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Italy: Northern Italy Itinerary help

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Hello, I am STILL trying to finalize our Northern Italy trip Itinerary. We will be traveling in July and flying in and out of Malpensa. I have come up with 2 itineraries. We will have a car so have ensured that we have parking for all of these options. We arrive in MXP at 9am.
2 nights Aosta
2 nights Levanto (C.T)
4 nights Ferrara (with day trip by train to Venice)
1 night near MXP

or
3 nights Levanto
4 nights Ferrara/day trip to Venice
2 nights Stresa or Lago D'orta -agriturismo cucchiaio di Legno, although maybe Stresa would be better for airport access.

Just to clarify, the car is non negotiable per my husband :)
Also we have friends in Ferrara so that portion is also non negotiable. I could do 2 nights Ferrara/2 in Venice but that might make the trip too crazy. Would welcome opinions on that.
Another thing to note is we will follow the trip with 10 relaxing days visiting family in Ireland so we don't mind wearing ourselves out a bit on this first part of our trip.

I know it is a lot but we did a similar trip in France several years ago 2 nights Loire, 3 Normandy, 3 Paris and it was a great pace for us.

On paper, I prefer the first itinerary including Aosta as I wanted some mountain scenery but maybe I could get that from a day trip from Stresa. Looking for opinions on that. Love the fact that Aosta seems to be off the beaten path esp compared to C.T.

After researching C.T there seem to be so many small villages inland that seem worth exploring. Also walks around Framura (near Levanto) appeal to me. I know the 5 villages seem crazy at this time of year but our plan would be to see them by ferry and maybe do some small hikes for just 1 full day.

I am also wondering what would be the best or most scenic route from C.T to Ferrara. Should we drop down towards Pisa and head up towards Bologna? Or just work our way from Levanto?

Many thanks for any more advice that you can give.

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