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Minimum suggested days in Venice and Rome

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My husband and I are trying to plan a trip to Italy for the last two weeks of October.
I've actually planned, so far, for 16 days total.
(That does NOT include the day we leave our home in the US. I basically count the days by number of nights, and figure for so many nights, we have one less number of full days to see that place...)

So this is what I am currently thinking -
Fly into Venice, fly out of Rome.

3 nights Venice
4 nights Florence (one day tour to Chianti area wineries, maybe)
2 nights Orvieto
7 nights Rome (I'd like to do 2-3 day trips - Ostia Antica, maybe Tivoli, maybe Castel Gandolfo - it just looks pretty, and I've never yet seen a volcanic lake)

We will NOT be renting a car, but traveling by train.
For day trips, we plan to either take trains/buses, or book a bus tour.

I've been to Florence before, a few years ago, we stayed there for a week and took day trips to Pisa, San Gimignano and Siena.
I loved Florence and could stay there another several weeks, but... We want to see other places in Italy.

I've never been to Rome or Venice (or Orvieto).

I know Rome is a big city and with just a week, it seems like we will only brush the surface...

I don't know much about Venice, just that St Mark's Square is there, and it's all canals... and I understand it floods that time of year (looking into packable rainboots.) And that it's famous for glassblowing and lace. For some reason, it's just never been on my bucket list, but I added it because friends and acquaintances were shocked that I hadn't.
And they were shocked I'm only planning for three nights (two full days).
Twice, people have told me I should go there for a week.
When I asked my husband, he said "Of course, we should see Venice!"

Here's the thing - my husband really does not want to take more than 2 weeks off from work.
I'm thinking, due to the potential for rain and flooding in Venice, 2-3 nights this time should be fine.
I'm okay with the possibility of wet weather and wading through some water... for a few days.
But I don't now if I'm okay doing that for a full week, if the weather turns out that way.

In short, I think the weather might be better in Rome in late October, and thinking it might be best to base a week there, instead.

Or- should I cut out days in Rome and add them to Venice?

Any suggestions and advice for the itinerary are welcome and appreciated.

Here's what we like to do and see:
We like to people-watch and wander.
I like touring chapels and cathedrals, and I love ruins.
My husband photographs and always brings along a small travel watercolor kit with him. So anything scenic will usually do.
He is the one who prefers museums (I tolerate them for a couple hours or so, although I love art - I just prefer viewing public art.)

Thanks!

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