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recommendations for Italy family of 4 with young adults 6/16-7/2/14

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Hi, I have gotten lots of good help in the past from the Fodorites on this web site and was hoping you could give me some tips about a trip that will celebrate graduations of son, 22, and daughter, 18. Unfortunately our dates are set in stone due to school and work constraints. We have traveled quite a bit in the past as a family and enjoy delving into history,art and good food. We enjoy getting out to hike,swim or walk ,but being pasty white Seattleites,are not beach people.
Our itinerary so far:
Rome 4-6 days
Florence 3-4 days
some time in Tuscany, day trips from Florence Pisa?, Assisi?
Pompeii, either as a day trip from Rome or perhaps an overnight in Naples so that we can tour the museum in Naples.
We have traveled to Venice already, which we throughly enjoyed, so won't be doing that on this trip. My husband and I have been to Rome and Florence as well many years ago.
We are not sure about the following
Cinque Terra- I don't think we would be that excited about it if the hiking paths are not open , have also heard about the cheek by jowl nature of the crowds there at the time we will be going. I have considered hiking north of Monterosso to Levanto. Has anyone had experience with that hike?
Maybe spending some time in Sorrento and doing Pompeii from there,maybe Capri, although it does sound s a bit touristy .

Likely we will fly in and out of Rome, then take the trains . We may rent a car for the hill towns of Tuscany
Specific questions for the various towns:
Rome:
We would be interested in getting an engineering perspective about the Roman Forum or about Pompeii since 3 out of 4 of us have engineering background or interests
Does anyone have a good recommendation for an apartment in Rome that is walking distance from the sights?
Any off the beaten track activities that young adults might enjoy?
Any swimming pools where we could cool off in the area ?

Florence:
recommendations for a quad room vs apt. where we could cook that is close to the sights?
Any particular wine tasting tours you would recommend?
Recommendations for a tour guide for the Uffizi who knows his/her stuff and can keep young folks engaged?

Naples:
nice place close to the train station for an overnight

I would really appreciate your thoughts.
sincerely,
Evelyn

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