This will be my husbands first trip to Europe. I studied abroad in Florence and back packed throughout. We are young and want to be able to see alot of places we just don't know where to begin. We are planning on traveling during the month of June 2009. Important stops are Paris, Barcelona, Rome, The Amalfi Coast, Venice, Cinque Terre and we would like to end in London during Wimbledon. Where should we fly into and what should we do in between?
I would probably forget the Barcelona part of the trip and try to fly into Paris, spend a few days, from there fly to Rome where you could spend a few days, then rent a car to drive Italy...The Amalfi coast, Tuscany, Cinque Terre and on to Venice. You could also stop in Florence or take the train from Rome to Florence and get your car there. You would probably have to bypass the Amalfi coast, but Cinque Terre is amazing. From Venice you should be able to catch a flight to London. Drop your car there before you head into Venice. This will give you time for the vineyards and villages of Tuscany. The cities will be busy and the drive on the Amalfi coast is a bit crazy. I have actually stayed in a wonderful town north of Cinque Terre called Allesandria or you could stay in La Spezia and take the train to Cinque Terre. I have driven there also but the train is easier. This would give you more of Italy and time to explore and enjoy instead of jumping from one place to the next. There is also the Lake Como area north of Milan which is amazing. Good luck with your plans and have a wonderful adventure.