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Down to the wire itinerary help needed

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We are traveling to Italy for 2.5 weeks, in a little over a week. Our first week, we are flying into Rome and then renting a car to stay at a house in Lazio, near Viterbo and just over the border from Umbria. During that week, we will probably just be meandering nearby (Lake Bolsena, Viterbo, Orvieto, maybe Todi, etc.) My dilemma is for the remaining 10 days (7/13-23). In trying to structure things, I came across this forum and was impressed by the quality & creativity of feedback shared. (I was especially struck by some of the comments of sandralist, who seems to get what traveling with kids is like. Hope you are out there reading this!)

So here are the parameters: 1) We have 10 and 12 year old girls. They are New Yorkers and hardy walkers and not 100% averse to museums and churches, but neither will they want to spend too much time doing that kind of sightseeing. 2) I am very bad with heat, but school schedules left July as our only option for using the Lazio house (the house inspired the trip). 3) We need the car for the week at the rural Lazio house and can extend it a few days longer, but my partner would rather not keep it much longer. 4) I would like to see Siena for sure. 5)We fly out of Rome.

In between my need to keep it a little cool and making it fun for the kids, I thought we might make a 2nd base near Lucca. It seems like there are cool watery things to do nearby (beach, Bagni di Lucca, gorges, spectacularly situated pools, etc). My other thought was that it would be special for the girls to see Venice--but I am wondering if that is crazy given our time frame. Here is what I am currently thinking: 13th AM drive from Viterbo to Siena. Spend night in city or outside in agriturismo or similar. 14th drive to Lucca environs. Stay in agriturismo. Spend the rest of that day through the 16th in that region, mostly doing outdoor watery or shady things. Dinner in Lucca at least one evening. Afternoon/early eve of 16th drive to Florence and drop off car. (The rental agency has no Lucca drop off). Stay overnight in Florence. See David in the morning maybe or just generally walk around (or get tix to Duomo?). Afternoon train to Venice. Eves of 17, 18, 19 in Venice or nearby (may not be able to afford Venice proper). Morning of 20, train to Rome. We fly out of Rome at 9 PM on the 23rd. Thoughts? Especially does it make sense to include Venice? Not sure when I will next be able to spring for 4 plane tix!

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