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Your advice on itinerary please

I am in the planning stages for my next trip and hope to get your take on my route....
so NOT including travel days:
Fly into Marseille-
Drive to St Remy de Provence-5 nights.
Drive or Train to Nice.
Nice- 5 nights.
Train to Cinque Terra -2 nights.
Train to Rome-4 nights.
Fly out of Rome.
couple questions..
I would like to see more of the south of France..does it make sense to drive from Provence to Nice with maybe an overnight stay-or would you recomend to take the train to Nice? (I do not plan on having a car in Nice) If an overnight stay what town would be your choice?
Is it better to pick up the car and drop off at the same location..if so then I should train to Avignon instead of drive to Provence from Marseille?
From Rome has anyone done a daytrip to Orvieto?
It is my first time to Italy and I would like to get a taste of the countryside. Orvieto looks like an 1 1/2 hr train ride from Rome..
any suggestion? Thank you

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I recommend Orvieto. Would be a nice day trip from Rome.

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Dianna - After taking small groups to Italy, Greece, and France for years I have to say - I'm impressed with your Itinerary!! It's very good.
In Nice, of course, be sure to see Villefrance, Monte carlo, Eze Village(easily accessed from Monte carlo by bus or train), The markets of Old Town Nice, and perhaps even down to Cannes.
In Rome, I would suggest staying at The Hotel Forte, located at The Spanish Steps, and a great location from which to walk to The Trevi Fountain, Via Veneto, and The Roman Forum - Also, on Via veneto, pick up an open air bus that allows you to see a lot of Roma , getting off and on as often as you like.
In Le Cinque Terre - It's all good - I would suggest staying at Http:// - A nice B&B located on the harbor in Vernazza - Excellent base of operations. Please walk the Via dell'Amore(lover's path) from Manarola to Riomaggiore - Only about 25 minutes but the views are amazing and there is a cafe part way across to stop, take some phots and have a cold drink.
I would also suggest a couple of days in Tuscany , if time permits, and it may not - good reason to go back again.
You've got a good plan and you will love it!!

Ciao, Greg