I am going to visit friends in Rome 15-18 Nov, and then am looking for somewhere to relax a bit for another 5-6 days - read by a fire, walk a bit, eat well. I was thinking Lakes but everything seems to close 1 Nov. A town is fine, I just don't want to be touring or even feel like there are a bunch of things I really "should see" if I'm there. Ideally somewhere accessible by public transport, but I could get a car for part of the time. Of course I would like to stay based in one locale even of I did a day trip or two. Thoughts that have come to mind include Parma, Verona, Bergamo, Vicenza, maybe Venice for a day for the architecture Biennale (that one I would sightsee for!).