Hi, this is a first time trip to Italy in early October 2013 for my husband and I. I'm trying to finalize the itinerary, and know the general order but am thinking of giving up a day in one place and adding to another. Mostly thinking of cutting Venice down to only 1 night and adding to another place. I know if I were being more practical I'd cut out Venice altogether as it's farthest out of the way, but I really want to just see it if only for a day. I could also take a night off Rome and add it to Tuscany or Florence, but I understand that most sources say Rome needs the most time of all these places.
I just want to get opinions on time spent in each place. I know this will be subjective and that's okay, I can use others' opinions to make a final decision. This may seem to some like over-doing it, but I want to see a lot as it may be our only trip to Italy. So while I want to build in time to relax and hang out in cafes and general downtime, I also do want to see lots of great art and historical sites. Important to us are: 1 day hike/ferry in Cinque Terre, gondola or boat ride in Venice, art in Florence/Rome, historical sites in Rome (or everywhere), wine taste and just wander in Tuscany.
So far we have, for 15 days total trip, not including first and last day on airplane:
France, final night will be on S. coast near Monaco- 4 days
Italy- 11 days total, as follows:
train to Cinque Terre- 1 night
train thru Pisa/Florence to Venice- 2 nights (but I think I want to change to only 1 night in Venice, which other town should I add it to?)
Florence- 2 nights
rent car, stop in Siena for couple hours, and to Tuscan countryside/small village TBD- stay 2 nights
return car in Rome
Rome- 4 nightsEdited: 1:59 am, June 10, 2013