We're going to Italy in Sept. I think I've got a decent itinerary but are there any details that I've overlooked or any suggestions that you can give me that might make things easier. We travel at a fairly moderate/medium pace & photography is our thing. Please give me your feedback on my itinerary. Thanks.
Sept 4: Arrive in Rome 9:45 pm
Sept 5: Colosseum, Forum & Palatine Hill, night walk
Sept 6: Pantheon, Trastevere, Spanish Steps, Trevi Ftn
Sept 7: Vatican Tour, climb to top of St. Peter's Dome
Sept 8: Maybe Ostia Antica; not decided yet
Sept 9: Check out of apt, take early train to Orvieto, rent car (we'll probably have to leave luggage in car while we sightsee because the car rental agency closes for the day @ 1pm. Is this a terrible idea to leave luggage in car?), see Duomo & underground tour or well. If time permits, drive to Civita de Bagnoregio & then on to Tuscany where we are staying outside of Siena.
Sept 10: Montepulciano, Pienza & Montalcino (might only do 2 out of the three depending on time)
Sept 11: Tour of Volterra from 9:30 to 12:30, lunch, then San Gimignano in afternoon
Sept 12: Siena
Sept 13: Cortona or Colle Di Val D'Elsa or Lucca (haven't decided yet...any other suggestions are welcome)
Sept 14: Return car in La Spezia. Take train to Cinque Terre. Leave luggage @ hotel in Monterosso. Hike from Monterosso to Vernazza. Dinner in Vernazza & then take train back to Monterosso.
Sept 15: Hike between the remaining towns
Sept 16: Hike between the remaining towns (if not completed the prior day) & take boat to Portovenere to explore.
Sept 17: Take train to Varenna via Milan. Check into hotel early afternoon & then explore around Varenna
Sept 18: Bellagio, Villa Carlotta, Villa Melzi Gardens & Como. Is this all do-able in 1 day?
Sept 19: Early a.m. train to Milan Centrale, then shuttle to Malpensa for 10:30 am departure