Hi Italy Experts!
My husband and I (mid/late twenties-active/adventurous) are heading to Italy for the first time in late June and are firming up our Itinerary and plans. We are SO excited and a tiny bit overwhelmed by the endless amounts of information out there. We haven't officially clicked "BOOK" yet on anything so we are open to re-organizing suggestions if you think something would work better. Are there any areas that you recommend shaving a day off of and adding to another region? Or cutting completely?
We would also love to hear any suggestions for must sees & must eats in any of our main areas: Venice, Florence, Cinque Terre, Tuscany, Umbria. We tend to like non-touristy restaurants/authentic "where the locals go to eat" places. We are looking to have a farm-to-table, agriturismo experience in Tuscany/Umbria and would love suggestions on how to make this possible!
Do you recommend any amazing Agrutrismos to stay at, cooking/wine classes to take, towns to visit, etc.? Does it make sense to split Tuscany and Umbria or would one home base suffice?
We're currently planning to rent a car in Siena and drive through Tuscany with little trips to towns. We would then plan to drop the rental car off in Umbria before hoping on a train to Rome to fly out. Or would we be fine driving our rental car to return it in Rome?
Timing: June 19th (land in Venice)-July 4th (fly out of Rome); 16 days
Day 1-Land in Venice
Day 4-Morning Train To Florence
Day 7-Morning Train to Cinque Terre
Day 8-Cinque Terre
Day 9-Cinque Terre
Day 10-Train to either Florence or Siena to pick up rental car
Day 16-Train to Rome; Fly out of Rome back to NY :(
THANK YOU IN ADVANCE!