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our italian itinerary: would love feedback!

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For the past two weeks I have immersed myself in italian research and am loving it! This forum has been very helpful so far. I'd love to now throw out our preliminary itinerary for your professional opinions.

My husband and I are traveling from June 6-June 18 2012 (from California). The only thing set in stone are our flights into Venice and out of Rome. I've been to italy (rome, florence) before, but my husband has not. We love a mix of down time and sightseeing. My preference would be more time in fewer smaller towns, while my husband wants to see as much as possible! So, we need a balance. Here's what I have so far.

Day 1 arrive on flight into Venice (am)
Day 2 Venice
Day 3 midday train to Florence
Day 4 Florence
Day 5 Florence
Day 6 Train to the Amalfi Coast
Day 7 Amalfi Coast
Day 8 Amalfi Coast
Day 9 travel to Rome
Day 10 Rome
Day 11 Rome
Day 12 Rome
Day 13 fly home

Here are the current questions:
-do we have enough time in Venice? I picture us wandering the streets/canals and eating good food there. Getting our italian feet under us.
-is there enough time for a day trip into Tuscany from florence? Maybe a rental car for one day? I would love to see tuscany (even just a taste of it) yet I know there is much to see and do.
-Lake Como is one of the main places we VERY reluctantly cut out of the itinerary. My husband still wants to squeeze it in, but I think it would require taking out florence or rome altogether. thoughts?
-The amalfi coast is a must. I can't wait to soak it in. Still trying to figure out what our days would look like there, what town to stay in, etc.
-While we appreciate history and art, we are not ones to sit and pour over every detail of a ruin or take a long museum tour. We would rather take a boat ride or hike over going to a museum. We were thinking of exploring Rome efficiently and may take a day from Rome to put elsewhere.
-With the above in mind, should we hit pompeii on our way from the AC to Rome?

Wow, I think that's enough for now. ;)
Thank you in advance for your thoughts!

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