I posted a question earlier in this forum but wanted to reframe it so I am starting over. Thank you in advance to all that participate!
My wife and I (late 30’s no kids) are planning to take a short leave next year. Working timeline is from week of April 17th 2023 through to the 90 day mark before we cross into Croatia for appx 2 weeks to cap of our trip.
She is studying and will spend the better part of her days doing school work. I am free to roam with maybe some self guided learning to fill my time.
My ask-we want to split our time up into 3 separate locations and would like to be somewhat diverse in how we chose our bases. It would be important that there is enough in the town/area to keep us interested for 4 weeks. We don’t plan on having a car but will rent one if necessary. Open to all combinations, recommendations and opinions. One important thing would be that there’s some form of evening culture/entrainment.
Working ideas are currently some combination of the following….
Lecce or Trani
Florence or Lucca
Mantova or Bologna
Sicily (however trying to avoid additional flying)
Open to all alternatives in all regions!
Quickly about us.
We spent 3 weeks in Italy in 2016 and hit most of the highlights. Venice, Ortesie in the Dolomites, CT, Florence, Tuscany (agritourismo) and Rome. Florence and would only be interested in spending a bit more time in Florence.
Lovers of culture. I will be working on learning the language. Lovers of history and museums. I am a chef by trade so of course food is of importance. But more so from a regionality stand point than just fancy restaurants. Love to hike and be in nature but could also very easily spend an afternoon in a piazza ppl watching.
Thank you so much!