As many of you know, I was to attend a work conference the last week of April in Jesi (near Ancona in the Marche). Prior to the conference, I was planning a few days in Emilia-Romagna. After the conference, I was to drive to Rome for a final weekend (with a quick stop in Assisi). I got great feedback on this board, had an itinerary and restaurant reservations.
Unfortunately, the day before I was to leave, the conference was postponed due to the ash cloud affecting travel throughout Europe.
The conference has been rescheduled for June. I have new plane tickets. So here I go again. I have a lot more info than I had before, but would still appreciate feedback.
Day 1 - Thu: Arrive at Milan-Linate at 18:00. Looking for a place on the way to Bologna, where I will have an excellent Emilian meal and a comfortable room. Leading candidates:
* Arnaldo's Clinica Gastronomica - http://www.clinicagastronomica.com
* Il Cavallino Bianco - http://www.acpallavicina.com/relais
* Hosteria Da Ivan - http://www.hostariadaivan.it/
Day 2 - Fri: Drive to Bologna (see the sites and markets of Parma/Modena along the way). Eat dinner at Trattoria della Gigina in Bologna. - Originally, I planned on eating in Modena on Day 2, and Gigina on Day 3. But Gigina is closed on Saturday.
Day 3 - Sat: Spend morning in Bologna at Piazza Maggiore and surrounding markets recommended in 'Italy for the Gourmet Traveler'. I haven't decided whether to look for another restaurant in Bologna, or to back track and eat at one of:
* Hosteria Guisti
* Osteria di Rubbiara
Saturday evening drive to Jesi in Le Marches
Days 4-8 (Sun-Thu) @ conference in Jesi. Not sure how much choice I will have on dining locations, but I have some good recommendations thanks to ghiottone.
I've added an extra day for my drive to Rome, so I will be able to spend the night in Umbria and not feel too rushed in Assisi
Day 9 - Fri: I drive to Norcia. Stay at Palazzo Seneca. Fred Plotkin recommends eating at the sister property, Hotel Grotta Azzurra. Does anyone have feedback on these two hotels/ristorantes? Should I eat at my own hotel, or is Grotta Azzura a must eat? Is there anything else I must try in Norcia?
Day 10 - Sat: Tour Assissi for a few hours before heading to Rome. Not going out of my way for a meal, and will be happy with any cafe or pizzeria. Arrive at Rome Sat evening
Days 10-13 (Sat night thru Tue morning): Rome. Not seeking rec`s for Rome - plenty of other threads already on this board about Rome.