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18 or 19 nights in Italy

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I am planning a trip with my husband and 16 year old daughter around mid April 2013 to Italy from the UK. We are hoping to arrive in the early evening if we can find a flight so we can book into a hotel and get settled and start fresh the next day. However failing this we will get an early morning flight which will give us 18 nights and we will lose half a day travelling and booking into hotel etc.
We would like to spend 4 nights in Rome, 3 nights in Florence and do a day trip to Tuscany including a visit to Pisa, whilst in Florence. Then 3 nights in Venice including a trip to Murano and a gondola ride. we would also like to visit Verona, Milan and possibly Lake Garda and Cinque Terre, which we have been told is spectactular. Not sure whether it would be best to stay in one or two places and take day trips, it was suggested we spend 2 nights each in Verona, Milan, Cinque Terre and Lake Garda but this seems a lot of packing and unpacking. We thought about flying into Rome and home from either Venice or Verona to save time and doubling back. We would rather not hire a car just use trains and buses which I have read are reasonably inexpensive and reliable. Is Lake Garda worth visiting in April as I have heard that the weather may be grey and cold. We have never been to Italy before and would like to see and experience as much as possible without wasting too much time travelling. Also not sure about accomodation is it better to stay in hotels or B & B's or apartments so we don't have to eat out all the time. Are we trying to see too much in one trip we don,t want to miss things but also hate to sit around doing nothing. A holiday is for seeing and experiencing as much as possible, in my opinion. We are happy to get early morning trains to places to make the most of our time. I would also like advice on what tickets we should buy before we travel so as not to waste time queuing and is it worth buying a Rome pass and using the hop on hop off buses in some towns?. We love history and beautiful or unusual buildings and monuments, castles, caves and museums, my daughter also likes to shop and we like markets selling local crafts. Any advice would be welcomed as we are still in the planning stages so nothing is booked or finalised.

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