Thanks to all of you wonderful people who provided so much insight and experience, we've tweaked our 11-day honeymoon itinerary. 1st time ever to Europe or anywhere. Please have a look! All comments appreciated. We're particularly unsure about Siena...
Roma (arrive at FCO airport at 7:50 a.m.)
We'll begin our honeymoon with the most crowded place of all, and I hope the only one where we're among such dense hoardes of tourists! We'll do the "Cliff's notes" and will only spend 3 days in Roma ("Assume you'll return", right?) and leave its other "cultural obligations" for future visits. We will try to visit the Colosseum, the Borghese gardens, Trastevere and other "must-see" sights from the outside. (No desire to be indoors much or brave museum lines on our first trip). Will read all the reccomendations already posted about hotels within walking distance of main monuments, etc.
From Roma, we will travel north to Civita di Bagnoregio. We want to visit old "cities in the country" with fewer tourists (I know, you're all laughing already! No such thing in July, right?).
Orvieto(Continuing our way north). This replaces our original plan of going to the more crowded San Gimignano.
Our expectation here is simply more of the hill town experience. We're open to suggestions that are (better than Siena?), as long as it's in our route.
Finally--we save the best for last...Venezia! We anticipate 3 days (maybe 4, if we alter our plans along the way) in Venezia.
Milano (not really!) Our plane leaves from Milan at 7:30 a.m. Since we want to enjoy Venice to the last drop, we plan to arrive in Milano in the late evening and just catch the plane in the morning. We're not at all interested (not on this trip) to visit Milano.