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Need recs for 7 day driving tour from Veneto to Emiglia Romagna

walker42 | May 27, 201503:16 PM     35

Hello everyone. This is sort of a “last minute” plan for me, as the airline changed our flight on us and made it impossible to fly into Munich as we had originally planned. Now we arrive and depart from Venice. If anyone needs a 10 day itinerary from Munch to Venice, let me know! :)

Thanks in large part to the great posters on this board, I think I’ve got the good bones of a trip on which to build the details around – the bones of course being the meals. We’re a couple in our mid 40’s, so travel pace and stomach size are not anticipated to be obstacles. The only obstacle is that we are going in early August, so many obvious choices are closed for the month (Giusti), and some I have not been able to contact may be closed as well for the holiday what with this part of the trip being August 8-14 (La Buca). The heat will not be an issue for us; it will still be cooler than Florida in August. (hopefully)

The idea is to eat dinner where we sleep if possible, but if not a drive of say 20 minutes would be OK. Strictly regional food and wine is preferred for all meals, unless we would suffer for it.

Below is our itinerary with some specific questions. Of course any and all comments are welcomed and appreciated! The plan as of now is, after Venice (We should be OK here, lots of stuff on the board for Venice!), we pick up a car in the AM and:

Day 1: Visit Asolo(?), overnight Bassano del Grappa for the grappa, and the cocktail bar Palazzo delle Misture looks like a great place to spend the night 

?------ any suggestions for a lunch and a dinner in this area? There are a few Michelin bibs around. Of course eating dinner closer to (or in) Bassano would make this night much happier.

Day 2: Sunday - Marostica large lunch or maybe a Sunday meal in Verona and a relatively quick or on-the-go snack as we walk around the old town pre-opera.

?------- Has anyone eaten at a destination restaurant in Marostica? A quick dinner in Verona? My first choice is to find a great Sunday afternoon restaurant in the countryside or in Verona.

Day 3: Verona Monday morning, then drive to lunch and either Brescia or Cremona, then on to Rivalta de Gazzola, south of Piacenza, to stay at the castle and eat at Locanda del Falco.

?-------Lunch will be somewhere with easyish access to the A4 or A21 or near Brescia or Cremona. Some of the board’s recommendations are closed on Mondays. Has anyone been to Locanda del Falco? It seems very highly rated in certain corners of the internet.

Day 4: Drive around, farms, cheese, Bobbio(?), Castell’Arquato, overnight at castle Vigoleno, southwest of Fidenza. Dinner at Bollicine & Torta Fritta (?) - a new restaurant adjacent to the castle that says the right things but leaves me trepidatious.

?------- Seems like a great opportunity for lunch in this area, somewhere between Bobbio and Castell’Arquato, maybe in Ponte dell’Olio? For dinner, has anyone eaten near Vigoleno?

Day 5: Lunch at Locanda Mariella, castle Torrechiara, Parma afternoon and overnight in the town center.

?-------- Cocchi and Ai due Platani are two popular choices in Parma, and if they are similar I would rather walk to Cocchi than make the short drive at night. I will be receptive to anyone telling me we must to to Ai due Platani (or elsewhere) or forever live a life of regret, mostly because we had a car.

Day 6: Cheesy things tour in the morning, Lunch at La Buca, then to Antica Corte Pallvicina to spend the rest of the day.

?------- No questions here, a perfect day!

Day 7: Day in Mantova, then head to Vicenza for dinner and overnight in preparation for flying out of Venice the next afternoon.

?------ One great lunch in Mantova is needed, I think there are good options already talked about here, and then to finish up I need an epic dinner on the way to or in Vicenza. I can be talked into Padua if necessary for dinner, but as we’d like to walk around the next day until about noon or so Vicenza seemed like it would fit our needs better, maybe not?

Thanks for any thoughts guys!

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