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Help in determining 2 weeks in Florence, Rome, and TBD location(??)

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My husband and I will be in Montreux for a week performing at the Montreux Jazz Festival. Since we will be in Europe to begin with and I've never been to Italy, we wanted to try to get down to Italy for ideally 2 weeks (we can add a day if needed for travel). We are planning two spend most of our time in Florence and Rome (No Venice; I've never been to Italy, but he has and Venice was his least favorite and I'm not hellbent on only hitting the "Big 3").

We are going to be there in the mid-end of July. We wanted to see a good amount, but also know we need some extra time because of the heat and tourists, plus we don't want this to be a stressful "checklist" kind of trip. We want some occasional time to wander or have the luxury of seeing where the day takes us (while also getting the most out of it, knowing that we don't have ALL the time in the world).

I was thinking of the following:

5 days in Florence (maybe including one or two day trips consisting of Piza, Siena, or Lucca)
3 days in TBD
5 days in Rome (which would include a day for the Vatican).
1 or 2 days for travel in between areas.

My problem is with the TBD location and also where to include it in the trip. Do we train straight from Geneva to Florence, and then maybe hit a Tuscan hilltown or Cinque Terre before Rome? Do we maybe do some place in between Switzerland and Italy (like the Italian Dolomites or some other area in Northern Italy) and then head to Florence and then Rome? Or do we Maybe do something entirely different, fly into Rome or Naples, hit Capri or Sorrento, then do Rome and end our way up north in Florence?

Some areas that seem fascinating to me to stay two or three days in are:
-Val D'Orcia (maybe base in Montalcino)
-Cinque Terre (although maybe more trouble than it's worth in July?)
-Some other place on the Italian Riviera that might be a little less crowded than the usual spots
-Capri (the blue grotto looks gorgeous and figure it might be a little cooler by the water-guessing it's crowded though)
-Ponza
-Val D'Aosta (that national park looks amazing!)
-Orvieto
-Ravello or Praiano

As you can see, there's a lot of directions this trip can go in. In terms of interests, I'm interested in seeing the main art, architecture, and sights (without being on a tour that's going to rush me through like herding cattle), but don't need to spend 3 days seeing every painting in a museum. Husband likes to kick back and relax. We both like wandering around streets, having some occasional nightlife like jazz clubs or live music, and I personally love being outside and seeing the greatness of places that I've never been to (whether natural or man-made). I like doing things a bit outside of the usual (i.e. i'd rather bike ride around tuscany instead of taking a planned bus tour or take a cooking class at a local farm or agriturismo rather than going though your everyday cooking class in the city). So with that in mind, any input on the TBD places (and which would be best in July) would be appreciated!

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