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Revised Itinerary for Venice, Bologna, Tuscany, Rome - input requested

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Thanks to all of you, I have revised my itinerary in a way that I hope makes more sense and I know requires less moving around. It also provides a little bit of flexibility for people who have different interests to take day trips on their own. This is especially important as there is now a chance that my parents might be joining us! I would love for this turn of events to materialize, but it would require some scrambling for childcare since my parents were previously the plan!

To recap, my husband and I are in our 30s, seasoned travelers for our age, but not in Italy. My husband has never been, and I only hit the highlights during college. My mom has been to Italy once years ago, but my father has never been. I am hoping to hit the major highlights for a first-timer, but also focus a bit more on food than some others might. Less interested in art museums (brief look at the biggies is all I need), more interested in outdoor sites like the Colosseum and more active things like cooking classes. And generally just hoping to do lots of wandering in the streets, sipping coffee in an outdoor cafe, taking it all in. Looking for a mix of city and country.

With that in mind, here is the revised plan. 14 nights on the ground, planning for April 2013. 2 nights Venice, 4 nights Bologna, 3 nights Tuscany, 5 nights Rome

Day 0 - Depart USA
Day 1 - Arrive Venice early AM, Fight jet leg, Try to Sightsee, Sleep Venice
Day 2 - Sightsee Venice, Sleep Venice
Day 3 - Sightsee Venice (Murano?), Train to Bologna in time for late dinner, Sleep Bologna
Day 4 - Cooking Class, Sleep Bologna
Day 5 - Day trip, if desired, Choice of Florence, Modena, Ravenna, Parma, etc (this allows those with varying interests to do what they want - my husband and father can get to Florence and see the David so they don't feel like they missed out, but I can relax in Bologna or take a day trip to Ravenna or Parma - this also gives my husband the option to go to one of the darn car museums, without dragging the rest of us along - forces him to prioritize!!), Sleep Bologna
Day 6 - Food Factory Tour, Sleep Bologna
Day 7 - Sightsee Bologna, Rent car, Drive to Tuscany, Sleep Tuscany (Pienza?)
Day 8 - Explore Southern Tuscany, Sleep Tuscany
Day 9 - Explore Southern Tuscany, Sleep Tuscany
Day 10 - Explore Southern Tuscany, Drop car in Orvieto, Train to Rome, Sleep Rome
Day 11 - Sightsee Rome, Sleep Rome
Day 12 - Sightsee Rome, Sleep Rome
Day 13 - Optional day trip (Pompeii, etc) for those interested, others relax in Rome
Day 14 - Sightsee Rome, Sleep Rome
Day 15 - Depart Rome, Arrive USA

Thoughts?

We are not worried about seeing all of Tuscany or any other place that we are going. I'm hoping that this itinerary (with the optional day trips) allows those in my group who really need to get in certain things the option to do so, without cramping the more relaxing style of the others. It is definitely an overview trip that tries to fit in a lot, but I'm hoping that we've built in enough time to not just be running from one museum or monument to the next (though I know we will be doing that on a few days!). What do you think? Does this itinerary seem to accomplish our goals?

Thanks again to everyone who gave input! I welcome more ideas or suggestions.

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