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Possible Italy and Paris Itinerary - any thoughts?

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Hello to everyone from FREEZING cold Canada :)

I posted a little while back about my husband and I trying to plan our first trip to Europe (age 28) and had some amazing responses from people. Thank you to everyone who was so kind to share some ideas of how to narrow down the trip!

I am hoping for some feedback of what I am thinking so far. We are hoping to travel this July (2015) and right now are looking at July 10 for departure.

I am thinking the following:

-Fly into Paris and out of Rome.
-Paris - 3 nights
-Fly (or overnight train??) to Venice - 2 nights
-Train to Florence
-Florence - 3 nights (or is two enough?) - we were told about an awesome day trip to Tuscany where you get to ride Vespas for a wine tour - quite expensive but apparently amazing!
-Train to Rome
-Rome - 3 nights
-Train or rent car? to Amalfi Coast area - we were looking at staying in Positano and found a nice place there.
-Positano - 4 nights - we were thinking day trips to possibly: Cinque Terra, Capri, Pompeii-we really want Positano to be towards the end of the trip to relax, swim, beach and do some fun day trips as above.
-Train or car back to Rome to fly home.

Any thoughts on this itinerary? Based on the places we are staying, are there any day trips we should be investigating? We are really into the food, wine and scenery.

Also we only have a budget of 10,000 for everything (although we are estimating it will be looking more like 11,000). Flights are costing us about $2400 for the two of us to get to Europe and home.

We had thought about the option of a Contiki trip (Simply Italy) but we would have to cut out Paris then because it will be too expensive. The other concern with Contiki is staying in really poor accommodations and spending half the trip on a bus. We don't want to be the couple who spends the whole trip travelling and no time actually soaking in the culture and scenery. We just don't want to miss anything because we are planning to start a family when we return and probably won't make it back anytime soon - it's a trip of a lifetime (for now) for us!

Thank you so much for all your help!

Meagan :)

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