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Hello dear Fodorites!

Warning: VERY long post below!!

Bikerscott and I are planning a 2 week return to Bella Italia in June 2012. This trip will focus on FOOD (just to be different) and wine of course! I’d like your take on our plans and any suggestions for great places to eat, shop for food, or sites to see! We are heading out mid-June for two weeks. My questions are in caps so they stand out in this overly long post (sorry!), but I am not shouting :)

The plan so far is below. Any and all comments are welcome:

Saturday

Fly into Bologna from London and pick up a car (we have to pick it up now and keep it overnight as no rental agencies open on Sunday in town and we don’t want to get back out to the airport)

Antica Residenza d'Azeglio
Via Massimo d'Azeglio 64 - 40124 BOLOGNA
Tel.+39 051 644 73 89 - Fax +39 051 33 93 354
www.anticaresidenzadazeglio.it
€110 for a classic room with parking spot – we know NOT to drive into centre and have very detailed directions from the hotel!

We plan to do a walking tour and eat! Lunch is potentially at:

Ristorante Da Cesari
Via de' Carbonesi 8
http://www.da-cesari.it/default.asp

Shop at http://tamburini.com/ for pasta supplies for apartment in Le Marche.

A.F. TAMBURINI"
ANTICA SALSAMENTERIA BOLOGNESE
P.IVA e C.Fisc. 00322200379
via Caprarie, 1 - 40124 Bologna

Dinner at:

dal Biassanot Trattoria
Via Peilla, 16/a www.dalbiassanot.it

OR the following (including the reviews I have read)

Biagi alla Grada - via della Grada 6. An award winning restaurant. Their food is awesome. Unlike a lot of Italian restaurants, Biagi feels large and open, but the lights are kept nice and low. Not very well known by tourists. 051-553025.

Trattoria da Pietro - via Falegnami 18. Nice little traditional hole-in-the-wall style place, but upscale for its size. Really good service, unknown by tourists, but always full. The food is why. Family owned and operated, award-winning chef. 051-230644.

Sunday

Drive to agriturismo in Le Marche via Ravenna to see the mosaics. We will have lunch and then go to see at least the following 3 places:

ANY LUNCH AND/OR PARKING RECOMMENDATIONS IN RAVENNA?

An aside – is it pronounced RA-VEENA?

The Galla Placidia Mausoleum is situated in Via Fiandrini, Ravenna (+39 0544 541688). It is open from 9am to 7pm between April and September. Tickets cost €9.50 and allow entry both to the Mausoleum and the Church of San Vitale.

The Arian Baptistery is situated in Vicolo degli Ariani, Ravenna (0039 0544 543711). It is open from 8.30am to 7.30pm, and entry is free.

The Church of San Vitale is situated in Via Fiandrini, Ravenna (+39 0544 541688). It is open from 9.30am to 5pm, from November to February, from 9am to 5.30pm in March and October, and from 9am to 7pm between April and September. Tickets cost €9.50 and allow entry both to the Church and the Mausoleum of Galla Placidia.

Agriturismo Ca’Camone
Via Candigliano
61046 Piobbico (PU)
tel. +39 331.525.2753
€550 a week
http://www.latavolamarche.com/findus.html
4 course meal at agritourismo - €30 each

Monday

Market day in Fossombrone, viala della Repubblica and Piazzale Giovanni XXIII

Fermignano, Urbania and Mercatello sul Metauro are apparently close by – are any worth stopping at or going to for the nice drive?

Also heard Sant'Arcangelo in Vado is a nice place to go?

LUNCH RECOMMENDATIONS?

Tuesday
Cooking Class and day at the agritourismo

Wednesday

Trip to the coast for a seafood lunch – ANY LUNCH RECOMMENDATIONS?

Thursday

San Leo or Ascoli Piceno

Pizza night at the agritourismo

Friday

Gubbio

Saturday

Urbino for Market day

Dinner at:

Antica Osteria da la Stella
Via Santa Margherita, 1
61029 - URBINO (PU)
Tel. e Fax 0722 320228

Restaurants in Le Marche – are these any good?
TRATTOSTERIA
Via Marconi, 4, Fermignano, Italy

Ca' Maddalena
Localita Ca' Maddalena, 61033 Urbino, Italy

Sunday

We thought about taking the train but can’t find a place to return the car on a Sunday so we are fine with driving the coastal autostrada hahaha! We wanted to stay in one place for the whole week and then do day trips and likely return to the masseria for dinners (we will test out how good they are the first night!). But we do plan to eat lunch out.

ANY GOOD RECOMMENDATIONS FOR A LUNCH STOP?

Drive 7 hours to S.P. 44 Acquaro
San Vito Scalo - Mesagne, Km 4,5
72100 - BRINDISI (Br)
http://www.masseriabaroninuovi.it/en/photo-gallery.php?gallery=2
€110 a night

Monday

Gallipoli and the Ionian Sea

Masseria Gattamora by Otranto for dinner?
http://www.gattamora.it/

Tuesday

Lecce and Otranto

Lunch here: http://www.lezie.it/

Wednesday

Monopoli and Polignano a Mare (maybe kayaking on the ocean)

Lunch here http://www.grottardito.it/default.htm OR http://www.donnagina.it/fotogallery.php

Thursday 28 June

Drive to Ostuni and the ruined city of Egnazia (00 39 080 482 9056; £2.40), near Fasano, flourished in 5BC; its walls, forum, Roman amphitheatre and temples are photogenically weathered, and the setting is splendid, framed by olive groves and wildflowers, with the sea glittering beyond. The on-site museum houses some well-preserved mosaics and earthenware: well worth a wander.

Dinner at http://www.masseriaparcodicastro.it/COME%20RAGGIUNGERCI.htm in Fasano
€35 for tasting menu

Friday

Mattera (LONG DRIVE – about 2 hours each way - BUT WORTH IT?)

Dinner: Antico Borgo in Cisternino, www.rosticceria-lanticoborgo.it – we heard that this is the place to have a fornello

Saturday

Head out to Martina Franca, Locorotondo (go here last and at dusk if possible) and Alberobello

Lunch at Il Ritrovo degli Amici, a SlowFood restaurant in Martina Franca
Corso Messapia, 8
74015 Martina Franca Taranto, Italy
080 483 9249

OR

Piazzetta Garibaldi in Martina Franca, no website, Piazza Garibaldi 17, tel. 080-4304900

OR

Trattoria Centro Storico at Via Eroi di Dogali 6; Tel : 080-4315473; www.ilcentrostorico.biz

Good options: www.masseriabarbera.it Barbera, and at Antichi Sapori

Sunday

Fly home from Brindisi

PHEW! Thank you so much for any and all your comments. I promise we will repay with an on the road trip report with photos and lots of food and wine descriptions!

Jamikins

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