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Italy- Tips & Recommendations, Food, Wine, Restaurants, Things to Do

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We are traveling to Italy for 2 weeks in May. We are big food and wine people. My husband loves museums, while I love more outdoor activities and adventure.
Here is our itinerary. We have already booked the car, most reservations and all hotels. I would love recommendations on packing, tips for traveling in Italy, budget tips or places to stop or see in-between cities.

Day 1: Arrive at MXP at 9am. Drive to Parmense Parma to check into our hotel Antica Corta Pallavicina Relais. We will be doing a tavern tour here and then dinner at the restaurant.
Day 2: Leave Parma drive to Florence. We are staying at the Best Western Hotel River in Florence. We will be here for 3 days. Day 1, when we arrive mid-day, we will be doing the Duomo, Bell Tower & Catherdral. We will be dining at Antica Trattoria "da Tito" dal 1913. With any downtime or inbetween time in Florence, we will be seeing: Shopping at San Lorzeno Market, Palazzo Vecchio or Piazza della Signoria
Day 3: Wine Tour Day with Tuscan Wine Tours. Dinner reservations at L'Osteria di Giovanni.
Day 4: Bargello, Academy & Uffizi galleries- all tickets purchased with times mapped out for each as below:

10:00 Bargello National Museum (Recommend Time Spent: 2 Hours)
12:00 Orsanmichele & Lunch
1:30 Galleria dell’Accademia (Recommend Time Spent: 1 ½ Hours)
3:00 Snack Time
3:30 Uffizi Gallery (Recommend Time Spent: 3 Hours)
6:30 Return to Hotel - Freshen Up & Get Ready
7:30 Leave for dinner, walk through Ponte Vecchio or Plazzos
8:30 Dinner at Enoteca Pitti Gola e Cantina
Day 5: Leave Florence and Drive to Rome. We are staying at an apartment rental in Rome. Day 1 we will be exploring Campo de’ Fiori and all over Trastevere. No plans for dinner- explore.
Day 6: Rome. Caeaser Shuffle from Rick Steves – Capitoline Hill, Imperail Forums, Colosseum, Roman Forum, Palatine Hill & the pantheon. No plans for dinner- explore around Piazza Navona.
Day 7: Rome. St Peter’s and then the Vatican Museums. Pizzarium for lunch. Castel Sant’Angelo and then walk around and explore in the afternoon. Dinner reservations of Ad Hoc. We booked Ad Hoc because the white truffle tasting menu was 120 Euros, since it has rose to 190 euros. For this price we can go to La Pergola for dinner (without wine). We are unsure if we should do Ad Hoc with the black truffle tasting menu and wines at 120 Euros or do La Pergola for 190 Euros plus drinks

Day 8: Drive to Siena. We are staying at Agriturismo Il Castagno. We plan on doing Lunch & Wine Tasting at Castello di Fonterutoli first, then checking in and relaxing. Dinner at agriturismo.

Day 9: Siena. We bought the Opi Pass to visit the Baptistry, Duomo, Cathedral, Crypt and Library. We made reservations for lunch at Antica Osteria da Divo and dinner at Antica Osteria da Divo.

Day 10: Bologna. Staying at Starhotels Excelsior. I made a food walking tour. Here are the places, in order of distance from hotel, we are thinking of walking too. We may skip some, and add along the way, but these seem to be the top of the top.
Walking Tour:
Gelateria Galliera 49
Ristorante Donatello
Enoteca Italiana
Banco Del Vino
PizzArtist
Piazza Maggiore
Pescheria Del Pavaglione
Osteria del Sole
Salumeria Simoni S.R.L
Tamburini
Paolo Atti & Figli
Godot wine bar & restaurant
Rue de la fromagerie & rouge
La Sorbetteria Castiglione
Majani

Day 11: Drive from Bologna to Venice. Originally we wanted to stop in the Euganean Hills for wine tastings along the way, but they are mostly closed on Sunday. Ideas? We are staying at the Hilton Milano Stucky. Dinner reservations for Restaurante Riveria.

Day 12: Get lost in Venice. Only reservation is for St. Mark’s Basilica.
Day 13: Get lost in Venice again.
Day 14: Drive from Venice to Milan, we fly out the next morning. We are thinking of stooping either at Lake Garda or Lake Como to spend the day. Any recommendations? Something not to far off the highway but a good place for sightseeing, romance and good food/wine.

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