Thank you for those of you who take the time to respond to reader questions, I have learned a lot already.
We are planning to have 9 days and are currently planning on flying in and out of Nice. We would like to see both Italy and Southern France. Our questions are based on staying in Nice, but would you suggest an Italy heavy itinerary over France heavy if you had your choice? We have been to Paris (loved it), but never Italy. If so, where would you make your base in Italy? We would prefer not to rent a car, but if you feel strongly about us doing so, we welcome your suggestion.
We are a couple in our early 30’s. We love food and wine, and love going to good local family restaurants. We enjoy walking, shopping, and taking in local cultures. We are not really into museums, but do like historic places (castles, churches, etc). We would prefer to have a nice meal overlooking the sea rather than laying on the beach for the day. We live in Chicago and visit New York often, so the city is not what we are looking for. We are looking for local culture and smaller towns.
Which day trips would you suggest?
If you picked one overnight just to do something different, where would you go?
We would like to visit some wineries, any day /overnight trips to wine country?
Would you suggest an apartment rental over hotel (we just want a clean safe place, do not need luxury)?
Day Trips we are planning based on other posts:
-Day trip by train to Vintimille, Italy to visit the market. Should we combine with anything else in Italy?
-Day trip by bus to Eze-Village. Should we spend an entire day?
-Day trip by bus to Villa Éphrussi Rotschild.
Would you suggest Cannes and/or Monte Carlo? Any other sea towns that you would suggest?