I have one week (actually more like 5.5 days) in Italy at the beginning of May with my SO. Last May we did one week in Rome and the Amalfi and loved it.
We are flying into Venice (9pm Sunday) and out of Pisa (3pm Saturday) and these flights are pretty fixed. Right now we are considering the following itinerary.
Fly into Venice, stay there Sunday night > Explore Venice Monday morning > Take the train/rent a car and drive to Bologna Mon afternoon > Stay in Bologna Mon and Tues nights > Transit to Modena/Parma Wed morning and stay in one of the towns. Would like to do a ham/cheese tour > Transit to Cinque Terre Thurs morning > Stay in Cinque Terre Thurs and Fri nights, do the hike > Transit to Lucca Sat morning for breakfast/lunch > Transit to Pisa and go directly to the airport (not interested in exploring Pisa).
We are both in our mid-twenties and quite adventurous and the main purpose of our trip is EATING. First of all, is this way too much to pack into one week? I am also wondering whether we should rent a car and drive or take the train (could also train partway, say Venice to Bologna and then drive the rest of the way). We like the idea of having a car to be able to stop along the way but also realize we have limited time. We did drive on the amalfi coast last year (around Positano) and found it alright.
Alternatively, we could do Venice, Bologna, Florence, Lucca and fly out of Pisa but the SO really wants to see Cinque Terre.
Much thanks in advance.