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Northern Italy food trip

Planning trip from Strasbourg to Venice later in fall. Want to build it around food, of course. Trying to decide whether to stay in Venice and take day trips out or stay somewhere else and take a day trip (or two) into Venice. Any thoughts or suggestions. We will have a car, and again, food is the whole point.

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  1. I would think about doing both, spending a few nights in Venice and spending a few nights on the mainland in the Veneto.

    We did this a number of years ago, spending several nights in Venice and several nights in Castlefranco Veneto, which is centrally located between Vicenza, Padua, Treviso & Bassono del Grappa. Generally speaking, the cost of dining and hotel accomodations are much lower on the mainland than in Venice.

    If you do a search on this board for all the cities you are thinking of visiting, you will find numerous suggestions here.

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    1. re: DavidT

      DavidT is absolutely correct about venice being expensive for lodging and food, but there is something to be said for spending a couple of nights in venice. Wandering the alleys of the city after the daytrippers disappear is pretty special IMO. I thought the food was okay but unremarkable compared to other areas. We ate at a lot of wine bars and had small plates.

    2. imho. make verona your base camp

      1. Don't know your agenda, time constraints, or route, but I strongly suggest spending a bit of time in the Piedmont. The food is remarkable. We just returned from a week in a little agriturismo about 15 km south of Alba (Ca' del Lupo in Montelupo Albese) and it was remarkably nice. The hotel room was modern, spacious, cheap, and had a great view. The service was great and the restaurant attached to the hotel was fantastic. It was the perfect base to discover the cheese (murrazzano, castelmagno, robbiolas, etc.), wine (dolcetto, barolo, etc.), and traditional piemontese food. A really, really wonderful place.

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        1. re: glutton

          Have you ever had one of those 'duh' moments. Thank you so much for the input. Piedmont looks wonderful. We were so focused on getting to Venice... You all are the best!

        2. In the ancient town of Lucca is Bucca De San Antonio, a restaurant that has been in the same location run by the same family for 500 years. There you will find food of the gods.

          1. Verona is a wonderful base to explore from and less than 3 hours' drive from Venice. Here are my reports on Verona and surrounds and on Modena, which is a must-do if you are in that part of the world.

            http://www.chowhound.com/topics/267010

            http://www.chowhound.com/topics/267014

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            1. re: GretchenS

              take train from verona to venice..much more efficient..i also have been to modena many times..one of my fave places in italy...giusti/morandi friends of ours...fab