First time posting so go easy on me. We're well experienced travelers but have never made it to Italy so why not a "post" covid trip in 2021. I know, I know, Covid. We purchased tickets a while ago in and out of Milan (SEA to LIN, 5/26 - 6/16) at a great price, fully changeable so we're not worried about having to push out if needed. Anything we book/reserve will be cancelable until we get more info on restrictions. We've read through many of the prior posts on the areas so we're not totally ignorant; just mostly ;-). I'm going to try to keep questions relatively specific and manageable. Thanks in advance for your help.
We're currently planning on spending the three weeks in the the lakes area and Tuscany; thinking roughly 7 days in the lakes and 14 in Tuscany. What we're trying to figure out first is the general outline of the trip (order, major stops, transportation, etc.). We enjoy the culture and energy of busy cities but are country dwellers at heart. We'd much rather stop in a nondescript bar/cafe than a 3 star Michelin restaurant but we do both. We love to poke around the back street and neighborhoods not frequented by the touring crowd and have been known to get lost in the countryside wondering what is over the next hill. So, we'd love some experienced opinions on a few high level planning ideas:
- Order - is there any reason to do one area before the other?
- Major stops - Our major city list is currently Milan (1 our 2 days on arrival or departure), Florence (2 days+-), Siena (2 days +-). We're planning on a good bit of time adventuring the countryside in Tuscany and planning on a couple of Agritourismo/B&B stops (a couple of days each) to adventure from. If this was your basic itinerary how would you allocate your days and nights?
- Transportation - We're assuming a car to/from in the lakes area, train/bus from/to Milan to Florence to Siena, and then a car in the Tuscan countryside. We've used public transportation across the world so no concerns jumping on trains or busses. Reasonable/crazy/ what is a much better plan?
What are we missing? Once we have the basic outline we'll start to plan lodging and then major sites. First things first though, where in the heck will we go, for how long, and how do we get around?
Thanks all. Looking forward to sharing what we learn along the way as well.