timed entry for Doges Palace and St. Mark's Basilica? Am I doing too much or too little? Skipping anything I would regret? Any casual restaurants near my hotel that you could suggest for our first night? Other suggestions?

THANK YOU!!

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