Subject: Northeast Italy - advice, please
Hello 'Ziners!

I would appreciate any advice on choosing a base for a week in early July in northeastern Italy. We are 2 adults and a 6-year-old daughter. Have very tentatively narrowed it down to the Veneto region. The following are some criteria for choosing a place:

We will try to rent an apartment in the old section of a city or town, not a villa in the countryside.

Town large enough to be able to walk around (pedestrian areas preferable), to have a playground(s), have several mid-priced restaurants where one can take a well behaved child. Not too touristy.

Preferably on a train line to be able to take day trips to Venice, etc., though we will have a rental car.

Good quality food and wine shops, as we will be cooking in some of the time and enjoy grocery shopping on vacation to learn about local foods. In general, food is very important, both shops and restaurants.

Historic features (e.g., city wall, old churches), charm. Art museums not important.

Not far from nature park(s) where we'd go hiking one or 2 days.

After lots of research, we're thinking that places like Verona or Bassano del Grappa may fit the bill, but for some reason, nothing really jumps out at me to be the obvious place. Two years ago we were in Lucca and had the perfect experience--I'm hoping to find something similar. We've already spent a lot of time in the Dolomites and have ruled that out.

Thank you!!!!

Carol in snowless Boulder, Colorado