The countdown has begun! We will spend three full weeks in Italy in September, and I can't wait! Here is our itinerary:
We fly from LAX to AMS, then a short flight to MXP, where we will meet our friends, Fiona and Steve. We traveled to Italy with them in 2003, and had a delightful time. They are easy going, fun, and up for whatever we suggest. They love good food, good wine, and "leave the driving to us". OK, we all leave it to "Brad'll Do It".
We will begin with four nights in Varenna, on Lake Como. I have been to Bellagio, but Varenna is new to all four of us.
Next, we will spend 5 nights in Lerici, with day trips to explore the Ligurian coast.
Brad and I have been to Camogli and Portofino, but we look forward to visiting Portovenere, and beautiful vistas of the sea.
Then a whole week at Diana's! Whoo Hoo! I am most looking forward to visiting with Diana, Micha, and my buddy Max at Baur B&B. We look forward to relaxing in the luxurious comfort of the property, beautiful drives to nearby towns, showing our friends the wonders and beauty of Piemonte. I know there will be figs, Brachetto, and laughter. Diana is stocking up on coffee as we speak!
If we must leave Acqui Terme, at least I get to end our trip in one of my favorite Italian cities: Bologna. This last 6 days will be all about food and shopping! We will probably take Fiona and Steve to Ravenna and Parma for day trips as well. I am sure there will be many many lattes consumed from this spot on Piazza Maggiore!