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Rome & Florence with Mom (3 days)

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My mom and I are traveling to Europe (for her first time) at the end of August. At this point I have all of our flights, trains & lodging arrangements taken care of, and I'm trying to finalize an itinerary that covers the most possible attractions in the least amount of time, with the least amount of strenuous activity for my mom. (I'm aware this is practically an impossible combination, yet, alas...)

Paris (3 days, 2 nights)
Flight to Rome (2 days, 2 nights)
Highspeed train to Florence (1 day)
Regional Train to Cinque Terre (Manarola home base 3 days, 4 nights)

Neither of us have ever been to Italy so I'm a little intimidated by the thought of navigating by myself. In Rome, we have a private taxi arranged to take us from the airport directly to our airbnb in Trastevere. Is it best to take cabs or brave the bus? Obviously we will walk where we can. Are group tours through the Vatican Museums and St. Peter's Basilica worth the time/money? Or should we explore at our own pace? To take a tour at the Colosseum or just take a quick walk/picture inside?

We are taking a pit stop to spend the afternoon in Florence on the way to Cinque Terre. Leaving our luggage at the train station and embarking on sort of a pseudo-walking tour before hopping back on the train to La Spezia to catch the sunset. What can we absolutely not miss? Is the Statue of David really that magnificent that we must go inside?

Any and all suggestions are much appreciated!!

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