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Italy in Sept.--general advice please

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My husband and I are going to Italy in September for our 25th anniversary, and I am experiencing trip planner's block! I am moving into panic mode here...I was trying to research everything we were thinking of doing before booking anything, but I am just not finding the time for that kind of detailed research. The weeks are clicking by, so I'm hoping some of you will share some general advice to help me get started.

Here is what I am thinking so far. We were planning to go the first two weeks of September, but I am thinking of moving it to the last two weeks of September instead, to buy just a little more planning time and to also try to avoid any lingering late summer crowds. We will arrive on a Saturday and depart on a Saturday two weeks later. I thought we would fly into Rome and leave from Venice, making stops in a small town yet to be selected in Tuscany, Florence, and Cinque Terre in between. However, after reading more on Cinque Terre today and how overwhelmed the area is with tourists, I am reconsidering that stop, and wondering if we have time to visit the Amalfi Coast instead. That would involve either some backtracking if we start in Rome, or a change in plans for arrival. I also have a concern with flying into Rome that many places might be closed on our primary days there, Sunday and Monday. (Not sure yet how many days we will allocate to Rome.) So I was also considering flipping the trip, starting in Venice and ending in Rome. I hadn't really considered the Amalfi Coast until today, because the other route seemed to make so much sense, but I was reading here today that the Amalfi Coast might be a better choice than Cinque Terre due to the crowds, and possibly more to do in AC. My husband is a big hiker and I enjoy a bit of day hiking. I thought CT might be a way to get a little of that into the trip--but it is not an important goal because he will be hiking the Dolomites next year. And another thought is that we could leave out both CT and AC, and spend more time en route to Venice from Rome (or vice versa).

I welcome and appreciate any and all advice you may have to offer! Thank you in advance!

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