Greetings! My husband and I are planning a two-week trip to Italy. I have the Rick Steves Italy book--and I've watched ALL of the Italy videos multiple times--and all that's done is give me scope creep! So I need help narrowing down our itinerary. Here are the details:
-Number of days on the ground NOT including post-red-eye arrival day and NOT including departure day: 12.
-Flying in and out of Rome (non-neogtiable; flying on miles and that's the only way that works.)
-Prefer to get to know a place/live somewhere for several days rather than run around the entire country.
-Love European train travel.
-This will be our third trip to Europe; husband has been to Italy and LOVES it. I've never been.
-I deeply dislike Paris; I love everywhere I've been in Spain (Madrid, Barcelona, Seville, Cordoba) except Toledo. I deeply disliked Toledo.
-Goal is to enjoy food, spend time together, and take in some sights. In no way am I expecting to 'do it all'.
-100% chance we will return to Italy if I love it.
Our initial plan was to just split the time between Rome and Florence, with six nights in each location. This was our introduction to Spain--we did three days in Madrid and four in Barcelona with absolutely no side trips. And then we returned the following year to explore more of the south; we will for sure return and in fact would love to retire to Seville some day. But I digress.
So our plan was just Rome and Florence. And then I got crazy and was like--well Venice is only a 3 hour train ride from Florence.
And Siena looks lovely; let's do an overnight there.
And I'd love to see more of Tuscany (that got me on a wine tour search; I now realize that the best way to do this is with a car. I would prefer to not rent a car.)
And oh hey, Cinque Terre would be AMAZING and I'd want to do an overnight there.
I obviously cannot do all of these things. I need to do one of these things. So:
If you were splitting 12 days between Rome and Florence, what one extra overnight would you add? Or is it worth it to split the trip up into Rome/Florence/Venice?
Thanks in advance!