Very excited to start planning again, and of course we've changed our plans. My husband now wishes to visit Ortona (which will be a hassle, but necessary), so we have extended our plans to a month. Leave Toronto Canada, Saturday, April 9th, arrive Rome Sunday, April 10th - stay two nights, take bus to Ortona on Tuesday, stay two nights in order to have one full day to see Canadian War sites.
Take train to Venice (from Pescara) on Thursday, April 14th. Stay in Venice for four nights (over Easter).
Monday, April 18th - Take train to Florence to pick up car and stay in Tuscany for 10 nights - 5 nights near Montaione - visit San Gimagano/Volterra one day, Pisa one day, cooking class in Certaldo another - not sure what to do the 4th full day.
Drive to Siena (visit Monteriggioni on the way), stay two nights.
Then stay in either Montalciono or Montepulciano for 3 nights and visit those two villages, Pienza and Val d Orcia/Abbey. We will then drive back to Florence, drop off car and stay in Florence for four nights (1 day trip to Cinque Terre). Next train to Rome, where we will stay 5 nights (1 day trip to Pompei) before going back to Toronto.
There is no shortage of things to see and do in Florence and Rome, but we are somewhat torn on our trip to Tuscany as we want to make the best of it, while at the same time relaxing. Does all this make sense? We are in our 60's, but active and in good health.