Two couples celebrating our 40th Wedding Anniversaries in Italy in late July through mid August. (Yes, we know it will be hot, but my wife teaches, so we are limited as to when we can travel – and we live in Tampa, Florida so we’re used to heat and humidity. We also know our itinerary is ambitious, but we’re high energy types and are locked in as to dates, so we’ll just have to keep moving. We can rest when we get home!) We’re experienced and highly accomplished eaters, but virgins re: Italy. I’m the “foodie” of the group – tasked with ensuring we have great meals. We’re adventuresome diners, willing to splurge when necessary, but wanting good value as well; we would like to avoid tourist traps and eat more like locals (although none of us speak Italian).
Here’s our itinerary, with the meals we need to plan for each city:
Rome: Sun. – Lunch near Piazza del Popolo
Dinner near Borghese Gallery, Spanish Steps, Pantheon or wherever
Mon. – Lunch near Vatican
Tue. – Lunch near Coliseum
Florence: Wed. and Thu. – Lunches and Dinners
Venice: Fri. and Sat. – Lunches and Dinners
Tuscany: Sun., Mon., Tue. – we’re staying approx. 50 km SW of Florence; we plan to
research and explore, but suggestions are welcome
Milan: Fri. and Sat. – Lunches and Dinners
Cinque Terre (staying in Vernazza): Sun. and Mon. – Lunches and Dinners
We have a couple days planned for Switzerland between our Tuscany and Milan stays (in case you noticed the missing days).
I’ve been quite impressed by the thoughtful responses on this forum to requests such as mine, so I’ll thank you in advance for any guidance you can offer. Of course we also would like your input on the best places for gelato, pizza, porchetta sandwiches, local pasta and other food specialties. Again, thank you.