Like so many others we had to cancel 2 Europe trips in 2020. Portugal was first, then a trip to Italy. We are now going Sept 10-Oct 1, 2021.
This is our 3rd trip to Italy.
Me- 66, husband -70. We have acquired a few mobility issues but nothing that will stop us from going and enjoying ourselves. We just want to be there. We will not be climbing any towers or domes but will be spending lots of time sitting in piazzas eating gelato and drinking wine. If for some reason we can’t enter museums, etc- we don’t really care. Been there, done that. Everything is optional, only a few priorities.
After many many changes to our itinerary it is time to settle and purchase some train tix.
All travel will be via train/bus/taxi, or possibly driver.
All hotels are booked and refundable/changeable.
We have been to Florence and Rome before- visited Pienza as a day trip. All other locations are new to us.
Would love suggestions for casual restaurants in these new locations—Stresa, Verona, Bologna, Orvieto
I realize the front end of trip is a bit fast paced but I can’t see the need for any longer in those 3. Hopefully we’ll see more of Emilia-Reggiano region on a future trip so this is just an intro to Bologna for us. If we like it, we will return.
Because of the difficulty getting Last Supper tix right now (only 1 week out) we will save Milan for a future trip.
Stresa 2 nights
Verona 2 nights
Bologna 2 nights
Florence 4 nights
Pienza 4 nights
Orvieto 2 nights
Rome 4 nights
Fri 9/10 Fly EWR to MXP
Sat 9/11- Arrive MXP 8:20. The next Alibus to Stresa leaves at 12- I don't think we need that much time so we will probably book a driver here.
Unless anyone thinks we do need that much time for arrival? Don’t mind waiting about an hour but not much more than that. Anyone have a recommendation for a driver?
Arrive Stresa 11-1ish? wander around, enjoy the views.
Sun 9/12 Stresa- will do the ferry hop to islands today. Lunch suggestions?
Mon 9/13 Train to Verona- arrive around 2
Tues 9/14 Verona sights- considering the HOHO bus here- just to get us across river and to far flung sights/views—has anyone done? I know not usually worthwhile or necessary, seems like Verona might lend itself well to a HOHO bus?
Wed 9/15 Train to Bologna- arrive around 12
Thurs 9/16 Bologna sights and eats
Fri 9/17 Train to Florence- arrive around 12- Duomo Museum- this is the only priority here- closed last visit
Sat 9/18 just wander, Mercato Centrale, etc
Sun 9/19 Galileo Museum, S Croce, S Miniato, P Michelangelo
Mon 9/20 Brancacci Chapel, Oltrarno
(will pre-book all entries needed for Florence)
Tues 9/21 Pick up car Avis/Borgno Ognissanti- drive to Pienza. We have driven in Italy before, we know the drill.
We have driven Chiantigiana and Crete Senese - don’t mind repeating but any suggestions for alternate route? Where to stop for lunch?
Arrive Pienza 3-4
Wed 9/22 Day trip Montepulciano
Thurs 9/23 Day trip Bagno, S Quirico, etc
Fri 9/24 Pienza market am- whatever else we feel like
Sat- 9/25 Drive to Chiusi- drop car- Train to Orvieto- arrive 1
Sun 9/26 Orvieto sights
Mon 9/27 Train to Rome- arrive 1- cab to hotel in Trastevere
Tues-9/28 Want to revisit St Peter’s- just the Basilica. Maybe visit Villa Farnesina. No need for other major sights this time
Wed 9/29- Explore Jewish Ghetto area, lunch suggestion?
Thurs 9/30 Check out of Trastevere hotel and cab to Airport Hilton, drop bags, walk to FCO to get our preflight COVID test.
Cab to/from Ostia Antica - closes at 6.
To bed early
Fri 10/1 Fly FCO to EWR- flight 9 am
Thanks for reading and thanks for any advice/suggestions.