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I have 10 days to spend in Italy! Advice needed!

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My husband and I are taking a three week trip to Europe in March 2017! We are planning this all on our own, so I am seeking advice now to get a headstart. Our first week will be spent in Ireland, we will then travel to London for four days and then to Italy for the remainder of our trip. Since my husband and I have never been anywhere in Europe, I have a few questions that will hopefully aid me in my planning process!

1)What cities are must see places? I already have my heart set on Rome but we would love to experience more of Italy if possible! Places like Florence or Venice...I would also love to see some of the coastal towns like Naples or Amalfi or even the Tuscan countryside of Montepulciano but I'm not sure the time of year we are traveling is the best to see some of these places. We will be in Italy sometime during the first week or so of April. I know we need to narrow it down but how do you choose?!

2)Would we be better off doing a few days here and then a few days someplace else and booking accommodations in different cities as we travel or would it be easier to make one city our main "hub" and then take the rail system or guided tours to other cities for day trips?

3)What is the best way to get around in Italy? I hear the rail system is one excellent way of doing it. Having said that, should we purchase unlimited rail passes while we are there (if there is such a thing) or just purchase tickets as we go along whenever we find something we'd like to do?

4)Are hotels the way to go for first time travelers, or are BnB's a better bargain? Do many hotels or BnB's offer airport shuttle services to and from the airport or would we have to pay for a taxi to get to our destination?

Any additional advice or suggestions are welcome! We would like to make our first time trip to Europe go smoothly and be enjoyable! Thanks!

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