I've been reading and gathering a lot of information from the forums and since we had while before our trip I did not really have a more concrete question to ask but I do now and wanted to get some help solidifying our itinerary.
Here is what I am thinking
We are starting our trip in Spain and plan to get to Italy on October 24th.
1. Flying into Rome from Barcelona on the 24th in the Morning. We plan to keep 3 days for Rome and possible use a 4th day for a day trip to the Amalfi Coast or Naples, preferably the Amalfi coast. Wanted to get an opinion on that? Is it feasible in a day. Is taking a high speed train is the best option and where do we get off if we want to see the Amalfi Coast. Seems like a drive on the coast is an exciting thing to do.
2. Take the early train to Florence from Rome on the 28th. Explore Florence that day, stay the night and do a day trip to Pisa the next day and spend the evening in Florence
3. Take the early train to Venice from Florence on the morning of the 30th. Spend the day and the night in Venice. Spend the morning of 31st in Venice and take an afternoon train leaving at 1pm or 2pm to Milan. Evening in Milan.
The Florence->Venice->Milan(& Lake Como) part feels rushed. Would adding another day to Florence make sense. May be a second day trip to Cinqie Terre from Florence and then take the train on the 31st to Venice and fly out to Paris the next day.
Also, i've been reading some guide books and mostly all of them suggest that late October, being slightly cooler is a great time to go but does that time work out for Venice.
Suggestions, comments and any guidance is greatly appreciated.