My wife and I get 9 days in Italy in early September. Looking for input/insights to help make this a great food/wine trip where we do things we wouldn't/couldn't do if our kids were with us:
Days 1 - 4: Arrive Venice Marco Polo, Rent a car and drive to Lake Garda (Staying at Hotel Grand Fasano)
Drinks/Ciccheti: La Torre de San Marco, Lido 84, Villa Cortine, La Pace
Dinners: Osteria di Mezzo, Ristorante Il Fagiano, ??
Days 4-7: Drive to Florence area (Staying at Villa Le Calvane)
>Chauffeured wine tour
>Siena and/or Pienza: Taverna di San Giuseppe, Santa Caterina della Grotta (Bagoga), Antica Osteria da Divo, Latte di Luna, osteria la porta
>Florence: ?? Maybe. Might skip eating in the city if we find more interesting stuff outside the city.
Days 7-9: Drive back to Venice and ditch the car (Staying at the Gritti Palace)
Drinks/Ciccheti: Harrys Bar (of course), Campo S. Giacomo di Rialto, ??
Dinner: Quadratti, Venissa (for high-end), looking for something more casual/relaxing too.
Not worried about cost so much as having interesting, relaxing, delicious experiences. This our first time in Italy, so any feedback/tips etc are welcome.