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3 week trip including Positano, Vienna, Berlin & Budapest - a few unknowns

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I am leaving a week from tomorrow for 25 days in Europe and most of my itinerary is set but I have a few questions and would love input on my basic plan. It may seem like a strange combo but I knew I wanted to be in Positano for my birthday and then explore some new areas after.

So far:
Land in Milan Sat 5/17, spend 1 night, see Mona Lisa on Sunday and then pick up rental car and drive to Hotel Castello di Sinio for 2 nights
5/19-20 Wine tasting on Monday, what type of itinerary would make sense for only 1 day of wine tasting? The hotel says they will make some reservations for us that morning. Also I would like to see Alba and Neive and Vercelli (just a brief stop/photo op as it's my family name). Is this possible for one day and visiting 2-3 wineries? Any dinner recommendations or safe to wing it?
Would like to have a nice breakfast the next morning (any suggestions?) and then drive back to Milan for afternoon flight to Napoli.
5/20-5/26 - 2 apartments rented for Positano at Casa Maresca. I've got this portion covered as I'm familiar with the area. My birthday dinner is at La Sponda - would love to hear if it's worth it or somewhere else would be better? Want a lively atmosphere and good food.
5/26 flying to Vienna and have an airbnb rented for 4 nights. Sole reason for this portion of trip is to see the Admont Abbey. I had planned to take a day trip and it seems it might make sense to rent a car and explore the Wachau Valley as I read so many recommendations for it when doing research on the forums. So questions are: is this best done with a rental car? Is there a particular route etc. that has prettiest scenery? Is it doable to see Admont and Melk in one day and head back to Vienna? What is the best way to organize this day?
Other days will be spent seeing Vienna sites
5/31-6/3 Berlin - have a hotel booked but unsure if I will like the area. It is the Nuekoln/Kreuzberg area and called Huettenpalast. Taking the Fat Tire Bike Tour of the city and then will explore on our own.
Last city Budapest - I have some questions on the baths. Is it possible to take a phone and book with you or should those be left in the locker? Most people seem to recommend either the Gellert or the Szechenyi but it appears the Gellert is male only on the days we are in town. Any others I should consider? Any great restaurants to visit?
General questions - I have no day trips planned other than the Abbey and with 4 days in each city I don't think I need to? For Budapest flying out Sunday am and was going to try and visit Bologna for day and then train to Milan to fly home. Is that doable/wise?
For sightseeing I believe we will just about cover the basics/majors. Not sure about booking music/opera tix in Vienna/Budapest. Can these wait til we are there?

Thanks for your input - not sure anyone will make it through this very long post...lol.

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