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3 months to go-down to the details for Venice, Bologna & Umbria

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Well,our air and all our accommodations are booked, so not much room for tweaking there. We are down to some of the more detailed plans. We'll be on the ground 17 days - 6 nights Venice, 4 in Bologna, and a week in an agriturismo near Montefalco, Umbria. I had earlier anticipated 7-5-7, but some airline availability issues and what not caused me to shave a night from Venice and one from Bologna. Still, i think this will be a good balance. The greater portion of our air has been booked with points, and I secured our Venice hotel through Luxury Link at about half price, so I'm feeling pretty good about the budget. Umbria lodgings will be very economical at under 700 E. for the week.

My dear husband has accused me on previous trips of taking him on a forced march (so not the case ;o) so I am trying to back off on the planning on this one a little bit, but still be prepared somewhat so as not to find ourselves at a loss. For Venice, I think I will just reserve maybe the first night's dinner, and one where the res. might be difficult to secure.
We'll be staying in Cannaregio near Ca d'Oro. We will want to visit some museums but not several. I'll leave that a little open, and if the weather is ugly we'll head to museums, but if it turns out to be incredibly beautiful we will want to be out wandering as much as possible. (We'll be there mid October, so weather could go any which way - I suppose it always can.) Of course we will want to see St. Mark's & Doges' Palace - would reserving a time the day prior be adequate to secure an entry time with minimal waiting? I am thinking of booking ahead the "Secret Itineraries" tour. Any input on this? Could I do this through my hotel upon arrival? I think we'll both enjoy the Naval museum and a quick stop at the Glass Museum on Murano. I think the Chorus pass will be a great way to see many of the churches with their incredible art - sort of setting a loose itinerary, sort of a treasure hunt.

I plan on getting a 7 day vaporetto pass (only need 6 days, but 2 72 hours is more than a 7 day.) I'll be a few months out of foot surgery, and I think I'll have no problems, but want to be able to take the vap as much as possible. I'm a little confused by all the various combo cards for museums, etc. (even bathrooms.) Would Venice connected be the best source?

We have never been to Venice, but I have dreamed of it for many years.I really cringe at the term, "must sees." For me, it just conjures up the wrong image. But, for all the experience out there, I am open to any special tips or input for Venice? We both seek off-the path- gems, look to experience the history and unique architecture and character of the city. We are not art aficionados, but will want to enrich our exposure. We'll want to do as much strolling as my new bionic foot will allow and we both love (amateur) photography. And, of course, good food is always a major focus on all our trips!

Thanks in advance for any input you can offer, and thanks to all who have contributed to help my planning so far. I'll return later to ask questions about my other two destinations and to dial down further details.

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