We just finalized our decision to visit Italy for 11 days this October. I am an avid researcher and use this site for the majority of my research for any trip we take (successfully). I will put in many computer hours reading up for this trip too. But, for now I am attempting to do some quick research on where I want to visit, because I need to book our airline tickets asap. We are using award miles and I have found a couple options, which could disappear at any moment. I definitely don't have time to finalize our plans beforehand. I have never been to Italy so I am starting from scratch.
I don't like to spend a lot of time in cities, except to eat some amazing food. I want to spend my time driving in the countryside, eating and sipping. So, I think I want to visit Tuscany for a few days (yes, I know that is very general) and also spend a few days in Piemonte. My question is, should we fly into Rome and spend 2 nights there and continue on? Or fly into Venice and, after a couple nights, go from there? Either way we will be flying back to NY from Milan airport.
If we fly into Venice I am assuming we would focus more on northern Tuscany. If we fly into Rome then we could more easily focus on southern. I just don't have time to figure out which itinerary I would prefer or makes more sense. I know 11 days is not long, but it is my goal to slow travel as much as possible and get a small feel for those areas of Italy. I am sure we will return.
Thank you for any insight and advice you might offer.