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1 month Italy/France for mid-20s solo traveler?

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I'm finishing a graduate degree this April and have a month to travel. I'm a 24 year old female traveling alone. I'll arrive in Rome late on April 17 and will fly out of Paris May 17. I've been trying to work out a rough itinerary but am having troubles filling in some blanks and would love some help!

This will be my last bit of freedom before starting an intense job, so I want to have some fun. I plan on staying in party-oriented hostels some nights for this. I hope to meet other younger travelers this way. However, I'm quite keen on culture and history for the days. I want to see the general big sights but would also love tips on some less popular sights. I want to check out some museums but I'm not a huge art buff. I'm on a tight budget as well, so I love free/cheap museums/churches/etc. I like old architecture and scenic views. I'm very excited to eat and drink wine but I wouldn't consider myself a foodie or wine expert whatsoever. I would say I'm a general interest budget traveler.

For pace, I'm good with lots of walking and busy/packed days, but I also want some leisure time and to have some flexibility with my schedule. I don't want to spend my entire trip in transit! But I do want to see as much as I can. I haven't had much opportunity to travel in the past, so I'm eager to explore. I'm only doing bus/train/flights if needed - no car rental.

Here's my rough schedule so far. I plan on taking some day trips in the Rome/Paris periods. As you can see, I've a better idea of where I want to go in Italy than France, where I've got around 5 days that I'm undecided on. I'm basically very flexible on where to go between Nice and Paris and would love suggestions (and welcome Italy suggestions too!).

April 17 - ARRIVE ROME
April 17 - Rome
April 17 - Rome
April 17 - Rome
April 17 - Rome
April 17 - Rome
April 17 - Rome/Florence
April 17 - Florence
April 17 - Florence
April 17 - Florence/Pisa/Cinque Terre
April 17 - Cinque Terre
April 17 - Cinque Terre/Venice
April 17 - Venice
April 17 - Venice
May 1 - Venice/Milan
May 2 - Milan
May 3 - Milan
May 4 - Milan/(Monaco?)/Nice
May 5 - Nice
May 6 - Nice/FLEX
May 7 - FLEX
May 8 - FLEX
May 9 - FLEX
May 10 - FLEX
May 11 - FLEX/Paris
May 12 - Paris
May 13 - Paris
May 14 - Paris
May 15 - Paris
May 16 - Paris

Flex ideas: Cannes, Marseilles, Avignon, Lyon, Geneva, Dijon?

Thank you in advance!

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