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Italian and French Riviera late May/early June Help Wanted

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Suggestions for your favorite cities and hotels and activities for the Italian and French Rivieras, please.

I just booked two tickets for me and my (sober) 22 year old son - flying into Milan May 23 and out of Paris June 3. For obvious reasons, this trip will not be centered around drinking, although it'll be fine for me to have a glass of wine with dinner if I want to. My initial thoughts are 2 nights in Milan - see the Last Supper and shop for a cool Italian suit for him, then train to Cinque Terre for 3? nights and hike around, train to Nice (or another town in the area?) for 3-4 nights, rent a car and make day trips to one or more of Vence, St. Paul de Vence, Grasse, Monaco, Antibes (this leg primarily for seeing great art and enjoying the beauty of the area) then a flight or the train to Paris for 2 nights, then home.

I've been to Paris several times, and to Provence once but was more towards Arles/Avignon/Aix, drove all around and had a great time. This itinerary, other than the dates and flights, is pretty variable at this point.

About me - I'm a seasoned traveler, I like a nice meal in the evening - doesn't have to be heavy or extravagant, except maybe for one or two along the way - I like to dress casually but not touristy, and I always take only one carryon suitcase plus small backpack/bag. I'm not interested in a hostel, and love one off nice but not fancy local inns.

I'm 57 and in good health, can walk a lot but I'm not interested in a walking tour where all you do is hike. He's buff and 22, nuff said on him. I'm an independent traveler and like to have a plan but also like some unplanned adventures - but I have made good use of guides for certain spots in the past. In addition to hiking, how about a cooking class?

What other activities besides museums and churches and hiking and cooking meals can you suggest? Where should we stay? Especially on the Nice portion, how should we do it so as to have the most hassle free enjoyment?

I've gotten the best tips in these forums before that have made all the difference. Thanks for all tips!

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