I want to visit Italy in the beginning of October this year. I am a 25 year old girl from India (will be 26 by October :)). This will be my first solo travel internationally as a tourist. Have traveled alone for work before. I have gone through a lot of related threads here and on other travel websites. With that research, this is what I intend to cover: Venice, Tuscany (Florence) and Rome. I wanted to add Naples / Milan also, but that will be too much I guess for a 10 day trip :)
So in my mind, roughly 3 days for each place - Venice, Tuscany and Rome. Since these places are quite spread out, I can't decide where I should begin. I will be taking a flight from New Delhi, India and I prefer booking a roundtrip flight coz it works out much cheaper. There are no open jaw tickets possible. My question therefore- does it make sense to land in Rome, go to Venice, then Tuscany and then back to Rome? Any other suggestions?
Next thing I want to know is about day long trips in and around Venice / Tuscany. What all should I cover in the 3 days? (Looks like Rome will need 3 full days (true?)). So I want to know what would be the best way to spend 3 days in Venice, and 3 days in Tuscany. And where should I stay? In a small town in Tuscany and travel around? or stay in Florence? Chianti? I am little confused here. Pisa needs to happen somewhere in between all that. If you have any recommendations of places to see, eat at, experience...please let me know.
This is not going to be a luxury travel, I am going to be on a shoestring budget (air ticket from India is quite an expense already :P). Please help me plan my itinerary. Thanks a lot.