Scenario - First trip to Italy in September to celebrate a special anniversary. We will be there from the 5th - 25th. We have 20 nights from the day we land in Rome until the day we take the train to Munich. We will travel by train or bus except for having a car in Tuscany.
Wish list - Rome, Tuscany, Cinque Terre, Lake Como, Venice and Verona. Focus on historical sights and countryside. We are fairly active and like to wander around enjoying where we are. We tend to go at a relatively fast pace.
Two possible itineraries -
#1 Rome 3 nights, Tuscany 7 nights, CT 3 nights, Lake Como 3 nights, Venice 2 nights, Verona 2 nights. Train to Munich. We could split the Tuscany time into 2 or 3 locations. I was thinking 4 nights at an Agriturismo near Siena, 2 nights in northern Tuscany and 1 night in Florence, Pick up car in Orvieto or when we arrive in Siena and drop off upon arrival in Florence. Or we could do 3 nights in northern Tuscany and day trip to Florence.
In Tuscany we would like to do day trips to San Gimignano, Volterra, Montepulciano, Montalcino, Lucca and whatever else fits in there, I realize we may not be able to see all of them. We do want some time in Siena, Florence and Lucca for sure.
#2 Rome 3 nights, Tuscany 7nights (see #1), CT 3 nights, Venice 3 nights, Verona 4 nights. We would do day trips from Verona, such as Lake Garda.
Please let me know what you think of both of these. I am trying to find a balance between seeing everything we want to see and not being on a train all the time. I am open to suggestions.