We will be traveling to Italy (2 week trip) in October for our first real travel after our son's arrival. We have long been adventurous/intrepid travelers and devoted chowhounds. I have been fortunate enough to have been to Italy several times, but this will be my husband's first trip.
Nevertheless, we're going off the beaten path wherever possible. We will spend 3 days in Florence so my husband can do all the must-see cutural stuff. Then we are wide open- Bologna, Ravenna, and some smaller towns in Tuscany or E-R. We normally move around a lot on trips like this, taking trains or renting a car for part of the time, but with baby gear its going to be a lot harder, and eating a 4-hour lunch just isnt going to be feasible (sob).
Anyone have suggestions for a good home base either in Tuscany or E-R or thereabouts from which we could make forays to (relatively) untouristy spots with great authentic food and Italian culture experiences?
Also, any particular restaurants/food experiences that would be acceptable to bring a baby? He's fairly mellow but he gets antsy after a while of sitting still. Markets/shops/pizza stands/cafeterias etc are all fair game.
Lastly, any particular destinations that would be great for food-related photography in the fall there?