Hi, We are a family of 6 (2 girls age 18 and 2 boys age 14 and 11) and we will be visiting Italy in July for around 11 nights before travelling to Croatia for 1 week. Having just read a hilarious book called Not Another Book about Italy by an Australian travel writer, some of the places we would like to visit are Venice, Santa Margherita (which will be our base for a couple of days and do some day trips), Florence and Siena. We will be flying from London to Venice and leaving from Ancona on the ferry to Split. I'm just not sure in what order we should visit the various towns and want to maximise our sightseeing time. I'm hoping that someone out there is familiar with the area and trains and can offer some advice.