In July or August timeframe I plan to take a Euro trip with my family. We will have 5 people total. Last time I went to Switzerland I really enjoyed Grindlewald so I plan to take a few days (2-3days) then travel by train to Italy and spend the remaining time in Italy (7-11 days).
First I would like to know is there any part of Italy that is similar to the Swiss alps with the cable cars, activities, and hiking, etc. If there is then I might skip the Switzerland portion.
Secondly I'd want advice on where to spend the remaining 7-11 days, most likely 11. Ideally I would like to go to Rome and one or 2 other cities. I was thinking Venice would be the other, is this a good choice?
Lastly would like to visit possibly beaches or mountainess areas with nice scenery and views to get away from the hustle of the city for a few days.
We are interested in the typical sightseeing, my parents are italian heritage and will be first time visiting. Also interested in authentic italian foods, and getting some fresh homemade foods, (mozzarella yum) and great wine. Will august be a bad time for getting authentic food because of the closings? Possibly some good italian live music, not much into the bars and clubs scene.
Any suggestions or help/ideas for my trip would be greatly appreciated!!