Hi all. My wife and I will be first time visitors to Italy. Was originally planning to do a group trip, but the more I read the more daring and braver I am getting at just planning our own trip. So at this point ready to commit to first getting my airfare secured.
We plan on arriving in Rome on the morning of Mon Aug 31 and then eventually flying out of Venice on Fri Sep 11. This gives us 11 nights. Now I need to fill in the middle with some plans. First thing I would like to do is nail down how many nights in each city. Since I envision train travel with luggage to be a bit of an unpleasant experience was planning to do hotel stays in Rome -> Florence -> Venice.
I've been reading about people doing daytrips venturing out of these cities to nearby locations and maybe spending a day and then returning to the "base city".
Given the fact that I have a number of nights that can't be evenly distributed among the 3 cities (looking to break it up 4, 4 and 3). I was hoping to get some recommendations on which cities should get the 4 nights given a day trip from a particular city or 2. For example one possibility would be to spend a day in Pisa going from Florence.
Would it be safe for me to assume that I would want to spend a full 3 days in each of these cities? Assuming so that would give me 2 day trips to other cities. What would be some recommended day trips. My preference would be for something with a little breathing room. Since we are going to be in crowded cities for the majority of the time, I think it'd be nice to have a change of pace. We aren't the type to go hiking or anything like that. Just a scenic place small town beautiful scenery etc.
Also worth noting, I know that this is definitely a place to visit if you like wine, I however happen to much prefer beer. I have seen a few craft beer places in Rome (such as Eternal City Brewing). Are there any good craft beer locations either in the main cities or in potential daytrip locations? I don't necessarily want to plan my vacation around this but I certainly would enjoy visiting a few craft beer places.
Thanks in advance