Husband and I are fairly well traveled but have not yet been to Italy. We are planning a trip in October, probably mid-October although I am still finalizing dates. We are planning to start in Venice, then move onto Florence and then spend a few days driving around the countryside of Tuscany. (Our vacation last year was driving the Peloponnese so we've already done the international driving permit thing, etc. before).
If we were going in September I would likely add Cinque Terre to this trip and save Rome for a southern Italy trip in the future. However, I think the weather at Cinque Terre in October sounds questionable and unpredictable. (Due to the way my husband earns vacation days, we can't go until October.)
This therefore had me thinking of adding Rome but I want this to be a relaxing trip as well and three hectic cities might be overwhelming. I know this is highly subjective but wanted to see people's thoughts and whether I'm missing a particularly excellent destination to add to this that I haven't thought about. Or Tuscany looks diverse enough maybe we should add days there and spend more time exploring like with the Peloponnese??
We plan to spend 14 days total, including travel time from the US. We are 30s, interested in art and history but also just enjoying the culture, people, food, wine, etc.
My favorite parts of the Peloponnese (just for comparison and so you can see why I'm struggling with this) were Nafplio (a city, though of course nothing like Rome) and Gerolimenas (a tiny fishing village).