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Italy, France and Spain itinerary ideas

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My husband and I (30 years old) are traveling to Italy, France and Spain to celebrate our 5 year anniversary early this summer. We live in North Idaho and can't wait to spend two weeks in Europe. This will be my third trip but my husband's first.

I have been to Paris before, but never to Italy or Spain and would appreciate any suggestions on the "must-see, must-do" things in each of these areas.

1st stop - Rome (3 days)
We are staying NE of Piazza Navona neighborhood, closer to the train station. Think we can hit the Colloseum and Forum by foot one day and maybe even the baths. Spend another day walking to Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, Palatine Hill and Spanish Steps. Final day we would take the metro or just walk the 1.5 to the Vatican and Sistine Chapel (also have St. Peter's on our list). Anything to know about Rome - are the Roma Passes worth the money if you only plan to use the metro for maybe 1 day? I like the idea of skipping lines when possible. Also, wondering if purchasing tickets to the sites we know we will visit prior to leaving the country is the best way to go??

2nd stop - Florence (2 days)
I think it is the Galleria de Accedemia (to see David and other works) and then the Uffizi.
I am very much into photography so would appreciate suggestions of the best photo op locations in any of these cities.... Back to Florence, I initially planned on taking a day trip to Pisa from here, but since we won't be here long am strongly considering pushing this option to the next leg of the trip.

3rd stop - Cinque Terre (Manarola 3 full days)
Would love to hit any and all trails between the five towns as possible. We can climb 14er's in Colorado, so hiking here is no issue. In fact, the more difficult the hike, the better. We would love to find a tough hike that are off the beaten trail but provide amazing views of the sea or towns below. I think Corniglia may fit the bill for this? As mentioned above, might tack on a day trip to Pisa from here. I know we would need to hop on the train from La Spezia - any idea when the earliest train would depart? Ideally we would get to Pisa early and get back to C.T. mid-afternoon.

4th stop - Paris (3 full days)
I've been to the City of Lights before, and loved it so much I just had to share it with my husband. We are staying near Notre Dame and Saint Germain, in my opinion, the absolute best location in all of Paris! Walking distance to nearly everything - even the Eiffel Tower. I would say I have done pretty much every major tourist attraction in Paris but will likely do them all again with my husband. I've never taken a Seine evening cruise so any feedback on that would be appreciated. Also, any other ideas of things to do in Paris would be great. I'm a Hemingway fan so plan to hit Bar Hemingway at The Ritz this time around. Also would love to know if the Creperie Saint-Germain is still open. Best crepes around - but haven't been there in 8 years!

5th and final stop - Barcelona
I have never been to Spain and we will only have two days in Barcelona. We plan to stay near the water on Las Ramblas but beyond that I haven't done much research. Any suggestions here are welcome!

Finally - thoughts on best way to get from Cinque Terre to Paris??? I'm thinking Ryan Air by way of Milan or Genoa... This is where I need the most guidance. train from Manarola to La Spezia, and from La Sp. to .....? Then plane to Paris? I contemplated an overnight train but I think that is now out of the question due to the time it'll take.

Also, would train or plane be recommended from Paris to Barcelona?

Grazie!

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