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First time in Europe-France and Italy or just France?

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Hi, I am planning a 3 week trip to Europe next May.
Some background; It will be my first time in Europe, but my boyfriend's 3rd time. We will both be in our late 20's, will be backpacking, and would like to avoid having to rent a car as much as possible. We would like a mix of both cities and countryside/mountains.

Our first plan was to go to both France and Italy..
Rome-4 days
Tuscany-1 day
Venice-2 days
Milan and/or Turin-2 days
French Alps-5 days
Paris-6 days (including day trips to Champagne and Versailles)

Then we considered doing just France (and adding Normandy, Loire, Provence, the Riviera), and seeing more of one country vs. seeing very little of two countries. I'm not sure when the next time we would be able to make it back to Europe, so my question is; would I be missing out by not seeing some of Italy on this trip?

Also, as far as our first itinerary, I realize it is missing some important places, but with the exception of Milan vs Turin, we have carefully thought out where we would like to go, and won't change much. But any input would be greatly appreciated!

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