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1 Month in Italy and France

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My friend and I are landing in Rome in mid-June and leaving from Paris mid-July (roughly 28 Days/27 nights). As two females in our 20s, inexperienced with Europe, some travel advice would be great!

We're backpacking, have nothing booked except our first accommodation in Rome(which we can change up until the day before we leave) and we're going with the flow from there. We're unsure of how to order the major places we're visiting because we are travelling by train and are unsure of the most logical order to visit each destination point without unnecessary back-and-forth travel (There is a bit of east to west back and forth right now). This is our very loose and flexible itinerary:

Rome: 7 nights in Rome = 6 days in Rome with a mid-week day trip to Pompeii? We may cut a day short of Rome and move onto Florence early. Alternative option is spending 4 or 5 nights in Rome and the rest in Amalfi coast? ideas?

Pompeii/Amalfi coast: We were planning to take a day trip from Rome to see Pompeii and the Amalfi coast, but is it possible to accomplish this in one day? If not, our next option is keeping our relatively inexpensive hotel in Rome to store our luggage and spending a night in the Amalfi coast. Then we would make our way back to Rome, finish our visit and move on North.

Florence/Tuscany: 4 nights = 3 full days in Florence because of travel time the day we arrive and the day we leave. Also hoping for a day trip to Pisa at some point?

Rimini: 2 nights = 1 full day in Rimini for the beaches and the evenings saved for night life

Cinqueterre: 3 nights = 2 full days in Cinqueterre to explore the 5 towns with a little wiggle room the night before and the morning we depart.

Venice: 2 nights = 1 full day in Venice and leave early the next day for a trip to Milan

Milan: 1 Day (might just spend a day in Milan as our last stop in Italy and not sleepover, heading straight for Nice in the evening? Or Option 2 would be leaving Venice a day early or cutting Nice a day short for a night/full day in Milan)

Nice: 5 nights = 4 full days in Nice

Aix-en-Provence: Just a day trip/stop-over point on our way from Nice to Paris

Paris: 4 nights = 3 full days in Paris


Other tips we're looking for: What is the best way to travel to/through the Amalfi coast?
Keeping in mind we're on a budget, does anyone have accommodation suggestions in Florence, Venice, Milan, Paris? Any other recommendations please send them our way!

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