My wife & I are planning an 8 day vacation plus 2 days of airline travel time for mid-September of this year. We do not have any longer to be away than the total 10 days and we are trying to decided between Northern Italy or Southern France (Nice)? I am leaning towards Northern Italy. Would Venice make for a good "home base"? I have been to Rome, but not Northern Italy. We are also thinking of Cinque Terre? I would like not to rent a car so I am not sure about transportation within this area. We did go to Paris last year & rode the TGV to several outside Paris locations and enjoyed it. Any thoughts would be appreciated?