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My wife and I are flying into Barcelona June 14th around 12:30pm after taking an overnight flight from Canada and staying in Europe until July 1 when we fly home from Rome at approx 2pm. The flight in and out of Europe is the only thing booked so far. So we have the half day in Barcelona when we arrive and then 16 full days to explore Spain and Italy.

After quite a bit of research and guidance from people on this forum, we have finally gotten to a point where we have figured out our itinerary for the places we want to see and for how long (with possibly a few more minor tweaks). I'm very interested in your feedback on our latest, so here it is:

June 14-18: Barcelona (4.5 days)
June 19: Fly RyanAir 10:40am flight (Treviso) or Vueling 6:50am flight to Venice
June 20: Venice
June 21: Venice (2 days). Take latest 7:25pm train to Florence or next morning (8:37am, 9:25am, 10:25am...)
June 22-24: Florence (3 days). Will use one day to tour Tuscany. Day trip to Siena.
June 25: Take morning train to Sorrento or Amalfi Coast via Naples Central Station. Spend afternoon/evening relaxing and touring the area.
June 26: Spend the day touring and enjoying Amalfi Coast
June 27: Take train to Pompeii. Store luggage at train station, tour Pompeii. Take train to Rome by mid-late afternoon. (2 days for Naples area)
June 28-30: Rome (3 days)
July 1: Fly home :(

We originally didn't have Sorrento or Amalfi Coast as part of our plans and were trying to work Cinque Terre or SML into our plans from Tuscany but logistically it was too difficult. I was disappointed by this because we really want to have a chance to visit a part of Italy which has that picturesque coastal scenery. We had planned on spending a day visiting Pompeii and since Sorrento/Amalfi Coast is so close, it made more sense to explore this area and it would be a shame to miss it. We had to figure out a way to squeeze it in somewhere.

We are also giving the most time of one of the stops to Barcelona (instead of Rome for example), because Barcelona is the only destination in Spain that we will be seeing and fly directly to Italy afterwards where we spend the majority of our time. I like having the flexibility of time in Spain in case we decide to take a day trip outside of Barcelona. We have also identified the most attractions that we want to see in Barcelona as well. Yes, even more than Rome!

So I have a few questions if you would be so kind...

#1. Flying to Venice. I have read quite a bit that Vueling is a better choice to fly with than RyanAir. They fly to a more convenient airport. I've also heard that Vueling doesn't have as many hidden fees. Is that accurate? I would choose Vueling but the flight time that RyanAir offers is much more convenient. Is RyanAir to Treviso really a bad idea? What would you suggest?

#2. Would it make more sense to take the train from Venice-Florence on the evening of the 21st or the next morning? Basically, which should I give a BIT more time for, Venice or Florence?

#3. When I take the train to Naples, would you suggest that I spend my 2 nights in Sorrento or Amalfi Coast? I still need to do a little bit more research on how to get there by train but I would assume Amalfi Coast would be a little bit more difficult to get to than Sorrento. From Napoli Centrale I believe I need to use the Circumvesuviana.

#4. Storing luggage at the train station in Pompeii. Is it safe? We plan to leave our hotel on the 27th and take everything with us, get to Pompeii, store our luggage, tour Pompeii and then go directly to Rome afterwards instead of having to backtrack just to get our stuff.

#5. Is 3 full days enough in Rome to see the major attractions? Our final 3 days will also fall on a Sat, Sun and Mon so its possible that it will be busier than if it were during the week. The attractions we would like to see in Rome are obviously the Vatican and Colosseum. Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps, Pantheon, St. Peters Square, Roman Forum and a couple of other things sprinkled in there. I have read that 3 days is enough for the major sights but I am still a little bit concerned, especially since its a weekend.

As you can see I have done my research so your feedback on some of the tweaks and logistics I have identified above would be very much appreciated!

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