This is our first trip to Italy. My husband and I are staying five nights in Florence, and then meeting our son and his significant other in Venice. We are staying four nights in a Venice apartment, then traveling by train to Rome (for another 4 nights in an apartment. We have two nights in between Venice and Rome that are "unscheduled", meaing no hotel reservations and no firm plans. We are kind of waiting to discuss this with our son, who is incommunicado right now, but I'm trying to come up with some suggestions.
So, if you had two nights free in the middle of October and you were on a 2- or 3-star kind of budget, and didn't want to make hotel reservations until the last minute (if at all), where would you go? Cinque Terre? Orvieto? Back to Florence/Siena area since the "kids" (mid-20's) didn't get to see it?
Looking forward to hearing your suggestions.