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Puglia (mostly) Itinerary Sketch and Thanks

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Thanks to all those who have posted. I have lurked and pestered and admired all of you who help the rest of us. Hope to return favor with a report on our return. any thoughts on the itinerary are welcome!

so how it's stacking up...

3 nights London layover.
have tix to see 'matilda' and am hoping for something more serious as well. will do the usual museums and a bike tour if it's sunny.

4 nights Rome - Town House Spagna
have been a couple of times before and seen major sights. timing is problematic because we arrive late saturday....sunday much is closed....and tuesday is may 1 labor day with most everything closed.(?? from what i hear.) did find out that the free walking tours are running on may 1... and we are signed up to take Andrea Consoli's cooking class. looking for some evening cultural activities like opera or dance but haven't found anything yet.

train to Lecce -
3 nights Lecce at B&B Centro Storico
first day will not have a car-- will just relax wander.
2nd day will rent a car and explore nearby towns. so many restaurants to try (special thanks for all the posts on that!)

3 nights in Santa Cesare Terme
or
a masseria farther south.
torn on this one-- know we want to soak at the terme-- would like to stay by the water's edge-- but also would like to take this time to stay at a southern masseria.

3 nights Ceglie Messapica at an airbnb - Trullo a Casedd
so many restaurants and places to visit when in this area! can't wait.
will take a cooking class at Masseria il Frantoio, which will be much of the afternoon and all evening.

2 nights Matera. - airbnb - Appartamento nei Sassi
Hope to visit the thermal pool at Locanda di San Martino. Will have a tour with recommended guide Nadia G.

drive to the Gargano Peninsula and stop for lunch (have reservation-- thanks for advice to call, rather than email) at Masseria Barbera.

4 nights in Peschici - undecided on hotel but want to stay on the water. Will meet a birding guide and spend one of the days birding in the forest. Hope to take a boat along the coast and perhaps out to an island.

Drive to Termoli and take the train to Bologna.

3 nights Bologna - airbnb converted convent private residence in center -- this is the one place we will be just rooming in someone's home. will visit my hubbie's teacher from his Koine Italian class last summer as well as the family he stayed with for that week. maybe some birding in the hills around for him. shopping/eating for me!
train

2 nights Padova - just enough time to wander and hit 2 of the nearby thermal spas. (if you get a 'padova' card, they are free-- and one even includes a 1/2 hour massage!! d.h. did this last summer and loved it.)
train

2 nights Milan --unsure of the hotel in the center near duomo. (waiting/hoping for rates to fall...) just a quick stop to wander and shop before we fly home.

any input welcome. we are still flexible on much of this. can't wait-- and will post upon return. thanks again for all the info from all of you!
kawh

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