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Looking to go off the beaten path in Italy

Thanks everyone for the great suggestions....here is some more information on what we're doing. We ARE going to be renting a car (so we have the flexibility to go wherever we want) and we are staying in a villa in the town of Civitella d'Agliano , South of Orvieto. We have already signed up for a half day cooking class near Florence and we are thinking of doing a full day private tour of Siena and San Gimignano (any ideas on if that's a good deal?). Unfortunately, Bologna is a bit too far for us to travel since it's about 5 hours away from our villa.

Does anyone have any great eat suggestions on/near the coast? We don't have any plans as of yet to go to the West coast of Italy, but would love to find a place to eat by there...or cities that would be good to visit.

Thanks so much!! All your advice is great.

Christine

Feb 21, 2010
necessian in Italy

Looking to go off the beaten path in Italy

Hello,

Me and my friend are coming to Italy March 9th-March 16th and we don't want to do the typical touristy things. Does anyone have any suggestions for some great local/charming places of the following?
-- Vineyards
-- Restaurants
-- Markets
-- Half Day/Full Day Cooking Classes

Any recommendations would be really appreciated!!

Thanks,
Christine

Feb 20, 2010
necessian in Italy