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To Tour or Not to Tour Part 2

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A few of you may remember the trip I was planning for May of 2012. I got some amazing help and motivation from all of you and I am still so thankful for that! Unfortunately, I am sorry to say the trip did not take place. Life happened and put it on hold. So here I am, back at it again! I did so much research two years ago we have an amazing start.
These were my original threads if you are interested. I still like my itinerary from two years ago but I am playing with a couple changes and of course have a couple questions.

http://www.fodors.com/community/europe/to-tour-or-not-to-tour-419917-2.cfm
http://www.fodors.com/community/europe/first-time-to-europe-italy-itinerary-and-general-planning-questions.cfm

I am now looking at the same trip but two years later (almost exactly) May 2014 is the goal. Originally I planned 2 weeks but after waiting two more years for this trip I am now thinking 2.5-3 weeks.
The reason this thread is called "to tour or not to tour part 2" is I have not ruled out the touring option. I have revised it. I don't feel the need for a tour in Venice, 5 Terre, Siena, rural Tuscany etc. It is Rome and Florence that intimidate me. I don't want to miss anything that is right in front of my face and I don't want to get lost. I want this to be fun for my husband and I and the last two years have solidified our "country mouse" status. I think a tour would relieve some unwelcome stress.
So new plan: Start in Rome. If I can find a tour that hits Rome and Florence with Pisa and a few of the gems in the middle wonderful. Any suggestions? If not I could do a Rome tour. Train to Florence, have another tour planned there for the city sight-seeing. After that take it on our own. I would like to spend some time in Tuscany or the Hill Towns and then move on to 5 Terre. We would end in Venice flying home to Seattle from there. This is my new plan. I would love advice. I have checked out a few smaller tours like www.romedrivingtours.com and www.italyourway.com They have great reviews but I am still exploring my options.

Thank you for taking me back. Your wonderful advice from two years ago was not wasted!I am enjoying it all over again.

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